August 23rd, 2012

Microsoft Unveils New Logo

For the first time in a quarter-century, Microsoft has a new logo. With Windows 8 launching in just over two months, Microsoft has decided to rework its logo to remove the wavy edges in favour of straight lines and add a simple 4-colour tile that channels the look of the user interface formerly known as [...]

August 21st, 2012

Kingston Digital to Create Certified USB Flash Drive for Windows To Go

A developing trend of late in business has been the “bring your own device” movement, where employees use their own smartphones or tablets for work instead of relying on company issued equipment. Now Kingston wants to step this up a notch with the announcement that it is planning on offering the entire Windows 8 experience [...]

August 8th, 2012

John Carmack Dismisses Valve’s Linux Aspirations, Cautious on Windows 8

John Carmack’s keynote at Quake-Con was marked with skepticism about both Valve’s Linux aspirations, and the future of Windows. Mr. Carmack, lead programmer and co-founder of id Software, identified the biggest problem with gaming on Linux is the user — they don’t want to pay for games. While Linux support creates goodwill amongst the open-source [...]

August 8th, 2012

Windows 8 Packaging Revealed

Microsoft has been unable to ‘plug the leaks’ recently at its Windows division: recently the release to manufacturing version of Windows 8 emerged online, and now samples of the new OS’ box art have hit the blogosphere. The Verge was first to report on this leaked box art. Prominent to the box art’s design, is [...]

August 2nd, 2012

Microsoft Turfs Metro Name

Microsoft has emerged from a trademark dispute red-faced, with an order for developers writing programs for Windows 8 to no longer refer to Microsoft’s unified user interface design as “Metro” but rather simply “New User Interface”. Hardware Canucks first learned of this change from sources early Thursday afternoon, and this order has been since confirmed [...]

July 30th, 2012

Microsoft Reveals Windows 8 Customized Mice, Keyboards

Microsoft today unveiled a new line of touch-enabled Microsoft branded hardware for Windows 8: the Wedge Mobile Keyboard, the Wedge Touch Mouse, the Sculpt Mobile Keyboard, the Sculpt Touch Mouse, and the Microsoft Touch Mouse. These devices will work with Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows 7 PCs and tablets. Microsoft says it will release [...]

July 26th, 2012

Windows 8 Has its First High-Level Defectors

Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system – more specifically its Metro interface – has been lauded by some as the perfect embrace of hardware agnostic computing. Jen Hsun Huang, the smooth talking silicon scion that presides over NVIDIA, is an outspoken proponent of Windows 8, telling the crowd at the Emerging Companies Summit at May’s GPU [...]

July 18th, 2012

Microsoft Sets Windows 8 Release Date

Microsoft announced Wednesday afternoon that Windows 8 will be released on October 26. “Mark your calendar: Windows 8 will be available on October 26th, 2012,” Microsoft’s Windows account tweeted. Microsoft seems to have a preference of launching operating systems in October, as Windows 7 was launched in October of 2009. The official announcement was made [...]

July 9th, 2012

Microsoft Confirms October Release Date for Windows 8

Microsoft’s Tami Reller, corporate vice president of Windows, kicked off Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference with an announcement that was widely expected: Windows 8 will be available in late October. Ms. Reller said that the OS would be released to manufacturing partners in early August. “Windows 8 is simply the biggest deal from our company in [...]

June 28th, 2012

Gartner: Windows to Windows RT is Akin to DOS to Windows

Industry thinktank Gartner believes that following the introduction of Windows RT this fall, Microsoft will deemphasize the traditional Windows desktop in favor of Windows RT in a way similar to the shift away from MS-DOS. The report, entitled Windows 8 Changes Windows as We Know It, projects that while Microsoft isn’t going to force anyone [...]