The wait is over, folks. If you're not a TechNet subscriber and/or wanted no part of playing around with a non-final release of Service Pack 1 for Windows 7, then today's your day. Microsoft today made good on its promise to deliver SP1 to the general public on February 22, though there's a few things you should know before you go out and grab it.
Internet Explorer 9 has hit the release candidate milestone and Microsoft is behaving like any browser vendor would when its browser reaches a new development milestone. You guessed it right, Redmond is touting the blazing speeds brought along by the Release Candidate. Read on for a complete list of enhancements.
In a blog post on Wednesday, Micheal Kleef, Senior Technical Product Manager with the Windows Server and Cloud division, announced the Release of Manufacturing (RTM) of both Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 and Windows 7 SP1. That means the wait for general availability is almost over, and in fact you can expect Microsoft to make SP1 available on Tuesday, February 22. Windows 7 is a much more polished OS out of the box than Vista was, so should you even care?
Asustek’s Windows 7-based Eee Slate EP121, which went up for pre-order in early January, briefly became available on Amazon earlier today before going out of stock. According to Liliputing’s Brad Linder, his Amazon Affiliate records confirm that the EP121 tablets ordered by some of his readers have already been shipped. Prices are $999 and $1099 for the 32GB and 64GB SKUs, respectively.
Asus is marketing the Eee Slate EP121 as the “world’s most powerful tablet device.” Indeed, the 12.1-inch Windows7 tablet does pack a serious punch with its laptop-esque specs: a dual-core Core i5-470UM processor clocked at 1.33GHz, up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM and 32GB or 64GB solid-state storage. Its four-cell battery is said to last 4.5 hours on a single charge, with continuous 1080p video payback reducing that number to 2.4 hours.
A New York-based startup, Neverware, hopes to breathe new life into old computers with its Juicebox a100 virtual desktop appliance, which can deliver Windows 7 virtual desktops to one hundred terminals as long as they all meet its lenient hardware requirements: a 500MHz processor, 128MB RAM and an Ethernet port. In case you are wondering, it requires absolutely no hard drive storage on the client side. Having put the technology through its paces in a couple of schools, Neverware's 25-year-old founder Jonathan Hefter is now working on a beta.
It is more than likely that you have heard of something similar in the past, but to Hefter's credit he managed to come up with this impressive technology from the garage of his parents' house sans any formal computer education. Described as “quite a mensch” by his mother in an interview with the New York Observer, Hefter has always been driven by a strong desire to bring about change. He wants schools, city governments and non-profits to free themselves from the need to upgrade every four or five years at a huge environmental and economic cost. However, there is no word on the price of the Juicebox a100.
Everyone, from your dad to your boss to Mama Microsoft, tells you “back up your files.” But what’s the best way to protect your collection of digital music, photos, videos, downloads – and your operating system? To answer that question, we ventured out on a long, test-heavy trail to find the “Ultimate Backup.” Here’s what we found.
There are a handful of tablets out there that can dual-boot Windows 7 and Android. But Evolve III feels dual-boot tablets are still one operating system short of perfection. The Australia-based company, a tablet manufacturer that started out in the digital screen business, has decided to take things in its own hands with its dual core Oak Trail Atom-based Maestro tablet that can boot not one, not two, but three OSes: Windows 7, Android and MeeGo Linux. The 10-inch Maestro features an Intel Atom N475 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB SSD, Wi-Fi, and 3G. Evolve III hopes to launch the Maestro in the second quarter of 2011. The company has yet to reveal the slate’s price.
The Windows 7 RC has been available since late October, but a leaked copy of the official release has us fairly convinced we can expect to see Windows Update pushing out the final build by the end of the month. Microsoft confirmed on Friday that it completed the RTM version of SP1, and it had been shipped out to its closest OEM partners for integration into new PC’s.
Before you get too excited however, we would remind you that there isn’t much new here. If you’re the diligent type or have Windows Update enabled and set to automatic, you probably already have 95 percent of what is being offered anyway.
A quick search on my local torrent tracker has confirmed the existence of 7601.17514.win7sp1_rtm.101119-1850 in the wild, but we highly recommend you wait for the official release. Even if this is the final version, you have no idea what other “goodies” might have been salted into the code.
Most Windows users feel that Windows 7 is what Vista should have been all along. That sentiment is underscored by the fact that just under 21 percent of Windows users are now sitting pretty with Microsoft's latest and greatest, Arstechnica reports.
Vista, which never touched anything approaching a 20 percent share of Windows users, is now installed on a little over 12 percent of Windows machines. That means XP still reigns supreme with a 56.72 percent share of the Windows market, though that's 10 percent less than where it started in January 2010.
Windows 7 is the only Windows OS that gained share in 2010, jumping up by 13 percentage points. Vista, meanwhile, lost a little over 5 percentage points.
Have you made the switch to Windows 7? What OS(es) are you running at home?
Private copying levies can have a divisive impact on a room full of people with some sense of technology and law. It is arguably one of the most hotly debated areas of copyright law. In case you need to brush up on your knowledge of copyright law, a private copying levy is generally imposed on the sale of storage media that can be used for copying copyrighted content. The proceeds are distributed among copyright owners as prevenient compensation for copying.
The debate is about to heat up as France is now ready to expand the purview of its private copying levy beyond recordable media and MP3 players. The government there is considering taxing all non-Windows tablets with more than 40GB of storage. Apparently, they feel there is a strong case for taxing tablets as they can be used for duplicating copyrighted content. Despite the majority view that tablets are part of the genus Computer, the French possess enough profundity to point to something that makes the two substantially dissimilar: Windows.
Let alone the fact that even computers running a desktop OS, and not just tablets, can be used for duplicating content, it is ludicrous how the new law exempts tablets running Windows as it treats them as full PCs.
According to French trade magazine Numerama, tablet vendor Archos isn’t too pleased by the lopsided nature of the proposed law and has threatened to join a lawsuit against the legislation. Contending that it lets users turn the company’s Android tablets into full PCs by letting them install Linux on them, the company wants its tablets to be exempt from the levy in much the same way as Windows-based slates.