The graphical interfaces we normally interact with are a relatively recent invention. Underneath, and still accessible, lurks the older command line text based interaction with the computer. For most day to day activities, the graphical interface provides an easier and more intuitive way to control your computer. Sometimes you need (or want) to work at the command prompt.

Windows built-in terminals, the command line and PowerShell, are useful and powerful shells, but the terminals are limited. Multiple sessions require opening completely separate windows. The customization options to match your preferred work style are limited. Can Console improve the command line?


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.


With the decline of WebOS and Blackberry, the contest for the best mobile OS has largely been narrowed to just three: Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android, and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 (WP7). Each operating system has its benefits and its downfalls, and as each matures, it will be interesting to see which adds the killer features to sway the majority of users. At this point, it’s obvious that Apple has the app crown for now, Google owns the customization realm, and Windows is catering to business users and anyone looking for something sophisticated and modern.

As someone who has used all three systems over the years and generally kept up with the news for each, I feel I can provide a decent overview of where they stand today. The sad truth is that all the OS hopping I’ve done is because each excels in a few areas over the others, but there is no one OS to rule them all.Hit the jump for a detailed comparison.


Looking for a better solution for team collaboration than Skype or Google Talk? HipChat is an affordable, cross-platform, cloud-based private chat service for your team or company. With group chat rooms, private messaging, file-sharing and video capabilities, HipChat is a solid application that will help your team communicate more efficiently than before.

Let’s see what HipChat has to offer and how it will help increase your team’s productivity.


Press events are always exciting times for geeks. Lots of announcements, promise of new technology and shiny new products are always welcome! Just look at WWDC last week. I’m pretty agnostic when it comes to platforms and even I sat up watching the live stream.

This week it’s Microsoft’s turn to take the spotlight as they’re scheduled to host two massive events this week with the closest one, you guessed right, tomorrow.

Speculation is rampant as to what exactly is going to be shown over the course of this week. Personally, I’m hoping to see Microsoft’s mythical in house tablet. With the 360 demonstrating what they can do when they create end to end solutions, ala Apple, I can’t wait for them to give Apple a run for their money.

This week I’d like to know your guesses as well! Will it be Windows 8? Win RT? The next gen Windows Phone platform? The Xbox 720?

So vote away and as always, we’d love to hear your thoughts – simply post a comment below!

Having used Symbian, Windows Mobile, Meego and iOS in the past, and settled on Android for the past 18 months, I have been quite excited to check out Windows Phone’s current offer in terms of ecosystem, OS, and devices. Thus, for the past couple of months, I have been using a Nokia Lumia 800 (running WP 7.5) as my secondary device, along with my primary HTC Desire Z (running ICS). After a series of ups and downs, I have found a lovely cocoon with both platforms, although the back and forth between them is highlighting all the exclusive features in each that I wish existed on the other.

Here, I will tackle the Android features that I really hope make it to Windows Phone whereas on our sister site Android.Appstorm, you will find the Windows Phone features that I would like to have on Android. These points will be based on the out of the box options of each, neglecting what could possibly be done with rooting, unlocking, custom ROMs, homebrews, et al.


Over the years, Redmond has launched several useful products. But not all of them are as useful as we would like them to be. Some gave them more trouble than the others. Microsoft had no choice but to let them go.

In today’s article, we’re going to take a look back and see what we can dig up from Microsoft’s graveyard.


I remember when I was a kid my first ever game that I played on the computer was the original StarCraft. I was at my godmother’s family and they had a computer with StarCraft installed. Her son asked me if I played before. I obviously didn’t. He started a custom map I believe, entered some cheat codes and let me play.

I honestly didn’t had a clue what I was doing, but the cheat codes kept me alive and eventually I won the match, with a little help. It’s been almost a decade and a half since it’s initial release, and almost at its 10 years anniversary,  Blizzard launched its sequel: StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty. Read on to find out if the game is worth your while!


Winner Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway. I’m excited to let you know that the winner has now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:


Congratulations again to the lucky winner — please get in touch at windows [at] appstorm [dot] net. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions and giveaways!


Over the past few months I have been busy with my studies revising for a variety of different subjects. During this time, I have been able to use many different Windows Phone Apps for support. All these applications helped me to keep in control of all my work to revise the best possible way!

To find out if any of these applications can help you too, read on!


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