THE END OF EXTENDED SUPPORT for Microsoft's Windows XP operating system (OS) is now exactly one year away.
Microsoft acknowledged the countdown to the end of support for Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003 almost a year ago, advising back then that it was is a good time for organisations that still have PCs running the software to migrate to a newer version, such as Windows 7.
Today marks the 365-day countdown, so the advice that Microsoft customers must abandon the Windows XP ship is now more relevant than ever.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 April 2013 13:46
According to a new report, Microsoft is working to merge Windows and Windows Phone — PC and mobile — under a new product called Windows Blue. This contradicts what we’ve previously heard — that Windows Blue was just a service/feature pack for Windows 8 — but it does make a lot of sense, and it aligns closely with what we believe to be Microsoft’s only chance of survival in the rapidly changing consumer computing market.
The report, emanating from Digitimes (which isn’t always accurate, but often is), says that the merged operating system — dubbed Windows Blue — is being developed by a new, distinct team that is separate from the Windows and Windows Phone teams. According to Digitimes, the amalgamated Windows Blue is intended to compete against Google’s Android and Chrome OSes.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 April 2013 13:44
Google purportedly is eyeing up mobile messaging service Whatsapp, with speculation suggesting that the app might be its next $1bn purchase.
That speculation comes from Digital Trends, which heard from an "inside source" that Google is in talks with Whatsapp to acquire the company.
According to the rumours, Whatsapp is "playing hardball" with Google in a bid to get a higher aquisition price, which reportedly is hovering around $1bn at present.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 April 2013 13:42
Nokia today launched its music app for Windows 8 and RT tablets and PCs, extending the Finnish handset maker's reach in the mobile market.
The free music streaming app, Nokia Music, first appeared on Nokia Lumia smartphones, and Nokia in January enhanced the service to include a premium version, dubbed Nokia Music+, for a monthly subscription fee of $3.99. With both, users are able to create their own mixes or stream from playlists curated by Nokia's team and artists. Mixes also can be saved for offline playback. The premium version gives users unlimited skips and unlimited downloads.
Last Updated on Friday, 05 April 2013 18:48
Yesterday afternoon, Microsoft creative director Adam Orth was caught having a discussion on Twitter with another game developer about the rumors that the Xbox 720 would require an always-on internet connection to function. His thought on the matter? Players should simply “deal with it.”
Since this has been a hot topic lately, the internet was quickly whipped into a blind rage, failing to realize that Orth was likely satirically arguing with a personal buddy, and that they were joking around. Calm down, internet.
Last Updated on Friday, 05 April 2013 18:44
A fresh rumor out today holds that Microsoft Outlook is coming to Windows RT.
The popular e-mail application is conspicuously absent on Windows RT devices. That is, RT devices -- which run a limited version of Windows 8 on the ARM chip platform -- come with Microsoft Office sans Outlook.
Today there's word that Outlook has been seen running on Surface RT tablets.
And that's not all. SuperSite for Windows claims that an ARM-related firmware issue was causing Outlook to crash. Possibly offering at least one reason for its exclusion until now.
Last Updated on Friday, 05 April 2013 18:43