Microsoft Office For Mac 2011 Edition To Ship From October 26?

Folks at 9to5Mac have got hold of a nice bit of information with respect to the launch of the new Microsoft Office 2011 package for Mac. According to details posted on Amazon, the new software should begin shipping from October 26th this year.

This is the first time a specific date for the new product has been available. Earlier this year, the company had officially announced the price of the Office for Mac 2011 edition and had indicated that the software will be available in October. The latest version of the software is expected to be much closer to the Windows version and is expected to reinstate support for Visual Basic applications that were dropped in the 2008 edition. Office 2011 for Mac is also expected to bring improved support for Exchange.

Amazon has put up all three editions, namely Student, Professional and Home up for sale on their website.

Apple Replacing Objective C With New Programming Language For iOS App Development?

9to5Mac writes on an interesting speculation that has been doing the rounds lately. Apple could be working on an alternative new programming language that will replace Objective C as the default coding language for developers on the Apple OS platform.

Swedish developer Jesper writes on his blog,

“After watching the eminently early and freely available WWDC 2010 session videos, I think my scales have finally tipped. It is my belief that Apple is definitely working on a new language to surpass Objective-C as their intended, primary, publicly recommended programming language, which I will call “xlang”.”

The new language is expected to be based off Objective C and still be “modern” enough to cater to all of Apple’s requirements. Jesper says this new platform will give Apple a modern language with a modern environment that is low-level enough to perform at the speed of Objective C and still be thin enough to carry out most of the modern amenties efficiently.

You may also note that Apple has been working on a compiler front-end called Clang to replace the GNU compiler collection. Development of Clang was completed last month and Apple is expected to make the replacement soon.

Percentage Of Free Apps vs. Paid Apps By Mobile Platform

The last two years has seen a terrific rise in the number of app stores in the market. Today, almost all the mobile platform developers own their own mobile app store. While not all of these platforms may be as successful as the iPhone App Store or the Android market place, there is no denying […]

The last two years has seen a terrific rise in the number of app stores in the market. Today, almost all the mobile platform developers own their own mobile app store. While not all of these platforms may be as successful as the iPhone App Store or the Android market place, there is no denying the fact that application marketplace have become an inevitable discussion point when you are purchasing a new mobile phone.

However, not all apps bring money to the platform and third party developers. A significant number of apps are offered free simply as a Lite version (and thereby luring users to go paid at a later stage) or because these applications bank of volumes and make money off ads.

So what is the proportion of free vs. paid apps on the various application stores? Distimo provides us the answers.

Here is the percentage of free apps on each of these application stores

Apple App Store (iPad) : 23%
Apple App Store (iPhone) : 28%
Apple App Store (Universal) : 28%
Blackberry App World : 26%
Google Android Market : 57%
Nokia Ovi Store : 26%
Palm App Catalog : 34%
Windows Marketplace : 22%

Android marketplace has a resoundingly high number of free apps since paid apps are not available in a majority of international markets.

Mobile Map Application Usage Statistics

A new study by Comscore MobiLens shows that the use of mapping applications on mobile phones grew 44% in the year between April 2009 and April 2010. In just the three months between January and April 2010, close to 33.5 million mobile phone users in the US accessed a map application from their mobile phones. […]

A new study by Comscore MobiLens shows that the use of mapping applications on mobile phones grew 44% in the year between April 2009 and April 2010. In just the three months between January and April 2010, close to 33.5 million mobile phone users in the US accessed a map application from their mobile phones.

So when do people actually access these applications? Here is a statistic from the study

Driving a car or another vehicle : 87.2%
Walking/Running/Biking : 17.2%
Using public transit : 16.7%

Smartphones definitely have played a huge role in this growth. Here is the number of smartphone users who were observed to have used a mobile map application during the month of April 2010 (and the YoY growth rate in brackets)

Total Mobile market : 16.773 million
Smartphones : 12.74 million (177%)
Feature phones : 4.03 million (-2%)

Number Of Windows 7 Licenses Sold Crosses 150 Million

Microsoft has announced that the company has sold over 150 million copies of Windows 7 ever since the new operating system was launched in October 2009. With a selling rate of close to 1 license every second, Microsoft claims that Windows 7 is the fastest selling operating system in history.

The announcement comes exactly two months after Redmond announced the sale of 100 million licenses. Exclaiming that the success has been largely due to the interest shown in the latest OS among corporates, the Microsoft blog reads,

“Approximately 75 percent of enterprises are looking at Windows 7 for their organization, and of course people continue to be excited about the features and benefits of Windows 7, and the PCs that our partners are delivering for Windows 7”

The company expects to sell close to 300 million licenses by the end of this year.

Fastest Growing Mobile App Categories

Smartphone usage – and consequently mobile app usage – are on the rise. According to a study by MobiLens, the number of mobile app users in the United States grew by 28% between April 2009 and April 2010. As more people jump into the smartphone bandwagon, their internet-based social networking habits tend to extend to […]

Smartphone usage – and consequently mobile app usage – are on the rise. According to a study by MobiLens, the number of mobile app users in the United States grew by 28% between April 2009 and April 2010. As more people jump into the smartphone bandwagon, their internet-based social networking habits tend to extend to the smartphone as well. Consequently, the use of social networking apps jumped by 240% in the one year making it the fastest growing app category.

Here is how all the other app categories grew in the one year till April 2010

Social Networking : 240%
Weather : 111%
News : 124%
Sports : 113%
Banking : 113%
Maps : 93%
Movie : 93%
Retail : 91%
Search : 90%
Photo/video sharing : 90%


Adobe Lightroom 3 Introduces New Features

Adobe has launched Lightroom 3 – the photo editing and management tool targeted at photographers. The software has been in beta for quite a while and hence those of you who have tried it may have already have had a hang of most of them. Here are the most important features that are enhanced in the latest release

  • Lens correction and profile gallery
  • Perspective correction
  • Improved noise reduction and sharpening
  • Streamlined importing
  • Streamlined publishing
  • Tethered capture
  • Video support
  • Easy slideshows
  • New adjustment preset system

The new Adobe Lightroom3 is available for download from the Adobe website for $299. It will only cost $99 if you need to upgrade from Lightroom 2.

[via CrunchGear]

Most Popular Mobile Applications

Social networking is a huge phenomenon and the always-on connectivity offered by smartphones has only accelerated the trend. According to a recent study conducted by Nielsen Research, Facebook has been found to be the most popular among used applications across a variety of smartphones including iPhone and Blackberry.
The only app that is more used is […]

Social networking is a huge phenomenon and the always-on connectivity offered by smartphones has only accelerated the trend. According to a recent study conducted by Nielsen Research, Facebook has been found to be the most popular among used applications across a variety of smartphones including iPhone and Blackberry.

The only app that is more used is Google Maps for Android OS which is understandable since Google actively promotes its navigation system for Android.  Here are the top 5 apps on each of these mobile OS platforms based on their use in a 30 day period.

iPhone OS
1. Facebook
2. iPod/iTunes
3. Google Maps
4. Weather Channel
5. Pandora

Blackberry OS
1. Facebook
2. Google Maps
3. Weather Channel
4. ESPN
5. Pandora

Android OS
1. Google Maps
2. Facebook
3. Weather Channel
4. Pandora
5. Google Search

Other Smartphones
1. Facebook
2. Google Maps
3. Weather Channel
4. Pandora
5. Youtube


Android Platform Versions Market Share

Yesterday, Twitter announced an official client for Android devices. Too bad, it only worked on Android 2.1 devices. That means, only 27.3% of Android handsets can actually access the official Twitter client.
With Android 2.2 expected to launch sometime in the latter half of this year, expect the fragmentation problem to grow even further. Here […]

Yesterday, Twitter announced an official client for Android devices. Too bad, it only worked on Android 2.1 devices. That means, only 27.3% of Android handsets can actually access the official Twitter client.

With Android 2.2 expected to launch sometime in the latter half of this year, expect the fragmentation problem to grow even further. Here is the most updated market share of the various Android OS platforms.

Android 1.1 : 0.1%
Android 1.5 : 38.0%
Android 1.6 : 31.6%%
Android 2.0 : 0.3%
Android 2.0.1 : 2.7%
Android 2.1 : 27.3%