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Whether you remembered to mark your calendars for this day or not, today (January 13, 2015) is when mainstream support for Windows 7 comes to an end. That includes Windows 7 Enterprise, Enterprise N, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Professional for Embedded Systems, Professional N, Starter, Starter N, Ultimate, Ultimate for Embedded Systems, Ultimate N, and Windows Automated Installation Kit for Windows 7.Before you fetch the panic button and pound on it with all the might of an angry Hulk smash, be advised that your Windows 7 PC will continue to function as normal -- it's not going to turn itself off for a permanent nap, nor will it act any differently than it did yesterday or the day... Read more...
Time is quickly running out if you plan on purchasing a pre-built PC with Windows 7 installed. Once Halloween (October 31, 2014) comes and goes, Microsoft will no longer provide its hardware partners with copies of Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, or Ultimate to pre-install on new systems. In light of this, Dell is making one final push to cash in on customers who prefer Windows 7 to Windows 8. If you visited Dell's website over the weekend, you may have spotted a banner promoting Windows 7 machines with the tagline, "Windows 7 for the win," along with an offer to "Save up to 30 percent on popular Windows 7 PCs before they're gone." The banner is still there, and so are the savings. There... Read more...
Consider this your friendly reminder that we're fast approaching Microsoft's cutoff date for providing its hardware partners with copies of Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, or Ultimate to pre-install on new systems. Once October 31, 2014 (Halloween) comes and goes, OEMs like Dell and Hewlett-Packard can still sell whatever inventory is left of PCs running any of those three versions of Windows 7, but they won't be able to order any more copies. If you're bothered by this, take solace in the fact that Microsoft's arbitrary end-of-sales deadline doesn't apply to Windows 7 Professional -- Microsoft hasn't yet announced when it will stop selling copies of Windows 7 Pro to OEM partners, so for... Read more...
It appears that there is still some life left in Window’s 8. Microsoft’s current operating system has been a disappointment for the company since its release. While the OS has seen its percentage of user shares increase it has been unable to outpace Windows Vista during the same time period six years ago. According to web analytics firm Net Applications, the combined user share for Windows 8 and 8.1 is at 13.4 percent of the worlds combined number of desktops and notebooks for the month of August. That is up nine-tenths of a percentage point from July and is the first time since May for it to increase. The increase is also the largest since April which was followed by two months of... Read more...
As much as Microsoft would prefer that you upgrade to Windows 8, it can’t ignore the legions of Windows 7 users who aren’t budging. Today, it officially released Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7, bringing IE 11’s speed and (most of its) functionality to the aging OS. See what you’ve been missing by downloading it here. Want to get a feel for what 11 is like? Check out EtchMark on Microsoft's test drive site. Say what you will about past iterations of Internet Explorer, but critics have largely agreed that IE 11 is a big improvement in Microsoft’s browser. The latest version is much faster and supports WebGL and apps. Support for touch is missing, which isn’t... Read more...
Another month is in the books, and that means another opportunity to examine market share data for Windows 8. Microsoft's touch-friendly operating system (OS) grew its market share to 2.7 percent in February, up slightly from 2.26 percent in January. Going back even further, Windows 8's share of the market was 1.72 percent in December and 1.09 percent in November, a little over a month after it launched to the general public. Windows 7 still claims the top spot with a 44.55 percent share of the market. That's not much of a change from last month when it claimed a 44.48 percent stake, though it's somewhat interesting that it's share grew since last month, if ever so slightly. Windows Vista, meanwhile,... Read more...
With so many conflicting reports on the state of Windows 8, it's difficult to get a grip on exactly where it stands in the grand scheme of things at this early stage. For example, Microsoft just the other day proudly proclaimed that it's sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses during its first month of availability. Not too shabby, but now StatCounter is saying that Windows 8 is off to a slower start than Windows 7 when examining Internet usage share. According to StatCounter, Windows 8 took 1.77 percent Internet usage in the U.S. one month after launch, compared to 5.21 percent for Windows 7 when it first debuted. "Microsoft has reported license sales of 40 million for Windows 8, however this has... Read more...
Although Microsoft is keeping DirectX 11.1 exclusive to Windows 8, it’s planning to make the latest version of Internet Explorer available to Windows 7 users (as well as Window 8, of course). Microsoft recently opened the preview of IE 10 to the public. Still, many of the features in IE 10 are really geared towards Windows 8.  So what’s new in IE 10? Touch, for one thing. Microsoft designed the browser’s navigation controls for touch and even has them hide when not in use, clearing up your display. (IE 10 will support Windows RT as well as Windows 7 & 8). Other features are directed at Windows 7 and 8 users alike, such as the built-in Do Not Track tool, which... Read more...
Perhaps serving as further proof that Microsoft is supremely confident in Windows 8 and expects nothing less than for it to be a raging success, it's being reported that Windows 7 will not see a second Service Pack. Windows 7 proponents will be quick to point out that their OS of choice hardly needs one, and while there might be some truth to that, it's still an unusual move to stop after SP1. It took three years for Microsoft to release an SP2 update for Windows XP. As of this month, it's been three years since the release of Windows 7 in October 2009 and there doesn't appear to another Service Pack in sight. And while not confirmed, The Register claims to have received word from sources close... Read more...
The general availability of Windows 8 is getting closer and closer. Even though Microsoft is focused on this new OS, it hasn't forgotten about users who won't upgrade right away. Windows 7 users who want to get their hands on IE10 will have the option to do so: Microsoft plans to release a preview of IE10 in mid-November. Final availability of IE10 will follow as the company collects developer and customer feedback. IE10 on Windows 7 will have the same standards based platforms as IE10 on Windows 8. This browser is said to be 8% faster than Chrome 20, making it the fastest browser on the market according to Strangeloop. IE10 also supports additional standards that Web developers have asked for.... Read more...
Windows 8 is still weeks away from release, but the preview versions have given many users a chance to form opinions. And, of course, there are always people who have opinions before they take an OS for a spin. To find out what people are thinking about the upcoming operating system, Windows 8 Forums recently surveyed 50,000 people and broke down the results. You might be surprised by what the survey found. The stat that’s going to get the most attention from the public is that Windows 7 is still getting 53% of respondents to peg it as their preferred OS. Windows 8 slides in at 25%. That shouldn’t be too surprising: we’re all very familiar with the Windows 7 interface.... Read more...
Windows XP might very well be the most loved operating system of all time (on the Windows side), but after nearly 10 years since being released, it's no longer the popular. That distinction now (finally) belongs to Windows 7, a popular OS in its own right. It's taken three years, but Windows 7's market share is now slightly ahead of XP at 42.76 percent and 42.52 percent, respectively. That's practically a tie, though Windows 7 has been gaining on XP for some time now, and in the months to come, the gap is expected to widen. An interesting side note at play here is the upcoming release of Windows 8. Microsoft's hardware partners have been busy making Windows 8 product announcements at IFA in Berlin,... Read more...
If you haven't yet retired your old Windows XP or Vista operating system, Microsoft would like to encourage you to do so now. The Customer Preview of Microsoft Office 2013 is designed for Windows 7 and 8 operating systems and won't install on anything older, including Windows XP and Vista. Office 2013 isn't expected to be available until - you guessed it - 2013, but Microsoft is already beating the promotional drums and made a preview of the consumer version available today. You can sign up for it at Microsoft's site. If you are running WinXP or Vista and you're willing to upgrade, there's some good news: Microsoft announced earlier this month that it wil make the Windows 8 upgrade $39.99... Read more...
Microsoft is getting ready to launch Windows 8, the company's next generation operating system that's been built from the ground up to play nice with today's touch-computing landscape, but what about Windows 7? In case anyone has forgotten, Windows 7 is a perfectly serviceable OS, just ask the millions of people using it. In a blog post today, Microsoft claims it's sold more than 600 million Windows 7 licenses to date. The blog post was reiterating what Microsoft corporate vice president of OEM, Steven Guggenheimer, said during a keynote at Computex. Is the fact that so many people have embraced Windows 7 cause for concern as Microsoft gets ready to launch another OS? Not in Guggenheimer's eyes,... Read more...
Don't let the fact that Microsoft's getting ready to release Windows 8 stop you from purchasing a Windows 7 system. For one, there's no guarantee that the Metro-infused follow-up will be a worthy successor to Microsoft's finest OS to date. But if it does turn out that way, you'll be able to upgrade to the latest and greatest for $15, Microsoft confirmed today. The way it works is if you buy a qualified Windows 7 PC between June 2, 2012 (that's tomorrow, folks, not today) and January 31, 2013, you're eligible for the discounted upgrade offer to Windows 8 Pro. You'll have until February 28, 2013 to register and order your Windows 8 upgrade. So what ranks as a qualified PC? In Microsoft's words:... Read more...
Most businesses don't give a flying flip about owning the latest and greatest product just for the sake of having it, especially when their current solution is working. Case in point, there are still thousands of IT departments rocking Windows XP, both because it works and also because it's perceived as being too costly to upgrade. But is it really? Not according to Microsoft, which hammered out a blog post that essentially pleads with businesses running Windows XP to upgrade to Windows 7, if for no other reason than to save money. Wait, what? "Organizations that continue to retain a Windows XP environment not only are leaving themselves exposed to security risks and support challenges, but also... Read more...
People have a tendency to resist change, that's just the way it is. Underscoring this point is the fact that Windows XP is still the most dominant operating system on the desktop despite being released more than a decade ago. Maybe that wouldn't be the case if Microsoft jumped straight to Windows 7 instead of Vista, or perhaps human nature would have proved too strong a force either way. Regardless, XP is sitting pretty on nearly half of all PCs. According to the latest figures from Net Applications, Windows XP's finished off April with a 46.08 percent share of the desktop OS market, down from 55.84 percent one year prior and around 64 percent two years ago, but still well ahead of Windows 7... Read more...
You can probably chalk this one up to the dramatic change Microsoft introduced with its Metro user interface, but for what it's worth, the Windows 8 Consumer Preview has attracted twice the number of users as the Windows 7 Beta did after the same amount of time went by. Microsoft made the statement on its @BuildWindows8 Twitter account and added, "Millions of people using everyday. #thankyou." That's pretty impressive when you take into consideration the widespread concern and criticism over the Metro UI, vanishing Start menu, and Ribbon bar in Explorer. Those concerns haven't deterred users from downloading the Consumer Preview, and perhaps they're the very reasons why Microsoft's upcoming OS... Read more...
For most of the 27 years since the first portable computer was announced, computer power use has been treated as a function of the underlying hardware. Even today, OS-level power optimizations are discussed in terms of whether or not the operating system properly supports the low-power operating modes of the CPU. The idea of optimizing the operating system to ensure minimum power consumption isn't something that Microsoft devoted much attention to, at least not until now. Over at the Building Windows 8 blog, team members Sharif Farag and Ben Srour have posted a discussion on how Windows 8 differs from previous versions in terms of minimizing power consumption. The new data builds on previously... 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...
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 in the Bulldozer family of AMD CPUs," Microsoft explained in a support article." After applying... 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 Windows 7, which is now on 34.62 percent of all PCs. Windows XP might be a dead OS walking, but it... Read more...
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