Microsoft program manager Avi Ben-Menahem detailed the company’s plans for Xbox LIVE inside Windows 8 at BUILD last Thursday. His refrain was “It’s a huge opportunity for you as developers,” The following features will be in Windows 8 Xbox LIVE: Roaming save state Title managed storage Beacons Avatar...

It’s been pretty amusing reading people’s expectations about the BUILD conference and Windows 8. There have been articles expecting this feature or that feature or that promise or that leak… I (as usual) have a contrarian view. Microsoft have built up the suspense, set the stage and are promising big things and...

Windows8update will be bringing you the most comprehensive news and updates from the BUILD Windows conference in Anaheim, California. We are told that the Keynote will be streamed live so we will have links to that as well as lots of content about the latest Windows 8 news that will be coming from the...

So the New York Times ran an interesting article over the weekend about Microsoft’s strategy with Bing and they went through all the usual touch points about how Microsoft are trying to do something special with Bing, trying to evolve search, make it easier yadda yadda. One of the things that did jump out at...

Late on Wednesday, mobile processor maker Qualcomm officially announced that its Snapdragon line of processors will also support Windows 8 when it is released. That includes the MSM8960 Snapdragon processor that comes with an intergrated 3G/LTE modem for smartphones. That processor is scheduled to start its...

As someone who actually did work in Silicon Valley during the dot com bubble of the 90’s, I have to say that I am a HUGE fan of Marc Andreessen. He’s someone who was (and is) very influential in Tech circles. He founded Netscape and by many accounts is the father of what we know now as the modern web...

Once in a while I will miss something major about Windows 8. (yes it does happen). Well it happened here today.. Windows 8 apparently will have a feature called Automatic maintenance. Like the name says, Windows 8 Automatic Maintenance will probably be continuously monitoring and attempting to...

This would be awesome.. The image below comes courtesy of Twitter user @AngelWZR. It shows the new settings for “Specify settings for optional component installation and repair of operating system corruption”. This allows users to set an alternative location for Windows installation files. When setting...

Just a miscellaneous question out of the blue. We show all the love to Windows 8 desktop editions but does anyone care about Windows 8 Server or Windows Server 2012. It will be interesting to see if the UI from Windows 8 carries directly over into the Windows 8 Server Operating System. Also from...

Microsoft today gave a sneak peek of what might be possible with the official Kinect SDK at the MIX11 conference with a brief demo of a new version of the WorldWide Telescope. The demo involves navigating the imaged universe on the WorldWide Telescope software with gestures controlled by both hands including...