According to several forum posters over at mydigitallife, Microsoft has started issuing Windows 8 to computer manufacturers via its Connect internal testing system — also known as the “Windows 8 and Server vNext Pre-Release Program.” Reportedly, Windows 8 sports a “fully dynamic” 3D user interface, which allows the operating system to adapt to user habits and make OS interactions more efficient. A rumored “fast hibernation” feature will put the system in a saved-state in 3 to 6 seconds, and Windows 8 may also include a new “Mosh” tile-based user interface (no doubt inspired by the MetroUI found on Windows Phone handsets). Windows 8 beta could land as soon as next September, but rumors from earlier this month suggest that Microsoft could start showing off a Windows 8 tablet as early as June. Business Insider reports that the Redmond company is taking a “more Apple-like approach to interface design” with this iteration of Windows. Microsoft has yet to publicly announce when it will demo all of the new features of Windows 8. More →
Throughout the night our inboxes had been lighting up like the New York skyline with reports that Nokia’s Ovi Store went live across the globe just as Nokia promised during MWC. Just a few hours ago, Nokia confirmed the news with a press release. For those of you who don’t know what the Ovi Store is all about, it’s the destination for S40 and S60 users to hit if they’re looking to load up their devices up with apps, games, videos, podcasts, widgets, pics and more in an online store front that integrates MOSH, Download! and WidSets. All you need is a valid credit card to pay for your goods unless you live in Australia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Russia, Singapore, Spain or the United Kingdom where your tab will be called in by your carrier. Carrier billing will be available in the US as well later this year via AT&T. Excited much?
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