8 months after its release in October 2012, Windows 8 has finally surpassed Windows Vista in usage. Microsoft’s latest desktop OS boasts 5.1% market share, whereas the WIndows Vista share has shrunk to 4.62%.
The data comes from research company and market tracker Net Applications. Their research shows that Windows 8 isn’t too far behind Mac OS X (all versions combined), either. At 6.63% combined, Apple’s OS is just at arms reach for the latest release of the Redmond company. Read more »
Couple of weeks ago, Microsoft released Office Mobile app for Office 365 users on iOS. Now Microsoft has released a new app for iOS as well as Windows 8 for SkyDrive Pro users.
Like the one before, the SkyDrive Pro app is only for Office 365 users. You sign in using your account details and then you will be able to access, view and upload documents in your SkyDrive Pro folder. You can download these files for offline viewing, create new folders and share your content with others. Read more »
It’s been two years since Microsoft acquired Skype but it’s hard to tell that the way things have been handled ever since. One would have expected tighter integration of Skype in Microsoft’s products but that didn’t quite happen and at times competing platforms seem to be getting Skype services before Microsoft’s own.
That seems to be changing now (finally) with the upcoming launch of Windows 8.1. According to the sources at The Verge, Microsoft will be integrating Skype functionality directly within the operating system. As of now, you have to use the Skype application, which would then be dropped once the service is integrated within the OS. Read more »
It’s been a busy month and it’s not over yet – Microsoft is kicking off its BUILD conference to talk about the future of Windows, Windows Server, Windows Azure, Visual Studio, and more. It should come as no surprise that Windows 8.1 will be a hot topic at the conference but there will be some Windows Phone talk too (about app development, not new features and certainly no GDR3 update).
The Day 1 keynote is minutes away from starting and you can watch it after the break. Read more »
Any gamer knows that the sound in the game matters as much as the visuals. In fact, at times, it matters more, especially when the enemy may not be on the screen but you could still hear them. Normally, people use headphones while gaming but often the level of immersion from just two speakers leaves a lot to be desired and not everyone can afford to purchase a pair of surround sound headphones.
As a solution to this problem, Razer has released a new software for Windows PCs that let you enjoy the benefits of a surround sound headphones from any old pair of stereo headphones. It uses virtual surround sound (which is what most surround sound headphones use anyway) to recreate the experience of listening to a 7.1 channel system through just two speakers. Read more »
Today Samsung has announced the Ativ Tab 3 – a tablet, utilizing an Atom CPU to runs Windows 8.
We got a chance to spend some time with the Ativ Tab 3 and we snapped lots of pics. Read more »
At today’s Premiere event in London Samsung officially announced two tablets – the convertible ATIV Q and ATIV Tab 3. Both devices run Windows 8, while the ATIV Q can dual boot Android as well.
Starting up with the Samsung ATIV Q, as it is the more interesting slate of the two. It’s built around a 13.3″ display with the jaw-dropping resolution of 3200 x 1800 pixels. Read more »
Samsung’s Galaxy & Ativ event in London will start in just a few hours and we already known what to expect from the Galaxy side. We’re getting teasing glimpses of what the Ativ line will bring – the Ativ One and Ativ Book.
Meanwhile, Samsung Indonesia jumped the gun and announced that the Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite. Read more »
It’s time for yet another Humble Bundle and as usual this one brings some great new games for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android. In case you are unaware, Humble Bundle lets you choose your own price for the bundle and also how that money is split between the developers, the Humble Bundle team and charity.
Included in this month’s bundle are Aquaria, Fractal, Organ Trail: Director’s Cut, Stealth Bastard Deluxe and Pulse. If you choose to pay above the average amount, which currently is $4.68, then you will also get Frozen Synapse and Broken Sword: Director’s Cut. Other than Pulse, which is exclusive to Android, all other games are available on Windows, Mac, Linux and Android. Read more »
Microsoft has decided to make their Surface RT tablet more attractive to educational institutions by offering massive discounts. Now, schools and colleges will be able to purchase the 32GB Surface RT for just $199, which normally costs $499 to the general public.
If they choose to go with the optional Touch Keyboard Cover option, then it would set them back by $249 instead of the usual $599 and the Type Keyboard Cover model would cost $289 instead of $629. All models come with Microsoft Office as standard. Read more »
The Skype video messaging service is finally out of beta and is now available to all Skype users. It is available on the desktop in Skype for Windows desktop, Windows 8, OS X and on the mobile for Skype for iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry. The service is currently not available on Windows Phone.
For those who don’t know, Skype video messaging lets you send short video messages over Skype. Unlike your regular video calls, the recipient of these messages need not be online when you send them and can view them whenever they log into Skype. Basically, video messaging is to video calls what SMS is to voice calls. Read more »
Opera has a very popular browser on both desktop and mobile platforms alike but unlike its biggest rival Google’s Gmail, Opera Mail hasn’t really taken off the ground.
Today Opera announce Opera Mail, which isn’t the mail-providing service but a desktop mail client designed to bring you your emails in a clean and efficient fashion. Read more »
Adobe has released Lightroom 5, the next major version of its photo editing software for Windows and OS X. A beta was released back in April and since then Adobe has fixed more than 400 bugs to bring you this final version.
The latest version brings along several new features, such as advanced healing brush, upright function to adjust tilted subjects, smart previews, video slideshows, highlight and shadow recovery, improved photo book creation, location based organization and much more. Read more »
A deluge of new laptops hit after Intel announced its next generation Core processors and Sony unveiled the spiritual successor of the Vaio Z (and P to some extent), the Vaio Pro, plus a new Vaio Duo.
The Sony Vaio Pro comes in 13.3″ and 11.6″ versions, both targeting “lightest laptop with touch, ever” for their respective sizes, thanks to a carbon fiber build. The big one weighs 1,060g, while the small one tips the scale at just 871g. Read more »
Qualcomm is working with Microsoft to introduce the Snapdragon 800 chipset to future Windows RT 8.1 devices, making it just the third to make it to the young platform after Snapdragon S4 (also Qualcomm’s chip) and NVIDIA’s Tegra 3.
The chip uses four Krait 400 cores with a maximum clock speed of 2.2 GHz, the Adreno 330 graphics chip and has support for LTE. Read more »