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Email, for most of us, is a vital part of every life as it allows us to communicate, being it sending messages or files quickly. Needless to say, emailing is a task we have all become accustomed to.

However, if you’re anything like me, you’ll always be looking for the best way to go about your email workflow. Of course each provider has a different set of features and abilities and this has caused arguments among folk for years — with everyone asking which the best provider.

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A year back, if you’d told me that Microsoft would beat Apple in unifying all your devices I would’ve laughed at your face. Plus, knowing Microsoft of the past, one would’ve expected them to botch it up, even if that were true. When legendary Allard, godfather of Xbox, quit the company, everyone, including me, started screaming that MS’s future is on the brink of destruction.

But this new Microsoft under Ballmer had other plans in mind. It was evident when they launched WP7. It was not just another wrapper on their old broken mobile engine. Rather it was a completely thought through, totally revamped product, focused on improving your experience. It turned out to be one of the best mobile platforms and the user experience is particularly phenomenal.

Still, even for Microsoft, Windows 8 is a greater leap, and far from their comfort zone. Many people are still looking out for the Start button, while others are busy calling names. Amidst all this hoopla, Windows 8 was launched recently and Microsoft has been under incredible pressure. It’s facing a never seen before competition from Apple and Google, threatening to erode it completely. Today we’re going to take a look at the challenges faced by Microsoft.

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Windows 8 has finally been released by Microsoft, an operating system that is a surprisingly big overall advancement of the software and one that is perfect for tablets. However, since it’s initial announcement, a culture of smaller, seven-inch tablets has emerged that might just pose a threat to Microsoft and Windows 8.

Especially with Apple’s launch of the iPad mini (creatively launched to presales at the same time and date as Windows 8 itself), we’re going to take a look at what Google, Amazon and Apple’s effort might do to hinder the very potential of Windows 8.

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It has been well over two years now since Microsoft’s bold new square-centric foray into the world of smartphones was unveiled in the form of Windows Phone 7, and the accompanying Metro UI. Both operating system and UI were well-received, but their long term success was met with scepticism in the face of the titans of Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android. Today, we’ve seen the rough start for Windows Phone blossom into a serious mobile competitor for iOS and Android, one that is continuing to thrive and grow as the two tech titans thrash and brawl; We’ve seen the quadratic-laden Metro UI sneak its way onto the Xbox 360, Microsoft’s own Zune MP3 player software for Windows PC’s, and now onto the next iteration of Microsoft’s Windows PC operating system.

In the wake of the impending release of both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, which should prove to be a make-or-break launch for Microsoft in terms of both its grip on the market and impression on the mobile space, we’ve seen the lead players in the tech world step forward with their eager contributions to the oncoming pair of OS’s, and I’m here to take a look at the most intriguing of the bunch.

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Windows users have always loved the fact that we have a choice over what software we run on our hardware. We choose whether we run the Home or Professional editions of Windows, we chose which version of Windows that we want, and some of us take what we’ve chosen to use and then tinker with it.

When you own a Mac, things are a little different. Mac users believe that the applications that came with their computers are always better than the status quo, and they’re not afraid to shout that from the roof tops. Sometimes it’s something to admire, but other times it’s nothing more than pure fanboyism. The Apple hardware sure is pretty though.

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It’s safe to say that the gaming scene has witnessed what is easily more than a fair share of MMORPG’s in recent years. From the classics of Everquest and Ultima Online to the game-changing hit World of Warcraft and the myriad (yet slightly boring) EVE Online, there seems to have been no expense spared in sending eager players forth for gold, loot, and the life-consuming quest for an epic mount.

Now this would be all well and fine with me, but by some strange peculiarity we seem to have been left with a superfluous plethora of titles that, whilst borrowing heavily from Blizzard Entertainment’s magnum opus, seem to have been unable to capture its staggering popularity and lasting impression.

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Personally, I love the Windows Phone setup and everything that comes with it. They always seem to please and give me a worthy mobile experience. But, the system hasn’t really taken off as I assumed it would – which really disappointed me. I feel as if Microsoft hasn’t been given enough credit for something which is so powerful.

In this article I’m going to explain what I think of the system. As well as trying to urge you to change! Read on to find out more!

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Back in the old days of smartphone infancy, your options for some ravenous digital gaming were somewhat limited; anything more than downloading a basic open-source port of Civilization or ‘some game from some site somewhere’ would require the ownership of one of Nintendo’s coveted Gameboy systems, lest you be relegated to the living room sofa. However most of the handheld consoles of the day were generally regarded as mere child’s play, certainly much too juvenile a pastime for the crisp-suit-toting, HP iPAQ-wielding business elite.

Of course, with the completely game-changing advent of the iPhone, iOS and Android, focus has turned to the viability of the modern-day smartphone as a viable gaming platform to rival dedicated solutions from Nintendo and Sony. So far we’ve seen some rather stellar results, with titles such as the casual hit Angry Birds and the more console-quality titles such as Infinity Blade demonstrating that the phone of the 21st century can entertain you in the gaming space, too. With the welcome introduction of the Unity 3D platform to Windows Phone, things could get a lot more interesting.

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We’ve all heard of the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store, giants of the application world. By providing the best and most accessible apps around, these database’s have forged a strong reputation which has been built up over time. However, for those of us who are oblivious to the Windows Phone, they will have never heard of Windows Marketplace: the app store which will hopefully compete with the forerunners!

But, at the moment it’s nowhere close to beating the competition. Currently I would describe the Windows Marketplace as pitiful. This is because of some issues which are in plain sight and other things they just haven’t done yet. Read on to find out what I think Windows id doing right or wrong and how this can be improved.

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You’ve probably already gathered from my previous articles that I have a great love for the MMORPG genre. Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game – for those of us are oblivious to popular gaming.

As I anticipate Guild Wars 2 this fall I’ve decided to talk about what actually makes me put so much time (and sometimes money) into these fantasy based games. Read on find out about my experiences, which in turn should hopefully encourage you to play an MMORPG in the future!

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