Over 60 million Windows 8 licenses have been sold to date, according to Microsoft.
Microsoft this week announced record quarterly revenue of $21.45 billion for the three-month period ended December 31, 2012. Redmond's Windows Division posted revenue of $5.88 billion, up 24 percent from one year prior, though on a pro forma basis that number slides to 11 percent after factoring in net deferral of revenue for the Windows Upgrade Offer and the recognition of the previously deferred revenue from Windows 8 pre-sales.
GeForce Experience hits open beta status and adds support for new games.
Nvidia on Thursday announced that its GeForce Experience beta program is now open to anyone and everyone who wants to kick its tires, so long as you're driving a supported graphics card (and no, AMD cards are not supported). It initially launched as a closed beta back in December 2012, and since that time, over 40,000 gamers downloaded the app. Nvidia said it's been using the feedback it's received over the past month to make improvements.
Frustrated with its initial launch, Microsoft is reportedly planning to reboot Windows 8 in February.
Microsoft is reportedly pissed at PC makers for failing to ready themselves for the launch of Windows 8 back in October. Without naming its source(s), The Register claims Microsoft believes OEMs should have been ready with more attractive Windows 8-based touchscreen tablets, and had they been on the ball, the reception would have been much more positive. There's more.
Why is Rockstar Games being so coy about a version of Grand Theft Auto V for PCs?
Oh Rockstar Games, why must you be so secretive? Rockstar Games has yet to announce or confirm that the next installment of its popular Grand Theft Auto franchise -- Grand Theft Auto V -- will ship to PC, even though every previous title in the series has. Don't worry yourself silly over it, not only does history provide a strong case for GTA V shipping to PC, but pre-order pages on several Amazon portals in Europe may have let the cat out of the bag.
New graphics drivers from AMD boosts performance in Far Cry 3 and other games.
Ever since Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) ditched its monthly schedule for Catalyst driver updates, it's been a big guessing game for Radeon graphics card owners as to when a new release would be available. If you fall into that category, then you'll be pleased to know that there's a new driver update available to download, Catalyst 13.1. The latest drivers bring about the usual assortment of bug fixes and performance improvements across a variety of titles.
A proposed law in Missouri would tax games rated T for Teen and up.
Do you own a pair of soft mittens? Put them on if you do, otherwise go grab an oven mitt before reading further. We'll wait. All set? The reason we had you do that is because we don't want you to hurt yourself with the inevitable facepalm that's about to follow. You see, Missouri State Representative Diane Franklin (R) has proposed a sales tax on violent video games that would apply to any title rated T for Teen and up by the ESRB, our sister site PCGamer.comreports.
Tell us which AV programs you want to see included in this year's roundup!
Straight and to the point, we need your help. You see, we're getting ready to conduct our annual roundup of Internet security suites, and we thought we'd try something a little different this year. Rather than pick which programs we think you'd be most interested in reading about, we're letting YOU tell US which ones to include. That's right, you wield the power -- how will you use it?
ESET upgrades its flagship consumer security products.
ESET, the well-regarded security firm headquartered in Bratislava, Slovakia, dropped us a note to let us know it launched its Smart Security 6 Internet suite and NOD32 Antivirus 6 security software. Both products received enhancements in threat detection, more thorough cleaning of infected systems, and an improved user experience, ESET said.
Mark Zuckerberg sees Graph Search as being a better way to sift through your Facebook connections.
For the past week, Facebook's been teasing a January 15 (today!) press event inviting the media to "come and see what we're building." The teaser inevitably led some to speculate the unveiling of the long-rumored Facebook Phone, but apparently Zuckerberg's tucking that little nugget away for another day. So, what was the announcement for? A brand new search engine, though not one that's globally focused like Google or Bing.