Looks like things are getting a little closer to the release of Diablo 3. They’ve started a closed beta among employees based on the recent thread on the Blizzard forums. I wonder who you have to kill to get your hands on the beta client?
FYI, we’re getting very close to starting the closed public beta test for Diablo III. You might start seeing some new reports about the beta client as we’ve begun limited external testing with employees and their families, and there is no non-disclosure agreement (NDA) for that. We look forward to sharing more info about the beta test in the near future. Stay tuned.
If you have a beta license, you are free to show, share, or talk about any portion of the beta content to which you have access, as this beta test is not confidential.
Today Microsoft has revealed for the first time information around its upcoming windows released codenamed “Windows 8”. Whether or not this will be the actual release name I don’t know, but Microsoft has been pretty quiet over the last couple of years surrounding what the successor to Windows 7 would look like, what direction it’s likely to head in and whether it will give in to the flood of “apps” in various other platforms (iOS, android, etc).
Some of the areas around the new UI covered in the video above are:
- 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.
- Live tiles with notifications, showing always up-to-date information from your apps.
- Fluid, natural switching between running apps.
- Convenient ability to snap and resize an app to the side of the screen, so you can really multitask using the capabilities of Windows.
- Fully touch-optimized browsing, with all the power of hardware-accelerated Internet Explorer 10.
As usual, Paul Thurrott @ the Supersite for Windows blog
does a great job outlining all the new stuff shown off. Paul used to work for Microsoft about 10 years ago, since then he’s created the Supersite and is very active in many other endeavors. If you’ve never heard of him and are interested in Microsoft and technology you should check it out.
You can learn more about Windows 8 over at Microsoft.com Previewing Windows 8.