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  • Microsoft Is In Serious Danger Of Flying Straight Into A Mountain With Windows 8

    06/07/2012 7:00:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 95 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/07/2012 | Jay Yarrow
    Alarm bells must be ringing in Microsoft's Redmond headquarters. Microsoft is close to releasing Windows 8 and it's shaping up to be another "Vista". Only this time the repercussions could be much worse. The critics who have been using Windows 8 are extremely negative on the new look and feel of the operating system: At Slate, Farhad Manjoo writes, "In my time with Windows 8, I’ve felt almost totally at sea—confused, paralyzed, angry, and ultimately resigned to the pain of having to alter the way I do most of my work." At Marketwatch, John Dvorak says, "Windows 8 looks to...
  • 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...
  • Bold Call: Microsoft To Pass Android, Grab No. 2 Spot In Tablets Behind Apple

    06/03/2012 8:11:25 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 49 replies
    Forbes ^ | 6/01/2012 | Brian Caulfield
    Morgan Stanley analyst Kathryn Huberty upped her sales projections for the tablet computer market Thursday, and argued that Microsoft will grab the number two spot in the market, after Apple iPad and ahead of tablets running Google‘s Android software, with the launch of Windows 8 later this year. Huberty and the tech team at Morgan Stanley are now estimating shipments of 133 million tablets in 2012, up 57% from their original estimates; and 216 million tablets in 2013, up 112%. No surprise there, tablet sales have been growing fast — despite high-profile stumbles by Hewlett-Packard and Dell — thanks to...
  • Microsoft reinvents the wheel with Windows 8

    06/03/2012 7:30:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 101 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 06/03/2012 | John C. Dvorak
    BERKELEY, Calif. (MarketWatch) — I am writing this review on a computer that runs Windows Vista. It’s not that bad. Generally speaking, I like Microsoft Corp. MSFT -2.54% and what it has done. Over the years, I’ve even supported the idea that Microsoft’s Bob interface was mismarketed and actually was unique and interesting. That said, Windows 8 looks to me to be an unmitigated disaster that could decidedly hurt the company and its future. This opinion is based on using the new release candidate beta that is pretty much what will finally ship after some bug fixes. It’s not that...
  • Microsoft's big bet: Windows 8's 'too many cooks' problem

    05/22/2012 8:18:52 AM PDT · by illiac · 58 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 5/22/12 | Zack Whittaker
    Summary: Windows 8 has already had too many hands in the mix and spoons in the pot. Microsoft wanted different and its staff all thought “different”. Instead of reaching compromise, Microsoft put everything in to please everyone — but will likely please very few. Microsoft has only a few months before it releases Windows 8, probably in or around October in time for Christmas holiday sales. The company knows full well how risky the new design, the user interface, and the decisions it has made will be controversial. In a recent blog post, Windows president Steven Sinofsky opened by explaining...
  • Microsoft returning Windows to 'the digital dark ages'? (Mozilla argues Windows 8 bans Firefox)

    05/10/2012 9:29:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/10/2012
    The biggest lawsuit in Microsoft’s history dominated the 90s, when the company battled accusations that it was stifling browser competition. Rival Netscape couldn't survive, but the Windows giant was ultimately forced to strip Internet Explorer from its operating system in a landmark ruling. That conflict may be brewing up again. Mozilla, the developer group behind the popular Firefox browser, argued Wednesday night that Firefox is being banned from certain versions of Windows 8, the forthcoming tablet-centric OS from Microsoft -- returning Windows users to the dark ages before competition. “The upcoming release of Windows … and Microsoft’s browser practices regarding...
  • Windows 8 dropping the ability to play DVDs

    05/06/2012 3:10:12 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 68 replies
    Yahoo Y-Tech ^ | Fri, May 4, 2012 | Tecca
    The upcoming Windows 8 operating system (which you can download and preview now) is dropping the ability to play DVD content. According to Windows engineering team member Steven Sinofsky (emphasis his), "Windows Media Player will continue to be available in all editions, but without DVD playback support. For optical discs playback on new Windows 8 devices, we are going to rely on the many quality solutions on the market, which provide great experiences for both DVD and Blu-ray." In other words: If you want to watch that Bridesmaids DVD on your next plane trip, you're going to have to pay...
  • 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...
  • Windows 8 Consumer Preview Usage Apparently Double That of Windows 7 Beta

    04/28/2012 7:46:30 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 45 replies
    Windowsitpro ^ | April 23, 2012 09:04 AM | Paul Thurrott
    Microsoft revealed late last week that usage of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview has doubled that of Windows 7 during the same pre-release timeframe for that version. “Millions” of people are already using Windows 8 every day, the company claimed. Because this is literally all the information that Microsoft communicated about this incredible milestone, let’s read between the lines a bit. I have two thoughts about this issue, one of which has been bothering me for some time. First, this announcement is an attempt by Microsoft to remind people of how popular Windows really is. While the mainstream media is...
  • 10 ways Windows 8 beats the iPad

    03/04/2012 4:19:33 AM PST · by SmokingJoe · 69 replies
    MSNBC Gadgetbox ^ | 03/03/2012 | Mark Spoonauer
    Windows 8 is now available for anyone to download, and it already shows a ton of potential. In fact, Microsoft’s bold new OS, which reminds us a lot of Windows Phone, outshines the iPad in some key areas. Granted, there were things we didn’t like in our Windows 8 Consumer Preview — and the iPad 3 or iPad HD is just around the corner — but there’s no question that Apple will soon have a real fight on its hands. Here are the top 10 ways Windows 8 is better than the iPad right now. (Msnbc.com is a joint venture...
  • Microsoft's future riding on Windows 8

    02/28/2012 7:17:12 PM PST · by EveningStar · 69 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | February 28, 2012 | Michael Liedtke
    Microsoft is scrambling to preserve what's left of its kingdom... The stakes are much different as Microsoft Corp. puts the finishing touches on Windows 8 ...
  • Here's Everything You Wanted To Know About Microsoft's Upcoming iPad Killers

    02/09/2012 1:13:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/09/2012 | Matt Rosoff
    Microsoft's Windows chief Steven Sinofsky just put up 8,000+ word blog post on Microsoft's plans for Windows 8 on the low-powered ARM processors that today run the iPad and most other tablets. This is the most critical part of Windows 8. Like every version of Windows, Windows 8 will probably dominate the market for traditional notebook PCs and desktop PCs. But it also has to take on the iPad, which is now outselling desktop PCs and had sales last quarter equal to 17 percent of the traditional PC market. For Microsoft's hardware partners to make Windows 8 tablets that are...
  • Windows 8: One OS to Rule Them All? (Can Microsoft tackle desktop and mobile with one OS?)

    12/13/2011 2:53:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    PC World ^ | 12/13/2011 | By Tony Bradley
    Windows 8 is on the horizon. Microsoft has designed the next-generation flagship operating system with a split personality that straddles the line between the familiar Windows 7 desktop, and the flashy Metro interface used with Windows Phone 7. Can Microsoft successfully tackle desktop and mobile with one OS? Microsoft is not new to mobile devices. It had a smartphone before the Apple iPhone revolution came along, and it was pushing tablet PCs before the Apple iPad made it cool. But, as long as Microsoft’s history with mobile devices is, so is its stubborn desire to make everything about its Windows...
  • Microsoft explains Windows 8 boot to quell Linux fears

    09/23/2011 10:00:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies · 4+ views
    ZDNet UK ^ | 09/23/2011 | Ben Woods
    Microsoft has become locked in a dispute over whether the boot process in Windows 8 will block Linux from running on hardware designed for the next version of its flagship platform. Windows 8 secure boot uses pre-OS boot checks, as well as third-party software checks, to ensure that users PCs remain healthy. Photo credit: Microsoft Matthew Garrett, a power management and mobile Linux developer at Red Hat, raised questions in a blog post on Tuesday about dual-booting of Linux in Windows 8. He argued the use of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)-based secure boot means either Windows 8 will be signed...
  • Investors may regret not warming up to Microsoft (Pay attention to Windows 8 and Windows Phone)

    09/20/2011 12:15:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Fortune ^ | 09/19/2011 | Kevin Kelleher
    Microsoft's obituary has been written plenty of times. There was no place for the software mammoth in a tech world designed -- and dominated -- by Apple. CEO Steve Ballmer was unable to steer the company to a position of growth, leaving Microsoft selling PC software in a post-PC world. So often has Microsoft been written off as irrelevant that investors have largely stopped believing in the stock, which has spent the bulk of the past ten years in a tight range between $25 a share and $30 a share. On Monday, the stock closed around $27, which is where...
  • Windows 8 to include secure boot using UEFI 2.3.1 (And locking out linux?

    09/06/2011 3:38:15 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 31 replies · 1+ views
    H-Online ^ | September 2nd
    Secure boot only works in UEFI mode, thus preventing legacy booting in 16-bit mode. The Linux community has been quick to point out that generating signed bootloaders may be problematic for open source operating systems.
  • Microsoft Windows 8 Preview: Here's What We Know So Far

    08/30/2011 12:10:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    PC World ^ | 08/30/2011 | Ian Paul
    Details about Windows 8, Microsoft's newest operating system expected in 2012, have been leaking out thanks largely to Microsoft previews and a stream of blog posts on the company's Building Windows 8 blog. The new OS is said to be Microsoft's biggest Windows refresh since Windows 95, when desktop PCs reigned supreme and most laptops cost nearly $3000. Now, Microsoft wants to update Windows for a consumer technology world that is obsessed with online services and touch-centric devices such as the iPad and Android smartphones. Windows 8: TL;DR* (*Too Long; Didn't Read) So far, Microsoft has detailed a brand new...
  • Why Windows 8 Is Fundamentally Flawed as a Response to the iPad

    06/03/2011 5:00:29 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 5 replies
    Daring Fireball ^ | Wednesday, 1 June 2011 | John Gruber
    The new Windows 8 touch-based UI, revealed earlier today at the D9 Conference, looks good. It’s clearly drawn from the same inspiration as Windows Phone 7, and shows some seriously innovative UI thinking. The idea of tiles rather than icons is rich, and strikes me as even better-suited to bigger screens than phones. The snapping concept is an interesting way to make use of a bigger screen to show two apps at once. Displaying side-by-side content isn’t possible on iOS,1 and no one’s yet solved that problem in the post-windows (note lowercase “w”) UI landscape. Tweeting from the D9 Conference...
  • Windows 8: 5 Questions About Microsoft's New OS (A peek of what's in store)

    06/02/2011 9:26:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    PC World ^ | 06/02/2011 | By Eric Mack
    This week, Microsoft revealed a little of what to expect from the next Windows operating system. With its Windows Phone look and touch - literally - and tiles everywhere, it will be a major refresh, but there's a still a number of unanswered questions. Here are my top five: Can Microsoft keep desktop users happy with Windows 8? In demonstrations this week, Windows 8 is shown running legacy applications like Office side-by-side with the hip new OS. But the version of Windows 8 that runs on the ARM processor won't have legacy support. That creates an OS quandary. While Microsoft...
  • Windows 8 tablet sooner than we expect? (Next Microsoft OS will embrace tablets better)

    02/17/2011 1:00:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 02/17/2011 | James Kendrick
    Microsoft is scrambling to get some traction in the slippery tablet space, even though it invented the genre back in 2002. The next version of Windows, called Windows 8 for now, is supposed to embrace the tablet form better than anything produced to date. That should be a long way out, but information leaked by Dell implies it will release a Windows 8 tablet in Q1 of 2012. Can that timetable be met? ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley isn’t betting the farm, but offers an interesting scenario that would allow such aggressive timing on Dell’s part. Her conjecture, and she makes...
  • Windows 8 leaks show Microsoft's eyes on Apple (plans to provide a more iPad-like response time)

    06/29/2010 11:47:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | 06/29/2010 | Ina Fried
    Although still early in the process, newly leaked documents about Windows 8 offer some keen insight into where Microsoft wants to head with the next version of the operating system. One thing that is made abundantly clear is that Microsoft has been paying attention to Apple. In the documents, which appear to come from an April meeting with computer makers, Microsoft discusses its Cupertino, California-based rival and outlines plans to offer a Windows Store similar to the way Apple distributes software on its iPhone. The documents, which Microsoft has declined to comment on or authenticate, also talk about plans to...
  • Microsoft's Windows 8 Goals Revealed (Leaked)

    06/28/2010 7:13:38 PM PDT · by dayglored · 126 replies · 1+ views
    The Register ^ | 29 June 2010 | Gavin Clarke
    Microsoft's successor to Windows 7 is taking shape - and that shape looks suspiciously like an iPad supplementing a diet of media with online services. A set of Microsoft slides, apparently leaked online here and expanded here, have mapped out the company's design and feature goals for Windows 8. Among those goals: Windows 8 works on a slate form factor in addition to the regular laptop and "all-in-one" PC,... Among the other goals for Windows 8 are a "reset button" for use if - or more likely when - your PC begins to mysteriously slow down and performance begins to...