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Microsoft talks Windows 8 app pricing, free trials

Microsoft talks Windows 8 app pricing, free trials

Now that we have a release date for Windows 8, it's time to get down to the nitty-gritty and talk about apps. All of the apps we've seen for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview have been free, but obviously, that won't be the case when the full version of Windows 8 becomes available. Even though we'll surely see a ton of free apps available on the Windows Store, developers will have the option of setting prices for their apps as well.

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Microsoft demonstrates the universe-exploring abilities of Windows 8

Microsoft demonstrates the universe-exploring abilities of Windows 8

For those of you waiting for Windows 8's final release on October 26th will be glad to know that you'll soon be able to explore the universe with your fingertips thanks to Microsoft's new collaboration with PixelSense. This technology has been demonstrated with an application called NUIverse this week at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference on the massive tabletop device known as the Samsung SUR40. Here you'll find the whole universe - or at least a massive part of it - able to be explored by you with the tips of your fingers.

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Jolla plans to lock down its MeeGo phone, promises app store (UPDATE: Developer edition planned)

Jolla plans to lock down its MeeGo phone, promises app store (UPDATE: Developer edition planned)

Say what you will about Jolla, the startup hoping to bring MeeGo back from the dead, but the company certainly has spirit. Managing director of Jolla, Jussi Hurmola, understands that the platform needs solid third-party apps as well as a thriving app store to have any chance of surviving in the mobile market. He went on to say that the company is hoping to build up an ecosystem around MeeGo, and will put out its own app store that will let customers purchase and download apps.

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Mountain Lion launch expected on July 25th

Mountain Lion launch expected on July 25th

Apple has been pushing out updates to Mountain Lion slowly but steadily, and now that the Gold Master version of the update has been seeded, a retail release is just around the corner. 9to5Mac believes that Apple may be planning to release the final version of Mountain Lion to the public on July 25th, pointing to information that shows the company is planning an “overnight” for retail stores on the 24th.

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Apple decimates market by operating system says Nielsen

Apple decimates market by operating system says Nielsen

This week the folks at Nielsen have released their quarterly report on smart devices, this one covering Q2 of 2012 and showing Apple to have more than double the market share of its nearest competitor in terms of smartphone manufacturer share by operating system. This chart shows also that Android of course comes in first as far as operating system market share as a whole goes, but that because this category is comprised of several manufacturers, Apple remains in the lead by a long shot because it owns its entire OS share.

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Windows Server 2012 set for just four iterations

Windows Server 2012 set for just four iterations

This time around, Microsoft is not about to get messy with the massive amount of version of their IT-aimed Windows Server software they've had in the past. Where back in 2008, Window Server had twelve, count them, twelve versions of Server 2008 R2, this version focusing on just four different groups which its editions will be ideal for. These versions include Datacenter, Standard, Essentials, and Foundation, and will be spattered across businesses across the IT landscape before the year is done and over with - will you be jumping aboard?

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Tried the Windows 8 preview? Upgrade to the real thing for just $40

Tried the Windows 8 preview? Upgrade to the real thing for just $40

Back when Microsoft released the Windows 7 RC builds, there wasn't anyway to upgrade to a final retail copy of the OS without performing a complete system wipe or using a hack. The same won’t be true with Windows 8, however, with Microsoft serving up an FAQ list that indicates users will be able to upgrade from the Release Preview to the final release. Anyone wishing to upgrade will be able to buy a license for $39.99 and upgrade accordingly.

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Windows 8 upgrade prices dropped by Microsoft

Windows 8 upgrade prices dropped by Microsoft

This week Microsoft has been kind enough to share the details included with their Windows 8 update for those users out there who already have one of several Windows software products installed on their devices right now. If a user is running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7, they'll be able to upgrade their software with a simple download that'll only cost them $39.99 USD. This upgrade will be available at the same time the full cost software release is dropped.

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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Review

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Review

Google's newest version of its mobile operating system Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is what essentially equates to a fine tuning of the version that came immediately before it. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich pushed the Google mobile OS world together, with Android 3.0 Honeycomb and Android 2.3 Gingerbread, made for tablets and smartphones respectively, making a single system that's made for all devices, regardless of their screen size. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean takes what Ice Cream Sandwich has and bumps it up a notch in a handful of ways.

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Microsoft details Windows 8 upgrade path

Microsoft details Windows 8 upgrade path

Microsoft has revealed to select partners the details on upgrading to Windows 8 from older Windows releases. There are some limitations as to which of the latest Windows 8 versions older generation Windows releases can upgrade to and whether those upgrades will be able to retain personal data and system settings.

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