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Microsoft's Entertainment-Focused Keynote Still Had Room for Video Games

posted Monday Jun 4, 2012 by Jon Wurm

Microsoft's Entertainment-Focused Keynote Still Had Room for Video Games

Not unexpected this year, Microsoft came out strong by announcing right away that entertainment is the primary focus with the Xbox Live living room experience. Alas, gamers shouldn't be too disappointed with the video game showing, however, even though no matter how much they give us, we will always want more.

I'm going to give a quick breakdown of what we saw first hand and fill you in with more details throughout the week so be sure to keep plugged in. If you've managed to make it this far why not press start to continue and read on after the break.

Windows 8 Release Candidate...I mean Release Preview Comes Early

posted Sunday Jun 3, 2012 by Jon Wurm

Windows 8 Release Candidate...I mean Release Preview Comes Early

Not quite so unexpectedly, thanks to a pulled Microsoft blog post on May 30th (published again on May 31st), we found out that Christmas was coming early... sort of. Windows 8 probably won't be hitting PCs until holiday season 2012 but Microsoft was a few days ahead of the of the scheduled June 2nd release. Steven Sinofsky the head of Windows, didn't promise anything in a recent blog post but at least it feels like things are on track.

If the feedback and telemetry on Windows 8 and Windows RT match our expectations, then we will enter the final phases of the RTM process in about 2 months. If we are successful in that, then we are tracking to our shared goal of having PCs with Windows 8 and Windows RT available for the holidays.

While not a lot of changes were made, they have managed to clean Windows 8 up a bit. The UI seems to have a better feel, the transition between the desktop and metro is smoother and major performance gains over Windows 7 are nothing to laugh at. The Windows App Store also has a bit more content now to rummage though.

We also learned that Microsoft will offer a Windows 8 upgrade plan. Starting now, if you purchase a Windows 7 PC, you will have the ability to upgrade to Windows 8 for only $15. Not quite the free XP to Vista or Vista to Windows 7 deal, but a lot better than paying the full $200 to upgrade later.

Other than that, we'll just sit tight a little longer and keep taking our Prozac until some powerhouse Windows tablets hit the market. In the meantime, get the latest version of the Release Preview here.

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