Microsoft is looking forward to strong sales of Office 2010 when the productivity suite ships later this year, based on what the company called "record interest" in the beta version of the product. Users have downloaded more than 2 million trial copies of the software in just seven weeks, according to Microsoft Office general manager Rachel Bondi.
"The Office 2010 beta is generating record interest and use, surpassing the previous Office 2007 beta download rate," said Bondi, in a blog post Tuesday. "It's a rate of 40,000 downloads per day," said Bondi.
We must admit that buying games has never been more attractive in the spirit of this year's holiday season, Steam is slashing anywhere from 25% to as much as 80% off its current offer.
Valve's offer is down by about 25%, and the pricing on Valve Complete Pack bundle is down to €52,49. A month back this money could buy you only Left for Dead and Left for Dead 2, whereas now you can treat yourself to the entire arsenal of Valve's games at the same price. You can check it out here.
Chinese pirates are set to miff Microsoft by adapting the Open Source Ubuntu until it is the spit of Windows XP. Apparently the pirates had made a hacked version of Windows XP but for some reason Microsoft cracked down on it.
Now the answer to that is the Ylmf OS. If you have a look at the download page and are fluent in Chinese you will find an ISO that you can download. Unfortunately looking at the testing, and the screenshots, would suggest that the OS's GUI is purely Chinese too.
Mozilla won't make a 2009 deadline for releasing Firefox 3.6 and is giving itself more time to complete a major update, version 4.0.
The organization behind the open-source Web browser had predicted a final release of Firefox 3.6 in December 2009, but the Mozilla Web site now includes "ship Firefox 3.6" as a goal for the first quarter of 2010.
In addition, Firefox 4.0, which had been due in 2010, now is "aimed at late 2010 or early 2011," with a beta due in the summer of 2010, according to Mozilla.
The world's largest software company made the announcement shortly after a U.S. court of appeals upheld a $290 million jury verdict against it for infringing a patent held by a small Canadian software firm.
The court also affirmed an injunction that prevents Microsoft from selling versions of its Word program which contain the offending software, set to take effect January 11, 2010. Older versions of Word are not affected.
Microsoft said it is taking steps to remove the feature from Microsoft Word 2007 and Microsoft Office 2007 put on sale from that date.
The Catalyst™ Software Suite 9.12 contains the following:
* Radeon™ display driver 8.681
* HydraVision™ for both Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7
* WDM Driver Install Bundle
* Southbridge/IXP Driver
* Catalyst™ Control Center Version 8.681
The European Commission has buried the hatchet with Microsoft after Redmond agreed to offer European consumers the choice of alternative browsers in Windows. In turn, the EC agreed to drop charges filed against Microsoft back in January.
* Includes the latest PhysX runtime builds to support all released PhysX content including Batman Arkham Asylum and others.
* This release also resolves issues with Arabic language installations and occasional simulation interruption on some machines and titles.
* New runtimes for the PhysX SDK 2.8.3.
* Supports NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on all GeForce 8-series, 9-series, 100-series and 200-series GPUs with a minimum of 256MB dedicated graphics memory and 32 CUDA cores. Note: Some applications may have higher minimum requirements.
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