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The Mobile World Congress had a lot of shiny goodies, and they triggered a trip down memory lane. Most people don't remember that years ago HTC brought us the first large phone and the first Windows hybrid computer.
Windows 8.1 Update 1 may be headed for a March 2014 release and could include some under-the-hood changes to reduce memory and disk space requirements for cheaper tablets.
The half-baked communication apps in Windows 8 and RT have been an object of derision since the OS was released nearly six months ago. A new update promises improvements in performance, reliability, and usability. But temper your expectations.
Jakob Nielsen, perhaps our industry's preeminent web usability expert, investigated Windows 8 and found it lacking. But we developers can mitigate some of the problems...
A leading usability consultant claims Microsoft's newest operating system, Windows 8, is "a monster that terrorizes poor office workers and strangles their productivity."
The claim that the Windows 8 learning curve "is going to be steep" should set off alarm bells in the heads of anyone thinking of deploying Microsoft's new OS in an enterprise environment.
Potential buyers are eyeing the x86-powered Surface running Window 8 Pro over the ARM version running Windows RT for reasons of compatibility. But could this be too much to expect from a tablet?
In 2002, after a series of widespread, high-profile, and highly embarrassing Windows-related security incidents, Bill Gates wrote his now famous "Trustworthy Computing" memo. So what's happened in the intervening 10 years? Plenty. Take a trip with me down bad memory lane...
A new iteration of the Redis on Windows in-memory database technology is now available in GitHub.
When things seem too good to be true, that often is the case. This was the case with OnLive Desktop, which brought Windows 7 access to the iPad for free.
Windows 8 won't run on every XP-era PC; watch out for PAELooking for a PC in the office that still had Windows XP on to upgrade to Windows 8 Consumer Preview this week meant digging down below the variety of test machines (from 17" notebooks to netbooks) that had had Windows 7, on to some of the oldest boxes in the office; the PCs I bought when I first started work as a freelance writer in 2001.
Dell has launched a small console-style Alienware X51 that, while part of its games-oriented range, could appeal to other users who want an affordable, upgradeable Windows PC for video and graphics processing. It packs a full-size graphics card into a small box, and the options include an Nvidia GeForce GTX 5551 with a gigabyte of GDDR5 video memory.
Cupertino's newest handset, essentially an iPhone 4 with better components including processor, camera and memory, will help it compete better with Android and Windows Phone but nothing to "blow customers away", analyst notes.
ANZ Bank has updated its pay-anyone app, goMoney, to include BPAY and accessibility support, but Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone customers are once again set to miss out.
So, you think you're the ultimate Microsoft/Windows fan, huh? Well, it's time to dust off the ol' memory bank and really test your knowledge!
HP has re-jigged its market-leading thin client portfolio, adding three new products plus updates to others to run the embedded version of the Microsoft Windows 7 OS.The new models make up what HP call the t5500 family (the 't' stands for 'thin'), sharing a common hardware spec that starts with the same 64-bit processor (a 1GHz VIA Nano u3500) plus 1GB of DDR-3 memory.
Two researchers will demonstrate a proof-of-concept attack on Windows 7, which bypasses the CPU and operating system entirely
Phase change memory will probably just miss the Windows 8 schedule but it's been looking the most promising advance on flash storage - which is going to hit a problem with density and storage life in the not too distant future. The larger your flash memory, the shorter the storage life and some of the really high density flash memory that's been talked about could store information for as little as an hour.
Windows 7 bought with it the increased popularity of 64-bit operating systems on the desktop, replacing the older, memory-constrained 32-bit platform. But just because your system can handle a 64-bit OS doesn't mean that you're ready for 64-bit Office 2010.
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