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  • Windows 8 Died at Launch, Microsoft Moves on to Windows 9

    07/28/2014 4:25:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 157 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/28/2014 | Andy Patrizio
    Microsoft attempted something different and daring with Windows 8. It introduced a whole new interface and means of interaction with your PC that was identical to a smartphone or tablet. It threw out the “Start” menu and mouse-driven interface people had used for decades in favor of a touch-driven interface with tiles, some of which received active information updates. And people hated it. “They tried to get their entire audience to jump from a UI [user interface] they were comfortable with to a brand new one with a serious learning curve,” California-based Creative Strategies tech analyst and president Tim Bajarin...
  • Microsoft decided to extort Windows 7 users too

    07/17/2014 9:17:00 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 90 replies
    semiaccurate.com ^ | Jul 14, 2014 | by Charlie Demerjian
    Not content to blow both feet off with a shotgun, Microsoft is going for the kneecaps now by blackmailing it’s customers. If you are still dumb enough to use Windows, you are about have your wallet shaken down by Microsoft in a familiar yet still unwelcome way.We don’t feel the need to sugarcoat this much because the company’s behavior is so blatant and uncaring it is almost staggering. Worse yet the victims, that would be almost all Windows users, have only themselves to blame because the pattern has been well laid out for years now. Microsoft has been unapologetically blackmailing...
  • Microsoft strips some Windows 7 users of IE11 patch privileges

    06/16/2014 7:50:03 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 21 replies
    Computerworld ^ | June 15, 2014 07:32 AM ET | Gregg Keizer
    Computerworld - Microsoft has quietly stopped serving security updates to Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) on consumer and small business Windows 7 PCs unless the customer has successfully applied an April update for the browser. [....] Users who have not installed the IE security update issued on April 8 -- identified by Microsoft as MS14-018 -- on Windows 7, and who rely on Windows Update to download and install fixes, did not receive the June 10 IE update. Nor will IE11 receive any future updates, security or otherwise, until that MS14-018 has been installed. Windows Update will not display the appropriate...
  • Windows 8.1 finally passes Windows 8 in market share, Windows 7 climbs back over 50%

    06/10/2014 1:32:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    The Next Web ^ | 06/10/2014 | EMIL PROTALINSKI
    May was the seventh full month of availability for Microsoft’s latest operating system version: Windows 8.1 continues to grow slowly while Windows 8 remains largely flat, allowing the former to finally pass the latter in market share. At the same time, Windows 7 has managed to climb back over the 50 percent mark, while Windows XP still has more than 25 percent of the pie, despite support for the ancient OS finally ending in April.The latest market share data from Net Applications shows that Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 have gained a combined 0.40 percentage points (from 12.24 percent to...
  • Linux Ubuntu question for my older windows laptop.

    04/06/2014 1:04:45 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 53 replies
    4-6-14 | Me
    I got an older Compaq Presario Laptop and I've been toying with the idea of putting Ubuntu on it. I was wondering if I would need to totally wipe the HD to get Ubuntu to run properly or can I install it while leaving Windows 7 on and it will still run OK. I am going to get a new laptop eventually but am in no hurry so it would be nice to still keep windows But I can manage for now without it being I use my Entertainment System Computer most of the time. Thanks in advance for any...
  • Microsoft Sells 200 Million Win 8 Licenses: Yawn

    02/15/2014 6:33:31 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Information Week ^ | 02/14/2014 | Michael Endler
    Microsoft sold more than 200 million Windows 8 and 8.1 licenses during the controversial OS's first 15 months, Tami Reller, the company's executive VP of marketing, revealed Thursday at a Goldman Sachs technology conference.Sounds impressive, right? Not exactly.Sure, 200 million is a big number -- that's about one license for every 35 people on the planet, a level of ubiquity most companies would kill for. But Microsoft isn't most companies. Put into historical or aspirational context, Windows 8 and 8.1 have underwhelmed.Not convinced? Here are five reasons not to be impressed.1. Windows 8 sales can't keep pace with Windows 7's precedent.In...
  • HP brings back Windows 7 by popular demand

    01/20/2014 12:35:23 PM PST · by dangerdoc · 66 replies
    The Verge ^ | 1/20/14 | Tom Warren
    HP really wants people to buy a Windows 7 PC instead of a Windows 8 machine. The PC maker has been emailing customers over the weekend noting that "Windows 7 is back." A new promotion, designed to entice people to select Windows 7 over Windows 8 with $150 of "savings," has launched on HP’s website with a "back by popular demand" slogan. The move is clearly designed to position Windows 7 over Microsoft’s touch-centric Windows 8 operating system.
  • Dell Inspiron 11.6 vs Lenovo IdeaPad W210 (Windows 8)

    01/09/2014 8:37:33 PM PST · by This Just In · 54 replies
    January 8, 2014 | This Just In
    Good evening, I'm seeking your opinion/advice on these two laptops. If given the choice which would you choose and why? Our child has been given a gift: a Dell 11.6, but we may be able to exchange it for the Lenovo. I'm just wondering whether or not it would be worth the exchange. I'm inclined to think it is, but trading one for the other presents a little bit of a challenge. We must travel out of state in order to exchange the laptop. I'm wondering if it would be worth the wait and travel. Thank you, as always, for...
  • Microsoft bets on Windows XP disaster

    12/16/2013 7:23:42 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 145 replies
    COMPUTERWORLD ^ | December 12, 2013 | Gregg Keizer
    Makes obvious prediction -- since it's calling the shots -- that ending support for XP will mean 'more systems will get compromised' Computerworld - Microsoft today used the hoary practice of predicting next year to drive another nail into Windows XP's coffin.
  • Firefox 24.0 Sux in Windows7

    10/12/2013 5:42:14 AM PDT · by savedbygrace · 71 replies
    My Brain | 10/12/13 | savedbygrace
    Ever since this update was downloaded and installed, it locks up many times a day. I have done the Repair deal, and taken all of the optional stuff off Firefox, but the lockups continue. Boo. Hiss.
  • Windows 8.1: So it's, er, half-speed ahead for Microsoft's Plan A

    06/28/2013 10:53:01 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 44 replies
    The Register ^ | 28 June 2013 | Tim Anderson
    Review Following approximately one year after the release to manufacturing of Windows 8.0, which incorporated some radical changes, based around a new tablet platform running alongside the traditional desktop environment, Windows 8.1 is a critical release. Most Windows users have not warmed to the platform variously called Metro, Modern or Windows Runtime. Microsoft designed Windows 8.0 so that users cannot altogether ignore the Modern environment, even if they run only desktop applications. Moves like replacing the familiar Start menu with a Start screen and putting essential features like Shutdown in a somewhat hidden Charms menu were confusing and added little...
  • Vanity Post Computer Problem

    06/12/2013 6:27:51 AM PDT · by timestax · 39 replies
    timestax | June 12,2013 | timestax
    This morning, first thing I see is a warning from Windows 7, that says the hard drive is in imminent danger of failing, and to immediately back up all files. What's up with this. Anybody else getting this. Could it be gubmint boys causing this or just normal failure. DELL laptop is about one year old. Otherwise, up till now =NO PROBLEMS. And ,YES it is turned on. PLEASE, no joking around this time.
  • Windows: It’s over, tech site declares

    04/16/2013 1:12:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 202 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 16, 2013
    Calling the latest operating system a “failure” and Microsoft’s leaders “idiots,” a top tech website has proclaimed the PC era over. Windows is coming to a dead end, they say. PC shipments collapsed in the last quarter by almost 14 percent, analysts with IDC said last week, marking the biggest drop in sales since the firm started tracking them 19 years ago. The problem, said ZDNet’s well respected Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols, isn’t the designs from the likes of HP and Dell or the size of consumer’s wallets. It’s Microsoft. “Look at the numbers: Metro-interface operating systems have already failed,” Vaughn-Nichols...
  • Lenovo ships new enterprise gear with Windows 7

    03/20/2013 7:38:29 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Tuesday, 19 March 2013 11:22 | Fudzilla staff
    Conservative business users ditch Windows 8 Lenovo is continuing to ship Windows 7 on the majority of its enterprise shipments. Although Windows 8 has been out for months, the OS of choice for enterprises remains Win 7. Windows 8 is still shipped with the machines, in the form of a bundled disc. The Register reports Lenovo learned the trick after it got burned with Windows Vista downgrades, so this time around it is preinstalling a downgraded OS by default. Lenovo is still interested in Windows 8 touchscreen devices, such as its ThinkPad Helix convertible. However, the Helix is rather pricey...
  • CES 2013: Industry Source -- More Than 3 Out of 4 Enthusiasts Reject Windows 8

    01/12/2013 9:06:53 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 39 replies
    Dailytech ^ | January 11, 2013 6:48 PM | Jason Mick (Blog)
    Notably, more than half of gamers who DO pick the embattled OS downgrade within weeks Arguably the most important, but relatively underdiscussed single story at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show can be expressed in a single word -- "solidarity".  Whether it was Intel Corp. (INTC) pushing customers towards touch-friendly devices or companies like Hewlett-Packard Comp. (HPQ) and Lenovo Group, Ltd. (HKG:0992) pushing Windows 8 hybrids/laptop designs, everyone was standing firmly behind Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) embattled Windows 8 operating system. With past releases Microsoft was blasted for not being innovative enough compared to Linux and OS X, in terms of user interface design.  Windows...
  • Windows 8 outsells Windows 7

    12/04/2012 6:07:15 AM PST · by SmokingJoe · 83 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 28 Nov 2012 | Jennifer O'Mahony
    Sales of the Windows 8 operating system, which was launched on October 26, were driven by upgrades rather than users purchasing the software on new machines, according to Reuters. Microsoft sold 60 million Windows 7 licenses in two months, compare to 40 million licenses of Windows 8 in one month. Tami Reller, finance and marketing head of Microsoft's Windows division, said yesterday: "Windows 8 upgrade momentum is outpacing that of Windows 7," speaking at an investor conference held by Credit Suisse. Previous versions of Microsoft operating systems sold considerably fewer licenses than Windows 8 in a comparable period, with XP...
  • Enterprise interest in Windows 8 half that for Windows 7 in '09

    11/16/2012 7:00:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Computerworld ^ | 11/16/2012 | Gregg Keizer
    Enterprise IT decision makers are about half as enthusiastic about the new Windows 8 as they were three years ago about the then-just-released Windows 7, an analyst said today. Employees, however, have a higher-than-expected interest in the revamped operating system when it powers a tablet, second only to Apple's iOS, which runs the iPad. According to David Johnson of Forrester Research, 24% of the more than 1,200 North American and European IT hardware purchasers the firm interviewed in the third quarter said that while they had no plans in place to migrate to Windows 8, they expect to at some...
  • Windows 8 demand higher than Win 7's, says Microsoft's Steve Ballmer

    10/31/2012 8:43:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10/31/2012 | Devin Coldewey , NBC News
    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has a rosy outlook for their new Windows 8 operating system, saying Monday that "we're seeing preliminary demand well above where we were with Windows 7." But other measures indicate that this statement may be somewhat misleading. Ballmer was speaking at a San Francisco event where Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 hardware were being showcased. Windows 8 itself officially launched last Friday, but has been available in preview form for more than a year. Comparing the new OS to its predecessor is natural, but could Windows 8, which has been intensely polarizing in the tech...
  • Dell will continue selling Windows 7

    10/15/2012 7:52:49 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 41 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Monday, 15 October 2012 11:42 | Nick Farrell
    Not sure about this eight lark Tinman Michael Dell has said that he will continue to flog Windows 7 machines after Windows 8 hits the shops. The move is being seen as a note of caution, because some analysts are not sure how successful Windows 8 will be. Windows 7 is seen as a good stable operating system, particularly after the disaster that was Vista. Windows 7, which reached PCs in October of 2009, will be offered as an option to commercial and gaming customers. In fact Dell has said that it will offer Windows 7 as long as it...
  • Internet Explorer 9

    09/30/2012 7:46:35 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 33 replies
    Former Fetus
    Hi, here's another question from a technologically challenged, internet addicted, freeper. Let me begin by saying that my PC runs Windows 7 and I have Internet Explorer 9. However, a number of websites (yahoo, weather channel ...) keep showing statements about me having to update to IE9. Well, maybe it is not aimed at me, maybe they just have that announcement. But now I cannot read the comments in the Jerusalem Post and the reason, in their words, is "Sorry, the browser you are using is not currently supported. To use the comments, Disqus recommends the following browsers: Firefox,Chrome,Internet Explorer...
  • Windows 7 hits 600 million sales

    06/07/2012 4:50:35 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 48 replies
    HEXUS ^ | 6 June 2012 | Mark Tyson
    Microsoft has announced today that Windows 7 has reached a milestone of 600 million licenses sold. Just four months ago, in February, the figure stood at 525 million licenses. Windows 7 was released in October 2009 and is currently the operating system on nearly 40 per cent of internet connected devices according to Microsoft figures. Windows XP still accounts for approximately 45 per cent of global market share. Speaking at the Computex ICT show in Taipei, Microsoft’s Steve Guggenheimer updated us on Windows 7 sales figures while showing some new Windows 7 based devices. Most of the new Computex hardware...
  • Windows 7 all of a sudden not genuine

    05/05/2012 12:50:49 PM PDT · by library user · 47 replies
    Self | May 5, 2012
    Yes, I'm logged in. Tanned, rested, ready, cheese, moose, sister.... I'm trying to help a senior citizen on a fixed income, in my neighborhood, with a computer issue. He bought an HP desktop back when Win 7 first was issued (I think Nov. 2009) and all was well until about a month ago. Now, whenever he boots up the PC, a message pops up saying his copy of Win7 isn't genuine. He's called both HP and Microsoft and each company blames the other. Most of the time, his phone calls go to India and he has a hard time understanding...
  • Windows 8 preview popularity kicking Windows 7's butt

    04/29/2012 6:50:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    IT World ^ | 04/29/2012 | By Tim Greene,
    Microsoft says that so far the Windows 8 Consumer Preview is twice as popular at this point than its predecessor Windows 7 was based on the number of downloads. The company didn't say how many downloads that is, but claimed it is used by millions of people per day. Meanwhile, the next prerelease version of Windows 8 will be available in about six weeks, inching closer to a final product that is still expected to launch this fall. Microsoft's Windows Chief Steven Sinofsky announced that the Windows 8 Release Preview version will be ready for download the first week of...
  • Help Needed with Windows 7

    02/22/2012 7:22:06 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 32 replies
    Former Fetus
    Last December I was asking y'all for help with my dying pc because I did not want to swith from Windows XP. Well, eventually I did have to get a new pc, it runs Windows 7 and, as many of you predicted, the transition was easier than I thought it would be. Actually I have only one problem with Windows 7. The computer does not "remember" account numbers, screen names...I would NEVER store passwords in my pc, but it is a pain to have to look account numbers every time I try to do on-line banking, pay a bill... I...
  • A little computer help help needed

    12/26/2011 8:45:14 AM PST · by don-o · 58 replies
    Little House on Unaka | December 26, 2011 | don-o
    I received a new laptop for Christmas (Sony Vaio). I've done a couple of downloads - MalewareBytes,etc. When d/l completed, I see a quick flash - "virus scan OK" or something like that. Also, when d/l begins, I get a popup, indicating that it's safe. My question is: Do I have the MS Security Essentials already installed? I cannot find anywhere yea or nay. But, I may not be looking in the right place.
  • Need help with an HP 3052 print-scanner and Windows 7

    08/26/2011 3:14:46 PM PDT · by MeganC · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Just Me ^ | 8/26/2011 | Megan
    FR, I recently converted my computer to 32-bit Windows 7 from XP. When I installed my HP 3052 print/scanner/fax it was able to print but I lost the fax and scan capabilities. No, the driver for Windows Vista won't work. The HP 'Universal' driver just supports printing. I was wondering if anyone had the same problem and if there was some way to make this work like maybe with a substitute driver? Thank you for your help!
  • Windows 7 gadget advice needed

    07/06/2011 9:32:01 AM PDT · by MeganC · 3 replies
    Vanity/Personal | 7/6/2011 | Self
    I need some help finding a 'gadget' for Windows 7 and Active Directory and I was hoping perhaps someone on FR could help. What I'm looking for is a simple gadget that shows selected Active Directory user account logons in real time. Meaning I'd be able to see at a glance a small table of users (up to ten maybe) who are logged on and, perhaps, for how long they've been logged on. Thank you for reading this and thanks for your help.
  • Hacking competition leaves Android, Windows Phone 7 undefeated (Apple, Blackberry cracked)

    03/20/2011 10:09:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    CNN Tech ^ | 03/20/2011 | Christina Bonnington, WIRED
    From the results of the Pwn2Own hacking competition, it looks like Android and Windows Phone 7 are tough nuts to crack. It took only two days for hackers to crack into the Apple and Blackberry operating systems during the three-day Pwn2Own tournament last week, while Android and Windows Phone 7 models were abandoned and left unhacked by the end of the contest. Is this because their operating systems are more secure? Yes and no. "The survival of a target does not automatically declare it safer than a target that went down," last year's Internet Explorer Pwn2Own winner Peter Vreugdenhil cautions....
  • Microsoft's Windows 7 Service Pack 1 does... something

    02/23/2011 8:36:03 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 27 replies
    washingtonpost ^ | 02/23/2011 | Rob Pegoraro
    Microsoft shipped the most important update yet to Windows 7 yesterday--or so you'd conclude from the Redmond, Wash., company's home-page promotion of this Service Pack 1 patch. Its name would suggest the same; Microsoft ranks Service Packs among its most comprehensive, sweeping fixes, issued only two or three times for an edition of Windows. Duly motivated, I set out to install Windows 7's "SP1" on a Dell notebook yesterday afternoon. Although the initial dialog in Windows Update suggested this download could run anywhere from 44 to 533.1 megabytes......
  • Microsoft sets Feb. 22 as Windows 7 SP1 public launch

    02/09/2011 5:47:23 PM PST · by Racehorse · 19 replies
    Computerworld ^ | 9 February 2011 | Gregg Keizer
    Microsoft today announced that it had wrapped up work on Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1), and would start delivering the major upgrade on Feb. 22 through Windows Update. SNIP Microsoft has said several times that Windows 7 SP1 would not include any new features specific to the operating system, but would instead be composed of the security patches and nonsecurity fixes that had already been issued via Windows Update. The only additions to SP1 include an updated Remote Desktop client designed to work with RemoteFX, a new technology that debuts with Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. RemoteFX is designed...
  • Windows 7 to be fastest growing smartphone OS - report (good news for emerging markets)

    01/19/2011 1:48:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    TechEye.Net ^ | 01/19/2011 | Matthew Finnegan
    Analysts at Ovum have announced a number of predictions for the telecoms industry in 2011, with expectations that Windows 7 will become the fastest growing platform for smartphones, while the mobile landgrab in emerging markets will begin to slow down with emphasis shifting to broadband. It is thought that telecoms markets in the emerging markets of Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America will see intensified competition that will lead to lower prices, slower growth and indeed lower margins. It is noted by Ovum analyst Angel Dobardziev that the “land grab phase” which occurred in the last decade will begin...
  • Windows 7 and HP 7500A printer/scanner question (Hardware/software(?) vanity)

    01/15/2011 11:19:48 AM PST · by library user · 43 replies · 3+ views
    Today | Self
    I'm trying to help a person install an HP All-In-One Printer/Scanner on their desktop, which is running Windows 7. The HP software worked just fine for his laptop, which is running XP (he can both print and scan using the machine which has XP). He said he downloaded all the necessary and applicable drivers (latest and greatest versions) from hp.com, and while the printer works, the scanner does not. When attempting to scan, the error is something along the lines of "Cannot communicate with scanner." Anyone have similar troubles and might be able to offer some words of wisdom? The...
  • Crow for one: ‘Microsoft’s Windows 7 will drive Mac market share below 5% by the end of 2010’

    12/31/2010 4:21:28 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 120 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | Friday, December 31, 2010 - 09:42 AM EST
    An iCal alarm popped up for us today. It said: Mark Oct. 22 on your calendar. That's the day that Apple's classic 'I'm a Mac. I'm A PC' attack ads are going to cease to be humorous. Oct. 22 is, of course, the formal release date of Windows 7... Here's what I believe will happen: The Windows 7 launch will take those market-share gains Apple has seen over the past several years and make them disappear... Yes, the Mac has had a great run for the past couple of years. Gartner says Apple's share of the U.S. computer market for...
  • Microsoft Net Leaps On Core Products

    10/30/2010 2:05:09 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 7 replies
    WSJ ^ | OCTOBER 29, 2010 | NICK WINGFIELD
    Even without the glamour of an iPad or another novel technology hit among consumers in its product lineup, Microsoft Corp. posted a 51% profit jump as two of the most venerable products in the technology business—Windows and Office—continued to thrive. The software giant's results suggest the standout growth of two of its biggest rivals, Google Inc. and Apple Inc., haven't yet begun to meaningfully hit Microsoft's cash cows. Yet the earnings still leave unanswered questions about whether Microsoft can reap financial success in fast-growing markets like mobile phones, tablet computers and Internet search. Apple, for one, recently showed how it...
  • Microsoft Sales Of Windows 7 Licenses Hit 240M

    10/21/2010 6:08:31 PM PDT · by dayglored · 45 replies
    information Week ^ | 2010-10-21 | Antone Gonsalves
    Microsoft says it has sold 240 million Windows 7 licenses since releasing the operating system to retailers a year ago, making it the fastest-selling OS in the company's history. Also, as of September, the successor to the much-maligned Windows Vista was running on 93% of new consumer PCs, Microsoft said Thursday. According to Web metrics firm Net Applications, Windows 7 accounted for 17.1% of the global OS market as of the end of September and had surpassed Vista in July. In the six months after Windows 7 started appearing on store shelves, all of Microsoft's more than 18,000 computer-making partners...
  • Microsoft's iPad Answer Will Be Here for the Holidays (Expect a Windows 7 iPad this shopping season)

    10/05/2010 1:45:22 PM PDT · by WebFocus · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/05/2010
    Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer has promised a Microsoft Windows tablet computer to join the burgeoning market led by Apple’s new iPad. "You'll see new slates with Windows on them. You'll see them this Christmas," he told an audience of students, staff and journalists Tuesday at the London School of Economics. Microsoft has been heavily criticized for its inability to effectively penetrate the smartphone market as well as being slow to respond to the immediate success of the iPad -- despite record sales of Windows 7. IT research firm Gartner expects 10 million tablet PCs to be sold this year...
  • Let's Be Honest: Microsoft's Mobile Business Is A Fantasy (Windows 7 Mobile Business is flawed)

    08/27/2010 8:09:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/27/2010 | Henry Blodget
    Everyone's excited about the forthcoming Windows Phone 7 software, which Microsoft bulls are hoping will mark Microsoft's return to relevance in the mobile industry. Reviews of the software have been good, and the only major complaint is that it's a year behind the rest of the industry--namely Apple's iPhone OS and Google's Android. In the rapidly evolving smartphone world, being a year behind is a recipe for trouble. If Microsoft focused huge resources on the problem, however, it might be able to close the gap. But Microsoft actually has a bigger problem in mobile, one that threatens to turn Windows...
  • Have Windows 7. Now need good email client. Suggestions?

    08/24/2010 6:56:40 PM PDT · by Blogger · 61 replies
    Blogger
    Don't like the idea of Windows potentially being able to look at all my private info. Thoughts on a good email client that would work with Windows 7?
  • It's official: Windows 7 is a hit, and XP is finally in decline

    08/22/2010 9:53:41 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 63 replies · 1+ views
    zdnet. ^ | August 18, 2010 | Ed Bott
    Last year at this time, Microsoft was in the final stages of preparing Windows 7 for its worldwide launch. The new OS was finally available to the public—well, at least that segment of the public with a TechNet or MSDN subscription. Those early adopters had to wait a few weeks after the official release to manufacturing date but still got a head start on the general public. Those demanding and skeptical Windows users have now had a full year to stress-test Windows 7 and decide whether it’s good enough to replace Windows XP. The verdict? Windows 7 has been a...
  • Microsoft sells Ten Windows 7 licenses per second (25M sold in last 29 days, 175 million so far)

    07/23/2010 2:20:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 129 replies · 5+ views
    Computerworld ^ | 07/23/2010 | Gregg Keizer
    On Tuesday, Microsoft credited strong sales of Windows 7, as well as the introduction of Office 2010, for pushing its second quarter revenues to a record $16 billion -- a 22% jump over the same quarter in 2009. Windows revenue grew by more than $1 billion, to $4.55 billion, according to the company. As it has several times in the past, yesterday Microsoft called Windows 7 "the fastest-selling operating system ever." The OS has certainly outperformed its predecessor, Windows Vista. According to data from Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based Net Applications, which tracks operating system usage share by monitoring 40,000 sites that...
  • Five Reasons It's Time to Switch to Windows 7 (Tomorrow is D-day for Windows XP SP2 users)

    07/12/2010 7:58:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 127 replies · 1+ views
    PC World ^ | 07/12/2010 | Tony Bradley
    Tomorrow is D-day for Windows XP SP2 users. Granted, Windows XP SP2 will still work, but tomorrow is the last Patch Tuesday for the venerable OS which means it will become more unstable and less secure as time goes on. Simply applying SP3 will suffice to continue running a supported platform, but here are five reasons to consider switching off of Windows XP entirely. 1. Hardware Support. Windows XP is archaic, and it is designed to run on outdated hardware. As new technologies are introduced, it is unlikely that Windows XP will be compatible or able to take advantage of...
  • New PC: WinXP or Win 7?

    06/30/2010 2:00:01 PM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 154 replies · 1+ views
    FreeRepublic ^ | 6/30/2010 | Oshkalaboomboom
    My old computer died the other day and I'm picking up a new one tomorrow. I always load the OS myself and for the last few times I've stayed with XP Pro SP3 because it's stable and reliable for what I use the pc for. I've heard decent things about Windows 7 but for now I'm thinking of staying with XP. If you had the chance to reload your pc today would you stick with XP or move to Win 7, and why? No flavors of Unix are an option, I'm sure it's a great OS but I want Windows...
  • Microsoft: Years from Now The Majority of Tablets Will Use Windows.

    06/02/2010 4:42:09 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 31 replies · 504+ views
    Xbitlabs ^ | 06/01/2010 05:25 PM | Anton Shilov
    A high-ranking executive of Microsoft Corp. said that while there are makers, who decided to use Google Android operating system on their tablets, which are to be unveiled during Computex Taipei 2010 trade-show, in the long-term Windows operating system will still be more popular on desktops, notebooks and slates. “There are always lots of noises at the beginning of new category. When netbooks were introduced three years ago, it was 95% not on Windows, and three years later it is 95% on Windows,” Steve Guggenheimer, a corporate vice president who oversees Microsoft's relationships with PC makers and other hardware companies,...
  • Asustek Unveils Tablet, to Take on Apple's iPad

    06/01/2010 12:55:01 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 26 replies · 773+ views
    WSJ ^ | MAY 31, 2010 | CHARMIAN KOK
    TAIPEI—Asustek Computer Inc., the Taiwan company that pioneered the netbook, joined the battle to take on Apple Inc.'s iPad, unveiling a tablet computer that will run on Microsoft Corp. software. Speaking ahead of Tuesday's official start of the Computex trade show here, Asustek executives said their new device, called the Eee Pad, will start selling in the first quarter of next year. The touch-screen tablet personal computer will use Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system and Intel Corp.'s Core processor. In a potentially risky move that underscores the importance of software in the burgeoning tablet market, Asustek will also launch an...
  • Laptop sales up by 43% in Q1, says Gartner (Netbook sales soar by 71%)

    05/26/2010 7:25:52 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 17 replies · 499+ views
    Computerworld ^ | May 25, 2010 | Mikael Ricknäs
    IDG News Service - Shipments of laptops rose by 43.4% in the first three months of 2010, compared to the same period last year, according to Gartner Inc. The researcher cited a 71% increase in netbook sales, which it said shouldn't be affected by the arrival of Apple's iPad and other tablets. The year-over-year growth was the highest the laptop market has seen in the last eight years, Gartner said, and buyers spent about $36 billion. A total of 49.4 million PCs were shipped worldwide in the first quarter of 2010. About 20% of those were netbooks, which made up...
  • Windows 7 helps Microsoft hit record customer satisfaction score

    05/18/2010 8:15:58 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 445 replies · 2,758+ views
    Network World ^ | May 18, 2010 | Jon Brodkin
    Windows 7 has fueled a surge of goodwill toward Microsoft, with the company's customer satisfaction ratings reaching a record high in Q1, according to a new American Customer Satisfaction Index survey. Microsoft's reputation among customers plunged after it released the widely criticized Windows Vista, but Windows 7 helped Microsoft achieve an increase of nearly 9% in its customer satisfaction score between 2009 and 2010. When Vista was released in 2007, "customer satisfaction plunged 4% to an ACSI score of 70, well below the industry average, where it remained for the next three years," University of Michigan business professor Claes Fornell...
  • Windows 7 Upgrade/Mothers Day Gift Question

    05/09/2010 5:26:33 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 31 replies · 635+ views
    5-9-10 | myself
    Apologize for the vanity, but the Microsoft Store phone help center is closed. I want to purchase a Windows 7 upgrade for my mother and help her install it (via phone) today. Has anyone installed the upgrade? My main question is that while purchasing, if I enter HER e-mail into the e-mail box, will that be her trigger to download the upgrade? In other words, will she get a link in HER inbox that will lead her to the download? Or does the purchase have to happen on HER laptop in PA, not my desktop in FL? Any help is...
  • Understanding Windows 7's 'GodMode'

    04/23/2010 6:21:08 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 25 replies · 974+ views
    cnet.com ^ | January 4, 2010 | Ina Fried
    Although its name suggests perhaps even grander capabilities, Windows enthusiasts are excited over the discovery of a hidden "GodMode" feature that lets users access all of the operating system's control panels from within a single folder. By creating a new folder in Windows 7 and renaming it with a certain text string at the end, users are able to have a single place to do everything from changing the look of the mouse pointer to making a new hard-drive partition.
  • The Mac Hacker Strikes Again (Charlie Miller has a habit of upending Apple's security claims.)

    04/10/2010 9:49:52 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 29 replies · 820+ views
    Forbes ^ | April 12, 2010 | Andy Greenberg
    Charlie A. Miller loves his Macbook Pro laptop. And his four other Apple ( AAPL - news - people ) PCs, the iPhone he uses daily and two older iPhones he keeps for tinkering. But his relationship with the company that created those gadgets is somewhat more complicated. In March, for instance, the 36-year-old security researcher publicized his discovery of 20 security vulnerabilities in Apple's software. Each would allow a cybercriminal to take over the computer of a user who's tricked into opening a certain PDF attachment or who simply visits an infected Web page using Apple's Safari browser. That...
  • Windows 7 SP1 Leaks to the Internet in Early Form

    04/07/2010 9:28:51 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 4 replies · 464+ views
    dailytech ^ | April 7, 2010 | Jason Mick
    The reports that Microsoft will soon deliver the first service packs of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 seem likely to be true, judging by a recently leaked version of Windows 7 Service Pack 1. Service packs provide Microsoft with the opportunity to package together bug fixes and security fixes (which have typically been previously delivered piece-wise to consumers over Windows Update). They also provide a place for Microsoft to deliver new content. As Microsoft's retail releases come less frequently than those of its chief competitor Apple, Service Packs are crucial to Microsoft's OSs having a healthy lifecycle. The...