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Roop Kumar Rathod

 profile of singer Roop Kumar Rathod.

Roop Kumar Rathod.

Profession: Playback Singer, Bollywood.
Family: Wife , Sonali

He wanted to be different! He wanted to carry on his father's legacy! He wanted to make a difference! He has done all that and more. That's Roop Kumar Rathod for you, who has carved his own special niche in the world of music, be itghazals or playback singing.His is a voice that stands out amongst the rest, a voice that stirs your heart. The unforgettable award winning song 'Sandese aate hain' from the film 'Border', is just an example.

Roopkumar is the son of the late Pandit Chaturbhuj Rathod, the classical luminary who in his time also groomed Kalyanji – Anandji and singer Manhar.Roop Kumar choose to continue his father's legacy and learnt the tabla and began to play with Pankaj Udhas and Anup Jalota unlike elder brother Shravan Rathod (of the Nadeem-Shravan duo) who took up music composing or younger brother Vinod Rathod who took to playback singing. He played the tabla for Shyam Benegal's 'Discovery of India', for ghazals, Qawaalis, Bhajans sung by Lata Mangeshkar, performed on stage.

He was even called for select songs like those of Laxmikant – Pyarelal’s Sur Sangam.His first love still remains playing the tabla, a passion he gave up in 1984 to start a new career in the field of singing.

Before long he realized that this was not his goal, so he entered the world ofghazals. Soon after carving his niche in ghazals, he established himself as a good playback singer to reckon with, while experimenting with fusion music and giving music concerts with Gurtu and others. Constantly donning different roles, he believes that learning is a never-ending process, which is why he still learns the nuances of ghazal singing from his guru Ustad Niyaz Ahmed Khan.

Roopkumar Rathod was introduced as a playback singer by Laxmikant – Pyarelal in Angaar (1992), though his brother (Nadeem -) Shravan was already an established music director. Filmmaker Shashilal Nair, who had heard Roop at a concert, told Laxmikant that he would like him to sing. They were sufficiently impressed by the youngster to make him the prime singer later in films like Bhairavi (‘Om Namah Shivaye’ and ‘Moh Maaya Ko’), Gumraah (‘Duniya Kismat Aur Khuda’ and ‘Main Tera Aashiq Hoon’), Mohabbat Ki Arzoo (‘Raha Jo Dil Mein’) and Tejaswini. Anu Malik used his voice in ‘Barsaat Ke Mausam Mein’ (Naajayaz) while Nadeem – Shravan gave him a few lines in Raja and an insignificant song in Andolan and some other forgettable films.

But Roopkumar was finally established with his 1997 hit Border (Anu Malik) in which he sang ‘To Chalun’ and the chartbuster – 6c4 cum – award winner‘Sandesein Aate Hain’. He has subsequently sung under various top composers in films as varied as Anu Malik’s Hero ,Hindustani and Kareeb(‘Tum Juda Hokar Hamein’), Anand – Milind’s Dahek and Hogi Pyar Ki Jeet, Vishal’s Hu Tu Tu (all songs for Nana Patekar) and Godmother, Raamlaxman’s Hum Saath Saath Hain.Roopkumar Rathod has sung in Champion (Anu Malik), Censor (a qawwali) for Jatin – Lalit and Sanjeev Darshan in Aashiq.

His best songs include ‘Kho Diye Jitne Lamhe’ (Vinashak), Jatin – Lalit’s ‘Zindagi Maut Na Ban Jaye’ (Sarfarosh) and ‘Yeh Zameen Hai Rehguzar’ (Dillagi) and ‘Khamosh Raat’ under A. R. Rahman for Thakshak. His Aashirwaad title song ‘Nanhi Si Muskaan’ and those of other television series like Discovery of India, Badaltey Rishtey and Rishtey are among his other accomplishments.

Roop is happliy married to Sonali. She hails from a business family and is the daughter Leena Jhaveri, a classical dancer. A dedicated student of Indian classical music, her basic grounding came from Purshottam Upadhyay and Hridaynath Mangeshkar, under whom she still trains. In 1978, she lost her singing voice, and the condition remained for 6 years, defying medical treatment. Wanting to remain in music, even if not vocal, she began to learn the sitar. And her voice slowly ‘came back’ and she honed it with her riyaaz. Ustad Niyaz Ahmed Khan also groomed her.

Sonalee came out with an album Aaghaaz (she won the Best ghazal singer award the same year) in 1986. Her other albums include Bhajan Kalash, Bhajan Yatra and Khazana (all live), Mogra Nu Phool in Gujrati, Shabnam and Dilkash.

While Roop continues to be a leading composer – singer outside films and is open for films after the success of Mohabbat Ho Gayee. Sonali continues in her traditional vein with increasing popularity.

Best Of Roop Kumar Rathod:
Song	Movie

Chhota Sa Mann Hai	Bas Itna sa Khwab hai

Le Chalen Doliyon Mein	Filhaal
Rehna toh hai	Tum
To Chalun	Border
Watan Waalon	Indian

Phool Khila De - Roop Kumar Rathod

Album:

Life Express

Singers:

Roop Kumar Rathod
Starring:

Kiran Janjani, Rituparna Sengupta, Divya Dutta, Alok Nath, Yashpal Sharma,Nandita Puri
Music:

Roop Kumar Rathod
Director:

Anup Das
Lyricist:

Shakeel Azmi
Year:

2010
Language:

Hindi
Category:

Latest
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Le Chalen Doliyon Mein-roop Kumar-chitra

Album:

Filhaal

Singers:

Chithra, Roop Kumar Rathod
Starring:

Palash Sen, Sanjay Suri, Sushmita Sen,Tabu
Music:

Anu Malik
Director:

Meghna Gulzar
Lyricist:

Gulzar
Year:

2002
Language:

Hindi
Category:

Latest
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Tu Hi Tu - Roop Kumar And Javed Ali

Album:

Haasil

Singers:

Roop Kumar, Javed Ali
Starring:

Hrishitaa Bhatt, Jimmy Shergill
Music:

Jatin-lalit
Director:

Tigmanshu Dhulia
Lyricist:

Israr Ansari
Year:

2003
Language:

Hindi
Category:

Latest
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Raga Gandhi Malhar Tum Main Sab Roop KumarGandharva

Album:

Swaranjali Pt Kuamr Gandharva

Singers:

Pt Kumar Gandgarva
Music:

Pt Kumar Gandharva
Year:

1992
Language:

Hindustani
Category:

Album
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Mela Dilon Ka - Roop Kumar Sonu Alka

Album:

Mela

Singers:

Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan, Sadhana Sargam, Abhijee
Starring:

Aamir Khan, Twinkle Khanna
Music:

Anu Malik, Leslie Lewis, Rajesh Roshan
Director:

Dharmesh Darshan
Lyricist:

Dev Kohli, Dharmesh Darshan, Sameer
Year:

2000
Language:

Hindi
Category:

Latest
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Aisa Koi Zindagi Se

Album:

Vaada - Roop Kumar Rathod

Singers:

Roopkumar Rathod
Starring:

Roop Kumar Rathod
Music:

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan
Lyricist:

Roop Kumar Rathod
Year:

2000
Language:

Hindi
Category:

Ghazals
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Roz - E - Awwal

Album:

Vaada - Roop Kumar Rathod

Singers:

Roopkumar Rathod
Starring:

Roop Kumar Rathod
Music:

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan
Lyricist:

Roop Kumar Rathod
Year:

2000
Language:

Hindi
Category:

Ghazals
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Ye Subah Saans Legi

Album:

Vaada - Roop Kumar Rathod

Singers:

Roopkumar Rathod
Starring:

Roop Kumar Rathod
Music:

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan
Lyricist:

Roop Kumar Rathod
Year:

2000
Language:

Hindi
Category:

Ghazals
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Doob Rahe Ho

Album:

Vaada - Roop Kumar Rathod

Singers:

Roopkumar Rathod
Starring:

Roop Kumar Rathod
Music:

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan
Lyricist:

Roop Kumar Rathod
Year:

2000
Language:

Hindi
Category:

Ghazals
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Chori Chori

Album:

Vaada - Roop Kumar Rathod

Singers:

Roopkumar Rathod
Starring:

Roop Kumar Rathod
Music:

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan
Lyricist:

Roop Kumar Rathod
Year:

2000
Language:

Hindi
Category:

Ghazals
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Windows 8

Windows 8 is the next version of Microsoft Windows, a series of operating systemsproduced by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and businessdesktops, laptops, netbooks, tablet PCs, servers and media center PCs. In June 2011 at the Consumer Electronics Show Microsoft announced that it would be including support for system-on-a-chip (SoC) and mobile ARM processors in Windows 8.[2][3] A 32-bit Milestone 1 build, build 7850, with a build date of September 22, 2010, was leaked to BetaArchive, an online beta community, which was soon leaked to P2P/torrent sharing networks on April 12, 2011.[4] Milestone 1 includes a ribboninterface for Windows Explorer,[5] a PDF reader called Modern Reader, an updatedtask manager called Modern Task Manager,[6] and native ISO image mounting.[7] A 32-bit Milestone 2 build, build 7927, was leaked to The Pirate Bay on August 29, 2011 [8] right after many pictures leaked on BetaArchive the day before.[9] Features of this build are mostly the same as build 7955.[10] A 32-bit Milestone 2 build, build 7955, was leaked to BetaArchive on April 25, 2011.[11] Features of this build were a new pattern login and more.[12] A 64-bit Milestone 3 build, build 7959, was leaked to BetaArchive on May 1, 2011.[13] This build is notable for being the first publicly leaked Windows Server 8 build, as well as the first leaked 64-bit build.[14] A Milestone 3 build, build 7971, was released to close partners of Microsoft on March 29, 2011[15] but was kept under heavy security. However, a few screenshots were leaked. The “Windows 7 Basic” theme now uses similar metrics to the Aero style, but maintains its non-hardware accelerated design, and also supports taskbar thumbnails. The boxes that encase the “close, maximize, and minimize” buttons have been removed, leaving just the signs.[16] A 64-bit Milestone 3 build, build 7989, leaked to BetaArchive on June 18, 2011 after screenshots were revealed the previous day. An SMS feature, a new virtual keyboard, a new bootscreen, transparency in the basic theme, geo-location services, Hyper-V 3.0, and Powershell 3.0 were revealed in this build.[17] Other new features found in leaked builds include a new Welcome screen,[18] a new packaged application model called AppX that is based on Silverlight,[19] and a setting to automatically adjust window color to fit the wallpaper.[20] There is also a stripped down “Immersive” version of Internet Explorer, similar to the mobile version of Internet Explorer, but using the desktop Trident rendering engine[21] and a new “Hybrid Boot” option that uses “advanced hibernation functionality” on shutdown to allow faster startup times.[22] Another is the ability to create aPortable Workspace, an installation of Windows 8 on a USB storage device.[23] At the Microsoft Developer Forum in Tokyo on May 23, 2011, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced that the next version of Windows will be released the following year (in 2012).[24]

“And yet, as we look forward to the next generation of Windows systems, which will come out next year, there’s a whole lot more coming. As we progress through the year, you ought to expect to hear a lot about Windows 8. Windows 8 slates, tablets, PCs, a variety of different form factors.”[24]

However, the company quickly corrected Ballmer’s words in a company statement issued that afternoon.

“It appears there was a misstatement. We are eagerly awaiting the next generation of Windows 7 hardware that will be available in the coming fiscal year. To date, we have yet to formally announce any timing or naming for the next version of Windows.”[25]

On June 1, 2011, Microsoft officially unveiled Windows 8 and some of its new features at the Taipei Computex 2011 in Taipei (Taiwan) and at the D9 conference in California (United States).[26][27] The main feature that was shown was the new user interface. On August 15, 2011, Microsoft opened a new blog called ‘Building Windows 8’ for users and developers.[28] Microsoft will cover more of the new features and improvements in Windows 8 at the BUILD developer conference, scheduled for September 13-16, 2011.[29]

[edit]Features

The main feature that was shown is the extensively redesigned user interface, optimized for touch as well as use with mice and keyboards. A new “Start screen”, similar to the one in Windows Phone 7, includes live application tiles. It replaces the Start menu, being triggered by the Start button or Windows key, and is also the first screen shown on startup. The user can go to the regular desktop by choosing the “Desktop” tile or a traditional desktop-based application. Windows 8 has a new developer platform according to Microsoft Vice President Julie Larson-Green, who called it “our new developer platform, which is…based on HTML5 and JavaScript.”[30] The new applications run in full-screen, but two of them can be displayed side-by-side using “Snap”. Examples of new applications that were demoed include a Twitter client, a weather application, a stock-tracking application, an RSS news feeder, and a virtual piano. The new interface is primarily designed for 16:9 screen resolutions, with 1366×768 and larger screens able to display two Windows 8 applications. 1024×768 screens can display one Windows 8 application in full-screen, and 1024×600 screens can only use the traditional Windows desktop.[31] Mike Angiulo confirmed at Computex 2011 that Windows 8 will use OEM Activation 3.0 instead of Windows 7 OEM Activation 2.1, which supposedly makes it less prone to cracks. Microsoft is a U.S. computer software and hardware corporationheadquartered in Redmond, Washington. The company’s best-known products include the Windows operating system and Office productivity suite.

Previewing ‘Windows 8’

Article by Julie Larson-Green, corporate vice president, Windows Experience.

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REDMOND, Wash. – June 1, 2011 – Today, at the D9 Conference, we demonstrated the next generation of Windows, internally code-named “Windows 8,” for the first time. Windows 8 is a reimagining of Windows, from the chip to the interface. A Windows 8-based PC is really a new kind of device, one that scales from touch-only small screens through to large screens, with or without a keyboard and mouse.

The demo showed some of the ways we’ve reimagined the interface for a new generation of touch-centric hardware. Fast, fluid and dynamic, the experience has been transformed while keeping the power, flexibility and connectivity of Windows intact.

Here are a few aspects of the new interface we showed today:

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Fast launching of apps from a tile-based Start screen, which replaces the Windows Start menu with a customizable, scalable full-screen view of apps.
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Live tiles with notifications, showing always up-to-date information from your apps.
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Fluid, natural switching between running apps.
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Convenient ability to snap and resize an app to the side of the screen, so you can really multitask using the capabilities of Windows.
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Web-connected and Web-powered apps built using HTML5 and JavaScript that have access to the full power of the PC.
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Fully touch-optimized browsing, with all the power of hardware-accelerated Internet Explorer 10.
We also showed effortless movement between existing Windows programs and new Windows 8 apps. The full capabilities of Windows continue to be available to you, including the Windows Explorer and Desktop, as does compatibility with all Windows 7 logo PCs, software and peripherals.

Julie Larson-Green, Corporate Vice President, Windows Experience
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Although the new user interface is designed and optimized for touch, it works equally well with a mouse and keyboard. Our approach means no compromises — you get to use whatever kind of device you prefer, with peripherals you choose, to run the apps you love. This is sure to inspire a new generation of hardware and software development, improving the experience for PC users around the world.

Today, we also talked a bit about how developers will build apps for the new system. Windows 8 apps use the power of HTML5, tapping into the native capabilities of Windows using standard JavaScript and HTML to deliver new kinds of experiences. These new Windows 8 apps are full-screen and touch-optimized, and they easily integrate with the capabilities of the new Windows user interface. There’s much more to the platform, capabilities and tools than we showed today.

We are excited to bring an innovative new platform and tools to developers and see how their creativity jumpstarts a new generation of apps. Windows 8 apps can use a broad set of new libraries and controls, designed for fluid interaction and seamless connectivity. Apps can add new capabilities to Windows and to other apps, connecting with one another through the new interface. For example, we showed today how a developer can extend the file picker control to enable picking from their own app content or from within another Windows 8 app, in addition to the local file system and the network. We’re just getting started.

And this isn’t just about touch PCs. The new Windows experience will ultimately be powered by application and device developers around the world — one experience across a tremendous variety of PCs. The user interface and new apps will work with or without a keyboard and mouse on a broad range of screen sizes and pixel densities, from small slates to laptops, desktops, all-in-ones, and even classroom-sized displays. Hundreds of millions of PCs will run the new Windows 8 user interface. This breadth of hardware choice is unique to Windows and central to how we see Windows evolving.

The video below introduces a few of the basic elements of the new user interface. Although we have much more to reveal at our developer event, BUILD (Sept. 13 - 16 in Anaheim, Calif.), we’re excited to share our progress with you.

Building "Windows 8" - Video #1
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Today’s demonstration followed our announcements earlier this year about Windows 8 running on System on a Chip (SoC) processors, and our browser engine innovations and significantly increased standards support in Internet Explorer 10. Windows 8 extends these innovations and reimagines every level of the Windows architecture — the kernel, networking, storage, devices, user interface — all building on the broadest and richest ecosystem of software, peripherals and devices.

We have so much more on the way! We’re working very hard to get the product ready for early testing, and we plan to kick off our engineering dialogue through our team blog, just as we did for Windows 7.

So please stay tuned — we have a lot of cool innovation coming in the months ahead.

By Julie Larson-Green
Corporate Vice President, Windows Experience

Minimum System Requirements for Windows 8

As soon as you heard about the coming release of Windows 8, you are probably wondering what kind of hardware updates, or replacement of your current home desktop or laptop you are going to have to make. It has already been demonstrated in a presentation by Microsoft, that the OS will work on many devices and Windows 8configurations. Actually, Windows 8 will be the first multi-device OS system to be released. It is expected that there will be a Windows 8 driver available for just about every component that exists. That being said, let’s have a look at the general situation so you can assess the situation for yourself.

  • Multi-device? What this means is the operating system is designed so that it can work on desktops, laptops, tablets and even mobile phones. The mobile phones will probably come from the big manufacturers such as Nokia. The Windows Phone was not successful, mainly because it required the specific production of hardware for it to operate. Windows 8 will operate on devices like our desktop and laptop that have the operating system stored on the hard drive, or devices that do not have a hard drive, known as SoC (system on chip), such as your tablet and smartphone.
  • Updgrade? Every time there is any development in any OS, and Windows 8 will be no different. You can expect that a better machine will do a better job. That is just the way it is. It is a combination of the strategy manufacturers use so that your current machine will go out of date, and you will need to buy another one, and the fact that there are developments and improvements all the time. So, the issue of upgrade will depend on what you currently own. If it is more than a year old, chances are you will need to get a better machine. Read on.
  • Expected Requirements. A reasonable and probably very accurate guess can be made. You will probably need 2g of RAM (already very common in many machines) and a processor with a minimum of 1.5ghz. These are still very low configurations as many machines already on the market for some time have 4g of RAM and over 2.5ghz. To really enjoy Windows 8, something more like the latter configuration is probably the best. The first example, is really the very bottom limit of what you need.
  • Touch Screen. Windows 8 has been designed with a touch-screen mentality in mind. Something like what we see with the iPad. This is the new way that all computer operating systems are going. Don’t panic, it will still work very well with your keyboard and mouse, and you will be able to switch to the standard desk-top type view if you want.

Microsoft is really lifting their game with this new operating system. Demonstrations show it to be smooth, fast and very sleek.

Is Microsoft putting too much emphasis on touch in Windows 8?

By Adrian Kingsley-Hughes | September 1, 2011, 10:04am PDT Summary: Can an operating system be optimized for both touch and standard input methods? Microsoft believes so.

As more information comes out from Redmond about Windows 8, it’s clear that Microsoft has its sights set on the operating system being tablet ready. But is Microsoft putting too much emphasis on tablets at the expense of traditional Windows-powered systems. In a blog post on Building Windows 8, Microsoft’s President of the Windows Division Steven Sinofsky shows off the new Windows 8 start screen and how the upcoming OS will be both “a reimagined” and a “no compromises” release.

Some of you are probably wondering how these parts work together to create a harmonious experience. Are there two user interfaces? Why not move on to a Metro style experience everywhere? On the other hand, others have been suggesting that Metro is only for tablets and touch, and we should avoid “dumbing down” Windows 8 with that design.

So, how’s it going to work? According to Sinofsky, Windows 8 will be a ”balancing act” that will see “both of user interfaces together harmoniously” within Windows 8.

We knew as we designed the Windows 8 UI that you can’t just flip a bit overnight and turn all of that history into something new. In fact, that is exactly what some people are afraid of us doing. Some have said that is the only path to take. Yet, even those who have fully embraced tablets also own a laptop for those times when they need more precise control or need to use one of the apps that are mission critical (and are still being developed). In people’s desire not to carry around two different devices, “remote desktop” programs for tablets and phones have become popular but extremely awkward attempts to harness the usefulness of the Windows 7 desktop within a new form factor.

Sinofsky dismisses the idea of completely redesigning the Windows UI from the ground up and converting everything to the Metro UI because Microsoft as now come up with a “design that truly affords you the best of the two worlds we see today.”

[I]f you want to stay permanently immersed in that Metro world, you will never see the desktop-we won’t even load it (literally the code will not be loaded) unless you explicitly choose to go there! This is Windows reimagined.

I’ve got to admit that I’m worried. With the traditional UI now being optional, Microsoft is putting an awful lot of time and effort into making its Windows 8 tablet ready. But how big will the market be for “touch-enabled” Windows 8 devices such as tablets and high-end notebooks featuring touch screens? Right now the only company that can seem to turn out tablets in any volume is Apple, and Apple isn’t shoehorning a desktop operating system onto its iPad. While Sinofsky is clever enough not to say it in the blog post, the feeling I get is that Microsoft now sees the traditional desktop UI as “legacy,” and that’s worrying. It’s worrying because it’s now clear that Microsoft can’t Metro-fy things like Windows Explorer and is instead relying on the using a ribbon UI. Problem with the ribbon is that it’s hardly touch-friendly. Does this look “touchy” to you?

WINDOWS 8: NATIVE ISO AND VHD MOUNTING + VIDEO

Posted by matthewkol in Featured ArticlesMicrosoft NewsWindows 8 Videos on August 30th, 2011 | 1 Comment

In a new “Building Windows 8″ blog entry, Microsoft elaborates on how Windows 8 will react to storage files like ISO and VHD. An ISO file is usually found on a CDROM – but those are rare these days and ISO files are mostly found online. So in Windows 8, ISO files will be automatically “mounted,” creating a virtual CDROM that will function just like a normal one. VHD files are given very similar treatment. A VHD file is basically an “image” of the hard disk for use as a virtual disk all the same ways physical ones are. It is used commonly for Hyper-V to store information for Virtual Machines. To access a VHD file in Windows 8, click, find the new icon, use just as any other storage device, and eject. Watch the video below for a walkthrough, and watch closely at 0:23-0:33 and at 2:23-2:38: is Microsoft teasing us again with a new taskbar and start screen?

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WEEKLY ROUNDUP: WINDOWS 8 NEWS

Posted by matthewkol in Uncategorized on August 29th, 2011 | No Comments

So as you probably know, there has been a slew of leaks and information about Windows 8 these past few days – and in case you missed any of it (or is the type of person who only reads the first post on a website), here’s the link to four brand new articles Windows8Center has written for your enjoyment. 1.) New Designs for Windows 8 Apps Begin to Emerge 2.) Mystery Quad Core Tablet Running Windows 8 3.) Milestone 2 Windows 8 Build 7972 Leaks

4.) New Windows Explorer Interface in “Building Windows 8″ Blog

What do you think about all the news? Sound off in the comments!

UPDATE: New Windows 8 Ad

UPDATE 2: New “Building Windows 8″ Video: Native ISO and VHD Mounting (There sure is a lot of news these past few days!)

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MICROSOFT SHOWS OFF WINDOWS 8 UI/TABLET IN COMMERCIAL? UPDATE

Posted by matthewkol in UncategorizedWindows 8 ImagesWindows 8 NewsWindows 8 RumorsWindows 8 Videos on August 29th, 2011 | No Comments

A new ad has appeared on Vimeo for Microsoft’s Windows Enterprise group. What’s particularly interesting about this (that Winrumors first spot) is a new taskbar UI for Windows that Microsoft seems to display twice in the video. It is to be noted that in the video normal versions of Vista and Windows 7 are shown, giving me the impression that many Microsoft OS’s are being displayed here, so the one with the new taskbar could very well be Windows 8. The design is in accordance with the Metro UI design paradigms: a flattened Windows Start icon with a clock in the middle. It also seems to be translucent. Keep reading for what Windows8Center saw in the video! UPDATE: Winrumors has updated its post stating that the taskbar is just a theme from a popular theming tool called Rainmeter; however, the next part of the article still stands. A glimpse into Windows 8? What Windows8Center discovered was a tablet with a Fujitsu logo. It seems very similar to the picture of the “mystery quad-core tablet,” which you can read about here. The woman in the ad appears to be using it for work and is seen typing on some sort of virtual keyboard. Since two Microsoft operating systems can be found in this video (Vista and Windows 7), it’s not a stretch that Microsoft would include Windows 8. Not to mention the fact that Fujitsu was actually the company that announced the world’s first Mango smartphone earlier this week. What do you think of the relationship between Microsoft and Fujitsu? Sound off in the comments!

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NEW “BUILDING WINDOWS 8″ POST: EXPLORER IMPROVEMENTS

Posted by matthewkol in Featured ArticlesWindows 8 NewsWindows 8 Videos on August 29th, 2011 | 1 Comment

Earlier today, Microsoft posted another entry in its new “Building Windows 8″ blog. It begins by elucidating on the history and evolution of the popular tool Windows Explorer, from Windows 1.0 to Windows XP to finally Windows 7. Then some interesting data is shown: how often different commands are used in Explorer (the top 10 commands people use are 81.8% of Explorer command use and the top 7 are all for manipulating/managing files), how people access these commands most frequently (86.7% of commands are accessed by either way of the right-click menu or hotkeys, and only 10.9% come from the command bar, the most visible UI element in Explorer in Windows 7 and Vista.), and finally, which of the top 10 commands are found in the command bar (only Refresh and the command bar itself.) A clear user interface design principle is that frequently used commands should be easy to get to. The Windows 8 team, realizing that the last few iterations of Microsoft’s flagship operating system have not adhered to this axiom, set out to revamp Explorer.                                                                                   Top 10 commands in Windows Explorer                                                                              How commands are accessed These thoughts have materialized in a new ribbon interface which exposes a lot of the “hidden gems” in Explorer that most consumers don’t even know exist and gives quick and easy access to the most popular commands in a touch-friendly way. As an added bonus, the ribbon interface is already familiar to most users that have Office 2007 or 2010.  The new UI, despite the ribbon subtracting screen real estate from the top of the window (excessive toolbars in Internet Explorer, anyone?), actually ends up being more spacious than its predecessor because of a few smart rearrangements. New ribbon interface with overlay showing Command usage pecent Real estate comparison between Windows 7 Explorer and Windows 8 Explorer You can also watch the new video here:

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MILESTONE 2 WINDOWS 8 BUILD 7927

Posted by matthewkol in Featured ArticlesWindows 8 ImagesWindows 8 Leaks on August 29th, 2011 | No Comments

Earlier today, a Milestone 2 version of Windows 8 leaked and is circulating on torrent sites. The build is an early sample if Microsoft’s work with the Milestone 2 stage of Windows 8. It was compiled in February, so it’s pretty old and does not contain any new improvements or features. Microsoft is well into the 80.xx build numbers and revealed today that it is at the 8059 stage of Windows 8, which was unveiled during a video demonstration (“Building Windows 8”) of the new ribbon user interface in Windows 8′s Explorer.

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MYSTERY QUAD-CORE WINDOWS 8 TABLET?

Posted by matthewkol in Windows 8 ImagesWindows 8 NewsWindows 8 Rumors on August 29th, 2011 | 1 Comment

On Wednesday, August 24th, a group of technology enthusiasts convened for Microsoft’s annual Tech Ed conference in Auckland, New Zealand. Microsoft reportedly showcased a plethora of new gadgets in a session entitled “Windows Devices.” One of these devices is an Windows 8 ready unbranded slate which has never been seen before. Two pictures were taken and posted online by self-described Microsoft fanboy and IT consultant Alan Burchill from a session with Microsoft Principal Architect Patrick Hevesi. Burchill mentioned alongside the pictures that the device was a “Quad Core Windows Slate that will be given out at an upcoming Microsoft Event,” but those claims have since been mysteriously pulled from the post with no explanation. Burchill seems to be blatantly referring to the sold-out BUILD conference, which is scheduled to commence in two weeks on September 13. It is notable that Microsoft regularly gives away a related device at BUILD, with Windows 7′s announcement year offering laptops running the new OS.

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NEW WORK ON WINDOWS 8 APPS

Posted by matthewkol in Windows 8 ImagesWindows 8 News on August 29th, 2011 | No Comments

Companies are gearing up for the imminent release of Windows 8, and it seems the operating system has shown enough promise to pique the interest of app developers. ZDNet.com has found that Robbie Dillon, the art director of the newspaper USA Today, updated his portfolio with this image of a proposed Windows 8 USA Today app. It appears to be running on some sort of tablet/slate device.

In preparation for the Windows 8 release, this app is being built to take advantage of the touch-first, native environment of Windows 8, while retaining the look and feel of the Windows Metro UI and showcasing the content of USA Today.”

Their apparent enthusiasm for Windows 8 comes as no surprise; the news provider already has apps for the iPad, Android Honeycomb (built for tablets), Windows 7 on tablets, and even the HP TouchPad. (As well as all their smartphone counterparts.)

Jetstream Software is another company which has also showcased an app built around “social traveling.” They were also eager to expound on their history with Windows:

Jetstream has worked extensively with each new Microsoft Operating system long before it is released. We’ve been building applications on Windows 7 since early betas. By the time most companies begin development on applications for a new operating system, we’ve been using it daily for months. We’ve learned the pitfalls, what works, and most importantly what does not.”

Neowin.net warns that the app is not confirmed to built specifically for Windows 8. And remember, it’s highly likely that at the BUILD Conference, Microsoft will exhibit many more sample apps being built for Windows 8.

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WINDOWS 8 BETA RELEASE IMMINENT?

Posted by matthewkol in Windows 8 News on August 21st, 2011 | 2 Comments

A plethora of rumors have been circulating regarding the release of Windows 8, as well as its RTM, pre-release, and beta counterparts. Windows8Center wrote about the possibility that Windows 8 beta release would take place at Microsoft’s BUILD Conference in September. On August 16th, Microsoft kicked off its new blog called “Building Windows 8” with its first entry, written by Steven Sinofsky, the president of the Windows Division. The blog’s intent is to “make sure that we have a reasonable degree of confidence in what we talk about, before we talk about it. Our top priority is the responsibility we feel to our customers and partners, to make sure we’re not stressing priorities, churning resource allocations, or causing strategic confusion among the tens of thousands of you who care deeply and have much invested in the evolution of Windows.” The entry mainly talks about the blog itself, but it does give little hints about what is to come. “The next major event for Windows is our BUILD conference in September, where we will provide developers with more details about the full spectrum of tools and capabilities available to make the most of Windows 8.” While it’s not exactly transparent about a beta, it’s clear that a lot more information about Windows 8 and its features will be presented in September. Thanks to the new blog, we can look forward to a bit more illumination on Windows 8 that’s reliable and not just a rumor.

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DELL PEJU WINDOWS 8 TABLET

Posted by matthewkol in Windows 8 Rumors on July 25th, 2011 | 1 Comment

For a long time, Dell has been a steadfast and loyal partner to Microsoft. Even outside of desktops and laptops, Dell has equipped its products with the latest from Microsoft. Case in point – The Dell Venue Pro smartphone runs on Windows Phone 7, and the innovative Dell Inspiron Duo runs on Windows 7. Yes, Dell has made feeble attempts at Android mobile devices, but none of those have been quite as lucrative as Dell would have expected. It’s interesting that after Dell released the Android phone and tablets, it released a Windows Phone and a Windows tablet, implying that Dell might be abandoning Android in favor of Microsoft software. This might explain why there have been rumors that Dell would be releasing another tablet in January 2012 (codenamed Peju), but recent news from http://dellpejuinsider.blogspot.com/ suggests otherwise, claiming that the release is slated for October 2011. The most fascinating aspect of this tablet, aside from the hardware specs that would put it on another level from competitors, is the fact that it’s purported to be Windows 8 compatible. The expected specs are below, along with a picture of the Peju itself:

  • CPU: Intel Core i5 processor
  • Memory: 4 GB
  • Storage: 64 GB SSD or 120 GB SSD
  • Display: 10.1-inch, wide-angle, 1920×1080
  • OS: Windows 7 Pro / Windows 8 Compatible
  • Slots/ ports: 2-USB, Mini VGA, HDMI, microSD, audio, SIM (3G)
  • Battery: integrated, 5,500 mAh, 6 – 8 hour real-world battery life
  • Connectivity: WiFi b/g, Bluetooth, 3G & 4G
  • Webcam: 1.3 MP Front Facing & 5MP Rear Facing Camera
  • Input: Touch, Stylus, Bluetooth Keyboard, & USB Keyboard. via the docking station. (Keyboard not included)
  • Dimensions: 10.8 x 6.7 x 0.63 inches, 1.9 lbs.

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This takes Windows in a direction that I don’t want to see it take … that is one of oversimplification, or to put that another way, dumbing down. Balancing acts are tricky, and until I see it in action, I’m worried that Microsoft is getting too obsessed with touch. While Metro looks nice (well, it looks nice on smartphones, it’s too early to tell what it will be like on the desktop), smearing lots of lipstick on a pig’s snout doesn’t change the fact that it’s a pig. Unless Metro actually morphs into a complete replacement for the current UI, it’ll be nothing more than a dumbed down shell hiding the “real” Windows underneath.

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Microsoft recently previewed Windows 8 to customers, partners and media at the Computex show in Taipei. Vice President Mike Angiulo ran the system on tablets, notebooks and desktop systems made by Dell Inc, Asustek Computer Inc, and Quanta Computer Inc using chips and technology from ARM Holdings Plc, Qualcomm Inc, Texas Instruments Inc and Nvidia Corp.

Here are — things you need to know about Windows 8 which Microsoft claims 8 is a reimagining of Windows, from the chip to the interface.

8 Things About Windows 8

What does Microsoft have up its sleeve for Windows 8? Details are scant, but for the first time since Microsoftreleased Windows 7 (July 2009) proof Microsoft is busy prepping its next OS is surfacing on the Web. As tablets and “the cloud” continue to de-emphasize the traditional desktop OS, Microsoft really can’t afford to rest on its Windows 7 laurels.

The era of cellphones, tablets, the cloud, and even gaming appear to be figuring strongly into Microsoft’s thinking for Windows 8. From what I can piece together Microsoft appears to be mixing the best of many of its products and services into one streamlined computing experience called Windows 8.

Here are eight things about Windows 8 I culled from the Web that hint to what might see in the final release.

Windows 8 Milestone 2 build 7955 leaked

Windows 8 – Build 7955

A Milestone 2 version of Windows 8 leaked publicly on Monday.

The build is currently being distributed on FTPs and file sharing sites after an anonymous leakster posted the bits to the beta archive site. The build is an early sample of Microsoft’s work with Windows 8 and does not reflect the current state of winmain builds.

The build is currently available on private FTP sites and is expected to be made available on the usual torrentand file sharing sites in the next few hours.

You can unlock the following in 7955:
– Ribbon UI
– Application Folder (now working, in 7850 it was broken)
– Full DWM (hideblur)

The following requires the ”red pill”:
– Webcam
– Login (that ugly guy with ctrl+alt+del, the fishy wallpaper, pattern login)
– TaskUI (new taskmanager)
– PDF Reader
– Immersive Browser

Microsoft is currently working on various Windows 8 features and is expected to deliver an early copy to developers at its Windows Developer Conference (WDC) in September. Here’s a round-up of the latest Windows 8 news:

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Designing for Metro style and the desktop

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We thought it would be good to take a moment to talk about where we are heading in terms of the user interface of Windows 8.

By now you’ve seen two different elements of the Windows 8 design—first, a Metro style user interface we showed previously and in a video seen by millions of folks. And recently, we have described in this blog some of the enhancements we’re making to familiar Windows desktop tools such as Explorer and the copy file dialog. We’ve seen a lot of dialog about these changes.

Some of you are probably wondering how these parts work together to create a harmonious experience. Are there two user interfaces? Why not move on to a Metro style experience everywhere? On the other hand, others have been suggesting that Metro is only for tablets and touch, and we should avoid “dumbing down” Windows 8 with that design.

This is a balancing act, and one we’ll be talking quite a lot about in this blog in the coming months. Having both of user interfaces together harmoniously is an important part of Windows 8. As a starting point for the discussion, here is how we approached the design of Windows 8 from the very beginning.

We started planning Windows 8 during the summer of 2009 (before Windows 7 shipped). From the start, our approach has been to reimagine Windows, and to be open to revisiting even the most basic elements of the user model, the platform and APIs, and the architectures we support.  Our goal was a no compromise design.

This is an ambitious undertaking—it involves tools, APIs, languages, UI conventions, and even some of the most basic assumptions about a PC. For example, how do you isolate applications from each other, or prevent applications from stealing all your battery power? How can installing (and removing) apps be as quick and painless as changing the channel on the TV? How do you attract the broadest set of developers possible to a new platform? How do you build a touch-first interface with a unique point of view?

When we showed the first demos of Windows 8, we introduced our new Metro experience—fast and fluid, immersive, beautiful, and app-centric. We are certain that as we show you more in the coming months you will see just how deeply we have reimagined Windows.  Metro style is much more than the visual design as we shall see.

Image showing the Metro UI with the word "Start", and several tiles representing different apps in Windows 8.

At the same time, we recognized that Windows 7 has been a huge success. Not just as measured by sales figures or by the number of people using it, but also by the depth of usage. Hundreds of millions of people rely on the Windows 7 UI and existing Windows apps and devices every day, and would value (and expect) us to bring forward aspects of that experience to their next PCs.

In this light, the role of the Windows desktop is clear. It powers the hundreds of thousands of existing apps that people rely on today, a vast array of business software, and provides a level of precision and control that is essential for certain tasks. The things that people do today on PCs don’t suddenly go away just because there are new Metro style apps. The mechanisms that people rely on today (mice, physical keyboards, trackpads) don’t suddenly become less useful or “bad” just because touch is also provided as a first-class option. These tools are quite often the most ergonomic, fast, and powerful ways of getting many things done.

We knew as we designed the Windows 8 UI that you can’t just flip a bit overnight and turn all of that history into something new. In fact, that is exactly what some people are afraid of us doing. Some have said that is the only path to take. Yet, even those who have fully embraced tablets also own a laptop for those times when they need more precise control or need to use one of the apps that are mission critical (and are still being developed). In people’s desire not to carry around two different devices, “remote desktop” programs for tablets and phones have become popular but extremely awkward attempts to harness the usefulness of the Windows 7 desktop within a new form factor.

Why not just start over from scratch? Why not just remove all of the desktop features and only ship the Metro experience? Why not “convert” everything to Metro?  The arguments for a “clean slate” are well known, both for and against. We chose to take the approach of building a design without compromise. A design that truly affords you the best of the two worlds we see today. Our perspective rests on the foundation of the open PC architecture that has proven flexible and adaptable over many significant changes in hardware capabilities and software paradigms.  This is the flexibility that has served as a cornerstone through transitions in user interface, connectivity, programming models, and hardware capabilities (to name a few).

We believe there is room for a more elegant, perhaps a more nuanced, approach. You get a beautiful, fast and fluid, Metro style interface and a huge variety of new apps to use. These applications have new attributes (a platform) that go well beyond the graphical styling (much to come on this at Build).  As we showed, you get an amazing touch experience, and also one that works with mouse, trackpad, and keyboard. And if you want to stay permanently immersed in that Metro world, you will never see the desktop—we won’t even load it (literally the code will not be loaded) unless you explicitly choose to go there!  This is Windows reimagined.

But if you do see value in the desktop experience—in precise control, in powerful windowing and file management, in compatibility with hundreds of thousands of existing programs and devices, in support of your business software, those capabilities are right at your fingertips as well. You don’t need to change to a different device if you want to edit photos or movies professionally, create documents for your job or school, manage a large corpus of media or data, or get done the infinite number of things people do with a PC today. And if you don’t want to do any of those “PC” things, then you don’t have to and you’re not paying for them in memory, battery life, or hardware requirements.  If you do want or need this functionality, then you can switch to it with ease and fluidity because Windows is right there. Essentially, you can think of the Windows desktop as just another app.

Windows 8 brings together all the power and flexibility you have in your PC today with the ability to immerse yourself in a Metro style experience. You don’t have to compromise! You carry one device that does everything you want and need.  You can connect that device to peripherals you want to use. You can use devices designed to dock to large screen displays and other peripherals.  You can use convertible devices that can be both immersive tablets and flexible laptops.

Which brings us back to the improvements we’re making to the desktop experience: we believe in the Windows desktop. It powers the experiences today that make a Windows 7 PC the most popular device in the world. So, even if we believe that over time many scenarios will be well-served by Metro style apps, for the foreseeable future, the desktop is going to continue to play a key role in many people’s lives. So we are going to improve it. We’re having a good dialog about what folks might think about our design choices but also wanted to put these choices in a broader context of the unmatched utility of the desktop.

Our design goal was clear: no compromises. If you want to, you can seamlessly switch between Metro style apps and the improved Windows desktop. Existing apps, devices, and tools all remain and are improved in Windows 8. On the other hand, if you prefer to immerse yourself in only Metro style apps (and platform) and the new user experience, you can do that as well!  Developers can target the APIs that make sense for the software they wish to deliver.  People can debate how much they need or don’t need different aspects of the product, but that has always been the case.  All of this is made possible by the flexibility of Windows.

This is just the beginning of the discussion. There’s so much more to talk about as we dive into details about the Windows 8 UI. We’re delivering a whole new experience, reimagined from the chips all the way to the user experience, to enable new scenarios, new apps, and new ways of using a PC.

–Steven

WINDOWS 8: NATIVE ISO AND VHD MOUNTING + VIDEO
Posted by matthewkol in Featured Articles, Microsoft News, Windows 8 Videos on August 30th, 2011 | 1 Comment
In a new “Building Windows 8″ blog entry, Microsoft elaborates on how Windows 8 will react to storage files like ISO and VHD. An ISO file is usually found on a CDROM – but those are rare these days and ISO files are mostly found online. So in Windows 8, ISO files will be automatically “mounted,” creating a virtual CDROM that will function just like a normal one.







VHD files are given very similar treatment. A VHD file is basically an “image” of the hard disk for use as a virtual disk all the same ways physical ones are. It is used commonly for Hyper-V to store information for Virtual Machines. To access a VHD file in Windows 8, click, find the new icon, use just as any other storage device, and eject.







Watch the video below for a walkthrough, and watch closely at 0:23-0:33 and at 2:23-2:38: is Microsoft teasing us again with a new taskbar and start screen?





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WEEKLY ROUNDUP: WINDOWS 8 NEWS
Posted by matthewkol in Uncategorized on August 29th, 2011 | No Comments
So as you probably know, there has been a slew of leaks and information about Windows 8 these past few days – and in case you missed any of it (or is the type of person who only reads the first post on a website), here’s the link to four brand new articles Windows8Center has written for your enjoyment.

1.) New Designs for Windows 8 Apps Begin to Emerge

2.) Mystery Quad Core Tablet Running Windows 8

3.) Milestone 2 Windows 8 Build 7972 Leaks

4.) New Windows Explorer Interface in “Building Windows 8″ Blog

What do you think about all the news? Sound off in the comments!

UPDATE: New Windows 8 Ad

UPDATE 2: New “Building Windows 8″ Video: Native ISO and VHD Mounting (There sure is a lot of news these past few days!)

 



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MICROSOFT SHOWS OFF WINDOWS 8 UI/TABLET IN COMMERCIAL? UPDATE
Posted by matthewkol in Uncategorized, Windows 8 Images, Windows 8 News, Windows 8 Rumors, Windows 8 Videos on August 29th, 2011 | No Comments
A new ad has appeared on Vimeo for Microsoft’s Windows Enterprise group. What’s particularly interesting about this (that Winrumors first spot) is a new taskbar UI for Windows that Microsoft seems to display twice in the video. It is to be noted that in the video normal versions of Vista and Windows 7 are shown, giving me the impression that many Microsoft OS’s are being displayed here, so the one with the new taskbar could very well be Windows 8. The design is in accordance with the Metro UI design paradigms: a flattened Windows Start icon with a clock in the middle. It also seems to be translucent. Keep reading for what Windows8Center saw in the video! UPDATE: Winrumors has updated its post stating that the taskbar is just a theme from a popular theming tool called Rainmeter; however, the next part of the article still stands.



A glimpse into Windows 8?

What Windows8Center discovered was a tablet with a Fujitsu logo. It seems very similar to the picture of the “mystery quad-core tablet,” which you can read about here. The woman in the ad appears to be using it for work and is seen typing on some sort of virtual keyboard. Since two Microsoft operating systems can be found in this video (Vista and Windows 7), it’s not a stretch that Microsoft would include Windows 8. Not to mention the fact that Fujitsu was actually the company that announced the world’s first Mango smartphone earlier this week. What do you think of the relationship between Microsoft and Fujitsu? Sound off in the comments!





 

 



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NEW “BUILDING WINDOWS 8″ POST: EXPLORER IMPROVEMENTS
Posted by matthewkol in Featured Articles, Windows 8 News, Windows 8 Videos on August 29th, 2011 | 1 Comment
Earlier today, Microsoft posted another entry in its new “Building Windows 8″ blog. It begins by elucidating on the history and evolution of the popular tool Windows Explorer, from Windows 1.0 to Windows XP to finally Windows 7. Then some interesting data is shown: how often different commands are used in Explorer (the top 10 commands people use are 81.8% of Explorer command use and the top 7 are all for manipulating/managing files), how people access these commands most frequently (86.7% of commands are accessed by either way of the right-click menu or hotkeys, and only 10.9% come from the command bar, the most visible UI element in Explorer in Windows 7 and Vista.), and finally, which of the top 10 commands are found in the command bar (only Refresh and the command bar itself.) A clear user interface design principle is that frequently used commands should be easy to get to. The Windows 8 team, realizing that the last few iterations of Microsoft’s flagship operating system have not adhered to this axiom, set out to revamp Explorer.



                                                                                  Top 10 commands in Windows Explorer                                                                         

    How commands are accessed

These thoughts have materialized in a new ribbon interface which exposes a lot of the “hidden gems” in Explorer that most consumers don’t even know exist and gives quick and easy access to the most popular commands in a touch-friendly way. As an added bonus, the ribbon interface is already familiar to most users that have Office 2007 or 2010.  The new UI, despite the ribbon subtracting screen real estate from the top of the window (excessive toolbars in Internet Explorer, anyone?), actually ends up being more spacious than its predecessor because of a few smart rearrangements.



New ribbon interface with overlay showing Command usage pecent

Real estate comparison between Windows 7 Explorer and Windows 8 Explorer

You can also watch the new video here:





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MILESTONE 2 WINDOWS 8 BUILD 7927
Posted by matthewkol in Featured Articles, Windows 8 Images, Windows 8 Leaks on August 29th, 2011 | No Comments
Earlier today, a Milestone 2 version of Windows 8 leaked and is circulating on torrent sites. The build is an early sample if Microsoft’s work with the Milestone 2 stage of Windows 8.



It was compiled in February, so it’s pretty old and does not contain any new improvements or features. Microsoft is well into the 80.xx build numbers and revealed today that it is at the 8059 stage of Windows 8, which was unveiled during a video demonstration (“Building Windows 8”) of the new ribbon user interface in Windows 8′s Explorer.





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MYSTERY QUAD-CORE WINDOWS 8 TABLET?
Posted by matthewkol in Windows 8 Images, Windows 8 News, Windows 8 Rumors on August 29th, 2011 | 1 Comment
On Wednesday, August 24th, a group of technology enthusiasts convened for Microsoft’s annual Tech Ed conference in Auckland, New Zealand. Microsoft reportedly showcased a plethora of new gadgets in a session entitled “Windows Devices.” One of these devices is an Windows 8 ready unbranded slate which has never been seen before. Two pictures were taken and posted online by self-described Microsoft fanboy and IT consultant Alan Burchill from a session with Microsoft Principal Architect Patrick Hevesi.





Burchill mentioned alongside the pictures that the device was a “Quad Core Windows Slate that will be given out at an upcoming Microsoft Event,” but those claims have since been mysteriously pulled from the post with no explanation. Burchill seems to be blatantly referring to the sold-out BUILD conference, which is scheduled to commence in two weeks on September 13. It is notable that Microsoft regularly gives away a related device at BUILD, with Windows 7′s announcement year offering laptops running the new OS.



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NEW WORK ON WINDOWS 8 APPS
Posted by matthewkol in Windows 8 Images, Windows 8 News on August 29th, 2011 | No Comments
Companies are gearing up for the imminent release of Windows 8, and it seems the operating system has shown enough promise to pique the interest of app developers. ZDNet.com has found that Robbie Dillon, the art director of the newspaper USA Today, updated his portfolio with this image of a proposed Windows 8 USA Today app. It appears to be running on some sort of tablet/slate device.



“In preparation for the Windows 8 release, this app is being built to take advantage of the touch-first, native environment of Windows 8, while retaining the look and feel of the Windows Metro UI and showcasing the content of USA Today.”

Their apparent enthusiasm for Windows 8 comes as no surprise; the news provider already has apps for the iPad, Android Honeycomb (built for tablets), Windows 7 on tablets, and even the HP TouchPad. (As well as all their smartphone counterparts.)

Jetstream Software is another company which has also showcased an app built around “social traveling.” They were also eager to expound on their history with Windows:



“Jetstream has worked extensively with each new Microsoft Operating system long before it is released. We’ve been building applications on Windows 7 since early betas. By the time most companies begin development on applications for a new operating system, we’ve been using it daily for months. We’ve learned the pitfalls, what works, and most importantly what does not.”

Neowin.net warns that the app is not confirmed to built specifically for Windows 8. And remember, it’s highly likely that at the BUILD Conference, Microsoft will exhibit many more sample apps being built for Windows 8.



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WINDOWS 8 BETA RELEASE IMMINENT?
Posted by matthewkol in Windows 8 News on August 21st, 2011 | 2 Comments
A plethora of rumors have been circulating regarding the release of Windows 8, as well as its RTM, pre-release, and beta counterparts. Windows8Center wrote about the possibility that Windows 8 beta release would take place at Microsoft’s BUILD Conference in September.

On August 16th, Microsoft kicked off its new blog called “Building Windows 8” with its first entry, written by Steven Sinofsky, the president of the Windows Division. The blog’s intent is to “make sure that we have a reasonable degree of confidence in what we talk about, before we talk about it. Our top priority is the responsibility we feel to our customers and partners, to make sure we’re not stressing priorities, churning resource allocations, or causing strategic confusion among the tens of thousands of you who care deeply and have much invested in the evolution of Windows.”

The entry mainly talks about the blog itself, but it does give little hints about what is to come. “The next major event for Windows is our BUILD conference in September, where we will provide developers with more details about the full spectrum of tools and capabilities available to make the most of Windows 8.” While it’s not exactly transparent about a beta, it’s clear that a lot more information about Windows 8 and its features will be presented in September.

Thanks to the new blog, we can look forward to a bit more illumination on Windows 8 that’s reliable and not just a rumor.



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DELL PEJU WINDOWS 8 TABLET
Posted by matthewkol in Windows 8 Rumors on July 25th, 2011 | 1 Comment
For a long time, Dell has been a steadfast and loyal partner to Microsoft. Even outside of desktops and laptops, Dell has equipped its products with the latest from Microsoft. Case in point – The Dell Venue Pro smartphone runs on Windows Phone 7, and the innovative Dell Inspiron Duo runs on Windows 7. Yes, Dell has made feeble attempts at Android mobile devices, but none of those have been quite as lucrative as Dell would have expected. It’s interesting that after Dell released the Android phone and tablets, it released a Windows Phone and a Windows tablet, implying that Dell might be abandoning Android in favor of Microsoft software.

This might explain why there have been rumors that Dell would be releasing another tablet in January 2012 (codenamed Peju), but recent news from http://dellpejuinsider.blogspot.com/ suggests otherwise, claiming that the release is slated for October 2011. The most fascinating aspect of this tablet, aside from the hardware specs that would put it on another level from competitors, is the fact that it’s purported to be Windows 8 compatible. The expected specs are below, along with a picture of the Peju itself:

CPU: Intel Core i5 processor
Memory: 4 GB
Storage: 64 GB SSD or 120 GB SSD
Display: 10.1-inch, wide-angle, 1920×1080
OS: Windows 7 Pro / Windows 8 Compatible
Slots/ ports: 2-USB, Mini VGA, HDMI, microSD, audio, SIM (3G)
Battery: integrated, 5,500 mAh, 6 – 8 hour real-world battery life
Connectivity: WiFi b/g, Bluetooth, 3G & 4G
Webcam: 1.3 MP Front Facing & 5MP Rear Facing Camera
Input: Touch, Stylus, Bluetooth Keyboard, & USB Keyboard. via the docking station. (Keyboard not included)
Dimensions: 10.8 x 6.7 x 0.63 inches, 1.9 lbs.


the News Corp. empire

the empire of Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch Biography (Keith Rupert Murdoch) : CEO of News Corporation – Media & Entertainment Company
Famous for : Building one of the largest media empires in the world with interests in television, film, pay TV, the Internet, newspapers, and publishing.
Murdoch details : Born – March 11, 1931 Melbourne, Australia / Lives – New York, United States of America

More Mordoch : Rupert Murdoch Companies / News Corporation – MySpace.com Profile – Wendi Deng – News Corporation to be Carbon Neutral -Global Warming Speech – Lachlan Murdoch QuotesRupert Murdoch has grown the giant mammoth of a media company “The News Corporation” into one of the largest and most influential media groups in the world from a small town newspaper in Australia. Murdoch wields considerable power with his global media company and is often wooed by politicians to persuade him to favorably cover their campaigns. His empire covers television, filmed entertainment, cable network programming, book publishing, direct broadcast satellite television, magazines and newspapers operating in the United States, Australia, Continental Europe, the United Kingdom, Asia and the Pacific Basin.

Murdoch was born in Melbourne, Victoria – Australia on the 11th of March, 1931. He grew up in Australia and studied at the Oxford University in the United Kingdom. He then worked briefly at the “Daily Express” newspaper before taking the reigns from his father’s (Sir Keith Murdoch) newspaper in Adelaide Australia called “the Adelaide News”.

The Adelaide News was Rupert Murdochs base to launch into the global media empire he went on to create. He made the small town newspaper profitable enough to move from Adelaide and begin his continual quest to acquire companies, grow them or create them.

Murdoch acquired some of the most popular and widely read newspapers in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. His rise through the ranks often caused controversy and outrage because of his ruthless management style and desire to succeed. In an attempt to flush out the corruption, waste, overstaffing and theft that flourished in his London based operations Murdoch had to confront the workers union. His actions caused many protests and petitions against Murdoch and his companies (one magazine article gave him the nick name of “The Dirty Digger”) but his commitment to cut costs and increase profits did eventually win out in the end.

“I’m a catalyst for change … You can’t be an outsider and be successful over 30 years without leaving a certain amount of scar tissue around the place.” Rupert Murdoch

In an effort to expand his television interests further in the United States Rupert Murdoch became an American citizen in 1985. Throughout the 80s his Australian listed Media company the News Corporation continued to grow rapidly, acquiring interests in newspapers, magazine, book publishing, television stations, film and more.

The rapid growth of News Corporation and expansion into satellite TV also brought massive loans. During a downturn in the early 90s Murdoch and his media empire had difficulty paying its bills. Many of his American magazine interests were sold to pay off some of the loans and things eventually turned around for Murdoch.

“The world is changing very fast. Big will not beat small anymore. It will be the fast beating the slow.” Rupert Murdoch

The slight pause in growth in the early 90s quickly ended and the media mogul continued his path of of acquisition and growth. The company owns some of the largest and most popular brands in many areas of the media industry including:
20th Century Fox, Fox Television Studios, DIRECTV, Harper Collins Publishers, Festival Records and the New York Post.

See a listing of more News Corporation Companies here..

Rupert Murdoch divorced his wife (and the mother to four of his children) Anna Murdoch in 1998 after more than 30 years of marriage. He then went on to marry a member of his staff in the Asian operations (Star TV) of News Corporation. Wendi Deng is roughly 40 years younger than Murdoch. Two of his sonsLachlan Murdoch and James Murdoch did work in their father’s company and hold important positions, until Lachlan left.

The effect that Rupert Murdoch has had on the media and entertainment industry is massive. Along the way he created an empire that has gone from strength to strength, securing positions in every important media and country. Murdoch continues to push his News Corporation company forward and is leading the way into the lucrative Chinese market, that has up until now, been out of reach for Western media companies. With his great success and power he has also created a lot of critics, but Murdoch continues to brush them all aside and is happily living his life with his young wife and is continuing to grow his global media empire.

In 2007 at the age of 76, Rupert Murdoch has showed that he is still open to change. The media mogul released an ambitious plan to to tackle the problems of global warming by making his global corporation carbon neutral. He told 47,000 employees that they will not only cut their energy use, but that the word on climate change will also be put out through his many media outlets. Read more about the News Corporation energy initiativeor see the full speech given by Rupert Murdoch in May 2007.Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Birthdate: 3/11/31

Education: Oxford University

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Founder of News Corp. Ltd., which owns newspapers, magazines, book publishing houses, a movie studio (20th Century Fox) and a television network (Fox Broadcasting Company).

Marriage: Patricia Murdoch (divorced); Anna Murdoch (divorced); Wendi Deng

Children: Prudence (with Patricia Murdoch); Elisabeth, Lachlan, James (with Anna Murdoch)

In recent years, Australian-born billionaire Rupert Murdoch has used the U.S. government’s increasingly lax media regulations to consolidate his hold over the media and wider political debate in America. Consider Murdoch’s empire: According to Businessweek, “his satellites deliver TV programs in five continents, all but dominating Britain, Italy, and wide swaths of Asia and the Middle East. He publishes 175 newspapers, including the New York Post and The Times of London. In the U.S., he owns the Twentieth Century Fox Studio, Fox Network, and 35 TV stations that reach more than 40% of the country…His cable channels include fast-growing Fox News, and 19 regional sports channels. In all, as many as one in five American homes at any given time will be tuned into a show News Corp. either produced or delivered.” But who is the real Rupert Murdoch? As this report shows, he is a far-right partisan who has used his empire explicitly to pull American political debate to the right. He is also an enabler of the oppressive tactics employed by dictatorial regimes, and a man who admits to having hidden money in tax havens. In short, there more to Rupert Murdoch than meets the eye.

In 2003, Rupert Murdoch told a congressional panel that his use of “political influence in our newspapers or television” is “nonsense.” But a close look at the record shows Murdoch has imparted his far-right agenda throughout his media empire.

MURDOCH THE WAR MONGER: Just after the Iraq invasion, the New York Times reported, “The war has illuminated anew the exceptional power in the hands of Murdoch, 72, the chairman of News Corp… In the last several months, the editorial policies of almost all his English-language news organizations have hewn very closely to Murdoch’s own stridently hawkish political views, making his voice among the loudest in the Anglophone world in the international debate over the American-led war with Iraq.” The Guardian reported before the war Murdoch gave “his full backing to war, praising George Bush as acting ‘morally’ and ‘correctly’ and describing Tony Blair as ‘full of guts'” for his support of the war. Murdoch said just before the war, “We can’t back down now – I think Bush is acting very morally, very correctly.” [New York Times, 4/9/03; Guardian, 2/12/03]

MURDOCH THE NEOCONSERVATIVE: Murdoch owns the Weekly Standard, the neoconservative journal that employed key figures who pushed for war in Iraq. As the American Journalism Review noted, the circulation of Murdoch’s Weekly Standard “hovers at only around 65,000. But its voice is much louder than those numbers suggest.” Editor Bill Kristol “is particularly adept at steering Washington policy debates by inserting himself and his views into the discussion.” In the early weeks of the War on Terror, Kristol “shepherded a letter to President Bush, signed by 40 D.c= opinion-makers, urging a wider military engagement.” [Source: AJR, 12/01]

MURDOCH THE OIL IMPERIALIST: Murdoch has acknowledged his major rationale for supporting the Iraq invasion: oil. While both American and British politicians strenuously deny the significance of oil in the war, the Guardian of London notes, “Murdoch wasn’t so reticent. He believes that deposing the Iraqi leader would lead to cheaper oil.” Murdoch said before the war, “The greatest thing to come out of this for the world economy…would be $20 a barrel for oil. That’s bigger than any tax cut in any country.” He buttressed this statement when he later said, “Once [Iraq] is behind us, the whole world will benefit from cheaper oil which will be a bigger stimulus than anything else.” [Guardian, 2/17/03]

MURDOCH THE INTIMIDATOR: According to Agence France-Press, “Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News Channel threatened to sue the makers of ‘The Simpsons’ over a parody of the channel’s right-wing political stance…In an interview this week with National Public Radio, Matt Groening recalled how the news channel had considered legal action, despite the fact that ‘The Simpsons’ is broadcast on sister network, Fox Entertainment. According to Groening, Fox took exception took a Simpsons’ version of the Fox News rolling news ticker which parodied the channel’s anti-Democrat stance with headlines like ‘Do Democrats Cause Cancer?'” [Source: Agence France-Press, 10/29/03]

MURDOCH THE NEWS EDITOR: “When The New York Post tore up its front page on Monday night to trumpet an apparent exclusive that Representative Richard A. Gephardt would be Senator John Kerry’s running mate, the newspaper based its decision on a very high-ranking source: Rupert Murdoch, the man who controls the company that owns The Post, an employee said yesterday. The Post employee demanded anonymity, saying senior editors had warned that those who discussed the Gephardt gaffe with other news organizations would lose their jobs.” [NY Times, 7/9/04]

Just as Fox claims to be “fair and balanced,” Rupert Murdoch claims to stay out of partisan politics. But he has made his views quite clear – and used his media empire to implement his wishes. As a former News Corp. executive told Fortune Magazine, Murdoch “hungered for the kind of influence in the United States that he had in England and Australia” and that meant “part of our political strategy [in the U.S.] was the New York Post and the creation of Fox News and the Weekly Standard.”

MURDOCH THE BUSH SUPPORTER: Murdoch told Newsweek before the war, Bush “will either go down in history as a very great president or he’ll crash and burn. I’m optimistic it will be the former by a ratio of 2 to 1…One senses he is a man of great character and deep humility.” [Newsweek, 2/17/03]

MURDOCH THE BUSH FAMILY EMPLOYER: As Slate reports, Murdoch “put George W. Bush cousin John Ellis in charge of [Fox’s] Election Night vote-counting operation: Ellis made Fox the first network to declare Bush the victor” even as the New Yorker reported that Ellis spent the evening discussing the election with George W. and Jeb Bush. After the election, Fox bragged that it attracted 6.8 million viewers on Election Night, meaning Ellis was in a key position to tilt the election for President Bush. [Source: Slate,11/22/00; New Yorker, 11/20/00]

MURDOCH THE MIXER OF BUSINESS AND POLITICS: James Fallows of the Atlantic Monthly points out that most of Murdoch’s actions “are consistent with the use of political influence for corporate advantage.” In other words, he uses his publications to advance a political agenda that will make him money. The New York Times reports that in 2001, for example, The Sun, Britain’s most widely read newspaper, followed Murdoch’s lead in dropping its traditional conservative affiliation to endorse Tony Blair, the New Labor candidate. News Corp.’s other British papers, The Times of London, The Sunday Times and the tabloid News of the World, all concurred. The papers account for about 35% of the newspaper market in Britain. Blair backed “a communications bill in the British Parliament that would loosen restrictions on foreign media ownership and allow a major newspaper publisher to own a broadcast television station as well a provision its critics call the ‘Murdoch clause’ because it seems to apply mainly to News Corp.” [Atlantic Monthly, 9/03; New York Times, 4/9/03]

MURDOCH THE NEW YORK CITY POLITICAL BOSS: The Columbia Journalism Review reported that during New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s first term “News Corp. received a $20.7 million tax break for the mid-Manhattan office building that houses the Post, Fox News Channel, TV Guide and other operations. During Giuliani’s 1997 reelection campaign, News Corp. was also angling for hefty city tax breaks and other incentives to set up a new printing plant in New York City. Most dramatically, Giuliani jumped in to aggressively champion News Corp. when it battled Time Warner over a slot for the Fox News Channel on Time Warner’s local cable system…Three years into Giuliani’s first term, veteran Village Voice political reporter Wayne Barrett asked Post editorial page editor Eric Breindel if the paper had run a single editorial critical of the administration; Breindel, he says, admitted it had not. According to Barrett, the paper pulled off a perfect four-year streak” of not one critical editorial. [Columbia Journalism Review, 6/98]

Rupert Murdoch thinks of himself as a staunch anti-communist. But a look at the record shows that when his own profits are on the line, he is willing to do favors for the most repressive regimes on the planet.

MURDOCH THE DEFENDER OF REPRESSIVE REGIMES: The last governor of Hong Kong before it was handed back to China, Chris Patten, signed a contract to write his memoirs with Murdoch’s publishing company, HarperCollins. But according to the Evening Standard, when “Murdoch heard that the book, East and West, would say unflattering things about the Chinese leadership, with whom he was doing satellite TV business, the contract was cancelled. It caused a furor in the press – except, of course, in the Murdoch papers, which barely mentioned the story.” According to BusinessWeek, internal memos surfaced suggesting the canceling of the contract was motivated by “corporate worries about friction with China, where HarperCollins’ boss, Rupert Murdoch, has many business interests.” [Evening Standard, 8/13/03; BusinessWeek, 9/15/98]

MURDOCH THE APOLOGIST FOR DICTATORSHIPS: Time Magazine reported that while Murdoch is supposedly “a devout anti-Soviet and anti-communist” he “became bewitched by China in the early ’90s.” In an effort to persuade Chinese dictators that he would never challenge their behavior, Murdoch “threw the BBC off Star TV” (his satellite network operating in China) after BBC aired reports about Chinese human rights violations. Murdoch argued the BBC “was gratuitously attacking the regime, playing film of the massacre in Tiananmen Square over and over again.” In 1998 Chinese President Jiang Zemin praised Murdoch for the “objective” way in which his papers and television covered China. [Source: Time Magazine, 10/25/99]

MURDOCH THE PROPAGANDIST FOR DICTATORS: While Murdoch justifies his global media empire as a threat to “totalitarian regimes everywhere,” according to Time Magazine, Murdoch actually pays the salary of a top TV consultant working to improve the Chinese government’s communist state-run television CCTV. As Time notes, “nowadays, News Corp. and CCTV International are partners of sorts,” exchanging agreements to air each other’s content, even though CCTV is “a key propaganda arm of the Communist Party.” [Source: Time Magazine, 7/6/04]

MURDOCH THE ENABLER OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATORS: According to the LA Times, Murdoch had his son James, now in charge of News Corp.’s China initiative, attack the Falun Gong, the spiritual movement banned by the Chinese government after 10,000 of its followers protested in Tiananmen Square. With Rupert in attendance, James Murdoch called the movement a “dangerous” and “apocalyptic cult” and lambasted the Western press for its negative portrayal of China’s awful human rights record. Murdoch “startled even China’s supporters with his zealous defense of that government’s harsh crackdown on Falun Gong and criticism of Hong Kong democracy supporters.” Murdoch also “said Hong Kong democracy advocates should accept the reality of life under a strong-willed ‘absolutist’ government.” It “appeared to some to be a blatant effort to curry favor” with the China’s repressive government. [LA Times, 3/23/01]

MURDOCH THE HIDER OF MONEY IN COMMUNIST CUBA: Despite a U.S. embargo of communist Cuba, the Washington Post reports, “News Corp.’s organizational chart consists of no less than 789 business units incorporated in 52 countries, including Mauritius, Fiji and even Cuba.” [Washington Post, 12/7/97]

From union busting to tax evading, Rupert Murdoch has established a shady business record that raises serious questions about his corporate ethics.

MURDOCH THE UNION BUSTER: The Economist reported that in 1986 Murdoch “helped smash the British print unions by transferring the production of his newspapers to a non-union plant at Wapping in East London.” The move “proved to be a turning-point in Britain’s dreadful industrial relations.” AP reported Murdoch specifically “slashed employment levels” at the union plant and said he would “dismiss the 6,000 striking workers” who were trying to force concessions out of the media baron. The London Evening Standard called the tactics “the biggest union-busting operation in history.” [Sources: The Economist, 4/18/98; AP, 1/27/86; Evening Standard, 11/12/98]

MURDOCH THE CORPORATE TAX EVADER: The BBC reported that “Mr. Murdoch’s die-hard loyalty to the tax loophole has drawn wide criticism” after a report found that in the four years prior to June 30, 1998, “Murdoch’s News Corporation and its subsidiaries paid only $325 million in corporate taxes worldwide. That translates as 6% of the $5.4 billion consolidated pre-tax profits for the same period…By comparison another multi-national media empire, Disney, paid 31%. The corporate tax rates for the three main countries in which News Corp. operates – Australia, the United States and the UK – are 36%, 35% and 30% respectively. Further research reveals that Mr. Murdoch’s main British holding company, News Corp. Investments, has paid no net corporation tax within these shores over the past 11 years. This is despite accumulated pre-tax profits of nearly $3 billion.” [Source: BBC, 3/25/99]

MURDOCH THE LOVER OF OFFSHORE TAX HAVENS: When a congressional panel asked if he was hiding money in tax havens, including communist Cuba, Murdoch responded “we might have in the past, I’m not denying that.” The Washington Post reports, “through the deft use of international accounting loopholes and offshore tax havens, Murdoch has paid corporate income taxes at one-fifth the rate of his chief U.S. rivals throughout the 1990s, according to corporate documents and company officials.” Murdoch “has mastered the use of the offshore tax haven.” His company “reduces its annual tax bill by channeling profits through dozens of subsidiaries in low-tax or no-tax places such as the Cayman Islands and Bermuda. The overseas profits from movies made by 20th Century Fox, for instance, flow into a News Corp.-controlled company in the Caymans, where they are not taxed.” [Source: Congressional Testimony, 5/8/03; Washington Post, 12/7/97]

MURDOCH THE ABUSER OF TAX LOOPHOLES: Even though Murdoch changed his citizenship in order to comply with U.S. media ownership rules, many of his companies have remained Australian, allowing them “to utilize arcane accounting rules that have pumped up reported profits and greatly aided Murdoch’s periodic acquisition sprees.” IRS officials point out that “U.S.-based companies face U.S. taxes on their offshore subsidiaries in the Caymans and elsewhere if more than 50 percent of the subsidiary is controlled by American shareholders. But that doesn’t apply to News Corp., an Australian company.” [Source: Congressional Testimony, 5/8/03; Washington Post, 12/7/97]

Phone hacking: FBI launches investigation into Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp

The FBI has launched an investigation into allegations that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp tried to hack the mobile phones of September 11 victims, it has been disclosed.

James Murdoch (left) and Rupert Murdoch

James Murdoch (left) and Rupert Murdoch

By Alex Spillius, in Washington and Richard Blackden in New York

8:56PM BST 14 Jul 2011

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Several powerful congressmen had demanded an inquiry into the claims, which had sparked a furious response from the families of those who lost their lives in the atrocity.

The launch of an inquiry into alleged phone hacking in the US means the scandal has now officially moved beyond the UK for the first time into News Corp’s most valuable commercial market.

It opens up a potentially hugely damaging new front for Mr Murdoch following days of revelations which have already forced the closure of the News of the World, prompted the launch of multiple criminal and judicial inquiries and led to News Corp withdrawing its bid for BSkyB.

The FBI inquiry follows the intervention of Peter King, a New York congressman, who wrote directly to the Bureau demanding an inquiry into the 9/11 claims. Reports had suggested that the News of the World attempted to buy the phone records of victims of the 2001 bombings.

“We’re looking into allegations raised by the letter by Peter King yesterday,” an FBI source said last night.

In his letter, Mr King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, had urged the FBI to look into claims that the News of the World tried to illegally access telephone records of 9/11 victims through bribes to US law enforcement officials and illegal wiretapping.

“The 9/11 families have suffered egregiously, but unfortunately they remain vulnerable against such unjustifiable parasitic strains. We can spare no effort or expense in continuing our support for them,’’ Mr King wrote in a letter to FBI Director Robert Mueller.

Jim Riches, a former deputy chief in the New York Fire Department whose 29-year-old fireman son was killed in the 9/11 attacks had also been among those calling for an investigation.

“Someone should look into it to see if their rights were violated – the family members I’ve talked to are appalled, they’re disgruntled, they have to relive the pain all over again,” he had said.

“I think they crossed the line. They’re trying to get messages from loved ones in the last moments of their lives. It’s horrible, and they should be held accountable. It’s despicable and unethical.”

America is News Corp’s largest market and home to Mr Murdoch’s hugely successful Fox cable television network. The 80-year old billionaire has lived in New York since 1974, and just over a decade later became a US citizen, something that is required to own television stations in the country. Spearheaded by the pro-Republican Fox News Channel, News Corp’s overall cable television business generates about 60 per cent of the company’s profits.

The disclosure of the FBI’s involvement came after the head of America’s corporate regulator last night pledged to “carefully” consider requests from powerful senators to investigate Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers, including alleged violation of a law that forbids US firms from bribing foreign officials.

Mary Schapiro, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, said she would examine written demands by six Congressmen to launch a probe into News Corp, Mr Murdoch’s umbrella company which is based in New York.

They have asked the SEC to look at whether News Corp may have breached America’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

“We will look at it very carefully, as we do all Congressional correspondence.” Ms Schapiro said.

The US Department of Justice meanwhile, said it was also reviewing calls for an investigation into whether the “routine phone hacking committed by News of the World journalists” in Britain could have been inflicted on American citizens.

Media watchdogs and legal experts said it was likely that an investigation would be launched, given the scale of malpractice by Murdoch employees in Britain.

The current most likely avenue for prosecution is seen as the FCPA, which forbids US firms and their overseas subsidiaries – such as News International – from bribing foreign officials. There have been repeated claims that Mr Murdoch’s publications paid inducements to police officers and others.

“They could move pretty quickly,” said Homer Moyer, a lawyer at Washington firm Miller Chevalier and an expert on the legislation. “When there has been a quite specific allegation that has been made publicly and appeared in the press, it’s pretty hard for the SEC not to react to this. It will not go unnoticed.”

Melanie Sloan, the executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, added: “I think investigations are now inevitable. If a company has a tactic used in one paper why would that change from Britain to the US? It’s obvious we don’t know everything yet, which is why an investigation is needed.”

A key member of a House of Representatives oversight committee meanwhile joined calls for Congress to look into the allegations.

Representative Bruce Braley, an Iowa Democrat, said that “Congress has important oversight responsibilities in responding to the charges” and “getting to the bottom of this evolving scandal”.

He told CNN that News Corp may have engaged in “political espionage or personal espionage”.

Mr Murdoch’s Fox News cable channel has long been accused of pro-Republican bias, but Mr Braley said that allegations of infringement of privacy were “bipartisan concern and not a partisan witch hunt”.

News Corp has not yet responded to the development that the FBI has launched an investigation.

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Other Assets

Notable brands in this branch include Hulu, an online video partnership with NBC Universal and Disney, AskMen and AmericanIdol.com.

Sharp third-quarter segment losses of $165 million were reported in May 2011.

The company citied declining advertising and search revenues related to its social networking site, MySpace, which was sold in June 2011.

Publishing

The publishing division includes daily newspapers and their digital offshoots in the U.K., Australia, Asia, and the U.S., as well as a book publishing sector and a direct marketing branch. Notable brands include the New York Post, the Wall Street Journal, HarperCollins and The Times, which is based in the U.K.

Publishing earnings have dropped sharply, according to financial reports released in May 2011 that said the division’s third-quarter operating income decreased $207 million from the previous year. The decline was partly attributed to declining advertising revenues.

* News of the World will cease publishing as of Sunday July 10, 2011

Direct Broadcast Satellite Television

This sector includes Italy’s pay TV company, Sky Italia, as well as holdings in British Sky Broadcasting, Germany’s Sky Deutschland, Asia’s TATA SKY and Australia’s FOXTEL.

In May 2011, this segment of News Corp. reported third-quarter operating income of $17 million, down from $35 million the previous year.

News Corp has a 39% stake in BSkyB and has withdrawn a bid to buy the remaining shares.

Television

The television unit includes FOX Broadcasting Company, which News Corp. touts as the top network in the U.S.

In the three months ending March 31, 2011, this division earned $192 million, up $152 million from the same time period in 2010.

The company attributed the increases to a stronger ad market as well as high revenues from the Super Bowl and National Football League playoffs.

Filmed Entertainment

The filmed entertainment sector produces and distributes movies and television programs around the globe through its branches, including 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Fox Television Studios.

The company’s recent successes have included Avatar, Black Swan andRio.

Cable Network Programming

This division, which includes FOX News Channel, FX, the National Geographic Channel, Speed and STAR, generates cable and direct broadcast satellite programming consumed in the U.S. and Asia.

This division accounted for 61 per cent of the company’s overall revenue over the past nine months, according to the New York Times.

Phone hacking: both Murdochs agree to face MPs following jail threat

Summons from parliament forces both Rupert and James Murdoch to give evidence to culture select committee

A threat of imprisonment by parliament forced Rupert Murdoch and his son James to perform a volte face and agree to give evidence next week to a Commons committee investigating why News International executives provided false information to MPs.

Hours after the parliamentary authorities delivered a summons by hand to the two Murdochs, News International announced that father and son would accept an invitation to appear before the Commons culture select committee next Tuesday.

Rebekah Brooks, the News International chief executive, had earlier accepted an invitation from the committee, which is seeking to discover why a succession of company executives provided misleading information about phone hacking.

The capitulation by the Murdochs represents a victory for parliament and the select committee system, which is often criticised for lacking bite. The culture committee issued a summons for the Murdochs after they missed a 9.30am deadline to say whether they would attend.

Lawrence Ward, the deputy serjeant at arms, hand-delivered the summons to a lawyer at the News International headquarters at Wapping. A member of the select committee said at the time: “We have taken it to Defcon Two. Whether we go up another notch is up to the house. We have been advised that parliament could vote to imprison them.”

John Whittingdale, the Tory chair of the committee, was advised by the parliamentary authorities that he could refer the matter to the Commons if the Murdochs failed to accept the summons to appear on Tuesday. MPs could then vote to summon them to the bar of the Commons – the strip on the floor of the house marking the end of the standing section for MPs – where they could have been informed of their punishment. This could have included admonishment, a fine or imprisonment, possibly in a cell under Big Ben.

The summons was issued after Rupert Murdoch said he would not give evidence to the committee until after appearing before the public inquiry chaired by Lord Justice Leveson. James Murdoch said he could not appear until 10 or 11 August. Parliament will be in recess then.

Within a few hours of the summons, James Murdoch wrote to Whittingdale to say that and his father would appear after all. But he indicated that they may not be forthcoming because they have received legal advice that they must be careful not to prejudice the police investigation into phone hacking.

James Murdoch, who said that he and his father would co-operate fully with the public inquiry to be chaired by Lord Justice Leveson, wrote: “I am, however, very much concerned that we are now being asked to answer yet further questions in a different forum. We have been advised that, in light of the fact that there are to be multiple reviews of the issues, this does carry the risk of prejudicing other judicial proceedings and in particular the ongoing police investigation and any potential subsequent prosecutions. I would therefore respectfully ask you to take the utmost care in ensuring that the committee hearing does not run any risk of prejudicing that investigation and subsequent prosecutions.”

Members of the select committee said they would dismiss any attempt by the Murdochs and Brooks not to answer their questions. “None of them has been arrested and sub judice rules do not apply,” one MP said.

Tom Watson, a Labour member of the committee who has led the campaign against phone hacking, told Channel 4 News: “We need to know what Rebekah Brooks knew about payments to police. We need to ask James Murdoch how he authorised payments to buy the silence of hacking victims. And from Rupert Murdoch we just need a wider question: why did you let this happen?”

Brooks was forced to write to the Commons home affairs select committee in April to say she had no knowledge of payments to police officers in exchange for information. The News International chief executive, who edited News of the World before moving to the Sun in early 2003, told the culture committee that year: “We have paid the police for information in the past.”

One member of the committee said: “Our committee has been pursuing this for four years. There have been two select committee inquiries. We want to get to the bottom of who knew what and when. We have had witnesses from News International who maintained at both inquiries who said there was just one rogue reporter. Since then the News of the World has closed and it is clear that after one of our investigations in 2007 evidence emerged in which complicity was uncovered. For the integrity of the committee we need to know what these witnesses knew and when they knew it. James Murdoch admitted in his statement announcing the closure of the News of the World that untruths were told to parliament He said he did not have the full picture when payments were made to victims of phone hacking. … News Corp need to amplify on what they told us. All the figures from News International who appeared before us have left the company, apart from Les Hinton.

“”No one’s going to be able to operate without a grounding in the basic sciences. Language would be helpful, although English is becoming increasingly international. And travel. You have to have a global attitude.”

“In motivating people, you’ve got to engage their minds and their hearts. I motivate people, I hope, by example — and perhaps by excitement, by having productive ideas to make others feel involved.”

“You can’t build a strong corporation with a lot of committees and a board that has to be consulted every turn. You have to be able to make decisions on your own.”

“I try to keep in touch with the details . . . I also look at the product daily. That doesn’t mean you interfere, but it’s important occasionally to show the ability to be involved. It shows you understand what’s happening.”

“Is there any other industry in this country which seeks to presume so com

Hacked: Targets of alleged U.K. phone hacking

The British tabloid News of the World allegedly hacked into the phones of thousands of people in the news, from politicians to actors to murder victims.

Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown accused News Corp. of hacking his phone and attempting to gain medical and financial records on July 11.

pletely to give the customer what he does not want?”

British actor Hugh Grant outside the Houses of Parliament in London, following a debate into the allegations of phone hacking by journalists on July 6, 2011. Grant is an alleged target of phone hacking by News of the World. (Stefan Rousseau/AP)

“]British actor Hugh Grant outside the Houses of Parliament in London, following a debate into the allegations of phone hacking by journalists on July 6, 2011. Grant is an alleged target of phone hacking by News of the World. (Stefan Rousseau/AP)