Microsoft is not a company renown for producing great image related software (Paint anyone?) but sometimes it can surprise. Fresh Paint is a touchscreen and finger friendly painting app that, while clearly aimed at kids, is great fun for anyone looking to get a little creative.
But while this is certainly an app that will be loved by kids, there is a degree of realism to the painting materials that make this worth a look even if you are slightly out of the target age bracket.
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.
I’m a big fan of maximizing my available workspace and here on Windows.AppStorm, I’ve looked at various tools that can be used to enhance virtual desktops and multiple monitor setups. Now I’d like to share another tool I’ve found that makes use of existing hardware you may own.
If you have an Android or iOS phone or tablet, you can use iDisplay to transform it into an extra monitor. The desktop software is free of charge and while the mobile apps do have price tag attached to them, they are a great deal cheaper than buying a new monitor of any size.
I’m guessing all of us have been through at least one fundamental paradigm shift in computing. Personally, I’ve seen the rise of cloud computing and web software as well as the sheer proliferation of consoles and mobile hardware. I guess you could include tablets in the mobile hardware space too.
Tablets have been a bit of a revelation for me. Unless I’m actually creating something, tablets have become incredibly competitive in taking care of my email, reading and media needs. If your creative task includes writing, I’m guessing most of us can replace a desktop with a tablet as well. Needless to say, I’m now a fan and am cautiously optimistic of the entire tablet world and their lock-in ecosystems.
This week I’d like to know whether you dig the tablet form factor. Some people swear by it whilst others absolutely hate the restrictions that the hardware implicitly create. What do you think? I’d love to hear from you!
So vote away and as always, we’d love to hear your thoughts – simply post a comment below!
In an event in LA, Microsoft showed off Surface, its presumptive flagship Windows 8 product that’s a full-blown tablet set to compete with models coming out of Windows OEMs. Coming in both Intel and ARM flavours, the Surface runs Windows 8 and is perhaps best used in conjunction with one of two accessories that offers the device a traditional keyboard and trackpad input.
Not only is Microsoft compete with its own licensees with the Surface, but they’re also going far into living out my personal dream for them, creating a stronger, more cohesive ecosystem that isn’t tainted by third parties.