Operating Systems http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/1810/ en Microsoft Cautions Windows 8.1 Preview Expiring Soon http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_cautions_windows_81_preview_expiring_soon_2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u160391/winpreview_0.png" width="250" height="141" style="float: right;" />Get ready to shell out the cash for the GA release</h3> <p>If you've been using your trusty <strong><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/search/windows%208.1">Windows 8.1 Preview</a></strong> over the last couple of months, Microsoft wants to remind you that it's getting time for you to purchase the full edition. The Preview edition will be ending on January 15th, so you've got just enough time left to purchase a license before your brief look expires.&nbsp;</p> <p>Microsoft's official blog is as thus: ”Now that Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 have been generally available for a while, it’s time to get all your remaining devices that are still running Windows 8.1 Preview or Windows RT 8.1 Preview to the final GA release before the Preview release expires."</p> <p>This is your friendly Maximum PC reminder to get up to date if you need to before possible loss of access to unsaved data within occurs. Any of you looking to take the plunge?</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_cautions_windows_81_preview_expiring_soon_2013#comments microsoft news Operating Systems Windows windows 8.1 News Sat, 21 Dec 2013 21:00:25 +0000 Brittany Vincent 26934 at http://www.maximumpc.com Ubuntu Founder Officially Gives up Trying to Topple Microsoft http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/ubuntu_founder_officially_gives_trying_topple_microsoft%E2%80%99s_dominance123 <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u46173/markshuttleworth460x276.jpeg" alt="Mark Shuttleworth" title="Mark Shuttleworth" width="228" height="137" style="float: right;" /></p> <h3>Mission accomplished. Sort of…..</h3> <p>Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth announced on Thursday that <strong><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/ubuntu">Ubuntu</a></strong> Linux bug #1 – "Microsoft has a majority market share" – <a href="https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+bug/1/comments/1834">is now officially closed</a>. Rather than boasting about his victory, he gives much of the credit to iOS and Android. “Android may not be my or your first choice of Linux, but it is without doubt an open source platform that offers both practical and economic benefits to users and industry. So we have both competition, and good representation for open source, in personal computing.”</p> <p>We use the term “victory” above very loosely since it’s quite clear Shuttleworth didn’t achieve his overarching goals of dominating the PC industry. Back in 2004 he believed pretty strongly that all PC’s should ship with primarily free and open operating systems, a goal which quite clearly hasn’t played out like he expected. Even Android phones for the most part ship with locked boot loaders, and OEM’s do everything possible to restrict access.</p> <p>Despite the technicalities, Shuttleworth notes that the Microsoft of 2013 is nothing like the company he declared war on back in 2004. He writes that Microsoft Azure in particular is "a pleasure to work with" on Linux, and that today "circumstances have changed.”&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-style: italic;">Follow Justin on </span><a style="font-style: italic;" href="http://www.twitter.com/justinkerr">Twitter</a>&nbsp;or on <a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/102706118778464605651?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/ubuntu_founder_officially_gives_trying_topple_microsoft%E2%80%99s_dominance123#comments linux mark shuttleworth microsoft Operating Systems Software ubuntu News Sun, 02 Jun 2013 19:27:54 +0000 Justin Kerr 25649 at http://www.maximumpc.com Acer Chooses To Pass on the Current Version Windows RT http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/acer_choses_pass_current_version_windows_rt123 <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u46173/acertablet.png" alt="Acer Tablet" title="Acer Tablet" width="228" height="161" style="float: right;" /></p> <h3>Acer planned to release a Windows RT tablet in Q2, but will hold off for now.&nbsp;</h3> <p><strong><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/windows_rt">Windows RT</a></strong> tablets are of questionable value when compared to the competition, and Acer can’t resist the temptation to pile on. The PC maker has been making some<a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/acer_claims_aspire_p3_cats_meow_ultrabooks2013"> interesting tablet and Ultrabook designs lately</a>, but is choosing the <a href="http://www.citeworld.com/tablets/21824/acer-windows-rt-no-value">wait and see approach for the ARM version of Windows 8</a>. &nbsp;</p> <p>"There are still users looking for more versatile products," said Acer President Jim Wong. He went on to add, "To be honest, there's no value doing the current version of RT." In regards to his opinion on Windows 8, Wong’s opinion was mixed. “The launch was not ideal and the Surface tablet created some distraction, but Microsoft is now doing a good job of supporting its partners and explaining the touch-usage model to customers, Wong said.”</p> <p>When asked about the company’s vision of the future, Wong clarified that a major focus will be placed on hybrids going forward. "We believe Windows 8 has some more chances. That's why we continue to invest in Windows 8 tablets," Wong said.</p> <p><span style="font-style: italic;">Follow Justin on </span><a style="font-style: italic;" href="http://www.twitter.com/justinkerr">Twitter</a>&nbsp;or on <a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/102706118778464605651?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/acer_choses_pass_current_version_windows_rt123#comments Acer Hardware Operating Systems Software Windows windows 8 windows rt News Sun, 05 May 2013 21:25:45 +0000 Justin Kerr 25481 at http://www.maximumpc.com Windows 8 Blue Update Set to Address Issues With Ultra High Resolution Displays http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/windows_8_blue_update_tackles_issues_ultra_high_resolution_displays123 <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u46173/windows-8-logo-300x300.jpg" alt="Windows 8 " title="Windows 8" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" /></p> <h3>Windows Blue appears to be taking on some serious issues.</h3> <p><strong><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/windows_8">Windows</a></strong> display scaling is, and has always been a complete mess. Sure you can bump up the multiplier to make it look half decent if you’re using just one display, but Windows 8 tablet owners are seeing a completely different problem. The next generation of devices are shipping with ultra-high resolution panels that are 10 inches or less in size, but when you try to hook these up to a larger external monitor to get real work done, finding a setting that works with both is a bit of a nightmare. One is always too big, or too small, and you can’t set the scaling separately. Newer laptops are going to run into a similar problem, but the new Windows Blue update may finally be tackling this issue head on.</p> <p><a href="http://winsupersite.com/windows-8/blue-automatic-desktop-display-scaling">Paul Thurrott from WinSupersite.com</a> has noticed that a leaked build of the upcoming Windows 8 Blue update includes the option to “Let Windows manage my display settings”, which at least in his testing, yielded better results when mixing and matching displays with radically different DPIs. It’s an obvious feature when you think about it, and will become an increasingly frustrating problem as manufacturers start to roll out 1080p and higher displays as a standard option on portable machines if it’s not addressed.</p> <p>Its great to see Microsoft tackling real world issues with its first major update to Windows 8, but we aren’t ready to lay on the praise until we find out if it’s being offered for free or not.</p> <p><span style="font-style: italic;">Follow Justin on </span><a style="font-style: italic;" href="http://www.twitter.com/justinkerr">Twitter</a>&nbsp;or on <a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/102706118778464605651?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/windows_8_blue_update_tackles_issues_ultra_high_resolution_displays123#comments microsoft Operating Systems Software Windows windows 8 Windows Blue News Sun, 05 May 2013 19:13:41 +0000 Justin Kerr 25479 at http://www.maximumpc.com New Windows 8 Blue Leak Confirms Additional Features http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/new_windows_8_blue_leak_confirms_additional_features123 <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u46173/bluepersonalization_0.png" alt="Windows Blue" title="Windows Blue" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" /></p> <h3>Microsoft just can’t seem to keep a secret these days.</h3> <p><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/microsoft"><strong>Microsoft</strong></a> has a security problem, and as a website devoted to PC technology we have absolutely no problem with that. <a href="http://winsupersite.com/windows-8/blue-leaks-again-and-again">Two new leaked builds of Windows 8.1</a> (Blue) have emerged online, and we've had a chance to check out what’s changed. Experts with inside sources at Microsoft have confirmed that these leaks are still not feature complete, but with a public preview expected sometime in June, we won’t have to wait much longer. So what’s new? &nbsp;</p> <h3>Kiosk Mode</h3> <p>Anyone who has visited a Best Buy to check out new PC’s will know exactly why this feature is needed. Half the time floor models are either locked up, blue screened, or barely functional. The other fifty percent of the time they are shut down and unplugged. Windows 8.1 Kiosk mode will present potential customers with a “single immersive app experience”, allowing them to swipe around the interface without getting into trouble.</p> <h3>All Apps</h3> <p>Looking for an application installed on your machine, but can’t remember what its called? All apps will add an option to the start screen to see everything installed on your PC, and sort by date installed, most used, size, etc. You can bring up a list of all apps now by selecting search from the charms bar, but you can only see an alphabetical list currently.</p> <h3>Modern UI Synchronization</h3> <p>Settings already synced across PC’s in Windows 8 if you’re logged in using your Microsoft account, but now your start screen moves across as well. Log in from any PC, and feel right at home. This makes perfect sense, and we were sort of surprised this functionality wasn’t available at launch.</p> <h3>Rumor: Start Button and Boot to Desktop</h3> <p>Neither of these features are in the leaked build, but we have it on good authority that the start button and boot to desktop are both returning to Windows 8 Blue. The start button won’t bring back the start menu, and boot to desktop is easy to accomplished with third party tools, but these small concessions make a huge difference when you look at enterprise customers. &nbsp;</p> <div><span style="font-style: italic;">Follow Justin on </span><a style="font-style: italic;" href="http://www.twitter.com/justinkerr">Twitter</a>&nbsp;or on <a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/102706118778464605651?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></div> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/new_windows_8_blue_leak_confirms_additional_features123#comments microsoft Operating Systems Software Windows windows 8 windows 8.1 Windows Blue News Sun, 21 Apr 2013 22:05:48 +0000 Justin Kerr 25395 at http://www.maximumpc.com Windows Blue Alpha Build 9364 Leaks http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/windows_blue_alpha_build_9364_leaks <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u46173/blue.png" alt="Windows Blue" title="Windows Blue" width="228" height="113" style="float: right;" /></p> <h3>Microsoft continues to evolve the modern UI</h3> <p>Microsoft has denied for months that <strong><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/windows_blue">Windows Blue</a></strong> even exists, but we finally have proof. A forum post from a <a href="http://winforum.eu/Temat-Dyskusja-o-Windows-Blue">Polish tech blog</a> contained links for Windows 8 build 9364, and <a href="http://www.r27.it/2013/03/windows-blue-finisce-online-leakata-la-build-9364/">R27 installed the patch to verify its legitimacy</a>. The consensus seems to be that Build 9364 is an “alpha” version of Blue, and while it might not be entirely feature complete, it certainly gives us a pretty good idea of what Microsoft has in store. We would recommend against installing this build for both legal and stability reasons, however that doesn’t mean you're totally shut out. We’ve compiled a full gallery of screenshots showing off the changes, and so far we have to say things are looking up for the modern UI.&nbsp;</p> <h3><span style="font-size: 1.17em;">Oh Snap!</span></h3> <p><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u46173/snapviewnew.jpg"><img src="/files/u46173/snapviewnew.jpg" alt="Snap View 2 50/50" title="Snap View 2 50/50" width="500" height="239" /></a></p> <p>Perhaps the most significant change is how Microsoft is dealing with multitasking of modern UI applications. The shipping version of Windows 8 (build 9200) allows only two modern UI applications to be open at once. To make matters worse one is limited to lousy 320 pixels of horizontal real estate on the left or right hand side of the screen, significantly limiting the usefulness of the app. Build 9364 allows for a 50/50 split screen views, and even allows you to have up to 4 modern UI applications open on the screen at any given time. This type of flexibility will be critical if Microsoft hopes to ever fully replace the desktop, however developers will still need to update their applications to support the new aspect ratios. &nbsp;</p> <p><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u46173/snapviewwinblue1_1020_verge_super_wide.jpg"><img src="/files/u46173/snapviewwinblue1_1020_verge_super_wide.jpg" alt="4 Modern UI Apps Open At Once" title="4 Modern UI Apps Open At Once" width="500" height="168" /></a></p> <h3><span style="font-size: 1.17em;">New Live Tiles</span></h3> <p><span style="font-size: 1.17em;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u46173/20.png"><img src="/files/u46173/20.png" alt="New Live Tiles" title="New Live Tiles" width="500" height="375" /></a></span></p> <p>In Windows 8 live tiles can be either small, or large. Small has always felt a bit big for something that I only want to use as a shortcut, and large always felt too small to display enough useful information without launching the app. Build 9364 allows you to further shrink small tiles into miniature icons, and create new jumbo tiles for content rich applications. This type of flexibility will make the home screen more useful for desktop and tablet users alike, and brings much needed customization to the home screen.</p> <h3>Personalization</h3> <p><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u46173/bluepersonalization.png"><img src="/files/u46173/bluepersonalization.png" alt="Personalization" title="Personalization" width="500" height="375" /></a></p> <p>Windows 8 allows you to personalize the start screen, but offers a fairly limited range of colors to pick from. The new revamped personalization menu lets you blend the perfect color for your background, and even allows you to make start screen groups without using semantic zoom.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Control Panel Continues Death By A Thousand Cuts</h3> <p><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u46173/control_pannel.png"><img src="/files/u46173/control_pannel.png" alt="Windows Blue PC Settings" title="Windows Blue PC Settings" width="500" height="375" /></a></p> <p>PC settings under the modern UI allows you to change most of the settings found in the desktop control panel, but not everything. Windows Blue will continue this trend by allowing you to change Display Settings, Accounts, SkyDrive, Privacy, Network, Time and Language, and many more. The control panel is still around, but the evidence continues to mount that this legacy means of control your PC is quickly dying off.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Internet Explorer 11</h3> <p><img src="/files/u46173/ie11.jpg" alt="Internet Explorer 11" title="Internet Explorer 11" width="281" height="222" /></p> <p>Internet Explorer gets updated to version 11, however its somewhat difficult at this point to determine what if anything is changing. Cosmetically it looks the same as it’s predecessor, but as we mentioned before this alpha build is probably not feature complete.</p> <p>We will continue to update this article as new features are discovered, but so far the changes look promising. We just hope this ends up being a free update, and Microsoft doesn’t fragment the Windows market the way Apple and Google have in mobile.&nbsp;</p> <p>What do you think of the changes? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.</p> <p><span style="font-style: italic;">Follow Justin on </span><a style="font-style: italic;" href="http://www.twitter.com/justinkerr">Twitter</a>&nbsp;or on <a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/102706118778464605651?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/windows_blue_alpha_build_9364_leaks#comments Internet Explorer internet explorer 11 microsoft Operating Systems Software Windows windows 8 Windows Blue News Sun, 24 Mar 2013 18:11:01 +0000 Justin Kerr 25231 at http://www.maximumpc.com Windows Blue Confirmed by Microsoft Job Postings http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/windows_blue_confirmed_microsoft_job_postings123 <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u46173/windows8ballmer.jpg" alt="Windows 8 and Steve Ballmer" title="Windows 8 and Steve Ballmer" width="229" height="167" style="float: right;" /></p> <h3>Windows 8 customers can look forward to additional features as part of a new rapid iteration initiative at Microsoft.</h3> <p><a href="http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-job-postings-confirm-more-about-windows-and-windows-phone-blue-7000011399/">A February 15th job posting</a> by <strong><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/microsoft">Microsoft</a></strong> has all but confirmed the existence of “Windows Blue”, and the role it will play in improving the Core Windows 8 experience. According to the listing, Microsoft is looking for individuals willing to work on the centerpiece of its new Windows UI, and the additional verbiage surrounding the qualifications suggest they are referring to the new start screen interface.</p> <p>Here is the official wording from the post:</p> <p><em>“We're looking for an excellent, experienced SDET to join the Core Experience team in Windows Sustained Engineering (WinSE). The Core Experience features are the centerpiece of the new Windows UI, representing most of what customers touch and see in the OS, including: the start screen; application lifecycle; windowing; and personalization. Windows Blue promises to build and improve upon these aspects of the OS, enhancing ease of use and the overall user experience on devices and PCs worldwide."</em></p> <p>For those that haven’t been following, Windows Blue promises to be more than just a service pack, and like the company’s new licensing terms for Office, Blue also represents a radical departure from the standard way of doing business in Redmond. Blue is widely expected to include new features, further bridge the gaps between mobile and desktop platforms, and implement API’s to help assist developers.&nbsp;</p> <p>This new information unofficially confirms that Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 users can look forward to big changes before the launch of Windows 9, but we still don’t know if these will come with a price tag or not.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Follow Justin on <a href="http://www.twitter.com/justinkerr">Twitter</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/windows_blue_confirmed_microsoft_job_postings123#comments microsoft Operating Systems Software Windows windows 8 Windows Blue News Sun, 17 Feb 2013 23:26:56 +0000 Justin Kerr 25040 at http://www.maximumpc.com Windows 8 Pricing Returns to Normal in February – Is $200 too Expensive? http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/windows_8_pricing_returns_normal_february_%E2%80%93_200_too_expensive <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u46173/windows8pc.png" alt="Windows 8 PC" title="Windows 8 PC" style="float: right;" /></p> <h3>Windows 8 has tons of post-sale revenue potential, so is $200 too much to ask?</h3> <p>We’ve seen this story reported on by several blogs around the web, but few seem to point out that the price of <strong><a href="http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/download-shop">Windows 8</a></strong> isn’t going up, its just returning to normal. Microsoft’s promotional pricing that allowed for <a href="http://www.windowsupgradeoffer.com/">$15 upgrades with the purchase of a new Windows 7 PC</a>, or <a href="http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/buy?ocid=GA8_O_WOL_Hero_ShopHP_FPP_Null">$40 if you have anything newer than XP</a> expires at the end of the month, and it doesn’t look like they have any intention of extending it.</p> <p>This leads to perhaps the more interesting question. Will anyone still be buying Windows 8 Pro upgrade licenses going forward at $199 each? Sure a less expensive core edition can still be had for $119, but even that seems a bit on the high side. Microsoft for the first time ever finds themselves in an awkward position these days. While we can’t begrudge them the reality that operating system development is expensive, the competition is either free, or subsidized heavily by hardware.&nbsp;</p> <p>The vast majority of new Windows 8 users will be force fed the new UI with the purchase of a new PC, but if Microsoft really wants to keep the ball rolling, $120-$200 upgrades probably won’t help. <a href="http://winsupersite.com/windows-8/fact-check-windows-8-pricing-identical-windows-7">Paul Thurott from Winsupersite.com</a> argues that Microsoft is justified charging the same price per copy as Windows 7, but he failed to consider Windows 8’s additional revenue possibilities that could justify lower price points. Windows 8’s built in applications have advertisements front and center, and don’t forget Microsoft gets a cut on everything you buy from the new Windows store.&nbsp;</p> <p>We aren’t going to render judgment on whether or not Windows 8 is worth the new “normal price”, Microsoft’s customers will do that for us. We would simply argue that Microsoft is fighting an uphill battle, and that fight just got much more difficult at the new price points. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>Windows 8 has tons of post-sale revenue potential, so is $200 too much to ask?</p> <p><span style="font-style: italic;">Follow Justin on </span><a style="font-style: italic;" href="http://www.twitter.com/justinkerr">Twitter</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/windows_8_pricing_returns_normal_february_%E2%80%93_200_too_expensive#comments microsoft Operating Systems Software upgrade Windows windows 8 News Sun, 20 Jan 2013 17:27:00 +0000 Justin Kerr 24881 at http://www.maximumpc.com Windows 8 Store Adding Apps at an Impressive Rate http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/windows_8_store_adding_apps_impressive_rate123 <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u46173/store.png" alt="Windows 8 Store" title="Windows 8 Store" width="228" height="146" style="float: right;" /></p> <h3>Windows 8 will have quantity, but will it have quality?</h3> <p>The <strong><a href="http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/meet">Windows 8</a></strong> App Store has only been officially open for about two months now, but the number of apps available is just a few dozen away from passing over the <a href="http://metrostore.preweb.sk/">36,000 mark</a>. That’s an impressive accomplishment to be sure; however it’s still difficult to single out any example of a “killer app” for the platform.&nbsp;</p> <p>The store filled up quickly with the usual suspects such as Angry Birds, but it’s also picked up a ton of unofficial apps for popular services such as YouTube and Facebook. To make matters worse, it’s not easy for your average consumer to determine which apps are knock offs, and which are the real deal. The screenshot below showing the results for “Facebook” prove this point nicely.&nbsp;</p> <p>It’s still early days, and the situation is bound to improve, but let’s hope Microsoft puts some serious effort into helping consumers locate and discover worthwhile apps.&nbsp;</p> <p>They’ve got quantity, but do they have quality? Take a look at the screenshots below, and let us know your impressions.</p> <p><em>Follow Justin on <a href="http://www.twitter.com/justinkerr">Twitter</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/windows_8_store_adding_apps_impressive_rate123#comments app store microsoft Operating Systems Windows windows 8 News Sun, 30 Dec 2012 20:46:21 +0000 Justin Kerr 24748 at http://www.maximumpc.com President of the Free Software Foundation Accuses Ubuntu of being “Spyware” http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/president_free_software_foundation_accuses_ubuntu_being_%E2%80%9Cspyware%E2%80%9D123 <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u46173/220px-rms_at_pitt.jpg" alt="Richard Stallman" title="Free Software Foundation President" style="float: right;" /></p> <h3>Richard Stallman accuses Canonical of spying on Ubuntu users.</h3> <p><strong><a href="http://www.canonical.com/">Canonical</a></strong>, the company behind the wildly popular <strong><a href="http://www.ubuntu.com/">Ubuntu</a></strong> distro is under siege from Free Software Foundation president Richard Stallman. Stallman has accused Canonical of spying on users, and oddly enough, they aren’t even denying it. In fact, they even admit plans are in the works to <a href="http://www.fsf.org/blogs/rms/ubuntu-spyware-what-to-do">expand their efforts in upcoming releases</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The complaint Stallman has highlighted in particular is a controversial new feature introduced in Ubuntu 12.10 that combines a user’s local desktop search, with results from Amazon.<em> </em></p> <p><em>"When the user searches her own local files for a string using the Ubuntu desktop, Ubuntu sends that string to one of Canonical's servers. … Ubuntu uses the information about searches to show the user ads to buy various things from Amazon."&nbsp;</em></p> <p>If a user goes through and makes a purchase, Amazon provides Canonical with a cut in the form of an affiliate fee. Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth has <a href="http://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/1182">defended the decision on his blog</a>, but is facing mounting criticism from users who are used to getting a free OS with no strings attached. &nbsp;</p> <p>It’s a simple matter to disable the feature, but Stallman doesn’t think users should accept this as the solution.</p> <p><em>“Ubuntu allows users to switch the surveillance off. Clearly Canonical thinks that many Ubuntu users will leave this setting in the default state (on). And many may do so, because it doesn't occur to them to try to do anything about it. Thus, the existence of that switch does not make the surveillance feature ok.”</em></p> <p><em>Follow Justin on <a href="http://www.twitter.com/justinkerr">Twitter</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/president_free_software_foundation_accuses_ubuntu_being_%E2%80%9Cspyware%E2%80%9D123#comments canonical Free Software Foundation linux Operating Systems Software spyware ubuntu News Sun, 09 Dec 2012 19:54:11 +0000 Justin Kerr 24647 at http://www.maximumpc.com PC OEM’s Refuse To Take The Blame For Soft Windows 8 Sales http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/pc_oem%E2%80%99s_refuse_take_blame_soft_windows_8_sales123 <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u46173/windows8.jpg" alt="Windows 8" style="float: right;" /><strong><a href="http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/home">Windows 8</a></strong> hasn’t been the complete train wreck some were predicting, but it also seems clear it wasn’t a run away success either. <strong><a href="http://www.microsoft.com">Microsoft</a></strong> dropped word that it moved over <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/microsoft_sold_40_million_windows_8_licenses_first_month400">40 million copies of Windows 8</a> within the first month, however there has been a great deal of debate on whether or not this actually constitutes a success. It’s approximately the same number of licenses Windows 7 sold during the same launch period, but as you’ve no doubt read us discussing ad nauseum, times have changed. Evidence has surfaced that <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/windows_8_selling_far_below_expectations_don%E2%80%99t_count_it_out_just_yet456">Microsoft blames OEM’s for sales falling below internal projections</a>, and OEM as you can imagine see things differently.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/11/oem-windows-8/">Wired contacted a number of Microsoft partners</a> looking for comments both on, and off the record, and the consensus seems to be “don’t blame us”. The disconnect here seems to be between what Microsoft projected they would sell, and the more realistic expectations set by the individual OEM’s. Toshiba, Dell and Sony all agree that slow initial sales can be easily attributed to a number of factors beyond their control, and that the device market is a much more crowded place than it was when Windows 7 launched.</p> <p>Sony VIAO product manager Dave McFarland for example says its been seeing comparatively slow Windows 8 device sales, but it is more or less what they were expecting. “The expectations of what we forecasted for — I don’t want to say we’re right on track — we’re probably close to being on track to where we predicted,” he said. “If I had to compare Windows Vista to Windows 7 versus Windows 7 to Windows 8, our sales numbers aren’t as high as from the Vista to Windows 7 era.” McFarland was still optimistic about the future of Windows 8, but claims a such a major revision will take time and support to gain consumer acceptance.</p> <p>&nbsp;“Both parties need to work together,” McFarland says. “It’s one without the other, you don’t have the hardware, the software can’t be there, and vice versa. Both groups shouldn’t be blaming each other, both groups should be closer. If it’s not doing well, we should figure out how we can all better figure this out and see why.”</p> <p><em>Follow Justin on <a href="http://www.twitter.com/justinkerr">Twitter</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/pc_oem%E2%80%99s_refuse_take_blame_soft_windows_8_sales123#comments microsoft OEM Operating Systems sales Software Windows windows 8 News Sun, 02 Dec 2012 19:43:37 +0000 Justin Kerr 24606 at http://www.maximumpc.com Windows 8 Selling Far Below Expectations, But Don’t Count It Out Just Yet http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/windows_8_selling_far_below_expectations_don%E2%80%99t_count_it_out_just_yet456 <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u46173/windows8surfacert.jpg" alt="Windows 8 Surface" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" /><strong><a href="http://www.microsoft.com">Microsoft </a></strong>wanted us all to believe <strong><a href="http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/home">Windows 8</a></strong> would spark a new wave of consumer upgrades, and finally put to rest all the <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/pc_sales_remain_flat_market_waits_windows_8">doom and gloom stories about declining PC sales</a>. Skeptics were skeptical (surprise), but at least a few of these naysayers have been proven right. Windows 8 hasn’t lit the PC world on fire, but can we all at least agree it’s just a bit too early to say Windows 8 is a flop? Blogs from around the web pounced on the <a href="http://winsupersite.com/windows-8/windows-8-sales-well-below-projections-plenty-blame-go-around">Supersite’s headline </a>declaring Windows 8 a failure, but the story here is much more complicated.</p> <p>Windows 8, to be fair, is launching into a very different marketplace than Windows 7. Business users have spent the last year preparing to roll out 7, and consumers are drawing out the upgrade cycle more and more each year. When Windows 7 hit the market, it was competing against a nearly decade old Windows XP, and its barely competent replacement Windows Vista. Consumers were ready to upgrade, and took advantage of the rave reviews.</p> <p>Companion phones and tablets aren’t helping either. Consumers are increasingly looking at a traditional PC as a machine to get work done, and mobile devices as a source of entertainment. When you stop to consider the average workload of your typical home consumer, it’s not hard to see why PC sales are struggling, despite a new OS release. Even five year old hardware has no problem running Microsoft Word. Consumers will still buy hundreds of millions of Windows 8 PC’s, however longer upgrade cycles combined with a fear of the unknown will drag out the process.</p> <p>Windows 8 may still ultimately become the bestselling version of Windows, it just doesn’t have consumers lining up at Best Buy en masse.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Follow Justin on <a href="http://www.twitter.com/justinkerr">Twitter</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/windows_8_selling_far_below_expectations_don%E2%80%99t_count_it_out_just_yet456#comments global pc sales microsoft Operating Systems pc sales sales Software Windows windows 8 News Sun, 18 Nov 2012 18:54:46 +0000 Justin Kerr 24528 at http://www.maximumpc.com Ballmer Claims Microsoft Surface RT Sales are off to a “Modest” Start http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/ballmer_claims_microsoft_surface_rt_sales_are_%E2%80%9Cmodest%E2%80%9D_start423 <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u46173/ballmer.jpg" alt="Steve Ballmer" width="228" height="146" style="float: right;" />Exact sales figures on devices can be somewhat hard to come by. Apple will occasionally share how many “iOS device’s they sold in a quarter”, they might even be generous enough to separate phones and tablets, but they rarely break it down by model. The <strong><a href="http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-US/surface-with-windows-rt/home">Surface RT</a></strong> has been on sale now for about two weeks, and while we don’t exactly have specific numbers to go on, we do know what Steve Ballmer thinks of its sales performance in general.</p> <p>The often outspoken CEO shared a few details during an interview with <a href="http://www.leparisien.fr/high-tech/steve-ballmer-microsoft-bientot-une-nouvelle-tablette-haut-de-gamme-09-11-2012-2307103.php">Le Parisien</a>, and claimed the tablet is off to a “modest” start. This doesn’t tell us much, but if the Surface RT were hitting it out of the park I think Steve Baller would be taking a page from Tom Cruise, and be jumping up and down on the couch instead.&nbsp;</p> <p>It remains to be seen if <strong><a href="http://www.microsoft.com">Microsoft</a></strong> can hold its own in the cut throat hardware market, or if potential customers are just holding off for the release of the Surface Pro. Why Microsoft would choose to launch Surface RT before the Pro continues to baffle us. The new modern UI style apps is about all Windows RT has to offer, and at least as of today, is vastly inferior to competing platforms. This could change in a hurry, however much consumer anxiety could have been assuaged if they had simply launched a product that ran desktop apps in the meantime.</p> <p>Let us know what you think in the comments below.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Follow Justin on <a href="http://www.twitter.com/justinkerr">Twitter</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/ballmer_claims_microsoft_surface_rt_sales_are_%E2%80%9Cmodest%E2%80%9D_start423#comments Hardware microsoft microsoft surface Operating Systems Software windows 8 windows rt News Mon, 12 Nov 2012 02:34:45 +0000 Justin Kerr 24482 at http://www.maximumpc.com Kaspersky’s Security Researchers Leave Microsoft off the Top 10 Most Vulnerable List. Apple not so lucky. http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/kaspersky%E2%80%99s_security_researchers_leave_microsoft_top_10_most_vulnerable_list_apple_not_so_lucky343 <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u46173/infection.png" alt="infection" width="205" height="197" style="float: right;" /><strong><a href="http://www.microsoft.com">Microsoft</a></strong> has suffered through more than a few security embarrassments over the years, but at least according to Kaspersky Labs, the Redmond based software giant is back in control. The security researchers have named the <a href="http://www.securelist.com/en/analysis/204792250/IT_Threat_Evolution_Q3_2012">top 10 offending companies/products</a>, and for once, Microsoft has been knocked off the list thanks to improvements in <strong><a href="http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/home">Windows 7 &amp; 8</a></strong>. Automatic update mechanisms are citied as the top reason for the high profile exclusion, and have indeed done an amazing job of keeping hackers at bay.</p> <p>Here is a list of the top 10 worst offenders:</p> <p>1.) Oracle Java Multiple Vulnerabilities: DoS-attack (Gain access to a system and execute arbitrary code with local user privileges) and Cross-Site Scripting (Gain access to sensitive data). Highly Critical.</p> <p>2.) Oracle Java Three Vulnerabilities: Gain access to a system and execute arbitrary code with local user privileges. Extremely Critical.</p> <p>3.) Adobe Flash Player Multiple Vulnerabilities: Gain access to a system and execute arbitrary code with local user privileges. Gain access to sensitive data. Highly Critical.</p> <p>4.) Adobe Flash Player Multiple Vulnerabilities: Gain access to a system and execute arbitrary code with local user privileges. Bypass security systems. Highly Critical.</p> <p>5.) Adobe Reader/Acrobat Multiple Vulnerabilities: Gain access to a system and execute arbitrary code with local user privileges. Extremely Critical.</p> <p>6.) Apple QuickTime Multiple Vulnerabilities: Gain access to a system and execute arbitrary code with local user privileges. Highly Critical.</p> <p>7.) Apple iTunes Multiple Vulnerabilities: Gain access to a system and execute arbitrary code with local user privileges. Highly Critical.</p> <p>8.) Winamp AVI / IT File Processing Vulnerabilities: Gain access to a system and execute arbitrary code with local user privileges. Highly Critical.</p> <p>9.) Adobe Shockwave Player Multiple Vulnerabilities: Gain access to a system and execute arbitrary code with local user privileges. Highly Critical.</p> <p>10.) Adobe Flash Player Multiple Vulnerabilities: Gain access to a system and execute arbitrary code with local user privileges. Bypass security systems. Gain access to sensitive data. Extremely Critical.</p> <div><span style="font-style: italic;">Follow Justin on </span><a style="font-style: italic;" href="http://www.twitter.com/justinkerr">Twitter</a></div> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/kaspersky%E2%80%99s_security_researchers_leave_microsoft_top_10_most_vulnerable_list_apple_not_so_lucky343#comments Adobe apple flash itunes Java kaspersky microsoft Operating Systems oracle QuickTime Security Software winamp News Sun, 04 Nov 2012 20:08:57 +0000 Justin Kerr 24443 at http://www.maximumpc.com Google Tries To Woo Back Windows 8 Users Flirting With Bing Using a Clever New Video http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/google_tries_woo_back_windows_8_users_flirting_bing_using_clever_new_video <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u46173/getyourgoogleback.png" alt="Get Your Google Back" style="float: right;" /><strong><a href="http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/meet">Windows 8</a></strong> is far and away the most “Bing Centric” operating system to ever come out of Redmond, and if adoption is as brisk as <strong><a href="http://www.microsoft.com">Microsoft</a></strong> hopes, Google should be quite nervous. Novice users might get sucked into Microsoft’s cloud by accident, and considering how great all the new services are, Google risks never getting them back. So what’s the solution? A <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=TGplftLI9Fo">hilarious new video</a> showing how to “Get Your Google Back”.</p> <p>If you don’t feel like watching the video we can simplify things a bit. Just load up your metro version of Internet Explorer, head on over to <a href="http://www.getyourgoogleback.com">getyourgoogleback.com</a> , and start mashing install buttons. The goal is to make it easy for users to grab the metro search app, along with the ever familiar and powerful Chrome browser. If visit the site from a Windows 8 AMD or Intel based machine, then Chrome will install both the metro and desktop versions at once.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>POWER USER TIP</strong>: Don’t sign into your Chrome account using the Metro version of the browser on your first launch. Your synchronized extensions for some reason don’t always get added to the desktop version, which if you're using desktop, can be a huge pain. I'm sure this will be fixed soon enough, but has continued to plagued me since the release preview.</p> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/TGplftLI9Fo" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><span style="font-style: italic;">Follow Justin on </span><a style="font-style: italic;" href="http://www.twitter.com/justinkerr">Twitter</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/google_tries_woo_back_windows_8_users_flirting_bing_using_clever_new_video#comments chrome Google microsoft Operating Systems Search Engines Software Windows windows 8 News Sat, 27 Oct 2012 15:57:36 +0000 Justin Kerr 24406 at http://www.maximumpc.com