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Windows 8 developer tablets hit eBay

09/19, 4:20pm

Windows 8 dev tablet eBay bid up to $2,700

A few of the more than 5,000 Samsung Windows 8 developer tablets given out to the attendees of last week's Build conference have now shown up for sale on eBay. The prices on the auction site have reached as high as $2,700. Based on the Slate PC 7, the device gets some detailed changes.

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Microsoft shows alternate Windows 8 home screen, Start menu

08/30, 9:50am

Windows 8 UI uses Metro design from Windows Phone

A new video from Microsoft shows how the appearance of the Start Menu will change in Windows 8. The menu has incorporated Microsoft's new official "Metro" design that first appeared on Windows Phone. The Windows 8 Start Menu uses both text and icons, and contains just four options: Settings, Devices, Share, and Search. Although different from the Windows 7 Start Menu, it was not clear from the video if this was the new standard menu for Windows 8 or if it had been user-customized.

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Windows Live Messenger Wave 5 hints Skype-based video chat

08/08, 6:10pm

Unclear how soon Skype will actually be integrated

There are new indications that Microsoft will be providing video chat capabilities into its Wave 5 release of Messenger within Windows Live. Liveside.net has posted Skype-like video icon images for Wave 5 Messenger. It is still not clear to what extent Microsoft will be able to incorporate video chat capabilities from Skype, which the company announced it was buying in May for $8.5 billion.

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Microsoft Build sells out, trails Apple's WWDC

08/02, 5:15pm

Windows 8-focused Build conference now sold out

Microsoft's Windows 8 developer conference known as Build and planned for mid-September is now sold out, the website reveals. The four-day event also includes a pre-conference day and was first announced on June 1, taking about two months to sell out. In comparison, Apple's similar-focused WWDC 2011 event sold out in just hours.

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