Gartner today reported that worldwide software revenue totaled $407.3 billion in 2013, a 4.8 percent increase from 2012 revenue of $388.5 billion. Microsoft retained its spot as the No.1 software vendor with a revenue of 65.7 Billion on a growth rate of 6%. Oracle surpassed IBM to became No.2 software vendor worldwide. “Investors continue to focus on revenue growth and market share gains as the primary criteria when evaluating vendors,” said John Rizzuto, research vice president and Invest analyst at Gartner. “At this point, the new and emerging technology markets in software, such as digital marketing and public cloud computing, are so nascent that investors are favoring those companies that are early and aggressive in grabbing both market and mind share — in many cases dismissing progress on earnings and cash flow in hopes that they will one day follow.” The software industry is in the middle of a multiyear ...

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Piktr is now available on the Windows Store. What is Piktr? Piktr is a third party Instagram client for the Windows Store. When I was deciding on what my next project I should be; I took a look at the state of the Windows Store and decided that a well written Instagram client was sorely lacking. What makes Piktr so special? Attention to detail. Piktr does not compromise. I took special care to keep performance, design, and thoughtful features are the core of Piktr. I’ve made it extremely simple to connect with others and stay up to date with your feeds. Piktr is now available for all to download on the Windows Store. Download by clicking here (Windows 8/RT users only): Whats next for Piktr? I will be providing a set of updates for Piktr over the next few weeks to add additional functionality and act on feedback from users. ...

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I guess being a proposed $8.5 billion acquisition of Microsoft has made Skype a bit more eager to serve their new masters. The company has released an update for their VOIP client with the changelog featuring only the addition of Windows 8 support, an OS still a year from release. If you are a Windows 8 Developer Preview user and suffering from Skype issues you can download 5.5.0.117 from Skype here. Via ZDNet.com ...

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