You’ve no doubt heard by now that Microsoft released the Windows 8 Consumer Preview last week, and maybe you were even one of the million users who downloaded it. If you’re still stuck on how to get it installed on your Mac, the folks at Parallels have arrived with help.
Happy Leap Day! It will be another four years before we see this bizarre extension of February again, so be sure to live it to the fullest, especially if you happen to be one of those poor saps whose birthday happens to fall on that fateful square on the calendar. So what kind of tech news happens on a mid-week Leap Day? As it turns out, plenty -- so read on and get all of the news for Wednesday, February 29, 2012.
It's hard to write about Microsoft's final Consumer Electronics Show keynote without feeling a little bit depressed. What should have been the company's CES swan song felt more like a rambling late night phone call from an old friend who just wants to talk about the way things used to be. During the company's 60 minute kick at the can, which started 30 minutes late, CEO Steve Ballmer and dreamy corporate shill Ryan Seacrest didn't provide the keynote's attendees with a single piece of information they didn't already have.
This past December, Microsoft announced that the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show would be its last -- a surprising move for a company that has cast such a dominating shadow over the trade show for the last decade. As the tech giant struggles to reposition itself in a rapidly changing consumer marketplace, it's the only move that makes sense.
It’s that time of the week when our thoughts stray from the work at hand to what we might do this Columbus Day weekend, but the tech industry is pushing through hump day with a variety of news items you’re sure to enjoy. Work off that post-keynote hangover by reading the latest news for Wednesday, October 5 starting… now!
In the wake of Apple’s transition to Intel chips in 2006, the longtime question “Mac or PC?” soon became “What’s the best way for me to run Windows on a Mac?” Virtualization specialists Parallels and VMware have been duking it out ever since with their respective Desktop and Fusion products, which are both capable of running Windows inside OS X without rebooting -- a key limitation of Apple’s free Boot Camp solution.
The rumor mills are heating up as September enters its second half. Next week we expect things to really get hot and the week after that'll be like living on Mercury. We've got a few of these tasty stories, mainly involving a third (possibly fourth?) carrier for the iPhone, as well as some gaming news sure to make at least one reader squee in our hottest stories of the week round up.
Microsoft would "welcome" an iTunes app from Apple for Windows 8, according to CEO Steve Ballmer. During a conference call with analysts, Ballmer hinted that companies such as Apple and Amazon, while competitors, also represent companies that deliver a lot of media content to device users, and that is attractive to Microsoft and their new touch-centric operating system.
"We’d welcome Metro style applications from Apple in the iTunes case," Ballmer said. "I don’t know what we’d see there but we’d certainly welcome those."
A lot of people have been making a lot of noise about Windows 8 of late, and with a developer's preview of Microsoft’s upcoming operating system out in the wild, we don’t reckon that the din is going to die down anytime soon. Interested in finding out if the OS is everything folks are saying and a bag of potato chips? If you’ve got a copy of Parallels on your Mac, we can show you how to get Windows 8 up and running without having to invest in a single piece of PC hardware. Let’s get started!