Earlier this week Microsoft reaffirmed its decision to kill off XP at the end of the month, but vowed to support the OS through 2014. Apparently that support doesn't include the 2008 Olympics, giving Microsoft the Gold in 'Most Ways to Shove a Bloated OS Down Consumers' Throats.' Through a partnership with Wavexpress and its TVTonic client, Vista Ultimate and Home Premium users can download "up-to-HD" coverage at no charge.
Not a Vista user but still interested in watching the Olympics on your PC? Find out how after the jump.
Put your virtual pencils down, you can stop signing the Save XP petition now. In an open letter to Windows customers this week, Bill Veghte, Microsoft's senior VP, squelched any hopes the software maker would grant the soon-to-be retired OS another reprieve. But while Microsoft will officially pull the plug on XP at the end of the month, it will still provide security patches "and other critical updates" all the way up until April, 2014, nearly 13 years after XP first debuted. Veghte also reiterated that XP will continue to be sold on low-end PCs, as well as offered as a downgrade option when buying Vista Business or Ultimate. And as for Windows 7? Look for the new OS sometime around January, 2010.
Who says Windows isn’t comparable to Linux on a supercomputer? A beta version of Microsoft’s Windows HPC Server 2008 recently came online at a supercomputer built and maintained in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois and ranked No. 23 in the world with a problem-solving performance of 68.5 teraflops. Eweek.com reports that “it runs on commodity hardware and reported 77.7 percent application efficiency on 9,472 cores, making this facility one of the most powerful supercomputing systems in the world and the fastest Windows cluster to date”. They go on to say that when they deployed Windows HPC on over 1,000 nodes, they went from bare metal to running the Linpack benchmark programs in just four hours.
Microsoft has announced that the release candidate version of Windows HPC Server 2008 will be available for download sometime during the last week of June.
If you're planning on purchasing a new PC with XP preinstalled, do it before the end of the month. June 30th marks Microsoft's end-of-availability deadline for XP, but some OEMs plan to still ship PCs with the aging OS by taking advantage of downgrade rights built into Vista's Business and Ultimate flavors. However, buyers of Dell's Vostro line of desktops and notebooks will pay a $20 to $50 premium for the downgrade compared to just sticking it out with Vista. This begs the question, how deep (in your wallet) is your devotion to XP?
Patch Tuesday for June has arrived, bringing a bevy of security fixes along with a very important update for AMD-based Windows XP systems having problems updating to SP3, so pry yourself away from the barbeque grill and find out what's being fixed - and why.
June might be the beginning of summer, but Microsoft's not on vacation. They've been listening to gripes about Windows (Desktop) Search and Windows Home Server, and they're rolling out the solutions we need.