This weekend, Microsoft Windows celebrated its 25th birthday, though without much dancing in the streets. It was released on November 20, 1985, but not many people stumped up the $99 price.
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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....
Dozens of Apple fan sites have been speculating about what Apple was going to announce tomorrow, and the Wall Street Journal is claiming a scoop: Apple iTunes, at Long Last, Gets Rights to Beatles.Referring to anonymous sources, the story says: "The deal resulted from talks that were taking place as recently as last week among executives of Apple, representatives of the Beatles and their record label, EMI Group Ltd.
Today (Monday), Facebook is expected to use the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco to announce something new in the apps area.
Worldwide smartphone sales almost doubled to 80.5 million units in this year's third quarter, with Android coming from nowhere to take 25.
Toshiba has announced a new range of solid state disk drives (SSD) , but two of the three models have already appeared with the same model numbers in the latest ultrathin Apple MacBook Air computers. Toshiba has trademarked the name Blade X-gale for the new drives, which are more like memory strips.
Forrester says "The New Desktop Standard Is Emerging With Windows 7". According to the US-based research company's new report, Updated 2010: Windows 7 Commercial Adoption Outlook, the business use of Microsoft's Windows 7 has already grown from 1% to 10%.
Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 appears to have got off to a reasonable start, with Orange offering £20 HMV vouchers to customers who will have to wait for their phone. However, this was not wholly unexpected.
Microsoft's Bob Muglia unwittingly threw a spanner in the Silverlight works at last week's Professional Developers Conference by telling ZD Net's All Things Microsoft blogger Mary-Jo Foley that:"when it comes to touting Silverlight as Microsoft's vehicle for delivering a cross-platform runtime, 'our strategy has shifted,' Muglia told me. Silverlight will continue to be a cross-platform solution, working on a variety of operating system/browser platforms, going forward, he said.
Microsoft Windows 7 is continuing its climb in the operating system market, as measured by NetMarketShare figures based on visits to websites. In the October charts, released today, it reached 18.
Taiwanese vendors will ship more than 90% of the 200 million notebook PCs that the major vendors are expected to sell next year, according to the Taiwan-based DigiTimes.* Only South Korea's Samsung is expected to manufacture all its own portable computers, totalling about 12 million units -- see the table below.