Microsoft set to launch Xbox Music with free unlimited streaming

Microsoft has launched Xbox Music, a digital music streaming service to take on Apple’s iTunes and other on-demand music services such as Spotify.

The service will let people stream music to their computer, phone andd games console. Xbox Music is set to launch this Tuesday on the XBox 360, and the service will reportedly come pre-installed on all Windows 8 tablets and computers, as well as Windows Phone 8 smartphones.

The firm hopes that my allowing people to access the same service on phones, computers and tablets, it can compete with Apple’s iTunes download service and Spotify’s streaming service.

Although this is seen as a step forward for the music industry, its appeal is limited by the expense of many mobile data plans. Most cost more the more data you use, which can make streaming music on cellular networks fairly expensive.

The free version of Xbox Music won’t let you download songs and save them for offline playback. That will require paying $10 a month.

The paid subscription is also required if you want to use Xbox Music on the Xbox 360 game console or on smartphones that use Windows Phone. On the game console, an Xbox Live Gold membership, which costs $60 a year, is also required.

“For local music files that you add to your library, Xbox Music sort of works like Google Play Music, with a bit of iTunes Match thrown in,” Wagner wrote. “It uses a ‘scan and match’ process to see if you’ve uploaded tracks that it has on file, and if it finds a match, you’ll be able to stream it from the cloud, even if it’s not available over XBM’s streaming service.”

Microsoft’s Windows 8 packaging revealed

windows 8 packaging box revealed

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Microsoft announced the finalization of its Windows 8 operating system last week with some gloriously crazy Start Screen improvements. The final copy may have leaked online already, but if you’re waiting to secure an official boxed copy on October 26th then we’re able to offer a sneak peek at how Microsoft plans to sell Windows 8. Packaging for Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro, the only boxed versions available in retail stores, is a fairly simple affair. Microsoft has chosen to display its Windows 8 style UI logo prominently on the front of the packaging, with a darker variant for the Windows 8 Pro edition.

Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows RT will all be available on new PCs and tablets from October 26th, and upgrade versions will be available in stores or as an electronic software download. We understand that the packaging will be largely similar to the existing Windows 7 version, but we’ll have to wait until Microsoft officially unveils it to see if the company has put its Windows 8 boxes on a diet — similar to its 37 percent weight loss from Vista to Windows 7.

Source;theverge

Windows 8 will be available on October 26th

Steven Sinofsky announced at Microsoft’s annual sales meeting that customers will be able to get Windows 8 – whether in upgrade fashion or on a new PC – starting on October 26th. Earlier this month at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Tami Reller told attendees Windows 8 would be available in October. But now everyone has a specific date to mark on their calendars. Save the date now.

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Windows 8 computers to go on sale in October

Computers running on the next version of Microsoft’s Windows operating system will go on sale in October.

Microsoft announced the time frame for Windows 8′s mass-market release on Monday in Toronto. A specific sales date in October wasn’t provided.

Most industry analysts expected Windows 8 would go on sale in the fall to ensure that the machines running on the operating system would be available for the holiday shopping season. Consumers and businesses who don’t want to buy new computers will be able to buy Windows 8 and upgrade their systems.

New versions of Windows typically come out every three years, but this update is the most widely anticipated overhaul of the software since 1995.

Applications will appear in a mosaic of tiles on Windows 8. Microsoft also designed the operating system so it can run on personal computers or touch-based tablet computers.

Microsoft, which is based in Redmond, Wash., plans to make its own tablet running on Windows 8 to compete against Apple’s hot-selling iPad. The company hasn’t yet announced a price for its tablet, which will be called the Surface. It also will be competing against a variety of other tablets, including the Kindle Fire from Amazon.com and the Nexus 7, which is being released later this month by Google.

As part of its efforts to develop more touch-based software, Microsoft also announced the acquisition of Perceptive Pixel Inc. The deal gives Microsoft access to technology used in large multi-touch displays for TV broadcasters, as well as government, defence, engineering and educational markets, Microsoft said.

Terms of the Perceptive Pixel purchase weren’t disclosed.

Windows 8 is being counted on to help revive demand for laptops and other personal computers.

The operating system’s versatility is expected to encourage leading PC makers such as Hewlett-Packard and Dell to release hybrid machines that are part laptop, part tablet computer. Both HP and Dell have also indicated they plan to release tablet computers powered by Windows 8, thrusting them into competition with Microsoft’s Surface.

Microsoft is releasing Windows 8 computer manufacturers during the first week of August.

The high hopes riding on Windows 8 is the main reason that Microsoft’s stock has climbed by about 15 percent so far this year. The shares fell 28 cents to US$29.91 in Monday’s early afternoon trading.

Source-AP

Everything you need to know about Windows 8

Windows 8 has released Windows 8 Release Preview on early Jun 2012. Microsoft make dramatically change on its Windows OS to keep its flagship operating system relevant in a world which is increasely dominated by tablets, phones, touchscreen devices and connected cloud services.

For users, this change can be great. But we have to re-learning how to do things you’ve done for years. Windows 7 just eclipse the Windows XP as a new power of operating system in world by dominating 50 percent share market. So, what new in Windows 8? Here I share you several things about Windows 8.

Super-fast boot
The problem with every Windows OS was the boot time, but Windows 8 was solve this problem. Windows 8 boot superbly fast less than 10 second.

Hardware Requirements
You need minimum 1Ghz processor, minimum native resolution/colour depth at 1366x768px, 1GB RAM and 16GB HDD free-space.

New version Internet Explorer 10
A web browser inmtero-style which is faster than IE9. A webpage is displayed on the entire screen. It has much better standards compliance than its predecessor did, HTML5 support and superior speed.

Multi-tasking
Windows 8 is a multi-tasker like others. But the different is you can have two apps displayed simultaneously in a single window. You can have a major part for Internet Explorer and the rest of the screen for music or the media player.

Fresh interface called Metro interface
The most identical interface in Windows 8 is its new Metro interface, a bright coloured tiles that serve both as shortcuts to programs and as live widgets reporting data from the programs. It is useful for a touch screen device.

Reset/refresh
You can restore your PC to ‘like new’ condition in a matter of minutes, without having to reinstall from scratch. So, not need to format PC as usual. It same function as restore to factory setting in smartphone or PSP.

Syncing
You can sync your content in your own PC with another your own PC such as Metro apps, settings, desktop preferences, taskbar setup, browser bookmarks and many more. Just sign in your account to another PC, it will sync up over the net.

Mounting ISOs
Starting with Windows 8, users will be able to mount ISOs on virtual drives. No need to install third party software.

Here video of Windows 8 Release Preview