When it comes to supporting a robust community of console gamers, Microsoft's Xbox Live pretty much sets the standard. Valve's Steam service has long ruled the roost in regards to the PC games community, and the same may be said of Steam-capable Mac games. But with the release of Mountain Lion, Apple hopes to draw the attention of Mac gamers to its previously-only-on-iOS Game Center. After fooling around with the application for a while, it's clear Game Center for Mac has potential, but there's an extreme void of currently compatible titles.
It's pretty much all Dark Knight Rises wherever you go and sure, we've got some of that love for you too. But that's not the only hot property going around the internet. There's always something Apple, always something in the water. So take a peek at what's under the cover including Steam's huge Summer Sale, some bad news for a handset maker, and something curious going on with Office 2013.
Although early reports claimed that Microsoft would introduce a new 2013 edition of Office to match the one it showed off for Windows earlier this week, the company has since confirmed that's not the case.
Billed as the most important product that Microsoft offers, CEO Steve Ballmer took the stage today to introduce a new generation of the company's flagship Office product, with a preview edition available for download today.
It was the week of Comic-Con and the week when Steam broke the internet by causing a stampede with their annual Summer Sale, and most of all it was another week with Apple and all the fun stuff you can do with your iOS device and your Macs. And it just my be that crazy summer heat, but we even allowed that Apple could learn a thing or two from rival Microsoft. Yeah, it was that kind of week.
While you may be very excited about Mountain Lion and iOS 6, Apple isn’t the only company with interesting new products on the way. Microsoft is slated to release its long-awaited (and undeniably cool-looking) Windows 8 operating system for desktops later this year, with bona fide Surface tablets and a mobile release of Windows Phone 8 arriving shortly thereafter. So let’s take a look at what the competition is up to, and see where Apple could maybe learn a thing or two.
So much for thinking that Apple and Microsoft might live in peace and harmony into their twilight years. A new interview with CEO Steve Ballmer goes on the attack against Apple, with claims that Redmond will not cede any ground to Cupertino.
We're not quite sure how it got all the way to version 8, but the new Windows Phone OS unveiled last week has certainly come a long way since its launch less than two years ago. Set to release at or around the same time as iOS 6 in autumn, Windows Phone is clearly positioning itself as an alternative to Apple's juggernaut, and it looks like we've got another Windows 95-Mac OS 8 knock-down, drag-out battle ahead.
Well, even though we're all about the Apple here, we have to recognize what the competition is up to and we are as shocked as anyone to say that Microsoft had what looks like a pretty good week. Windows Phone 8 software is out in the wild and the Metro interface is some of the best work Redmond's done in ages and it looks wicked sweet on the Surface. There were a few stumbles in the MS Keynote, so we'll see if the OS works as well as it looks. So what else happened?