Even though Windows 7 rocks the socks off the decade-old XP and the lackluster ball of consumer disappointment known as Vista, Microsoft has had a hard time convincing PC users to make the switch to their new (well, two years old) operating system. When 2011 first rolled around, less than one in ten North American PCs rocked Redmond's latest offering. Expect that number to look a whole lot different by New Year's; one leading analytical firm says Windows 7 will be the most common OS in the world by the time 2012 rears its ugly head.
Of the many new features introduced in Windows 7, the humble Problem Steps Recorder was one of the least talked-about. At first glance, the application—which combines an automatic screenshot utility and a sort of low-grade keylogger—appears to be nothing more than a tool to make life a little easier for Microsoft’s legion of support personnel. Upon closer inspection, there’s actually much more to the Problem Steps Recorder.
As it does on the second Tuesday of each month, Microsoft today delivered this month’s installment of security updates. June’s edition of Patch Tuesday only includes four security bulletins, which is significantly less compared to last month’s consignment of 16 security bulletins. Between them, the security bulletins released today address 22 vulnerabilities.
Microsoft’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference got underway in Los Angeles earlier today with a keynote by Steve Ballmer, who took the opportunity to thank the software leviathan’s partners for making Windows 7 the fastest-selling operating system in history and to apprise them of the record-shattering OS’s latest feat. According to Ballmer, the company has now sold more than 400 million Windows 7 licenses.
Microsoft's marketing machine tried to convince Windows users that Windows 7 was a collective effort based on your ideas. "Windows 7. Should have called it Windows Kevin. I'm a PC, and Windows 7 was my idea," an actor says in one of Microsoft's commercials promoting its latest and greatest operating system. If Windows 7 was the people's OS, as Microsoft's clever ad campaign would have everyone believe, then what's Windows 8?
In the previous how-to, we discussed multiple monitors as a great tool for increased efficiency. However, sometimes multiple displays just don’t work in a certain environment. Fortunately, there’s still a way to get some of the efficiency benefits of having multiple desktops without needing two displays: virtual desktops.
Intel recently introduced an SSD caching technology called Smart Response Technology (SRT) with its Z68 Express chipset to help improve system boot times and speed up application startup. But the problem with SRT is that despite being a software-based solution, it is tied to the Z68 chipset. Fortunately, Diskeeper has developed an alternative that is not encumbered by such artificial restrictions. Called ExpressCache, the technology was recently on show at Computex. Hit the jump to see Diskeeper’s ExpressCache software in action.
From Windows 95 right on through to Windows 7, the Start Menu has always been just a wee bit short of perfection when it comes to increasing your productivity. Fortunately, Launchy has been helping Windows users get back up to speed since 2007. For those of you not familiar with this fabulous, free utility, Launchy is a Start Menu alternative that provides you with wicked fast access to every file, bookmark and program on your PC using nothing more than a few keystrokes. Once you’ve installed it and bent Launchy to your will, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it.
We knew that Windows XP was holding back Microsoft’s ability to innovate on the security of its operating systems, but just how much? Well according to new data released in the company’s annual Security Intelligence Report, infection rates for Windows 7 are five times lower than a fully patched machine running Windows XP SP3. Windows Vista faired significantly better, however infection rates were still almost double that of a comparable Windows 7 based PC.
Check out the differences between 32 and 64 bit versions after the jump.
I am going to bet that you know what the application “Outlook on the Desktop” does without me even having to describe a single byte of it. Congratulations; You win. Good day sir, ma’am.
You might be able to guess the app’s overall purpose, but I think you’ll be even more interested once you actually get the nitty-gritty of what it does. Let’s hit the big question first, though. Why would you even want to slap a widget-like implementation of Microsoft Outlook on your desktop to begin with?
Here’s my answer. I love Outlook on the Desktop for two main reasons: I like staring at my desktop as much as possible (especially during that half-hour in the morning when coffee is beginning to work its magical effects on my tired brain), and I like being able to quickly glance at my calendar while I’m in the process of doing other things.