After Microsoft pulled the plug on Windows XP, China wasn't too happy to hear the news. The country wasn't too keen on upgrading, finding it too expensive to do so. In line with this, they also announced plans to build its own OS more than a year ago, to replace Windows. And just recently, a sneak peek of the operating system, which is named "NeoKylin," has surfaced.
Nikhil Sonnad, a reporter from Quartz was able to get an inside look on the custom OS. NeoKylin is developed by China Standard Software, in Shanghai, and built under Unix. Furthermore, the existence of a Yellowdog Updater Modified (yum) package management utility suggests that the OS is based on Fedora, another Linux-based OS, as the report states. The OS' name is taken from "qilin," a fictional hooved chimerical creature.
The first thing you will notice upon logging in, is its high resemblance from Windows XP. The majority of the UI is XP-inspired, from the taskbar, programs, functions, buttons, down to the Start menu. Other items in Microsoft Windows like My Documents, My Computer, Control Panel, and the Recycle Bin are also present. It has built-in programs like Firefox, a music player, image editor GIMP, a few games like Minesweeper, and Solitaire, among many others.
Source: Neowin

opera new logo story

Norwegian software company Opera, famous for its web browsers both for mobile and desktop, has unveiled a new brand identity today. The update illustrates a fresh logo and title change - aiming to better reflect the success the company has enjoyed over the past 20 years.
The company firmly believes that a 'new look and feel' will further recognize the capabilities of the web browser service, where Opera serves over 350 million internet users each month. Moreover, it is reported that 1.1 billion users access content provided by the company through its subsidiary advertising division, Mediaworks.
As far as its logo rebranding goes, the iconic "O" in the logo has been modified and the 'software' text has been omitted. In addition, the red color remains a vital characteristic, while the new 3D effect represents the gateway that leads to an expanse of content provided by Opera.
The brand update is set to roll out on the iOS platform first, to its flagship Opera Mini application. The future months will see the identity introduced to the wider family, including both Android and the recently made available app for Windows Phone. The icon will also appear on Opera for computers in the near future.
Source: Neowin

Samsung unveiled the new messaging app known as Socializer Messenger App

Samsung unveiled the new messaging app known as Socializer Messenger App that is taking mobile communications to the next level through its enhanced features and content.
With mobile devices such a central part of people’s lives these days, messaging applications have become hugely important for communications and staying in touch. Instant messaging programs can be used to share pictures and videos, and the option to add stickers and emoticons has really enriched communication when chatting.

The App comes with lots of amazing features such as shown below:-

Windows Phone is no longer the fledgling it was a several years back, with each passing year Microsoft has released updates that have added features to the platform and almost reached parity with iOS and Android. With project Astoria in the works and already an open-sourced version of the Windows Bridge for iOS, Windows phone will benefit from the catalogue of apps available on both iOS and Android of-course assuming the developers use those tools and that’s a big IF. I’ve looked through the current Windows Phone store and tried out the apps below which I find very good and they are locally designed.

Developer: SimbaCode
This is a beautifully designed music player for windows phone. It uses native windows phone controls and follows the windows phone design (can I call ‘it Metro’ now?) language so provides a seamless experience.
Here’s to hoping it will be updated to become a Universal Windows App.
The app currently has a 5 star rating in the store.
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At this year’s build conference, Microsoft announced several ‘bridges’ that will enable developers from competing platforms port over their popular apps to
Windows without any major changes to their apps. One of those bridges is Project Astoria.
What is “Project Astoria”?

Project Astoria” (also referred to as “Project A”), is a Universal Windows Platform Bridge toolkit that enables you to build Windows apps for phones by reusing your Android code. With “Project Astoria” you’ll be able to:

  •  Build Windows apps for phones with few code changes
  •  Use a Microsoft interoperability library to integrate Microsoft services into your app with very little effort
  •  Test and debug your app from your preferred IDE
  •  Publish your app and get paid through the Windows Store