How to install Windows 10 preview version on VirtualBox

Installing Windows 10 on Surface Pro2 is easy and fast. I used Virtual Box to create a Virtual Machine for Windows 10. The entire process took not more than 10 minutes on my Surface Pro 2. Considering this is only a preview version, I would say the more modified and updated Windows 10 will take a little more time once it’s available. One would not want to install this Preview version on top of your current machines and is not recommended. Going through the Virtual Machine root is the safest way to save your data in case something crashes.

You can download the Technical Preview from here

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To start Install Virtual Box and create a ‘New’ Virtual Machine.

Name it whatever you feel like.I selected Windows 8.1 as version for 64 Bit for testing purpose


Select how much RAM you want to provide to the Virtual Machine. I randomly selected 3132 MB.


Create a Virtual hard dive:


My preferred way to run VMs is VDI



Following were the final settings of the VirtualBox and VDI


Now, click Start and you will be prompted to select a Virtual Disk file or a Windows 10 Preview CD


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Microsoft Surface finally

‘Surface’ the name itself suggest Microsoft’s previous strategy for developing touch based device since last couple of years. They have come up with Surface tables and when I heard the name, I could easily recollect this information. Microsoft has time and again tried promoting the idea of ‘Surface’ by its devices.

Surface 2.0 is not similar to those touch enabled tables or stands, but Microsoft’s entry into already huge Tablet Market. The market already ruled by iPad and many android devices. Will Microsoft be able to make its mark in this segment? Only time will tell.

Microsoft released a video of this amazing device, which personally ‘I like’.

There will be two versions of this device:

  • Windows 8 RT version: This version will run only metro apps. It will be powered by ARM processor. RT version weighs 676 grams and is 9.3 mm thick. A little heavier than iPad. It has a 10.6 inch Clear Type HD display and supports USB 2.0, Micro HD and microSD which gives users more choice unlike iPad. Corning’s Gorilla Glass is used and offers a stand as shown in picture. RT version will come in 32/64 GB models
  • Windows 8 Professional Version: In this one will be able to install legacy apps and work as one does on a normal Windows 8 PC. It will be powered by Intel i5 processor, which I think is a very good idea for high degree of detailed computing done by most of us. This will enable professional users to use technologies like Virtualization/HyperV in this device (though nothing is officially said about it, but Windows 8 supports such features). It weighs 903 grams and 13.5 mm thick. It also includes the 10.6-inch Clear Type display but Microsoft’s spec sheets say it is “Full HD.” It includes USB 3.0 along with microSD, and a Mini Display Port Video to watch Video Out on TV. Corning’s Gorilla Glass is used and offers a stand as shown in picture. Windows 8 version will have 64/128GB options to chose from.

With this, Microsoft will try to persuade potential buyers from Corporate who have refrained to buy iPads as it doesn’t have Microsoft Office Suite. Microsoft has kept that in mind and will be integrating everything from Skydrive to Office in its new Tablet. They have married a PC to a tablet, which is a very good idea and pushes other Tablet devices aside in this area. Performance and other aspects will only be tested and will be available later.


Surface comes with a touch keyboard hidden under its cover, with a track pad and Metro user interface keys which is very useful as being an Ipad user I sometimes feel the urge to use keyboard but not separately. Integrating Keyboard in the ‘Cover’ is a very smart idea which will help users in a very big way. There is variety of colors to choose from in terms of Keyboard and all are themed in the Metro manner.

Some more images from Microsoft Surface Website:

SkyDrive: Will it Rain ?


The war for the better cloud services and storage between the two giants Microsoft and Google is raining to the next level. Though Microsoft has been popularizing its cloud storage service using its spanking new OS Windows 8 but Google has made sure it gives all possible competition. Google recently announced its Drive and we saw Microsoft push for some more changes in its SkyDrive capabilities with extra storage space.  

As we are experiencing, the clouds are in their drizzling phase and soon we will see many more companies joining the race. The market leaders Google and Microsoft at present are neck to neck and the competition is expected to grow in years to come. Of course we can not ignore other companies in competition i.e. Apple iCloud, DropBox, Sygarsync, Cubby, Insync, Mozystash, Spyderoak to name a few.


Cloud: Size does matter !


Microsoft introduced its whopping 25 GB of free SkyDrive space (7 GB for new users and 25 GB for already registered users for limited time). Microsoft’s pitch is very ambitious with SkyDrive and they offer seamless integration, easy to use interface very similar to iCloud.

Google has only 5 GB of Drive space to offer. Only  time will tell who will win this war of cloud space but Microsoft gets an upper hand in synchronization, integration with other formats and disk space category.

There are other companies i.e. Symform which offer up to 200GB of free online space. There is catch where one gets 100 GB space initially and needs to get a referral to get another 200GB. SDExplorer too offers 25GB of cloud space


Currently Microsoft offers 7GB of online cloud space:



Once upgraded to 25 GB (for old users):



What Google Drive has to offer?




File Formats support:


We all know how much we love Microsoft Office products and cannot imagine what life would be without them. Microsoft takes a big leap in providing Office files (docx, xlsx, pptx) support on its SkyDrive. These formats are widely used by most of desktops across globe along with Office Webapps. One can upload files in batches and it works as a charm


Editing word document in SkyDrive:



SkyDrive supports viewing of popular PDF, ODF, OpernOffice and Corel’s WordPerfect. Although Google has been trying hard to counter this by providing its own Google docs etc but it still is a long way for them.


SkyDrive allows users to embed their Office documents (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) onto other web pages. These embedded documents allow anyone who visits these web pages to interact with them, such as browsing an embedded PowerPoint slideshow, or perform calculations within an embedded Excel spreadsheet. SkyDrive really excels at syncing documents created using OneNote and other Microsoft Office products like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. SkyDrive creates an experience very similar to  iCloud and works very smoothly.


Google Drive can open up to 30 types of files in a browser. It can open Photoshop files even if one doesn’t have Photoshop on computer. Google Drive creates a quick look experience inside web browser that makes it much easier to thumb through files. Drive also includes an option to turn on OCR text scanning, which means that when one uploads images to Drive, Google will scan the images for text and make them searchable. This feature is definitely missing in SkyDrive. Google Docs file format doesn’t offer synchronization with other software and we end up converting files to Microsoft Office file formats. As per enterprise perspective, Microsoft takes an edge in this domain and Office popularity puts it to a higher level.


File Sharing:


Filer sharing is very easy to use. One can make files public and share it. Another good feature in file sharing is that a user can grant viewing or editing rights to other users.





Remote Desktop Access:  Managing work like a Sir

Microsoft still beats Google on this ground as there is not such feature offered in Google Drive. There is always a need of integrating and synchronizing files from different devices. For example, you saved your work in a file at home and worked later on other parts of same doc in office. Remote access will ensure you can login to your PC from Office and copy files to SkyDrive and then integrate it with your other work which you did in Office.

Google does not offer such feature as yet. And, it will be tough for them to introduce this in longer run.




Mobile Support:

SkyDrive at present has integration with PC, Windows Phone platform, Android (Browser for SkyDrive) and iOS. But, Google is slated to introduce the feature on android and other devices. So, they both lock horns in some time on this feature.

SkyDrive uses the same metro style view for Windows phone. It’s all together same viewing experience as compared to SkyDrive on web or on PC. However, there are some restrictions when it’s accessed through Windows phone. Downloading files locally on phone memory is not allowed. One can view/edit Office documents on Windows phone using SkyDrive but saving them locally on phone is not permitted. Similarly, one can listen to the songs present on the SkyDrive but can not save it locally on the phone.

SkyDrive impression online:



SkyDrive for Windows Phone:



SkyDrive Browser (Android and Apple devices)




SkyDrive for iOS:




@Microsoft SkyDrive website



SkyDrive: Final words


SkyDrive is a very ambitious offering from Microsoft. Considering the number of competitors in the market, Microsoft has made sure SkyDrive becomes popular by offering massive cloud space to users. With more power and functionality available to end users Microsoft will surely make a difference in this market. With Windows 8 round the corner and already launched Windows Phone, SkyDrive will surely prove to be a success. Its synchronization and integration with the PC, Phone and Tablet will ensure a steady road ahead for Microsoft and team. However, the need of hour is to concentrate on removing the restrictions on file download to mobile devices.