Windows 8.1 is now released and you can upgrade for free from Windows 8.0.
What is significant about Windows 8.1? This is something I have thought long and hard about. The problem with reviewing Windows 8/8.1 is all to do with its dual personality. You can review the details of the tablet or Metro
…continue reading Windows 8.1: now good enough that it is ready for general use
Software component vendor ComponentOne has released Studio Enterprise 2013 v2.5, the latest in its suite of components, with support for Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013.
The piece that caught my eye is the TouchToolkit for Windows Forms.
Here’s the problem. The Windows desktop is poor with touch control, which is why Microsoft
…continue reading ComponentOne’s TouchToolkit for Windows Forms: another approach to the Windows tablet problem
Microsoft has released Windows 8.1 to its hardware partners according to VP Antoine Leblond; but developers will be unable to test whether or not their apps work on the updated operating system until it is also in the hands of users:
While our partners are preparing these exciting new devices we will continue to work
…continue reading Microsoft completes Windows 8.1, it says, but developers are unable to test their apps
Lenovo and SweetLabs announced a deal yesterday whereby the Pokki app store and Start menu replacement will be pre-installed on Windows PCs.
This has been widely interpreted as a response to user dissatisfaction with the Windows 8 Start screen, which replaces with the hierarchical Windows 7 Start menu with a full-screen tiled view of application
…continue reading Lenovo’s bundled Start menu: more OEM trouble for Microsoft
Microsoft has reported a $900 million write-down on Surface RT inventory in its latest financial results. Was Surface RT a big mistake?
A loss of that size is a massive blunder, but the concept behind Surface RT is good and Microsoft should persevere. Here’s why.
Surface RT is experimental in two ways:
It was the
…continue reading Windows RT and Surface RT: Why Microsoft should persevere
One of the reasons for the success of Windows 7 was the provision Microsoft made for customers stuck with applications that only run on Windows XP. Windows XP Mode is a free add-on for Windows 7 Professional that runs Windows XP. It can also hide the XP desktop and run individual applications in their own
…continue reading Windows XP Mode hassles for Windows 8 upgraders
The Start button is coming back. At least, that’s the strong rumour, accompanied by leaked screenshots from preview builds. See Mary Jo Foley’s post complete with screen grab, though note that this is the Start button, not the Start menu. Other rumoured changes are boot to desktop by default, and the All Apps view by
…continue reading Windows 8: return of Start button illuminates Microsoft’s painful transition
Xamarin’s Miguel de Icaza (founder of the Mono project) has complained on Twitter about Microsoft’s Windows Division’s “contempt for developers” when it created the Windows Runtime and a “4th incompatible Xaml stack”, in a conversation prompted by the company’s spat with Google over the YouTube app for Windows Phone. Google wants this removed because it
…continue reading Miguel de Icaza: don’t blame Google for Microsoft’s contempt for developers
Gartner has joined IDC in releasing figures showing a steep drop in PC sales for the first quarter of 2013.
Worldwide PC shipments totalled 79.2 million units in the first quarter of 2013, an 11.2 per cent decline from the first quarter of 2012, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. Global PC shipments went
…continue reading The PC puzzle: does the sales drop implicate or justify Windows 8?
Microsoft has launched a “Keep the cash” offer to developers. Publish up to 20 apps, 10 for Windows Phone and 10 for Windows 8, and get $100 for each of them.
The offer is little use for most of the world. The terms state that “Offer good only to legal residents of the 50
…continue reading Microsoft’s Windows 8 app problem will not be solved by incentivising junk