Back in December, Microsoft launched Bing Maps Preview app for Windows 8.1, giving users a touch-centric way to zoom in and around various cities across the globe. Fast-forward two months, and a roster of big-name cities have been added to the app in 3D, providing additional digital exploration opportunities.
Nokia HERE Maps for Windows 8.1 has arrived for download in the Windows Store, bringing the mapping and navigation app to any Windows tablet, notebook, or PC running Microsoft's latest OS version. The software, the broad arrival of which had been heralded late last week, includes 3D city guidance, offline maps support, and public transportation details.
A new update this year coming for Windows 8.1 was announced this week by Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore. He made clear at Mobile World Congress 2014 that this update would bring improvements to non-touch experiences as a first major point. Another of three major points was that Microsoft would be working on delivering more hardware options. The third point made here for the next update for Windows 8.1 was improved compatibility for education and enterprise.
Nokia HERE Maps for Windows 8.1 will soon be available for all Windows 8.1 devices, the Finnish firm has confirmed, having previously been an exclusive for Nokia's own Lumia 2520 tablet. The app - which will be supported across desktop, notebook, and tablet form-factors - will be a free download, and support 3D mapping, turn-by-turn navigation, and downloads of maps for offline use.
Microsoft has sold more than 200 million Windows 8 licenses, the company has confirmed, more than doubling sales in less than a year. The figure was shared by Microsoft EVP of marketing Tami Reller, and comes amid increasingly vocal suggestions that the company had been disappointed by demand for Windows 8.
Microsoft has already has a couple of apps for Windows 8 that are for services with Xbox branding. The apps include Xbox Music and Xbox Video. A new job listing has surfaced that shows Microsoft is looking to develop a third major app for Windows 8, this time an Xbox Reading app.
Sometimes in the lead up to the official unveil of a product there are plenty of leaks that tip some of the specs about the device. That was definitely the case with the Asus VivoTab Note 8 tablet last month. The tablet was confirmed by a leaked user manual early in January, only a few days ahead of CES 2014. At CES 2014, the tablet made its official debut.
A touch-friendly variety of Firefox browser for Windows 8 has been promised and in the works for quite a while now, suffering repeated setbacks and delayed launches. Finally, that time has come: tonight the company announced the beta version is ready for testing and up on the company's website for download.
This weekend was rather interesting - and not just because we had a Super Bowl. SlashGear released a couple of reviews of odd products, and made with a new hands-on of a gaming product you're going to be baffled by without a doubt. Here you'll also notice that SlashGear is dipping a lot more into the gaming universe - an especially lively place as the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 were released on the tail end of 2013, and a rather exciting place with players like NVIDIA releasing game-changing products over the past several months like NVIDIA G-Sync - stay tuned as we continue to get graphics-intensive through the future, too.
The latest report on the market share for particular operating systems is in from Net Applications. The new report shows that the Windows operating system is still by far the most popular on the computing market. Windows with all its versions holds 90.72% of the OS market.