Google is has begun offering Sky, which made its debut in August of
last year as part of Earth 4.2, as an application that can be displayed
by regular web browsers. Most of the functionality has been ported,
including a search that, according to Google, covers 100 million stars
and 200 million galaxies.
The seventh generation of Microsoft's operating system software is scheduled for a release in the year 2010. According to Softpedia,
development of Windows 7 began on the release of Windows Vista. "We are
currently in the planning stages for Windows 7 and development is
scoped to three years from Windows Vista Consumer GA. The specific
release date will be determined once the company meets its quality bar
for release," said a Microsoft spokesperson to Softpedia.
Mozilla has just released the fourth beta version of its
next-generation browser. You can’t help but comparing this new Firefox
to Microsoft’s recently released beta version of Internet Explorer 8
and if you closely, the differences are dramatic from a user
perspective. While security was the selling point in both Firefox 2 and
Internet Explorer 7, added convenience and performance are clearly the
headlines for these new browsers. And both browsers reveal a very
different design philosophy and understanding what additional
convenience features will be appreciated by users.
Just in case you had any doubts whether Microsoft was serious about its document interoperability intentions or not, the company today announced the Document Interoperability Initiative, which promises to promote user choice among document formats. A new translator between ODF and Open XML was also released today.
Microsoft will be releasing the first beta of its next-generation browser as well as a beta of the second version of the Flash competitor Silverlight today.
In Depth - As much as Microsoft hyped its Vista operating system, its success is rather underwhelming so far. But the company is developing a new operating from scratch – a software that takes a new approach in the battle against viruses and will be able to run on many-core processors and take advantage of GPGPUs. A first version of the code was made available today.
If you have been wondering how Microsoft expects you to use its Office suite in the future, here’s your chance to have a look into the future. Office Live Workspace Beta went online today and you are invited to take a test drive free of charge. The big question will be: Is Office Live Workspace compelling enough to convince users to shell out extra money every year?
Microsoft announced this week that it is tweaking its settings for the next version of Internet Explorer, adding Web standards to increase interoperability with content rendering.
Following a less-than-ideal volume of upgrades to Microsoft's next-generation operating system, the software giant has cut the price on the two main versions of Windows Vista, bringing the cost down by as much as $80.
Mozilla has launched the third version of its preview build for Firefox 3, adding numerous enhancements to the next-generation Web browser.
San Rafael de Escazu (Costa Rica) – It appears that a small software company from Costa Rica has made huge step towards next-generation imaging, by adding High Dynamic Range (HDR) support to the good old JPG format, while keeping the updated format backwards compatible with 8- to 24-bit JPEG editors and viewers.
Apple’s new image editing and management software made its debut today with a new image processing engine at its core and a redesigned user interface on top.
Microsoft beta testers and volume licensing customers are getting early access the Vista SP1: The service pack is now available via the manufacturer’s Volume License Services (MLVS), according to several reports published today.
A new version of Firefox is now available, giving the browser a standard security and stability makeover.
Valve's PC game download service Steam has surpassed the 15 million account milestone, after having far and away its most successful holiday season to date.
Redmond (WA) – We knew it was going to happen… Microsoft’s Windows vista Service Pack 1 has already been leaked onto Bittorrent sites around the globe. The release to manufacturing (RTM) version was announced just a few days ago on the Vista team blog, but the software is now available on sites like thepiratebay.org.
Terrasoft has released a new version of its Yellow Dog Linux (YDL) operating system, which includes a new kernel version as well as the E17 desktop environment.
Industry Inside – I have been lucky enough to get an early peek at Microsoft's next operating system, Windows 7. But if you were expecting dramatic visual changes and a departure from Vista, Milestone 1 truly disappoints. But then, M1 has a different purpose, it is not intended to provide eye candy. Here's what you could expect from M1 - in the very unlikely case you'd come across the installation DVD.
The first significant update for Windows Vista is on its way to the consumer. SP1 is in production now and will be available to users in March. Microsoft also announced the release of manufacturing of Windows Server 2008.
Review - Corel is about to release a new version of its “Draw” graphics suite, which is one of the very few remaining complete graphics suites on the market. Now in its 14th generation, it hasn’t lost its original look and feel and remains the most convincing PC graphics product for ambitious consumers and graphic artists.