Windows 8′s Impressive Interface

The PC needs saving. With Windows 8, Microsoft believes it has the magic cure.

Beautifully designed apps, ultra-simple navigation, and instinctive commands make it hard to believe Metro came from the same company that brought us Windows Vista. Interactive, “live” tiles and an intuitive app store simplify the PC. Windows 8 is as easy to use as the iPad. That’s exactly what Microsoft intended. As PC sales slump amid a surge in tablets (okay, iPads), Microsoft is creating an operating system that lets hardware makers reimagine the PC for a tablet world. The software is slated to go on sale later this year.

But let’s be clear: Under the veneer of its redesign, Windows 8 is still very much a PC operating system. It features the familiar desktop and taskbar you’ve learned to love — or hate — over the years, and it works just as well with a keyboard and mouse as it does with a touchscreen.


The iPad is the simplest entry point to what Apple calls the “post-PC” world, but PCs haven’t outlived their usefulness just yet. Most people still go to their PCs for tools like Microsoft Office and more complex content creation tasks. That’s where Microsoft sees uncharted territory.

Metro is ideal for everyday tasks like Web browsing, e-mail, photo sharing, social networking, and casual gaming. But when you need to manage files, edit a document, or do anything else you wouldn’t typically try on an iPad, a tap or click on the desktop app launches what looks and feels like the Windows 7 interface.

Source: CNN

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Yahoo Sues Facebook for Infringement of Over 10 Patents

Yahoo filed a lawsuit against Facebook Monday, alleging that the social media giant infringed on 10 of its patents related to advertising, privacy, customization, messaging and social networking.

The launch of the full-on patent battle follows last month’s media reports of Yahoo’s attempt to force Facebook to pay licensing fees for 10-20 patents.

“Yahoo has invested substantial resources in research and development through the years, which has resulted in numerous patented innovations of technology that other companies have licensed,” said Yahoo in an e-mailed statement Monday. “Unfortunately, the matter with Facebook remains unresolved and we are compelled to seek redress in federal court. We are confident that we will prevail.”


According to the lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in San Jose, Calif., Yahoo is hoping that Facebook will be ordered to pay “all damages caused to Yahoo by reason of Facebook’s infringement.” Facebook, which said it learned of Yahoo’s lawsuit at the same time as the media, said it will defend itself “vigorously against these puzzling actions.”

Yahoo’s decision to wage a patent war with Facebook is the first big step taken by new CEO Scott Thompson, who took the helm in January following a four-month search for a replacement for Carol Bartz. Meanwhile, for Facebook, the lawsuit comes at delicate time, as the company prepares to go public.

Source: CNN

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