Windows XP About to Lose Market Share War to Windows 7

Written by John Ponio on Friday, 03 August 2012 14:20 | Web and Industry News

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It's been a long time coming, but Windows 7 is almost about to have more market share than Windows XP. According to a recent study, at the end of July Windows XP had 42.86% of the Windows market share while Windows 7 had 42.21%. Windows 7 has been out for years now, so this is really surprising. It's crazy to think of how many people out there have that old of computers that they would be running Windows XP. Based on the trends, it's expected that Windows 7 will finally surpass Windows XP this month. As this is only one study its accuracy isn't 100%, so Windows 7 could already have overtaken Windows XP. Netmarketshare, who did the study, is generally close enough to be trusted, though. Check out the numbers here

 

Microsoft Drops Metro Name for Windows 8 and Windows Phone

Written by John Ponio on Friday, 03 August 2012 13:59 | Web and Industry News

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Seemingly out of the blue, Microsoft has dropped all use of the "Metro" name for the title of the Windows 8 and Windows Phone's user interface. There is no official reason to why they're dropping the use, but it could be because there's a German company called Metro AG that's possibly disputing it. Metro AG refused to comment on "market rumors," but that's the prevailing rumor. This has some merit to it because Microsoft said the change came after "discussions with an important European partner." In the mean time, an internal Microsoft memo told employees and developers to use the term "Windows 8 style UI" instead of "Metro" for everything. 

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More Progress on Left 4 Dead 2 on Linux

Written by John Ponio on Thursday, 02 August 2012 18:34 | Web and Industry News

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For a while now Valve has been hard at work porting over Left 4 Dead 2, as well as the whole Source engine, to run on Linux operating systems. Right now they're only going for Ubuntu, but once it's on Ubuntu they'll start doing other releases. Well, Valve released posted a quick update on how the port is coming along. Initially when they opened up L4D2 they ran the game at 6fps, which is to be expected since it was the first time. Well, after doing quite a bit of tweaking, they've managed to get the game running at 315fps. While that sounds like a lot, it will sound like even more after I tell you that on their Windows 7 benchmarks (same hardware), the game was running at only 270.6fps. This is a testament to how amazing Linux and OpenGL are, because it's outperforming Windows and Direct3D. You can read the full blog post here.

If you're interested, the hardware they were benchmarking on was:

  • Intel Core i7 3930k (3.2GHz-3.8GHz)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
  • 32GB RAM

 

Windows 8 is Finished

Written by John Ponio on Thursday, 02 August 2012 18:17 | Web and Industry News

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It's been a long time in the running, but Windows 8 is finally finished and has been moved to RTM (released-to-manufacturing) status. This means that Microsoft has made all changes they'll make before Windows 8 is released, and now it's just a matter of waiting for all OEMs to get on board and ready to ship their systems with Windows 8 already installed. The official release date is October 26, but they have a program going for certain people where they can get their hands on the RTM build. Read on for more.

 

Jim Keller of Apple Fame Goes Back to AMD

Written by John Ponio on Wednesday, 01 August 2012 11:28 | Web and Industry News

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Jim Keller, who is most popular for leading the team that designed the processors inside of Apple's iPads and iPhones, is moving back to AMD after a long run from company to company. Years ago he worked for AMD, leading the team that designed AMD's Althon 64 and Opteron 64 processors. After that, he went on to SiByte and Broadcom designing networking SoC's. From there, he went on to a company called P.A. Semi, which was bought out by Apple in 2008. That company is the one that designed the processors for Apple's gadgets. At AMD he will become corporate vice president and chief architect of AMD's microprocessors cores. He will yet again be leading a team, but this time the team will be focusing on making AMD's processors use less power but have better performance. 

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Star Wars: The Old Republic to go Free to Play

Written by John Ponio on Wednesday, 01 August 2012 11:10 | Web and Industry News

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It seems like more and more game companies are seeing the benefits of a free-to-play business model. Recently EA said they're eventually going to be all free-to-play, Valve seems to like the model with TF2, and League of Legends is a very popular game. Console-gamer friends of mine even started playing LoL. In a recent announcement, it looks like Star Wars: The Old Republic is now going free-to-play. Starting in November, players will be able to level their characters to 50, with only some game features unavailable. Read on for more.

 

OCZ Z-Drive R4 Enterprise PCIe SSD Given VMware Ready Status

Written by John Ponio on Tuesday, 31 July 2012 14:56 | Web and Industry News

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A big thing with companies these days is virtualization. Even just on for the network admins, being able to have multiple servers running on one machine is an amazingly helpful thing. For the employees, just having a thin client connect to the company's main server makes life a lot more simple, and also a lot more secure. So the more that hardware manufacturers can optimize their products for virtual computing programs like VMware, the better. OCZ's Z-Drive R4, which are their PCIe enterprise SSDs, have recently been given VMware's highest endorsement: the VMware Ready status. This makes it easier for customers to know that the products will work flawlessly with VMware, as well as gives OCZ more points with which to sell their products. You can read about why the Z-Drive R4 is so great on VMware's website

Ryan Peterson, who is the CEO of OCZ, said, 

By using Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSD drives with VMware vSphere 5.0, enterprises can accelerate virtualized applications while delivering fast and reliable access to data without burdening host CPU and memory resources. When combined with OCZ’s VXL flash virtualization software, Z-Drive R4 delivers a comprehensive and compelling virtual performance system that efficiently distributes flash resources across VMs to provide an even greater performance of key applications in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), e-mail and database servers.

Read the announcement here

 

LSI Announces New SandForce SSD Controllers for Ultrabooks

Written by John Ponio on Tuesday, 31 July 2012 14:47 | Web and Industry News

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Ultrabook sales are expected to grow 92% by 2017, which has OEMs all over the place scrambling for ways to make theirs better, and has the hardware manufacturers finding more and more ways to make ultrabooks better. One of the newest ways that ultrabook hardware has been improved comes from a recent announcement from LSI, who recently purchased SandForce. Announced by LSI was a new SSD controller designed specifically for ultrabooks. It lowers the power requirements for the SSD, making the battery of any ultrabook the controller is in even longer. It also makes boot and wake times faster, which is a main selling point of ultrabooks. Read on for more.

 

Apple Launches New Ad Campaign

Written by John Ponio on Monday, 30 July 2012 15:08 | Web and Industry News

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Apple has recently launched a new ad campaign, and it's very.. interesting. They follow the life of an Apple "Genius" who gets asked to fix everyone's problems. I guess it helps to show the usefulness of the service, but it also paints Apple users as.. inept (that's the nice way of putting it). Read on for the ads. 

 

Microsoft Surface Release Date Revealed

Written by John Ponio on Monday, 30 July 2012 13:38 | Web and Industry News

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In Microsoft's annual US Securities and Exchange report for the last fiscal year (ended June 30, 2012), they talked about the usual stuff: their products, services, revenue streams, all the boring stuff. One interesting thing in the 95-page report, though, was Microsoft reveal of the release date of their controversial Surface tablet. The tablet will be released at the same time as Windows 8, on October 26, 2012. Sadly, pricing was not announced. With this all over the news, we should expect to see it soon. You can read the full report here, the date of the release is at the bottom of page 4. 

 

Pricing Rumors for Microsoft's Surface Explained

Written by John Ponio on Friday, 27 July 2012 12:40 | Web and Industry News

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Recently there were rumors all over the news about a Swedish website posting Microsoft's Surface tablet starting at what compares to $1000 for the entry-level model, with three other SKUs costing even more. It seemed as if everyone was outraged at the high price from Microsoft, and others found it hard to believe. Well, it turns out that the pricing on that website was indeed incorrect, but sadly we still don't know what the real pricing will be. According to Webhallen, the website that started this controversy, the pricing was merely an over-estimate to let customers start pre-ordering. Read on for their statement. 

 


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