Download Windows 8 Developer Preview

The Windows 8 Developer Preview is now available for download on Windows Dev Center, this is a pre-beta version of Windows 8(and is for production environment mainly). What gives Windows 8 an edge over predecessor Windows 7 is that, Windows 8 is a tablet oriented operating system and has a very friendly and interactive interface for tablets/touchscreens while being equally good with normal PCs(ones with a Keyboard and a Mouse). The download is available here which includes the prerelease software. Since this a preview, many new features still need to be implemented(and some might get removed too) and do remember, this release is not really very stable. Folks at Ars Technica have written a nice Hands-on article on the prerelease software, check it out here.

Also, if you will like to experience a similar interface on your Windows, then you can check out Omnimo UI(Which is used with Rainmeter), its actually pretty good in giving you a Windows 8 like interface and even I use it.

5 Free Alternatives to iTunes for your iPod / iPhone

Yes, other than iTunes, there are few more softwares too which can manage your iPod/iPhone efficiently. iTunes at times can have compatibility issues, like if you are on Linux or an older windows like Windows XP SP1, then iTunes just wont install for you. Also, iTunes is a heavy tool, where most of it’s alternatives are lite applications. Below are 5 Free iTunes Alternatives for your iPod / iPhone.

Note: Please be careful when using these tools, you might lose all of your iPod data, also, these softwares are not very good in syncing your iPod but do great in manually managing your iPod. Also, some of these might not support new iPods(Like iPod Touch) or new iPhones.


Winamp


Winamp Media Player - MP3  Video  and Music Player - Winamp


Songbird


SongBird


SharePod


SharePod


YamiPod


YamiPod


Floola


Floola

Microsoft Office 365 public beta now available

Microsoft had announced Microsoft Office 365 back in October 2010, the successor of Microsoft Office 2011. It will feature next generation cloud productivity service. This new version gives you access to email, calendar, and contacts from anywhere on a wide range of devices and enables real time editing of documents and spreadsheets with others.

Microsoft Office 365 will also feature tight security, it will help protect you from spam and viruses. It is called Microsoft Forefront Online Protection for Exchange, which includes multiple filters and virus-scanning engines.
The new version has set of web enabled tools, where you can view and edit documents with Office Web Apps on various web browsers. Like Google Apps, with more features and not being free.

The public beta is now available, you can see it at Office365.com.

Pricing and Licensing

The pricing is not really bad, neither very good. It starts with $6 per user per month for up to 50 users at max. Currently subscription is only available on a month-to-month basis with automatic renewal each month which you can cancel at any time with no early termination fee. Google Apps has a big edge over Office 365 in pricing.

Get Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx delivered to your doorstep for free.

Ubuntu is the most powerful Linux sponsored by Canonical. Its an open source project. The main license used is the GNU General Public License. Thus it is available for free download, Moreover you can also request an Installation Disk for Ubuntu 10.04 which gets delivered to the specified address for free(Yes, Even without shipping charges). To download the CD Image file go to http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download.  You might also like to download Ubuntu installer for Windows (Quite convenient if you are on Windows). Downloading is always more encouraged, As it is faster. But, If you are behind a slow Internet connect you can request the CD from https://shipit.ubuntu.com/. The CD gets delivered in some 4-10 weeks. You can also download Kubuntu for free from http://www.kubuntu.org/getkubuntu/download and request a disk from https://shipit.kubuntu.org/.

Microsoft Office 2010

I got Office 2010 from one of my friends which was available from here and upgraded it over my Office 2007(Took lots of time). This isn’t the full version which I got, Its named “Office 2010(Technical Preview)”{Not Beta} So that people can try it for free and this will expire in July 2010. Microsoft Office 2010 is the successor of Microsoft Office 2007.It features Extended file compatibility, user interface updates, and a refined user experience. I just compared it to my Office 2007 and got some screen shot’s of Office 2010 as well.(Click to Enlarge).

First things first the

Load screen.

The load screen of office 2007 is bit dumb and not interactive(Below), Where as the load screen of Office 2010(above) has bit of tweaks and more features like it tells us how much percentage the document has loaded(You can see this by opening huge PPT’s), Displays thing like “Starting”, “Working” and It has buttons like Minimize and close.


Main Window

The new Office 2010 main window(Above) is a lot similar to Office 2007(Below) and unlike Office 2003 to Office 2007 it’s not a complete evolution. So it will be easy to use.


File Menu

The new file button(Above) is bit different from older one(Below) you can notice some good Interface changes there. And also by clicking the file button icon a new window hovers above the main Window.