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Jun 23, 2013

Windows 8.1 Preview System Requirements Leaked

Windows 8.1 Preview will officially debut on June 26, so more details are now reaching the web on what's being called the first major overhaul for Windows 8.

A new collection of screenshots the reached the web a few hours ago reveal the new system requirements for Windows 8.1 Preview, an update that “works great on the same hardware that powers Windows 8,” as Microsoft explains. Windows RT 8.1 Preview requires a Windows RT-capable device that's already running the tablet-oriented operating system and has at least 10 GB of free storage space.

As far as the desktop versions of Windows 8.1 Preview are concerned, here are the official system requirements:

Processor: 1 GHz or faster
RAM: 1 GB for the 32-bit version or 2 GB for the 64-bit version
Free hard disk space: 16 GB for the 32-bit version or 20 GB for the 64-bit version
Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver

Windows 8.1 Preview will debut on June 26
Image credits to Microsoft

Nokia Store to Shut Down in 2016

Owners of Symbian-based devices might have no official app store to head to when it comes to downloading applications starting with 2016, new reports on the matter suggest.

Apparently, Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia is set to shut down the Nokia Store portal for Symbian and MeeGo smartphones in about three years, at least this is what people in the know said, according to a post on thisisnokia. The info comes only weeks after Nokia was rumored to plan on halting sales of Symbian devices, and suggests that the platform is finally headed to the graveyard, although nothing has been officially confirmed on the matter for the time being.

Applications that have been already downloaded and installed on smartphones will continue to work as before even after the store closes, but users won’t be able to update them or download new ones.

Nokia Store to close in 2016
Image credits to Nokia Store

The Official Windows 8.1 Preview Betta Fish Leaked

As you most likely know if you're a Microsoft fanboy, the software maker places what it's being called a betta fish in every single testing version of its next operating system, usually as a desktop background or boot screen.

Since the debut of Windows 8.1 Preview is just around the corner, the company has reportedly created a brand new and more colorful betta fish to be used in the first major Windows 8 overhaul. The photo published by Win8China indicates that Microsoft might use the Siamese fighting fish on the boot screen this time, so we're yet to discover the official desktop background.

Windows 8.1 Preview will go live on June 26 during the BUILD developer conference, so expect more details to be provided in just a few days ahead of the big launch.

Microsoft has created a more colorful betta fish for Windows 8.1
Image credits to Win8China

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