We all know that Windows dominates the OS market in terms of market share, but rarely do you see someone talk about the most important number in the OS wars, revenue. Today Gartner offered up its estimations on the various OS player’s, and the results put Microsoft in a dominant lead, with $8 out of every $10 spent on operating systems ending up in the companies coffers. The results, which include server products, give the Redmond based software giant a 78.6% share of the pie, with Apple scraping by on a mere 1.7 percent. When you consider that in 2010 the OS market was worth $30.4 billion, the stakes here are definitely worth pay attention to.
North American’s in search of the perfect tablet PC Steve Job would never make, won’t have to wait much longer. Gigabyte’s S1080 made its way through the FCC offices last week, and is expected to be made available here in the next few months. The tablet has been on sale in Taiwan since mid-April, and is pretty much the anti iPad in every way possible. Under the S1080’s 10-inch 1024x600 res display, sits a dual core Atom N550 processor, along with a 320 GB hard drive preloaded with Windows 7.
Ladies, here comes the big confession: I’m a space geek. There’s a ton of cool stuff out there in the night sky, it does cool things, and it really makes me feel like an ant in a humongous vacuum–er, tank– whenever I turn my face to the night sky and gaze at the big, shining, millions-of-years-old flickering lights.
I’ve previously turned to a freeware app called Celestia for all my non-TIE-Fighter-based space needs (the irony being that you can actually import Star Wars ships into the space-simulationg app, but I digress). A newcomer has since entered the playing field and, minus the fact that you’ll have to practically buy a new hard drive for the 366-megabyte download, it’s a pretty awesome looking voyage through the universe!
Some freeware apps were made to solve small problems; some were made to solve huge problems. If you’re as picky as me, then you’ll slap the freeware application Windows 7 Color Changer in the latter category without a second thought.
Allow me to set up the picture—pardon the pun. Within Windows 7 is a handy little feature that allows you to set rotating wallpaper backgrounds with great ease. Merely fire up the Personalization window from your Control Panel, click on the “Desktop Background” option toward the bottom of the window, and then select any number of shots that you want Windows to automatically rotate through on a time interval that you can specify. That’s it. Easy, right?
Internet Explorer 9 made the somewhat controversial decision to leave Windows XP users behind, and IE10 is getting ready to extend the legacy OS snub to Vista users now as well. Microsoft confirmed the rumor this week during its annual MIX conference where a preview version of IE10 was made available, and the company made no apologizes for not supporting Vista.
The champagne corks must be popping at Redmond today. According to stat tracking group Pingdom, Windows 7 usage just passed Windows XP in the US. Of all operating systems, XP use is still at 31.56%, but Windows 7 has vaulted to 31.71%. It's about time.
You like Google Docs! I like Google Docs! We all like Google Docs!
If you fall into one of those three categories, then you know that Google Docs is a great, Web-based tool for creating, editing, and sharing documents—especially among larger groups of contributors than merely yourself. However, you’ll also know that Google Docs is fairly worthless if you aren’t browsing it from its official home page. Minus a few tricks here and there, there’s really little you can do outside of Google Docs: It’s the website or it’s nuttin’
Well, a new freeware tool has just popped up on our radar that gives you some new “offline” functionality for Google Docs. Read on to find out more!
Last week, a senior Dell executive dismissed the iPad’s chances of enterprise glory, citing concerns about its high price. But he seemed quite confident of his company’s “considered approach to tablets.” He touted Dell’s decision of giving people a lot of choices through a “multi-OS” (Android and Windows 7) tablet strategy. However, if a new rumor is to be believed, the Windows 7 component of that multi-OS strategy is unlikely to appear before fall. Hit the jump for more.
Using a pen and paper is so yesterday. The same goes for typing. Come on people: We’ve been hunting and pecking for more than 100 years! Where’s the progress? Our thoroughly modern civilization deserves a progressive method for data input. If you haven’t already embraced the speech-recognition features baked into Windows 7, it’s about time that you did. The future is now. Let us show you the way.
While we haven't run into issues ourselves, there has been a spattering of complaints online about systems being borked after installing Windows 7's first Service Pack. Microsoft acknowledged the problem via a Knowledge Base article (975484), in which the Redmond software giant says your computer may freeze or restart to a black screen with error message 0xc0000034 after applying SP1. Hit the jump to find out what you can do.