OS http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/1131/ en ARChron Hack Brings Android Apps to Chrome for Linux, OS X and Windows http://www.maximumpc.com/archron_hack_brings_android_apps_chrome_linux_os_x_and_windows <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/chrome-os-android-app.png" alt="ARChron" title="ARChron" width="228" height="151" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Theoretically, almost any app can be ported</h3> <p>When Google first announced Chrome OS in 2009, among the few people who were polite enough to not dismiss it outright, and predict for it either a stillbirth or an early demise, were those who saw a merger with Android as its ultimate fate. Of course, let alone a full-blown merger, we have yet to see substantial interplay between the two platforms. The best we have seen, all these years down the line, is the <strong>ability to run a grand total of four Android apps on Chrome OS</strong> — and that too is a very recent development. Even now, Google is only working with “a select group of Android developers” and is unlikely to bring more than a handful of mobile apps to Chrome OS in the near future. Well, that’s what hacks are for, right?</p> <p>A developer named Vlad Filippov (a.k.a Vladikoff) has not not only figured out a <a href="http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/09/hack-runs-android-apps-on-windows-mac-and-linux-computers/?utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_source=pulsenews" target="_blank">way to run virtually any Android app on Chrome OS</a>, he has also found a way to do so using the Chrome browser on major desktop OSes like OS X, Linux and Windows. To this end, he has released a custom version of <a href="http://chrome.blogspot.in/2014/09/first-set-of-android-apps-coming-to.html" target="_blank">App Runtime for Chrome (ARC)</a>, the Native Client-based Chrome OS extension that enables Android apps to run on Chrome — the APK needs to be converted into a Chrome extension. Unlike ARC, which is only compatible with Chrome OS,&nbsp; the hacked version called <a href="https://github.com/vladikoff/chromeos-apk/blob/master/archon.md">ARChon</a> can be used to run Android apps inside the Chrome browser. As for converting APKs into Chrome extensions, the Toronto-based developer has released a tool called “<a href="https://github.com/vladikoff/chromeos-apk" target="_blank">chromeos-apk</a>”.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/archron_hack_brings_android_apps_chrome_linux_os_x_and_windows#comments app runtime for chrome apps archron chrome chrome os hack linux nacl native client OS OS X Software Windows News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 06:54:08 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28578 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Schedules Windows 9 Event for September 30 http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_schedules_windows_9_event_september_30_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_9_screenie.jpg" alt="Windows 9 Screenie" title="Windows 9 Screenie" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Microsoft is finally ready to talk about its next version of Windows</h3> <p>Up to this point, we've mostly had to rely on <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/screenshots_windows_9_technical_preview_leak_online_2014">leaked photos</a> and <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/leaked_videos_show_key_windows_9_features930">videos</a> of Windows 9, codenamed Threshold, to understand what Microsoft has in store for us beyond Windows 8. Well, the wait for official information is almost over. <strong>Microsoft has begun sending out invitations to members of the press for a "Windows event"</strong> it plans to hold on September 30, 2014, in San Francisco.</p> <p>"Join us to hear about what's next for Windows and the enterprise," the invitation reads.</p> <p>This falls in line with previous rumors that had Microsoft pegged to talk about Windows 9 at the end of September. It's also been rumored that Microsoft will release to the public a Windows 9 Technical Preview either at the end of September or in early October. It's not known if Microsoft is planning to do that at its upcoming press event, though we'll soon find out.</p> <p><a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/15/6151417/windows-9-event-september-30th-san-francisco" target="_blank">According to <em>The Verge</em></a>, Joe Belfiore (Corporate Vice President, Operating Systems Group at Microsoft) and Terry Myerson (Executive Vice President of Operating Systems at Microsoft) will lead the discussion around the future of Windows. The event will be geared towards enterprise and Windows power users.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_schedules_windows_9_event_september_30_2014#comments enterprise microsoft operating system OS Software windows 9 News Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:01:08 +0000 Paul Lilly 28542 at http://www.maximumpc.com Leaked Videos Show Key Windows 9 Features http://www.maximumpc.com/leaked_videos_show_key_windows_9_features930 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u69/windows_9_start_menu.jpg" alt="Windows 9" title="Windows 9" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>See Windows 9’s Notification Center, Start Menu and multiple desktops in action</h3> <p>Microsoft may not have officially lifted the curtain on <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/windows_9" target="_blank">Windows 9 (a.k.a “Threshold”)</a> but if sites like <a href="http://winfuture.de/special/windows9/" target="_blank">WinFuture</a> continue to have their way, the Redmond-based company will have very little new to show us when it finally does get down to unveiling its next desktop operating system. (We don’t have an issue with these leaks, though.) The German site, which recently posted a bunch of allegedly <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/screenshots_windows_9_technical_preview_leak_online_2014" target="_blank">leaked screenshots of the rumored-to-be-upcoming Windows 9 Technical Preview</a>, has now taken to posting <strong>videos that showcase some of the upcoming OS’s features.</strong></p> <p>Four such videos have been released thus far by the German outfit. It is clear from the two videos dedicated to the returning Start Menu that in its latest avatar this iconic UI element will give the user a lot of say over its overall look and feel. You can not only pick and choose which Live Tiles you want your Start Menu to have, but it is also possible to have no Live Tiles at all and have a Smart Menu that is not too different from the one found in Windows 7.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/--wgAsHWNRE" width="620" height="250" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/I4eDVlRvws0" width="620" height="250" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>As for the remaining videos, one shows the all-new <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/windows_9_will_reportedly_have_notification_center309">Notification Center</a> in action while the other sheds light on the upcoming operating system’s multiple desktop functionality. </p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/VF4Eva_4UNE" width="620" height="250" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/7hG_0pLq49s" width="620" height="250" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/leaked_videos_show_key_windows_9_features930#comments leak multiple desktops notification center OS rumor Software Start Menu virtual desktops windows 9 technical preview News Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:56:20 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28531 at http://www.maximumpc.com Screenshots of Windows 9 Technical Preview Leak Online http://www.maximumpc.com/screenshots_windows_9_technical_preview_leak_online_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_9_start_menu.jpg" alt="Windows 9 Start Menu" title="Windows 9 Start Menu" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />These are the screenshots we've been waiting to see</h3> <p>Yes folks, it looks like the Start Menu is indeed making a long overdue comeback in Windows 9 (codenamed Threshold). <strong>A German-language website posted a bunch of screenshots of the Windows 9 Technical Preview</strong> that's due out either later this month or in early October, according to <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/get_sneak_peek_window_9_september_2014" target="_blank">previous rumors</a>. One of those screenshots shows the Start Menu as it will appear on the Desktop.</p> <p>The Start Menu looks similar to the one in Windows 7, but updated with Tiles on the right-hand side. It gives access to all your apps and settings, along with a search field at the bottom and a power button at the top.</p> <p>According to <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/11/6135079/windows-9-leak-technical-preview" target="_blank"><em>The Verge</em></a>, the screenies posted by <a href="http://winfuture.de/news,83577.html" target="_blank"><em>WinFuture</em></a> are genuine and reflective of a "very early" build that was sent to close Microsoft partners. With that in mind, the final product is likely to look a little bit different, though you do get a pretty good idea of what to expect from Windows 9.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/windows_9_screenie.jpg" alt="Windows 9 Screenshot" title="Windows 9 Screenshot" width="620" height="465" /></p> <p>Other tidbits shown off in the screenshots include a new search icon next to the Start button, a button that appears to be for the virtual desktops feature, Windows 8-style apps hovering on the Desktop, and the rumored <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/windows_9_will_reportedly_have_notification_center309" target="_blank">notifications center</a>.</p> <p>Image Credits: <em>WinFuture.de</em></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/screenshots_windows_9_technical_preview_leak_online_2014#comments operating system OS screenshots Software threshold windows 9 News Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:54:15 +0000 Paul Lilly 28523 at http://www.maximumpc.com KitKat Now Powers a Quarter of Android Devices http://www.maximumpc.com/kitkat_now_powers_quarter_android_devices_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/kitkat.jpg" alt="Android KitKat" title="Android KitKat" width="228" height="197" style="float: right;" />Jelly Bean still dominates, but KitKat is on the rise</h3> <p><strong>Android 4.4.x KitKat is now baked into about a quarter of all Android devices</strong> nearly a year after it was first released -- KitKat debuted on Google's Nexus 5 handset on October 31, 2013. With 24.5 percent of all Android gadgets running KitKt, the latest release is second only to Jelly Bean and enjoys a larger market share than all previous versions combined (Ice Cream Sandwich, Gingerbread, Froyo, Donut, and Cupcake).</p> <p>That's according to the <a href="http://developer.android.com/about/dashboards/index.html" target="_blank">Android Developers Dashboard</a> portal. The data contained on the site reflects devices running the latest Google Play Store app and is snapshot of all the devices the visited the store within the past 7 days. In other words, it's not a wholly accurate representation of the landscape, but it is the closest estimate available and is probably not far off when consider that the majority of Android device owners don't root their phones or tablets.</p> <p><a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/kitkat-now-flavors-a-quarter-of-all-android-devices/" target="_blank">According to <em>CNET</em></a>, KitKat's share of the Android market sat at 20.9 percent just a month ago, 17.9 percent in July, and 13 percent in June. That means it's been a good summer for KitKat.</p> <p>However, JellyBean still tops the chart with a dominating 53.8 percent share of the Android market, down just a blip from 54.2 percent in August. It's also worth mentioning that Android L (believed to be Lemon Meringue Pie) is not too far off in the distance.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/kitkat_now_powers_quarter_android_devices_2014#comments android KitKat mobile operating system OS Software News Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:40:55 +0000 Paul Lilly 28519 at http://www.maximumpc.com Windows 9 Will Reportedly Have a Notification Center http://www.maximumpc.com/windows_9_will_reportedly_have_notification_center309 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/windows_9_1_1.jpg" alt="Windows 9" title="Windows 9" width="228" height="173" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>A basic version said to be already present in early builds</h3> <p>As September 30th, the day Microsoft is widely rumored to release a “technical preview” of the next version of Windows — codenamed "Threshold” and commonly referred to as Windows 9 — draws near, you can expect to see a surge in Windows 9-related reports. According to one such report, <strong>Windows Threshold is going to feature a notification center à la the Windows Phone Action Center.</strong></p> <p>A notification center is said to be already present in some builds of Windows 9, if the folks over at <a href="http://www.neowin.net/news/windows-threshold-say-hello-to-the-notification-center" target="_blank">Neowin</a> are to be believed. Said to be accessible from the system tray, this notification center is reportedly quite basic in its current avatar, only possessing such simple features as the ability to sort notifications by app and a button to clear them all at once. </p> <p>However, you can expect the addition of some advanced features further along in the development process, when Microsoft starts receiving some valuable feedback from users. And talking of feedback, <a href="http://www.winbeta.org/news/windows-9-news-recap-notifications-center-threshold-feedback-and-unified-windows" target="_blank">recent reports</a> suggest that feedback received during the preview stage is set to play a more important role than ever before in determining what the final product will look like.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/windows_9_will_reportedly_have_notification_center309#comments feedback microsoft notification center operating system OS report rumor Software technical preview windows 9 windows phone action center windows threshold News Mon, 08 Sep 2014 02:42:51 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28489 at http://www.maximumpc.com Windows 8 Shows Signs of Life (Just in Time for Windows 9) http://www.maximumpc.com/windows_8_shows_signs_life_just_time_windows__2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ekg.jpg" alt="EKG" title="EKG" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Too little, too late?</h3> <p>With each new passing day, more Windows XP users are pulling the plug on the legacy operating system and upgrading to either Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1. We can see evidence of this in the market share trend dating back to April, which is when Microsoft stopped supporting XP. Since then, <strong>XP's share of the desktop market has dropped from 26.29 percent to 23.89 percent, while both Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 continue to make gains</strong>.</p> <p>Windows 7 held a 49.27 percent share of the desktop market at the end of April. With August having just recently come to a close, Windows 7's share now sits at 51.21 percent, which is virtually unchanged from July (51.22 percent). It's by far the most popular desktop OS, according to data provided by <a href="http://www.netmarketshare.com/operating-system-market-share.aspx?qprid=11&amp;qpcustomb=0&amp;qpsp=164&amp;qpnp=24&amp;qptimeframe=M" target="_blank">Net Applications</a>.</p> <p>However, it's Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 that have shown a pulse in the past month. Windows 8 crept up from 5.92 percent in July to 6.28 percent at the end of August, while Windows 8.1 went from 6.56 percent to 7.09 percent in the same time frame. The combined share of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 is now at 13.65 percent, up from 12.48 percent in June and 12.24 percent in April.</p> <p>At the rate Windows XP is falling and Windows 8/8.1 is climbing, the latter would likely overtake the former in less than a year, except for one little thing -- Windows 9 (codenamed Threshold). Microsoft is <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/get_sneak_peek_window_9_september_2014">reportedly planning</a> to unveil Windows 9 this month, followed by releasing a Technology Preview for eager users to play with.</p> <p>Rumor has it Microsoft will <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_may_ditch_charms_bar_windows_9_2014">get rid of the Charms Bar</a> in Windows 9 for desktop PCs. The forthcoming OS is also expected to bring back the shutdown feature on Start, along with other welcome features for mouse and keyboard users. If Windows 9 returns to its roots like users have been asking for, and does it without giving up the speed and security of Windows 8/8.1, then it could quickly find its way onto a significant number of desktops.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/windows_8_shows_signs_life_just_time_windows__2014#comments microsoft operating system OS softwware windows 8 windows 8.1 windows 9 windows xp News Wed, 03 Sep 2014 14:33:58 +0000 Paul Lilly 28469 at http://www.maximumpc.com Determined Developer Resurrects Windows XP with Unofficial Service Pack 4 http://www.maximumpc.com/determined_developer_resurrects_windows_xp_unofficial_service_pack_4_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_xp_laptop.jpg" alt="Windows XP Laptop" title="Windows XP Laptop" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Letting go is hard to do</h3> <p>Diehard Windows XP fans are having a hard time bidding the legacy operating system farewll -- by the numbers, it's estimated that some 15 percent (StatCounter) to just under 25 percent (Net Applications) of desktops are still running Windows XP. Save for businesses that pay a fee, <strong>Microsoft killed off support for Windows XP back in April, though one developer is determined to keep it alive with a new (and unofficial) Service Pack</strong>.</p> <p>Known as "harkaz" on on the <em>RyanVM.net</em> discussion board, he's been working on the Service Pack since September of last year. It contains official Windows XP security updates and patches intended for ATMs and POS systems running a specialized version of XP. You may recall that earlier in the year, it was discovered that XP users could continue to receive such updates via a <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_warns_against_using_registry_hack_allowing_windows_xp_receive_security_updates_2014">registry hack</a> -- the unofficial SP4 releases applies the hack by default and installs all of the fixes released up to this point.</p> <p>Naturally Microsoft cautions against installing these updates on regular versions of Windows XP, saying that they're "intended for Windows Embedded and Windows Server 2003 customers and do not fully protect Windows XP customers." They also haven't undergone testing on Windows XP. Instead, Microsoft advises that Windows XP users upgrade to Windows 7 or 8.1.</p> <p>Should you decide to throw caution to the wind -- bear in mind we know nothing about this developer, his coding skills, and how much testing he's done on XP machines -- you can grab the unofficial Service Pack <a href="http://www.ryanvm.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10321&amp;postdays=0&amp;postorder=asc&amp;start=0" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>Image Credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/cogdog/132287031" target="_blank">Flickr (Alan Levine)</a></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/determined_developer_resurrects_windows_xp_unofficial_service_pack_4_2014#comments microsoft operating system OS service pack 4 Software windows xp News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:18:20 +0000 Paul Lilly 28435 at http://www.maximumpc.com Android L May End Up Called Lemon Meringue Pie...Mmm, Pie http://www.maximumpc.com/android_l_may_end_called_lemon_meringue_piemmm_pie_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/android_lmp.jpg" alt="Android LMP" title="Android LMP" width="228" height="151" style="float: right;" />Would you like a slice of Lemon Meringue Pie with your KitKat?</h3> <p>Fact: Bears eat beets. Bears. Beets. Battlestar Gallactica. Another fact -- every version of Android since v1.5 has been named after a sweet dessert, in alphabetical order (Cupcake, Doughnut, Eclair, and so forth). As it stands, the next version of Android is currently codenamed L, and we can think of a bunch of desserts that start with that letter. However, <strong>there's evidence to suggest that Google with run with Lemon Meringue Pie for Android L</strong>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/08/23/lmp-lemon-meringue-pie-looking-more-and-more-likely-as-the-official-name-for-android-l/" target="_blank"><em>Android Police found</em></a> multiple official sources in code and documentation that list the next release as "LMP," which strongly suggest Google is baking Lemon Meringue Pie. It makes sense considering Google dropped Key Lime Lime at the last minute in favor of KitKat. Pie lovers are still owed a slice of pie, and it appears they'll get it with the next Android release.</p> <p>You can find references to LMP is in the Android SDK, which mentions the current preview builds of Android L available for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 labeled as "lpm-preview-release." An LMP reference is also found in the Wi-Fi certification for HTC's "flounder" (Volantis) tablet, which points to LMP firmware.</p> <p>Fun fact (not about bears): Before Key Lime Pie was tossed aside for KitKat in Android 4.4, the release was known as KLP in internal documents.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/android_l_may_end_called_lemon_meringue_piemmm_pie_2014#comments android android l Google lemon meringue pie operating system OS Software News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:36:03 +0000 Paul Lilly 28412 at http://www.maximumpc.com China Plans to Build an Operating System to Replace Windows and Android http://www.maximumpc.com/china_plans_build_operating_system_replace_windows_and_android_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/chinese_windows_7.jpg" alt="Chinese Windows 7" title="Chinese Windows 7" width="228" height="165" style="float: right;" />China's own operating system could be ready by October</h3> <p>After banning Microsoft's Windows 8 software for use on government PCs, <strong>China is now reportedly planning to cook up its own operating system</strong>. The home brewed OS could see a launch as early as October, and it would have the full backing of the Chinese government. China's motivation in building an OS of its own is to alleviate concerns that imported software from the likes of Microsoft, Google, and Apple could have spying mechanisms built into the code base.</p> <p>According to <em>Reuters</em>, China's OS would debut on desktop devices before expanding into smartphone and other mobile categories.</p> <p>"We hope to launch a Chinese-made desktop operating system by October supporting app stores," Ni Guangnan, head of an of an official OS development alliance, told the <em>People's Post and Telecommunications News</em>, <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/24/us-china-technology-idUSKBN0GO08H20140824" target="_blank"><em>Reuters</em> reports</a>.</p> <p>China banned the government use of Windows 8 back in May. Shortly after, China began investigating Microsoft for anti-trust violations.</p> <p>Tensions are also high between China and Google, with the former saying the latter has too much control over China's smartphone industry through Android.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/china_plans_build_operating_system_replace_windows_and_android_2014#comments android china Google microsoft operating system OS Privacy Security Software Windows News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:10:02 +0000 Paul Lilly 28411 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP Pushes Windows 7 PCs for Back to School Season with Instant Discounts http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_pushes_windows_7_pcs_back_school_season_instant_discounts_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hp_envy_0.jpg" alt="HP Envy" title="HP Envy" width="228" height="166" style="float: right;" />Save money on a Windows 7 system</h3> <p>With Windows 9 (Threshold) rumored for an introduction next month along with a Release Preview for consumers and developers alike, it's safe to say that the Windows 8 era is winding down, though some would argue it never truly began (market share figures would back that argument). So, what do you do if you're an OEM looking to pick up sales for the back to school season? Well, <strong>if you're HP, you promote Windows 7 and offer shoppers an enticing discount</strong>.</p> <p>HP has been sending out a newsletter to customers with the heading, "Windows 7 PCs on sale, just in time for school." That's an interesting sales pitch some two years after Windows 8 has been on the market. Nevertheless, consumers just haven't reacted to Windows 8/8.1 the way Microsoft hoped they would, so this isn't a terrible move by HP.</p> <p>If you head over to HP's "<a href="http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Laptops/Laptops" target="_blank">Laptops &amp; hybrids</a>" section, you'll see HP pushing Windows 7 laptops with instant savings of up to $170. You can save up to 20 percent off of Windows 7 laptops in certain cases, such as the HP Pavilion 15t-n200 -- it normally sells for $750 but is currently marked down to $600. The HP Envy 15t-j100 Quad Edition is close behind with a 19 percent reduction to $730, down from $900.</p> <p>Time is running out for Microsoft's hardware partners to sell Windows 7 PCs to consumers. After October 31, they'll no longer be able to sell systems with Windows 7 as a standard option.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_pushes_windows_7_pcs_back_school_season_instant_discounts_2014#comments back to school Hardware hewlett-packard hp OEM operating system OS rigs Software windows 7 News Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:55:20 +0000 Paul Lilly 28401 at http://www.maximumpc.com Get a Sneak Peek of Window 9 in September or October http://www.maximumpc.com/get_sneak_peek_window_9_september_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_9_1.jpg" alt="Windows 9" title="Windows 9" width="228" height="173" style="float: right;" />Microsoft is planning a technology preview of Threshold next month</h3> <p>Now that Microsoft is no longer bothering itself with major updates for Windows 8.1, the company can switch focus to its next operating system codenamed "Threshold," or Windows 9 if you think Microsoft will keep the numbering scheme going. What will Windows 9 bring to the table? If that's a question you'd like answered, stay tuned -- <strong>Microsoft is reportedly planning a "technology preview" of Windows 9</strong> either late next month or early October.</p> <p><a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-preps-windows-threshold-preview-for-late-september/" target="_blank">According to <em>CNET</em></a> and the multiple sources it spoke with who wish not to be named, anyone who installs the technology preview of Windows 9 will be required to accept subsequent monthly updates that are automatically pushed out. One of the sources "who has provided accurate information on Windows in the past" added that the tech preview will be available to anyone interested.</p> <p>Microsoft hasn't said much about Threshold or confirmed any features, though there have been a number of supposed leaks showing off different aspects of Windows 9, including a new mini Start Menu. If the leaked content is true, there will also be windowed Metro-style applications on the Desktop, virtual desktops, and no more Charms bar (except on tablets).</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/get_sneak_peek_window_9_september_2014#comments microsoft operating system OS Software threshold windows 9 News Fri, 15 Aug 2014 18:38:55 +0000 Paul Lilly 28356 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft May Ditch the Charms Bar in Windows 9 http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_may_ditch_charms_bar_windows_9_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/charms_bar.jpg" alt="Charms Bar" title="Charms Bar" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Will you miss the Charms Bar?</h3> <p>It's only a matter of time before we see how much Microsoft learned fom Windows 8/8.1 and the feedback it received from users. Windows 9, otherwise known as Threshold, will usher in a new era of Windows, and early indications point to a different design philosophy than the one that drew criticism in the current version of Windows. For example, one of the rumors floating around is that <strong>Windows 9 will get rid of the Charms Bar</strong>.</p> <p>According to <em>Winbeta.org</em>, Windows 9 will be very different from Windows 8/8.1 with the desktop taking center stage once again. Part of that entails getting rid of the Charms Bar, at least for the desktop version -- there's a chance Microsoft will retain the Charms Bar for tablets.</p> <p>"We can confirm that Microsoft have been toying with multiple different ways they could implement a new charms menu which is fluent and makes sense for mouse users. One method that we heard about that stands out is having a button up near the window controls that once pressed, would reveal the Search, Share, Devices and Settings charms from the top of the window (there's no need for a Start Button for desktop users in the charms)," <a href="http://www.winbeta.org/news/windows-9-threshold-charms-bar-you-know-it-will-no-longer-exist-desktop" target="_blank"><em>Winbeta.org</em> says</a>.</p> <p>Microsoft may also remove Charms altogether, though it gets a little complicated since a bunch of Modern UI apps depend on it for certain features and functions.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_may_ditch_charms_bar_windows_9_2014#comments microsoft operating system OS Software threshold windows 9 News Thu, 07 Aug 2014 18:00:10 +0000 Paul Lilly 28310 at http://www.maximumpc.com Windows 8 Market Share Stands Pat as Windows 7 Gains Ground http://www.maximumpc.com/windows_8_market_share_stands_pat_windows_7_gains_ground_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_8_ultrabook.jpg" alt="Windows 8 Ultrabook" title="Windows 8 Ultrabook" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Windows 8 may have hit a brick wall</h3> <p>Not much has happened in the Windows space this summer, though what little movement there's been indicates that <strong>users are still trending more towards Windows 7 than Windows 8/8.1</strong>. The combined share of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 in July was 12.48 percent, down a sliver from 12.54 percent in June and 12.64 percent in May. All of those figures are up slightly from the 12.24 percent share Window 8/8.1 held in April when support for XP ended, but nothing to brag about.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Windows 7 continues to inch forward month after month. Here's how the market share numbers have been playing out for Windows 7 since April of this year, according to data from <a href="http://www.netmarketshare.com/operating-system-market-share.aspx?qprid=11&amp;qpcustomb=0&amp;qpsp=163&amp;qpnp=25&amp;qptimeframe=M" target="_blank">Net Applications</a>:</p> <ul> <li>April: 49.27 percent</li> <li>May: 50.06 percent</li> <li>June: 50.55 percent</li> <li>July: 51.22 percent</li> </ul> <p>That's a 2 percent bump since Microsoft yanked support for Windows XP. And speaking of which, the legacy operating system is still installed on about a quarter of PCs around the world at 24.82 percent, which is down from 26.29 percent in April.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/windows_8_market_share_stands_pat_windows_7_gains_ground_2014#comments microsoft operating system OS Software windows 7 windows 8 windows xp News Mon, 04 Aug 2014 18:21:22 +0000 Paul Lilly 28287 at http://www.maximumpc.com Windows Phone 8.1 Update to Add Support for Folders http://www.maximumpc.com/windows_phone_81_update_add_support_folders_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lumia_635.jpg" alt="Lumia 635" title="Lumia 635" width="228" height="178" style="float: right;" />First update to Windows Phone 8.1 is coming soon</h3> <p>The cat is out of the bag -- <strong>Microsoft will soon release its first update for Windows Phone 8.1</strong>, and with it will come support for folders, the company revealed in a post intended for developers. As you can already do on the latest versions of Android and iOS, you'll soon be able to drag Tiles on top of each other on your Windows Phone handset to create a folder for organizing your applications.</p> <p>In addition to supporting folders, the update will introduce Voice over LTE (VoLTE) functionality (make phone calls over a 4G LTE connection), support for 1280x800 displays and 7-inch screens (perhaps indicative of upcoming Windows Phone phablets), and a phonebook entry for Cortana.</p> <p>One of the more interesting features in the upcoming update is support for interactive case accessories. This will allow case makers to build cases that can wake up the phone when they're opened and put them back to sleep when closed, <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/27/5941861/windows-phone-8-1-update-1-features" target="_blank"><em>The Verge </em>reports</a>. In addition, <a href="http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2357448/windows-phone-81-update-1-to-introduce-folders-volte-support" target="_blank"><em>The Inquirer</em> surmises</a> that Microsoft might be working on a cover similar to HTC's Dot View Case, which allows users to view notifications through the case.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/windows_phone_81_update_add_support_folders_2014#comments microsoft mobile operating system OS smartphone Software windows phone 8.1 News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:54:15 +0000 Paul Lilly 28253 at http://www.maximumpc.com