Windows 8 is Enterprise Ready, Says Microsoft; Explains 6th IE10 Platform Preview; Changes for Metro App Developers, Dev Center, Windows Store in the Release Preview; Guide to Install Media Center?; ASUS Computex 2012 Teaser Shows Off Windows 8/Android All-in-One

Windows 8 is enterprise ready by design and will give businesses the experiences people love and the enterprise-grade solutions IT departments need, microsoft said. Here is how Windows 8 will benefit your business in a variety of ways, including:"Windows on the go - New features like Windows To Go will give businesses new possibilities in […]

Windows 8 is enterprise ready by design and will give businesses the experiences people love and the enterprise-grade solutions IT departments need, microsoft said. Here is how Windows 8 will benefit your business in a variety of ways, including:

  • "Windows on the go - New features like Windows To Go will give businesses new possibilities in mobile productivity. It's a fully manageable corporate Windows 8 desktop on a bootable USB stick and it will allow employees to work from anywhere on any device, while also helping IT professionals keep their organizations secure.
  • Working from anywhere - Enhancements with DirectAccess, Branch Cache and Mobile Broadband eliminate work boundaries while keeping employees secure.
  • Security -The end-to-end security in Windows 8 is driving a significant level of interest with many of you planning to take advantage of features like Trusted Boot, BitLocker Drive Encryption and AppLocker, enabling a more secure foundation no matter where employees are located.
  • Windows 8 tablets - We're also getting a lot of feedback from customers about Windows 8 tablets since they will offer a no compromise solution to business delivering both mobile convenience and productivity by running all the Windows 7 line of business and productivity apps with the ability to manage and secure them.
  • Business apps - We're hearing overwhelming excitement about the business possibilities with new Windows 8 apps both for internal usage (line of business) as well as the opportunity for organizations to create new innovative experiences for their customers. Windows 8 is a great platform for enterprise developers and we expect a lot of innovative enterprise apps to come," Microsoft said.

So, you installed the final-release of Windows 8, now head over to Windows 8 FAQ page providing the required steps to install Windows Media Center.

"Windows Media Center is not preinstalled in Windows 8 Release Preview. If you want to use Windows Media Center, you need to add it by following these steps" as listed below:

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, and then click Search.)
  2. Enter add features in the search box, and then tap or click Add features to Windows 8.
  3. Tap or click I already have a product key.
  4. Enter this product key: MBFBV-W3DP2-2MVKN-PJCQD-KKTF7 and then click Next.
  5. Select the checkbox to accept the license terms and then click Add features.

    Your PC will restart and Windows Media Center will now be on your PC and the tile will be pinned to the Start screen.

Following the launch of Relase Preview of Windows 8, Microsoft posted a bunch of new Windows 8 posts -- Microsoft IE blog shared the deatils of the new Metro Internet Explorer 10, which comes bundle with Adobe Flash Player, and Do Not Track (DNT) by 'default on'.

"Consumers can now enjoy more touch-friendly, fast and fluid Web applications with the updated IE10 engine included in the Windows Release Preview. This sixth Platform Preview of IE10 delivers improved performance and support for touch-first HTML5, as well as a new power-optimized, touch-friendly Adobe Flash Player that enables content on compatible Web sites to play in the Metro style Web browser. IE10 also sends the "Do Not Track" signal to Web sites by default to help consumers protect their privacy," the team siad.

"Adobe Flash content on compatible Web sites will now play in Metro style IE10. Both IE10 on the Windows desktop and Metro style IE use the same integrated Flash Player, with no need to download or install an additional player. IE10 on the desktop provides the same full Flash support as previous versions of IE that relied on the Flash Player plug-in, and continues to support other plug-ins. The Metro style browser continues to provide no support for other separate ActiveX controls or plug-ins."

"The Flash Player included with Windows 8 is based on the full PC implementation and not a limited mobile subset, and there's a clear path to make it available on the new chip architectures that Windows 8 supports. Adobe is committed to delivering this same Flash Player support for Metro style IE on both x86/64 and the initial delivery of Windows RT PCs (Windows running on ARM processors)," the team notes.

In a memo, Adobe executive Danny Winokur, revealed more information about adding Flash support to both Windows 8 and to IE10: "Our work together has to a large degree focused on integrating Flash Player into Metro style IE10 with special privileges that enable it to run while other plugins still cannot (consistent with Microsoft's earlier announcements about plugin-free browsing). We did this work with their support and cooperation on integrating with IE and Windows. We will deliver future updates to the Flash Player (both security and feature upgrades) through Windows Update in much the same way that Microsoft updates IE itself," he said.

This video shows some of the performance and touch improvements in the sixth IE10 Platform Preview, part of the Windows Release Preview.

In other blog post, Microsoft details the changes changes and the new developer tools in the Release Preview to help developers get started on migrating existing Consumer Preview apps to the Release Preview.

Windows 8 Application Data offers you a way to easily enable a "configure once, use anywhere" behavior to your app settings with roaming app data. With very little effort on your part, your users get the same app setup on all of their Windows 8 PCs.

"The Release Preview, expanded this feature to include HighPriority roaming app settings. With high priority roaming you can create a continuous app experience across PCs by allowing a small amount of state data within your app to roam with high frequency."

"For example, a news reader app could use this HighPriority setting to roam the news article a user was reading. Whenever the user changes articles, the news reader app changes that setting and it roams. If that user were to switch to a different Windows 8 PC, the news reader app can display the last article that the user was reading, so that they can continue reading where they left off on their other device," explains Jake Sabulsky, Program Manager, Windows.

The Dev Center upgrade includes new added content. Now in the Release Preview it's much easier to find guidance on the advanced topics that make great Metro style apps stand out.

"In addition to the new content we also made it easier for you to find info and get started with your app building. For example, we greatly improved cross linking between samples and their associated documentation. You can now search for a sample, take a look at the code, and then easily jump to the documentation that gives you more details on the code you're looking at. Or if you'd like to start out in the documentation, we improved our existing Getting Started topics and added more basic tutorials to get your app building efforts off the ground," Sabulsky said.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • We added lots of new samples, including samples for the XAML WebView control, IndexedDB, the thread pool, JS web workers, and many more
  • There are now over 200 new conceptual, Quickstart, and how-to topics to help you build Metro style apps
  • The API reference documentation is more complete than ever.

Other changes that have been made in the new Release Preview for apps include improved templates for Visual Studio, faster retrieval of content in apps such as those that use photos or music, and improvements in app design tools.

Microsoft is also offering a new Migration Guide that documents most of the API changes made from the Consumer Preview to the Release Preview.

Microsoft has been training over 80 app design firms to work with Windows 8 since September. It has also held a 12 week paid internship program for college students that will also train them to make Windows 8 apps.

Microsoft is also encouraging their own employees to work on making Windows 8 apps on their own time, which is normally not allowed. However, those developers won't be paid for their moonlighting work, as they were when they made apps for Windows Phone.

Also, the Release Preview Windows Store contains a number of improvements for both customers and developers. "The Store now has more apps from more locales, being delivered to more locale-specific catalogs. Microsoft added 33 new developer submission locales just since the Consumer Preview, and now support 38 markets for app submission with support for more markets on the way," posted Ted Dworkin, Partner Director of Program Management.

The Store now offers a unique app catalog for customers in 26 markets, increasing the Consumer Preview number by 21. "This number, too, will continue to grow as we continue to expand the service globally," he said.

Windows Store Nav Bar

Based on feedbacks, a nav bar is now placed at the top of the Windows Store. This new addition lets users access the Home link as well as a link to a list of their Windows 8 Metro apps.

To provide customers more control over their app download experience -- Microsoft added the Metro style solution for commands, the app bar, to the download manager. "This gave us a natural location to move the Pause control and a place for the new Cancel control, which was added for the Release Preview," Dworkin explained.

There's also a new Share contract which lets users share information about apps to friends from inside any Windows 8 app.

"desktop app listings will show up in the Store for the first time tomorrow, June 1st. Customers will be able to search for them or find them within categories, just as they do listings for Metro style apps. These are just listings--the desktop apps themselves are distributed by the developer or by a reseller, as they have been all along. The listing pages provide a link, supplied by the developer, to the distribution location. Servicing of desktop apps remains between the developer and the customer and is not handled via the Store."

Windows Store Release Preview

Microsoft has also revised a number of policies to increase developer efficiency, and introduced several new policies. One big changes is that all Metro apps that are submitted to the Store must fully support touch input and fully support keyboard and mouse input.

Also, if you have downloaded Release Preview, and looking for the Start Menu, here are some applciations to help you:

Third-party apps for Start Menu in Windows 8 Release Preview

ASUS is teasing a new hybrid All-in-One (AIO) on YouTube that calls for a Windows 8/Android hybrid. The 16 second video was posted today and gives a hint that ASUS will release a new hybrid AIO at Computex which is June 5-9.

Also, WPCentral reporting, that a version of Windows Phone 8 has been used to visit their site that has a display resolution of 768x1280.

"The display color setting for this resolution was set at 24-bit, which is an improvement from the normal 16-bit color setup."

The story also claims that "768x1280 will indeed be one of the resolution sizes officially supported by Windows Phone 8. Other display sizes will include 480x640, 480x800 (which is the current display size for Windows Phone 7 devices) and 720x1280."

Also, a new report indicates that may just be the tip of the iceberg, however, as a Windows Phone device running at 1080p (1920x1080) was discovered.