OPERATING SYSTEMS NEWS

February 9th, 2012, 2:42 PM

Microsoft Talks Windows 8 on ARM Devices

In a blog post published Thursday morning, Steven Sinofsky, President of Microsoft’s Windows division, provided a lengthy overview of how Windows 8 would function on ARM devices, assuring potential users that the product will “look and feel just like you expect”. “Windows on ARM enables creativity in PC design that, in combination with newly architected [...]

January 20th, 2012, 4:22 PM

Microsoft Shows Off Windows 8 Mobile Broadband Improvements

Windows 8 will contain built in support for mobile broadband devices, and will use metered internet devices in a smarter fashion, according to a blog post published Friday on Microsoft’s “Building Windows 8” blog. “We looked at the fundamentals of wireless connectivity and re-engineered Windows 8 for a mobile and wireless future, going beyond incremental [...]

January 20th, 2012, 10:19 AM

Microsoft Posts Record Revenue but Windows Continues to Decline

Despite quickly declining Windows sales, Microsoft’s latest earnings report show the company has posted record revenue. The company posted $20.89 billion in revenue (a 5 percent overall increase) during the second quarter of their fiscal year. Of that revenue $4.74 billion came from the Windows division, $4.24 billion came from the Entertainment & Devices division (a [...]

January 17th, 2012, 12:35 PM

Microsoft Reveals Details on New File System

Microsft has revealed details on the sucsessor to NTFS — Resilient File System (ReFS) — which is scheduled to make its first debut on Windows 8 Server Edition. Surendra Verma, a development manager on Microsoft’s storage and file system team, said ReFS will maintain “a high degree of compatibility with a subset of NTFS features [...]

December 15th, 2011, 1:34 PM

Microsoft Gives AMD’s ‘Bulldozer’ an Update

This patch has been pulled by Microsoft as some users have complained that it actually further lowers performance. See this story. Microsoft today released a hotfix for Windows 7 users using AMD’s ‘Bulldozer’ chips that aims to address performance issues with simultaneous multithreading. According to the hotfix page: This article introduces an update that optimizes [...]

December 9th, 2011, 12:52 PM

webOS to Live on as Open Source Software

Hewlett Packard has announced that they intend to donate webOS to the open source community. Under the regime of former CEO Leo Apotheker, the webOS project, which HP acquired with Palm, virtually collapsed when the company announced they intended to discontinue their TouchPad tablet. HP was adamant that webOS would live on as the operating [...]

December 7th, 2011, 11:18 AM

Microsoft Gives a Sneak Peek of the Windows Store

Microsoft gave developers a sneak peek at their new iTunes style ‘Windows Store’ last night in San Francisco, making the first time the new concept has been demonstrated since it was introduced at the BUILD conference in September. The Windows Store will sell “Metro-style” apps. Microsoft Metro is the design language of the “live tile” [...]

September 9th, 2011, 10:42 AM

Microsoft Promises Record Breaking Boot Times For Windows 8

Microsoft released a video this week that demonstrated how fast Windows 8 can boot on standard PC hardware. The company claims that when testing a computer running Windows 8 against a computer running Windows 7, the Windows 8 machine usually booted 25%, and sometimes up to 75% faster. “Few operations in Windows are as scrutinized, [...]

August 9th, 2011, 9:33 PM

Gartner: Windows 7 to Become Most Common OS

Industry research firm Gartner says that by the end of 2011 Windows 7 will become the most common operating system, running on some 42 percent of all PCs. Microsoft has had trouble convincing PC users to switch to their latest OS. Statistics released in July by Net Applications showed that Windows XP was still the [...]

June 10th, 2011, 3:41 PM

Next Week’s Patch Tuesday Bigger Than Normal

Microsoft has given notice that next week’s Patch Tuesday will be bigger than normal, containing 16 security updates that will address 34 vulnerabilities. These updates will patch vulnerabilities found in Windows (from XP to 7), Internet Explorer, Office, Microsoft .NET Framework, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Visual Studio and Microsoft Silverlight. 9 of these updates are [...]