Category: Desktop Software


IE6 sucked. We all know that. But the good thing is so does Microsoft and the company has been doing a lot since the past couple of years to make people switch over to the newer versions, which have been a significant improvement, and trying to repair the tarnished image of the browser in the eyes of the internet users.

But there are people who don’t want to let Microsoft repair that image. IE has become a laughing stock of the internet to the point where it’s now a meme. You will often hear people saying how the browser sucks and how they use it only to download other browsers. And while the browser did suck in the past, the new one does not (not as much anyway). And Microsoft wants you to know that.

So to hammer down that point, Microsoft launched the website The Browser You Loved To Hate earlier this year, where they openly admitted that IE6 sucked but the new one does not and that you should at least give it a try before deriding it on the internet. The latest video in that campaign is of a guy who goes around on the internet typing ‘IE SUCKS’ at every chance he gets even when faced against the facts that it does not anymore. Eventually he sees something he likes, which makes him think differently.

Microsoft message is simple. The browser has progressed and so should you. And that you should give something a chance before ignorantly making fun of it. Maybe you’ll see something you like.

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Last September Apple revealed a revamped version of iTunes at the announcement event for the iPhone 5. Today, after a serious delay, the application is finally ready to download.

iTunes is the go-to multimedia player on Mac OS and thanks to the iPods and the iOS devices in recent years, it has made its way to numerous Windows computers as well.

If you need a refresher, Apple has a pretty long list of what’s new in this version. There’s even a promo video.

I’m not a heavy iTunes user myself (I suppose nobody really is under Windows), but most of the changes are easily visible. The application is quicker and smoother, it’s got a simpler user interface with the navigation bar on the left gone.

The iTunes store (accessible via the application itself) looks a lot nicer and generally, accessing it seems faster. In the past it has always been so darn slow.

And finally, there’s a tighter iCloud integration and finally, the redesigned new Mini player makes much more sense. I’ve always preferred a mini format for simple software such as a music player.

Download iTunes over at Apple’s website. It’s free.

A new Skype 4.2 version is now available in the Apple’s App Store for all the iPhones, iPads and iPods Touch running on iOS 4.3 or later.

It adds support for Microsoft accounts and you can now chat with your Messenger, Hotmail and Outlook.com contacts directly from within Skype. The 4.2 version also allows you to tap and hold for edit on instant messages.

Here’s the complete changelog as provided by the developers themselves:

  • Chat with Messenger, Hotmail and Outlook.com contacts – sign in with and merge your Microsoft account.
  • New to Skype? Create a new account right from the app.
  • Tap and hold on instant messages to edit them.
  • Choose an emoticon while typing an instant message.
  • Animated emoticons for devices with a Retina display.
  • Edit saved phone numbers right from the dial pad.
  • Bug fixes.

You can update your Skype app right now – just head to the App store.

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