Everything Microsoft - Latest Microsoft News, Guides, Reviews & Themes » Operating Systems http://www.everything-microsoft.com Latest Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Office, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 7 & Xbox 360 News, W8 Beta, Rumors, Downloads, Themes, Wallpapers, Help & more Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:00:31 +0000 en-EN hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Is This the Linux Time?http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/06/25/linux-time/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/06/25/linux-time/#comments Mon, 25 Jun 2012 12:43:27 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=94774 Is this the Linux Time? Has Linux finally found an opening to the desktop? Last week I wrote about some of the problems attending Microsoft’s Windows 8 PC’s and the dual boot problem, of which Linux would be a victim.

Well, now it appears that with the new version of Windows 8, and with their own PC device, this may be leaving Microsoft Partners out in the lurch. Consider this. Metro. Not everyone’s favorite user interface. Consider this. Surface. A tablet built by Microsoft to the annoyance of their partners who are left holding the bag with their own tablet model, which won’t support Windows 8. Consider this. The Windows 8 smartphone will make the Windows 7 Phone obsolete. So consider this, do you think the partners are happy? Is this the trend for the future?

And then there is the Windows 8 PC and Linux, UEFI issue. Sure you can load Linux on a Windows 8 PC. But it will cost you … about $99.

An Opening?

So does this portend an opening in the desktop operating system world? Is this a possible opening for Linux? How, well if the partners are unhappy with Microsoft, will they be able to design their own PC’s to put a new operating system, Linux style. So which Linux software can be considered at this time if a company did want to make the break? Ubuntu and Google Chrome.

Ubuntu

Ubuntu, not only has been courting OEMs for a long time, it’s actually been shipping Ubuntu-powered laptops and desktops from companies like Dell for years. Red Hat and SUSE, are more server oriented, than desktop. They will have a smaller desktop impact.  So you have an existing powerhouse already working with Linux.

Google Chrome

This may be a stretch right now, but Chrome, the smartphone is based on the Linux OS. How much harder is it to stretch it to the PC, or the laptop? But there is one drawback here, that is that Chrome needs to connect to the Internet in order to run. So if there will be a PC — Chrome Linux OS it will have to be available in a non-Internet mode.

That said, Windows 7 may be the last successful Microsoft OS. Because Windows 8 can be a new dimension in PC operating systems, where consumers don’t want to go.

Source: Zdnet

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Are Linux Servers More Popular than Windows Servers?http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/03/16/linux-servers-popular-windows-servers/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/03/16/linux-servers-popular-windows-servers/#comments Fri, 16 Mar 2012 12:14:41 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=74947 While Microsoft is comfortable with its Windows 7 OS, even with Server 2008, still there is news that the market for Linux Servers is growing for those enterprises that want to go to the Cloud.

International Data Corporation (IDC)

IDC published a report saying that factory revenue in the worldwide server market showed some interesting results. First, the market grew for Linux Servers but that it shrank for Windows and UNIX. Apparently, IDC’s measure is based only servers where Linux is already pre-installed. It didn’t measure when an enterprise installed Linux on a bare-metal straight-up server or a recommissioned server, which is normally how Linux gets into companies.

Linux Server Increase Spending

The foundation of the growth, according to IDC, is that the demand Linux servers is a response to high performance computing (HPC) and cloud infrastructure deployments, as hardware revenue improved 2.2% year over year in 4Q11 to $2.6 billion. Linux servers now represent 18.4% of all server revenue, a factor up by 1.7 points when compared with the fourth quarter of 2010.
Windows Server

Overall, this may not be a big impact on Windows server. Why? Because, while Windows server demand subsided slightly in 4Q11 as overall hardware revenue decreased 1.5% year over year. Yet the quarterly revenue numbers of $6.5 billion for Windows servers represented 45.8% of the overall quarterly factory revenue; this is up 2.6 points over the prior year’s quarter.

Linux Server Going for Big Data

The Cloud Impact

What’s interesting about this is that the Cloud impact is driving enterprises to make the decision to use Linux as a server foundation. The irony is that Microsoft has spent billions of dollars in Cloud technology and infrastructure; nothing by Linux. There wouldn’t be the interest in the Cloud without the push coming from Microsoft. Linux certainly didn’t do it.
However, it does say something about what companies expect of their servers, security, availability, and growth potential. These are big issues and Microsoft is not idle. Server 2012 will be out this year. It will have its own impact.

Source: Zdnet

Linux Foundation

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Microsoft Updates Windows Phone Connector for Machttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/11/28/microsoft-updates-windows-phone-connector-mac/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/11/28/microsoft-updates-windows-phone-connector-mac/#comments Mon, 28 Nov 2011 18:45:00 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=21305 Microsoft has shipped out an update to the Windows Phone Connector for the Mac. The Windows Phone Connector is essentially the software which allows a Windows Phone handset to communicate with the Mac to allow for file transfer on and off the device. The update most notably includes custom ringtone support for Windows Phone and the ability to drag files off of the device onto your Mac computer, however, there are also a number of other fixes in the mix as well:

New features include:

Features:
• Full sync and import support for Apple Aperture software
• Drag and drop import of files from Browse Device
• Ringtone transfer support (for phones running Windows Phone 7.5 or later)
• Improved video conversion process with user configuration options
• Support for Windows Phone Marketplace (for phones running Windows Phone 7.5 or later)
• Localization support for 13 additional languages
• Improvements to backup and restore operations
• Improved configuration for podcast sync and photo import
• Improved iTunes import support in certain languages
• Improved metadata support for videos

Fixes:
• Added additional error codes and help references for device update
• Resolved connectivity issues with certain devices
• Resolved album art display issues for certain devices

You can find the Connector software for Windows Phone in the Mac Store here.

(Disclosure: I use Windows 7 and the Window’s 8 Dev Preview as my main OS installs, but sometimes use Mac OSX for review purposes.)

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Windows Phone Connector v2.0 for Mac Releasedhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/08/31/windows-phone-connector-v20-mac-released/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/08/31/windows-phone-connector-v20-mac-released/#comments Wed, 31 Aug 2011 19:07:20 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=20371 Mac users have an updated software companion for their Windows Phone 7.5 devices now that the Windows Phone Connector for Mac has been updated to v2.0.

Unfortunately, for Mac users the Zune PC client is not available for their OS, so Microsoft created the Windows Phone Connector to handle the tasks of moving media to and from the device. The new version is now out and includes some fixes and features.

What’s New in Version 2.0

Windows Phone 7 Connector 2.0 provides the following updates and changes:

Features:
• Full sync and import support for Apple Aperture software
• Drag and drop import of files from Browse Device
• Ringtone transfer support (for phones running Windows Phone 7.5 or later)
• Improved video conversion process with user configuration options
• Support for Windows Phone Marketplace (for phones running Windows Phone 7.5 or later)
• Localization support for 13 additional languages
• Improvements to backup and restore operations
• Improved configuration for podcast sync and photo import
• Improved iTunes import support in certain languages
• Improved metadata support for videos

Fixes:
• Added additional error codes and help references for device update
• Resolved connectivity issues with certain devices
• Resolved album art display issues for certain devices

If you are both a Windows Phone and Mac user, which there are probably few at this point, you will want to grab yourself the new Windows Phone Connector software, which you will need for the upcoming Windows Phone 7.5 devices. You can find the software in the Mac App Store or by clicking here.

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SkyDrive Coming to Windows, Windows Phone, iPhone, Mac & Android?http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/08/27/skydrive-coming-windows-windows-phone-iphone-mac-android/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/08/27/skydrive-coming-windows-windows-phone-iphone-mac-android/#comments Sat, 27 Aug 2011 21:06:08 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=20319 According to a job post found by Liveside.com, Microsoft is looking for individuals who can help with the development of their Windows Live SkyDrive service. What’s interesting is that the job post mentions clients for Mac, iPhone and Android. Currently, users can access their SkyDrive accounts via the web app or through hubs in Windows Phone, but this job posting suggests that Microsoft is currently working on apps for SkyDrive and they appear to be coming for more than just Microsoft platforms. Here’s the job posting:

The Windows Live DRX team produces the SkyDrive client applications that fuel our customers thirst for stable, secure and available online storage. DRX is building experiences to deliver all of your content from the cloud and your devices to any of your devices anywhere anytime. Our team develops clients for Windows, Windows Phone, iPhone, Mac and Android. We are looking for developers that are looking for their next challenge to build the highly distributed platform and multi-platform clients for the SkyDrive suite of products delivered through Windows Live and Windows.

We know that with Windows 8, Microsoft seems to be going toward a more fullscreen, tablet-friendly kind of app environment, so it’s interesting to see how this is all going to come together, especially with iCloud on the horizon for Apple users. If you guys have never checked out SkyDrive, you should definitely give it a try. It’s essentially a free 25GB’s of online storage accessed through Live.com with a Windows LiveID. If you have an @live.com or @hotmail.com email address then you’ve already got an account setup, so you might as well begin using your free space in the cloud.

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The Microsoft Singularity System …Latest OS versionhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/08/10/microsoft-singularity-system-latest-os-version/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/08/10/microsoft-singularity-system-latest-os-version/#comments Wed, 10 Aug 2011 12:00:13 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=20042 While there have been posts today about how successful Windows 7 has been and even some predicting that it will be the dominant OS by the end of 2011, and users are quietly anticipating the release of Windows 8 next year, there is another OS project that Microsoft has been working on.

The Microsoft Singularity Project

Since the inception of the PC OS in the mid ‘70’s, several decisions have remained constant over the last four decades about how the OS was to behave. The question is, how valid are those decisions now?

Microsoft is making a concerted effort to re-think the hardware stack so that future OS’s reflect three conditions about how the OS should be designed.

  1. Software-isolated processes should exist for protection of programs and system services,
  2. There should be contract-based channels for communication, and
  3. There should be manifest-based programs for verification of system properties.

The Singularity research project is focusing on the construction of dependable systems through innovation in the areas of systems, languages, and tools. Microsoft is building a research operating system called Singularity, that extends programming languages, and develops new techniques and tools that specifying and verifying program behavior.

Software Isolated Processes

Unlike the traditional OS design Singularity uses type-safe languages and an abstract instruction set to provide processing isolation guarantees of OS processes such as an isolated object space, separate GCs, separate runtimes. All of which do not have the overhead of hardware-enforced protection domains.

The Sandbox Concept

The outcome of this design model is that Singularity uses these advances to build more reliable systems and applications. One consequence of this is that SIPs are cheap to create and enforce so Singularity runs each program, device driver, or system extension in its own SIP, like a sandbox. SIPs can’t share memory or modify their own code. As a result, there are strong reliability guarantees about the code running in a SIP environment.

The implication are that with SIP the properties of programs at compile or install time will be better known and understood than what is done for code running in traditional OS processes. This broader verification is critical to predicting system behavior and providing users with strong guarantees about reliability.

Will part of the Singularity make its way into Windows 8? Not sure. Windows 9? Not sure of that either. But the current OS model is close to 40 years old. It’s time to rethink that model.

You can download the current Singularity program and view the OS yourself. Currently there are over 308,000 downloads of the system.

 

Source: Microsoft

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Windows Vista SP1 Loses Supporthttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/07/15/windows-vista-sp1-loses-support/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/07/15/windows-vista-sp1-loses-support/#comments Fri, 15 Jul 2011 10:32:36 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=19422 As part of Microsoft’s continued efforts to get people to leave Windows Vista and adopt Windows 7, they’ve ended support for Windows Vista SP1 this week. As of July 12th, Windows Vista Service Pack 1 is no longer supported and will not receive any more security updates.

In a post on the Windows Team Blog Brandon LeBlanc made the announcement and encouraged users to upgrade to Microsoft’s fastest selling operating system – Windows 7 of course. However users can also update to the second service pack of Windows Vista and they will still continue to receive support. 

If you upgrade to the Windows Vista SP2 you will still continue to receive support until the 10th April 2012  however there still is more limited limited “extended support” until April 11, 2017.

“We recommend folks look at upgrading to Windows 7, which is the fastest selling operating system in history, selling over 400 million licenses to-date. Windows Vista users can also use Windows Update to update their PC to the latest service pack available which is Service Pack 2 (SP2).”

Microsoft publish the end of support dates for all their operating systems months and generally years in advance to give people ample time to upgrade themselves. Now Windows Vista wasn’t hugely popular and there isn’t that many people running it these days, however the bigger issue is with Windows XP which still has a large number of users, support for it’s second service pack ended around this time last year. However as long as users have upgraded to service pack 3 they will continue to receive support until 8th April 2014

So if you haven’t upgraded to Windows 7 at this stage, you really should or at least upgrade to the latest service pack for your operating system if you want to keep receiving security updates.

Source:

Windowsteamblog

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Is Microsoft the Only OS Company taking Malware and Viruses Seriously?http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/06/17/microsoft-writes-worlds-secure-operating-systems/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/06/17/microsoft-writes-worlds-secure-operating-systems/#comments Fri, 17 Jun 2011 13:11:32 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=11823 Microsoft have good reason to take viruses and malware seriously, more than ten years of complaints about Windows being insecure and prone to attack.  In truth though the company has made great strides in recent years protecting the latest versions of Windows against rootkits and all manner of other attack.

Windows still needs to be protected with anti-virus software however and, while Microsoft’s own free anti-virus package does a good job, the company’s past failures still maintain a multi-million dollar worldwide industry in third-party solutions.

Microsoft are good at responding to malware and viruses too, their operating systems include Windows Defender and once a month a Malicious Software Removal Tool will come down to those with automatic updates enabled.  The company always publicise details of threats on their websites and works closely with third-party security companies to minimise the risk to its customers.

With Windows Phone, their new smartphone OS, things are even better.  Because every app for the platform must be vetted before going into the official app store (the only way to get apps on the phones) then viruses and malware simply don’t get through.  This is an essential ingredient with smartphones which are linked far more closely than our home PCs will ever be to direct payment methods.

Apple too maintain tight control over their smartphone app store, which helps keep malware off the platform but it’s on their own desktop operating system that things begin to fall down.  Google are even worse and I feel that both companies are heading for a disaster.  So why is it that Apple and Google aren’t taking malware seriously?

To justify my point we’ll start with Google.  This company has a free and open smartphone OS with an app store devoid of the diligent scrutiny that Apple and Microsoft show.  Consequently in just one week last month, no fewer than 26 malware apps were found in, and removed from the Android app store with no word on how long they’d already been there.

These malware apps don’t just affect Android smartphones, where they can run up bills on people’s tarriff’s, access their email, contacts and more, but they’re also present on Android tablets.  These are devices on which we do banking and online purchasing.

Google’s response to malware is almost completely absent.  They’ll scour their app store for the stuff every month and remove it when they find it, but none of this helps the people who get infected by it.

I also have concerns about their new Chromebooks as there’s similarly no virus and malware protection for these.  Just a browser that people will use for banking and shopping.

Now you’ll probably point out here that every criminal is attacking Windows.  Well this is no longer the case any more as the ever-increasing proliferation of Android malware demonstrates.

Apple also has its own problems with OS X.  A recent malware attack by “Mac Defender” has left many people out of pocket when they were defrauded out of their credit card details.  Worse a new DIY Crimeware kit is now available through forums for Mac malware and virus writers.

It’s clear then that Google and Apple platforms are coming under increasing attack from criminals and this is a situation that’s only ever going to get worse.

To compound matters even further, a recent leaked memo from Apple to it’s support staff instructed that “AppleCare does not provide support for removal of the malware.  You should not confirm or deny whether the customer’s Mac is infected or not.” and an Apple helpline worker recently told PC Pro magazine “We don’t recommend installing security software,”

Clearly Apple and Google are going to have to raise their game if they’re not going to lose the trust and support of their very loyal customers.  It’s astonishing to me that they’ve never learned lessons from Microsoft’s past mistakes and that they still believe that anything Unix is immune and doesn’t need protecting.  These two companies need to wake up quickly before the really bad news begins.

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Google Chrome OS: The Next Digital Revolutionhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2009/12/29/google-chrome-os-the-next-digital-revolution/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2009/12/29/google-chrome-os-the-next-digital-revolution/#comments Wed, 30 Dec 2009 00:27:05 +0000 http://everything-microsoft.com/?p=4943 With the advent of Windows 7, many users have been scrambling to compare the OS to Apple’s leading product, OS X Snow Leopard. However, in the midst of the competition concerning the two products, Google’s new Chrome OS has been relatively ignored. Even so, this new player in the market may very well follow the same path as the netbook itself, the platform that Google is aiming for with the Chrome OS, set to be finished and released in the second half of 2010.

So, in the wake of the battle between Apple and Microsoft, what exactly is Google’s Chrome OS? It’s a new, lightweight, open source OS produced by Google which is almost entirely dependent on the cloud, to the point where the entire OS is composed of almost nothing but the Chrome browser. Instead of attempting to produce a fully fledged OS (operating system), Google and the free software community are working to produce an OS that focuses on being as lightweight as possible, yet can handle all of the basic needs of the average user, relying on the growing success of web applications such as Google Apps, YouTube, Facebook, Gmail, and much more.

It’s already been shown that convenience, simplicity, and instant access can easily trump alternatives in the computer industry, demonstrated by the striking popularity of the smartphone, netbook, Craigslist, and similar products. This is where Chrome OS shines and where Windows 7 and Snow Leopard do not: providing a cheap, small, fast alternative to Windows 7 and Snow Leopard, potentially even overcoming the two with an always-on, lasting, secure, and cheap computer that is more than capable of handling quick computer tasks.

Why wait for your MacBook or laptop to boot up and finish loading when you can press a button on your netbook and be almost instantly greeted with a login screen, or, depending on your security settings, a browser? Although you may not be able to play Crysis or run Visual Studio, the average user tends to access social networking or business applications far more often and for shorter periods of time than the previous two. And the user did meet a need to access such applications, then they can turn to their occasionally more powerful alternative to satisfy that need.

With this in mind, that’s also another one of the powerful benefits of the OS: it’s not meant to become your primary PC, similar to a smartphone. For those of you that own a device such as the iPhone, Droid, or the Palm Pre, how many times have you decided to simply reach for your phone to update your Twitter status or your MySpace/Facebook instead of getting up and walking over to your computer? What if you also had a device with the same ease of access that could also edit photos, produce videos, manage passwords, access the Bittorrent network, provide a complete office suite, transfer large files, convert files, or do just about anything else?

Google Chrome OS may finally provide something similar to a smartphone 2.0, a more powerful and feature complete sister product that is just a little larger in size. Just as the iPhone completely redefined the market, Google’s Chrome OS may turn out to achieve a similar milestone in the personal computer industry. Not only that, but if the OS is popular among the general population, then it will only help to strengthen Google’s status as a major player in the market, all the way from a basic search engine to a powerful threat to Microsoft and its Windows products, while also helping to spread the success and familiarity of the Linux kernel that the Google Chrome OS is based on.

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