Windows 8: 4 million copies sold in just 3 days

Launched only three days ago, the new operating system from Microsoft, Windows 8 , panic already counters with 4 million copies sold.

The release of a new Windows operating system is always an important event and Windows 8 is no exception to the rule, it might even be tempted to say that it is particularly exciting. Indeed, the new version of intrigue in Redmond with his thinking interface for tablets, without dropped the good old PC, and no start menu, however this since 1995. To quote the words of a master of his most famous rivals, Windows 8 will be a revolution for Microsoft.

But a revolution is not without risk, and there are concerns that the corner of the touchscreen and cloud computing is not to everyone's taste. The first figures provided by Microsoft in any case we show that the new Windows arouses curiosity.

Indeed, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that 4 million copies have been sold in just 3 days. Sales higher than its predecessor Windows 7, it also displays some impressive numbers since recently surpassed 670 million copies since its release in 2009, again according to the CEOs.

Rapid success which could be explained by the tariff policy conducted by Microsoft to launch its new operating system. If prices are substantially the same as Windows 7 (count 109.99 EUR 279.90 EUR Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro), Microsoft has introduced an offer much cheaper since it is possible to obtain Windows 8 Pro for only 29.90 euros and 59.99 euros for download boxed until 31 January 2013. Similarly, those who bought a PC running Windows 7 between 2 June 2012 and 31 January 2013 are eligible for an upgrade to Windows 8 for 14.99 euros.

Google officially launched the Nexus 4, Nexus Nexus 7 and 10

Google was unable to present his conference because of bad weather that hit the United States. But on its official blog, the Mountain View company has still revealed several interesting facts about the launch of the Nexus 4, 7 and 10.

Nexus 4

Nexus family expands with three devices. Google is also surrounded by three different manufacturers, Samsung, Asus and LG. This is the origin of the Nexus 4. The Smartphone is described as a super fast machine. Google has also made ​​a novelty such as induction charging which should satisfy many consumers. By embedding the latest version of Android, the Nexus 4 offers enhanced navigation and adding some features. Read our full article on all the features.

Nexus 7

In the process, Google has also formalized the new capacity and the latest connectivity Nexus 7. The latter is therefore declined version 3G and 32 GB model is similar to the first Nexus 7, but prices have been changed with this new release. Storage capacity will enable you to enjoy a larger space to install more of applications. You can find on our Read the full article on Nexus 7 32GB 3G.

Nexus 10

The new Google tablet is advertised as a device receiving "the highest resolution in the world." The users will be able to enjoy a screen with a high resolution providing real comfort. Nexus 10 is proving to be a product of such high quality with an exceptional image. All features have been a complete article.

Play the Google topped 700,000 apps

Last week, Apple announced that the App Store had passed the 700,000 apps available for iOS device users. Google does not rely on a leash and responds a week later so loud: the Google Play also comes to exceed the 700,000 apps downloaded by Android users.

In the area of mobility, the hardware plays a crucial role. In this game, Google has placed several skirmishes with rival Apple in particular, yesterday revealing serious competitors to the iPhone 5 with the Nexus 4 , with the iPad with the fourth generation Nexus 10 and iPad Mini by expanding its range Nexus 7 (model 32GB, 32GB 3G model and updating prices) . Hardware which can support mobile OS richer, efficient and innovative: this other game, Google Android 4.2 unsheathed yesterday (available first on the Nexus 4 and 10) which provides multi-user account, a quick setup menu accessible from the notifications panel and "Photo Sphere" which allows you to take 360 degree pictures and share them on Google+ but Google Maps. Google responds to Apple released a 240-degree panning with iOS 6. This is the application that Apple plans is scratched in passing (since it has no views).

Microsoft is the third player (until perhaps RIM BlackBerry OS and 10) now playing in the big leagues with Windows Phone 8. The Redmond company is doing everything to attract developers and to offer the famous "killer apps." For the third cornerstone of a mobile ecosystem is well in its apps store. Apple has long used its advantage in the field to attract users with marketing muscle. This is no longer an argument against Android.

Apple will always mean by saying that its apps store is more profitable than Google Play. Its 700,000 apps translate into more sales better able to compensate developers. Thus, since the creation of the App Store in 2008, 6.5 billion have been distributed to developers. But Google is based on a different model to monetize the Google Play: advertising often allows users to enjoy the same free apps than iOS users. The advertising revenues provide compensation developers.

Windows 8: Microsoft ensures that there will not be a 7-inch tablet

Apple has emerged as yet the iPad Mini

Apple had said that there would not, but still ended up launching the iPad Mini ( learn more ) last week. What will it take for Microsoft? Tami Reller , chief financial officer of Windows, said recently that no tablet Windows 8 will be manufactured at size 7 inches.

In an interview with "Wired Great Britain," the officer said that Microsoft and its partners are focused entirely on the shelves 10 inches, confirming that the production of tablets in a reduced format for Windows 8 is not part of the project development. According to his words, a thousand planes would be ready to launch Windows 8.

Graceful termination market share?

However, this discourse may be subject to change over time, either because of the need for a smaller size or the need to provide new equipment at discounted prices. This would encourage consumers to integrate tablets into their daily lives.

If this choice tends to confirm why he graciously let Microsoft market share to its competitors? The battle is already fierce in the tablet market, Windows scrounge hope PDM on the shelves of large format.

Nexus 10: The new Google tablet

Google Nexus 10 is official, she joined the family and offers features interesting. It is described as a high-performance 10-inch tablet.
Google announced that the Nexus has a 10 screen offering "the highest resolution in the world for a tablet and offering new features." The Google device is designed to provide exceptional image resolution especially with 2560 x 1600 pixels. With more than 4 million pixels, the user is literally absorbed by the screen and its content. Texts make a real sharpness and colours appreciable. The Mountain View company indicates that the film will give you Full HD 1080p "  seem to be the best place in your cinema."

Nexus 10 is customizable. You can then change the wallpaper, organize and create folders, installing new widgets... The use is optimized because simply drag the icons to change the appearance of the home screen. All content on Google is also available with the most advanced version of the Chrome browser. Navigation is optimized with technology Wifi MMO scroll pages quickly and speed is 4 times greater than that offered by WiFi normal according to Google. You can also explore the world in high definition with Google Earth.


  • 603 grams
  • A 5 megapixel camera and 1.9 megapixel front
  • Storage Capacity: 16 and 32 GB
  • Android 4.2
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Dual core processor 15 A
  • WiFi 802.11 b / g / n (MMO + HT 40)
  • NFC, Bluetooth, microphone, compass, ambient light
  • Barometer, GPS, compass, accelerometer
  • Dimensions: 263.9 x 117.6 x 8.9 mm
  • 9000 mAh battery
  • Price: 399 euros (16 GB), 499 euros (32 GB)

Introducing the Google Nexus 7

The Google Nexus 7 is already known since it is on the market for several weeks. But Google has just formalize the new capacity (32GB) and 3G. The amount of 16 GB was also lowered (199 euros).

The new capacity is very interesting for those who felt a little tight with a 16GB model Some consumers will also shocked to find that the price charged for the new version is identical to the one proposed at the launch of the 16 GB . It therefore incorporates tablet features of the previous model. You will find a pocket size optimized for transport. HD screen you can easily read all types of content. It is also designed for entertainment. The owners of the tablet can dip into Google Play with more than 675,000 applications and games. Digital books are available per million.

The Nexus 7 also includes all the applications Google, ie Maps, Gmail, Chrome, YouTube and of course Google+. The tablet is available in 32GB WiFi ( here ) and 32 GB 3G.


  • 7 inch HD screen
  • 216 dpi
  • 1280 x 800 pixels
  • 340 grams
  • Quad-Core Nvidia Tegra 3
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • WiFi 802.11 b / g / n and 3G
  • NFC, GPS, microphone, gyroscope, magnetometer, accelerometer
  • Bluetooth
  • Battery: 4325 mAh
  • Android 4.1
  • 1.2 Megapixel front camera

Google has the Nexus 4

A few days ago, a prototype Nexus 4 had been lost. Some features have been revealed. Today, Google formalizes its launch. Built by LG, it is described as "  super fast  . " You can find a WXGA IPS 4.7 inches (320 ppi). Lumia as the latest models, the Nexus 4 proposes charging by induction. Just ask for the recharge gets under way. An effective concept that requires no cable. Apparently he does not slot for the microSD card.


  • 4.7 inches
  • Definition 1280 x 768
  • Dimensions: 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm
  • 139 grams
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 2 Sensors 1.3 and 8MP
  • NFC
  • Bluetooth
  • Wifi 802.11b/g/n
  • A micro USB port
  • SlimPort HDMI
  • Android 4.2
  • Battery: 2100 mAh
  • Compass, accelerometer, microphone, gyroscope, barometer, GPS
  • Available: November 13 Google Play

Nexus 4 carries the new version of Android. Some innovations are shared as an overhaul of the keyboard, widgets are available from the home page even if the phone is locked. Photo enthusiasts will appreciate the functionality Photo Sphere. The latter allows for 360 degree shots that are identical to those found on the Internet Street View. Nexus 4 is the successor of the Galaxy Nexus and will be available in France in November SFR.

Xbox 360 and Android: SmartGlass landed on Google Play

With the Wii U, Nintendo will offer its solution "transmedia" between the console and the GamePad. Sony is also trying a similar approach with a possible interaction between the PS3 and PS Vita.

But Microsoft is not left with SmartGlass. With this application, which landed on the free Google Play , Xbox 360 owners access their console from their Android device. Recall that the Xbox 360 is itself a true media hub that goes beyond the simple framework of the game. Your smartphone (or tablet) Android so you can access all this "universe."

Free app allows you to take control of its console since its Android tablet or smartphone with version 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) minimum. The device plays the role of remote control (the two devices communicate via your local network) to control the dashboard console and playing videos and music. It also becomes much easier to type text rather than the console controller.

SmartGlass but also provides access to additional content for games, music, videos ... This is where the application is very important. Now remains to content providers (this is the same for game publishers on Wii U) deliver features and additional content relevant and complementary to "feed" SmartGlass. A real world parallel can therefore be opened at the discretion of the imagination of developers. Along the same idea, we have seen recently with the bluray "Prometheus" is BD-Live can offer truly interesting content from a mobile device (iOS and Android).

App also provides access to Xbox Live profile (it is also necessary to have such an account to run the application) and can change his avatar, send messages to friends and follow his "achievements". SmartGlass is already freely available for devices running Windows 8 (and RT) from the Windows App Store. Microsoft has promised it will arrive for iOS and Windows Phone also 7.5, 7.8 and 8.

Xbox SmartGlass is available on Google Play

The application SmartGlass Xbox is now available on Google Play when it was not expected until next spring.

It provides access to the Xbox Live account via its Android smartphone, it is also possible to use your mobile as a remote for the Xbox 360 or to access interactive content (videos and start listening to music ...).

SmartGlass will also watch a movie on VOD tablet after starting on a TV, or manage playlists Xbox Music from his smartphone. The Xbox version of Internet Explorer can also be controlled from the application.

It is also possible to take advantage of some new information about Xbox games (Halo and Forza 4 Horizon) which appear directly on the smartphone.

The application is free, however it only works on Android smartphones with version 4.0 ( Ice Cream Sandwich ) to a minimum.

Xbox SmartGlass is already available on Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7 .5. The iOS version is still expected in spring 2013.

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