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.
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.
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.
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.