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This past week copies of Windows Blue were leaked. Windows Blue is the code name for the next iteration of Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system. What was revealed by this leak is some of the future direction that Microsoft is pointing towards with concern to its latest OS. For instance, the desktop’s relevance is certainly heading in a downward trajectory. Improvements to core applications, management of settings (think Control Panel), windows management (half screen snap), are just some of the ways MS is sending us the message… desktop will be taking even more of a backseat to the touch UI implemented in Windows 8.
Smaller tiles and easier management of the Start screen will answer some of the critics of one of the more unpopular features in Windows 8. Personalization with colors will be easier. New swipe gestures are supported.
SkyDrive will be more integrated than before. Clearly, the app in Windows 8 does not support the addition of new files to your SkyDrive. The new SkyDrive app hints at features to support improved file management, sharing of files and a backup solution.
With the decline in the sales of traditional PCs and the huge projected growth in touch sensitive devices, the emphasis and commitment to touch is well on its way.
Here is a link to an article in PC Magazine by Brad Chacos to help you with some more observations on the changes coming in Windows Blue.
Twitter for Windows 8 brings you all the design, features and functionality of Twitter combined with the fast and fluid technology of Windows 8:
· The Discover (#) icon shows you new topics from people in your network and other information like Trends and Who to Follow suggestions.
· The Share charm makes it easier to tweet links, pictures and opinions to your followers from anywhere in Windows 8….
In order to use the new virtualization service in Windows 8 your processor needs to support a feature referred to as Secondary Level Address Translation (SLAT). Without SLAT, you will not be able to add the Hyper-V service to your host, so it would be helpful to know if you have this available or not.
This article from How-To-Geek ( http://www.howtogeek.com/73318/how-to-check-if-your-cpu-supports-second-level-address-translation-slat/ ) will explain more about SLAT and how to download a great tool from Mark Russinovich called CoreInfo. This tool gives you the information you need to see if your processor supports SLAT. Here is the direct link to his download, http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/cc835722.
In order to install Hyper-V on your Win8 machine you need to access the Programs and Features applet within Control Panel. (Same idea as in Win7). If you are using a mouse-driven version of Win8, hover your mouse in the far bottom left-hand corner and right-click while you see a thumbnail of the Start Page. A new menu will open from which you can select Control Panel. In Control Panel, select Programs.
After you have clicked on “Turn Windows Features On or Off” you will see the following:
Enable Hyper-V by putting a checkmark in the appropriate box. Notice in the above image that “Hyper-V Platform” is greyed out. This is because this host does not have support for the SLAT capabilities discussed above.
In order to manage Hyper-V you can access the Management Console via Administrative Tools, also in Control Panel. Go to “System and Security”
Once in Administrative Tools, you will see a choice to manage Hyper-V:
Open up Hyper-V Manager and you can start building your virtual environment. I recommend right-clicking on the shortcut and choose to pin to your Start Menu, and, if you like, pin to your task bar.
That’s all for today on WIn8 Hyper-V installation.
I’m excited about getting my first hands-on look at the new Windows 8 Developer Preview. I’m in the process of downloading the .iso file and getting ready to install as a native OS on my hardware, a Core Duo, 8GB Ram machine that was previously hosting both Windows 7 and Server 2008. I think I’m going to install as a boot-to-VHD option so I can flip back and forth between other OSs. Here is the download site for this Developer Preview: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps/br229516.