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Windows 8 Pro will be available to consumers in late-October at an upgrade price of just $...

Appearing in Toronto at Microsoft's annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), senior Windows chief Tami Reller let slip some details regarding the availability of Windows 8: PC manufacturers are set to receive the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 8 in late-August, while consumers will be able to upgrade in late-October. The Redmond-based company also recently revealed that the cost of upgrading to Windows 8 Pro will be just US$39.99.  Read More

Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet powered by Windows 8 marks a shift in the computing industr...

Windows 8 represents a big change for Microsoft’s industry leading OS. It breaks from tradition by doing away with the long serving Start button and replacing it with a tile-based and touch-friendly Metro UI. While this move has widely polarized opinion, especially in the enterprise sector, it does represent a major trend across the industry, with mobile-tablet operating systems becoming more and more closely related to their laptop and desktop counterparts. This trend is personified by Microsoft’s in-house tablet, the Surface Pro.  Read More

Firefox OS is based on the Boot to Gecko project

Mozilla has announced that its Firefox OS mobile operating system will be appearing on handsets in Brazil from early 2013, available through Telefónica’s commercial brand, Vivo. Firefox OS is based on Mozilla's existing Boot to Gecko technology and each app for the platform is to be constructed in HTML5, the markup language increasingly used for structuring online content such as media and web apps.  Read More

XP Mod brings the Windows XP experience to Android

The recently-released XP Mod is an Android Launcher, or home screen replacement, that recreates the look and feel of Windows XP. Perhaps its most impressive feature is the functional Windows Explorer clone, which makes finding files stored on your phone a similar experience to browsing files on a PC, making the app more than mere novelty. Currently in beta, XP Mod is missing a few key features that will likely keep it from being an everyday application, but this could change with future updates.  Read More

Running Windows 8 within a virtual machine makes trying out Microsoft's latest OS safe and...

Apple introduced many significant changes with the release of OS X Lion and Mountain Lion is set to shake things up yet further, making this an exciting time to be a Mac user. However, it’s also an exciting time to be a PC user, and the buzz which surrounds Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 release even has some die-hard OS X fans wondering if it’s time to make the jump. If you’re a Mac user who would like to dip a toe into the Windows 8 experience with the minimum of commitment or fuss, here’s how to go about it.  Read More

Mountain Lion is designed to provide seamless integration with iOS devices

Having released OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) to developers earlier this year, Apple had already let much of the new features of its Mac operating system out of the bag. At WWDC, Apple has revealed the ninth version of OS X will be available for download from next month.  Read More

Ubuntu for Android aims to provide a full desktop experience

Smartphones and the technology that powers them continue to evolve at an incredible rate. Year after year, phones have continued to close the power gap that separates them with their traditional PC counterparts. Taking advantage of the latest in mobile processors, Canonical is set to release Ubuntu for Android. The OS effectively turns your phone into a full Ubuntu desktop computer when docked and connected to a monitor, meaning the day your smartphone could act as your primary computer is drawing nearer.  Read More

Microsoft's HomeOS provide a central hub through which various household devices can be co...

Microsoft is looking to unify electrical appliances within the home and establish itself in the burgeoning “smart home” market with the development of HomeOS. Essentially a lightweight “smart home” operating system that aims to make it easy for users to manage their home networks and ease the creation of applications by third party developers, HomeOS is designed to provide a central hub through which various household devices can be controlled.  Read More

AirPlay Mirroring lets your MacBook interact with an HDTV-served audience

Just seven months after Lion hit servers, Apple has released OS X Mountain Lion (version 10.8) to developers. This tight development cycle is in support of integrating the best features of Apple's iOS mobile operating system into OS X. As Steve Jobs put it in 2010, Apple intends to "hook up" the user environments of the iPad and the MacBook. The result is a substantial step forward for Apple interconnectivity.  Read More

Logging into Windows 8 with a Windows Live ID will allow users to sync their personal sett...

Most people like to put their personal stamp on their PC with their own desktop wallpaper and settings that have been tweaked just the way they like them. But all that is lost when they log onto a shared PC on which they don’t have an account set up. All that changes with Windows 8, which allows users to enjoy their own profile, settings and Metro style apps on any Windows 8 PC by logging in with their Windows Live ID.  Read More

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