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  • Six Editions of Windows 7: What's With All the Whining?

    Posted June 12, 2009 - 4:17 pm

    People love to pick on Microsoft, and often rightly so. The software giant is directly responsible for numerous security holes, endless patching, Bob, Clippy, and Windows Vista. But one criticism I'm just plain tired of hearing is how Microsoft should pare down Windows to just one edition.
  • 'Preposterous' EU charges forced 'puckish' Microsoft move, says antitrust expert

    Posted June 12, 2009 - 4:13 pm

    Microsoft's plan to dump Internet Explorer (IE) from Windows 7 for the European market is a move to discredit antitrust regulators by tying its proposal to a failed enforcement effort from 2005, a noted antitrust expert said today.
  • Will Linux and Mac Desktop Adoption Ever Reach the 20 of the 80/20 Rule?

    Posted June 12, 2009 - 2:32 pm

    I've been sitting on this post, because I was hoping to put a more positive spin on the fact that even companies that adopt Linux for desktop computer users rarely if ever provide it to more than 20 percent of their users. In other words, even companies who say they “Love Linux” only put it on one of five desktops.
  • Microsoft trying to set own antitrust remedy, says Opera CEO

    Posted June 12, 2009 - 9:40 am

    Microsoft's plan to strip out its Internet Explorer (IE) browser from Windows 7 in Europe, due for sale in the fall, is designed to force the European Commission's hand as it devises an antitrust remedy to restore fair competition in the browser market, said Jon von Tetzchner, the CEO of Norwegian browser maker Opera.
  • Windows 7 upgrade programs will start soon, vary by vendor

    Posted June 12, 2009 - 9:33 am

    Some PC vendors and sellers will begin a coupon program on June 26 to entitle people who buy premium versions of Microsoft Windows Vista to upgrade to the new Windows 7 operating system when it arrives later this year, but the upgrade offers may not be free. Offers will vary by vendor and retailer.
  • EC to pursue antitrust case despite Microsoft's IE decision

    Posted June 12, 2009 - 9:29 am

    The European Commission will proceed with its antitrust case against Microsoft regardless of the announcement late Thursday that the software giant is stripping its browser, Internet Explorer (IE), from the next incarnation of its operating system, Windows 7, in Europe.
  • Windows 7 Without Internet Explorer: Microsoft Explains

    Posted June 11, 2009 - 8:39 pm

    The European Windows 7 E editions will function just like the regular Windows 7 offerings sold in America -- only without Internet Explorer automatically included. With that said, new computer users may still find IE on their systems, given the options Microsoft is providing for manufacturers to preinstall the program before shipping their PCs.
  • Microsoft to sell Windows 7 in Europe without browser

    Posted June 11, 2009 - 2:45 pm

    Windows 7 will ship without Internet Explorer in Europe, in an effort by Microsoft to offer the product on time and without running afoul of competitive regulations in Europe, the company said.
  • Windows 7 Beats Snow Leopard On Older Hardware Support

    Posted June 11, 2009 - 12:23 pm

    Got a four-year-old Mac? Forget the newest version of OS X; Apple's Snow Leopard will only be supported on Intel CPUs. Got a PC from 2001? Windows 7 just might run on it. I tested a below-spec PC with the latest version of Windows and saw surprising results.
  • Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts You Need to Learn Now

    Posted June 10, 2009 - 10:31 am

    Now that you've had a chance to install the Windows 7 Release Candidate and spend a few weeks exploring the OS, it's time to get serious and learn some keyboard shortcuts. Windows 7 adds some new ones to the mix, all of them based on the Windows key. Here are my five favorites:
  • Add Internet Search Shortcuts to Windows 7 Explorer

    Posted June 10, 2009 - 9:53 am

    One of the things I love best about Windows Vista is the way that search capabilities permeate the OS. Same goes for Windows 7, of course, but there's an added perk: You can install so-called "search connectors" that let you search various Web sites right from Windows Explorer.
  • Microsoft sets record with huge Windows, IE, Office update

    Posted June 9, 2009 - 8:48 pm

    Microsoft on Tuesday issued 10 security updates that patched a record 31 vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorer (IE), Excel, Word, Windows Search and other programs, including 18 bugs marked "critical."
  • Apple's Snow Leopard beats Windows 7 on price, ship date

    Posted June 9, 2009 - 9:45 am

    Apple highlighted two differences between Snow Leopard and Windows 7 at WWDC: The former will beat the latter to store shelves, and Apple's OS will cost considerably less than Microsoft's.
  • Netbook Vendor Shakeup Coming?

    Posted June 8, 2009 - 6:57 pm

    We cheered netbooks when they appeared two years ago, and many vendors jumped into that market. But is Two Years On, Netbooks on Verge of a Big Shake-Up really true? I'm afraid it may be, and we can only blame the vendors themselves for poorly managing their newly created market segment.

  • Analysis: Microsoft could cut Windows 7 list price to $100

    Posted June 8, 2009 - 1:21 pm

    Microsoft could drop the price of Windows 7 to around $100 when it announces retail prices later this month, according to calculations based on an earlier Vista cost-cutting move.
  • Report: Best Buy memo prices Windows 7 upgrades at $50

    Posted June 5, 2009 - 3:40 pm

    A leaked memo from Best Buy claims that the retail chain will pre-sell Windows 7 upgrades for as little as $49.99 starting June 26, a technology enthusiast site reported today.
  • Microsoft's Ozzie airs cloud views, backs Windows-based netbooks

    Posted June 5, 2009 - 12:41 pm

    Ray Ozzie, Microsoft chief software architect, detailed Microsoft's embrace of cloud computing Thursday and also endorsed the concept of netbooks -- provided they run Intel x86 processors and Windows.
  • Microsoft plans jumbo patch day next week

    Posted June 4, 2009 - 4:37 pm

    Microsoft today said it will deliver 10 security updates next week to patch serious bugs in Windows, Internet Explorer (IE), Word and Excel.
  • Windows 7 to Ship in October, Install Yours in April

    Posted June 4, 2009 - 12:19 pm

    The comments from Microsofties about dumping your Vista plans make more sense now that Microsoft Sets Windows 7 Launch for October 22. I have to admit surprise that Microsoft will get Windows 7 out the door so quickly, but it also makes me nervous that Windows 7 is really Vista Version 2. That approach makes for a quick upgrade, but not necessarily a better operating system for users, especially small business users.

  • Windows 7 Release: What Happens Between Now and Oct. 22

    Posted June 3, 2009 - 2:26 pm

    There are still plenty of things that will take place between now and October 22, when Microsoft releases Windows 7. Here's the breakdown of some key events and revelations leading up to the release.
  • Microsoft to offer 'special' Windows 7 upgrade deals

    Posted June 3, 2009 - 9:37 am

    Microsoft on Tuesday confirmed that it will offer consumers "special deals" on an upgrade to Windows 7 if they buy a Vista-equipped PC before the launch of the new operating system.
  • Microsoft to leave smartbooks to Google

    Posted June 3, 2009 - 9:31 am

    Microsoft doesn't plan to offer a version of Windows for so-called "smartbooks," leaving the space open to Linux, Google's Android and other operating systems.
  • Microsoft sets Windows 7 launch for Oct. 22

    Posted June 2, 2009 - 4:56 pm

    Microsoft will put Windows 7 on store shelves and computer makers will have systems ready to sell with Vista's successor on Oct. 22, the company confirmed today.
  • Review

    Microsoft's two new operating systems: A win-win

    Posted June 2, 2009 - 4:01 pm

    Implementing Windows 7, Windows 2008 Server and Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) requires careful planning and attention to detail. But this trifecta offers a significant payoff in terms of virtualization and administrative policy controls.
  • Windows 7 public previews slow Vista's growth, says metrics firm

    Posted June 1, 2009 - 8:47 pm

    Windows Vista's market share growth has slowed since Microsoft released public versions of Vista's successor, Windows 7, according to data published today by Web metrics company Net Applications.
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