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Microsoft has ended support for a number of prominent products earlier this week, as the software giant tries to push its users towards newer and more secure versions of the same items. On Tuesday, Microsoft culled mainstream support for Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, and Internet Explorer 10, just as it warned in 2014, with some support for the aging Windows 8 operating system also dropped by Microsoft at the same time.
On the heels of another year of declines in PC buying, a new graph from Asymco analyst Horace Dediu has revealed that in 2015, the number of iOS devices shipped surpassed the total number of Windows PCs shipped by a comfortable margin for the first time. Shipments of iOS devices and Windows PCs had reached parity last summer, so the result isn't shocking, but does give some indication of how popular mobile devices have become compared to traditional PCs.
We're all familiar with voxel style design, right? Minecraft is one of the bigger names, but other games boast the blocky, minimalist sort of feel that seems to be so popular these days. If you've ever had the desire to try designing your own voxel art or game, we've got the program for you: MagicaVoxel.
Charles said that he didn't have the time, nor the inclination, to game on OS X. The same is not true for all of us here, manning the MacNN ramparts. Maybe it's because I don't work in the bit-mines for Mike full-time, but I've got the opportunity to spend some time hammering away at the keys, blasting bad guys from time to time. This year was a pretty good one for new experiences: here are four of my favorites, and they all can be found on digital game service Steam, and run on OS X in addition to Windows.
Whether you've been given a new Mac for the first time, or you've bought it yourself, somewhere along the line you've been told "it just works." The good news is that this is pretty much true, although it'll take you a little while to find your way around -- especially if you're used to Windows. Whether you're on an iMac or MacBook, you'll see how it's the ease of use that makes people so passionate about Apple. MacNN.com has covered that passion for 20 years now, and it isn't slowing down. Let us help you with your new, or new-to-you computer that you just unwrapped.
Yesterday, we covered five reasons why you should switch to Windows, and frankly it didn't take forensic science to see that we were biased toward the Mac. Give us points for finding real reasons, though, and arguing why they are important to some people, but take many of those points away for how we shook our heads a lot. Only, in looking at exactly how biased we were and are, we rather ignored the simple fact that we are biased. Something got us to this position.
There will always be people who have to switch between Macs and PCs, there will will always be people who are tempted by the other side. Tomorrow in a totally unbiased way we'll cover the thousands and thousands of reasons you should move to a Mac but for today here's a grudging five reasons to switch to PCs and Windows. Five good grudging reasons, though, and followed by a single reason why we're staying where we are.
Earlier today, Apple released the latest iteration of its iCloud for Windows functionality. Now on version 5, the utility allows users of Windows 7 and newer access to and allows modification of photos, videos, mail, calendar, files, and other data stored in Apple's cloud storage service.
Microsoft is attempting to coax customers to switch over to Windows 10, as part of a Trade Up promotion, with Mac users being offered the bigger rewards. The scheme's site claims customers buying a Windows 10 from a Microsoft Store in the United States between October 14 and October 20 will be able to trade in a notebook for up to $200, while Macs being traded in will provide a rebate of up to $300.
So, with OS X El Capitan, you can now have half of your screen devoted to one app and the other half to another. It has been unexpectedly excellent for our productivity: somehow even more than just dragging two windows next to each other like we used to. However, if you don't know how to do it, it isn't obvious.. Plus, some of the things it does really aren't obvious either. Although some apps play nice with it and some don't even let you try, there is a surprising third class of apps that say they work Split Screen yet you'd never know because they need careful handling.