Apple today released the second developer preview for its next-gen operating system, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. The latest OS was first revealed in detail back in February, but is not expected to launch until this summer. It will bring more iCloud integration along with several iOS 5 features to the Mac platform.
This week its been quietly announced that members of the hacker group known as Anonymous are releasing their very own desktop operating system. This system is known at the moment as Anonymous-OS and is currently in as infant a stage as it possibly could be at version 0.1. That's pre-pre-Alpha, for those of you counting, and we're not even going to tell you to download it or do a search for it - keep your eyes off of it!
Apple's just announced iOS 5.1 update is available now for download on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. The update was shown running on the new iPad, formerly iPad 3 or iPad HD, unveiled this morning and is expected to roll out over-the-air starting today. New Siri Japanese language support in iOS 5.1 was highlighted during Apple's presentation among a host of other improvements.
There's a good chance that the next version of Android will be code-named Jellybean, that we already knew - now what we're hearing from ASUS is that they're quite likely to be on the list to be first on the market with said operating system. Generally Google chooses one manufacturer to work closely with them to create one of what they call their "Nexus" line of devices to demonstrate a "vanilla" or "virgin" version of their newest operating system. As ASUS now has a close relationship with Google, so says their corporate vice president, they'll likely be amongst the first to release a device with the update right out of the box.
This week the Windows 8 Consumer Preview event showed the system on everything from a ten-inch tablet to a massive Gorilla Glass toting television as wide as the average human is tall. We've seen Lenovo devices, dual-screen monitors showing an ultra-massive set of screens running Windows from a device small enough to fit in your purse, and your everyday average 15-inch display. NFC is being shown to be working right out of the box with Windows 8's Consumer Preview between Bluetooth devices, and on the whole there's no doubt that Microsoft is coming in strong with manufacturer partner heat.
This week Michael Angiulo of Windows Planning held aloft an early build of a device made to show off Windows 8 Consumer Preview running on an ARM-based architecture - namely NVIDIA's own Tegra 3 quad-core SoC. Also on stage was a device running Texas Instruments OMAP 5, Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4, and an Intel Clover Trail tablet as well. As Angiulo held the Tegra 3-toting tablet on stage he noted, "It's not only great for browsing the web, its great for apps as well."
Assuring the public today in Barcelona at the Windows 8 Consumer Preview during MWC 2012, Antoine Leblond of Windows Web noted that, of course, "the desktop is still there." The Windows 8 Consumer Preview was shown at this event on a Samsung tablet, a Lenovo notebook, and an Acer all-in-one desktop with a touchscreen interface. What we've seen here is that it's easy to use touch, it's easy to use your mouse, and it's easy to use both!
Speaking this week on the collection of apps that will work fabulously in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Julie Larson-Green of Windows Program Management noted that it's a completely simple and connected system to use. Tapping on a link in one app will connect you to your preferred web browser - which of course today on stage was Internet Explorer 10. What we're looking at here is a quick look at how Windows 8 will be working with a variety of different platforms when it launches.
Speaking on stage at the Windows 8 Consumer Preview this week at Mobile World Congress 2012, Julie Larson-Green of Windows Program Management and Antoine Leblond of Windows Web Services outlined how Windows 8 will work with you, the consumer. Larson-Green spoke first of the edges of the tablet, saying that the edges were likely the most important piece of the device itself because holding the device with two hands, one on either side, is the easiest way to work with it and hold it for an extended period.
At the official Windows 8 Consumer Preview this week during Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona, Steven Sinofsky stepped on stage to say that Microsoft was "super excited" about the event and the release of the Consumer version of Windows 8. Sinofsky continued by saying that this new system will take what Windows is already, a system that allows you to do what you want and what you need to do when you need to do it, and improves it. Speaking on how systems across the technological landscape make you make choices based on the form factor of the hardware and how this is a limit, Sinofsky noted that "a no compromise user interface" was the goal of Windows 8, tying mobile phones, tablets, and laptops/desktops.