The Intel Developer Forum kicked-off in a big way yesterday with some huge news and a lot of positivity. Here’s a round-up of some of the biggest stories to come out of the show:
Windows 8 tile interface
Windows 8 is coming soon, as in really soon. It is set to hit next year, but you can already download the Developer Preview right now!
There are quite a few experience-changing features coming in this iteration of Microsoft’s OS, and it looks to be the most significant release since Windows ’95. Here are a few of the big features coming your way:
- The new Metro user interface
- All new apps designed for single and dual-pane use
- Device agnostic input, mice and fingers are now equal
Xbox Live on Windows 8
- Deep cloud integration
- Ambient data
- Windows Store
- Xbox Live
A ton of outlets have in-depth Windows 8 coverage. Be sure to check out write-ups on Engadget, This is My Next and Tested.
Windows goes ARM, Android goes Intel
Microsoft has announced that Windows 8 will have native ARM support, and this makes a lot of sense since it is set to be Microsoft’s default tablet OS as well. The weird thing is, Google took IDF as an opportunity to announce that Android will be getting full Intel processor support. Huh?
The real takeaway here is that whether it’s ARM or Intel, powerful chips that run at very low power are the key to success going forward in the chipset space. People want slim and powerful devices with ample battery life, so device makers are smart not to hedge their bets on any one company’s ability to deliver a high performance/low power package.
Intel planning SUPER low power chip for 2013
Haswell to use 20x less power
Remember when we were talking about Intel getting into the low power processor business? Well, they are serious. They have Ivy Bridge which is set to hit next year, but if they are to be believed, their real push will come in 2013 with a chip that will allow a MacBook to run for 24 hours on a single charge. Named “Haswell,” the new processor uses a new 3D transistor architecture that will require 20x less power than current chips. It all sounds pretty great.
Windows 8, tablet style (Engadget)
We had a big write-up here on forthcoming Windows 8 tablets a few days ago, and now a whole slew of new information is out and about with real hands-on pieces around the web. The impressions have been really positive so far, with some even saying that this is the first true competitor to the iPad in the tablet space. Is it possible that Microsoft took just the right amount of time to incubate their tablet offering to out-do Android and compete with Apple? No one is more surprised than we are.
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