operating system http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/199/ 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 HP to Stick a Fork in webOS, Preps Complete Shutdown of Services on January 15, 2015 http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_stick_fork_webos_preps_complete_shutdown_services_january_15_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/webos_glasses.jpg" alt="webOS beer glasses" title="webOS beer glasses" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Somebody start playing Taps</h3> <p>Palm had a potential winner in webOS, the mobile operating system that truly could have been awesome. Unfortunately, a series of missteps led to webOS falling out of relevance as Android and iOS raced to the front of the pack, so now all we can do is look back at what might have been. Oh, and make no mistake, webOS is pretty much history at this point -- so much so that <strong>HP announced plans to shut down its App Catalog and cloud services support for remaining webOS devices effective January 15, 2015</strong>. For the three or four of you who this affects, mark your calendars.</p> <p>"We appreciate your loyalty to the webOS platform," <a href="https://developer.palm.com/" target="_blank">HP said</a> in a succinct statement accompanying the announcement. There's also an <a href="https://developer.palm.com/content/resources/develop/faq.html" target="_blank">FAQ</a> that sheds more light on HP's decision to call it a night.</p> <p>HP explains that it's part of an ordelry end of life program, noting that it announced the end of webOS devices (phones and tablets) over three years ago. The company kept its services running as a courtesy to its customers, but now that the "user count has dwindled," HP says it's no longer viable to keep doing so.</p> <p>For those of you who still own a webOS device, it will continue to work beyond January 15, 2015, though you won't be able to download new apps or updates, backup or restore from the cloud, setup new devices, or recover lost passwords. If you purchased an app but have yet to download it, now is a good time to snag it -- the HP App Catalog will be unavailable after the shutdown.</p> <p>Image Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/sophistechate/5204758824" target="_blank">Flickr (Lisa Brewster)</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/hp_stick_fork_webos_preps_complete_shutdown_services_january_15_2015#comments hewlett-packard hp mobile operating system Palm Software webos News Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:55:49 +0000 Paul Lilly 28732 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Windows Boss Elaborates on Decision to Skip Windows 9 http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_windows_boss_elaborates_decision_skip_windows_9_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_10.jpg" alt="Windows 10" title="Windows 10" width="228" height="141" style="float: right;" />Toe the company line</h3> <p>Somewhere out there is a hidden warehouse filled with missing software. In it you'll find such titles as Leisure Suit Larry 4: The Missing Floppies, Ultima X: Odyssey, and Windows 9. The location will remain a mystery until the end of time, though the decision to fill it with certain pieces of software is more readily known. <strong>With regards to Windows 9, Microsoft's Tony Prophet shared some additional details about the decision to skip it</strong> and go straight to Windows 10.</p> <p>Quoting Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Prophet took to the stage at the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco and said simply, "It came and it went." That's really the only explanation anyone needs, though Prophet offered up some additional insight into the matter.</p> <p>"Windows 10 is not going to be an incremental step from Window 8.1," Prophet said, <a href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Microsoft-Windows-chief-on-what-happened-to-Windows-9/articleshow/44813407.cms" target="_blank">according to <em>The Times of India</em></a>. "Windows 10 is going to be a material step. We're trying to create one platform, one eco-system that unites as many of the devices from the small embedded Internet of Things, through tablets, through phones, through PCs and, ultimately, into the Xbox."</p> <p>Microsoft doesn't want anyone associating Windows 10 with Windows 8/8.1. One of the keys to getting it right this time around is allowing users to try out the OS much earlier in the development process than before. The stated goal of the Windows 10 Technical Preview is to collect feedback.</p> <p>"The reason we're doing that is so we can listen to our customers," Prophet says, adding that Microsoft is especially interested in what enterprise customers have to say.</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_windows_boss_elaborates_decision_skip_windows_9_2014#comments microsoft operating system OS Software tony prophet windows 10 windows 9 News Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:41:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 28710 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft's Windows Insider Program for Windows 10 Hits 1 Million Registrants http://www.maximumpc.com/microsofts_windows_insider_program_windows_10_hits_1_million_registrants_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_10_laptop.jpg" alt="Windows 10 Technical Preview" title="Windows 10 Technical Preview" width="228" height="145" style="float: right;" />Over a third of Windows 10 users are running the OS on a virtual machine</h3> <p>Microsoft caught the tech community off guard when it skipped over Windows 9 and <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_tosses_windows_9_recycle_bin_announces_windows_10_instead_2014">jumped directly to Windows 10</a> -- so for much for those rumors of Windows 9 being a <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_exec_windows_9_be_free_windows_8_users000">free upgrade</a> for Windows 8 users! Alternative theories aside (such as lazy coding), the move to Windows 10 is a marketing ploy, and if the goal is make users curious, it's working. <strong>Over the weekend, Microsoft's Windows Insider Program hit 1 million registrants</strong>.</p> <p>Signing up for the Windows Insider Program is a prerequisite to downloading the <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/try_out_microsofts_windows_10_technical_preview_today_2014">Windows 10 Technical Preview</a>, and while Microsoft didn't provide specific download figures, the company stated in a <a href="http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2014/10/13/checking-in-on-the-windows-insider-program/" target="_blank">blog post</a> that those 1 million registrants "equates to a lot of people" using the new OS.</p> <p>Microsoft's goal with the Technical Preview is to get feedback from users (or if you're wearing your conspiracy theory cap, it's to <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_explains_key_logging_activities_windows_10_technical_preview_2014">spy on users</a> and collect personal data). In the less than two weeks since Windows 10 has been available to the public, Microsoft has collected over 200,000 pieces of feedback submitted via the Windows Feedback app.</p> <p>According to Microsoft, "only 36 percent" of Windows 10 Technical Preview installations are on a virtual machine (VM); the rest are on actual PCs. While Microsoft says it's "cool" to use a VM if you want, the amount of users running the OS on an actual PC makes the company confident that the majority of feedback is based on "medium-term" use rather than just a few minutes of experimentation.</p> <p>Other fun stats -- around 68 percent of Windows 10 users are launching more than seven apps per day. A quarter of Windows 10 users have been launching more than 26 apps per day, while 5 percent average 68 app launches on any given day.</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/microsofts_windows_insider_program_windows_10_hits_1_million_registrants_2014#comments microsoft operating system OS Software technical preview windows 10 News Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:02:30 +0000 Paul Lilly 28708 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Explains Key Logging Activities in Windows 10 Technical Preview http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_explains_key_logging_activities_windows_10_technical_preview_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/keylogger.jpg" alt="Keylogger" title="Keylogger" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />'You agreed to it, sucka!'</h3> <p>Microsoft has a chance to atone for Windows 8/8.1 with Windows 10, the operating system that Windows 8 probably should have been, though things are getting off to somewhat of a rocky start. <strong>Complaints are starting to roll in that the Windows 10 Technical Preview is overstepping its bounds with the amount of information it collects</strong>, and some have even categorized the OS as a keylogger of sorts.</p> <p>Turns out it's true -- the Windows 10 Technical Preview does record keystrokes in certain situations, and it also mines quite a bit of personal data. However, Microsoft contends that these methods are all laid out in the Terms of Use -- the fine print filled with legalese that we all make sure to read, right? -- and by downloading and installing the software, you agreed to the data collection.</p> <p>"With Windows 10, we're kicking off the largest ever open collaborative development effort that will change the way we build and deliver Windows. Users who join the Windows Insider Program and opt-in to the Windows 10 Technical Preview are choosing to provide data and feedback that will help shape the best Windows experience for our customers," <a href="http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2374302/microsoft-reminds-privacy-concerned-windows-10-beta-testers-that-theyre-volunteers" target="_blank">Microsoft told <em>The Inquirer</em></a>.</p> <p>"As always, we remain committed to helping protect our customers’ personal information and ensuring safeguards are in place for the collection and storing of that data. As we get closer to a final product, we will continue to share information through our terms of service and privacy statement about how customer data is collected and used, as well as what choices and controls are available," Microsoft continued.</p> <p>Straight to the point, Microsoft is saying that this is pre-release software, and in order to shape and mold it into a prime time OS, it needs to collect your data, data which you agreed to fork over. And in the future, Microsoft will be more upfront about its data collection methods, scout's honor.</p> <p>So, what exactly are you agreeing to? As laid out in a <a href="http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/preview-privacy-statement" target="_blank">Privacy Statements page</a>:</p> <p>"When you acquire, install and use the Program, Microsoft collects information about you, your devices, applications and networks, and your use of those devices, applications and networks," Microsoft states.</p> <p>Microsoft goes on to give examples of the data it collects, which includes your name, email address, preferences and interests, browsing, search and file history, phone call and SMS data, device configuration and sensor data, and application usage. However, it's this entry that has people comparing the Technical Preview to a keylogger:</p> <p>"When you open a file, we may collect information about the file, the application used to open the file and how long it takes and use it for purposes such as improving performance; or enter text, we may collect typed characters and use them for purposes such as improving auto-complete and spell check features," Microsoft explains.</p> <p>If you're okay with all that, as well as your data being shared, then carry on. Otherwise, the only real solution is to not use the Technical Preview and wait for a later version, such as the final release or a Release Candidate.</p> <p>Image Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/robbie73/4853086176" target="_blank">Flickr (Robbert van der Steeg)</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/microsoft_explains_key_logging_activities_windows_10_technical_preview_2014#comments keylogger microsoft operating system OS Privacy Software technical preview windows 10 News Tue, 07 Oct 2014 15:12:19 +0000 Paul Lilly 28674 at http://www.maximumpc.com Yes, DirectX 12 is Shipping with Windows 10 http://www.maximumpc.com/yes_directx_12_shipping_windows_10 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/forza.jpg" alt="Forza" title="Forza" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Microsoft confirms that DirectX 12 will be included in the final release of Windows 10</h3> <p>In case you were wondering, <strong>Microsoft fully intends to bake DirectX 12 support into the final version of Windows 10</strong> when it releases next year, the company confirmed in a DX developer <a href="http://blogs.msdn.com/b/directx/archive/2014/10/01/directx-12-and-windows-10.aspx" target="_blank">blog post</a>. Oh, and also in case you were wondering, Microsoft thinks "it's going to be awesome," which is much better than the company saying, "Meh, it's simply okay. Actually, it kind of sucks, but we're including it anyway."</p> <p>Game developers who want to get a head start playing with the API can register for the DirectX <a href="https://onedrive.live.com/survey?resid=A4B88088C01D9E9A!107&amp;authkey=!AFgbVA2sYbeoepQ" target="_blank">Early Access</a> Program. Those who are accepted will receive updated runtimes, API headers, drivers, documentation, and samples, all of which Microsoft says will work with the Windows 10 Technical Preview.</p> <p>But wait, there's more! Microsoft has teamed up with Epic to create a DX12 branch on the Unreal Engine 4 GitHub repository. It supports UE 4.4, which is the latest publicly released version of the Unreal 4 Engine. Those who also <a href="http://www.unrealengine.com/" target="_blank">subscribe to Unreal Engine 4</a> can join Microsoft's open development project.</p> <p>Like AMD's Mantle technology, the DX12 API offers developers deeper access into hardware to improve performance. It also introduces a set of new rendering pipeline features that <a href="http://blogs.msdn.com/b/directx/archive/2014/03/20/directx-12.aspx" target="_blank">Microsoft says</a> will "dramatically improve the efficiency of algorithms."</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/yes_directx_12_shipping_windows_10#comments api directx 12 dx12 microsoft operating system OS Software windows 10 News Fri, 03 Oct 2014 15:20:58 +0000 Paul Lilly 28658 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 Try Out Microsoft's Windows 10 Technical Preview Today http://www.maximumpc.com/try_out_microsofts_windows_10_technical_preview_today_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_10_laptop.jpg" alt="Windows 10 Technical Preview on a Laptop" title="Windows 10 Technical Preview on a Laptop" width="228" height="145" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Kick Windows 10's tires for free</h3> <p>Microsoft surprised quite a few people yesterday when it <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_tosses_windows_9_recycle_bin_announces_windows_10_instead_2014" target="_blank">unveiled its next generation of Windows</a>. It wasn't that Microsoft announced a new version of Windows, but that it decided to skip over Windows 9 and go straight to Windows 10. The reason behind the decision is because the new version is the beginning of a new era for the Windows platform, so Microsoft decided it warranted a numerical skip. Curious about the new OS? <strong>If you join the Windows Insider program (free), you can download and install the Windows 10 Technical Preview today (also free)</strong>.</p> <p>"As a member of the Windows Insider community, you will have an active role in helping us build Windows 10 and be among the first to see new stuff," Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc explains in a <a href="http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2014/10/01/join-the-windows-insider-program-and-get-the-windows-10-technical-preview/" target="_blank">blog post</a>. "You will automatically receive new builds as we release them with the latest features we’re experimenting with – and our freshest bugs. Some of these features may not be fully 'baked' – meaning they may not work correctly as you are seeing these features as we work on them. And there’s no guarantee that what you see will be part of the final release. But as a Windows Insider, you’ll have the ability to impact and influence those types of product decisions."</p> <p>Keep in mind that this is pre-release software you'd be dealing with, so it's probably not wise to install the Technical Preview on a mission critical system or any other rig that favors reliability. However, if you're curious about Windows 10 and want to help shape the direction it goes in, this is your chance to give it a spin and let your voice be heard.</p> <p>There's a Windows Feedback app you can use to report any issues you run into, or to simply tell Microsoft, "Hey, I don't like this feature and that feature," but hopefully with more detail than that.</p> <p>Also bear in mind that what you see today isn't the whole Windows 10 package. The final version will ship in 2015, and by then, it's likely to look and act a bit differently than what the Technical Preview portrays at this moment in time.</p> <p>All that said, if you still want to check out the Windows 10 Technical Preview, <a href="http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/preview" target="_blank">click here</a> and follow the instructions.</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/try_out_microsofts_windows_10_technical_preview_today_2014#comments microsoft operating system OS Software technical preview windows 10 News Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:34:15 +0000 Paul Lilly 28648 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Tosses 'Windows 9' into Recycle Bin, Announces Windows 10 Instead http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_tosses_windows_9_recycle_bin_announces_windows_10_instead_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_10.jpg" alt="Windows 10 Mock Logo" title="Windows 10 Mock Logo" width="228" height="141" style="float: right;" />"It wouldn't be right to call it Windows 9" - Microsoft</h3> <p>You're probably familiar with the argument, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Well, Juliet may not have cared about the name of things, but Microsoft does, which is why you'll never see a Windows 9. Instead, <strong>Microsoft today skipped a number and announced Windows 10</strong>, the OS formerly known as Threshold and the successor to Windows 8/8.1.</p> <p>"Windows 10 will be our most comprehensive platform ever," Windows head Terry Myerson said during a press event with a small gathering of reporters in San Francisco. "It wouldn't be right to call it Windows 9."</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/84NI5fjTfpQ" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe><br /> </p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Windows 10 preview video</strong></p> <p><a href="http://recode.net/2014/09/30/microsoft-skips-windows-9-heads-straight-to-windows-10/" target="_blank">According to <em>Recode</em></a>, Windows 10 is designed to run on a wide range of devices with screen sizes running the gamut from four inches all the up to 80 inches. Microsoft will have a single application platform with one integrated Store to deliver Windows experiences across all those devices.</p> <p>In order to serve all those devices, Windows 10 was built from the ground up for a "mobile-first, cloud-first world," Myerson added, <a href="http://www.techradar.com/news/software/operating-systems/windows-10-unveiled-microsoft-ushers-in-the-next-era-of-windows-1267199" target="_blank">according to </a><em><a href="http://www.techradar.com/news/software/operating-systems/windows-10-unveiled-microsoft-ushers-in-the-next-era-of-windows-1267199" target="_blank">TechRadar</a>.</em></p> <p>Reports from around the web say Windows 10 looks a bit like Windows 7. It has a hybrid Start menu that combines Windows 7-era features with Windows 8 style tiles, <a href="http://blogs.seattletimes.com/brierdudley/2014/09/29/microsoft-previews-windows-9/" target="_blank"><em>The Seattle Times </em>reports</a>. However, Microsoft isn't viewing Windows 10 as just a rehash of previous versions. Part of the reason for the Windows 10 name is because it represents the "first step of a whole new generation of Windows," Myerson said.</p> <p>The focus right now is on the enterprise, and towards that end, the first priority of the OS is to make sure it's familiar for business users coming from Windows 7 or Windows 8 so they can hop right in and be productive. Microsoft's second priority is "modern management" of lots of computers.</p> <p>So, what about that Modern UI that caused such a fuss with power users? It's gone in Windows 10, <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/30/microsoft-windows-10/" target="_blank"><em>Endgadget</em> reports</a>. In place of the Modern UI are Live Tiles integrated into the right side of the Start menu on the Desktop. On the left side are pinned and frequent apps.</p> <p>There's also a refreshed taskbar with a new "task view" that presents all of your running apps. Windows 10 allows you to tile up to four apps on the same screen.</p> <p>Other goodies include a beefed up command prompt that allows you to use keyboard shortcuts, along with copy and paste, and a Charms Bar that may or may not make it into the final cut.</p> <p>Microsoft is planning to issue a Technical Preview of Windows 10 next week, with a launch of the OS by spring 2015. We'll have a more in-depth look once all the information is out, as well as hands-on impressions once we get a copy to play with.</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_tosses_windows_9_recycle_bin_announces_windows_10_instead_2014#comments microsoft operating system OS Software threshold windows 10 windows 9 News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:49:58 +0000 Paul Lilly 28638 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Exec: Windows 9 to be Free for Windows 8 Users http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_exec_windows_9_be_free_windows_8_users000 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/windows_9_1_1.jpg" alt="Windows 9 to be free for Windows 8 users" title="Windows 9" width="228" height="173" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>‘Threshold’ will be officially unveiled on September 30, 2014</h3> <p>Microsoft has scheduled a <strong>special invite-only event for Tuesday, September 30, 2014, where it is widely expected to introduce the next version of its popular desktop operating system (codenamed “Threshold” but popularly referred to as Windows 9).</strong> As is usually the case, the event’s imminence hasn’t resulted in a moratorium on Windows 9 rumors and speculation, but instead caused the tech rumor mill to kick into high gear, with the latest juicy Windows 9-related tidbit coming to us all the way from Indonesia — and apparently straight from the horse’s mouth.</p> <p>According to Indonesian news portal <a href="http://inet.detik.com/read/2014/09/25/182535/2701450/317/ceo-microsoft-windows-9-gratis-asalkan?k=ecym&amp;p=ct">Detik</a>, existing Windows 8 users will be able to upgrade to Microsoft’s next operating system <a href="http://bgr.com/2014/09/28/windows-9-upgrade-free-download/?utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_source=pulsenews" target="_blank">absolutely free of cost</a>. And how exactly do they know this, you ask? Well, Microsoft Indonesia president Andreas Diantoro said so in Jakarta Thursday. Actually, rumors to this effect have been doing the rounds for sometime now but this is the first time that someone from Microsoft — someone as powerful as Diantoro at that —&nbsp; has commented on the subject, let alone outright confirmed the rumor.</p> <p>Although this particular report is silent on the upcoming operating system’s likely cost for those who don’t own a Windows 8 copy, Russian Microsoft leaker WZOR last month claimed that Microsoft was readying an <a href="http://www.myce.com/news/windows-9-enterprise-has-no-metro-interface-upgrade-to-windows-9-free-or-20-72511/">“awesome’ upgrade offer for Windows XP users.</a></p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_exec_windows_9_be_free_windows_8_users000#comments microsoft indonesia operating system report Software windows 9 windows threshold News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 01:26:59 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28621 at http://www.maximumpc.com Apple Apologizes for Cellular Killing iOS 8.0.1 Update, Suggests Rolling Back to iOS 8 http://www.maximumpc.com/apple_apologizes_cellular_killing_ios_801_update_suggests_rolling_back_ios_8_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/epic_fail.jpg" alt="Epic Fail" title="Epic Fail" width="228" height="157" style="float: right;" />What else can go wrong with the iPhone 6 launch?</h3> <p>We know you don't come here to read Apple news, but when things are this bad in Cupertino, it's pretty tough to ignore -- it's like watching a train wreck and then trying not to tell anyone about it. The train in this case is Apple and the wreck is its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch. The latest in the ongoing saga has <strong>Apple apologizing for its problematic iOS 8.0.1 update</strong>, which has caused some users to lose cellular service and Touch ID functionality.</p> <p>The iOS 8.0.1 software is the first update to iOS 8 and was intended to fix a bunch of issues with Apple's mobile OS. However, complaints quickly started rolling in after the update was released with users saying their iPhones would no longer connect to a cellular network and that Touch ID was no longer letting them unlock their handsets with their fingerprints. Apparently the issues only affect iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners.</p> <p>Apple has since pulled the update offline and <a href="http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6487" target="_blank">suggested a workaround</a>, that being a rollback to iOS 8 through iTunes. In the meantime, Apple said it's preparing iOS 8.0.2 with a fix for the issue and plans to release it "in the next few days."</p> <p>"We aplogize for the great inconvenience experienced by users," an Apple spokesperson <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/apple-launch/apple-apologizes-ios-8-0-1-screwup-issues-fix-n211371" target="_blank">told <em>NBCNews</em></a>.</p> <p>Chalk this up as yet another misfire in what's been the most anticipated (and botched) iPhone launch ever. Apple fumbled the launch from the onset with a live stream event plagued with technical issues. The feed kept cutting out, and when it would play, there would sometimes be an audio feed of a Chinese translation overpowering the keynote.</p> <p>The frustration for anxious would-be iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners continued when they stayed up late to place pre-orders at 12:01AM Pacific. Most visitors to Apple's online store had to wait until around 12:30AM Pacific before the site went live, and by then, several iPhone options were unavailable.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u69/curved_iphone.jpg" alt="Curved iPhone" title="Curved iPhone" width="521" height="260" /></p> <p>Shipping times quickly increased from 7-10 business days to 3-4 weeks, and as iPhone 6 Plus buyers wait at home for their devices to arrive, the Internet became filled with reports of the phablet-sized handset being <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/early_iphone_6_plus_owners_get_bent_out_shape_over_warping_issue_2014" target="_blank">prone to warping</a> just by having it in a pants pocket. It's too early to tell if the issue is being overblown, though at minimum, the iPhone 6 Plus definitely has a bit of uncomfortable flex to it.</p> <p>Throw in the iOS 8.0.1 issue and you have to wonder what else could possibly go wrong.</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/apple_apologizes_cellular_killing_ios_801_update_suggests_rolling_back_ios_8_2014#comments apple ios 8 ios 8.0.1 iphone 6 iphone 6 plus operating system Software update News Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:44:54 +0000 Paul Lilly 28605 at http://www.maximumpc.com 9 Things We Want in Windows 9 http://www.maximumpc.com/09_things_we_want_see_windows_9 <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/windows_8_scribbled.jpg" alt="Windows 8 Scribbled" title="Windows 8 Scribbled" width="228" height="158" style="float: right;" /></p> <h3>We want better 4K support and more from Windows 9&nbsp;</h3> <p>If we're being totally, completely, 100 percent honest, we settled for Windows 8. That's not easy to admit, especially after applying some well needed Updates (previously known as Service Packs) that zapped some of our original complaints. Don't get us wrong, it never was, nor is it still a terrible operating system -- the comparisons to Windows ME or even Windows Vista's early days are off base -- but certainly Microsoft didn't have our best interests in mind. By "our interests," we're talking about power users, enthusiasts, and generally anyone tech savvy enough to know the difference between RAM and a hard drive. Hell, Windows 8 designer <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/windows_8_designer_offers_candid_explanation_metro_and_why_power_users_hate_it_2014">Jacob Miller admitted as much</a> several months ago (Microsoft's good at <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/exclusive_interview_microsoft_admits_what_went_wrong_with_vista_and_how_they_fixed_it">coming clean after the fact</a>).</p> <p>Truth be told, Microsoft catered to the lowest common denominator -- the ones who call you up every 3-4 weeks because their PC is riddled with pop-up ads again -- and attempted to hold their hands as Redmond walked them through its vision of what would one day become a beautiful walled garden where new and experienced users frolicked happily among the colorful tiles singing songs of praise. Our apologies if you just threw up in your mouth a little bit.</p> <p>Here's the thing -- we've grown accustomed to Windows 8, and having spent copious time with it, we no longer feel the rage we once did every time the Start screen would load. That's partially because we're now able to boot directly into the Desktop, but the bigger reason is the one we stated above. We settled, plain and simple.</p> <p>With that said, <a title="windows 9" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_schedules_windows_9_event_september_30_2014" target="_blank">Windows 9 is on the horizon</a>, and this is Microsoft's chance to atone for Windows 8 and earn back some street cred with power users. It's a do-over, and no, it's not too late. If Windows 9 comes out and blows our minds with levels of awesome we've never seen before, all will be forgiven (just as we've done before). But in order for that to happen, Microsoft has to get it right.</p> <p>That's no easy task, so to help our friends at Microsoft, we came up with a list of 9 things we want to see in Windows 9. Are you reading this, Redmond? Good, because these 9 wishlist items conveniently assembled into a photo gallery collectively represent your golden ticket back into our good graces. Let's begin!</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/09_things_we_want_see_windows_9#comments 4k support features gallery microsoft operating system OS Software threshold Windows windows 9 wishlist News Features Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:06:08 +0000 Paul Lilly 28547 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 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