Microsoft crushes critique with Windows 8.1

As Steve Ballmer took the stage at Microsoft’s annual BUILD developer conference, he was quick to pull focus on the company’s new “rapid development” cycle.

With Windows 8.1, the release features over 700 updates since release last November, quicker than the usual three year update!

Although not billed as a major release, many would certainly call it so. The new features and enhancements drastically change how the system functions, and is much more comprehensive than it would first...

By Ryan Daws, 27 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Design, Industry, Marketing, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Samsung delivers two worlds with the Ativ Q

Many customers who are looking for a powerful alternative to the iPad don’t know where to turn; they could go for an Android tablet which essentially features blown-up mobile applications, or go for Windows 8 with powerful software but limited mobile-optimised applications.

Now however they have a new choice, the Ativ Q.

This brand-new device unveiled at Samsung’s “Premiere Event” in London allows users to seamlessly switch between Windows 8 and Android at the touch of a button, in a...

By Ryan Daws, 21 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Industry, Microsoft, Platforms, Samsung.

Xbox One revokes DRM - what have we done?

When Microsoft unveiled their latest Xbox console, going by the moniker of “One”, many complained about its seemingly strict DRM policy. The outcry regarding it caused Microsoft to revoke the decision, but is it a win for gamers? Not likely.

For us, the gamers, it’s easy to see why we wouldn’t want to connect our consoles to the internet every 24 hours; easy to see why we would want to freely trade or give discs to friends in the way we know...

However, for the industry it’s a...

By Ryan Daws, 20 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry, Marketing, Microsoft, Monetisation, Platforms, Security.

Analyzing Microsoft's slow and steady mobile strategy

We came across The Official Microsoft Blog and read this statement: “Windows Phone has reached 10 percent market share in a number of countries, and according to IDC’s latest report, has shipped more than Blackberry in 26 markets and more than iPhone in seven.” At first, it looked liked some sort of a joke. Everyone knows that Android and iOS are the only contenders; Microsoft Windows 8 and BlackBerry are...

By Albert Vang, 19 June 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Industry, Marketing, Microsoft, Platforms.

Leadwerks: Bringing AAA games to Linux

Linux should technically be one of the first choices for game development, due to aspects such as faster OpenGL performance than Windows or Mac.

Yet due to lack of consumer popularity, the tools required to bring it to the mainstream have been lacking. Enter Leadwerks.

Leadwerks is a complete game-development environment which is already incredibly popular on Windows and Mac - a developer favourite for its ease of use and robust visual tools. Now the team wants to move the...

By Ryan Daws, 18 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Design, Development Tools, Gaming, Languages, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Microsoft wins design, but pays for WP8 developers

When Apple unveiled the new iOS 7 design at WWDC, many, including me, took note at how many design cues were taken from rival OS's.

Regardless of whether you think this is right – “good artists borrow, great artists steal”, as Pablo Picasso was alleged to have said - the company went for a ‘flat’ design, like Microsoft.

 

Microsoft, with its Windows Phone 8 Operating System is acclaimed for taking a radically different approach; whereas...

Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4: Future vs (no) DRM?

Now we’ve taken a glimpse at both Microsoft and Sony’s next generation consoles, which is faring best amongst gamers? Are they actually forward-thinking?

Rumours surrounding the Xbox One suggested used games would be prevented from being played on other people’s consoles once loaded, helping publishers to gain more sales.

This was halfway to the disappointing truth. Whilst games can be traded, here are the clauses:

  • Each game can only be gifted once
  • Xbox One games can only be traded with someone who’s been on your friends list for at least 30...

By Ryan Daws, 11 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Gaming, Industry, Marketing, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Apple's iOS7: Boom or bust?

In yesterday’s editorial, along with detailing my high hopes and expectations, I said we’ll soon see the “usual flood of admiration or complaints about the latest release.” The OS release seems to have polarised opinion even from Apple fans, but whilst this wrap-up looks at plenty of negatives, I’ll chuck in some praise where I can!

 

The design

Yesterday’s article expressed my worry that so much time would be spent on...

Intel on-track to take ARM's space (and kill Windows RT?)

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ARM's architectures are currently used in the majority of mobile devices; you’re probably sitting with one in your pocket or on your desk right now. Their designs allow for “instant-on” and longer battery life than x86/x64 processors, but Intel may have just changed that assumption with their latest demonstration...

Intel quickly displayed a thin, fanless tablet on-stage

At Computex in...

By Ryan Daws, 10 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Industry, iOS, Microsoft, Platforms.

Xbox One - Internet of Things gains consumer player

It turns out the rumours of Microsoft’s Xbox One were true; the upcoming iteration of the console will require access to the internet once every 24 hours.

Whilst this sucks, and it truly does for anyone with limited or no connection availability, it marks the push forward for a new generation of internet-connected devices... the “Internet of Things”.

 

Many of us after watching Iron Man dreamed of our own Jarvis system; to be able to speak to our homes either in-house or away to control aspects like...

By Ryan Daws, 07 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, Industry, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.