Microsoft has begun given us the first official ’sneak peek’ at it’s upcoming Windows 8 operating system, and what we’re being shown is a Windows operating system like none we’ve seen before.
So I decided to get the Windows 95 discs out and have a go at using it and see what it can do in 2009. It’s certainly not good enough to be used as an every day OS for most people, but if you just want to get some office tasks done or browse the web it’s quite suitable.
When Windows 8 arrives for PCs and tablets, and Windows Phone 8 arrives, how many new applications will surface for the new Microsoft operating system? Microsoft keeps comparing Windows 8′s approaching arrival to Windows 95′s debut in 1995.
Microsoft just gave a quick sneak peek of the redesigned version of MSN at the IAB MIXX digital ad conference. It’s optimized for Windows 8 (in fact, it will be the default homepage for Internet Explorer 10 on many Windows 8 devices), and it will be launched on the same day as the new Windows, October 26.
The MSN homepage’s new layout is reminiscent of the Metro design that we’ve
Skype isn’t the only new application that will be available for Windows 8 at launch: Tablets and PCs sporting the new operating system will also have access to some broadcast TV content from Hulu Plus, as well.
Bloomberg is reporting this morning that Microsoft is cutting the price of Windows RT for small tablets in a seemingly desperate bid to spur sales.
It’s a rather predictable move and a touch sad. Tablets based on Windows RT, an operating system that’s pure garbage, are not selling, because, referring to my first point, Windows RT is trash.
Being behind in a market sucks, and it’s understandable to want to lash out at the top dog, as Microsoft has shown it’s willing to do with Google in search and email, and now with Apple in tablet computers. A brand new Windows 8 ad pits the iPad against Microsoft’s Windows 8 tablet, in an attempt to show how much more versatile the Asus VivoTab is vs.
Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) has extended its Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) software to support Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.04. That’s a reasonable vote of confidence from Oracle toward Microsoft’s latest operating system as well as Canonical’s Linux alternative.
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.
After a public face plant regarding the release of its operating system update to developers, Microsoft today announced that applications built for Windows 8.1 will be approved no more than five days following their submission, once the new build of Windows becomes generally available.
That means that come October 18, when Windows 8.1 becomes downloadable by all, apps submitted to take advantage o