New Microsoft Office Preview Available

Last week, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced the release of the new Microsoft Office consumer preview, which you can download at office.com/preview. Designed specifically for compatibility with the upcoming Windows 8 (set to release in October), this newest edition of the world-class Office software sports a uniquely intuitive interface which focuses on stylus, touch and mouse input.

In addition to the touch/stylus centric interface, the new Microsoft Office is -unlike its predecessors- not designed as a traditional software application, and instead has been reincarnated as a  continually updating cloud service.

Windows 8 Release Date Set For October 26th

Finally! After months of previews and sneak peeks,  Microsoft has decided to stop toying with our fragile emotions, and announce the official release date for Microsoft Windows 8. At the Microsoft annual sales meeting last week,  Steve Sinofsky proudly declared that October 26th, 2012 will be the official Windows 8 release date.

We’ve reported previously on the Windows 8 Developer Preview, and by now we all know about Windows 8 support for both ARM and x86 processors, as well as the redesigned “Metro” UI which we’ve already seen on the Windows Phone and XBOX 360. Now that a release date has been set, tech junkies the world over (ourselves included) are eager to see what the full, commercial edition of Windows 8 has to offer.

Autodesk Acquires Vela Systems – Construction Software

Recently Autodesk just announced that they acquired Vela Systems who specializes in field management software for the construction industry. Vela Systems combines mobile technologies and BIM (Building Information Modeling) at the point of construction to improve the quality, safety and profitability of projects and companies.

Combined with the Autodesk BIM portfolio, the Vela Systems software has already helped contractors, owners, architects and engineers accelerate project schedules, reduce project risk, and improve the flow of information, including key data and project photos, between project stakeholders. Autodesk users can now reduce reliance on manual processes to track progress, document work activities and resolve issues. With the Vela Systems integration, users can also visualize the as-designed building in the field to improve quality and fidelity to design intent; streamline reviews; save money with more efficient workflows by linking physical tasks to a virtual model; and capture critical data on materials, systems, and equipment.*

Troy Kelly Places 2nd in Greenbrier Classic

PGA LogoIn case you weren’t aware, SoftwareMedia.com is sponsoring PGR TOUR golfer Troy Kelly. This past weekend, Troy finished second in the Greenbrier Classic out in West Virginia. It was a battle between him and Ted Potter Jr., which ended-up going into a three-hole playoff on Sunday afternoon. Ted might’ve eked out a victory, but Troy put up an impressive fight throughout, and we’re proud of his strong finish.

ABBYY FineReader 11 Corporate named Editor’s Choice by PC Magazine

ABBYY FineReader 11 Corporate Edition has recently been named Editor’s Choice by PC Magazine, and we have to say that we couldn’t agree more. With unparalleled OCR (optical character recognition) capabilities, wide range of supported formats, and diverse language support, it’s no surprise that ABBYY FineReader is finally getting the recognition that it so justly deserves.

Internet Security Software Comparison

With this comprehensive Internet Security Software Comparison Guide, you can learn all about the different facets of the ever changing and complex field of Internet Security. Learn how to protect yourself and your computer so you don’t fall prey to scams. Get definitions and examples of viruses, spam, hacking, spyware, identity theft and phishing, terms you hear every day.