Snow Leopard, Windows 7, Microsoft Word ban and BT broadband

Stories of the month - August 2009

Stories of the month - August 2009

While August may traditionally be something of a quiet month, there was still a host of interesting stories to keep everyone going during the late summer.

One of the biggest stories in August was the build-up to the launch of Apple's latest Mac operating system, Snow Leopard. silicon.com took a look at what new features and refinements to expect from the newly-launched OS.

With Google recently joining the operating system party with its own offering, Chrome, silicon.com's Naked CIO was prompted last month to wonder whether we really need another OS to worry about.

While Microsoft may not have its latest OS - Windows 7 - out of the blocks just yet, August also saw Quocirca's Clive Longbottom discuss his experiences of using the OS.

Sticking with Windows 7, last month brought a prediction that Windows 7 will see 64-bit computing entering the prime time.

But not everything was going Microsoft's way in August, after a US judge ruled that the company had to stop selling Word in its current form due to patent infringement. The company is set to appeal the ruling though, so watch this space.

Meanwhile, BT's superfast broadband rollout received a boost when the company revealed that around 15,000 homes in Glasgow will be hooked up earlier than first planned, and are now expected to be fibre-enabled by the autumn.

With voice-to-text company SpinVox making headlines recently, August saw silicon.com reporter Natasha Lomas visit the company's HQ to see its tech in action, and she came away pretty impressed with the company's human hardware.

silicon.com got the chance to speak to outsourcing company Mahindra Satyam's new CEO, CP Gurnani, last month. Following the company's well-publicised problems in its former guise as Satyam, Gurnani outlined the challenges that lie ahead and the future for the services giant.

Elsewhere, silicon.com took another look at the non-wired world with an updated A to Z of wireless. If you want to know the latest uses of Bluetooth or you've been wondering exactly what ZigBee is, make sure to check it out.

And finally, Symantec picked August to identify the top 100 'dirtiest' websites.