Dating from way back in October of 2001 Windows XP has been Redmond’s most highly regarded OS until Windows 7 hit in October 2009 and for many traditionalists even after that.
And now after 13 years of service the OS is finally getting dropped by Microsoft, which has issued its last security update to the OS yesterday and will not issue more. In its statement Microsoft urges users to either upgrade their current PCs with a more recent Windows install or altogether buy a new machine (the company even has a link to latest Windows 8 machines readily awaiting your click). Read more »
Microsoft has officially announced an update to its Windows 8.1 operating system at the company’s BUILD conference in San Francisco. The Windows 8.1 update will be available for all Windows 8.1 consumers, starting April 8.
The Windows 8.1 update is focused on the navigational features of mouse and keyboard. The taskbar has also seen a significant change and you can now see taskbar in all metro apps when they move the cursor to the bottom of the screen. Read more »
If you have an Android phone, you’ve been able to use Google Now for quite some time.
Well now anyone with chrome installed on their computer can enjoy Google Now, as big G just rolled it out for Chrome. Read more »
Over at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco Intel has shown its latest beast – the Core i7 Extreme Edition – dubbed Devil’s Canyon. It’s an 8-core 16-thread processor with unlocked cores (allowing easy overclocking), support for the latest DDR4 memory and a better thermal interface.
Intel has also confirmed that its next-generation processors, Broadwell, will feature Iris Pro graphics. Broadwell chipsets will have 14-nanometer processors and will come with unlocked cores. Read more »
Microsoft has released a Mac version of their powerful note-taking application service, OneNote. For those not aware, OneNote is the Swiss Army knife of note-taking applications with more features than you’ll ever need. And with it’s native OneDrive integration, it also syncs your notes across multiple devices.
OneNote was previously available on Windows, Windows Phone, iOS and Android but now those on the Macs can also join in the note-taking fun. But to make sure more people on Windows can also take part, Microsoft has released a standalone OneNote app for Windows, free of charge, that was initially part of the Microsoft Office suite. Read more »
The fallout of the new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is already being felt, as two top executives have decided to seek greener pastures elsewhere.
Tony Bates, Executive VP of business development/evangelism and former CEO of Skype, as well as Executive VP of marketing Tami Reller will be leaving the company. Read more »
Both Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer 11 have gained some market share.
Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8 are still ruling the OS and Browser roosts at 47.31% and 21.73% respectively. Join us after the jump for a more in-depth breakdown of the numbers. Read more »
Microsoft is toying with a version of Windows 8.1 that comes with Bing, which is a different, low-cost version of the OS that comes packaged with Microsoft applications and services.
Sources say that Windows 8.1 with Bing could even be a free upgrade option for current Windows 7 users. Read more »
A few months back, Google had released an extension for Chrome that would allow you to use search simply by using your voice and saying the phrase “Ok Google”. Now, that functionality is being built-in to the browser and is available first through the new beta.
If you install or update to the latest Chrome beta, you will be able to do a voice search from the Google homepage or from the new tab page. You can use it the same way you’d use it on your Android phone, by starting with “Okay Google” and then saying your query. You can also use it to set a timer or a reminder. Read more »
Those of you using the Facebook Messenger on Windows probably got the same message as myself this morning. According to the notification, the Messenger will stop working on Monday, March 3.
There is no explanation why Facebook decided to kill its standalone messenger app, but it isn’t unexpected. Read more »
You can download Nokia Here Maps from the Windows Store starting today.
It’s available for all Windows 8.1 Tablets, PC’s, or laptops. Read more »
Microsoft has announced that the first significant update for Windows 8.1 will start rolling out in the spring.
Mr. Joe Belfiore, the vice president and manager for Windows Phone Program Management, made the announcement during the company’s press event at the Mobile World Congress. Read more »
You heard that right, Bethesda is planning the next Doom game.
There aren’t many details about the release or any features, but if you pre-order Wolfenstein: The New Order, you’ll have access to the beta. Read more »
Mozilla has announced plans on further monetizing the Firefox desktop browser, and this involves adding sponsored content through a feature called Directory Tiles. This feature will suggest sponsored content to new users after they install the browser.
Currently, the new tab page on a freshly installed Firefox shows blank tiles on the New Tab page (as seen above), which eventually get populated by your frequently browsed websites. What Directory Tiles will do is instead of showing blank tiles, it will show you content from Mozilla ecosystem, popular websites from your geographic location and sponsored content from selected Mozilla partners. The sponsored content will be explicitly marked as such so you know what you’re clicking on. Read more »
First announced in early 2012, the Modern UI based Firefox web browser is ready for download (if only in beta form). The browser is optimized for touchscreen interaction and makes use of Windows 8 features like swipe gestures, the Share charm and, of course, tiles.
Traditional Firefox features like the Awesome bar and Firefox Sync are available too. Read more »