If you are a Windows 8 user and do not likely using Internet Explorer, you will be happy to hear that a “Metro-style” version of the Mozilla Firefox browser is coming on December 10th. The developer version of the browser is expected to arrive in September.
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Microsoft Corporation is going to bring back the “start menu” on Windows version 8.1. Microsoft is adding the feature back on Windows 8 as part of an effort to win over consumers that get too confused by the user interface changes on Windows. Microsoft is going to update Windows multiple times rather than waiting every three years to offer a large release.
According to Microsoft Windows CFO Tami Reller, the company will support the most popular apps in the Apple App Store within their own app store. However, Microsoft believes that the actual Apple iTunes software is not coming anytime soon. There are now over 60,000 apps in the Windows Store with about 250 million downloads.
Twitter has launched a native application for Windows 8 and Windows RT. The Twitter app is available in the Windows Store and it’s design was consistent with Microsoft’s signature tiled interface.
ALK Technologies is bringing the popular CoPilot GPS application to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. This is a big deal for Microsoft because the app has been downloaded many times already on Android and iOS. The CoPilot app has speed limit warnings and local search through Google, Yelp, and Wikipedia.
Starting next month, the cost of upgrading PCs to Windows 8 Pro will cost $200. This is way up from the promotional upgrade price of $40. And the standard Windows 8 upgrade edition will cost $119.99. If you already have Windows 8 and you want to upgrade to Pro Pack, it will cost $99.99. PC owners that have Windows 8 Pro can add the Windows Media Center functionality for $9.99. [Source: Ubergizmo]
Dropbox has arrived on the Windows Store and is compatible with the Windows 8 operating system and Windows RT devices. Dropbox is a cloud storage service that passed 100 million registered users in November. The company recently hired Python creator Guido Van Rossum and acquired Audiogalaxy. Dropbox also acquired a photo cloud aggregation company called SnapJoy last month.
Tobii will be integrating their eye-tracking technology into Windows 8 machines. The last time we wrote about Tobii’s eye-tracking technology was when Apple partnered with them in 2009. The Gaze user interface lets you navigate, zoom, select, and scroll on a Windows 8 laptop using pupils and a touchpad. This year Tobii is introducing new technology called REX, which is a USB-connected peripheral that can add the aforementioned features into a Windows 8 PC.