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Microsoft came ever-so-close to ending the year without a single unscheduled patch outside of its monthly Patch Tuesday routine, but in the end, three "Critical" vulnerabilities found in its .NET Framework prompted the Redmond software giant to take action immediately. Left unpatched, the flaws could allow for the elevation of privileges if an unauthenticated attacker sends a specially crafted Web request to the target site, Microsoft said. "An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take any action in the context of an existing account on the ASP.NET site, including executing... Read more...
Attention AMD fans, if you're running one of those newfangled Bulldozer processors in your system, how would you like a free performance boost? You can have one, so long as you're rocking a copy of Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2. Microsoft this week rolled out a hotfix that's supposed to make things run better automagically. "Currently, the performance of AMD Bulldozer CPUs is slower than expected. This behavior occurs because the threading logic in Windows 7 and in Windows Server 2008 R2 is not optimized to use the Simultaneous Multithreading (SMT) scheduling feature. This feature was introduced... Read more...
Windows XP has secured its spot in history as perhaps the most beloved version of Windows ever, and it's certainly a fan favorite to this day. That might be understating things. More than just a fan favorite, Windows XP, for better or worse, is the most used operating on the planet, according to data by Net Applications. The decade old OS can be found on almost half of all PCs with a 48.03 percent share of the OS market. That's down from 69.99 percent in November 2009 -- as far back as Net Applications allows us to look -- and down 50.5 percent in the month of September, but still well ahead of... Read more...
Samsung has been on a roll lately. After announcing the new Series 7 laptops and a few new mobile devices, the company is also introducing the Series 7 Slate. This is a lightweight slate computer that promises full PC capabilities. In order to accomplish this, the Series 7 Slate runs a full version of Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 7 Professional. On the hardware side, the Series 7 Slate features an Intel Core i5 processor and up to 128 GB solid state hard drive. The Series 7 Slate weighs less than two pounds and measures a half an inch thick. Samsung Introduces the Series 7 Slate PC Offering... Read more...
Microsoft's initial declaration that Windows 8 would run on ARM CPUs and early product demonstrations earned the nascent OS a great deal of attention. Since then, however, the company has remained largely silent on the features and capabilities of the new operating system, even as questions regarding the OS's support for legacy software, its UI, and Microsoft's preferred development frameworks all began to mount. The company has launched a new blog that's meant to provide additional details, but its still holding its cards close. Windows 8, according to Steven Sinofsky, "reimagines Windows." The... Read more...
Microsoft's own second quarter was a good one; the company reported total sales of nearly $70 billion ($69.94B). Operating and net income stood at $27.16B and $23.15B, up 13 percent and 23 percent over the same period in 2010. Interestingly enough, the company's major growth areas were in the combined Entertainment / Mobile division where strong Kinect uptake and a successful Windows Phone 7 launch pushed revenue to $1.49B, up 30 percent over 2010. The company is often portrayed as an Office + Windows behemoth whose other projects lose money. While it's true that those two areas generate the vast... Read more...
Lenovo won't be sticking to just a single OS on their new line of tablets. The IdeaPad P1, which looks a lot like the K1, was also introduced this evening, but unlike that one, this slate uses Windows 7 instead of Android 3.1. Windows 7 hasn't had the easiest go on the tablet market -- it was never really engineered to work well with stylus/finger input, and with Windows 8 en route, there are doubts about what kind of traction a piece like this will get. The tablet may be more suited to business pros who just need a full-on copy of Win7 by their side. Thankfully, the device packs plenty of... Read more...
At Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference this week, Tami Reller, the company's CFO and Corporate VP of Windows / Windows Live, spilled the beans about Windows 7's adoption rates and some of what the industry should expect from Windows 8. Windows 7, according to Reller, has sold at three times the rate of Windows XP with the result that "27 percent of the Internet runs on Windows 7." We actually have no idea what that means. The Internet runs on servers, but while Windows Server 2008 R2 shares the Windows 7 kernel, that's quite a stretch for a marketing blurb. The OS is estimated to currently... Read more...
There was a fantastic little device, launched years ago, that HTC called the "Advantage." It was a unique, slide-out handheld computer, with a design that made tons of sense, but we haven't really seen sense. Fujitsu's TH40/D was on pace to become the "next" Advantage, but all of that has apparently come to an end. The company revealed that they are postponing the release of the tablet/laptop, but there's no clear indication of when it'll ship. In other words, it probably won't ship. The unit was scheduled to launch with Windows 7 in June, but based on unspecified "development delays," it looks... Read more...
MSI introduced the WindPad 110W, a tablet computer that features Windows 7 and AMD's latest dual core Brazos platform processor. This tablet offers a 10-inch 1280x800 multipoint touch screen with a wide viewing angle IPS design and SRS wrap around sound. The APU processors come with x86 architecture cores and the AMD Radeon HD 6250 Discrete-Class display chip. The tablet supports DirectX 11. Other key specs include  4GB DDR3 of memory, 802.11 b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth, a G-Sensor, an ambient light sensor, an SSD hard drive up to 64GB, and a total weight of 850 grams (about 1.87 pounds). According... Read more...
At its financial analyst meeting earlier this week, Intel unveiled a series of strategic changes to its roadmap and gave investors a peek at the company's general strategy for the next few years. We've already touched on the company's decision to ramp more powerful Atom processors and its new, 15W mainstream notebook TDP target, but the company is playing a deeper game. If Medfield lives up to expectations, it'll be the first Intel SoC truly capable of challenging ARM. Later this year, Intel will introduce Medfield, its 32nm Atom SoC. The current solution, Moorestown, did reduce Atom's platform-level... Read more...
Today, Microsoft released its detailed security report covering the latter half of 2010. Industry tends in general are positive—vulnerability disclosures in 2010 fell 16.5 percent from their 2009 levels and approximately 35 percent from 2006. Microsoft's own share of the vulnerability pie rose from 4.5 percent in 2009 to 7.2 percent in 2010; the company claims this is largely because industry disclosures fell so sharply in just one year. The general decline in disclosures hides sharp changes in the nature of the exploits roaming the Internet. From the report: Malware written in Java has existed... Read more...
Intel is on record as talking about MIDs, netbooks, and the device ecosystem it envisioned in between long before much of the current tablet craze, but the company has been oddly quiescent in recent months. Talk of dual-core ARM-based products, from Tegra to the iPad 2, has dominated the industry, with scarcely a peep from Intel. As of now, that's changed. Intel has unveiled its first Atom explicitly aimed at the tablet market. It's the Atom Z670, and it's Intel's chosen SoC for reclaiming lost mindshare that's been snapped up by other solutions. That's netbooks on the left, tablets on the right... Read more...
It appears that Microsoft has officially atoned for the debacle that was known as Vista. Don't get us wrong, Vista actually became a serviceable OS once the kinks were ironed out with its first Service Pack, but up until then, driver issues, poor file transfer performance, and networking headaches left XP users feeling vindicated in sticking with their tried-and-true OS. With the warm reception following the release of Windows 7, however, XP users had to think long and hard about whether to stick with their legacy OS or forgive Microsoft for Vista and make the jump to its latest and greatest. Many... Read more...
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