Windows http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/189/ en China Plans to Replace All Windows Machines with Linux Rigs by 2020 http://www.maximumpc.com/china_plans_replace_all_windows_machines_linux_rigs_2020 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/linux_penguin_0.jpg" alt="Linux Penguin" title="Linux Penguin" width="228" height="240" style="float: right;" />It's a "de-Windowsifying movement"</h3> <p>Most of the mainstream angst directed towards Windows 8 and 8.1 in the U.S. has to do with the Modern UI and little things like the lack of a Start menu. But while hopes are high that Windows 10 will be the OS everyone wanted Windows 8 to be, China's concerns run much deeper than the UI. As such, <strong>China reportedly plans to undergo a "de-Windowsifying" process in which its systems will be move to a state-endorsed version of Linux by 2020</strong>.</p> <p>"We call this a de-Windowsifying movement," Computer Science Professor Ni Guangnan of the Chinese Academy of Engineering <a href="http://www.ecns.cn/business/2014/10-23/139690.shtml" target="_blank">told <em>Ecns.cn</em></a>.</p> <p>The 75-year-old professor went on to discuss his plans to bring together China's homegrown OS developers in an alliance to replace Windows within the next few years.</p> <p>"Now is the most vulnerable time for Microsoft in China, and the best time for homegrown software companies to beat it," Ni added.</p> <p>So far the effort has the support of 15 OS developers. None of them can take on Windows by going at it alone, but China's hope is that by pooling their talent and resources, they can rid the country's reliance on Microsoft's OS. It's also worth noting that China recently banned the use of Windows 8 on all government PCs due to spying concerns.</p> <p>"At the end of the day, I expect the 15 operating systems to merge into one or two operating systems, while the rest of the developers can shift into providing other relevant services," Ni said.</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_replace_all_windows_machines_linux_rigs_2020#comments china linux operating system OS Software Windows windows 8 News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:43:26 +0000 Paul Lilly 28823 at http://www.maximumpc.com Lenovo's 13-inch Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows Knows How to Hang http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovos_13-inch_yoga_tablet_2_windows_knows_how_hang_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_yoga_tablet_2.jpg" alt="Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows" title="Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows" width="228" height="159" style="float: right;" />Latest Yoga tablet has a new hang mode</h3> <p>Is there a more appropriate name for a line of tablet PCs than Yoga? While you ponder that one, take note that <strong>Lenovo just expanded its Yoga Tablet 2 family with the new Yoga 13-inch Tablet 2 with Windows</strong>. Joining its 8-inch and 10-inch Windows-based brethren, Lenovo's latest slate is not only the largest, but also the most flexible in that it boasts a new mode -- Hang.</p> <p>Yes, you can hang the Yoga 13-inch Tablet 2 with Windows on a wall if you really want to. And like the other models, it also supports Hold, Stand, and Tilt modes.</p> <p>Lenovo's latest slate measures 12.8 inches by 8.7 inches by 0.2-0.6 inches (324.1 millimeters by 221 millimeters by 3.7-14 millimeters) and weighs 2.27 pounds. The 13.3-inch IPS display sports a Quad HD 2560x1440 resolution powered by an Intel Atom Z3745 quad-core processor clocked at up to 1.86GHz with 2MB of cache, 4GB of LP DDR3 RAM and Intel HD graphics.</p> <p>The system also features 64GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, micro HDMI port, micro USB port, 3.5mm audio jack, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, two large chamber speaker, 1.6MP HD front-facing camera, and Windows 8.1</p> <p>Lenovo's 13-inch Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows will be available beginnin in November for $700 MSRP.</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/lenovos_13-inch_yoga_tablet_2_windows_knows_how_hang_2014#comments Hardware lenovo mobile OEM rigs slate tablet Windows yoga tablet 2 News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 03:21:02 +0000 Paul Lilly 28809 at http://www.maximumpc.com PC Vendors Can’t Force Italians to Pay ‘Microsoft Tax’ on New PCs http://www.maximumpc.com/pc_vendors_can%E2%80%99t_force_italians_pay_%E2%80%98microsoft_tax%E2%80%99_new_pcs234 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://dl.maximumpc.com/galleries/top50windows/MS_Gavel.png" alt="'Microsoft Tax' Abolished in Italy" title="Microsoft Tax Abolished " width="228" height="132" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Landmark verdict by Italian Supreme Court concludes 9-year-old case</h3> <p>In late 2005, an Italian citizen named Marco Pieraccioli, who had just bought a Windows laptop from Hewlett-Packard, <strong>took the then world’s leading PC vendor to court after the latter refused to issue a refund for the accompanying Windows XP Home Edition license</strong> that he had no need of. Almost nine years later, Pieraccioli has finally secured the €140.00 refund (plus interest and costs) that he was after.</p> <p>In its <a href="http://www.italgiure.giustizia.it/xway/application/nif/clean/hc.dll?verbo=attach&amp;db=snciv&amp;id=./20140912/snciv@s30@a2014@n19161@tS.clean.pdf" target="_blank">judgement</a>, hailed as “a victory for free software over the ‘Microsoft tax’” by Pieraccioli’s lawyer, the apex court has lambasted this practice among PC vendors of refusing to refund the price of a pre-installed operating system to those who wish to return such software, saying that it is at odds with “the rules that protect the freedom of choice of the consumer, and the freedom of competition among firms..."</p> <p>As far as the first freedom adverted to in the above paragraph is concerned, this current ruling, says Marco Ciurcina, a lawyer who helped Pieraccioli with his case, follows the precedent set by French courts, but the bit about this practice violating freedom of competition is “interesting considering that, to date, the antitrust authorities have done little against business practices that ‘force’ the joint sale of hardware and proprietary software.”&nbsp; Perhaps equally interesting is the fact that this judgement isn’t restricted to Windows PCs but applies to any computer that ships with a pre-installed OS.</p> <p>Here’s how Ciurcina summed up the rationale behind the ruling in a recent blog post for the <a href="https://fsf.org/blogs/community/a-victory-for-free-software-over-the-microsoft-tax" target="_blank">Free Software Foundation</a>: “The focus of the Court's reasoning is that the sale of a PC with software preinstalled is not like the sale of a car with its components (the 4 wheels, the engine, etc.) that therefore are sold jointly. Buying a computer with preinstalled software, the user is required to conclude two different contracts: the first, when he buys the computer; the second, when he turns on the computer for the first time and he is required to accept or not the license terms of the preinstalled software. Therefore, if the user does not accept the software license, he has the right to keep the computer and install free software without having to pay the ‘Microsoft tax.’”</p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/pc_vendors_can%E2%80%99t_force_italians_pay_%E2%80%98microsoft_tax%E2%80%99_new_pcs234#comments free software hp italy lawsuit legal microsoft tax OEM Windows News Mon, 27 Oct 2014 02:05:14 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28780 at http://www.maximumpc.com Lenovo Refreshes Yoga Line, Unveils Yoga Tablet 2 and Yoga 3 Pro Laptop http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovo_refreshes_yoga_line_unveils_yoga_tablet_2_and_yoga_3_pro_laptop_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_yoga_3_pro.jpg" alt="Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro" title="Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro" width="228" height="149" style="float: right;" />Hey look, it's Ashton Kutcher</h3> <p>Why's Ashton Kutcher hanging around Lenovo, you ask? The short answer, quite simply, is marketing. But the longer answer is that he joined Lenovo as a product engineer a year ago and purportedly helped develop the <strong>Yoga Tablet 2 Pro, one of three new products Lenovo just rolled out. The other two are the non-pro version of the Yoga Tablet and the Yoga 3 Pro</strong>, an ultraslim convertible.</p> <p>Both the <a href="http://news.lenovo.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=1843" target="_blank">Yoga Tablet 2</a> and <a href="http://news.lenovo.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=1844" target="_blank">Yoga Tablet 2 Pro</a> can run either Windows or Android. The Pro model sports a 13.3-inch QHD display with a 2560x1440 resolution powered by a 4th generation Intel Atom Z3745 processor (Bay Trail) and 2GB of RAM. It has a built-in pico projector, 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.6-megapixel front camera, 32GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, optional 4G, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 8W sound system with a subwoofer, and up to 15 hours of battery life.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/QyZpIVFlon8" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Lenovo plans to make the Tablet 2 Pro available this month starting at $499.</p> <p>As for the non-Pro models, they're available in 8-inch and 10.1-inch form factors with choice of Windows 8.1 or Android 4.4 KitKat. Both feature a 1920x1200 IPS display powered by the same Atom Z3745 processor and 2GB of RAM. Other specs are similar to the Pro except that onboard storage is cut in half to 16GB.</p> <p>The smaller version will start at $250 and the larger model at $300 later this month.</p> <p>Finally, the <a href="http://news.lenovo.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=1842" target="_blank">Yoga 3 Pro</a> is a thin and light convertible with a new watchband hinge design. It boasts a 13.3-inch QHD+ touchscreen display with a 3200x1800 resolution powered by an Intel Core M-70 processor (Broadwell), 8GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, two USB 3.0 ports, micro HDMI, microSD card slot, and various other odds and ends.</p> <p>The Yoga 3 Pro will ship at the end of October starting at $1,350.</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/lenovo_refreshes_yoga_line_unveils_yoga_tablet_2_and_yoga_3_pro_laptop_2014#comments android ashton kutcher Hardware laptop lenovo mobile notebook OEM rigs Windows yoga 3 pro yoga tablet 2 News Fri, 10 Oct 2014 12:32:58 +0000 Paul Lilly 28696 at http://www.maximumpc.com Windows 8 Market Share Headed Back Towards Single Digits http://www.maximumpc.com/windows_8_market_share_headed_back_towards_single_digits_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_8_1.jpg" alt="Windows 8" title="Windows 8" width="228" height="222" style="float: right;" />Windows 10 will go up against Windows 7, not Windows 8/8.1</h3> <p>Now that Microsoft has <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_tosses_windows_9_recycle_bin_announces_windows_10_instead_2014">unveiled Windows 10</a> and is even <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/try_out_microsofts_windows_10_technical_preview_today_2014" target="_blank">serving up a Technical Preview</a> for curious folks to check out, Windows 8 is already feeling like old news. Some felt that way even before Microsoft's announcement, which might explain why <strong>Windows 8 lost market share in the desktop OS market in the month of September</strong>. At this rate, it won't be long before Windows 8's share drops back into single digits.</p> <p>According to <a href="http://www.netmarketshare.com/" target="_blank"><em>Net Applications</em></a>, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 fell to a combined 12.26 percent of the desktop OS market by the end of September, down more than a percentage point from 13.37 percent at the end of August, which is the highest it's ever been.</p> <p>It will be interesting to see how things shake out from there. On one hand, it's possible that Windows 8/8.1 peaked in August and will never see a higher share of the market now that Windows 10 is on the horizon. However, it's also possible that Windows 8/8.1 will see a small surge as companies continue to migrate away from Windows XP, though the numbers don't yet support that notion.</p> <p>Since having support pulled back in April (except for firms who pay for extended support), Windows XP has dropped less than 3 percentage points, going from 26.29 percent at the end of April to 23.87 percent at the end of September, a decline of 2.42 percent. During that same time, Windows 8/8.1 has gone from 12.24 percent to 12.26 percent, or virtually nowhere.</p> <p>Windows 7 is the one that's benefiting from XP's demise -- it's share of the market has gone from 49.27 percent at the end of April to 52.71 percent at the end of September, a bump of 3.44 percent. Barring an extreme turn of events, Windows 10 will find itself competing with Windows 7 instead of Windows 8/81.</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_headed_back_towards_single_digits_2014#comments net applications operating system OS Software Windows windows 8 windows 8.1 News Thu, 02 Oct 2014 18:13:18 +0000 Paul Lilly 28654 at http://www.maximumpc.com Chromebooks and Macs Cut into Windows PC Sales http://www.maximumpc.com/chromebooks_and_macs_cut_windows_pc_sales_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/chromebooks_1.jpg" alt="Chromebooks" title="Chromebooks" width="228" height="94" style="float: right;" />Retail PC sales rise up on Chromebook and Mac shipments</h3> <p>As we've said time and again, the PC sector is alive is well. <strong>According to NPD Group, retail PC sales grew nearly 3 percent during the 10-week back-to-school shopping season</strong> that went from July 4th through Labor Day week), compared to a 2.5 percent decline in the same period a year ago. Where things get interesting is when you break down those sales to look for trends in consumer spending.</p> <p>Chromebooks drew a lot of attention and led the sales drive with Chrome OS unit sales jumping 37 percent over 2013, while Mac OS-based systems climbed 14 percent. The increased sales came at the expense of Windows devices, which declined 3 percent.</p> <p>That said, Windows is still the most popular platform with a 68.4 percent share of the market, though that's down from 72.3 percent in 2013 and 75.2 percent in 2012. Mac OS-based systems take up second place with a 26.8 percent share, up from 24.2 percent in 2013 and 24.5 percent in 2012. Finally, Chromebooks bring up the rear with a 4.5 percent of the market, up from 3.3 percent 2013 and just 0.2 percent in 2012.</p> <p>Going forward, Windows is in position to reverse course. There's a concerted effort to flood the market with lower cost Windows laptops in the $199 to $249 range, along with a new OS (Windows 9) around the corner, both of which could drive sales up.</p> <p>"Due to the success of the aggressive Windows notebook pricing during back-to-school we could see a much more aggressive pricing strategy this holiday season as the seemingly stable PC volume environment emboldens the PC OEMs and the OS and chip suppliers to make a grab for market share while the industry remains relatively steady," <a href="https://www.npd.com/wps/portal/npd/us/news/press-releases/apple-and-chrome-boost-us-retail-pc-back-to-school-sales/" target="_blank">said Stephen Baker</a>, vice president of Industry Analysis at NPD</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/chromebooks_and_macs_cut_windows_pc_sales_2014#comments chromebook Hardware Mac NPD Group OEM rigs Windows News Fri, 26 Sep 2014 21:13:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 28620 at http://www.maximumpc.com 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 Unveils Universal Keyboard and Wired Xbox One Controller for Windows http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_unveils_universal_keyboard_and_wireless_xbox_one_controller_windows_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/xbox_one_controller_windows.jpg" alt="Xbox One Controller for Windows" title="Xbox One Controller for Windows" width="228" height="188" style="float: right;" />A keyboard that doesn't play favorites</h3> <p><strong>Microsoft beefed up its hardware portfolio today</strong>, and two of the more notable items consist of a universal mobile keyboard that works with Windows, iOS, and Android devices, and a wired Xbox One controller for Windows. For those of you looking for a new rodent, the company also released an <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/p/arc-touch-bluetooth-mouse/7MP-00001" target="_blank">Arc Touch Bluetooth mouse</a> and a <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/p/wireless-mobile-mouse-3500-limited-edition/GMF-00403" target="_blank">Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 Limited Edition</a>.</p> <p>Getting back to the good stuff, the universal keyboard sports an OS switch that lets you change from one operating system to another while maintaining a fully functional keyboard. That means you can pair the keyboard with up to three devices and take advantage of each one's unique keys, like the Windows Control key, the iOS Command key, and Android's Home button, all on a single plank.</p> <p>It also sports a built-in cover that doubles as a stand for your tablet or smartphone when opened up. When you flip it open, it turns the keyboard on automatically and initiates a Bluetooth connection. Closing the cover turns it back off. <a href="http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2014/09/16/new-universal-mobile-keyboard-works-with-windows-ios-and-android-mobile-devices/" target="_blank">According to Microsoft</a>, the rechargeable battery is good for up to six months of use on a single charge -- if it runs out of juice, it only takes 10 minutes to charge it enough to last a full day.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/sdPT-TzgU84" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/p/universal-mobile-keyboard/P2Z-00001" target="_blank">Universal Mobile Keyboard</a> will be available in October for $79.95 at the <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/p/universal-mobile-keyboard/P2Z-00001" target="_blank">Microsoft Store</a> and other places.</p> <p>As for the Xbox One controller, it's now available for the PC. Like the version for the Xbox One, it sports over 40 improvements compared to the Xbox 360 controller. It also comes with a cable so you can enjoy a wired connection and not worry about battery life; it also works wirelessly, but only on the Xbox One, not PC.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/p/xbox-one-controller-for-windows/C8G-00004" target="_blank">Xbox One Controller + Cable for Windows</a> will be available in November for $59.95.</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_unveils_universal_keyboard_and_wireless_xbox_one_controller_windows_2014#comments controller Hardware keyboard microsoft Windows xbox one News Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:45:13 +0000 Paul Lilly 28545 at http://www.maximumpc.com China to Microsoft: You Have 20 Days to Explain Compatibility Problems http://www.maximumpc.com/china_microsoft_you_have_20_days_explain_compatibility_problems_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/microsoft_sign_5.jpg" alt="Microsoft Sign" title="Microsoft Sign" width="228" height="133" style="float: right;" />Microsoft must issue a written statement to China within 20 days</h3> <p>Around the same time China banned Windows 8 from government use over concerns that there could be built-in spying mechanisms, authorities also began investigating Microsoft for antitrust violations. The latest in China's antitrust probe over Microsoft's business practices has the <strong>State Administration for Industry and Commerce giving the Redmond outfit 20 days to issue a written explanation</strong>. What for, you ask?</p> <p>The agency wants Microsoft to explain "problems like incompatibility and other issues caused by a lack of released information about its Windows and Office software," according to <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/china-asks-for-explanation-from-microsoft-1409551006" target="_blank"><em>The Wall Street Journal's</em></a> translation of the SAIC's <a href="http://www.saic.gov.cn/ywdt/gsyw/zjyw/xxb/201409/t20140901_147993.html" target="_blank">online notice</a>. That's an incredibly vague task, though the agency issued the 20-day deadline during a meeting with Microsoft, in which further details were likely given.</p> <p>Citing state media reports, <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/01/us-china-antitrust-microsoft-idUSKBN0GW1FD20140901" target="_blank"><em>Reuters</em> says</a> Microsoft's use of verification codes led to complaints by Chinese companies. Interestingly, verification codes could be one of the ways Microsoft supposedly violated China's anti-monopoly law, though if that's the case, it puts Microsoft in a tough spot. Software piracy in China is a big problem for Microsoft, and it's difficult to see how verification codes could run afoul of antitrust laws.</p> <p>Microsoft isn't China's only foreign target when it comes to anti-monopoly concerns. There are dozens of other companies being investigated, including Qualcomm, which China accuses of overcharging customers for its patents.</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_microsoft_you_have_20_days_explain_compatibility_problems_2014#comments antitrust china microsoft office Software Windows News Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:01:22 +0000 Paul Lilly 28458 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft is Cleaning up Windows Store, Removes 1,500 Copycat and Fraudulent Apps http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_cleaning_windows_store_removes_1500_copycat_and_fraudulent_apps_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/windows_8_logo.jpg" alt="Windows 8 Logo" title="Windows 8 Logo" width="200" height="200" style="float: right;" />Cleaning is good for the Store</h3> <p>It’s easy to be overwhelmed when searching for applications on the various platforms out there. If it is not due to various apps having similar names then it is the ones that are copycats or even fraudulent. Well, <strong>Microsoft announced that it has removed 1,500 apps from its Windows Store</strong> in an attempt to make finding things easier and provide better quality and choice.&nbsp;</p> <p>To this end, Microsoft has modified its Windows Store app certification requirements. Some of the changes made involves the name of an app. An app’s name will need to “clearly and accurately reflect the functionality of the app.” Developers will also need to make sure that apps are properly categorized and icons must be different from other apps so that consumers will not mistake one for another. The policies are being applied to both new and existing apps for Windows and the Windows Phone Store.</p> <p>Windows Store general manager Todd Brix wrote of Microsoft’s progress on the <a title="Microsoft blog" href="http://blogs.windows.com/buildingapps/2014/08/27/how-were-addressing-misleading-apps-in-windows-store/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">official blog</span></a> saying, “These revised policies are being applied to all new app submissions and existing app updates for both the Windows and Windows Phone Store. We’ve also been working on titles already in the catalog, conducting a review of Windows Store to identify titles that do not comply with our modified certification requirements. This process is continuing as we work to be as thorough and transparent as possible in our review. Most of the developers behind apps that are found to violate our policies have good intentions and agree to make the necessary changes when notified. Others have been less receptive, causing us to remove more than 1,500 apps as part of this review so far.”</p> <p>Brix goes on to say that this is still an ongoing process and that the company is increasing resources to speed up the process.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="https://plus.google.com/+SeanKnightD?rel=author" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/SeanDKnight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/seandknight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_cleaning_windows_store_removes_1500_copycat_and_fraudulent_apps_2014#comments apps microsoft Todd Brix Windows Windows apps windows store News Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:02:52 +0000 Sean D Knight 28443 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 Internet Explorer 8 Support to End in Early 2016 http://www.maximumpc.com/internet_explorer_8_support_end_early_201 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/internet-explorer-8.jpg" alt="Internet Explorer 8" title="Internet Explorer 8" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Per one estimate, IE 8 still accounts for over one-fifth of the PC browser market</h3> <p>Microsoft detailed its browser support plans in a post on the Internet Explorer Team Blog on Thursday. In its post, the company included a <strong>list of operating systems and browser version combinations that will continue to be supported beyond January 12, 2016</strong>, and the five-year-old Internet Explorer 8, currently the most popular version of the browser, is not on the list.</p> <p>“After January 12, 2016, only the most recent version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates,” Roger Capriotti, director of Internet Explorer, wrote in the <a href="http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2014/08/07/stay-up-to-date-with-internet-explorer.aspx?utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_source=pulsenews" target="_blank">blog post</a>, urging all users to enable automatic updates. “For example, customers using Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, or Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 7 SP1 should migrate to Internet Explorer 11 to continue receiving security updates and technical support.”</p> <p>Apart from Windows 7 SP1, Microsoft will continue to support Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 beyond the said date. <br />The other versions to which support will continue to flow are IE 9 on Windows Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2, and IE 10 on Windows Server 2012.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/internet_explorer_8_support_end_early_201#comments browser end of life Internet Explorer 8 microsoft security updates Software Windows News Mon, 11 Aug 2014 05:21:31 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28321 at http://www.maximumpc.com Google Releases 64-bit Chrome Browser for Windows to Beta Channel http://www.maximumpc.com/google_releases_64-bit_chrome_browser_windows_beta_channel_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/chrome.jpg" alt="Chrome" title="Chrome" width="228" height="105" style="float: right;" />64-bit Chrome creeps closer to a stable release</h3> <p>Here's a bit of good news if you've been wanting to experiment with Google's Chrome browser in 64-bit form but weren't so keen on installing an ultra-early build that might be riddled with buggy code. <strong>Google just added the Chrome 64-bit Beta Channel for Windows 7 and 8 users</strong>, giving curious users and early adopters a more stable release to play with. It's probably not a good idea to use it for mission critical applications, but it should be in pretty good shape at this point.</p> <p>You can download the installer from Google's Beta download pages. Be warned that the new version will replace the existing version you have installed, though it will also preserve all your setting and bookmarks, so there's no need to uninstall Chrome before hitting up the new release, <a href="http://googlechromereleases.blogspot.com/2014/07/announcing-chrome-64-bit-beta-channel.html" target="_blank">Google says</a>.</p> <p>In theory, the 64-bit build should speed up page loads and offer other benefits on the backend, especially if you're a power user with multiple tabs open at any given time. However, you may or may not notice a real-world difference, depending on your setup and your browsing habits.</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/google_releases_64-bit_chrome_browser_windows_beta_channel_2014#comments 64-bit beta browser chrome Google Internet online Software Windows News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:50:35 +0000 Paul Lilly 28270 at http://www.maximumpc.com Cheap Windows Laptops Will Give Chromebooks Competition in the Second Half of 2014 http://www.maximumpc.com/cheap_windows_laptops_will_give_chromebooks_competition_second_half_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_laptop.jpg" alt="Acer Laptop" title="Acer Laptop" width="228" height="180" style="float: right;" />Get ready for an influx of $199 to $249 Windows laptops</h3> <p>A big reason why Chromebooks are selling so well is because they offer up basic functionality at dirt cheap prices. However, what would happen if Windows laptops could easily be found at the same price points? It's a question that will get answered within the next few months. That's because <strong>Intel, Microsoft, and notebook makers are collaborating on entry-level laptops that will sell for $199 to $249</strong>.</p> <p>Citing sources within the upstream supply chain, <a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140723PD213.html" target="_blank"><em>Digitimes</em> says</a> that these cheap Windows laptops will enter the market in the second half of this year. These will probably range in size from 10.1 inches to 15.6 inches with non-touchscreen displays powered by Intel's Bay Trail-M platform. Braswell-based processors could also sneak in.</p> <p>There are some parameters that Intel and Microsoft are insisting upon, such as keeping the clamshell laptops less than 25mm. The entry-level laptops must also have battery lives of 5 hours or more, 1-4GB of DDR memory, and either a 500GB hard drive or 16-32GB SSD. And of course they'll run Windows 8.1.</p> <p><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></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/cheap_windows_laptops_will_give_chromebooks_competition_second_half_2014#comments chromebook Hardware intel laptop microsoft mobile notebook Windows News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:58:02 +0000 Paul Lilly 28231 at http://www.maximumpc.com No, Microsoft Isn't Scaling Back to One Version of Windows for All Devices http://www.maximumpc.com/no_microsoft_isnt_scaling_back_one_version_windows_all_devices_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/satya_nadella_2.jpg" alt="Satya Nadella" title="Satya Nadella" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Understanding Microsoft's unified strategy</h3> <p>Microsoft chief Satya Nadella caused a whirlwind of headlines and speculation with a comment he made during his company's fiscal fourth quarter earnings call. The way he worded some early rhetoric made it sound like the next version of Windows -- codenamed Threshold and likely to be called Windows 9 -- will ship with but a single SKU rather than multiple versions for smartphones, desktops, gaming consoles, and so forth. However, <strong>Nadella wasn't talking about a single OS to rule them all</strong>.</p> <p>The cause of confusion stems from Nadella saying, "We will streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating systems for screens of all sizes." However, he would later clarify that he was referring to the engineering approach -- having a single team work on all versions of Windows, each of which is built around a common core.</p> <p>"We will have multiple SKUs for enterprises, we will have for OEM, we will have for end-users. And so we will be disclosing and talking about our SKUs as we get further along, but my statement was more to do with how we are bringing teams together to approach Windows as one ecosystem very differently than we ourselves have done in the past," Nadella clarified.</p> <p>That said, Microsoft is hard at work unifying the Windows experience. Nadella envisions a unified store serving all platforms, even Xbox, along with a unified developer platform in which programmers can write code a single time and have their software run on any version of Windows.</p> <p>For more of what Nadella had to say, <em>Seeking Alpha</em> has the <a href="http://seekingalpha.com/article/2331775-microsofts-msft-ceo-satya-nadella-on-q4-2014-results-earnings-call-transcript?part=single" target="_blank">entire transcript</a> from the earnings call.</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/no_microsoft_isnt_scaling_back_one_version_windows_all_devices_2014#comments microsoft operating system OS satya nadella Software Windows News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:09:43 +0000 Paul Lilly 28222 at http://www.maximumpc.com