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.
Windows 8.1 users will be getting the latest update for the operating system officially in March. Ahead of that official release by Microsoft, Windows 8.1 Update 1 has leaked online. The update brings with it some new changes to the looks of the operating system. The new update has turned up on a few file-sharing sites on the web.
ABI Research has issued a new research note looking at the ultraportable PC market for 2013. According to the research firm, 12% of the notebook PC market in 2013 was ultraportable units. That percentage works out to an estimated 22.5 million units of ultraportable machines shipped in the overall notebook PC market for the year.
HP has brought back a Windows 7 option "by popular demand", offering desktop and notebook PCs with Microsoft's old OS amid patchy public support for Windows 8. The range of five computers spans an entry-level Pavilion desktop through to ENVY performance towers and both Pavilion and ENVY laptops, with HP even offering a $150 saving to sweeten the deal.
Apple and Android have dominated the tablet market for years now. Apple sells a huge number of iPad tablets and the many Android tablets on the market mean there are a huge number of units to choose from. Analysts are predicting that 2014 will be the year that Windows-powered tablets start to catch up.