It’s no secret that consumers have been slow to warm up to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, the latter of which was released this past October. Could the sagging adoption numbers and legions of people who are clinging to Windows XP and Windows 7 be pacified by a machine that runs Windows 8.1 but is capable of supporting Android apps? It sounds like we’ll soon find out.You might hear the term “PC Plus” quite a bit during CES 2014, which will begin on January 7. PC Plus refers to the concept of a Windows 8.1 machine that also runs Android apps. We’re talking about laptops here, not tablets. Aside from that (big) detail, this is not exactly a new idea.Bluestacks, an Android emulator for Windows and Mac OS X, is able to perform the task of running Android apps on traditional desktop operating systems. While Blackstacks simply ran as a separate program within Windows and OS X, the relationship between Windows 8.1 and Android apps could work differently with PC Plus, … [Read more...] about Windows 8.1 machines running Android apps to descend upon CES 2014?
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Last week, a number of Apple supporters took me to task for my comment that Apple made the technology equivalent of sugar water and that Steve Jobs gave up on his goal of changing the world. I'm hardly original in thinking this way. It does amaze me that not a single Apple fan cared about global warming, philanthropy or even Apple's lack of computing prowess. They earn their reputations every week.This week, I'll argue that Apple did unintentionally change the world by making Windows (especially Windows 7), Palm and Google's Android better. I'll then discuss what I think "changing the world" means and use Marvell as the example of how to do that.I'll close with my product of the week: an inexpensive little home server that uses Marvell's Sheeva Plug Computing platform and could represent the beginning of a shift that could be as big as the change ushered in by the original x86 processor. When Apple started, both Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs appeared to have a dream that wasn't much … [Read more...] about OPINION How Apple Made Windows 7 Better
Early adopters of Microsoft's next operating system won't facedebilitating bi-hourly shutdowns or be forced to clean-install therelease candidate until July 1, despite an email that went out overthe holiday weekend setting a June 1 deadline.The date for the shutdowns to begin isactually July 1, a month before the Windows 7 beta program expires, according to Microsoft Windows blogger Brandon LeBlanc, who posted the information early Tuesday to thecompany's Windows 7 blog.LeBlanc's post doesn't explain how the mix-up occurred. SpokespersonLauren Irving told TechNewsWorld that the posting would serve as thecompany's comment on the matter.Microsoft urged anyone using the beta to move to the releasecandidate, which is available for download now.However, users would perhaps be best advised not to install the prereleasesoftware on production machines or computers with critical data, said Michael Cherry, research vice president for operating systems at Directions on Microsoft -- evenif it is … [Read more...] about Windows 7 Beta to Stay Alive Until July
The launch of Windows 7 draws near. Discs are being minted, glossy advertisements are filling magazines, and Microsoft is dispensing ludicrous advice on how to plan your own launch party. For existing Windows Vista users, we highly recommend upgrading to Windows 7, but the question remains: which version should you shell out for when it finally shows up on store shelves? Without a one-size-fits-all box, you’ll need to decide which features you need and which you don’t, to avoid shelling out your hard-earned cash for frivolities.Your Options a helpful comparison chart of all three versions that can be useful to quickly see what each one offers.But before you lay out any cash, make sure you don’t already have a free copy waiting for you.Can You Upgrade to Windows 7 for Free?As part of an effort to smooth out the transition from Windows Vista to Windows 7 – and to keep consumers from delaying their late-summer PC purchases to wait on the next version, Microsoft … [Read more...] about Windows 7 Upgrade Guide: Everything You Need to Know
The U.S. military’s budget is so incredibly massive, we never thought they would have any reason to use iffy copies of Windows operating systems. Yet, here we are.An unnamed U.S. soldier reportedly told TorrentFreak that an education center located in the Camp As Sayliyah military base, where he’s stationed in Qatar, houses 18 PCs, all of which are running unlicensed copies of Windows 7. This comes after the Obama administration settled a military software piracy case last month for the hefty sum of $50 million.“All of the computers in this computer lab show that the operating system is not a genuine copy,” said the soldier. “I am not anti-government in any way, but I have been in the Army a long time, and I feel the Army should be kept honest and accountable for what they do, especially when it is so public and a hot button issue in these times.”Photos purportedly provided by the soldier show that the machines provide users with pop up notifications … [Read more...] about US military reportedly uses unlicensed copies of Windows 7
Windows 8 has gotten lots of buzz, and plenty of criticism, for its attempt to shake up your PC’s operating system. With so many big changes, you may want to keep your old Windows 7 OS on your machine, just so you have something familiar to ease the transition. Fortunately, you can work a little hard drive wizardry to make space for both the old and the new. Here’s how you can dual boot Windows 8 on a computer that already runs Windows 7.Step 1: Back up your current systemThis is always a good practice when you are tweaking an operating system. The risk of losing data is usually pretty low, but you don’t want files to disappear the one and only time you didn’t back up. Make sure you save a copy of your entire hard drive in addition to your regular backups. (You are backing up your files, right?)Step 2: Create a new partition on your hard driveYou’ll need to set aside a separate chunk of your hard drive to house the new OS and everything you’ll run on … [Read more...] about How to Dual Boot Windows 7 and Windows 8
Not every bit of news needs to be exciting or sexy. Sometimes it can simply be important. Today’s friendly Public Service Announcement applies specifically to Windows 7 users: Microsoft has released its Service Pack 1 update for all versions of the latest operating system. You can find a full set of release notes and changes right here. None of the new features or fixes offer anything particularly dramatic, but as any regular Windows user knows, update frequently or risk killing your computer.In addition to packing all previously released security, stability and performance updates into one place, SP1 also brings in a couple of other changes. The most noteworthy elements only apply to users of Windows Server 2008 R2. A new Dynamic Memory feature promises to make more efficient use of physical memory among virtual machines, portioning it out as needed. RemoteFX will beef up the graphical performance on remote desktops, allowing for the seamless viewing of Flash content and the … [Read more...] about Windows 7 Service Pack 1 update released
Although Windows users have given Windows 7 a much warmer reception than its predecessor Windows Vista, users of older application software that doesn’t work under Windows 7 were left in a bit of a lurch. Sure, Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate offers an XP Mode that essentially runs a virtual computer running Windows XP so users can still tap into most older, non-updated software. The problem was that Windows 7’s XP Mode required a PC processor that supported hardware virtualization, and that capability had to be enabled in the machine’s BIOS—and that’s not something an everyday Windows user knows how to do. Now, Microsoft has eased some of that pain, announcing a new version of XP Mode that no longer requires hardware virtualization to run.“This change simplifies the experience by making virtualization more accessible to many more PCs for small and midsize businesses wanting to migrate to Windows 7 Professional or higher editions, … [Read more...] about Microsoft Eases Windows 7 XP Mode Hardware Requirements
Microsoft gave developers their first hands-on experience with the upcoming Windows 7 operating system (OS) Tuesday.Set for release in 2010, the version of Windows 7 shown at the company's Professional Developers Conference refines certain aspects of the company's Windows Vista OS and is designed to improve on performance."The best way to think of Windows 7 is to look at it as an improved version of Windows Vista. It starts with a Windows Vista foundation, but what it does from there is add some extra functionality. There are some good usability features they have added that, no matter how you cut it, are good stuff. In that respect it's a step forward for customers and should help improve adoption," said Al Gillen, an IDC analyst, told TechNewsWorld.Microsoft's pre-beta preview included a look at several key changes to some familiar Windows features emphasizing functionality and efficiency.The software maker has revamped the Task Bar, Jump Menus and the System Tray. In the new OS, the … [Read more...] about With Windows 7, Can Microsoft Lift the Vista Hex?
Following the lead of competitor VMware last week, Parallels raised the curtain Thursday on a new release of its software for running Windows software on a Mac computer.Parallels Desktop for Mac 8 (US$79.99, or $49.99 for existing users who want to upgrade) will run on the latest version of Apple's OS X operating system, 10.8 Mountain Lion, and supports the upcoming release of Microsoft's operating system, Windows 8.Parallel's software runs OS X and Windows in separate virtual environments, but it presents the user with a seamless interface. The line between the operating systems is blurred so all applications appear to be running under a single operating system: OS X."It's one of the best solutions out there," ITIC principal analyst Laura DiDio told MacNewsWorld.This latest version of Parallels Desktop contains a number new features that further integrate the two operating systems running on a Mac.For example, Windows applications can be started directly from the OS X launchpad. "It … [Read more...] about New Parallels Aligns With Mountain Lion, Windows 8