Posts Tagged ‘release’

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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Chome OS Release This Week?

November 16, 2009

Rumours of Google Chrome’s launch date have been winding up for a while now, with some intimating that it might arrive earlier than Google’s predicted 2010, with some suggesting that we’ll see it this week.

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Google’s hotly anticipated entry to the operating system market has seen a couple of fakes and what appeared at the time to be a leak but later turned out to be something between an OS and a web browser, but now word from various different reports is that we could see a release of Google’s Chrome OS as soon as this week.

All of the reports indicating that we’ll see a launch of Chrome OS this side of Christmas (and this week specifically), seem to originate from a single TechCrunch report, which sites a “reliable source” saying that we would likely see a version of Chrome OS available to the public for download within a week.

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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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Palm Pre Irish Release Dated

September 24, 2009

O2 has finally announced the release dates for Palm’s Pre Smartphone in Europe, including the Irish release date, which is to be October 16th.

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Moreover, we haven’t just been given a release date for the device in Ireland, the UK and Germany, O2 has also posted details of the pricing plans it will have available to its Irish customers when the phone hits here, and the news is a lot like the news we posted during the iPhone launch. Palm’s Pre will cost you more if you’re Irish than if you’re living in the UK. Fortunately, it’s a bit less severe.

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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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District 9 Looks Like Pirated Movie of 2009

September 7, 2009

Since the release to torrent sites of a high quality R5 rip of District 9, it’s starting to look as though the film could well end up being one of the most pirated movies, if not the most pirated movie, of this year.

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Of course, as much as everyone has been pointing out the fact that nefarious internet pirates and the general lack of scruples among the bittorrent community at large, TorrentFreak is pointing out that one reason for the mass of people itching to get their hands on a free copy of District 9 is that such a high quality release is available. That said, this is something that’s already come up in casual conversation around the office that I thought might bear a little talking about.

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Snow Leopard to Hit This Friday?

August 21, 2009

Reports have been streaming in that Apple’s upcoming update to Mac OS X, Snow Leopard is finished a little earlier than expected. While it might be expected that Apple would simply reach the release date with a little spare time for whatever might crop up, it’s starting to look as though the company may simple launch Snow Leopard earlier than planned.

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Macenstein is reporting, citing “reliable sources in Elk Grove”, that support training for Snow Leopard is already underway. If that is the case, it would certainly seem to indicate that Snow Leopard is a little closer to release than Apple’s initial release date, especially given the fact that Apple had had simply stated “September” as the release date.

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O2 Accounces iPhone 3G S Ireland Pricing

June 17, 2009

As well you know, we (like pretty much everyone else going) are kind of excited about the new iPhone 3G S. The only problem so far has been the scant updates from O2 about the updated Apple phone’s release.

It's nice to finally have some details on release.

It's nice to finally have some details on release.

Fortunately enough, O2 has posted a block on its forum that tells us just about everything it was we wanted to know about the iPhone 3G S in Ireland, most importantly, we now know just how much it’s going to set you back if you want to pick one up. If you’re on bill pay, you can expect the 16GB model to hit you for €199 or the 32GB model to set you back €299. Both seem to be quite reasonable.

The real complaints will come from non-bill pay customers, who can expect to take a bit more damage over it. To pick up an iPhone on Speakeasy you’ll be looking at the princely sum of €519, which sounds an awful lot like gouging, but who are we to complain – Speakeasy customers don’t really have any other options… except maybe switching to bill pay.

You can read about all the details of the iPhone launch on the main 02 Ireland page for it here.

Alternatively, there are some more details in this posting on the O2 forum, including the fact that tethering won’t be supported in Ireland at launch. There’s a part of me that wonders if there just hasn’t been a charge finalised in there somehow… You can read the O2 posting about the iPhone, here.

Naturally all this is only really interesting if you’re willing to put up with the disparity between pricing in Ireland and the UK, which casts O2 Ireland in a decidedly negative light. Indeed, it’s only worse when you look at it with currency converter in hand – you
begin to see a pricing arrangement that looks almost designed to cause offense. I know I’ve said before that I love charts, graphs and metrics, but I lack the capacity to do one up in a hurry. Suffice it to say that for £34.26 in the UK you’ll get a package that bears little to what you get for €40. You have to wonder, why £32.26, it seems such an odd price.

Ah... there's a bit of similarity after all.

Ah... there's a bit of similarity after all.

The biggest difference is that in Ireland your €40 gets you unlimited texts and calls to O2 (which is alright if you happen to be part of some kind of strange O2 exclusive cult) and a 1GB per month data setup. The issue people are having is that in the UK your €40 (let’s call a spade a spade here, shall we?) nets you 600 free minutes, 500 free texts and unlimited data.

I don’t normally jump on the “rip off Ireland” bandwagon, but there are times when I can feel that sentiment whole heartedly.