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Windows 8.1 will be a free update to Windows 8 through the Windows Store

Microsoft has confirmed that the upcoming update for Windows 8 codenamed Blue will be branded as Windows 8.1 for public release. At a recent conference, Tami Reller shared that Windows 8.1 will be a free update to Windows 8 for consumers through the Windows Store. She also reiterated the goal of delivering continual updates to create a richer experience for Windows customers. Windows 8.1 is part of that and continues the journey.

Read more on the Windows Blog

Another year, A brand new Windows 8 app

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Firstly, i would like to wish everyone a happy new year. Hope the holidays was memorable. As for me i spent the holidays putting some finishing touches on my first Windows 8 app which has finally been published to the Windows Store(It just had to be perfect). Almost Three months after Windows 8 launch, i finally published my first of many to really keep everyone occupied. This one is titled TwinkleMap. I’m not going to give  a description or anything like that. That comes later(in Bane’s voice).  So please feel free to download and drop a review whether you love it or hate it (you will definitely love it)

TwinkleMap for Windows 8

Endorsement from Apple Lawyers? “Not every smartphone needs to look like an iPhone.”

 

One of the most entertaining moments in the Apple v Samsung legal drama came from Apple’s lawyers who were presenting their final case to the jury. Their lawyer, Harold McElhinny, evidently held up an unspecified Nokia Lumia Windows Phone and exclaimed…”Not every smartphone needs to look like an iPhone.” the Sony Xperia Arc was also shown. Call it accidental endorsement or not, Apple lawyers got one thing straight, Microsoft and Nokia don’t copy from their competitors.

 

Meet the Nokia Lumia X, Whether its real or not is another matter

 

Concept Phones quotes a source called Johnny who says this is a real phone direct from Nokia’s design lab, which will launch in September. Nokia Lumia X features a HD screen resolution, a Clear Black AMOLED display, Windows Phone 8 and a Snapdragon S4 dual core CPU. The camera at the bottom is an 8 megapixel unit with Carl Zeiss technology. As you can see the camera mechanism rotates, just like on older Nokia models like the N93 or 5700 XpressMusic. The rotating area has dedicated media keys and apparently there are also dedicated keys for playing games. Now whether its real or not is another matter. The question is what is your view if Nokia were to release this “phone”?

Want a Surface Tablet? October 26th is your date.

“The next version of our operating system, Windows 8, will be generally available on October 26, 2012. At that time, we will begin selling the Surface, a series of Microsoft-designed and manufactured hardware devices,”

“In fall 2012, we are launching Windows 8…Its success depends on a number of factors including the extent to which customers embrace its new user interface and functionality, successfully coordinating with our OEM partners in releasing a variety of hardware devices that take advantage of its features, and attracting developers at scale to ensure a competitive array of quality applications. We expect to incur substantial marketing costs in launching Window 8 and associated services and devices, which may reduce our operating margins.”

With this statement Microsoft has confirmed that Surface tablets will arrive October 26 along with Windows 8.

Are you ready to order your Surface device?

Windows 8 to launch October 2012

Microsoft has announced when consumers can expect to see Windows 8. October 2012 was the month provided, with manufacturers to get the release (as well as Windows Server 2012) in the first week of August.

Read more on Windows Team Blog

Windows 8 Developer Camp, Imagine Cup and more

The Windows 8 Developer camp which held in Lagos has come and gone and I must apologize for just talking about the event now(It happened on 12th of June 2012) as I have been a little bit more occupied than usual of late. The event aimed to introduce Windows 8 and Metro to developers and how they could design such apps and monetize them. Speakers were Dele Akinsade, Technology Lead, Microsoft Anglophone West Africa and Shina Oyetosho, Development Platform Evangelist Microsoft Nigeria. While Dele introduced Windows 8 and talked about its core features, Shina introduced the tools to make developers rich while enjoying writing Windows 8 apps. Overall it was a good presentation even though it was just an introduction(A three day camp is expected soon).

Developers had the chance to play with the Visual Studio 2012 and many were enthusiastic of Windows 8 chances and were ready to give it a try

Also I also had the chance to meet Oludayo Ali and Timi Okoya, Nigeria’s representatives at the Imagine Cup Competition and played a little bit with their Winning app “Swifter“(app review coming soon). From the camp, it was evident that Nigeria and West Africa as a whole had missed a lot in the desktop and web era but it was going to make up in the mobile era. It is only a matter of time.

I will discuss about the developer camp in detail but that will be when the actual three day camp starts. Have fun developing..

Side note: Please vote for Swifter for the People’s Choice Award. See how it works and vote for them. You wont be disappointed.

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