Posts Tagged ‘launch’

Star Trek Online too Popular for Own Good

February 4, 2010

It seems that the latest MMO offering on the go, Cryptic Studio’s Star Trek Online, has proved to be just a little too popular at launch, with many reporting issues connecting to the game’s servers.

Sometimes, I wish new Atari and old Atari were the same company...

Indeed, word comes via Cryptic Studios itself of the issue, which has dogged it since the launch of its beta phase (which saw invitations issued to all those who had opted to pre-order the game) when complaints began to emerge of long queues for those looking to play. Cryptic had reassured users that it would be upgrading to keep its capacity in line with subscriptions, but it seems that the launch has been successful enough for those upgrades not quite to keep up.

The official line from Cryptic’s Star Trek Online team is that,

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Microsoft Planning Office 15

December 10, 2009

With Office 2010 in public beta now, it seems that the majority of work on it is done, still, it’s a little surprising to hear that Microsoft is moving on to Office 15 already.

Of course, the whole thing isn’t entirely unexpected, we had received word very shortly after the release of Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 7, that the company was already moving on, with staff working away on Windows 8. The big difference is, for now at least, that the word that we could expect to see Windows 8 around 2012 prompted speculation that the manner in which MS releases OS updates would be changing to something a little more incremental… it seems less likely that that’s the case for Office.

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Chrome OS Event Tomorrow

November 18, 2009

Google has sort-of announced that it is to hold a special event tomorrow that is to centre around its highly anticipated upcoming entry to the operating system market, Chrome OS.

Without any apparent effort on Google’s part, the upcoming entry to the OS stakes has managed to accumulate an awful lot of hype in a very short amount of time. This is largely due to the fact that people have drawn a relationship between Chrome OS and Google’s current portable OS, Android. With Android managing to steal more and more of the smartphone spotlight, interest in Chrome OS has grown steadily.

TechCrunch has the detail on Google’s Chrome OS event, which it says is to contain a “complete overview” of Google’s new OS, as well as going into some detail as to just how Google intends to manage the launch of Chrome OS. Perhaps most interesting, though it’s not mentioned overtly in the TechCrunch post, is that many had been pointing to this week as a possible release date for an early build of Google Chrome.

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Windows 7 Release Spurs PC Sales

November 4, 2009

As many industry analysts had predicted, the release of Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 7, has seen sales of PC hardware bounce back, surpassing even some of the more optimistic expectations.

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Indeed, for the week ending October 24th, that is to say, the week Windows 7 launched, PC sales were up 40% compared to the same period last year. Moreover, Windows 7 was only available for the last two days of that week, so we wouldn’t be surprised to hear that sales had been ever more impressive for the following week.

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No Zune HD Outside US

September 11, 2009

Microsoft has announced that it doesn’t have any plans to release its upcoming media player, the Zune HD, outside of the US at the moment.

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While many were hopeful that the launch of the touch-screen Zune HD would see the brand start to gain some attention in Europe, Microsoft has shot those hopes down when ArsTechnica got in touch to ask about the device.

According to the Microsoft representative they managed to get in touch with, “For the time being, the ZuneHD device will remain US Only. Right now we are focused on deploying an exciting service in the form of Zune Video to 18 markets. We are looking at potential future hardware experiences for these markets, but do not have anything to announce right now.”

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