The Latest Release IE11

September 19, 2013

A preview of the final (pre-release) build of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 has been released by Microsoft, bringing “30 per cent more speed” than any of its rival browsers when run on the OS, according to Redmond.

It also supports multi-touch, and although there aren’t very many Windows 7 touch PCs out there, this might be useful for businesses using Windows 8 PCs running the Win7 OS because of business-critical apps.

Microsoft said the new release of IE11 contains re-designed developer tools. IE11′s JavaScript engine, Chakra, is “nine per cent faster” than IE 10 and 30 per cent faster than “the nearest competition” – Chrome version 29 – on WebKit SunSpider benchmarks, it said.

The biggest change, though, is for the developers, who gain a redesigned and enhanced suite of in-browser F12 tools.

More here

IE11 here … It’s pre-release, so all the cautions of early software releases apply.


Tablets : Where The Surface Stands Tall — And Falls Flat

August 20, 2013

Microsoft is gearing up for its second-generation Surface. Here’s what it should hold onto, and what it should change.

C-NET has this article … Whimpy performance, the RT for the most part, established to post, and expensive, say the nay sayers.

The pro is still pricey but performs better…

 


Mozilla Working on Windows 8 “Modern Interface” Edition of Firefox

August 18, 2013

Firefox Goes Modern…

Dubbed “Firefox Metro,” work has already begun on it and Firefox 26 for Windows, which it will be packaged alongside of. The touch-optimized browser is scheduled to reach Mozilla’s Aurora channel on September 16 and Beta channel on October 28, which means users will have a first real glimpse of the updated build as early as next month.

Long overdue if I might say … Chrome is kicking butt no doubt.

I like Firefox for the RSS reader plugin  SAGE.

Firefox Metro it is called …


PC Sales In Europe Cratering …

August 11, 2013

If PC sales were generally bad in the second quarter (and they were), then Europe was the epicenter from which the damage spread. Worldwide, sales were down 10.9% from 2012, but European sales fell almost twice as much at 19.8%. Acer and Asus took the heaviest hammering; Acer’s sales were down 44.7% while Asus sales fell 41.7%. Both the desktop and PC markets sank, with sales declining by 23% and 12% respectively.

The cause?

Netbooks have largely been replaced by tablets, vendors were focused on clearing inventory in preparation for Haswell and Windows 8.1, and the ongoing economic downturn in Europe have depressed demand. Gartner offers some faint hope that Windows 8.1 and Haswell might turn the slide around, but notes that this will not stem falling sales. According to Meike Escherich, the chief benefit of Haswell, Bay Trail, and Windows 8.1 is that “it does create an opportunity for profit in the mid-range and more high-end PC segments.”


Save Windows By Designing Tablets

August 11, 2013

It’s what people want. Me I find laptops not that useful, they are generally too bi g and clumsy to carry around and then when you get to where you want to work, they are just too limited for what you want to do. For real work, give me a big honking desktop … I want to run my TV with my laptop, I need a whole bunch of money motion to set it up.

As as most designers are finding Linux is great of handheld devices from phones to tablets, and doubles as desktop and server O/S due to it’s modular expandable design. What do you think Android is ???

Save the Windows Laptop by Designing Tablets is an interesting article on the subject.

Is ‘Windows’ Microsoft’s biggest problem when it comes to being relevant in a world of computing that’s mobile, fun, social and always-on. The laptop, for example, is still viewed by most people as a place where you work. No social, no gaming and a 5-minute wait until the laptop finishes updating and then tells you that you really should go and find the power adaptor. Heavy, noisy, hot, boring, boring, BORING. ‘Windows’ is largely responsible for this having focused on ‘work’ for much of its lifetime. Adding a new touch layer to ‘Windows’ doesn’t instantly make Windows an exciting operating system, despite the work that Microsoft has put into every layer of that ecosystem. By designing tablets that turn into laptops, however, there’s a better opportunity. Roll with the punch, Microsoft.


Microsoft Comes From Nowhere To Grab 7.5% Market Share

August 6, 2013

Surface is coming???

Tech Radar writes: 

Over three million tablets running Windows 8 or Windows RT were sold during the first three months of 2013, according to new data released Thursday.

Research firm Strategy Analytics claimed the unconfirmed sales helped Microsoft’s Windows OS snap up 7.5 per cent of the global tablet market share during the post-Christmas period.

The figures account for the Microsoft Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets as well as those Windows 8 slates farmed out by the likes of Lenovo and Asus since the launch of the revamped OS.

iPad Fading??? The iPad 5 is due in September, so maybe by then we might have a better idea.


XP Keeps on Ticking, Good Enough Is Good Enough…

August 4, 2013

As pricing outstrips buyers willingness to pay. Who needs new when you can always use old XP … Win XP alive and kicking despite 2014 kill switch (Don’t ask about Win 8) XP On track to be world’s second most used desktop OS when security patches cease.

That’s a fine fix we find ourselves in, who needs new, when old works just fine. And there is always free as the MS tax falls by the wayside. There is always Linux. Most smartphones now run versions of Linux. What did you think Android is? And Apple’s IOS. Smartphones now are the choice to replace desktops for general web usage.

Now good enough, is good enough, for most users, who needs a desktop? Chip technology is now good enough. Do you hear any of your friends clamoring for a new Intel Haswell computer? Do they even know what that is, or care?


Disappontment At Microsoft

July 29, 2013

What goes around comes around … : Ballmer admits Microsoft built too many Surface RTs, disappointed with Windows sales

We understandMicrosoft has been testing Surface devices with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor.

Are the days of Wintel ruling the world over?

Might be …Indeed, And talk about head in the sand marketing — Smartphones now rule 


Netflix switches from Silverlight to HTML5 in Windows 8.1, reduces CPU usage dramatically

July 5, 2013

With the release of Windows 8.1 Preview, Netflix now supports streaming over HTML5 instead of Microsoft’s proprietary Silverlight plug-in. The caveat is that only Internet Explorer 11, which is bundled with Windows 8.1, supports the necessary HTML5 extensions; if you’re a Firefox or Chrome user, you’ll continue to use the Silverlight plug-in. In our initial testing, the switch to HTML5 sees a massive reduction in CPU usage — about one third of Silverlight’s CPU usage.

Full story here

So far its for IE 11 only. But can Chrome and Firefox be far behind? The holdup is over DRM.

Smaller less powerful chips needed for streaming videos?

 


Here Comes Windows 8.1 With Miracast

June 26, 2013
Microsoft revealed a number of new features for its upcoming Windows 8.1 update last week, but at Tech-Ed today the company is focusing on business-related changes. Windows 8.1 will include native support for the wireless Miracast format, allowing users to mirror their screens to compatible devices. Miracast is designed as an open alternative to Apple’s own AirPlay mirroring, and makes use of Wi-Fi direct connections to stream content from a PC, smartphone, or other source to TVs.

Potentially, Microsoft could also include Miracast support in its upcoming Xbox One, making it possible for Windows 8.1 devices that are compatible with Miracast to wirelessly project their screens via the Xbox One. Display manufacturers and PC makers will both have to ensure their equipment is Miracast compatible for the Windows 8.1 support to work, but it helps opens up the door to a future without wired projectors.

Aside from Miracast, Windows 8.1 will also include Wi-Fi direct printing support and broadband tethering. The tethering support will allow compatible tablets and PCs to share a 3G or LTE connection as a wireless hotspot. It’s a common feature of modern smartphones, but as Microsoft targets small form factor Windows tablets it’s another option to share a connection to other devices.


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