Microsoft Windows 7 is the fastest-selling PC operating system of all time, which it should be because the market is bigger now than when Vista and XP were launched. There's still some uncertainty about when -- not if -- it will be bigger than XP, but on StatCounter's numbers, Windows 7 has already overtaken XP in the UK.
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Jack Schofield spent the 1970s editing photography magazines before becoming editor of an early UK computer magazine, Practical Computing. In 1983, he started writing a weekly computer column for the Guardian, and joined the staff to launch the newspaper's weekly computer supplement in 1985. This section launched the Guardian’s first website and, in 2001, its first real blog. When the printed section was dropped after 25 years and a couple of reincarnations, he felt it was a time for a change....
One of the slides I used in a talk at this week's Westminster eForum on The Future of UK Digital Radio prompted a hostile response from someone in the audience. This wasn't a surprise -- I expected more hostility than I got -- but highlighted something that might have passed unnoticed: sales of DAB radios are in decline.
Intel is working on versions of its Atom chip for the server market, and they should reach the market in the second half of next year. The date was confirmed by Boyd Davis, Intel's general manager of server marketing, at a private dinner in London on Wednesday night.
Gartner is projecting that by 2015, Windows Mobile will be the second most popular smartphone operating system, after Android. This will put it ahead of both Apple's iOS and RIM's BlackBerry.
"Normally, the marketing of a product follows on from the delivery of something which is marketable," quipped William Rogers, chief executive officer of UKRD, which operates 16 local commercial radio stations. This is the marketing problem that besets the UK's troubled Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) industry.
Gartner has been running webinars on what it calls "The Big Migration" to Microsoft Windows 7 and Office 2010. And 17 months after the release of Windows 7, it's warning that people risk running out of time.
Microsoft must be hoping that IDC's latest projections for the smartphone market turn out to be correct. The US-based research company reckons that by 2015, Windows Mobile will be the second most popular smartphone operating system, after Android.
Microsoft's Internet Explorer team has kept up its tradition of sending the Mozilla team cake when they ship a new version of Firefox. Firefox 4 has just been made available, and the cake duly arrived with the usual inscription: "Congratulations on shipping!
The University of Bath has invested £80,000 in switching its library's network of computers from AC to DC, in the attempt to reduce energy consumption. Later, the system -- which will act as a showcase for this type of project -- may run on wind or solar power, both of which generate DC rather than AC power.
People shopping for Adidas trainers may soon be able to use an in-store touch-screen interactive wall display that shows them the full range of shoes in 3-D in all available colours and sizes: the system is expected to appear in May. Those shopping for Lego can already find in-store augmented reality Digital Box displays that identify the box the customer is holding, and superimpose 3-D images of the model they will be able to build.