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Softonic dares views on the trends of the coming year. Softonic, the largest portal for free and paid software downloads in Europe and Latin America, and one of the leading providers worldwide, looks back on the events of 2012 and dares views on the trends of the coming year. The milestones in 2012 the year 2012 has shown us clearly that the software world is located in the middle of the change. Windows 8 is the most spectacular software new release of the last year. With the new operating system has made Microsoft the perhaps the biggest risk of the company’s history and shows that: the future lies in the integration of desktops and mobile devices. Apple once again has carried out the annual update of the Mac operating system in line with the company’s tradition and launched the new version of Mountain Lion.

Mountain Lion is Apple’s first step on the way to the consolidation of mobile and desktop operating systems. Another highlight of the year 2012 in technological terms is the final breakthrough of the Internet-enabled mobile devices: smartphones and tablets have become for large parts of the world to the absolute must-haves. According to a study of the Federal Association for information technology, telecommunications and new media (BITKOM) two-thirds of a Smartphone which already have under 30-year German. In addition, the mobile all-rounder are this year again at the top on the German Christmas wish list. Social networks 2012 continued their triumphal March which has led to a boom in matching programs and apps. At the same time, the growth of the most popular networks, including Facebook, has slowed for the first time what will 2013 probably bring? The trends of 2013 defining trends of the year 2013 are apps, cloud storage, tablets and Internet-based messaging and telephony services. At the software level, mobile Web applications, the merger of MSN Messenger with Skype, as well as Office 2013 will attract great attention.