Microsoft has revealed some of the features of Windows 8.1! The first update for Windows 8!

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Only seven months after its release, Microsoft has released details about its first major update, which is rumored to be named Windows 8.1.  The majority of the changes are based on user feedback and Microsoft’s overall plan for the operating system.

One thing they have worked on is more personalization options in Windows 8.1, with new colors and backgrounds to choose from for the start screen.  User will now be able to use Windows 8 devices as a unique picture frame if they like, due to the fact that the lock screen can show a slide show of pictures.  Users will now also be able take pictures with any built-in cameras without ever having to leave the lock screen with this update.

They have also enhanced the search and maneuvering features in the Windows 8.1 update, now giving global search results powered by Bing and quick actions to get to certain functions of Windows faster.

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Intel’s next generation processor has been announced!

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Yesterday, at its annual conference in Beijing, Intel talked about their next-gen “Bay Trail” tablet’s processor.  We are expecting to see some faster yet still energy efficient Windows 8, and even possibly some Windows 8.1, tablets later this year.

Vice president and general manager of the Mobile Communications Group of Intel China, Tan Weng Kuan, said, “[An] entirely new Atom microarchitecture…will [enable] the most powerful Atom processor to-date, doubling the computing performance of Intel’s current-generation tablet offering.”

Tan also stated that the bay Trail will allow designs, “as thin as 8mm (0.3 inches) that have all-day battery life and weeks of standby”.

Bay Trail will be packed with four redesigned Atom processor cores that are closer to mainstream Intel processors when it comes to performance.  A portion of the extra horsepower is brought on by the out of order design, just like the current Core processors,  and Intel HD 4000 graphics.

Bay Trail, and the Avoton server chip, are the first redesign of the Atom microarchitecture since they were launched back in 2008.  Just like today’s laptop’s Ivy Bridge processors, Bay Trail will use Intel’s 22-nanometer manufacturing process and 3D transistor tech.

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Will Microsoft wait for “Blue” to update Windows 8 Core Apps?

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There has been some concern over whether the Microsoft Windows team would wait until the “Blue” upgrade to Windows RT and Windows 8 to renew the Microsoft-developed, first-party apps that come with the operating system.

According to the rumor mill, that is just not the case.  Updates for Windows Mail, Calender, Music, and Games apps for Windows RT and Windows 8 may be coming as soon as this month.

Microsoft officials is refusing to comment at this time.  Blue is the code name for the operating system refresh for Windows 8 and Windows RT, as well as a number of other Microsoft products.

Microsoft official have admitted that the first-party apps for Windows 8 and Windows RT have some room for improvement.  Many users have complained about the Mail and Music apps, stating they seem more like beta apps.  Many Windows 8 and Windows RT users feel that even through these apps are free, they just are not very good.

Some changes have been made by Microsoft between the time that Windows 8 and Windows RT were released to manufacturing and when they went on sale.  While there have been some minor refreshes to the Xbox Music app for Windows 8, not much more has happened on the first-party app front.

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Free Microsoft IT Camp Events Coming To Florida!

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Microsoft is offering FREE Microsoft IT Camp for a deep dive into Microsoft’s Public and Private cloud offerings.

Just choose the series that best fits your needs.  Please remember that separate registration is required.

Series 1: Microsoft’s Public Cloud Series

In this series, you will learn all about Windows Azure, Microsoft’s cloud-based computing services platform.  This free Microsoft IT Camp will  include hands demonstrations and interactive discussions with Microsoft technical experts.

These sessions will include:

  • Windows Azure – Lecture
  • Windows Server 2012 – Lecture
  • Microsoft Certifications – Lecture
  • Windows Azure – Hands-On Lab (Need Subscription)
  • Windows Server 2012 – Early Expert’s Overview (MVA and TechNet Virtual labs)

Series 2: Microsoft’s Private Cloud Series

In the second series, you will learn all about System Center SP1 and Windows Azure. Again, this free Microsoft IT Camp will  include hands demonstrations and interactive discussions with Microsoft technical experts.

These sessions will include:

  • System Center SP1 Coverage
  • Windows Server 2012 – Lecture
  • Windows Azure – Lecture
  • Windows Azure – Hands-On Lab (Need Subscription)
  • Windows Server 2012 – Early Expert’s Overview(MVA and TechNet Virtual Labs)

You will need to bring your own computer, laptop preferred, in order to participate in the afternoon hands-on lab sessions.

Microsoft IT Camp Schedule

Location                                      Series 1                                        Series 2

Orlando, Fl                                 3/6/2013                                        5/8/2013

Ft. Lauderdale, Fl                      3/7/2013                                        5/22/2013

West Palm Beach, Fl                 3/21/2013                                      6/5/2013

Gainesville, Fl                           4/3/2013                                        6/12/2013

Miami, Fl                                    4/4/2013                                       6/20/2013

Pensacola, Fl                            4/16/2013                                     5/1/2013

Jacksonville, Fl                         4/24/2013                                      6/17/2013

Tampa, Fl                                 4/25/2013                                      6/18/2013

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Dell buyout is closing its case!

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At some where between $13.50 and $13.75 a share, Dell has moved closer to a nearly $24 billion buyout deal, making it the largest leverage buyout since the financial crisis.

Dell, the third largest computer maker, and a group led by chief executive and founder, Michael Dell, discussions on taking the company private were in the final stages on Monday.  An inside source said, “An outcome is expected soon” but they also warned that no final agreement had been made and negotiations could still break down.

Providing its Windows software for Dell computers, Microsoft Corp. is expected to invest around $2 billion in the deal, while Silver Lake, a private equity firm, is expected to invest about $1 billion.

Michael Dell is expected to roll over his estimated 16 percent stake and to invest some of his own money so he will have control over the company.

Dell and Silver Lake declined to comment and Microsoft took their time to respond to being asked for commentary.

The $13,75 per share is higher than the average $11 per share Dell traded the news of the buyout broke; however, it is far below the $17.61 that Dell share were at a year ago.

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Windows Server 2012 Webinar

New Horizons is the first partner to offer a webinar on the newly announced Windows Server 2012! Window Server 2012 was recently named during the MMS 2012 keynote address and will launch later this year. Now, we are the first to offer customers an advanced look at the Windows Sever 2012 top 10 features from a Microsoft evangelist!

Presented by Rick Claus, Sr. Technology Evangelist at Microsoft, this demo-rich presentation gives our customers professional insights from Microsoft into the new technology still yet to be launched.

Windows Server 2012 Top Ten
Windows Server 2012 provides a dynamic, highly available and cost-effective server platform for the modern datacenter and the private cloud, which scales from a few individual servers all the way up to multitenant-aware, multisite environments. With the release of the next milestone of Windows Server 2012 – it has become apparent that this is one of the biggest releases of Windows Server since Windows 2000. That being said – there are so many new things that it can be overwhelming. Join Rick as he walks you through his personal “top 10” features / changes to the operating system that will have the biggest impact on your environment. This demo-heavy session is guaranteed to get you excited and ready to try them yourself.

View and register for this webinar at www.newhorizons.com/webinars.aspx