When even the purpose of our own existence continues to be a mystery, Taiwan-based ITG has every right to sell a desktop OS-running phone that apparently has no clearly defined purpose. By the same token, it also has the right to come up with a successor to that pointless phone. And that’s exactly what ITG plans to do.
All things eventually come to an end, and for Windows XP and its legion of holdouts, the end is nigh. It's a dead OS walking and the governors at Microsoft aren't going to pick up the phone at the last moment and give it yet another stay of execution. Microsoft general manager for Windows Commercial marketing, Rich Reynolds, confirmed as much in an interview with InformationWeek.
Has it been a decade already? A little more, actually. Two days ago marked the 10-year anniversary of the day Windows XP hit RTM (release to manufacturing) status before graduating to retail on October 25, 2001. Despite the fact that it's a 10-year-old operating system, XP still powers more than half of all Windows PCs around the world.
It's no easy task remaining relevant for a decade, as Steven Seagal and Jean-Claude Van Damme can attest (and if you don't know who they are, it reinforces the point). Yet somehow, Windows XP is still a fan favorite 10 years after its release, at least according to its market share numbers. But is the love affair with XP finally starting to fizzle? Let's take a look.
Users still clinging to Windows XP like that fast and gnarly Trans Am from yesteryear that's just too familiar to part with have yet another reason to consider a new ride. According to security firm Avast, XP is a fertile breeding ground for cyber infection, especially for rootkits, of which 74 percent of infections originated from in a recent six-month study cataloging over 630,000 samples.
We've lost count of how many times Windows XP has been sentenced to death, only to receive a stay of execution from Microsoft in some form or another. Give netbooks credit for keeping the popular OS alive longer than it probably would have been had netbooks never been popularized. But even those have migrated to Windows 7. Well, Microsoft has made the decision to finally retire Windows XP, for good, three years from now.
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.
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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.
It’s been almost two years since ITG first started teasing us with spy shots of the xpPhone, and the landscape its facing today is a drastically different place. Windows 7 has hit on the desktop end, and Windows Phone 7 is finally showing up Apple users everywhere. Despite all the changes however the inner geek in me is very interested by what I’m seeing.
Featuring a full QWERTY keyboard (arrows and all) this 4.8 inch device has a spec sheet that reads more like a list of things Steve Jobs would never put on a phone than an official press release. USB, VGA, and GPS all come standard on either the 8 or 16GB editions all powered by an AMD CPU. It’s quite a bit of hardware under the hood, but it comes with a pretty steep price tag as well. The 8GB version will run you $798, with a DOS only version for the cheapskates priced at $666.
I’m not sure I really want Windows XP on my phone, or DOS for that matter, but it certainly would be fun to play around with for a few days. Anyone out there interested?
The slow and agonizing death of Windows XP has been blogged about many times here on Maximum PC, but today marks the final milestone for what is still the most popular operating system on the planet. Starting today, PC makers are no longer allowed to preload Windows XP on new PCs. Most OEMs had completed the switch over to offering Windows 7 on most desktop’s and laptop’s, but the OS was still fairly popular in the netbook space.
Sad as this may sound, those who simply can’t get enough Windows XP still have the option to exercise their downgrade rights, which are part of every single Windows license sold. Anyone who purchases a copy of Windows 7 actually has the ability to use the product key with Windows Vista, or XP as long as they can get their hands on the DVD installer.
This little known loophole is one of the reasons its difficult to accurately gage exactly how many “active copies” of each new OS actually get sold. Many companies simply buy machines with the most modern OS license, then drop on an image file of whatever version of Windows they have standardized upon. In most cases this is still Windows XP which, at least in the case of Vista, could have drastically distorted the number of copies in use.
Long story short Windows XP will continue to be downgradable until at least 2015, just don’t expect to find it pre-installed on new machines going forward.