Talk of Android and Chrome OS merging into a single platform is nothing new. It has been around since the day Google first lifted the curtain on the cloud-based operating system, with even Google co-founder Sergey Brin admitting as far back as 2009 that the two appeared likely to “converge over time”. Now, per the Wall Street Journal, such a merger is looking more and more likely in light of a recent management change inside the software behemoth.
Palm had a potential winner in webOS, the mobile operating system that truly could have been awesome. Unfortunately, a series of missteps led to webOS falling out of relevance as Android and iOS raced to the front of the pack, so now all we can do is look back at what might have been. Oh, and make no mistake, webOS is pretty much history at this point -- so much so that HP announced plans to shut down its App Catalog and cloud services support for remaining webOS devices effective January 15, 2015. For the three or four of you who this affects, mark your calendars.
Somewhere out there is a hidden warehouse filled with missing software. In it you'll find such titles as Leisure Suit Larry 4: The Missing Floppies, Ultima X: Odyssey, and Windows 9. The location will remain a mystery until the end of time, though the decision to fill it with certain pieces of software is more readily known. With regards to Windows 9, Microsoft's Tony Prophet shared some additional details about the decision to skip it and go straight to Windows 10.
Over a third of Windows 10 users are running the OS on a virtual machine
Microsoft caught the tech community off guard when it skipped over Windows 9 and jumped directly to Windows 10 -- so for much for those rumors of Windows 9 being a free upgrade for Windows 8 users! Alternative theories aside (such as lazy coding), the move to Windows 10 is a marketing ploy, and if the goal is make users curious, it's working. Over the weekend, Microsoft's Windows Insider Program hit 1 million registrants.
Ryse: Son of Rome is a third-person action-adventure game developed by Crytek and published by Microsoft Studios as a launch title for the Xbox One back in November of last year. However, Crytek announced a little over a month ago that it would ship to PC on October 10, and in case you missed it, Ryse: Son of Rome is now available on Steam for $40, along with a pair of hotfixes to address freezing cutscene issues.
The reason we're constantly preaching the merits of maintaining multiple backups -- especially when it comes to mission critical files -- is because your data is never safe, no matter where you put it. That includes the cloud. As a sobering reminder of this, Dropbox has been sending out letters to some of its users alerting them to a Selective Sync bug that inadvertently deleted their data.
With the recent launch of Nvidia's Maxwell-based GeForce GTX 970 and 980 graphics cards, the pressure is on AMD to respond, especially since we haven't heard much about its Tonga XT architecture as of late. One alternative to releasing a new graphics card that's proved popular is giving away free games, and rumor has it AMD is getting ready to announce a new Never Settle bundle.
Microsoft has a chance to atone for Windows 8/8.1 with Windows 10, the operating system that Windows 8 probably should have been, though things are getting off to somewhat of a rocky start. Complaints are starting to roll in that the Windows 10 Technical Preview is overstepping its bounds with the amount of information it collects, and some have even categorized the OS as a keylogger of sorts.
Microsoft confirms that DirectX 12 will be included in the final release of Windows 10
In case you were wondering, Microsoft fully intends to bake DirectX 12 support into the final version of Windows 10 when it releases next year, the company confirmed in a DX developer blog post. Oh, and also in case you were wondering, Microsoft thinks "it's going to be awesome," which is much better than the company saying, "Meh, it's simply okay. Actually, it kind of sucks, but we're including it anyway."
Windows 10 will go up against Windows 7, not Windows 8/8.1
Now that Microsoft has unveiled Windows 10 and is even serving up a Technical Preview for curious folks to check out, Windows 8 is already feeling like old news. Some felt that way even before Microsoft's announcement, which might explain why Windows 8 lost market share in the desktop OS market in the month of September. At this rate, it won't be long before Windows 8's share drops back into single digits.