On Wednesday afternoon, I had the opportunity to demo a slate of upcoming games from Square Enix, the ever-expanding publisher / developer behind some of the most iconic franchises in the industry. As expected, the company has all of its bases covered once again in 2014, but a few titles stand out, compelling curious fans of the studio to experience something that breaks from tradition. These are the impressions of one of those games.
Multiple Windows 9 reports have suggested that Microsoft is considering releasing the upcoming platform as a free download to certain existing Windows users. Some said that Windows 8 will get Windows 9 free of charge, while others claimed the company is also considering some sort of special offers for existing Windows XP users. A report from Indonesian online publication Detik said earlier this week that President of Microsoft Indonesia Andreas Diantoro has confirmed this particular Windows 9 feature.
We know that Microsoft is very eager to move past the less-than-enthusiastic reception that greeted Windows 8 and introduce us to Windows 9. And it looks like that day can’t come soon enough either, because the NPD Group has found that while PC sales surprisingly recovered during the back-to-school shopping season this year, the big winners weren’t Windows PCs — instead, they were Macs and Chromebooks.
We all know that Samsung is an absolutely huge company but we never realized it was quite this big before. Ars Technica’s Ron Amadeo just looked up employment statistics for several major tech companies by sifting through their 10-K files and found that Samsung Electronics — not Samsung as a whole but just Samsung’s electronics division — employs an astonishing 275,133 people. For perspective, that’s more than the combined number of people employed by Apple, Google and Microsoft.
As PC users anxiously await the release of Windows 9, many are beginning to worry about the latest impending deadline for Windows 7. On the Windows lifecycle fact sheet, Microsoft notes that it will no longer provide copies of Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium or Ultimate to third-party manufacturers for inclusion on new consumer PCs.
Microsoft has done a lot of work to make its popular Office software work well on both iOS and Android over the last year but now the company is making Android and iOS-compatible hardware as well. Microsoft this week took the wraps off its new Universal Mobile Keyboard, a new tablet accessory that will give you a Surface-style keyboard for your Windows, iOS or Android tablet.
Ever since the launch of the PS4 and Xbox One last fall, the focus of the gaming world has shifted almost entirely to consoles. Watch Dogs and Destiny have received more attention than any other games over the past year and the holiday season is right around the corner, but even as Sony and Microsoft steal the headlines, PC gaming is still growing at a rapid pace.
Well wouldn’t you know it — Microsoft might be planning to release a flagship Windows phone sometime soon after all. Nowhereelse.fr has posted a picture that it says might be the front panel of Microsoft’s first-ever self-branded smartphone — and no, we’re not counting the legendarily awful Kin as an actual smartphone.
When we started hearing reports in the last week that Microsoft planned to kill the Windows Phone and Windows RT brands and instead call everything “Windows,” we were very skeptical that Microsoft would really make such a move. After all, if someone bought a “Windows” tablet, they might easily get confused about it whether runs the full desktop-centric version of Windows or the mobile-centric version. However, we now have two new reports confirming that Microsoft really is planning to put the “Windows Phone” brand out to pasture and just refer to every single software platform it puts out as “Windows.”
Shortly after the huge media event came to a close, Apple updated its website with some news that didn’t quite fit alongside the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Pay and Apple Watch. Starting now, Apple is introducing new storage plans for iCloud with better prices in order to stay competitive with Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft’s OneDrive.
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