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Submission + - Sinofsky leaves Microsoft, Julie Larson-Green now in charge of Windows Division (winbeta.org)

BogenDorpher writes: Steven Sinofsky, the man who was behind the development and marketing of Windows (including the recently released Windows 8), Internet Explorer, Outlook.com, and SkyDrive had apparently left the company. In his place, Julie Larson-Green will run the Windows division while Tami Reller will take charge of the business of Windows.

Submission + - Microsoft details Windows 8 for ARM (WOA) (winbeta.org)

BogenDorpher writes: In a new Building Windows 8 blog post, Microsoft details Windows 8 on ARM, now known as WOA. As Microsoft explains, WOA is a new member of the Windows family that builds on the foundation of Windows. Best of all, it will have Office 15 apps integrated.

Submission + - Microsoft details the Windows Store (winbeta.org)

BogenDorpher writes: Microsoft details the full Windows Store customer experience including browsing for apps and searching though a catalog of apps. On top of that, Microsoft has made it easy to update apps in Windows 8.

Submission + - Developer states he's pirating Windows 8 (winbeta.org)

BogenDorpher writes: "Well this is interesting read. A developer is openly stating that he will be pirating Microsoft's upcoming operating system, Windows 8, because he is tired of the company's Windows activation issues. He argues that pirating Windows is easier than actually activating a legit copy."

Submission + - Microsoft announces Kinect for Windows (winbeta.org)

BogenDorpher writes: During the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Microsoft announced that the Kinect would be available for Windows begining February 1st of this year. On top of that, the price was revealed to be $250, which is $100 more than the Kinect for Xbox.
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Submission + - Windows 8 to have Storage Spaces (t.co)

BogenDorpher writes: "In a new Windows 8 blog post, Microsoft details a new feature to Windows 8 called Storage Spaces. This new feature allows for a safe and efficient storage pool for those who have large amounts of data and fear drive failures."

Submission + - Windows Phone 7.5 has built-in emoticons (winbeta.org)

BogenDorpher writes: We already know that words are the best way to describe how you feel. But sometimes words alone are not enough and we need a picture to show our feelings. Well, that's where emoticons come in. Microsoft has provided a cheat sheet of all the built-in emoticons in Windows Phone 7.5

Submission + - Windows 8 now allows you to sign in via a picture (winbeta.org)

BogenDorpher writes: Microsoft is showing off a new feature called "picture password" in Windows 8. Microsoft is claiming that this new feature is optional and not a replacement to the text password, but instead a cool and secure new way to sign-in

Submission + - Buy a Windows Phone, get $25 app card (winbeta.org)

BogenDorpher writes: Microsoft is enticing smartphone users to jump ship and purchase a new Windows Phone with a $25 prepaid app card. The offer is only available in the United States, DC, and Puerto Rico.

Submission + - Microsoft Reveals the Path to Windows 8 RTM (winbeta.org)

BogenDorpher writes: "Microsoft revealed its plans for Windows 8's release during the Build developer's conference. We learned that Windows 8 will have only a few more milestones before going final. First we will have a beta, a release candidate, release to manufacturing, and finally, general availability."

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