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Windows 8.1 update an admission of failure as Microsoft attempts to repair desktop OS

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Microsoft is slowly walking away from the touchscreen future of Windows, today announcing an update that backtracks on their initial vision of the new OS. In a significant update for Windows 8.1, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore today announced at Mobile World Congress that “some of those touch affordances weren’t really tuned as well as we could do for those mouse and keyboard users.” The update will introduce a title bar at the top of […]

Crysis 3 Multiplayer Beta from Jan 29th – Feb 12th

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From 29th January, Crysis fans will be able to ‘beta-test’ Crysis 3 on the 360, PS3 and PC. The open beta only includes multiplayer, with access to two game modes Crash Site and the new Hunter mode, and maps Museum and Airport. Modes Hunter Mode This multiplayer game mode is all about the survival of the fittest. There are two teams, initially comprised of two permanently cloaked “Hunters”, and up to 10 […]

YEAR IN REVIEW: Microsoft takes a chance

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2012 was a year of refinement from Google and Apple, opting to make small changes to their flagship platforms of Android and iOS, as well as their device portfolios. Yet, almost shockingly, the opposite can be said for Microsoft, who instead launched the biggest change to Windows since its inception, as well as brought core redesigns of Windows Phone to market and introduced a competitive tablet OS that works on […]

Windows 8 Twitter client ‘Tweetro’ hits user cap, now blocked

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Despite the absence of an official Twitter client on Windows 8, users of the popular social network have been able to access the service on Microsoft’s platform via a number of 3rd party apps. However, the free ride may be about to end. The first casualty of Twitter’s strict, and in my opinion pathetic, new rules for developers is Tweetro, the popular Windows 8 Twitter app, which in the last 24 […]

Microsoft Surface coming down-under November 6, pre-orders available now

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Microsoft has confirmed today what we have been long waiting for – details on price and international availability. And for Australians, Redmond has confirmed that the much-hyped tablet is indeed coming to Australia, with those who pre-order set to receive the tablet from November 6; and showing off its retail prices starting from AU$599. The Surface with Windows RT will be coming out first – before one running on Windows 8 […]

Microsoft shows off Surface in new US ad campaign, leaves out any pricing details

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Microsoft’s first Surface TV ad will air tonight on the US sport network ESPN, as part of a US$1 billion campaign which has already seen a Windows 8 ad (embedded below) and now a Microsoft Surface ad. The colourful, energetic ad, actually seems like a persuasive piece, something Microsoft can rarely achieve. However, without any details on pricing, and the release date looming, that anticipation could  quickly evaporate. If the Surface’s […]

Xbox Music coming tomorrow to Xbox 360, later this month for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

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While Zune Pass had always been a great service, Microsoft lacked the marketshare to actually push it on devices. The Zune lineup, made to compete with Apple’s iPod, never caught on, and Windows Phone 7 has proven to lack a strong following. Xbox Music is set to change this, coming out tomorrow on Xbox 360’s and later this month on Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Phone 8, a mobile […]

REVIEW: Transformers: Fall of Cybertron

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Transformers: Fall of Cybertron is about the fall of Cybertron and the Autobots escape from the Decepticons – what a surprise. Following on from the success of War for Cybertron, the makers have some high expectations to live up to. But do they deliver or will they make this like one of Michael Bay’s movies? Adrian Cajili reviews the latest part of the massive Transformers multiverse. (Did we also mention […]

Now, it’s official – Windows 8 coming out on October 26

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After teasing out the dates for Windows 8, Microsoft has confirmed via the Windows Blog that the upcoming version of Windows will be coming out on October 26. On that date, customers will be able to get a copy of Windows 8 via a new PC or from upgrading their existing computers. So expect a flurry of laptop announcements saying that they are Windows 8-ready, and Windows 8 tablets between […]

Windows XP, Vista and 7 get cheap upgrade to Windows 8 Pro

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Microsoft has revealed the upgrade path for those on previous versions – like Windows 7 and Windows Vista. You will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for only US$39.99 and Microsoft will be offering it to 131 markets (so that, assuming, will include Australia). And those on Windows XP, you will also be able to upgrade to Windows 8 using the same way, and same price. The software […]

Microsoft cuts version confusion, offers three consumer flavours of Windows 8

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Microsoft has today announced the editions for Windows 8; and has basically dumped the “Home Basic”, “Home Premium”, “Business” and “Ultimate” editions found on Windows Vista and 7, replacing them with the much more defined “Windows 8″ and “Windows 8 Pro”. What’s the difference between “Windows 8″ and “Windows 8 Pro”? According to Microsoft: For many consumers, Windows 8 will be the right choice. It will include all the features […]

Mainstream support for Vista ends – bye, bye?

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Today is the day where Microsoft finally ends mainstream support for Windows Vista (remember that?). The company, however, won’t stop supporting the OS altogether as Vista now moves off to ‘extended support’. What does that mean? Well, ‘Mainstream support’ basically means Microsoft will release patches – security or not – for free. Once it goes to ‘Extended support’, non-essential patches (i.e. the ones not relating to security holes) will be […]

Windows 8 Consumer Preview: Here’s how to get it!

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Microsoft has finally pushed out the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, as promised, from a Windows 8 event at Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. Not only is this version improved from the Developer Preview, with 100 000 changes, but it also includes plenty of Metro applications not seen in the previous Preview, such as Mail, Music, Calendar, Messaging, Video and a Marketplace to get more apps. And anyone can download […]

Windows 8 gets a new logo – drops the flag and divides many

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Windows 8 not only bring a whole new interface, but a brand new logo as well. Windows will soon drop the flag that has been synonymous with the brand since Windows 3.1, replacing it with a more Metro-inspired design that actually looks like, well, a window. And brand aficionados have mixed feelings about the new design. Microsoft announced the change on its blog, and said that they had these goals […]

Microsoft might be ditching the Start button in the Windows 8 ‘Consumer Preview’

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Since Windows 95, Microsoft has included the Start button, a button that opened a list of Applications and Folder shortcuts, in each new version of Windows. While there have been changes, such as the change from the word “Start” to a Windows ‘orb,’ the main functions of the menu have remained the same. But it now looks like the famous button and menu is on the chopping block thanks to leaked […]