Windows

What to expect from apps in 2013

Love mobile? Love your apps? On the other with Windows 8 hitting the scene, it looks like apps will be more popular than ever. But is it the way to go?

The average smart phone user has only 40 apps on their phone with a great precentage of them leaning toward a utility function. So what would the advantage be for your company to go into the app space. If you aren’t there already, should you still jump in?

Is it time to kick older versions of IE to the curb?

What does a perfect world look like?

If you’re a web designer or developer, chances are your perfect world is a world free of older versions of Internet Explorer.

Despite the popularity of Chrome and Firefox, and the proliferation of non-Windows mobile devices, Microsoft’s web browser is still used by countless millions around the world. Depending on what you’re building and what versions of IE you’re required to support, that can mean big headaches.

Is the age of innocence over for the Mac?

If you own a Windows-based computer, it may be hard to believe that many of your Mac counterparts don’t run antivirus software.

Viruses and malware are a fact of life for Windows owners, and as a
result, there is a sizable ecosystem of security software vendors whose
mission in life is to protect PC owners from the constantly growing
number of threats.

But Mac owners may be getting a taste of the hassles PC
owners have become accustomed to…

Can Ubuntu finally give Windows a run for its money?

Microsoft isn’t exactly the most-loved company in the world, and part of that arguably has to do with its dominant position in the OS market. Its flagship product, Windows, has improved recently, but frustrations caused by its checkered past are, for some, hard to forget.

For years, many computer industry professionals have hoped that strong Windows alternatives would emerge. Much of this hope was based on the idea that highly-polished GUIs for Linux-based operating systems could offer consumers Windows-like experiences and give Microsoft a run for its money.

Will the Mac app store change the desktop software landscape?

Are you ready to buy desktop applications through an app store? Apple thinks you are. In the next few months, it will roll out the Mac app store, which will let Mac owners purchase desktop software apps the same way iPhone owners purchase apps for their phone. And Microsoft has plans of its own for a Windows desktop software app store.

The big question: will the app store model work on the desktop? And is the desktop even a market worth targeting?