OPERATING SYSTEMS NEWS

June 6th, 2013, 6:48 AM

Where is Windows RT at Computex?

Much like the Computexes of the past two years, tablets have been in the spotlight at Computex 2013. The event’s keynotes, from the likes of ASUS, AMD, and Intel have all been focused on outlining the respective company’s plans to conquer the mobile space. As such, virtually every company that has the mandate and capability [...]

March 6th, 2013, 10:48 AM

Microsoft Fined $732 Million in EU

The European Union has levied a $732 million fine against Microsoft for allegedly violating an agreement that would separate browser from operating system. In 2009, Microsoft and EU antitrust regulators reached a deal that mandated Microsoft would provide a “choice” screen in Windows allowing users to pick their browser until 2014. However, an update to [...]

February 18th, 2013, 6:05 PM

Microsoft Moves to OSX-Style Update Schedule with Windows Blue

A Microsoft job posting confirms that the company is moving to a yearly update schedule for Windows 8, similar to Apple and OSX. Microsoft has been long rumoured to be considering moving to an annual update schedule. In November, ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley reported that the next version of Windows will not be called Windows [...]

December 6th, 2012, 5:24 PM

More Stats Point to a Tepid Reception for Windows 8

More statistics are pointing to consumers giving Windows 8 a tepid reception for Windows 8. Analytics consultancy Statcounter released a report last week which showed that Windows 8 has yet to eclipse the 5 percent of worldwide internet usage share that Windows 7 had at the same point in its release cycle. Windows 8 has [...]

November 29th, 2012, 10:45 PM

Was Windows RT the Downfall of Microsoft’s Sinofsky?

Weeks after Steven Sinofsky unexpectedly departed Microsoft, sources close to the component upstream supply chain in Asia say Microsoft has dramatically reduced orders for the Surface based on weaker than expected demand. Digitimes reports that Microsoft has ordered its original device manufacturers (ODMs) in Asia responsible for the Surface to dramatically scale down production of [...]

November 29th, 2012, 2:58 PM

Windows 8 Sales Figures are Currently Strong, but will the Trend Continue?

The exact sales figures of Windows 8 have been hard to pin down. Microsoft spent considerable time and money promoting the basic claim that Windows 8 sold 40 million copies in the first month or so, attempting to turn sales momentum into further sales. On the other hand, numerous commentators have pointed out that copies [...]

November 19th, 2012, 6:50 PM

Lenovo’s IdeaPad Yoga 13 Shows it has no Fear of Surface

While some original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) — most recently Hewlett Packard — have taken the opportunity to bash Microsoft’s Surface, for Lenovo “it’s all good” according to their PR manager in Canada. John Swinimer, Lenovo Canada’s PR manager, told Hardware Canucks that Lenovo isn’t concerned about Microsoft’s non-traditional role as OEM with the Microsoft Surface. “With [...]

November 14th, 2012, 7:37 AM

Microsoft Pushing Gamers to Upgrade? DirectX 11.1 to be Windows 8 Exclusive

In a post on the MSDN forums, Microsoft has confirmed that Direct X 11.1 will only be available on the Windows 8 operating system.  Back when Windows 7 was released, gamers were introduced to the wonders of Microsoft’s DirectX 11 API but customers who had previously invested in Windows Vista weren’t left out in the [...]

November 13th, 2012, 10:35 AM

Windows Boss Steven Sinofsky Leaves Microsoft

The man who presided over Microsoft’s Windows division during the launch of Windows 8 left the company unexpectedly this morning, “effective immediately”. Considering the recent launch of Windows 8, and the critical praise the Surface has received, Steven Sinofsky’s departure may come as a surprise to many. However, to Microsoft watchers, this departure was expected as [...]

October 26th, 2012, 9:48 AM

Microsoft Launches Windows 8

Microsoft launched its eighth edition of Windows today, with splashy kick off parties around the world. Windows 8 is a significant step for Microsoft as it marks a concerted effort by the company to bring the Windows experience to the burgeoning tablet and smartphone market. “What you have seen and heard should leave no doubt [...]