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Microsoft has released a new version of its Security Essentials software for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 PCs.
For four years, I've been tracking the share of Windows versions. The latest numbers show unmistakable trends: Windows users are replacing XP machines with new PCs running Windows 7 at a steady clip. Meanwhile, Windows Vista is fading rapidly into a historical footnote.
Microsoft might want to exorcise Windows XP and Vista from the world's PCs (because if you're running old software, you've not given Microsoft any cash in a while), but the company's own attitudes to how consumers get their hands on operating systems is a big part of the reason why people are running old operating systems.
Worried that you'll have to buy a new PC in order to be able to run Windows 8? Don't! Microsoft has said that the Windows 8 system requirements will be the same, or perhaps even lower, than those of Windows 7.
Amazon announced on Thursday its "Kindle for PC," a free application that lets users read e-books and use the Kindle store on their PCs.
Genie Timeline Professional 2014 makes it easy to continuously protect all your files no matter where they are stored; on your computer,...
Microsoft is making changes to the ballot screen that it proposed to the European Commission (EC) as a way to ensure more browser choice on Windows PCs. Here's what the new ballot screen that Microsoft plans to test among European users of XP, Vista and Windows 7 machines looks like.
In a piece about Windows 7 in today's Wall Street Journal is a starting bit of information: that Microsoft "takes in less than $15 per netbook for Windows XP once marketing rebates are taken into account -- far less than the estimated $50 to $60 it receives for PCs running Windows Vista."Ouch.
Vista Smoker Pro allows you to change various settings in the Windows Registry. These settings can improve the performance for your...
Several sites have been talking about Windows 7 Starter Edition, its limitations, and its possible applications. For the first time since Microsoft released Windows XP Starter Edition and Vista Starter Edition, the company is now making Windows 7 Started Edition available to OEMs in developed countries for installation on ultra low-cost PCs.
Plenty of us have old PCs stuck in the corners of classrooms, machines we just can't afford to replace and whose owners just can't do without. At the same time, more and more of us are rolling out netbooks and inexpensive hardware instead of investing in the latest and greatest "Vista-capable" computers.
Weighing just 638g and bearing an eight-inch screen, Sony's Vaio P is one of the smallest fully functioning Vista PCs on the market
A lawsuit alleging that workers are being forced to contribute unpaid over time because their PCs record start times only after long boot periods has that laugh until you cry feel to it because it's more revealing about the organization than about Vista.
As Halloween fast approaches, Apple is producing more good-natured fun, poking fun at Microsoft's decision to end the use of Vista as the name of its Windows operating system for PCs. It probably didn't cost much to produce the latest three commercials in its "Mac vs.
Ask any Windows pundit about all the different versions of Windows Vista that Microsoft offers and you’ll invariably get the same response. There are too many! Consumers are confused! It all needs to be simplified! To which I say: Be careful what you wish for. The case for reducing the number of Windows versions to one or two sounds convincing in the abstract, but the argument breaks down quickly once you start to examine the details and consider how such a change would affect the way you and I buy Windows on consumer and business PCs. For starters, would you be willing to pay 17.5% more for an entry-level PC? That's just one of the problems with this idea.
Who’s buying new PCs with Windows Vista Home Basic? Judging by the name, you’d assume those OS editions would be loaded on underpowered machines for starving students and penny-pinching families. But you’d be wrong. Based on my observations of the PC market over the past year or two, I think consumers have rejected Home Basic in favor of Home Premium. But small, budget-conscious businesses have embraced the low-end OS. In one large sample I looked at, nearly three out of every five machines destined for small business included Windows Vista Home Basic. Small-business buyers are apparently able to look past that name, and PC makers are happy to accommodate them. I've got the details on this apparent trend.
While the reviews are mixed from teachers as I finish up the rollout of new Vista-running PCs, the reviews from students are almost universally positive. Maybe it's their fascination with shiny objects (most people will agree that Vista is, at least, pretty), but I think it says a lot more about kids' general flexibility in all things technical.
Seizing on slow enterprise uptake of Vista, IBM has teamed up with Canonical, Novell and Red Hat to globally promote PCs without Microsoft software.
Seizing on slow enterprise uptake of Vista, IBM has teamed up with Canonical, Novell and Red Hat to globally promote PCs without Microsoft software
Last year, x64 editions of Windows Vista were hard to come by and seen as mainly for early adopters. This year, with little warning, the tide seems to have shifted dramatically. By my back-of-the-envelope calculations, at least 20% of all Vista PCs sold in the second quarter of this year came with 64-bit editions of Windows Vista preinstalled. By fall, it’s possible, even likely, that we’ll reach a tipping point, with more than 50% of new PCs sold at retail coming with 64-bit editions of Windows Vista preinstalled. So why the sudden shift? And what's in it for you?
Because it's a cloud-based service, it can react in near real-time to Internet hazards as they arise, then jettison the updates as small deltas out to the admins or directly to supported PCs. Naturally, the service only supports Windows, but it goes back as Windows 95 and up to Vista.
Around 70 percent of Windows Vista on home systems are infected with malware, according to PC Tools, which claims the figure is so high because UAC is very annoying and users are disabling the security feature.
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