Today starting at 9a.m. PT Microsoft’s developer conference will feature a keynote that highlights Windows 8 changes and the revised developer experience. There will be a live stream of the conference keynote available on the conference website http://www.buildwindows.com/.
The core changes will be updated UI and a refresh that brings Windows 8 more in line with the current Apple OS X offerings (source ZDNET).
The OS X comparable offerings include:
- History Vault (Time Machine)
- Windows App Store (App Store)
- ISO Mounting (Native OS X)
- Cloud Based Profiles (iDisk/Mobile Me)
- Modern Reader PDF Support (Preview)
Other New features:
- Windows Explorer Ribbons
- Updated Task Manager
- ARM Processor Support
- Internet Explorer 10
- Pattern and Facial recognition logins
There are sure to be other features that sneak into Windows 8 and that may be helpful for the enterprise.
Our vote for the most hated new feature is surely Windows Explorer Ribbons. Apparently there is a vast difference between the Windows and Office team with incorporating user feedback.
Microsoft has added mobile support for its new Bing search engine by visiting m.bing.com on your web-enabled phone. You can also visit the mobile page on your computer and type in your phone number. The site will send you a text message that will allow you to sign up.
Some of the cool features include the ability for mobile Bing to save three locations for you. For example: Home, work, etc. From these saved locations you can quickly get directions from these points. Searches also will default around your stored locations unless otherwise specified.
While Google maps for the browser may have more features such as street view, Microsoft’s Bing for mobile has a nice interface for handheld devices.
As much as I hate to say it, Microsoft Bing is here. It looks like Google with a pretty background to me. We went ahead this morning and verified that our site was listed properly on Bing, below are the steps for you to do the same:
1. Go to the Bing Webmaster Center at: http://www.bing.com/webmaster/. You will have to create a Windows Live account to log in.
2. After logging in, click the “Add a Site” button.
3. After submitting the form you have to add some verification code to your site (either XML or a META tag). This is not as hard as it sounds.
4. Sit back and wait for Bing to “crawl” your site.
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Coming soon to your desktop operating system June 3rd. – Microsoft’s new search engine called ‘Bing’. I’m sure that Redmond will do all it can to take market share away from Google. It will be interesting to see what get roles out in their automatic updates… Maybe a new default page or toolbar???