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Windows 8 Won't Feature The Native DVD Playback Capability !

Despite the drastically new Metro UI, Windows 8 has enjoyed mostly good reviews so far. But the latest revelation by Microsoft is not everybody would be happy about, the company has announced it's plans to do-away with natively bundled free DVD playback capability in Windows 8. The decision has been taken citing the sharp decline in usage of this media and the added licensing costs related to DVD playback, however, there would be an paid Media Center upgrade available for users willing to get the DVD playback support natively.

Windows 8 No DVD

Direct Official Download Links For Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO images

Microsoft has finally unveiled public download links to the much awaited Windows 8 Consumer Preview build. Now available both as automated web-installer and full ISO disc images in various languages with accompanying genuine Windows 8 activation serial product keys, the direct download links and introduction video are posted after the jump.

Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Windows 8 wants to do more with less

The Windows 8 team is working to do something rare in operating system development, maintain the same system requirements as the prior generation. In this case the Windows 8 group is designing the next version of Windows to operate on the same hardware as Windows 7, which itself was less demanding than the real requirements of Windows Vista. In other words, the user should be able to adequately run Windows 8 with a 1 gigahertz processor and 1 gigabyte of RAM for a 32-bit version and 2 gigabytes for the 64-bit version.

The reason for this change of engineering attitude is the proliferation of mobile devices; laptops and tablets. Also, from a corporate standpoint if you are running fleets of computers running for the most part twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week even marginal savings per machine can add up across the enterprise. Microsoft Program manager Bill Karagoumis indicates in a blog posting that managing memory is the key to the team’s efforts.

Reducing the memory footprint is not usually the first thing that comes to mind as a way to reduce energy costs, particularly when you are expanding the feature set of the operating system. The Windows 8 team is doing this in a variety of ways. One, is change Windows services from an “always on” to a start on demand or even a manual startup. Like not leaving ones car idling while parked saves on petrol, these changes to how the operating system services are invoked saves on the amount of system memory is in use at any given time. This leaves more memory available for multitasking and other operations.

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Windows 7 Vs Windows 8

A second technique is what is described as memory combining, the consolidation of duplicate memory blocks into a single copy. Duplication of data occurs when a program anticipates that certain data will be required and that data is initialized and allocated. Even if the data is never actually used, it remains cluttering up memory like several copies of the same book on a bookshelf. Memory combining by the Windows 8 operating system can free anywhere from tens to hundreds of megabytes of RAM according to Mr. Karagoumis.

Microsoft Windows 8 Picture Login

Official Microsoft Windows 8 Developer Preview Build is now available for downloading, apart from the major new changes the major-upgrade to Windows operating system has a lot on new smaller features and functionality. One of such cool new edition is the "Picture Login Feature" which allows users to login into their computers without typing any passwords and by simply using a picture of their choice, a video demonstration of this is posted below.

All New Windows 8 Picture Login Feature

Windows 8 Login

Microsoft Windows 8 Developer Preview Build ISO Features And Direct Download Links (32-bit & 64-bit)

The wait is finally over as official .ISO DVD image file links for Microsoft Windows 8 Developer Preview Build is now available for public downloading (as posted at the end of this post), to get started with the new operating system user will require a minimum hardware specs of - 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor, min. one Gigabyte RAM , 16 GB available hard disk space, DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver.

Microsoft Windows 8 Developer Build Preview

Microsoft Windows 8 Developer Build Preview

A complete list of final major features and images with direct download links posted after the jump.

Microsoft Windows 8 To Feature Improved File-management Features Including A Ribbonized File Explorer

Microsoft has officially announced that their upcoming major operating-system release Microsoft Windows 8 will feature Windows Explorer with "ribbon" interface with sleuths of new features to improve basics of file-management including copy, move, rename, and delete operations.

To incorporate the new functionality and design Windows 8 dev-team took inspiration from existing explorer addons like TeraCopy, FastCopy and QTTabBar2, the dev-team designed the new Windows Explorer ribbon interface taking into consideration the fact that the top 10 commands represent 81.8% of total use via Windows usage telemetry data.

New Windows 8 Ribbon Interface
New Windows 8 Ribbon Interface

The team also improved the basic file-management across the platform with new features like the new unified interface to manage all jobs, ability to pause operations, accurate process completion time data, easier file-name conflict resolution and much more. New features images and de,o videos after the jump.

Microsoft Unveils First Windows 8 Preview On Video, Looks Awesome

We have seen leaked images and downloads of Windows 8 OS but this time Microsoft has finally unveiled the very first video demonstration showing us what's in the store for upcoming major upgrade to Windows platform.

The video demos the next generation of Windows, internally code-named “Windows 8”. According to the official announcement the "Windows 8" based PC is really a new kind of device completely revamped from the chip to the user-interface, one that scales from touch-only small screens through to large screens, with or without a keyboard and mouse.

Windows 8

The demo shows the metro tile based user-interface for a new generation of touch-centric hardware. Fast, fluid and dynamic, the experience has been transformed while keeping the power, flexibility and connectivity of Windows intact - watch the full video after the jump.

RedPill, BluePill And NoPill Windows 8 Activator's And Features Unlocker Download Available

While KMS Activator For Windows 8 allows users to not only bypass the time-bomb and activate Windows 8 but also unlock hidden features, there are few other tools available to get the job done.

"RedPill" was one of the very first tool allowing users to unlock hidden Windows 8 features but involved manual hacking, a better alternative "BluePill" is now available allowing easy Windows 8 activation and unlock. Want more, try "NoPill" yet another Windows 8 Activator and Unlocker supporting Automatic ownership and full control of files, genuine Windows 8 activation, Ribbon Explorer UI, Touch Pattern Login, Enable Full DWM (No blur on Aero), Immersive Browser, Modern Webcam (MoCam), Modern PDF Reader, Metro UI for Welcome OOBE, Login, Lockscreen and System Settings, Aero Auto Colorization and Theme Login Screen Image (buggy) unlocks.

NoPill Download For Windows 8

Video Demonstration Of Windows 8 Pattern Logon Screen

As Windows 8 download leaked, new utilities and features are getting revealed every few days. This time a new video has surfaced demonstrating the pattern based logon screen as seen on android mobile platform, this sort of pattern based logon interface is certainly aimed at touch screen devices and will definitely come in handy.

Windows 8 Logon

KMS Activator For Windows 8 Allows Pirates To Remove Watermark, Timebomb And Activation From Leaked Copies

Win 8 LogoWhile Microsoft is trying every bit to fight piracy by new innovations and contain wide-spread use of their work-in-progress Windows 8 leaked builds by implementing a 30 day time-bomb which makes these copies obsolete after that period, crackers have now came up with a new utility "KMS Activator For Windows 8" which allows users to remove the desktop watermark, 30 day timebomb and the WGA activation limitations in a single shot from the leaked Windows 8 copies.

KMS Activator And Watermark Remover For Windows 8

The crack is also being actively developed adding new features like activation of hidden features in Windows 8 like RibbonUI, Modern Task Manager, PDF Reader and WebCam support.

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