Microsoft's next generation desktop operating system, Windows 8, inches closer to release with each passing day. In fact, barring any last minute snags and/or delays, Microsoft will make available the Release Preview of Windows 8 in early June. How early? Within the first week, which is less than seven weeks away. What this tells us is that Windows 8 is nearly ready for prime time.
If this is indeed the post-PC era as some are claiming, it isn’t having the kind of detrimental effects that one would expect it to have on Microsoft’s fiscal health. The Redmond-based software leviathan on Thursday announced its financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 and the numbers are better than Wall Street’s expectations. Hit the jump for more.
Microsoft is doing something with Windows 8 that it should have down with Windows 7 and Vista. It's paring down the number of SKUs to just three, one of which is designed for ARM processors, leaving the x86 crowd with just two versions to choose from. Every grade school teacher who has ever taught their students the K.I.S.S. (as in, Keep It Simple, Silly or Stupid) principle should be giving each other vindicated high-fives.
The latest Chrome Beta features the ability to sync tabs across multiple devices, Google revealed in a blog post Tuesday. The ability to sync tabs has been a long time coming as far as Chrome is concerned, with Firefox having had it as an integrated feature since the release of version 4 last year. More after the jump.
Microsoft will deliver six security bulletins on April 10, 2012 as part of its monthly security update, the Redmond-based company said in an advance notification Thursday. The six security bulletins will, between them, address 11 vulnerabilities in Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, SQL Server. .NET Framework and Forefront Unified Access Gateway. Hit the jump for more.
You can't walk down the street without noticing at least one person wielding a smartphone, and in more busy areas such as airports or even on the bus, you're likely to spot bipeds bouncing their fingers on a tablet. Connected devices are everywhere, and according to data released by International Data Corporation (IDC), shipments of smart connected devices, including PCs, media tables, and smartphones, topped 916 million units with revenues of more than $489 billion in 2011. By 2016, IDC expects shipments to reach 1.84 billion units, along with a changing of the guard.
It was almost a month ago that Mozilla announced it would be working on a Metro version of Firefox, however an important question remained. Would Metro Firefox be little more than a live tile that was more of a pain than it was worth? Or would Microsoft allow them to take over default access for opening links and other non-sandbox friendly operations? We finally have an answer, and even though it is still somewhat vague, it looks like Microsoft is going to great lengths to make sure users can replace Internet Explorer in metro should they feel so inclined.
Microsoft is rolling a hard six with their tablet strategy in Windows 8, and while it might be a hard sale with iPad crazy consumers, at least in the Enterprise they have a fighting chance. Dell knows this, and plans to be ready to go with tablet offerings for businesses on Windows 8 launch day. The information came from a Bloomberg interview conducted last week in which CEO Michael Dell praised the new Microsoft OS, and claims demand will be strong for a “secure Windows tablet that works with all Windows applications”.
With the next Patch Tuesday just around the corner, Microsoft on Thursday published the Security Bulletin Advance Notification for March 2012. Next week’s Patch Tuesday will be a lot lighter compared to the one in February. Hit the jump for more.
How do you predict the future? It’s easy: There’s going to be a Windows 9 in a few years – unless Microsoft pulls an Apple and just goes with, “The New Windows,” or “Windows,” or something. As for what might be inside Microsoft’s future operating system, however, that’s a whole ‘nother ballgame.
It’s not that hard to get caught up in some childlike fantasy when asked to predict the future path of Microsoft’s main OS. You know – Windows 9 will allow your desktop to transform into a giant robot, or Windows 9 will be an on-the-fly hybrid OS that transforms into a simpler version of Metro for free-floating tablet devices and the full-fledged Windows 9 when these devices are connected up to a dock/keyboard setup.
Honestly, I kind of like the robot idea.
But let’s get serious. What’s the likely future direction of Microsoft Windows? Even considering that the general consumer reaction to Windows 8 – assuming it’s not just a Band-Aid for tablets while Microsoft devotes the core of its resources to a completely revamped version of the OS – will likely play a role in what Microsoft decides to do within its big follow-up.