Category Archives: Windows 7

Windows 8 Market Share Grows up to 2.26% as Windows 7 Slips for the First Time!

Its been over 3 months since the official Launch of Windows 8 and Windows RT platform and thou we don’t have any official word on No. Of devices sold,what we do know it is doing exceedingly well with the licenses selling.

Last time we checked Windows 8 had already over 60 million licenses sold in a little over 2 months of time.Now as per the NetApplications MarketShare numbers,Windows 8 has now 2.26% marketshare just behind the latest version of Mac OSX operating system (10.8) which is at 2.44% of worldwide marketshare.

Last month we saw the drop in Windows XP operating system while Windows 7 was still the number 1 operating system with continuous growth ever since its launch.But for last months trends the Windows 7 dropped to 44.48% from 45.11% but still leads the marketshare.The second spot still held by Windows XP with 39.51%(39.08% last month),while the Windows Vista continues to see a drop which is down to 5.24% marketshare which was around 5.67% last month.

Overall Windows Operating System still leads the Worldwide PC marketshare with over 91% of PCs still running Windows operating systems.
Ever since its launch Windows 7 has been gaining the marketshare,but this was for the first time that we saw a drop in the marketshare,so it might be an indication that Wndows 7 has reached its peak value and that we will soon see Windows 8 on the number one spot with array of devices slated for launch,but its still early days.

Source[NetApplications],Via[TNW]

Kinect for Windows Released

As promised earlier at CES 2012 Microsoft has released the Windows version of Kinect hardware.Kinect which has been the USP of Microsoft’s Xbox 360,even when it was only restricted for the Xbox 360 hardware,that didn’t stop the enthusiasts to hack into the Kinect and try out some innovative things.

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So after a rigorous testing of the older kinect device with the Kinect for Windows beta SDK,they have finally came up with the Kinect for Windows along with the SDK 1.0 for the same are now available.At this moment the device will be made available initially in 12 countries with the retail price of $249 and as announced earlier they will also come up with the special discounted version later this year for $149 for qualified educational users.

They have made a lot of improvements from the beta SDK which was released a couple of months ago,here’s what they have achieved till now:

  • Support for up to four Kinect sensors plugged into the same computer
  • Significantly improved skeletal tracking, including the ability for developers to control which user is being tracked by the sensor
  • Near Mode for the new Kinect for Windows hardware, which enables the depth camera to see objects as close as 40 centimeters in front of the device
  • Many API updates and enhancements in the managed and unmanaged runtimes
  • The latest Microsoft Speech components (V11) are now included as part of the SDK and runtime installer
  • Improved “far-talk” acoustic model that increases speech recognition accuracy
  • New and updated samples, such as Kinect Explorer, which enables developers to explore the full capabilities of the sensor and SDK, including audio beam and sound source angles, color modes, depth modes, skeletal tracking, and motor controls
  • A commercial-ready installer which can be included in an application’s set-up program, making it easy to install the Kinect for Windows runtime and driver components for end-user deployments.
  • Robustness improvements including driver stability, runtime fixes, and audio fixes

Kinect hardware will support Windows 7,Windows 8 Developer Preview(only desktop apps) as well as Windows embedded devices for gesture and voice recognition.If the success of Xbox 360 is any indication,we can say that the Windows version of Kinect will further boost the sales of Windows 7 and Windows 8 based hardware.

Cut the Rope Now Available to Play Online for Free Courtesy Microsoft

At CES 2012 apart from talking about Windows 8 operating system and revealing some new Windows Phones from HTC and Nokia,Microsoft also announced the HTML 5 version of the highly popular game Cut the Rope,bringing the highly popular game over iOS and Android platform to the Desktop’s running Internet Explorer 9,taking the advantage of Internet Explorer 9′s hardware acceleration.

The app works exceedingly well on the Internet Explorer giving the same experience of the Native game on the mobile platforms.The game has been successfully ported to HTML 5 courtesy  PixelLabs, ZentoLab and the Internet Explorer team.The game has sold over 70 million copies over the mobile platform till date.

Officially supported browsers for the game are Internet Explorer 9,Chrome,Safari and Opera,i personally checked it on my Firefox 9.0 and it works perfectly fine on that too.Though the game is available for multiple browsers,Internet Explorer 9 has a slight advantage over others since it has some exclusive additional levels which the other Browsers doesn’t have.

So what are you waiting for? Point your browser to CuttheRope.ie  and enjoy the HTML 5 gaming  experience with Internet Explorer 9.

[CES 2012]Kinect for Windows Up for Preorders,Releases on February 1

At CES 2012 what is supposed to be the last CES appearance (or a  pause),Microsoft announced that they will be launching the Kinect for Windows units by the 1st February.While the Pre Orders have already started at Amazon.com.Kinect for Windows is available for 249.99$ on pre-orders.

Kinect has been the USP for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console,with over 18 million Kinect sensors sold over the past year,across 66 million Xbox 360′s.

Today, we are announcing that the new Kinect for Windows hardware and accompanying software will be available on February 1st, 2012 in 12 countries (United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, United Kingdom), at a suggested retail price of US $249.  Kinect for Windows hardware will be available, in limited quantities at first, through a variety of resellers and distributors.  The price includes a one-year warranty, access to ongoing software updates for both speech and human tracking, and our continued investment in Kinect for Windows-based software advancements.  Later this year, we will offer special academic pricing (planned at US $149) for Qualified Educational Users.

Kinect for Windows will support Windows 7,Windows 8 developer preview with an added support for Windows Embedded-based devices.The Kinect for Windows sensor will be available in 12 countries at launch with a retail price of 249$.Though the availability would be limited for starters.There will also be special priced units for Qualified Educational Users at US $149 coming later this year.

Head Over to Amazon.com to Pre-order your Kinect for Windows unit :D

 

Defend your PC Without Booting into System Courtesy Windows Defender Offline Beta

Microsoft recently released the beta of their upcoming Windows Defender offline version for windows based systems.The new version of the Windows Defender introduces new feature which allows the utility to be used without booting into the system,which eventually disallows the malwares and other malicious codes to infect the Windows operating system during the bootup process.

So next time you plan on doing a virus scan for your PC,here’s what you should do,

  • First of all you need to Download  the Windows Defender Offline Beta  and then creating  a CD, DVD, or USB flash drive.
  • After than Restart the PC by using the Windows Defender Offline Beta media.
  • Scan your PC for malicious and other potentially unwanted software.
  • Remove any malware that is found from your PC.

P.S: Make sure that whatever media you use for Windows Defender Offline Beta is having at least 250MB of free disk space.

Microsoft is taking every possible step against the crackers starting off with this new feature and as we all know the Secure Boot Feature in the prepping for the upcoming Windows 8 operating system,though recently a security analyst created the first boot kit for Windows 8 which was shown off during the recent MalCon,after his suggestions,Microsoft will surely bring a polished security system with the final release of Windows8.

Download Now : Windows Defender Offline Beta [32bit]  and [64 bit]

 

Microsoft requests companies to Upgrade to Windows 7

A few months back Microsoft made a request on its official  site for all of the companies using the older versions of OS to upgrade to Windows 7.Now a new post on the official Windows blog mentions both, the celebration of  Windows XP on the eve of its 10th anniversary while at the same time asking businesses once again to strongly consider updating to the Windows 7 operating system.

The post, written by Microsoft’s Rich Reynolds, appreciates Windows XP for its many features which are now standard for anyone who wants to get work done on a PC. He states, “Windows XP offered a new user interface that helped people more easily find what they needed. One of the most notable advances was it democratized digital photography. Windows XP made it easy to get images from digital cameras, manage and print pictures from your PC, with broad support for a range of cameras and photo printers. Wireless also became the given with built-in support; plug and play became the standard. It was a great OS for its time.”

For businesses reluctant to take a leap,he lists out the benefits of making the switch by saying,

We have a wide variety of resources and tools that to make your migration smooth:

  • The Springboard Series on TechNet includes a lot of great in-depth advice to help you with your deployments.
  • Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) is also very helpful to accelerate your deployments.
  • The Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) products that we launched in August. Includes Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) to simplify BitLocker Drive Encryption provisioning and provides compliance reporting that can help you quickly determine the status of the entire organization.

You might also want to consider Windows Intune for PC management and security via the cloud, plus upgrade rights to Windows 7 Enterprise. This is a great solution for companies that have groups of lightly managed or non-managed PCs. Next week we’ll make the next release of Windows Intune available, which includes new features like software distribution.

So, now is the time to accelerate your Windows 7 Enterprise deployments and consider an Office 2010 deployment at the same time. Moving to Windows 7 and Office 2010 will make your employees more productive and secure today and will get you ready for the future.

 

He also adds,“With support for Windows XP ending in April 2014, we believe it would be dangerous for organizations now running XP to attempt to skip Windows 7 and move directly to Windows 8.”  He goes on to recommend: “Organizations running Windows XP and working on Windows 7 migrations: Continue as planned; do not switch to Windows 8.”

Credits: WindowsStreamblog

Run Android Apps on Windows PC Courtesy BlueStacks

Did you ever imagine running Android apps on your Windows PC?Well this has indeed been achieved thanks to this latest application to hit the market from BlueSatcks.The BlueStacks App Player for Windows PC is a free ware that allows Android users to run their favorite apps on Windows PC.

BlueStacks running on Windows 7

The applications can run full screen on a desktop PC using a new type of virtualization.It allows Windows users to run a maximum of 10 pre-loaded applications.According to the company,it took ten engineers, two years to build this technology.It also allows graphically advanced games like Angry birds and Fruit Ninja (built for ARM) to run full-screen without any special developer porting for the first time.

Bluestacks is aiming to accumulate around 1 million customers downloads and is founded by former McAfee CTO and Cloud.com board member Rosen Sharma. The BlueStacks App Player will also interact with the company’s Cloud Connect software for Android.On installing a gadget onto a Windows 7 desktop the App Player can be operated. The gadget then provides access to the variety of  inbuilt Android applicationsand the ability to download additional apps.

This approach by BlueStacks has attracted some strong initial partners too. Pre-loaded applications in the alpha release of the software include Bloomberg, LivingSocial, Huffington Post and Creative Mobile. Furthermore,the company hopes to attract more developers in future thanks to its unique proposition. A lot of app developers will see this as an opportunity to get their Android apps into the hands of millions of Windows users.

This is an early look at the company’s work but the firm is looking for substantial  feedback for future software updates. There’s also a Mac version of the application in process. “The openness of Android is enabling innovation around the world. We are grateful to Google and others for their contributions. This is also a social equalizer in the US and countries like Brazil, India and China, where a large percentage of the population who can only afford smartphones can now enjoy and benefit from the ubiquity of apps on the Android platform,” said Rosen Sharma, President and CEO of BlueStacks. “We look forward to getting feedback from our users on the alpha release.”

Download the first alpha release of the software at bluestacks.com.

 

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Hyper-V Coming to Windows 8

If you are one of those people who try out different Operating Systems every now and then on your Windows based PC using the virtualization softwares like VMWare and the likes of Virtual Box for trying out the open source operating systems or any other OS virtually on the Windows based terminal,come Windows 8 and you won’t be requiring any help with all those third party Virtualization softwares anymore.


Hyper-V requires a 64-bit system that has Second Level Address Translation (SLAT). SLAT is a feature present in the current generation of 64-bit processors by Intel & AMD. You’ll also need a 64-bit version of Windows 8, and at least 4GB of RAM. Hyper-V does support creation of both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems in the VMs.
Hyper-V’s dynamic memory allows memory needed by the VM to be allocated and de-allocated dynamically (you specify a minimum and maximum) and share unused memory between VMs. You can run 3 or 4 VMs on a machine that has 4GB of RAM but you will need more RAM for 5 or more VMs. On the other end of the spectrum, you can also create large VMs with 32 processors and 512GB RAM.

As confirmed earlier by Micosoft on their Windows 8 Blog ,after the success of this technology on Windows Server they are finally bringing Hyper-V to Windows 8.Hyper-V was part of previous 2 releases of Windows Server.So Come windows 8 VMWare and Virtual Box will be thing of the past :D

Nsquared shows of WP7+Surface2.0+Windows 7 Tablet+Kinect+Wall Seamless Integration

NSquared who is a big name in User Experience industry.This time around they have created an application for integrating various Microsoft devices to work with seamless integration with each other.So this application integrates Windows Phone7 ,Windows 7 Based Tablet ,Surface 2.0 and the Kinect unit to work together which is of great use for the architects for showing up the 3D structure.

See the video in action :-

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Microsoft Buys Skype for $8.5 Billion

Yesterday was quite a buzzing day with rumors floating around the alleged Microsoft deal with Skype to take it over and finally later in the day an official word came from the Software Giant,who acquired one of the leading name in internet communications  today.

Microsoft reportedly bought Skype for a whooping $8.5 Billion in cash.So it means its only matter of time till we get to see Premium Skype Services to Microsoft Devices and Operating System.Starting off with Kinect  for Xbox 360 ,Windows Phone 7 and other Windows Based devices.Microsoft will connect Skype users with Lync, Outlook, Xbox Live and other communities.Having said that it’s not the end of the road for non Microsoft based  platforms,Microsoft will equally support the Non-Microsoft Platform Skype Clients as well.

So get ready for some interesting services like Kinect Video Chat and the much awaited competitor for Google Voice and Apple’s Facetime from Windows Phone 7.Eagerly waiting for some Skype Goodness on my Windows Phone 7 :D

Checkout the Official Press Release Here

Image Credits: Microsoft