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Welcome to 2012

2012! Wow, 12 years into the new millennium. Seems like 2011 was so short.

So what do we have to look forward to this year? Some exciting things going on for Microsoft with the Windows 8 Public Beta being slated for a release sometime Windows_8_Developer_Preview_Start_Screen.pngin February including the brand new Windows App store going live. Seems everyone needs an app store in this day and age.

Toms Hardware are currently showing off some of the leaked windows 8 beta screenshots for your viewing pleasure.

Many people have asked me what my thoughts on Windows 8 are, and after playing with the BUILD conference Dev release I don't think it will tempt many people over from Windows 7. Then again that was a very early version without many features included. Microsoft may have done it again with windows 7 just like they managed with windows XP. Making a product that people just like to use with out really getting in the way of the user.

Historically Microsoft seem to have an up and down success rating with operating systems.

Win7: Good

Vista: Bad

XP: Good

ME: Bad

Win98SE: Good

Win98: Bad

And so on and so forth.



Something that seems to have fallen a bit to the wayside after its showcase at last years E3 is Nintendo and the new WiiU. It seems the non gaming public have yet to really latch onto this device as yet which I'm sure will change after launch. According to wikipedia we will be looking at around a March 2012 launch but nothing has been set in stone as of yet. Still, I'm looking forward to this one, a new game console is something that only happens once every 5-6 years and we are a bit overdue for a refresh of the current lineup. We have E3 2012 to see what Microsoft and Sony bring to the table. Im thinking more of the same for Microsoft pushing more integration with the Kinect. Expect to see more integration with TV and Movie streaming services. More download exclusive titles, and multi TB HDDs in the consoles themselves.




Who could forget the biggest event we have to look forward too, at least here in the UK the Olympics are coming to London! Hopefully this will give a much needed leg up for the UK econemy and raise a few spirits to boot. I never did quite agree with official logo though. I think that whoever  approved the colour scheme may have been part of the 90's club scene with the eye watering brightness.






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