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It looks like Microsoft will be showing off the latest version of their smartphone OS, Windows Phone Tango, at CES 2012 in January, which would tie in with Nokia’s recent announcement that they are holding a Windows Phone event at CES.

Windows Phone 7 hasn’t quite caught up to iOS or Android, but the Mango update with its 500+ upgrades sure made a significant dent. Now, we’re ready for the next major update to Microsoft’s smartphone platform and it looks like next month’s CES is where they’re going to reveal the Tango update to WP7.

Windows Phone Tango doesn’t sound like it’s going to be nearly as substantial as its tropical fruit-named predecessor, but it will reportedly still bring some new moves to the dance floor. For instance, we’re hearing that it’ll get support for smaller screens, smaller chassis sizes, and even LTE. Considering all the LTE-equipped Droids out there, that’s a good thing for Redmond.

Windows Phone Tango is expected to bring a range of new features to Windows Phone devices, which include support for LTE, and also support for smaller devices with smaller displays.

But it takes two to tango! There’s a good chance that Nokia will be showing off its new Nokia 719 and Nokia 900 at CES, both of which could very well ship with Tango right out of the box. The newest WP7 update is rumored to be released “soon” after CES.

 

Microsoft has this week added its first game to Apple’s iTunes App Store, with the arrival of its Kinectimals game ono the iPad. Kinectimals was originally designed for the Xbox 360 and its Kinect motion controller, and has now made the jump to tablet devices.

Kinectimals allows players to interact with virtual animals in a manner akin to pets, gameplay includes activities such as teaching tricks to the animal, guiding the animal around an obstacle course, and free-form play.

Microsoft explains:

“This irresistible mobile experience gives you the chance to use your phone to visit the island of Lemuria and play with, care for and fall in love with your very own cub. Bring your pet with you wherever you go! If you’ve already experienced Kinectimals on Kinect for Xbox 360, your phone becomes the key to unlocking five new cubs on your console. Stand-alone mobile game features Kinectimals’ signature visual quality, delightful animation and brand new ways to play with your cub! “

Kinectimals for iPad  is now available to download from the Apple iTunes Store for $2.99.

Source: iTunes

According to a recent report, Microsoft is working on a version of Microsoft Office for Apple’s iPad, in an attempt to take on Apple’s own Numbers, Pages and Keynote apps, and each app is expected to retail for around $10.

A focus on tablet content creation is something Microsoft and its partners seem to be slowly waking up to. CEO Steve Ballmer confirmed the company’s engineers were looking at how Office could be reworked in the Metro style of  Windows 8 during Build 2011 earlier in the year, while NVIDIA’s president argued that an Office build for ARM-based Windows 8 tablets and notebooks would be “the killer app” for the platform.

It would make sense for Microsoft to release office applications for the iPad, considering it is still the most popular tablet at the moment.

Microsoft Windows 8

Posted: November 25, 2011 in Microsoft
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“We reimagined Windows,” says Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows andWindows Live Division at Microsoft. Steven recently unveiled the touch-first user interface of Windows 8, along with a whole host of other new features.

User-friendly apps have been replaced by finger-friendly technology and devices. With the release of tablets (read: iPad), touch screen phones (er, iPhone) and the many high-grade features of today’s gadgets, the world is quite literally, at our fingertips.

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Not to be outdone, Windows 8 has just upgraded to a more seamless, effortless operating system. Pulling all the stops, Microsoft made a massive overhaul of their existing operating system and introduced a brand new interface, new processor support and a host of other improvements. While what we know of Microsoft’s history revolves around computers and desktops, Windows 8 is taking it one step further and is jumping into the “touch screen” fray.

Windows 8 was designed to work on both the tablet and your traditional computers. While they have integrated the “touch” entity into their software, Windows 8 still gives you a feel of what the old Windows was, but with a better and more user-friendly environment that still retains their keyboard, mouse and pen input capability. Haven’t you noticed yet? Windows is designed to run on everything!

New Interface

The New Start Screen is one of its major improvements by showcasing Tiles upon start-up, which gives you direct access to your shortcuts and apps similar to the Windows Phone. The tiles then display updated notifications without having to click open the app (Such as seeing the weather forecast for the next few days in one tile). Multi-taskers will also have an easy time switching from one app to the other, without dealing with the hassle of closing windows to start up another application. Web-powered applications are built using HTML and JavaScript.

The interface uses Internet Explorer 10, which allows the user to switch tabs fluidly. Another great addition to the Windows 8 touch interface is the ergonomic design of the thumb keyboard to increase productivity. In this case, Windows has decided to make it easier for its user to use the QWERTY keyboard on your tablet! Notice how when the QWERTY keyboard appears they take up the entire lower portion of your tablet and your fingers need to move throughout the entire width just to type? Well not anymore. Windows has designed the QWERTY keyboard to be divided into two portions for easier access. The left part of the keyboard is available in a small cluster on your left hand side, and vice-versa. Typing made easy!

You can also use your existing Windows apps without any need to upgrade or buy new software. Power Point, Excel, Word and other MS Office applications will continue to remain compatible for users to enjoy. It’s working with something familiar yet enjoying the benefits of cool new upgrades, features and changes.

Microsoft may be at the tail end of all these great innovations (read: iPad) but that’s not to say they’re at the “losing” end. Why did they not capitalize on this before? Yes, they were one of the pioneers of the tablet (remember Windows’ version of a tablet based on Windows XP and pen input released in 2002?) Sadly, the name of the game is innovation and they never got a solid footing for the tablet market like Apple did, and this might be due to Bill Gates’ inability to design a new interface and thinking that a stylus and an XP operating system was enough.

It remains to be seen whether these host of improvements will indeed be all it has claimed to be. Will Windows 8 live up to the hype? Microsoft has been keeping mum on the exact release date of Windows 8, only releasing small teasers and tidbits that say it will be released in 2012. Whenever this may be, it’s definitely something to watch out for.

SEE BELOW VIDEO FOR WINDOWS 8 DEMONSTRATION COURTESY OF MICROSOFT 

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