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Windows 8 Explorer gets the ribbonSubscribers have just a couple days before Netflix forces them into higher priced plans, iTunes Match gets released to developers, and Windows 8's Explorer window gets the ribbon from Office.
-It's Tuesday, August 30, 2011, I'm Wilson Tang on CNET.com, and it's time to get loaded. Details of the next version of Microsoft's flagship desktop operating system called Windows 8 have serviced. The venerable windows explorer gets a major facelift courtesy of the Microsoft office with the programs. That's right the explorer window will now use the ribbon for better or worse. Microsoft says that in their research, the top 10 commands in windows explorer as used 82% of the time. Commands will be grouped together in file home share view and manage tabs. Microsoft says the new Windows explorer can display even more files in the same space as windows 7. Apple has released its iTunes Match service to developers to start testing before it opens up to consumers. iTunes Match will scan and use this library to find music and cross reference to files to Apple's own library, so users won't have to spend or weeks uploading music. As part of the test, developers will get to try the service free of charge as well as 3 months free. When the service is released, it will cost 24.99 a month and covers up 25,000 songs. Developers are already reporting a nice surprise. iTunes Match will allow users to stream music in addition to downloading. Additionally, in more iCloud news, a note suggests that Snow Leopard users won't be left out of the cold. Apple is apparently gearing up to release an update to the older OS that will allow users to sync with its upcoming iCloud service. Nintendo's Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword has finally gotten a release date as well as special edition for fans. The game itself will be released on November 20th, but Nintendo is prepping a special edition that comes with a golden remote plus. The special edition is said to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the popular video game series. Both stand alone and special editions will come with a special symphony concert CD. Netflix users will have just a few days to decide, which plan to get before the company forces them into significantly higher cost plans. In July, Netflix announced that the popular 10-dollar month single DVD and streaming plan is going away. Instead, each plan will cost 7.99 each for 15.98 for both. To make the change or to cancel, just visit your Netflix account page. WikiLeaks has published an unredacted cache of a quarter-million U.S. State Department cables. Unlike previous leaks by the anti secrecy organization, the 1.7 gigabyte file contains uncensored names and material that already has government agencies and protective sources in reprisal. The file that was leaked was encrypted, but the password was also leaked giving everyone access to the secret information. WikiLeaks for its part says it did not leak the password. Those are your headlines for today. I'm Wilson Tang for CNET.com and you just been loaded.