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.

Windows 8 Momentum Sputters

April 2, 2013

Wheeze pop, bang … full stop.

Windows 8, It’s just a stupid OS.

Interop writes:

No clear catalysts for growth are looming this month, so modest gains could continue for the immediate future. Microsoft is readying Windows Blue, its first major Windows 8 upgrade, however, and also has launched new campaigns to attract app developers. The company hopes these efforts and an upcoming wave of new tablets and PCs will revitalize interest throughout the summer and fall.

Windows 8 amassed a 3.17% market share in March, up from 2.67% in February, said Net Applications. Although the uptick represents progress, Windows 8’s gains still trail what Windows 7 had achieved by the same time. What’s more, Microsoft’s touch-oriented OS has been slowing down. After launching at the end of October, Windows 8 adoption increased 57.8% between November and December, before dropping to 31.4% between December and January and 18.1% between January and February. March’s growth rate of 18.7% will likely do little to silence the OS’s critics but it at least stemmed what had been precipitous month-over-month declines in momentum.


Yeah It’s Done

November 30, 2012

I down-graded from Windows 8 to Windows 7 and installed a new SSD in the new PC,it all works fine. Fast is the word for SSDs. I put in a VERTEX 4 slightly behind the latest but cheap enough. It’s 128 GB and the old Win 8 boot dish is now Disk to. I am trying to figure out how to do the Apple Fusion Drive next.

SSDs are now less than $1 a GB.

Really fast. Laptop is next SSD upgrade, for me, as the battery on mine is getting weak. SSD s, improves battery use over the old HD.

Desktop Vendors Not Keen on Using Chrome OS

February 21, 2012

DigiTimes reports that desktop computing endors seemingly turned their nose up at Google’s Chrome OS during executive chairman Eric Schmidt’s speech in Taiwan on Wednesday. He was reportedly promoting Chrome OS as a high-profile option to Windows 7 and Ubuntu, focusing on the software’s fast boot time, a lack of virus issues and the fact that it will be offered free of charge. He urged vendors to give Chrome OS a try.

But unnamed vendors on Wednesday said that if Google really wants to cut into the PC sector, then it will need to provide more resources and support than it has with the current crop of Chromebooks. As it stands now, there has been very little demand for Chromebooks since Acer and Samsung launched their versions back in June. The former company reportedly only sold 5,000 units by the end of July, and the latter Samsung was said to have sold even less than that in the same timeframe.

According to the unnamed vendors, the problem Chrome OS faces is that it’s still too idealized. Consumers and businesses have yet to fully embrace cloud computing, storing documents and media locally on their physical drives. Popular applications are just now shifting over into the cloud by way of HTML5, but most highly-used and long-standing applications like Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite are still installed locally and used offline.

The vendors also indicated that Google is mainly pushing Chromebooks in the enterprise market, yet its cloud-based Google Docs applications doesn’t meet the needs of enterprise users. On a consumer front, Chromebooks become problematic for users who have a poor connection to the internet, or don’t have a connection at all — the “lite” cloud-based advantage suddenly becomes a huge disadvantage.

That said, it’s no surprise that vendors aren’t too keen on using Chrome OS as a major desktop platform. While many services and applications are indeed moving up into the cloud, the majority of the enterprise and consumer base hasn’t quite shifted away from physical media even though cloud computing is the “trend of the future.”

Windows 7 Test Drive for Developers Launched

December 18, 2009

Windows 7 Test Drive offers developers a chance to get first-hand experience in developing for Windows 7, even if they don’t have Windows 7 installed, you can learn about developing on Windows 7 in a virtual environment. This experience provides user with a guided tour of Windows 7 features from a developer’s perspective with goal of engaging and enabling them to develop on Windows Platform.

All you need is a Windows Live ID to take a guided tour of Windows 7. The short virtual labs and supporting videos will give you chance to explore Windows 7 feature by feature. Try out a few of virtual labs and watch a few videos today to learn how and why you should develop on Windows.

First version of Test Drive includes majority of Windows 7 Training kit topics; For e.g.: Taskbar (without the Thumbnail Preview or customer switcher due the Basic Windows 7 Video Driver used to facilitate this virtual lab), Libraries, Version Control, Version Checking, Troubleshooting Platform, Windows Ribbon, Sensor and Location, and IE8.

Site is here: Windows 7 Test Drive site

Windows 7 RC Availability to Stop on Thursday

August 19, 2009

If you’ve been putting off downloading the release candidate for Windows 7, consider yourself warned. The media will no longer be available to download from Microsoft after 8/20, though you can still get keys and register the product.

Remember that to move from the release candidate to the final version requires a clean installation of the operating system, meaning backing up one’s data, reinstalling Windows 7, and then restoring the data and reinstalling any applications.

Windows 7 Without IE

June 14, 2009

How cool is this Europe, now you get Windows 7 in Europe, without any browser. So customers have to find their own. I am sure a short download script will pop-up somewhere where you can type in the incantation. The EUs “carry all browsers” and subsidize the marketing costs for them, is under consideration by the pinheads at the EU.

Microsoft, instead, will offer Internet Explorer separately, Dave Heiner, Microsoft’s deputy general counsel said in a statement on the company’s Web site.

“This means that computer manufacturers and users will be free to install Internet Explorer on Windows 7, or not, as they prefer,” Heiner said.

Windows 7 tentatively is scheduled for release in October.

Well this stops that, or does it? Now the moochers will have to pay their own way, other browser manufacturers, and all customers will have to figure out how to get a browser on their new system. I am sure systems builders will install one, but the person that buys a retail copy may find things a little hard since ” the network is the computer” and no browser sort of stops that part of the action for most. Carry a USB drive with portable Firefox to get you going.

Who wouldn’t know how to get and install their favorite browser, if they even knew what that was? Now they are going to find out.

But, according to Ars Technica, the EU is still set on pursuing their anti-trust case with the Redmond company, despite them going out of their way to create a new SKU just for the region.

You kow, why doesn’t government just get off it. People can figure it our for themselves without governments trying to run around and protect their favorite donors and supporters.

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