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Explore Microsoft’s Anechoic Chamber of Secrets

In the latest episode of “On the Whiteboard,” a new video series that gives you an inside look at the world of Microsoft, the company exposes its anechoic chamber of secrests.

interviews sound design featuring Oscar winner Randy Thom. On this week’s episode, host Pam Woon takes you inside Microsoft Research’s anechoic chamber – an echo-free place where researchers study the sounds of silence.

“The “anechoic chamber” is a heavily padded room at Microsoft Research where all sound is absorbed. It’s so quiet in the chamber that you can hear blood pumping through your veins. Researchers use the chamber to study the sounds of silence, including testing and analyzing Surface to make sure that click you hear when you snap the kickstand shut is pleasing and robust to the average ear,” Microsoft writes.

As you may know, Windows 8.1 Preview is available on June 26, as a free update from the Windows Store, here are the in-depth details at the entire process:

According to reports, those who want to deploy Windows 8.1 Preview, from the Store they “first need to go over to the official Windows 8.1 Preview download page and deploy a separate update. Once this step is completed, a notification would appear on your screen, informing of the Windows 8.1 Preview is available for download. From now on, you just need to click install and the updating process will begin downloading and deploy it on your computer.”

As a final step, you would then restart your computer, and will then be presented with the standard License Agreement and the start-up tutorials.

Also, for those who prefer to manual downloadm can download the standalone ISOs of the Preview from Microsoft’s official website.

The ISOs are specifically designed to help you set up a dual-boot configuration, “If you want to install as a dual boot, we do NOT recommend downloading the preview from Windows Store. Installing from the Store will upgrade the existing Windows 8 OS on that partition to Windows 8.1 Preview,” explains the leaked Microsoft documents.

“You will not be given an opportunity to select another partition, so you would need to already have a dual boot system installed in order to install Windows 8.1 Preview as a dual boot through Windows Store.”

However, Microsoft advises to get Windows 8.1 Preview from the Store, with a few exceptions to those running Windows RT or Enterprise, and consumers who wish to dual-boot and install it on a clean partition.

“If you’re running Windows 8 in one of the 13 languages that the preview is available in, we strongly recommend that you download the preview from the Windows Store. When you install from the Store, you can’t create installation media, but most download the preview directly from the Windows Store,” the company added.

“If you are running Windows RT, the only way you can update is through the Store. If you’
re running Windows 8 and you don’t use any of the 13 languages the preview is available in, you’ll need to install using the ISO. If you’re running Windows 8 Enterprise, you’ll need to install the preview using the ISO.”

In the mentime, watch this video tutorial on how to create a user account in Windows 8.

“With user accounts, several people can easily share a single PC. Each person can have a separate account with their own settings and preferences, like a desktop background or screen saver. User accounts also help control which files and applications each person can access and what changes they can make to the PC.”

windows 8.1 preview document: iso, and dual-boot

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