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For the most part, users waiting patiently to upgrade to Windows 8 when it becomes available are expecting a smooth upgrade path, particularly those running Windows 7. Those with Vista or XP may be more concerned that a straight upgrade will be impossible. Details have emerged about the specifics of the Windows 8 upgrade possibilities. Here’s the scuttlebutt: If you’re upgrading from Windows XP (SP3) to Windows 8, you can do so, but you’ll only get to keep your personal files--no applications or system settings will come along for the ride. The same applies to those upgrading from a service pack-less Vista installation. If you have Vista (SP1), though, you can have your system... Read more...
After a few leaks and premature teases, the Windows 8 Release Preview is here. Microsoft had previously hinted that it would be available the first week of June, but the final pre-release is out and ready for you to download and try out. According to a blog post announcing the Release Preview, this release is the last one before the Release to Manufacturing (aka “RTM”) phase, and the Windows 8 team will continue to solicit feedback from users and tweaking the new OS before the final version is available. From here on out, Microsoft says that it’s focusing on reliability, security, peripheral compatibility, resource utilization, and fine tuning the user experience. The Release... Read more...
Great news if you're a Windows fan. Microsoft has just made available the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, which you can download right this very second. Included in the Consumer Preview is the much ballyhooed Metro UI along with scores of changes -- over 100,000 -- Microsoft made to the OS since releasing the Developer Preview. The download is available in English, Chinese (Simplified), French, German, and Japanese, each of which comes in 32-bit and 64-bit flavors. System requirements are as follows: Processor: 1GHz or faster RAM: 1GB (32-bit) or 2GB (64-bit) Hard disk space: 16GB (32-bit) or 20GB (64-bit) Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 capable or or higher 1024x768 minimum screen resolution... Read more...
In addition to new device announcements and technology reveals, some interesting revelations are coming out of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona this week. One of those is the number of Android activations that occur on a daily basis. According to Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile at Google who oversees the development of Android, fans of the open-source platform are activating more than 850,000 devices every day. "There are over 450,000 applications in Android Market. Some of the developers who built these apps are showing their latest and greatest in the Android stand. But the ecosystem doesn't sleep. Our partners have activated a total of 300 million Android phones! Currently... Read more...
With a few exceptions, most Android users are still patiently waiting for their device manufacturer and/or wireless carrier to unwrap Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). Be that as it may, technology marches on and the sweet toothed engineers at Google are hard at work cooking up code for Android 5.0, which will be known as Jelly Bean. According to reports, Jelly Bean could launch as early as the second quarter of 2012. Word on the Web is that Google has taken a fancy to the idea of dual-booting tablets shipping with both Windows 8 and Android 5.0. With Microsoft prepping its Metro-friendly Windows 8 OS for a third quarter release, Google wants to be sure its next major build of Android is already... Read more...
Get ready to see Firefox like you've never seen it before. Mozilla is working on an all new version of its popular browser for Windows 8, which will include a new Firefox front end and system integration points that will better integrate with the Metro UI environment. It will be a full-screen browser focused on touch interactions, and it will connect to the rest of the Metro environment through Windows 8 contracts, Mozilla says. The rebuilt browser will support three so-called 'snap' states, including full screen, 1/6th screen, and 5/6th screen, which will all depend on how the user docks two full screen apps. Firefox's UI will automatically adjust to present the most relevant content for each... Read more...
The second Patch Tuesday of 2012 falls on February 14, otherwise known as Valentine's Day, and instead of a box of chocolates or flowers, Microsoft is giving its users the gift of security via nine security bulletins. Four of the updates are rated Critical and other five are labeled Important by the Redmond software giant. All but one of the Critical bulletins apply to Windows, while the fourth relates to Microsoft's .NET framework and Silverlight platforms. Four of the Important bulletins also apply to Windows, and one plugs up a security hole in Office and Server software. Seven of the nine updates require a restart, and other two might require one, so IT admins will be kept busy at the workplace... Read more...
Remember the 'Vista Capable' lawsuit from a few years back? Microsoft appeared to have learned its lesson and enjoyed a much smoother roll out with Windows 7, and looking ahead, the Redmond software giant has already determined what will be required on the hardware side to run Windows 8. Microsoft actually released its "Windows 8 Hardware Certification Requirements" documents last month, but for the most part, it went largely unnoticed, by us included. In any event, there are quite a few interesting tidbits included in the documents that have nothing do with the recent happenings with ARM. For example, Microsoft requires that Windows 8 PCs joined to a domain and without keyboards implement a... Read more...
Leave it to the creative cooks working in the kitchen at XDA Developers' forums to come up with a way to serve Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich' (ICS) on Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet device. A locked bootloader made things more challenging than they had to be, but as with similar recipes, installing ICS on the Nook Tablet is simply a matter sidestepping the locked bootloader altogether. They've figured out how to do that. "So now that we have found the leaking crack in the bootloader and proved its usefullness... others are going to start work on a couple of key projects that I could use a little help on," Android developer Brandon Bennet (nemith) said in a post. CyanogenMod 9 has already... Read more...
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 arbitrary commands. In order to exploit this vulnerability, an attacker must be able to register... Read more...
CTL probably isn't on your short list of laptop makers if you're in the market for a new notebook, but if you're specifically looking for an Ubuntu-powered machine, perhaps the Oregon-based outfit should be. The 14.1-inch MB40U is CTL's first Ubuntu compatible notebook, and the company's pretty excited about it. So much, in fact, that it's already looking ahead to more Ubuntu products. "CTL is very pleased to introduce our line of notebooks and desktops based on Ubuntu version 11.10. Ubuntu has emerged as one of the most popular and user-friendly Linux operating systems in the market. With Ubuntu, users can have full desktop experience supported by a robust ecosystem and a full suite of free... Read more...
The Windows 8 Start Menu Screen is shaping up to be a bone of contention between Microsoft's engineers and those following the company's Building Windows 8 blog. In a series of recent articles, Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky delved into the history of the Start Menu (the basic concept is 16 years old) and discusses its various shortcomings. Part of the impetus for a re-think comes from Microsoft's own research, which shows that Start Menu usage declined dramatically from Windows Vista to windows 7, thanks in considerable part to the debut of taskbar pinning. Windows 8's Start Screen does away with classic Start Menu functionality and replaces it with an entirely different model. Microsoft believes... Read more...
10 years in tech time is equivalent to about 100 years in real time, in that the technology that was relevant a decade ago is usually as useful today as a Model T Ford. Yet somehow the venerable Windows XP operating system, which was introduced a tech-century ago in 2001, has held on. True, XP enjoyed a brief stay of execution thanks to the netbook craze, but even Microsoft has been trying to kill it off for a long time. Still, until fairly recently, most of the world’s computers ran Windows XP. Now, according to NetMarketShare, Windows XP claims 49.69% of the market, dipping below the 50% mark for the first time in a long time. It also has Windows 7 at 27.92% and Windows Vista... Read more...
With the massive influx of Android-based tablets and seemingly unstoppable assault of Apple iPads, it should come as no surprise to even the least tech-savvy among you that Microsoft plans to make a serious push into the tablet space when it launches Windows 8. Over the last year or so, we’ve already posted a number of stories that portend to such an effort. At the Consumer Electronics Show this past January, Microsoft announced that the next version of Windows would support next-gen System on a Chip (SoC) architectures from Intel, AMD, and ARM. Microsoft even went so far as to show a demo of PowerPoint and Internet Explorer 10 running on an ARM-based platform. For those unfamiliar,... Read more...
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