Everything Microsoft - Latest Microsoft News, Guides, Reviews & Themes » Business 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 The 600 Million Windows 7 Markhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/06/06/600-million-windows-7-mark/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/06/06/600-million-windows-7-mark/#comments Wed, 06 Jun 2012 14:32:05 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=94515 Even with the Windows 8 release right around the corner, say October 2012, Windows 7 continues to be very popular. Microsoft announced the 600 million license mark  for Windows 7.

According to The Verge, since the introduction of Windows 7 in 2009, the growth of the premier operating system has grown significantly. It reached 240 million license sales in its first year, and six months ago, in January, it reached 525 million. The 600 million mark represents 39% of the OS market.

Windows 7 Momentum

Yet that still doesn’t beat Windows XP. Right now, it has about 46% of the OS market. But with continued growth of Windows 7, it may be a while before the two Operating systems converge; it may be another year.

 

From the figure below, you can see that even Windows Vista, the black dog in the Microsoft’s room, holds 7% of the market; Mac OS, in two forms has about 5%; and there is another 2% for the remaining OS, which is probably Linux.

Windows 8 on the Horizon

What this portends for Windows 8 is interesting. First users, and companies will have to decide if they want to make the upgrade sacrifice. Because to get the full benefit of Windows 8, they will have to change monitors to support touch technology; not to mention the hardware technology, which will make Windows 8 a version to use. If you don’t want to or can’t afford to upgrade the hardware, why bother? Keep Windows 7.

Second, are users and companies really ready for the Metro style interface? And while it may be possible to go back and forth between the traditional GUI and the new Metro UI, it has to be smooth and easy and intuitive to be a success. Some users will balk and other may accept it. But the latter must be the predominant ones.

In all then, the prognosis for Microsoft OS still looks very good, but whether a new soldier in their platoon of software will add to their market strength will depend on whether Windows 8 gets a share of the market.

 

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Microsoft Stock Climbs on Windows 8 CP Releasehttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/03/01/microsoft-stock-climbs-windows-8-cp-release/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/03/01/microsoft-stock-climbs-windows-8-cp-release/#comments Fri, 02 Mar 2012 05:20:56 +0000 http://www.windows8news.com/?p=2649 Microsoft seems to be receiving a much-needed and much-deserved stock bump from its Windows 8 announcements and release yesterday in Barcelona. The new operating system from Microsoft is a bold bet and major transition for the company that many believed to be stagnant in the new touchscreen computing world. The current stock price for Microsoft is 32.29 and is expected to hit at least $36 very soon on the positive release of the first beta of Windows 8.

The new version of Microsoft Windows, Windows 8, is receiving very positive reviews from most tech journalists and blogs. More importantly, for Microsoft, the build that was released to the public dubbed “Consumer Preview” is very stable and looks to be nearly complete with some minor tweaking and bug fixes certainly yet to come. This means that Microsoft could conceivably have a Windows 8 release in mid-2012, beating most estimates.

Microsoft expects Windows 8 to beat even the incredible sales of the current-generation OS, Windows 7, which has sold approximately 550 million licenses to date.

Source: Forbes

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Microsoft and NUI and the Windows 7 Interfacehttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/02/07/microsoft-nui-windows-7-interface/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/02/07/microsoft-nui-windows-7-interface/#comments Wed, 08 Feb 2012 00:12:56 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=22112 Microsoft and NUI and the Windows 7 Interface

Microsoft has been in interested in developing alternative interfaces for users. Their touch and speech technology, which has entered the Windows 7 OS system and has been a player for different models saw a new partner enter with Microsoft.

Natural User Interface

A natural user interface (NUI) is a user interface that is effectively invisible, or becomes invisible with successive learned interactions, to its users. It is natural because most computer interfaces use artificial control devices where users must learn the operation. Moreover, a NUI relies on a user making a quick transition from novice to expert. Thus, while the interface requires learning, a special interface design gives the user the feeling that they are instantly and continuously successful. This technology allows users to carry out relatively natural motions, movements or gestures that they quickly discover control the computer application or manipulate the on-screen content. The goal is to make the user feel like a natural; and not part of a suspect view that the natural user interface is  somehow a mimicry of nature, or that some inputs to a computer are somehow more ‘natural’ than others.

24/7


So today, Microsoft entered an agreement with 24/7 to jointly bring the power of natural user interfaces (NUIs) and data analytics at cloud scale (Big Data) to enable the future of customer service for businesses.

Last year, Microsoft saw its Kinect system grow from a game computing add on to a science development system. But now, this new partnership extends this NUI system to business applications. With Microsoft and 24/7, new ways to use NUI should develop and this will give businesses a new way to present their data and information. It should also extend the type of users to Windows 7 that weren’t available before because of disabilities or other handicaps. But even though that is not their first goal, which is instead to provide mobile and social media connections, still using this approach can add many users and start the switch over to an alternative natural interface.

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With Microsoft expanding its NUI technology in Windows 7 and  the upcoming Windows 8 this can make an big impact on how users will use computers.

Source: Microsoft Press

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Windows SkyDrive and Microsoft Office – Project Collaborationhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/01/21/tips-windows-skydrive-microsoft-office/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/01/21/tips-windows-skydrive-microsoft-office/#comments Sat, 21 Jan 2012 14:33:47 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=21845 Problem: Say you are working on a project with several people who are located on a different city, or even a different state. Furthermore, some may be using a PC or a MAC. You put together a document and want to save it on the cloud, but will the others in the project access it? And what if others decide to modify the document and save it, will others be able to access the most current document?

SkyDrive and Office

Here is a solution, use SkyDrive. With it you can store all your files in one place, so everyone can access the latest version. You can also use free Office Web Apps for basic editing from any browser.

Here are some of the things you can do with Web Apps:

  • Upload documents to SkyDrive
  • Edit documents
  • Share your documents
  • Work with others on projects
  • Embed a presentation on a webpage
  • Embed a spreadsheet on a webpage

But what makes this solution even more inviting is that SkyDrive and Office Web Apps integrate with the Office apps installed on your PC or Mac so you can work together on documents in the cloud right from your desktop apps. With the right setup, you can work together on a Word doc or PowerPoint presentation with your teammates at the same time. Creating an account is easy and free. Start with a Windows Live account.

 

Next create a SkyDrive account and a Web Apps account. Then once you have the Web Apps and Windows SkyDrive, you can follow several tips to make your work easier.

  1. Add SkyDrive.com to your desktop for quick access
  2. Create one space for the team that’s easy to find
  3. Capture meeting notes, brainstorming notes, and to-do’s more efficiently than email.
  4. Access SkyDrive docs right from Word, Excel or PowerPoint—online or offline
  5. Use Word co-authoring to ensure your team’s plan flows nicely
  6. Use version history to avoid disasters

These tips can help you manage a project and keep the documentation easy to use. Plus because SkyDrive can be accessed anytime and anywhere you are not limited to when or where you can work on the project.

Note that you must have a Windows Live ID to access SkyDrive.

Source: Microsoft SkyDrive

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Looping the Loop!http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/01/11/looping-loop/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/01/11/looping-loop/#comments Wed, 11 Jan 2012 18:06:15 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=21789 Recently when installing a new application on my notebook running Windows 8 Preview in dual-mode with Windows 7, I ran into real trouble, big-time!

I had to re-boot and resort to Windows 8’s Startup Repair to resolve the problem. This is a similar process to the one I’ve previously used with Windows 7. Maybe the matter was complicated by the fact that I had set up a dual-boot situation. However, I really don’t know what happened.

After accessing the Windows 8 version of Startup Repair all appeared well and the process started. It seemed to take a long time!  The screen said  “Restoring”. At the bottom of the screen it stated I was in Windows 8 Developer. The so-called “Restoring” situation persisted with no resolution. Frustrated, I rebooted the computer to get access the BIOS Setup Utility. This didn’t work and I was back in the screen saying “Restoring”.

Normally, on boot up a set of options to do with the BIOS flashes across the bottom of the screen. You have to be damn quick to select the correct option. Usually, I press the Pause key to freeze the screen. In this case no information re the BIOS appeared on my screen. In vain, I pressed the F11 key, which I thought got me into the BIOS setup, but to no avail. Windows 8’s Restore process ground on. I was stuck in a “loop”.

Desperate to resolve this problem I used another computer to get into Windows 8 Developer Help department. This is the site where I found references to “loop”.

www.social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/windowsdeveloperpreviewgeneral

After a short search I came across several entries from users with similar problems. All involved being stuck with a loop situation. I logged in via Hotmail and left a message outlining my problem and then decided to seek help elsewhere.

My next step was to use the helpful website, About.com, to see about Changing the BIOS set up. Here is the hyperlink:  How To Access the BIOS Setup Utility (How To Enter BIOS). The article with most help was as follows:  BIOS Setup Utility Access Keys for Popular Computer Systems

In this article most computers are listed. As my notepad was an aging Compaq I found reference to this in the list under HP. Here there were several suggestions as to which sets of keys you can use to get access to the BIOS.

This is the section relevant to my Pavilion notebook.

Hewlett-Packard (HP)Pavilion, TouchSmart, Vectra, OmniBook, Tablet

  • Press the F1, F10, or F11 key after restarting the computer.
  • HP Tablet PCs may use F10 or F12.
  • Other HP computers may allow access to BIOS using the F2 or Esc keys.

Now with some useful information my next attempt was to get into the BIOS Setup Utility.

I restated my problem “child”, ignoring the “Restoring” screen and pressed the power button. When re-boot commenced I tried the various keystroke suggestions and after several attempts found the F1 key worked. This gave me access to the BIOS Setup where I changed the Startup.

Finally, after much angst I rebooted the computer and got back to the dual-boot screen. My first thoughts here were to get access to Windows 7 and ditch the dual-boot setup removing Windows 8. However, I decided to prevail with Windows 8 and chose this option. Windows 8 opened without a peep and all was well! What a kerfuffle!

Thinking over the unpleasant episode I cannot understand why there is no uniformity within the computer manufacturers to make sure there are common keys to get to the BIOS Setup Utility. A common key would save a lot of time and anguish!

 

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Windows 8 Already Being Eyed Up By Businesseshttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/11/02/windows-8-eyed-businesses/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/11/02/windows-8-eyed-businesses/#comments Wed, 02 Nov 2011 17:39:07 +0000 http://www.windows8news.com/?p=1337 While there’s still plenty of companies still in the process of transition from Windows XP/Windows Vista to Windows 7, we’re already looking forward to Windows 8. It also looks like there’s a good amount of interest among IT Pros in businesses as well. Even though Windows 8 isn’t expected to be released until towards the end of next year, 52% of IT professionals are looking to upgrade to it.

973 IT professionals were polled by informationweek last month to find out what their plans were for Windows 8. As I mentioned earlier, a full 52% of them have plans to upgrade to Windows 8.

Out of that, 5 percent said they’ll deploy Windows 8 across their business as soon as it becomes readily available to them. Another 13 percent said they’ll make the switch at some stage within the first year, and 19 percent said they’ll complete the transition within the first 2 years.

Only 10 percent of the likely upgraders said that they’ll switch on an as needed basis. 24 percent of them plan to have all of their computers running Windows 8 eventually while another 34% said that they’ll have at least three quarters of their computers running Windows 8.

Of course there’s that other 48% who say that they’ve no plans to upgrade to Windows 8 in the near future. There’s no surprise there. Many businesses have completed or are in the process of completing the tedious process of upgrading their computers from Vista and XP to Windows 7. This is quite a costly process and there’s really no need for them to go through it again so soon. Especially since Windows 7 has proven to be quite a success to date. What’s more, most IT Pro’s are already involved with more important projects in their business as it is and just don’t have the time.

Another reason that’s holding IT Pro’s back is the usual one - compatibility. This is always a major issue when it comes to upgrading large corporations. Many of them have custom made software that only runs on a particular OS or their hardware isn’t compatible with newer OS’s . While Microsoft is doing everything in it’s power to support older systems, it just isn’t always possible.

It’s still fairly early on in the whole upgrade game, but obviously IT Pro’s are liking the look of Windows 8 and are interested in upgrading to it if they’ve already expressed these levels of interest.

Source:

Informationweek

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New Third-Party Android Enterprise Management and Security Releasedhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/10/11/thirdparty-android-enterprise-management-security-released/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/10/11/thirdparty-android-enterprise-management-security-released/#comments Tue, 11 Oct 2011 16:30:01 +0000 http://www.windows8news.com/?p=1259 There aren’t many products on the market these days that make me angry, but Google’s Android operating system is still one of them.  Software startup 3LM has today announced that they will soon be launching “Enterprise-class device management” for Android devices.  This will give system administrators the chance to…

  • encrypt data on devices
  • create application whitelists and blacklists
  • Enforce strong password policies
  • Remotely wipe devices
  • Control enhanced device security
  • Remotely install enterprise apps
  • Locate devices remotely
  • Give remote access to devices and applications

…among other things.  It’s not that 3LM are doing this that makes me angry, it’s the fact that so much of this has to be done by a third-party and not by Google itself.

In a press release the company said…

Addressing enterprise needs for enhanced security and device management, 3LM has collaborated with major handset manufacturers to enable their Android OS-based devices to be enterprise-ready, giving IT enhanced protection and management of the device itself as well as any application installed therein. This enhanced functionality can now be activated by IT administrators through an enterprise server console that is available as part of a complete end-to-end mobile device management platform that 3LM is launching this week.

Now, let’s set aside for a moment the remote management features because Google’s Android operating system wasn’t originally designed or built as, or even intended to be, a corporate product.  The problem arises in Google’s seemingly complete inability to deal with the ongoing malware and security threat to the platform.

Any individual or business buying into an iPad or an iPhone knows that every app they download has been checked and vetted by Apple and is known to be fully compatible with their device and free from malware.  When Windows 8 launches next year the same will be true of its new Metro apps.  With Windows Phone at the moment this is also currently true.

Throw into this the fact that with any Windows tablet, be that Windows 7 or Windows 8 when they arrive, contains all of these remote management features by default through group policy controls and I can’t but wonder why Enterprises would even consider Android devices at all.  IT Pros everywhere would surely be up in arms at even such a suggestion.

Google simple haven’t managed security and malware on their platform in any way as effectively as either Apple or Microsoft.  Even RIM and HP have better security controls on their app stores than Google.

You may want to flame me for saying this but I’ve been writing about and teaching computer and network security for years now.  It’s just too important an issue to be treated flippantly by the operating system authors.  Even Microsoft has now grasped this fact with the bundling of anti-virus with Windows 8; something that no anti-virus vendor has so far been up in arms about because it was, frankly, inevitable.

Android users will be able to download the 3LM software from their website next week and I genuinely hope that Android users adopt it.  The peace of mind that comes with additional security, and not just in the business space, is worth its weight in gold.  There is no word though as yet on how much this software will cost and if there will be discounts for high-volume enterprise clients.

If you are still concerned about security on Android smartphones and tablets however my best advice would be to get a Windows Phone or an iPad (to be fair and balanced).  Better still, why not just wait for Windows 8 and get everything you need in the box!?

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Will Microsoft Buy Yahoo?http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/10/05/microsoft-buy-yahoo/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/10/05/microsoft-buy-yahoo/#comments Thu, 06 Oct 2011 00:04:30 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=20763 It started in 2008, when Microsoft first looked at buying Yahoo for $47.5 billion. Microsoft didn’t succeed but it went after Yahoo and used Bing with Yahoo to make their search engine process work better.

In the end, Yahoo got the better of the 10-year deal as about 88% of the revenue generated by the Bing-Yahoo search engine coordination went back to Yahoo.

But now, three years later, Microsoft and a few other companies are looking to get into the Yahoo purchase operation.

The Old is Not Better

Things have changed for Yahoo. Once an Internet pioneer, it now trails Google in the search engine category, and in September, they fired their CEO, Carol Bartz. They are not in exactly a front line Internet company.

However, their financial worth is still heady. A Wall Street analyst recently valued Yahoo at over $20 billion.

But their impact while not necessarily eroding, nevertheless is not growing.

Microsoft to the Rescue: Will Microsoft Buy Yahoo?

Well maybe not to the rescue, but Microsoft is looking once again at pursuing an acquisition. One possible reason is that it would knock out AOL as a competitor. Microsoft would be able to consolidate its search engine operations, but also have a new web portal to create a string of products for audiences, advertisers, and users.

At the other end of the spectrum, there are Microsoft advisors that think that Yahoo would be a bad deal. Yahoo offers no growth potential and has a stagnant feel on the Internet. It’s like the I Love Lucy of the Internet, once great now too predictable and well…boring.

Another reason for the antagonism is the culture clash that would come with the acquisition. Yahoo people like their independence, and would balk at being number 2 or worse number 9 in the parade list at Microsoft. Then you have the problem of paying billions of dollars for a deal that on the surface does not look promising.

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Skip one, Use one, Skip one, Use onehttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/09/26/skip-skip/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/09/26/skip-skip/#comments Mon, 26 Sep 2011 17:58:55 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=20634 If you haven’t already guessed what I’m talking about by the title of this article, I’ll give you another clue; so far business users are very unsure about the new Metro UI in Windows 8.  Got it yet?  Yup, I’m talking about Windows deployment but more than that, I also want to look at what the other options for business might be.

Microsoft have made a big deal in recent years out of their business customers wanting a clear, three-year product cycle.  This followed the overruns that held up Windows Vista for two years past its intended launch.  But does business really want a three year product cycle.  After all we constantly hear businesses complaining about the cost and time taken in deploying a new operating system and the associated costs in buying new hardware.

Almost every business on the planet ran Windows XP for many years with many more migrating to Windows 7 now.  Windows Vista wasn’t popular in the business space and almost every business worldwide avoided it.  It’s also possible that business users will avoid Windows 8 too, most probably if it happens because of the new learning curve associated with the new UI.  This might not seem steep, but businesses always try to avoid the costs involved in retraining staff (which is why the coffee machine usually has lots of post it notes all over it instead!)

It’s quite likely that businesses will avoid Windows 8 for these reasons and the fact that many businesses are still to deploy Windows 7.  They’re hardly likely to want to go through it all again two years from now when it can take two years to deploy a new operating system across a large company to begin with.

But… What if businesses really dislike Windows 8 and it wants to make them look at alternatives?  This scenario is highly unlikely but worth looking at anyway.  OS X is out, firstly because of the prohibitively high costs associated with needing all new desktop hardware, but also because of the recent and ongoing storm about Apple tablet’ifying the OS and deserting IT Pros (sound familiar?).  This leaves just two alternatives, GNU/Linux and ReactOS.  Now if you’ve not heard of ReactOS before I wouldn’t be too surprised.

It’s a new Windows clone being developed in Russia (a country still without copyright laws) that’s reminiscent of Windows 2000; which many people including myself still have a soft spot for, but that is apparently capable of running all current Windows software and hardware.

Now the last Windows clone, Lindows, later rebranded Linspire ended up in protracted legal battles with Microsoft, which won’t come as any surprise.  Any attempt to distribute ReactOS outside of the Russian Federation will no doubt meet the same fate.  However, smaller business could find it attractive.

similarly, larger businesses could be attracted be some of the support deals offered with larger Linux distributions.  Linux, which is now very easy to use thanks to distributions such as Ubuntu, now face less of a learning curve since people are becoming accustomed to using a variety of operating systems, most notable Google’s Android which acts in a very desktop way.

Microsoft’s fight-back will begin with the next version of Windows Server, which as already announced will have a huge plethora of new features to tempt businesses to upgrade.  Windows in the server space is the company’s best way to keep the desktop licences too.

Other products such as Office 365 though will run effectively with any desktop or even mobile operating system.  It’s entirely possible then that Windows 7 could be the last desktop version of the operating system to be adopted by businesses en-masse.  By 2015 and the launch of Windows 9, Microsoft could have an almighty fight on its hands.

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Don’t Forget About Windows 7 Just Yethttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/09/22/forget-windows-7/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/09/22/forget-windows-7/#comments Thu, 22 Sep 2011 17:33:56 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=20575 While Microsoft did just start showing off their latest operating system  “Windows 8″ last week at their Build conference, they are still encouraging you to upgrade to Windows 7 as it’s the best path to upgrade to Windows 8 when it does come out. At the moment it looks like that will probably be sometime in mid to late 2012.

Rich Reynolds, general manager of Windows commercial marketing, revealed that Microsoft’s internal research showed that 90 per cent of companies they polled indicated that they had plans or were in the process of migrating from Windows XP or Vista, to Windows 7. Of course this isn’t really much of a surprise especially when you consider that Windows 7 was released back in 2009 and the first service pack has been released for it. Companies have had plenty of time to listen to feedback and test out the operating system for themselves and sort out any issues that they may have.

A Gartner research paper also encouraged businesses to continue with their migration to Windows 7 as planned and not to skip it and wait for Windows 8 just yet. Not only will it be much easier for the companies to then update their systems to Windows 8 if they so wish, but they need to keep their systems up to date and protected. Support for Windows XP is being phased out and will end in 2014. Now that may seem like a long way off, but that’s actually a very tight schedule for businesses to roll out a new operating system.

At the moment it looks like Windows 8 may reach the RTM stage sometime in the middle 2012. It typically takes 12-18 months for large corporations to test out a new operating system and prep themselves for the roll out. Then Windows 8 would have to be rolled out and that again will take time. So that would mean the earliest you would have large corporations updating to Windows 8 would be in late 2013, awfully close to the 2014 cut off point for XP support.

However if they just upgrade to Windows 7 now they will be covered with support for many many more years to come (Microsoft hasn’t said when support is ending) and can easily upgrade to Windows 8 in their own time.

So basically, if you’re a large corporation and are thinking of holding off on Windows 7 in favour of Windows 8, think again.

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Should you reinstate the Start Menu in Windows 8?http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/09/15/reinstate-start-menu-windows-8/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/09/15/reinstate-start-menu-windows-8/#comments Thu, 15 Sep 2011 18:21:32 +0000 http://www.windows8news.com/?p=1151 For the last day one of the hot topics circulating online is the news that a hack has been found to reinstate the Start Menu in Windows 8.  Doing so is just a simple registry hack too.

Open RegEdit from Windows 8 search by just typing it with the Start screen showing

Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorer

Change the value of RPEnabled from “1″ to “0″

The thing is that this hack also disables the new Start screen completely so you’ll never see it.  In returning to Start menu to Windows 8 you make the default interface the traditional Windows desktop.  So is this something you want to do?  Let’s have a look here at the pros and cons.

Many people, especially Microsoft, are saying that as Metro is no new and so bold (and also so devoid of apps currently) that turning it off isn’t giving it a fair go.  It is very bold and something that will be too much of a change for some people and a shock to others.

How big is your screen?

Probably the biggest factor in deciding whether or not to turn off the new Metro interface will be your PC type and your screen size.  I have three PCs on which I have Windows 8 installed.  A desktop machine with a 23 inch non-touch monitor, an 11 inch tablet and a laptop with a 17 inch multi-touch screen.  On the desktop, and your opinion may be different to mine, Metro is too large and difficult to use.  When I use Internet Explorer for instance it will always take up my full screen.  This means I can’t quickly and at a glance see what tabs I have open and switch between them, and that text on many websites stretches far too wide.

With the other apps and programs I use regularly, none are built into Windows 8, so I’ll always be dropping to the desktop to use them.  On this PC I will be disabling the Start Menu and using Windows 8 in what I shall call ‘traditional’ mode.

On my tablet however its a no brainer that I leave the Metro interface turned on as, frankly, I’d be a bit of a dummy not to.  Because my laptop has a multi-touch screen I’ll leave it turned on here too, I also need to get to grips with it properly for my job, but I’m reserving judgement about whether I’ll leave it there permanently.

You may have experienced a similar issue in that on large screens Metro can look too big and intrusive, and without touch it’s difficult to control things as simple as switching your PC off.

What type of user are you?

Then there’s the question of what type of user you are.  Here I can thoroughly recommend that if you use your PC for light web browsing and social networking you should give Metro a go.  This goes double if you have a small laptop or netbook as you’ll probably love it.

If on the other hand you’re a power user or a business user who spends most of their time in software such as Microsoft Office, Photoshop or Visual Studio then perhaps switching the Start Menu back on is the right thing to do.

I completely understand why people are saying, don’t switch Metro off, you need to give it a chance.  The interface change is bold and brash and can look intimidating.  It does have its merits though, especially for non-technical people for whom the new interface, especially with the new simplified Control Panel, will be a blessing.

I also understand though why people might make their mind up quickly that Metro isn’t for them, and it’s easy to see why they might come to this conclusion.

In the end it’s a personal choice.  My advice would be to turn it off on your desktop if you want to, but try and live with it on your laptop where it might be more at home.  Changes will inevitably come and Microsoft may make this type of switch an option (especially for business users), but for now don’t just say no, say maybe.

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The Linux Microsoft Desktop Rivalry is Over…Microsoft Winshttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/08/15/linuxmicrosoft-desktop-rivalry-overmicrosoft-wins/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/08/15/linuxmicrosoft-desktop-rivalry-overmicrosoft-wins/#comments Mon, 15 Aug 2011 23:08:59 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=20102 Microsoft has claimed to be king of the hill for a while now, i.e., the desktop hill. It was, however, always looking over it’s shoulder to see who might be sneaking up behind them and gain market traction. That one product was Linux. But Microsoft, at least in reporting to the SEC made it clear that Linux is not one of their rivals. No that belongs to Apple and Google. The Linux Microsoft Desktop Rivalry is over; at lest that is how Microsoft sees it.

The SEC Report

Microsoft sends an annual update to the SEC over its stock and investment information. Recently the lawyers over at Microsoft made some interesting claims about who they think their competitors are. (Notice that the items underlined in the report represent the 2011 version while the items crossed out represent the 2010 version of the report.)

The upshot? Linux is so last year. But Apple and Google are so this year. Also, Microsoft is aware that the end of the PC is in the winds.  Instead, mobile devices may be the newest sleep walker that can rouse up the market and change the consumer profile of usage. And another thing, is Microsoft making a conscious move to enter the hardware market? If not, think again. Look what Google announced today, that it had acquired Motorola. If that isn’t sheep dog rounding up the sheep I don’t know what is.

Microsoft has tentatively been involved with hardware through the Mouse and the Keyboard. Small items for sure, but with their advances into the tablet area with some Nokia patents under its belt they could be pursuing a new strategy to keep Apple and Google from running away with the hardware-software market all on their own.

Microsoft May be on the verge of a new direction, similar to the one they took in 1990, when Bill Gates decided that they needed to become an Internet company besides a software company. With the Linux threat behind them, they may be ready to compete directly with Apple and Google in the same arena.

Source: Microsoft SEC Report, ZDnet

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Why Apple Should Fear Steve Ballmerhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/08/06/apple-fear-steve-ballmer/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/08/06/apple-fear-steve-ballmer/#comments Sat, 06 Aug 2011 19:14:11 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=19997 Steve Ballmer has been at the head of Microsoft for over 10 years. During that time, Microsoft has grown a lot and added three new operating systems. Still it pales in comparison to the success of Apple, with Steve Jobs at the helm. But that could change soon.

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, I’m sad to say is sick, not well. Hopefully his cancer can be eliminated, but that is an iffy statement. What will happen to Apple if Jobs passes away? That is a big question. But the answer is that for the short term, probably nothing. There are many projects under construction and Steve Jobs doesn’t manage them on a day to day basis anyway.

However, Steve Jobs has been the most innovative person in the computer world now for over 20 years. There is only one other person that has had as much influence on technology as Jobs, and that was Thomas Edison. Jobs not only helped create the PC industry, he helped turn around the Telephone Industry, the Internet Industry, the Graphics industry, the Music industry, and the video industry. His impact has been universal. And the truth of the matter is, Apple needs Steve Jobs, but Steve Jobs doesn’t need Apple. He’s just there, but he could be anywhere. And that is where Steve Ballmer comes in.

Steve Ballmer

Running one of the largest (monopoly’s) companies in the world is not easy. But Ballmer with the focus on business enterprise, not the consumer enterprise,  runs a very different ship. His company has mastered many versions of software and continues to fine tune the biggest one, the operating system. In the case of Microsoft, the Ballmer-Microsoft relationship is one-to-one. Microsoft needs Ballmer and Ballmer needs Microsoft. Which is why Apple should be worried.

With Jobs’ time at Apple limited, Apple could be the subject to a buyout or takeover. Maybe not right away. But right now the only company in the horizon that could do that would be Microsoft.

Does Apple have a focus? Oddly enough one can make a claim that it does not. Sure the iPad, iPhone, and other products are successful; but Apple has been on a streak of winning the lotto with these products. Steve Jobs picks the numbers and he’s won more often than lost. But will his replacement be able to do that? I don’t know.  Will Apple be able to produce more winning technologies going through the rest of this decade? I don’t know that either. But Microsoft will continue with it’s focus, which is to build up its domination of the Computer Tech world, and this would include getting Apple under its fold. This is why Apple should fear Steve Ballmer.

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Windows Server 8 Sneak Previewhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/07/27/windows-server-8-sneak-preview/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/07/27/windows-server-8-sneak-preview/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2011 20:53:03 +0000 http://www.windows8news.com/?p=950 We have not really heard a lot about Microsoft’s upcoming server operating system Windows Server 8. Information are hard to come by at this point in time. Microsoft recently published a sneak peak video on their website that gives businesses, system administrators and tech savvy users a sneak peak of things to come.

The presentation “Realizing Your Opportunity in the Cloud” by Robert Wahbe, Corporate Vice President Microsoft Corporation, is not completely about Microsoft’s new server operating system. In fact, the reference to the system may have been overlooked by many viewers of the video, as it appears after the 36-minute mark in the video. Before that, it is more about cloud based computing and Microsoft.

sneak peak windows 8

The next version of Hyper-V is revealed at the 36 minute mark.

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At 36:50 of this online video we demonstrate how Windows Server 8 virtual machines will help you build private clouds of greater scale by supporting (at least…) 16 virtual processors fully loaded with business critical workloads like SQL Server. Then we show you how you can deliver improved fault tolerance and flexibility, without the added tax or complexity of additional hardware, tools and software licenses, by using the new built-in Hyper-V Replica feature. All it takes is a few clicks, a network connection and Windows Server 8.

You can watch the full Windows Server 8 sneak peak video at the Digital WPC website. Please note that your browser needs to have the Microsoft Silverlight plugin installed to play the video.

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Capgemini and Microsoft Partnership and the Azure Cloud Platformhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/07/25/capgemini-microsoft-partnership-azure-cloud-platform/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/07/25/capgemini-microsoft-partnership-azure-cloud-platform/#comments Mon, 25 Jul 2011 20:54:00 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=19752 The Capgemini Group, an international consulting company, and Microsoft announced a plan to tie the expertise of the group to Microsoft’s Azure Cloud Platform.

The Capgemini Group will bring third party expertise to make the Azure cloud platform more viable and allow enterprises to resolve any issues about how well the Cloud service will be. Because the Azure Cloud system is still in its infancy, there is still a need to demonstrate that the platform will deliver cost-effective development and deployment options in order to increase production and speed products or services to market.


22 Country Focus

The plan that both companies have agreed to will offer Windows Azure solutions across 22 countries focusing first on the U.K., the Netherlands, North America, France, Belgium and Brazil. Then the focus will be on targeted market offers across specific sectors including financial services, the public sector, and energy and utilities.

Training

The partnership, at the inception, will do various things like:

It will start by training over 1,500 architects and developers globally on the Windows Azure platform.

Then they will develop a dedicated offshore center of expertise through building up the Windows Azure Center of Excellence in Mumbai, India.

Institute and migrate selected solutions to the Windows Azure platform.

Finally, drive ecosystems of third-party suppliers of Windows Azure-based solutions in targeted sectors.

What is so good about the Cloud?

Companies are always pressed to get the latest hardware or software. But economic realities tend to damper those upgrades or new acquisitions. With the Azure Cloud service, the Data Center on the Internet will have the latest technology. Enterprises will only have to sign on to receive the latest technology.

Various issues like supporting legacy operations, data backup, or receiving the most current format for an application can be introduced seamlessly.

Source: Microsoft News Center

Capgemini, Consulting. Technology. Outsourcing

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Microsoft … Two Different Financial Pictureshttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/07/21/microsoft-two-financial-pictures/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/07/21/microsoft-two-financial-pictures/#comments Fri, 22 Jul 2011 02:48:27 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=19732 Microsoft showed  Two Different Financial Pictures in the news today. One was that it’s revenue for the 4th quarter exceeded Wall street’s expectations. The second is that for the 3rd year in a row, the online product system lost money.

4th Quarter Earnings

The company reported fourth quarter earnings of $5.87 billion, or 69 cents a share, on revenue of $17.37 billion, up 8 percent from a year ago. For comparison, this beat Wall Street’s expectations. Wall Street was looking for earnings of 58 cents a share on revenue of $17.23 billion. Now for the annual figures for 2011, Microsoft reported earnings of $23.15 billion, or $2.69 a share, on revenue of $69.94 billion, up 12 percent from a year ago.

Microsoft’s quarter was notable for three different reasons. Each identifying a cash cow in the works. First, the server and tools division’s fourth quarter revenue came close to matching the Windows unit due to better growth.

The Windows unit continues to have impressive growth, the software is a success for a lot of  reasons, most importantly because businesses are accepting the OS and are moving towards it. Microsoft’s business division, with Office at the forefront, delivered revenue of $5.77 billion with an operating profit of $3.68 billion. This seems to indicate that Microsoft is being carried by enterprise spending and appears to have three cash cows. The last one, servers and tools, is still developing, but it could be making it own impact in the near future.

Downside

At the other end of the spectrum is the online unit. And the numbers are not pretty

The fiscal 2011 loss: $2.56 billion. In fact they are a bit worse than the $2.33 billion dropped in 2010. So for the second year in a row, Microsoft’s online operating losses were larger than the annual revenue brought in from Bing and the assorted online tableau. Microsoft’s online unit brought in $2.53 billion in revenue for fiscal 2011 and $2.2 billion in fiscal 2010.  In fact, the online division has lost $8.56 billion in over 9 years. That kind of loss would be unsustainable for any other company. It can be said that Microsoft is in it for the long haul by keeping the online unit in play. Or it could be Kin.

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Windows 7′s Market Share Doubles In One Year’s Timehttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/07/04/windows-7s-market-share-doubles-years-time/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/07/04/windows-7s-market-share-doubles-years-time/#comments Mon, 04 Jul 2011 10:56:12 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=19262 Windows 7′s drive to dethrone Windows XP as the world’s most used operating system continues. Microsoft’s latest operating system, out for 21 months recently broke the 25% mark according to Net Market Share. The company recorded a market share of 27.13% at the end of June 2011 which is roughly twice the market share that it had a year ago.

When you look at the performance of Windows 7 you will notice that the market share of the operating system rises about one percent per month while Windows XP drops a little less than that per month. If the trend continues, and everything that we have seen and heard suggests that, we might see Windows 7 at the top in 12 months time.

Windows XP is closing in on the 50% market share mark and will drop below that mark in the coming months. A significant drop like last month’s, where XP lost 1.28% market share would be enough to drop below that mark.

operating system market share

The release of Windows 8 in the next year could further speed up the decline of Windows XP. On the other hand it is relatively safe to say that Windows 7 sales will drop considerably when Microsoft releases Windows 8 to the public.

Still, a release of Windows 8 is likely not going to happen in the next twelve months, which should give Windows 7 enough time to become the most used operating system in the world.

The numbers have to be taken with a grain of salt considering that the numbers cannot be completely accurate. A simple look at another company’s market share statistics reveals why. The OS Statistics at W3cSchools see Windows 7 at a market share of more than 35% in May 2011, and XP at 40%. That’s a big difference t the 27% and 51% of Net Market Share.

It is usually better to look at the trend and not at absolute figures. The trend is very similar on sites that monitor operating system market shares. Windows 7 is going up, XP and Vista are going down.

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Microsoft and HP Team UP for Applianceshttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/01/19/microsoft-hp-team-appliances/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/01/19/microsoft-hp-team-appliances/#comments Wed, 19 Jan 2011 16:14:41 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=10568 A Frontline PartnerShip was formed last year between HP and Microsoft to deliver hardware that is configured with Microsoft Software. At this point, there are four pieces of HP-made hardware that will ship with software, services, and support from both companies.

The business idea behind this is to reduce the amount of time it takes to deploy new appliances. The bundling together of pre-configured hardware and software eliminates the big or little elements that could be time consuming. The hardware covers both small-medium businesses (SMBs) as well as enterprise-size companies.

The four configurations they are launching are: the HP Business Decision Appliance, the HP Enterprise Data Warehouse Appliance, the HP E5000 Messaging System, and the HP Business Data Warehouse Appliance. The first two are deployable now. Actually, the HP Enterprise Data Warehouse Appliance entered the market in November 2010. But it is now a part of the partnership package.
Along with the released four appliances, there will be a fifth one to launch later this year that takes care of database consolidation. Behind the appliance is the view that it can consolidates hundreds of databases into a single, virtual environment. Another development in this will be the reference architecture for the appliance, which is optimized for SQL Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft’s Hyper-V Cloud. It will is intended to satisfy those system builders who are interested in making their own hardware and software combinations.

In the area of cost, the HP Business Decision Appliance comes in at near $28,000, with separate licenses needed for both Microsoft’s SQL Server 2008 R2 and SharePoint 2010.

The HP E5000 Messaging System begins at $36,000, containing a separate license to Exchange Server 2010.

Finally, The HP Enterprise Data Warehouse Appliance comes in at around $2 million; it also has a separate license for the Parallel Data Warehouse version of SQL Server 2008 R2.

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Dell Kace Helping To Speed Up Windows 7 Migrationhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/12/09/dell-kace-helping-speed-windows-7-migration/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/12/09/dell-kace-helping-speed-windows-7-migration/#comments Thu, 09 Dec 2010 22:22:32 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=10325 Back in February, Dell acquired Kace who currently have 2,300 customers and more than 1.2 million machines under management. They specialise in helping medium size businesses to migrate to new OS’s and software updates. On friday Dell Kace is set to release it’s latest version of Kace K2000 Deployment Alliance, its Windows 7 deployment and Windows XP migration product.

This latest update makes the whole migration process for medium size businesses to Windows 7 much easier. The latest version of Kace will feature policy-based migration, offline migration, and continuous driver feed updates.

K2000 addresses many of the pains associated with migrating to Windows 7. It’s designed to determine the hardware and driver compatibility and backs up and transfers the end-user data. For IT managers, it’s integrated with Kace K1000 management appliance which was enhanced in May and is due an update soon.

And the price tag for this migration service? It starts at $4,500 for the first 100 nodes, or $39,000 per appliance, so it’s by no means cheap.

According to a new survey Dell carried out, 71 percent of IT professionals said they were planning on migrating their organisation to Windows 7 by 2011, and 38 percent of them have already started. Of course by simplifying this process, Dell are hoping this will speed up the process and draw more interest.

Microsoft is seeing the fastest adoption of any OS in their history. It’s already managed to achieve over 25 percent of the market just over a year after its launch, and it’s not showing any signs of slowing down. In comparison, Vista barely got above 20 percent of the market since its release.

So more and more companies and businesses are providing solutions for people to migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7. It appears to be working and with the deadline of 2014 looming for the end of Windows XP support, companies are eager to begin the usual 12-18 month process of migrating.

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From Windows8News : Is it time for Microsoft to Split Windows in Two again?http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/12/05/windows8newscom-time-microsoft-split-windows/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/12/05/windows8newscom-time-microsoft-split-windows/#comments Sun, 05 Dec 2010 14:25:07 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=10297 Before Microsoft moved to the Windows Server / Windows XP platform there were two distinct Windows platforms that, while they shared the same code-base had separate development teams and separate aims.

For ten years now we’ve had a single platform and a single code base and the result has been impressive with the complaints about the Windows platform being buggy and insecure now gone and complaints instead aimed at third-party companies such as Adobe.

I’m wondering though if it isn’t time for Microsoft to skim a consumer focus for Windows 8 and future Windows development.  Let me explain why.

Read the full article at Windows8News.

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Windows XP Beats Windows 7 By A Mile In Enterprisehttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/11/07/windows-xp-beats-windows-7-mile-enterprise/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/11/07/windows-xp-beats-windows-7-mile-enterprise/#comments Sun, 07 Nov 2010 22:51:29 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=10132 Windows 7 has been a roaring success for Microsoft, and they’ve had no problem telling us that. One year on and they’ve managed to sell an incredible 240 million licences. It’s all well and good in the consumer market and overall Windows 7 is doing well, already holding more than 20 percent of the market and it over took Windows Vista quite some time ago.

But it’s the enterprise sector which is making up a very big chunk of 53 percent of the market still holding onto Windows XP. According to a report from Forrester, Windows XP still rules in the world of business, beating Windows 7 by a margin of 7.5 to 1.

According to the report, Windows 7 powers one out of every 10 PCs in North American and European companies, but Windows XP powers 7.5 out of 10, or 75 percent of computers.

Obviously Windows XP is going to have a capacious headstart over Windows 7, it’s been around since 2001, which is nearly 10 years at this stage. Up until this time last year, pretty much every enterprise computer came with Windows 7 installed, many of them choose to opt for Windows XP over Windows Vista.

At the moment it seems that IT managers are still a little bit shy of making the switch to Windows 7. They currently only deploy it on 31 percent of their new PC’s. However, according to the report this figure will change to 83 percent within the next twelve months.

Windows 7 is rapidly gaining on Windows XP which has lost 25 percent of it’s market since Windows 7 was released, it’s only a matter of time before Windows 7 is the market leader.

Source:

Pcworld

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Half Of IT Pros Still Plan On Using XP After Support Endshttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/11/01/pros-plan-xp-support-ends/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/11/01/pros-plan-xp-support-ends/#comments Mon, 01 Nov 2010 22:57:35 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=10091 Microsoft have started ending support for Windows XP in the last couple of months in the hope that it will push more people up to Windows 7, their latest operating system. However they wont be to pleased to hear about this latest survey.

All support for Windows XP ends in 2014, which means Microsoft will no longer issue updates and security patches for it, leaving it vulnerable to any new security threats that appear.

The survey carried out by Dimension Consulting on behalf of Dell was published in October. It quoted 48 percent of respondents were going to continue using Windows XP, even when all support for it ended. Another 47 percent said they would upgrade when the support for Windows XP discontinued.

I’m sure Microsoft were hoping for a lot more people to upgrade to Windows 7 once support ended. April 8th 2014 is set to be the date that all support for Windows XP will be ceased.

Five percent of those who responded said that they would continue to use Windows XP by availing of separate third party support. However, what the survey did show us is that most of the respondents planned to skip Windows Vista all together and jump straight to Windows 7, which is probably something Microsoft are relieved to hear.

The survey also included information about Office 2007 and 2010. 78 percent of them said they had concerns about Office 2010, especially its ribbon interface and only 33 percent of respondents said they would skip Office 2007 and migrate from Office 2003 to Office 2010.

Microsoft will certainly be looking into this more to see why IT Professionals are so reluctant to let go of Windows XP, personally I can’t see why you would want to hold onto such an old platform for so long.

Source:

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Some Results on Windows 7 Migrationshttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/10/27/results-windows-7-migrations/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/10/27/results-windows-7-migrations/#comments Wed, 27 Oct 2010 20:12:03 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=10063 If a company is expecting to Migrate to Windows7, then half of the IT staff will be consumed with the operation.

That’s the bad news. The silver lining is that despite that issue, IT departments see Windows 7 migration as important, regardless of the resources needed. Symantic interviewed 1,360 IT managers for research.

Apparently, 23 percent of the firms were migrating to Windows 7 from Windows Vista, just three years after that product’s launch. IT managers see migrations as an opportunity to replace Windows XP.

In the typical Windows 7 planning and migration process, departments involved half of all IT staff.  A different study showed that firms spend 12 to 18 months on the planning process alone. The Windows 7 migration took longer than expected; one problem was application incompatibility and cited by 52 percent of the firms; this problem was one of the biggest cause of delays.

However, many managers were positive  about the overall benefits of the Windows 7 migration. For example, when asked about the biggest improvement factor that the IT support staff saw, they reported that it was performance.

After performance then came end user experience and security issues. Reliability of the OS was important, followed by ease of use, and end-point management.

Other Findings

10 Hours: IT teams spent an average of 10 hours preparing for the upgrade. This was training, planning, and running pilot tests.

5 Hours: The migration process took five hours for each machine.

Automating the Process: The study noted that if an organization had more than 10 PC’s one should consider automation.

Standardization: Giving the system a face-lift was another benefit. Organizations   saw an opportunity to implement standardization, use a virtual desktop interface, and present new and additional security measures

Overall Result

78 percent of IT teams said that it was a smooth migration, and 63 percent said it was easier than their last one. Finally,  62 percent of organizations who set an ROI (return on investment) goals, 90 percent were achieved.

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New Desktop Virtualization Tool Eases Transition To Windows 7http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/10/14/desktop-virtualization-tool-eases-transition-windows-7/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/10/14/desktop-virtualization-tool-eases-transition-windows-7/#comments Thu, 14 Oct 2010 22:09:26 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=9907 Windows 7 has been a major success for Microsoft, mainly in the home and consumer market, but it’s also doing much better in the business sector than its predecessor Windows Vista. However, there are still many organizations to make the switch from Windows XP due to their reliance on old legacy applications that just aren’t compatible on the newer Windows 7 operating system.

Microsoft has a new tool, MED-V which it hopes will help IT admins to make the transition to Windows 7.

MED-V is short for Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization. MED-V, along with APP-V (Application Virtualization), makes up the virtualization framework of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP). This week, Microsoft announced the availability of the public beta for MED-V 2.0.

It all sounds fairly complicated but desktop virtualization is the key to crossing the gap between the legacy OS and the new Windows 7 platform. It’s the easiest and most straightforward solution to this problem that’s prevalent with every new operating system. It allows you to migrate to Windows 7, and take advantage of all its features and benefits, while at the same time you can still run your older programs on it in a virtualized environment.

MED-V2.0 allows USB devices and Smartcards to be shared between host and virtual environments with little or no effort. Access to My Documents is redirected from within the virtual desktop so applications behave exactly as they do in the host system. It’s well implemented and you wouldn’t even think your effectively running two operating systems at once.

For IT admins, MED-V provides all the tools needed to deploy, provision, control, and monitor virtual desktops throughout the company. Usage permissions and Virtual PC settings can also be configured centrally, and tools are provided to facilitate troubleshooting and diagnosis of virtual PCs.

Here’s Microsofts word on it

If you have legacy Windows XP or Internet Explorer 6/7 applications that are slowing down your Windows 7 deployment plans, don’t let them stand in your way. The MED-V team has worked hard to ensure MED-V 2.0 is easy for IT professionals to deploy and manage and seamless for end-users to use.

So IT admins who have yet to upgrade to Windows 7, this could be the tool you’re looking for

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50% Of Businesses Planning To Upgrade To Windows 7 Soonhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/10/12/50-businesses-planning-upgrade-windows-7/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/10/12/50-businesses-planning-upgrade-windows-7/#comments Tue, 12 Oct 2010 21:40:38 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=9894 Windows 7 has proved hugely popular among the consumer and has already surpassed Windows Vista in terms of market share. Microsoft have their eyes firmly set on overtaking Windows XP at this stage but there’s still a long way to go before that happens.

However, this latest report will be well received by the guys in Redmond. According to the report, the next twelve months are vital for Microsoft. It’s over these next twelve months that we will see if Windows 7 really has hit it off with corporations and businesses still running Windows XP and Windows Vista.

The report from Network world was carried out in September and 115 different IT clients were polled by independent analyst firm “Directions”

It found that 11% of Microsoft customers have already made the upgrade from either Windows XP or Windows Vista to Windows 7. The interesting facts are when the IT “Decision Makers” were asked if they planned on upgrading to Windows 7 over the coming 12 months. 50% of them said they expect to see an upgrade to Microsoft’s latest OS over the next 12 months.

An additional 27% said they expect to make the shift to the newest operating system over the next 2 years or so.

So why are so many businesses keen to jump on the bandwagon and upgrade to Windows 7 as soon as they can?

Well it’s quite simple really, Windows XP is old, it’s being phased out of support and as a result it’s not as secure anymore. Also Microsoft is pushing users even more away from it by releasing Internet Explorer 9, which will only work on Windows Vista and Windows 7.

But will they upgrade their existing hardware or just buy new machines? 38% of those surveyed said they’d simply buy new hardware with Windows 7 pre-installed and save all the hassle of trying to upgrade all their machines.

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Acer To Ship Dual Core Netbooks With Windows 7, Android Dual-OShttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/10/08/acer-ship-dual-core-netbooks-windows-7-android-dualos/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/10/08/acer-ship-dual-core-netbooks-windows-7-android-dualos/#comments Fri, 08 Oct 2010 10:21:45 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=9857 According to Digitimes, Acer just announced plans on its netbook launch press conference to ship all future dual-core netbooks with a dual operating system. The two operating systems that will be installed by default on all future Acer dual-core netbooks are Windows 7 and Android.

This may sound like an unlikely match on first glance, and the main question is why; Why would Acer want to offer two operating systems on all dual-core netbooks?

It is not the first time that Acer has produced a dual-OS netbook, an example would be the Acer AOD250-1613 which shipped with Android and Windows XP. Adding Android to Windows 7 netbooks does not add much to the production costs, considering that Android is available without licensing fees. The added value for the customer may be one of the reasons behind the move, even though it is not clear how customers will perceive the added operating system. In theory, it is a good move for customers who now have the choice between a regular Windows 7 operating system for work and other activities that require Windows, and Android for a quick booting but simple alternative.

In short, Acer adds value to their dual-core netbooks by adding Android to the mix. It is however not entirely clear why the company decided to tie the dual-os to dual-core netbooks, as single-core netbooks are capable to run this configuration as well.

What’s your opinion on this? Good move or something that will fire backwards since the majority of customers will not make use of the second OS?

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More Companies move the the “Cloud”http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/10/07/companies-move-cloud/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/10/07/companies-move-cloud/#comments Thu, 07 Oct 2010 14:18:28 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=9836 Microsoft announced that new business customers are moving to the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Standard Suite (BPOS), “the cloud”, to enhance collaboration, improve productivity and lower costs. BPOS, which is available in 40 countries and regions, includes Microsoft Office Live Meeting, Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft Lync Online, and Microsoft Office SharePoint Online. This product is useful to businesses since it can tighten security, ensure optimum employee productivity, and stay current with the latest productivity innovations more easily.

The new customers are DuPont, Spotless Group Ltd. and Sunoco Inc. They are part of the growing roster of BPOS customers that includes Coca-Cola Enterprises, Doosan Corp., GlaxoSmithKline plc, McDonald’s, Rexel and Starbucks Corp. There are other small and midsize businesses. Governments also continue to move to the cloud including the State of Minnesota, which announced plans to deploy BPOS for 33,000 state employees, making it the first U.S. state to move its e-mail and collaboration to the cloud.

Why are companies moving to the cloud?

Answer: to allow more collaboration to take place. For instance, at Du-pont with more than 50,000 employees, they dropped Lotus Notes in order to make collaboration easier since they are a global company with resources and branch offices located around the world. Lotus Notes could not meet their collaboration needs.

Greater Scalability and a Familiar Interface

Sunoco is a leading manufacturer petroleum products migrated to the “cloud” to improve the way it delivers IT operations across the organization. It also allows it to have more flexibility to ramp up or scale back operations, as needed.

Reduced Costs

Spotless Group, located in Australia, provides contract management and retail supply chain solutions. It moved to BPOS to provide support its global work force. But this allowed them to lower the total cost of their IT system. With close to 37,000 employees plus 4,500 contractors spread across multiple countries, it was a challenge for employees in remote areas to access the corporate network and for the home office to distribute information globally through e-mail or the company intranet. However, with the migration, corporate access will be easier and the notification of changes will be immediately known and available.

Source: Microsoft

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Microsoft Sues Motorola for Patent Infringementhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/10/02/microsoft-sues-motorola-patent-infringement/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/10/02/microsoft-sues-motorola-patent-infringement/#comments Sat, 02 Oct 2010 04:43:31 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=9793

Well, if you can’t beat em, sue em. Microsoft has decided to sue Motorola for patent infringement related to Motorola’s Android smartphones. Microsoft is pursuing a two prong strategy so they filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Washington and also filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission. The patents at issue relate to the functionality embodied in Motorola’s Android Smartphone devices that are essential to the Smartphone.

Mobile Laws Suits

The application operations include synchronizing email, and calendars and contacts,  plus scheduling meetings, and also notifying applications  regarding changes in signal strength and battery power.

Suing for the Gold

Apple goes after HTC. Microsoft goes after Morotorla. But in both cases the problem is not HTC or Motorola. Both Apple and Microsoft see Google as the real threat. Then Oracle sues Google for Java infringement.

Just imagine how they feel. Apple and Microsoft were present at the creation. But a startup that collates information, not even theirs, turns their world upside down. Apple is innovative. Google is innovative. Microsoft is big. Google is big. And the world keeps turning around questions and answers. Everybody has questions, but Google has answers.

Motorola

Why all of this activity? Because Google is to IT what Julius Ceasar was to empire building. Overwhelming.

Last month, ComScore said that Android was the only Smartphone platform to see a market share gain in July; it was a five percent jump from April. So while Rim, Apple and Google fight for market share, its clear that the momentum is with Android right now…that means Google.

How these suits play out will take so waiting. It is true that the technology has be “borrowed” from one company to another. It is hard to see anyone stopping this. Apparently those in the know, understand the communications and radio and wireless theory fairly well and its limitations. Engineers don’t need to reverse engineer someone else’s product, they will duplicated it because they know how to engineer a product.

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Dell to Stop Offering Windows XP Downgradeshttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/09/07/dell-stop-offering-windows-xp-downgrades/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/09/07/dell-stop-offering-windows-xp-downgrades/#comments Wed, 08 Sep 2010 01:19:48 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=9582 Dell announced today via a blog post that it would be phasing out Windows XP on its new computers this month, ahead of Microsoft’s October 22 deadline. The company suggested that customers still needing to run Windows XP applications do so using Windows 7′s XP Mode feature.

Microsoft reminded customers in June that Windows XP would not be offered as a preinstalled OS after October 22, though customers still have the right to manually downgrade to Windows XP throughout the new OS’s lifecycle. This loophole primarily benefits businesses without Microsoft volume licenses who are still unready to leave Windows XP.

Of course, these downgrade rights are only useful if the new machines are properly supported with drivers – many consumer laptops have gone without official XP drivers since Windows Vista’s release in 2006. Dell assured customers that it would continue to offer driver support for XP through 2012. From the blog post:

Per Microsoft guidelines regarding Windows XP, system vendors like Dell will no longer be able to ship systems with XP Professional and XP Home after October 22, 2010. This means that we will stop offering XP as an option for customers starting this month in preparation for next month’s deadline. One other important thing to note is that Dell plans to continue Windows XP driver support until December 2012.

After the October 22 date, qualified customers will still be able to get systems with Windows XP … through Dell’s Custom Factory Integration service. Otherwise, customers who order new machines with Windows 7 Professional or higher can run XP applications in Windows XP Mode.

This move probably makes the most sense for Dell from a business perspective – Windows XP support is beginning to dry up rapidly. Microsoft’s Windows Live Essentials Wave 4 applications will be available for Windows Vista and Windows 7 only, as will the upcoming Internet Explorer 9. Most third-party software vendors are predicted to drop support for Windows XP well before 2014, when Microsoft plans to stop releasing security updates for the OS.

What do you think of Dell’s decision? Are you sad to see XP go, or is it good riddance for the aging OS? Let us know in the comments!

Sources: Dell

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Demand For Windows 7 Experts On The Risehttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/08/27/demand-windows-7-experts-rise/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/08/27/demand-windows-7-experts-rise/#comments Fri, 27 Aug 2010 13:31:07 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=9511 I’m sure many of you have suddenly woken up after you’ve read that headline, “Windows 7 Experts?! Why that could be me!” and yes it’s true, I’m sure several of our readers could be classed as Windows 7 experts by this stage. And if you’re looking for new employment in this field, then you’ve never had a better chance.

A report from Gartner is warning that businesses upgrading to Windows 7 from Windows XP and 2000, should be prepared to face an increase in IT expenses over the next couple of years.

Microsoft’s support for Windows XP and 2000 is set to end in just 4 years and as a result, many companies wont have a chance to upgrade their OS by their preferred method of a hardware refresh.

“With most migrations not starting until the fourth quarter of 2010, at the earliest, and PC hardware replacement cycles typically running at four to five years, most organisations will not be able to migrate to Windows 7 through usual planned hardware refresh before support for Windows XP ends,” warned Charles Smulders, managing vice president at Gartner.

This means that companies will be looking to upgrade their existing hardware to Windows 7 instead of just buying new machines all together. Of course this comes with its own difficulties as upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 isn’t the easiest process under the sun.

So businesses will be looking to hire experts in Windows 7 migration to help them make the transfer to the OS, and as the deadline looms for the end of XP, the demand will only increase as more and more corporations rush to make the change. The pressure will be at it’s most between 2011 and 2012 and the demand for highly qualified migration IT personnel will exceed supply, leading to higher rates. If you’re an IT Migration guru, then it’s happy days for you, but if your a business owner, you will be looking at increased costs to help make the jump to Windows 7.

Gartner also estimates that organisations worldwide will migrate some 250 million PCs to Windows 7 by 2015, so there advising all businesses to get onto it as soon as they can.

And there you have it, if you’ve been following this site for a while now, you could be one of those Windows 7 gurus that will be in high demand over the next couple of years!

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Microsoft Reveals Windows 8 Embedded In Job Openinghttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/08/23/microsoft-reveals-windows-8-embedded-job-opening/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/08/23/microsoft-reveals-windows-8-embedded-job-opening/#comments Mon, 23 Aug 2010 11:33:44 +0000 http://windows8news.com/?p=262 Microsoft continues its policy to reveal as little information as possible about upcoming software releases. This change became apparent during the development of Windows 7, and has continued ever since. The lack of information however is a breeding ground for rumors and speculations, which may influence the perception of the public.

First hand sources about Windows 8 are very rare, and those that are available are often not directly related to the development of the operating system. The latest tidbit of information came for a  recent job opening posted on the Microsoft Career website. Microsoft is looking for a software engineer for the Windows Embedded team:

The Windows Embedded for Vertical Industries team is looking for an experienced and strong SDET. Our team delivers Windows Embedded toolkit and Windows Embedded Ready solutions for several key device categories like Point of Service, Thin clients, Set top box/Connected TV, Digital signage, Multi-function printers, Industrial automation, etc…

Windows Embedded 7 is a spin-off of the Windows 7 operating system that is optimized for embedded systems.

Our current product, Windows Embedded 7, is the next version of the Windows Embedded tool kit that uses the same binaries and technology as the regular Windows 7 product, but with the potential for much smaller footprint and more robust OS. The idea is to remove any and all unnecessary features so that the device works in custom and usually down sized environments

The last paragraph of the job opening mentions the next iteration of Windows Embedded, called Windows 8 Embedded.

As an SDET on our team, you will be an expert in providing feedback on product design and user scenarios, ensuring testability of our product, developing test suites, and contributing to our automated testing infrastructure. Additional responsibilities include mentoring other SDETs in testing methodologies. A passion for Engineering Excellence will also be essential as it will be crucial to enabling our Product Unit to rapidly innovate in the Mobile space. This team offers an opportunity to development significant knowledge about many features in Windows, gain significant customer exposure through a combination of blogs, DLs, and customer events, develop an early view on future expansion to other areas including thin clients, POS, multi-function printers, and Win 8 Embedded and last but not the least, an opportunity to work with a product and organization that is very successful in the financial and business sense.

This means, Microsoft is not only working on Windows 8 Client and Windows 8 Server, but also Windows 8 Embedded, which is likely to be released some time after the two other products have been released, as was the case with Windows 7 Embedded.

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Daniusoft Video Converter Ultimate In-Depth Reviewhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/07/25/daniusoft-video-converter-ultimate-review/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/07/25/daniusoft-video-converter-ultimate-review/#comments Sun, 25 Jul 2010 07:25:50 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=9214 Have you ever wanted to rip a DVD movie but eventually got tied up in knots when trying to choose a suitable video codec or understand what “VBV buffer rate” even meant? What about that day you were anxious to watch a video on your brand new iPhone, only just to find out that it doesn’t work because it’s of the wrong format?! You might have faced other hurdles when downloading YouTube videos, removing a file’s DRM protection or burning a video to a DVD.

Yes, you can install a program for each of these tasks and get the job done. Nonetheless, you can take a wiser decision and dodge a lot of pain and frustration by just buying one program that can do it all. This application would be Daniusoft Video Converter Ultimate, which has the following capabilities:

Daniusoft Video Converter Ultimate’s key features are: video converter, DVD ripper, DRM removal, DVD burner, device transfer and YouTube downloader.

User Interface & Usability

The program has a simple user interface without any settings buried deep inside it or difficult to access. You can add video and audio files to a list and specify each item’s output format and quality, all from within the main window. Trimming, editing and transferring files to a device can all be done via the buttons at the top. Once you’ve set your list and are satisfied with the settings, click on the “Start” button to start conversion or the “Burn DVD” if you want to make a DVD. Unlike some other media converters, Daniusoft Video Converter Ultimate’s design integrates all features with one another and keeps everything in one place, making it very efficient to use.

I’ve found it easy to learn and became familiar with its interface quickly. In fact, after quickly skimming through the guide that appeared after installation, I was able to jump right into using it. There are, however, some features which I think are important that the program lacks. For instance, there is neither an option for minimizing it to the tray nor a “Clear” button to create a new list. Furthermore, while converting files, it only tells us the percentage completed and time remaining. There’s no mention of the time elapsed, conversion speed, etc.. These things aren’t major, though they are expected by users.

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Ballmer To Partners – Microsoft Committed to Tablet PChttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/07/12/ballmer-partners-microsoft-committed-tablet-pc/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/07/12/ballmer-partners-microsoft-committed-tablet-pc/#comments Mon, 12 Jul 2010 20:17:56 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=9098 It didn’t take long for skeptics to come out and wonder what Microsoft would do about the tablet PC.  Considering that they have gone back and forth on new technology, like cancelling the Kin Phone, and also killing their Courier Tablet Project.  So why should you believe Steve Ballmer when he says that Microsoft is “hardcore” about tablets?

Now we don’t know all of the workings of the decision? Was it too costly? Too backwater, without enough innovation? Take it from Steve Jobs who is one to take innovation to the next frontier. He was asked if he listened to customers. He mentioned something about Henry Ford who said something like, “If I listened to my customers, they would want a faster horse.” Hmm. Clearly, there’s listening and then there’s ignoring.

Maybe what Balmer is trying to say is that Microsoft is tired of listening to critics who are calling Microsoft a legacy company. Good tools…but no vision. So when they killed the Courier or the Kin it was because the technologies were legacy when they were released, and so enough already.

Here is what Ballmer said at the Worldwide Partners convention:

“We want to give you a great device, a consumer oriented device, but a device that fits and is manageable with today’s enterprise IT solutions … This is a terribly important area for us. It’s certainly an area where—how do I say it?—we feel all of the energy and vigor and push that we have ever felt to innovate, to drive hard, to compete. ”

That’s pretty good; but considering their track record, just in the last few months, can they be that innovative? They’ve announced some layoffs at Microsoft. Are they going to replace them with a new type of employee? One that not only is technically proficient, but likes Phillip Glass, Picasso, Vector Art, and “I am the Walrus.”

Windows 7 Slates Phones

Source:  TechFlash

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Microsoft Extends Windows XP Downgrade Rightshttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/07/12/microsoft-extends-windows-xp-downgrade-rights/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/07/12/microsoft-extends-windows-xp-downgrade-rights/#comments Mon, 12 Jul 2010 20:09:55 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=9099 Microsoft had originally planned to give only six months for Windows 7 users to downgrade to Windows XP if they purchased a PC with the new OS installed. Then they extended that to 18 months, or to the release of Windows 7 SP1, which ever came first. Now it seems Microsoft are changing their mind again, and have extended the downgrade rights to users throughout the life of Windows 7.

“To support our customers’ ‘unprecedented move’ to migrate their PC environment to Windows 7, we have decided to extend downgrade rights to Windows XP Professional beyond the previously planned end date at Windows 7 SP1,” Microsoft said. “This will help maintain consistency for downgrade rights throughout the Windows 7 life cycle…Going forward, businesses can continue to purchase new PCs and utilize end-user downgrade rights to Windows XP or Windows Vista until they are ready to use Windows 7.”

Volume-licensing customers with contracts covering Windows machines, have always had the option to downgrade to Windows XP if they so wished, but now Microsoft have extended this privilege to all users running their latest OS. Personally I don’t see why you would want to downgrade to Windows XP, whatever about Windows Vista. Windows 7 is the best one out there, why purposely take a step back when everyone else is moving forward?

While the majority of customers are actively transitioning to Windows 7, and PC manufacturers are focused on delivering PCs and devices with Windows 7 preinstalled, our business customers have told us that removing end-user downgrade rights to Windows XP Professional could be confusing, given the rights change would be made for new PCs preinstalled with Windows 7, and managing a hybrid environment with PCs that have different end-user rights based on date of purchase would be challenging to track,”

Microsoft said in a blog post.

At least we know that Microsoft are listening to what businesses and consumers are saying to them, and actually acting on their feedback.

Source:

Cnet

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Windows 7 SP1 Beta Available To Business Testershttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/07/12/windows-7-sp1-beta-business-testers/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/07/12/windows-7-sp1-beta-business-testers/#comments Mon, 12 Jul 2010 19:48:30 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=9097 Microsoft have just ended support for Windows XP SP2 at long last, and now they’ve announced the availability of a the beta release of Windows 7 SP1 for businesses. As we know, the first service pack for Windows 7 probably won’t be released until much later this year, and it doesn’t include any ground breaking new features. It’s mainly composed of some minor tweaks and bug fixes, since there’s not a whole lot wrong with Windows 7 as it stands.

Back in June Microsoft said that they would begin releasing beta releases of it’s first Windows 7 service pack this month, and it appears they’re sticking to their word.

According to Microsoft’s TechNet site targeting IT professionals, “This early release of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta is not available for home users. The SP1 Beta does not provide new end-user features, and installation is not supported by Microsoft.”  This has been the case with most recent service packs, which are mainly just composed of updates that are automatically delivered via the Windows Update center.

The service pack for the Windows 2008 R2 server has a bit more in it than the update for Windows 7. The two new big capabilities Service Pack 1 offers Windows Server both involve virtualization improvements: Dynamic Memory, and RemoteFX. The first allows Hyper-V virtualization servers to “pool available memory on a physical host and then dynamically dole that memory out to virtual machines running on the host, based on current workload needs,” according to the Windows Server 2008 R2 page

RemoteFX allows remote virtual desktops in Windows 7 SP1 to take advantage of 3D graphics such as Windows Aero, Video, Flash along with Silverlight and other 3D applications.

The trial versions of Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 are now available for download for Technet subscribers.

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Windows 7 Saves 43 Hours or $1,400 Per PChttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/07/07/windows-7-saves-43-hours-1400-pc/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/07/07/windows-7-saves-43-hours-1400-pc/#comments Wed, 07 Jul 2010 13:40:19 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=9042 A couple of weeks back I published a story about how Windows 7 helps businesses save money because it’s energy efficient. The report was carried out by Mindteck’s Smart Energy Lab and all things considered the savings seemed plausible. Now we have another report, published in an IDC Whitepaper which was sponsored by Microsoft themselves.

According to the findings in this report, businesses that use Windows 7, can save an average of 43 hours, or $1,400 per PC annually. This is certainly yet another good case for businesses to make the jump to Windows 7. I think we can all agree that it’s faster, smoother and more intelligent than any of its predecessors.

Even better, according to this report anyway, researchers have found that companies who invest and upgrade to Windows 7 will have been paid back just after 7 months, and furthermore, they will receive a return on investment of 375% by the end of the OS’s life cycle.

So you’d think it would be a bit of a no brainer for businesses to upgrade to Windows 7? Well despite all the facts, figures, reports and studys, there is still a lot of companies that refuse to let go of Windows XP.

But how did this report come up with these savings? It’s a combination of factors.

Windows 7 is a quicker OS, it’s more stable and doesn’t freeze up and crash, so as a result employees aren’t left hanging around waiting for their machine to boot up or restart. This means they’re not wasting time and costing the business money.

Another factor is the fact that Windows 7 is quite energy efficient, faster reboots and features like sleep mode really add up to save power consumption, and when you have a lot of computers, it can be quite a saving on your energy bill.

Source:

Tom’s Hardware

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Microsoft By The Numbershttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/06/27/microsoft-by-the-numbers/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/06/27/microsoft-by-the-numbers/#comments Mon, 28 Jun 2010 00:51:47 +0000 http://everything-microsoft.com/?p=8718 Microsoft has sole 150 million Windows 7 licenses in just over 8 months. That is quite a statement. But Microsoft is under attack, mainly for being behind the 8-ball in the area of innovation. Some are even going after Steve Ballmer saying that he should be replaced. See Gates vs Ballmer

But their sales of Windows, that’s more than 600,000 per day. Microsoft even makes the connection that a product called Windows 7, sells up to 7 copies of the license of every second of every day since launch.

So by the numbers, here is Microsoft’s take on the latest developments.

1. License
  • 150,000,000: This is the number of Windows 7 licenses sold, making Windows 7 by far the fastest growing operating system in history.
2 Where is Windows 7 being placed?
  • 7.1 million: Projected iPad sales for 2010. Not here.
  • 58 million: Projected netbook sales in 2010. Here.
  • 355 million: Projected PC sales in 2010.  And here.
If talk about the PC is dead, Why are so many being sold? And what operating system is used for that purpose? It’s Windows 7.

3: What about the netbooks? What are they using?

  • Less than 10% : The percentage of US netbooks running Windows in 2008. [source]
  • 96%: The percentage of US netbooks running Windows in 2009. [source]

4: Cloud computing: Azure

  • 0: Were the number of paying customers running on Windows Azure in November 2009.
  • 10,000: But the number of paying customers running on Windows Azure increased in June 2010.
  • 700,000: Finally, The number of students, teachers and staff using Microsoft’s cloud productivity tools in Kentucky public schools, the largest cloud deployment in the US.

5: Who is Using What? A Comparison of Products

  • 16 million: Total subscribers to largest 25 US daily newspapers.
  • 14 Million: Total number of Netflix subscribers.
  • 23 million: Total number of Xbox Live subscribers.

XBox is holding is own. More so than other subscription sources.

6- Office Applications – Beta Downloads
  • 9,000,000: This is the number of customer downloads of the Office 2010 beta prior to launch, the largest Microsoft beta program in history.

7: Bing Users

  • 21.4 million: The number of new Bing search users in one year.

8: Linux

  • 24%: The Linux Server market share in 2005.
  • 33%: The predicted Linux Server market share for 2007 (made in 2005).
  • 21.2% : But the actual Linux Server market share as of fourth Quarter 4 in 2009.

9: Mobile Phone

  • 8.8 million: the number of Global iPhone sales in Q1 2010.
  • 21.5 million: And the number of Nokia smartphone sales in Q1 2010.
  • 55 million: This is the total smartphone sales globally in Q1 2010.
  • 439 million: And the projected global smartphone sales in 2014.

10 The e-Mail Market

  • 173 million: Global Gmail users
  • 284 million: Global Yahoo! Mail users.
  • 360 million: Global Windows Live Hotmail users
  • 299 million: Active Windows Live Messenger Accounts worldwide.
  • 1: The rank of Windows Live Messenger globally compared to all other instant messaging services.

11: Revenue – Net Income – Who is making what

  • $5.7 Billion: Apple Net income for fiscal year ending  Sep 2009.
  • $6.5 Billion: Google Net income for fiscal year ending Dec 2009.
  • $14.5 Billion: Microsoft Net Income for fiscal year ending June 2009.
  • $23.0 billion: Total Microsoft revenue, FY2000.
  • $58.4 billion : Total Microsoft revenue, FY2009.

These numbers show a lot of market value for Microsoft.  Sales, net income, product use, market share, all of these show the overwhelming total of numbers in multiple directions. While it has been convenient to knowk Microsoft, the truth is that at this point in time it is the most successful technology company on earth. Can it retain that omph into the future depends in large part on their vision.

The new technologies that Microsoft is pursuing may develop slowly but if their beta versions are any indication, they ate looking at producing products that will survive the test of time. Many of the visionary technologies that have been in the news these last few years are limited to small niche markets. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and the like have made their contribution to the social networking scene but to the full computer scene . That is where Microsoft still holds the edge.

Source: Microsoft Blog

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Small Businesses Optimistic About Future And Windows 7http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/06/21/small-businesses-optimistic-about-future-and-windows-7/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/06/21/small-businesses-optimistic-about-future-and-windows-7/#comments Mon, 21 Jun 2010 20:11:55 +0000 http://everything-microsoft.com/?p=8661 I know I’ve written about study’s and surveys carried out before about how large corporations and the like are impressed with Windows 7 and are getting ready to roll it out. But now I have something different for you, news that even the small businesses are gearing up for an increase in spending for 2010 to upgrade their hardware and software to Windows 7.

The survey was conducted by the NPD Group during April. It targeted businesses with fewer than 1,000 employees. They received responses from over 250 linkedIn members who indicated that they were IT decision makers capable of influencing PC hardware purchasing decisions.

According to the survey, 77 percent of small and medium-sized businesses are planning to splash out and spend more, or at least the same, on new PC hardware in 2010 when compared to 2009. Mainly driven by a better economy with new business and employees. More than half of those who responded expected the increases in PC purchasing to be caused by the growth in business opportunities with more than 40 percent suggesting that the additional PC hardware was required to support new employees. Great news on the jobs front anyway.

However not all SMB’s are feeling the recovery and don’t have the spare cash to be upgrading their systems. The survey found that 23 percent plan to reduce spending in 2010. 38 percent of those are reducing spending due to budget cuts and another 18 percent will be cutting jobs.

It was interesting to see the demographics of this survey. Almost 80 percent of companies with more than 200 employees planned to spend on PCs as part of a long-term plan to upgrade equipment, a clear sign that Windows 7 is creating interest in larger firms. Conversely, only 65 percent of firms with less than 50 employees intended to upgrade for that reason. But I wouldn’t take that last part too serious since 75 percent of companies with fewer than 50 employees have already upgraded their systems.

So Windows 7 is pushing in all the markets, consumers, SMB’s and large corporations. Now we just need to get rid of XP

Source:

PCWorld

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Gates Vs Ballmerhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/06/08/gates-vs-ballmer/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/06/08/gates-vs-ballmer/#comments Tue, 08 Jun 2010 12:44:20 +0000 http://everything-microsoft.com/?p=8486 In a follow up to the article written by Jason, it should also be pointed out that the fallout caused by Apple’s market valuation being bigger than Microsoft has had a lot of people commenting about the stewardship of Steve Ballmer.

As Jason correctly points out, Microsoft has seen its share of failures and successes. Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, has now been at the helm for 10 years.  He has managed a large tech company as well as anyone could expect. That is, for a man without vision or the tech savvy that Bill Gates had before him. Doing well is not a small acknowledgement. How many companies would hire Ballmer, on the spot, if they had the opportunity? With a track record like his, many would.

But that is just the issue. Whose track record is it?  Could anyone run Microsoft right now? Well it looks like a lot of top rated corporate Presidents and CEO’s could if for nothing else than to keep it on the profitability road. Many shareholders like that; but most shareholders are also looking at the future, and in real terms, the future computer industry does not look at all like Ballmer sees it.

No doubt that the PC will continue to dominate the small computer market, at least at the business level. But at the home or consumer level, the PC is dead. The iPad proved that. Most home computer users are now seeing the iPad as a form of entertainment. They don’t need to have the capability of backup, and processing power to do queries or write programs. The iPad is for entertainment purposes. That’s the future.

Consider this, would you watch a television show that focused on how to build, maintain, and troubleshoot problems on the television; how to get more channels; how to increase the volume; how to increase the sharpness or clarity? Or would you watch television for comedies, dramas, documentaries, and movies and concerts. Which of these two questions favors the consumer? The answer is obvious.

The PC was a semi-entertainment vehicle for about 15 – 20 years, but that is being replaced. Gamers took the PC and made playing games on the computer fun. It made the PC an entertainment vehicle. And whether you like it or not, the download industry with all of it flaws and legal and moral issues also contributed to making the PC an entertainment vehicle. You can download movies, television shows, music, e-books, and games and many other products.  But new features, like the “App” has turned the PC on it head and Apps offer many different forms of communication and possibilities. And the Apps work on a portable and mobile device. Lugging a PC around is not necessary. Even laptops can be clumsy.

So we are at place in technology history where some can see the future, and others see, well just the bottom line.

Gates vs Ballmer

As you can see from the graph, the growth of Microsoft has changed considerably between Gates and Ballmer… Right, the conditions are different, and the business climate is different, and the competition is more frenetic. Gates did not have to contend with Google, or the iPhone, and iPad.

But Gates had vision … Ballmer just sees a bottom line. The story, as reviewed by Jason, shows up in the graph.  Not enough emphasis on the future technology, too much is on the past. Office and Windows are great programs, but this is the mainstay for Microsoft; these are their cash cows. What is coming up next? Touch is a great technology, but the market is not there yet at the level that would make this a cash cow.

The story of technology over the last 50 years, but especially over the last 20, is that tech changes very fast, (a cliche, I know). But it is also a truism that the companies that can adjust to the change will succeed. By the way, have any of you reading this bought an IBM PC lately? They started the business PC revolution you know.

See Microsoft: It’s A Wonderful Life.

Chart: Microsoft’s performance under Gates vs. Ballmer

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Organisations Told To Grow Up And Move On From XPhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/06/07/organisations-told-to-grow-up-and-move-on-from-xp/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/06/07/organisations-told-to-grow-up-and-move-on-from-xp/#comments Mon, 07 Jun 2010 12:05:54 +0000 http://everything-microsoft.com/?p=8474 A new report from Gartner gives it to enterprises and organisations straight up, it’s time to get over Windows XP and move onto Windows 7. According to Gartner migrations from Windows XP to Windows 7 will take 12 to 18 months for planning, testing and piloting, so they should really be getting on with it.

It seems Gartner is determined that Windows XP should be eliminated all together, saying that organisations should be aiming to at the very least begin testing Windows 7 by then end of this year and looking to eliminate Windows XP by 2012.

The analyst firm is urging organisations to have a target date in mind for the switchover to help decide whether systems and hardware need to be upgraded. Since many companies decided not to upgrade to Windows Vista, they’ve left no alternative but to adopt Windows 7.

“In various Gartner polls and surveys, 80 per cent of respondents report skipping Windows Vista. With Windows XP getting older and Windows 8 nowhere in sight, organisations need to be planning their migrations to Windows 7,”

said Michael Silver, a vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner.

Windows 7 has been getting positive reviews, and many clients report that they have plans to start their production deployments, but there are some that are still undecided about when to start and how quickly to do the migration.

One of the factors that might help encourage organisations to make the switch is the fact that support for Windows XP ends in April 2014. The first step in eradicating Windows XP is to go about setting a start date for the roll out of Windows 7.

Organisations wanting to do as much of the migration as possible though PC refresh or attrition should begin by deciding on a start date

Of course one of the things that’s holding companies back when it comes to upgrading to Windows 7 is the fear that their software won’t run correctly. I personally think that this problem only occurs in a minority of programs and software providers are very quick at providing support and releasing Windows 7 compatible versions of their applications.

So maybe this is just another of many reports trying to kickstart organisations into adopting Windows 7 and saying goodbye to Windows XP forever.

Source:

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Truth or Dare – Will Microsoft Buy AOL?http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/06/06/truth-or-dare-will-microsoft-to-buy-aol/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/06/06/truth-or-dare-will-microsoft-to-buy-aol/#comments Mon, 07 Jun 2010 02:07:47 +0000 http://everything-microsoft.com/?p=8473 Hard to believe right? That’s why it is truth or dare. But last week , AOL CEO Tim Armstrong’s, commented at the D8 conference that the company is looking into the possibility of working with a new search partner after 10 years with Google.  So if not Google, who? Yahoo? Well the logic here is that with Microsoft taking over Yahoo’s search business, that makes Microsoft the only other viable candidate for the job. So it would not be a surprise to see the companies work out a search deal.

So if this is only a rumor, it is pretty good one because it sparked a rally in AOL’s shares. At one point, the stock was pushed up more than 5 percent, then reasonableness prevailed. The stock settled down to a modest 1.3 percent gain. Not too remarkable, but then again this was on the day the broader NASDAQ slid.

Nevertheless, does this mean a full-blown acquisition of AOL by Microsoft? Who says this acquisition is possible? Business Insider says it’s possible. Quoting a “source familiar with Tim and AOL’s strategic thinking” who suggests that “an outcome of these negotiations could be AOL’s sale to Microsoft.” It adds, “And even if this informed speculation proves false, it’s a fact that whoever does sign AOL to a long term search deal will have the inside track to an eventual acquisition.”

So why would Microsoft be even interested in AOL? Bing. That’s why. Microsoft is desperate to catch up to Google. The cost of the AOL acquisition would be about 2 billion. But the gain in market share in the search market is what Microsoft is looking for.

So what is the current market share of the current search engines?  For starters, AOL’s search market share in the U.S. was 2.4 percent in April, according to comScore Networks. For that time period Microsoft had 11.8 percent, Yahoo hit 17.7 percent. But the king of the hill is Google with 64.4 percent. If the Yahoo and AOL business ventures work, then Microsoft’s share could be at 31.9 percent.

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Windows 7 Can Help Businesses Save Thousands Annuallyhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/06/06/windows-7-can-help-businesses-save-thousands-annually/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/06/06/windows-7-can-help-businesses-save-thousands-annually/#comments Sun, 06 Jun 2010 15:38:37 +0000 http://everything-microsoft.com/?p=8472 It’s a bold claim, but according to a study carried out by Mindteck’s Smart Energy Lab, companies can save up to $40 per computer a year on an average by simply using Windows 7 instead of  older operating systems like Windows XP or Vista.

As more and more organisations are looking at saving more on operating expenses and are investigating ways at reducing exposure to fluctuating energy prices, green initiatives are finding there way higher up in corporate IT roadmaps.

Energy efficiency is a key factor that companies are concentrating on, and the research shows that the new OS helps companies to not only save money but also contributes to the various green initiatives they are taking

said Microsoft’s India Director, Sumeet Khanna

Optimising desktop power management is one of the simplest, yet effective, ways to reduce power consumption in an enterprise. Increasing energy efficiency on Windows 7 has been one of the core areas for Microsoft,”

Simple things like sleep mode and the different power modes in Windows 7 seem to be adding up for large corporations with lots of machines. Windows 7 focuses on reducing power consumption by adopting new technologies in performance optimization, idle resource utilization and device power management.

Mindteck Global Infrastructure head, Andrew J. Hacker said;

Cost savings of up to $ 40.44 (84.46 per cent reduction) per client per year, not including LCD consumption, can be realised by ensuring that desktop PCs or laptops automatically enter sleep states during working hours, and at the end of the day, if the user forgets to manually turn off their PC,

When you consider that most large organisations can have several hundred computers, this can really add up. In fact, Hacker said that  cost savings for businesses range from $ 14,821 at 500 PCs, to a significant $ 296,426 per year at 10,000 PCs. This is a staggering amount of money for corporations to save on their electricity bill and would easily pay for the cost of upgrading to Windows 7 over a short period of time.

Maybe this is another factor that not many corporations thought about and will push them to upgrading from Windows XP and Vista to Windows 7.

Source:

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The Journey to Windows 7 From Microsoft, HP and App-DNA A Round Table Discussionhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/04/30/the-journey-to-windows-7-from-microsoft-hp-and-app-dna-a-round-table-discussion/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/04/30/the-journey-to-windows-7-from-microsoft-hp-and-app-dna-a-round-table-discussion/#comments Fri, 30 Apr 2010 20:15:47 +0000 http://everything-microsoft.com/?p=8194 In a video round table discussion, industry experts highlight the critical path for enterprise customers  in their journey of migration to Windows 7.

The application compatibility specialist company, App-DNA, unveiled today two videos that highlight what the application migration and compatibility issues are that organisations face as they move to Windows 7.

The roundtable discussion, hosted by Cliff Saran, a technology journalist, features conversations from Andy Wray, the head of Microsoft Practice at HP, also Chris Jackson, Microsoft’s App-DNA’s Compatability specialist, and Paul Schnell, CTO of App-DNA.

It is no accident that the key discussion points include items that have been mentioned from time to time in this blog sites. They include discussions about moving to Windows 7 and desktop deployment:

  • Why enterprises are moving to Windows 7 so soon
  • Why Service Pack 1 isn’t delaying the market
  • Why this is the ideal opportunity to optimize your desktops
  • Where virtualization, 64-bit and server-based computing fit in

In the area of application deployment the topics include:

  • The new record for number of apps in one enterprise (the old record was 91,000!)
  • Why app compatibility is THE Number 1 challenge
  • What the main stumbling blocks are for the apps that will struggle to migrate
  • How you can emerge from this migration with much better app management processes

Journey to Windows 7

App-DNA is a worldwide leader providing compatibility testing for applications based on Microsoft and Citrix platforms. Their AppTitude product is an application compatibility testing solution that can provide a quick and throrough assessment of all of an organization’s applications.

Using the expertise of these three technical specialists, video watchers will get a better perspective about what makes Windows7 a success.  Luck is not a part of the equation.  Methodical testing, exhaustive remodeling, and a consumer oriented goal has been part of the fabric making the Windows 7 flagship what it is today.

To see the videos go here.

App-DNA

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Make XP Apps Windows 7 Compatible With AOK4SMBhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/04/26/make-xp-apps-windows-7-compatible-with-aok4smb/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/04/26/make-xp-apps-windows-7-compatible-with-aok4smb/#comments Mon, 26 Apr 2010 22:31:12 +0000 http://everything-microsoft.com/?p=8161 We all know how successful Windows 7 has been among consumers, and while small and medium sized businesses are willing to adopt it, they are still held back by Windows XP. Custom made programs and software for Windows XP aren’t necessarily compatible with Windows 7, so Microsoft implemented the XP mode in the professional and ultimate editions of Windows 7, but it’s just not the same.

Of course Microsoft are well aware of the problem and have decided to take another step in resolving this issue. It has partnered with UK-based ChangeBASE to launch a new service called AOK for Small and Midsize Businesses–or AOK4SMB for short (ye it’s a bit of a mouthful).

Now thanks to AOK4SMB, Small and Medium sized business customers can validate that custom applications will work with Windows 7, or if not, have them automatically modified to be compatible with Windows 7.

It’s quite easy to use as well, simply go to theAOK4SMB site, register an e-mail address, complete a brief submission form, and upload your existing MSI file for analysis.

Then within minutes, the AOK4SMB service will e-mail back a PDF file confirming that the MSI file is compatible with Windows 7, or a new MSI file that is compatible. The new MSI file is actually the original MSI file, with a wrapper file which addresses the compatibility issues, but retaining the same name as the original file submission.

However, SMB which have even older applications, which pre date MSI files will have to do a bit of extra work to get things sorted. Installation files that are EXE or other file types will have to be updated or converted to MSI files before they can be submitted to the AOK4SMB service.

Luckily the service, for now anyway is free. Microsoft and ChangeBASE are providing AOK4SMB free through to the end of July. At the end of July, Microsoft will evaluate the demand and success of the service to determine whether to extend it as a free service, otherwise they will convert it to  a fee-based service instead.

Microsoft are really doing every little thing they can to get businesses to upgrade to Windows 7, and I say the majority of SMB’s out there want to but because their applications are written for XP they are stuck where they are. Hopefully this will help more SMB’s to make the switch to Windows 7.

Source:

PCWorld

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Windows 7 Helps Drive Microsoft’s Profits Up By 35%http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/04/22/windows-7-helps-drive-microsofts-profits-up-by-35/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/04/22/windows-7-helps-drive-microsofts-profits-up-by-35/#comments Thu, 22 Apr 2010 22:12:07 +0000 http://everything-microsoft.com/?p=8117 Only the other day Apple yet again announced some fairly impressive profits for Q2 but today it’s been Microsoft’s turn to hit us with some numbers, and to be honest they don’t disappoint.

Another healthy Quarter for Microsoft has left them with an extra $4.01 billion in the bank account, after revenue figures of $14.5 billion for its third quarter fiscal results.

That’s despite forking over $78 million to Yahoo in the quarter, as part of its online search and advertising partnership with Yahoo to increase it’s market share for Bing. It also easily beat Wall Street expectations of $14.4 billion.

Microsoft said the results included

“the deferral of $305 million of revenue relating to the Microsoft Office 2010 Technology Guarantee program. Adjusting for the revenue deferral, third-quarter revenue totaled $14.81 billion, an increase of eight percent over the prior year period.”

This is an especially good result when you compare it to the not so successful year Microsoft had last time around. It’s sales had fallen for the first time in 23 years by 6% and their net income dropped a staggering 32%.

So it looks like they have really turned things around for the better and I’m sure their shareholders will be just as pleased.

What do you think is the main reason being cited for this turnaround?

Of course it’s Windows 7! Many reckon the return to growth was driven largely by sales of Windows 7, which were up 28 percent to $4.4 billion.

Windows 7 continues to be a growth engine, but we also saw strong growth in other areas like Bing search, Xbox LIVE and our emerging cloud services,

said CFO Peter Klein in a statement

Of course the fact that PC Sales seem to be holding strong and are in fact increasing can be nothing but good news for Microsoft, unless of course there macs.

I can only see things improving here on in for Microsoft, Windows Phone 7 is going to enter the smartphone market with a bang and Windows 7 is only going to continue to grow, especially with the release of the SP1 later this year. Not to mention the release of Office 2010. Bing is also making an impact in the search engine side of things and Project Natal is also due to be launched later this year and we still have Microsoft’s Courier project on the Horizons. God knows what else Microsoft has in store for us, but so far the future is looking bright for them.

Source:

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Microsoft and the Anti Piracy Conference in Parishttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/04/22/microsoft-and-the-anti-piracy-conference-in-paris/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/04/22/microsoft-and-the-anti-piracy-conference-in-paris/#comments Thu, 22 Apr 2010 14:17:21 +0000 http://everything-microsoft.com/?p=8108 Microsoft is once again involved in an anti-piracy campaign, this time at the French Science and Industry Museum in Paris. There is an exhibit that shows how various different industries are impacted by piracy, as well as the unexpected risks that consumers face. Microsoft is contributing to the exhibition.

At the museum Microsoft will represent the software industry. It will start with a documentary video  showing that partnering with law enforcement agencies across several continents they were able to prosecute a large Chinese criminal organization. The case became the largest counterfeit case in history.

But while that success story is important, a number of genuine Microsoft and other counterfeit products will be displayed to help consumers distinguish true and authentic software from the counterfeit substitutes. They will also display the latest software and hardware technology that can be used to identify and track down software pirates.

The main questions are: How to Tell if Your Software Is Genuine ? And how do you know if the software you buy is genuine? These are some of the considerations that you should be aware of:

  • Can your reseller confirm that its software would pass a Windows Genuine Advantage online validation test?
  • Are you buying from a reputable reseller?
  • Is the price too good to be true?
  • Is a Certificate of Authenticity (COA) included?
  • Is a hologram CD, DVD, or recovery media included?
  • Are the product packaging and documentation high quality?
  • Is an End User License Agreement (EULA) included?

In one study by IDC in 2006* 25 percent of Web sites that were distributing counterfeit software also tried to install malicious or unwanted code upon downloading. Moreover, this rate is rising. The Media Surveillance group, which is an anti-piracy solutions company that is located in Germany, recently downloaded hundreds of pirated copies of Windows and hacks and found that 32 percent contained viruses.

Some of the results of using pirated software are that the impact of harmful counterfeit software can be intense. By using pirated software companies have a 73 percent chance to experience a loss of data and another 43 percent to have computer failures that will last more than 24 hours.

Source: Microsoft

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What IT Admins Are Complaining About In Windows 7http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/04/21/what-it-admins-are-complaining-about-in-windows-7/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/04/21/what-it-admins-are-complaining-about-in-windows-7/#comments Wed, 21 Apr 2010 20:16:59 +0000 http://everything-microsoft.com/?p=8099 When it comes to refreshing your businesses IT side of things, it’s never a straight forward process. I don’t think there has ever been an OS which businesses and corporations alike were able to upgrade to without having a single hiccup, further more I don’t think there ever will be an OS that will just be plain sailing to upgrade to. That’s just the way things go, there’s always some application that wont work, a driver missing here and some network issues there.

EWeek have got a nice list of what IT Admins had problems with the most when upgrading their equipment to Windows 7.

1.

First off, an issue that affects more than just business and corporations, but also the consumer. The lack of a direct upgrade path from Windows XP which still holds the majority of the market, really made some things difficult for the IT Admins. They feel like they’ve been hard done by Microsoft and think they are getting payback on them for not upgrading to Windows Vista.

Many of my associates view the lack of a direct XP to Windows 7 upgrade path as ‘payback’ from Microsoft for customers who rejected Vista,”

Henry Cobb, Engineer and Director of Auburn University’s Research Electronics Support Facility,

2.

Backwards compatibility always seems to be a problem, so Microsoft came up with XP Mode to help make things easier for many businesses whos software was built to run specifically on Windows XP. While XP Mode has helped things tremendously it still has its issues. Some IT administrators and business owners have found Windows XP Mode to be slow to startup and run.

3.

Drivers, they always seem to be an issue, even when your not upgrading your OS. Initially when Windows 7 was launched, several drivers were missing but it appears that manufacturers have caught up and the problem is nowhere near as big as it was with Windows Vista.

4.

The new libraries feature in Windows 7 seems to be well, confusing, at least for some IT Admins anyway. Personally I love them and it really helps me keep organised and I can’t see where the confusing bit is.

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Korean Bank Shinhan Embraces Windows 7http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/04/20/korean-bank-shinhan-embraces-windows-7/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/04/20/korean-bank-shinhan-embraces-windows-7/#comments Tue, 20 Apr 2010 20:10:02 +0000 http://everything-microsoft.com/?p=8094 Shinhan Bank, Headquartered in Seoul, South Korea is one of the largest financial and banking institutions in the Republic of Korea. It has over 13,000 employees located in over 1,000 branch offices scattered throughout the republic. Their customer service portfolio is supported through local branch offices using over 10,000 remote desktop computers. Branch employees are positioned to access and support user accounts with proprietary software, or integrated Java-based applications, as well as other Java-based and Flash-based business applications.

So it should come as no surprise when Microsoft Corp., at the Asian Banker Summit 2010, announced that Shinhan Bank has begun deployment of Windows 7 across its branch office network. They are using Windows 7 to address its desktop performance needs as well as its data security.

Given the tensions associated with the North, the bank has had to deal with an ever-increasing number of security requirements. There were also complicated maintenance featues of its client operating system which were hampering IT and worker operations. The goal that Shinhan Bank sought to achieve by moving to Windows 7 was not only to improve their employees’ efficiency and ability to help customers, but also to further enhance the security of customer data.

How did they know that there were security and performance issues? First the IT department analyzed several banking features starting with the inconvenience to customers, then they saw revenue loss and the potential business risks that resulted by continuing to support an older operating system. The results convinced them to upgrade all 10,000 remote workstations, the bulk which make up the majority of the bank’s corporate environment. They first moved to the beta version of Windows 7 operating system and to the Windows Internet Explorer 8 browser. But now they have fully embraced the Windows7 platform.

At the IT level, the department was also seeing loss of returns on its client computer investments. They wanted an operating system that could take integrate with common CPU advancements, such as dual or quad-core CPUs, in order to run at optimum performance levels. Another element that they considered was how to properly manage their remote computers. They also needed an operating system that would provide systems monitoring, remote support, and especially the capability to review the desktop systems for accurate and up-to-date licensing. The result was a switch over to Windows7.

Source: Microsoft

Asian Bank Summit

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R.I.P. Microsoft Officehttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/03/31/r-i-p-microsoft-office/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/03/31/r-i-p-microsoft-office/#comments Thu, 01 Apr 2010 00:21:10 +0000 http://everything-microsoft.com/?p=7936 What we know as Microsoft Office is quickly coming to an end. As more and more applications hit the cloud and become universally available, compatible, and always-on, the client side version of Microsoft Office is bound to come to an early end. Although Office will live on for many more years on older computers, diehard fans, and stubborn upgraders, Microsoft Office’s online presence will become increasingly more important and embraced by the software giant.

Your Computer 10 Years Later

Why would a user rely on a local version of Office which can only be accessed at home, on a Windows system, when they could securely gain access to their files anywhere, regardless of the OS, location, or computer? Online applications are becoming more and more convenient and adopters are not complaining. Even my mother, attending a technical college for a medical coding degree, is now supplied with an online Beta of Outlook for her student email, allowing her to check and respond to email at school, home, or work. Students and employees using computers that are outdated or simply not upgraded to the latest version can instead opt to log into the online version of Microsoft Word to interact with their documents, something that only non-Microsoft products such as Google Docs could supply in the past.

The online version of Office may also help Microsoft to combat piracy by requiring a login and identification for each user. This could help drive down prices for the extremely expensive suite, making it yet more available and widespread as consumers who could not previously afford the suite may find themselves finally being given the option to use Office. Microsoft would also have a much more live platform, something where a minor update or service pack can instantly, seamlessly be pushed out to the world without requiring any user interaction whatsoever.

The online version of Microsoft Office may hail a future in which almost, if not all, Microsoft products are in the cloud. Who is to say that Windows 9 or 10 may not eerily resemble Google’s new Chromium OS, boasting a stronger, continuous online presence? Although some users reject the cloud because of the potential security risks, if its marketed and convenient, an internet-based Microsoft Office suite will plow its way through the online world.

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Apple Gets Sued For Violating Multi-Touch Patentshttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/03/31/apple-gets-sued-for-violating-multi-touch-patents/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2010/03/31/apple-gets-sued-for-violating-multi-touch-patents/#comments Thu, 01 Apr 2010 00:02:45 +0000 http://everything-microsoft.com/?p=7934 Although this is mainly a Windows based site, I thought that some of our readers might be interested in Apple’s recent patent violation as Apple is Microsoft’s main competition.

Elan Microelectronics, a company based in Taiwan, is now suing Apple (for the second time) for violating their multi-touch patent, claiming that its products violate Elan’s patent #5,825,352: “the 352 patent relates to touch-sensitive input devices with the ability to detect the simultaneous presence of two or more fingers…the 352 patent is a fundamental patent to the detection of multi-fingers that allows for any subsequent multi-finger applications to be implemented.”

A more detailed description of Elan’s actions can be found in their recent announcement:

The complaint alleges that Apple is violating Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, by importing its iPhone, iPod Touch, MacBook and Magic Mouse products into the United States, that infringe Elan’s U.S. Patent No. 5,825,352. (the “352 patent”). Elan also alleges that the importation of Apple’s iPad products, which Apple has indicated will be available to consumers on April 3, violates section 337. Elan is requesting that the ITC issue a permanent exclusion order barring the importation of those products into the United States, as well as a cease and desist order barring Apple from selling any of these products in the United States that it has already imported.

The ITC will decide whether it will institute an investigation within 30 days. If instituted, the ITC will set a target date by which it will complete the investigation and issue its final determination as to infringement and remedial orders. Elan is looking to the ITC for expeditious adjudication of its infringement claims.

Elan previously filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Northern California asserting the 352 patent against Apple on April 7, 2009 (case no. C-09-01531 RS). In that case Elan also alleges that Apple infringes Elan’s U.S. Patent No. 7,274,353 (the “353 patent”).

The 352 patent relates to touch-sensitive input devices with the ability to detect the simultaneous presence of two or more fingers. Multi-finger applications are becoming popular in smartphone and computer applications, particularly with support for multi-finger gestures integrated into the new Microsoft Windows 7 operating system. The 352 patent is a fundamental patent to the detection of multi-fingers that allows for any subsequent multi-finger applications to be implemented.

It appears as though Apple faces the threat of having their iPhone blocked if Elan’s patent lawsuit goes through. Whether or not this will affect the Windows 7 Phone remains to be seen.

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