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Maintaining Windows XP after April 8 may cost you USD 300 per PC per year

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Microsoft ends support for its popular Windows XP on April 8.

According to research firm IDC, the cost of maintaining a PC that runs on Windows XP OS after April 8, could run up to USD 300 per PC per year, as against the present cost of USD 75-100.

Windows XP which launched in October 2001 is three generations behind the latest operating system Windows 8, that was launched in October 2012.

The current XP version is called Windows XP Service Pack 3. Microsoft will stop support service to ‘Windows XP’ OS from April 8.

At present about 84 per cent have stopped using XP and of the 84 per cent PCs that migrated from Windows XP, about 25 per cent made the transition in the last 12-18 months.

It is expected that by April this 84 per cent will go up to 90 per cent.

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Posted by plates55 - March 12, 2014 at 1:44 pm

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Facebook and Microsoft partner on hackathon

On Monday, Microsoft and Facebook announced they will partner to host a hackathon at the Facebook offices in Menlo Park, Calif.

“A number of our engineers, along with Facebook’s engineers, will be there working with everyone to show how you can easily get deep integration across Windows and Windows Phone apps,” writes Steve Guggenheimer in a blog post. “We’ll be offering 1:1 assistance along with some great speakers that will help jumpstart any app efforts you have.”

In his blog post, Guggenheimer broke down a few key buckets that he hopes will get developers excited about what you can do with this event:

· Deliver Unique Consumer Experiences: Through the Facebook Login API for Windows and Windows Phone, developers can create unique consumer experiences due to the seamless integration with Microsoft products that consumers already use every day (i.e. Bing, Outlook and others.)

· Provide developers with scale and world-class tools: Shared code means developers spend less time coding and more time making apps interesting and easy to use. The common core across the Windows platform helps developers scale their resources quickly to build Facebook-connected apps across multiple devices though reusable codes, libraries and other helpful open-sourced tools.

· Policy. Evolving macro topics to improve tech and economy:  Since 2007, Microsoft and Facebook have partnered to evolve both technology and the macroeconomics that impact technical employees and consumers. This latest developer toolkit is just one example of the way Microsoft and Facebook continue to help developers of all skillsets be successful on the platforms.

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Posted by plates55 - January 6, 2014 at 3:28 pm

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U.S. Army Base Runs Unlicensed Windows 7 Computers

A few weeks ago the U.S. Government paid a $50 million settlement for pirating military logistics software, which was used to  protect soldiers and shipments in critical missions. Following this news, a soldier stationed in Qatar told TorrentFreak that several computers at his base run unlicensed copies of Windows 7, which he backs up with photo evidence.  “I feel the army should be kept honest and accountable for what they do,” the soldier says.

microsoft-pirateThe United States is known for its aggressive stance when it comes to copyright infringements.

It therefore came as quite a surprise that the U.S. military had been using unlicensed logistics software for years, a case the Obama administration settled for $50 million last month.

However, a signal soldier serving in Qatar informs TorrentFreak that this incident may not be as unique as it sounds. According to the soldier, who we will name Mark, the soldiers’ education center at his base has 18 computers which all run unlicensed copies of Windows 7.

“All of the computers in this computer lab show that the operating system is not a genuine copy,” Mark says.

The picture below shows several of the computers in the education center of Camp As Sayliyah. The facility is open to all active and reserve military personnel as well as DOD civilians.

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The computers have been running in this state for quite a while according to the soldier, and he is unaware of any attempts to properly license the software.

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The picture below again shows a Windows 7 copy that hasn’t been activated. The product-ID displayed is a generic OEM one, which is often used on Dell machines.

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The desktop of the machines also shows a clear reminder that the Windows copy is not genuine. In addition, users also get the occasional popup warning that they “may be a victim of software counterfeiting.”

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Mark informs us that this is the first time he has seen a military base openly run unlicensed Windows systems. He brought up the issue with his direct superiors a few weeks ago, but that hasn’t changed anything.

“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,” Mark told us.

From the information we received it is unclear why the computers are not licensed. Perhaps the legitimate keys were lost, perhaps there are no valid keys available, or maybe the Army has fallen victim to the consumer unfriendliness of DRM.

What we do know is that the Department of Defense has a long-standing relationship with Microsoft. Earlier this year both parties signed a $617 million licensing deal to bring Windows 8 to the Army, Air Force, and Defense Information Systems Agency.

Considering this new deal, Microsoft will probably forgive the U.S. for running a few computers without a license.

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Posted by plates55 - December 25, 2013 at 1:51 pm

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Mark your calendars: Announcing Build 2014

The following is a post from Steve Guggenheimer, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President and Chief Evangelist, Developer & Platform Evangelism.


It seems like we were just gathered in San Francisco for Build 2013 and yet a lot has happened since that time. Windows 8.1 is in the hands of consumers and there is a great selection of new devices at all sizes and price points coming in time for the holidays. Last month, we released Xbox One and sold more than two million units in the first 18 days. And we continue to see the addition of great new apps, with differentiated user experiences, coming to the platform from top names such as Flipboard, Instagram, Waze, Vine and Mint alongside thousands of local apps growing every day.

The momentum just keeps building and that is why I’m so excited to announce our next developer conference, Build 2014, which will take place April 2 to April 4 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Save the date and mark your calendar for registration, which opens at 9 a.m. PT on Jan. 14 at www.buildwindows.com.

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Posted by plates55 - December 13, 2013 at 4:56 pm

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Thin, thin Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus available late November (did we mention it’s thin?)

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This is not a lightweight laptop you’re looking at. Oh sure, it’s light in weight – 3.06 pounds – and incredibly thin at .54 of an inch. But Samsung’s new ATIV Book 9 Plus – powered by Windows 8.1 – has an Intel Core i7 processor, 7.5 hours of battery life and can boot up in less than six seconds, quicker than you can spell “f-a-s-t.”

Leigha Anderson, writing on the Windows Experience Blog, says she was able to get her hands on this powerful machine and that she was “beyond impressed” with the laptop’s design, feel, power, performance and its screen, “13.3 inches of QHD+ (quad high definition) bliss.”

The resolution, she says, is 3200 x 1800, and text “on a website is crystal clear, while photos and movies look better than ever.”

The ATIV Book 9 Plus “looks and feels stunning,” she writes. “The slim profile looks great sitting on a desk or tucked under your arm while waiting in line at your favorite coffee shop.”

The laptop is “sandblasted to achieve a perfect matte finish which leaves this PC feeling soft and smooth. But, don’t let that worry you because the body is entirely made out of aluminum ensuring that it is incredibly solid.”

The ATIV Book 9 Plus starts at $1,799, a “bit of an investment, but if you’re looking for a PC with a ‘wow-factor,’ this one will definitely not disappoint you,” Anderson writes.

The laptop is available for pre-sale exclusively now at Samsung.com, and should be hitting store shelves later this month. To read Anderson’s post, head over to the Windows Experience Blog.

You might also be interested in:

· You’ll “Flip” when you see this new Sony VAIO · Dell XPS 11, XPS 13 and XPS 15 – powerhouse performance in an attractive package · New Lenovo ThinkPad Ultrabooks unveiled at IFA 2013

Suzanne Choney Microsoft News Center Staff

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Posted by plates55 - November 7, 2013 at 12:52 pm

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Running Windows 7? Download IE11 now

Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) is now available worldwide in 95 languages for you to download today. Microsoft will begin automatically updating Windows 7 customers to IE11 in the weeks ahead, starting Thursday with customers running the IE11 Developer and Release Previews.

With this final release, IE11 brings the same leading standards support — with improved performance, security, privacy and reliability that Windows 8.1 consumers enjoy — to Windows 7 customers.

With IE11 Microsoft continues to deliver the best performance for real-world websites on your Windows device. IE11 on Windows 7 improves performance across the board, with faster page loading, faster interactivity and faster JavaScript performance, while reducing CPU usage and improving battery life on mobile PCs.

You can experience IE11’s leading performance first hand with demos on the IE Test Drive site, where you’ll find examples of hardware accelerated rendering, interactivity, touch and real-world site patterns.

IE11 also advances JavaScript performance. On Windows 7, IE11 is 9 percent faster than IE10, which is nearly 30 percent faster than the nearest competitive browser.

For developers, IE11 brings increased support for modern Web standards powered by hardware acceleration to enable a new class of applications and fast and fluid browsing. IE11 adds support for over 25 new or improved modern Web standards beyond IE10.

For more on the improvements with IE11, head on over to the blog post.

You might also be interested in:

· Steve Ballmer helps open ‘Microsoft Berlin’ to foster dialog, support startups · Microsoft spotlights Expert Educators and Mentor Schools for 2014 · Keyboard, mouse, touch: Choose one or all three in Windows 8.1

Steve Clarke Microsoft News Center Staff

 
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Posted by plates55 - November 7, 2013 at 12:38 pm

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Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 GA updates publicly released

Update for Windows 8.1 for x64-based Systems (KB2883200)

 

These updates (*.msu) provide a collection of performance and reliability improvements that are designed to improve the Windows 8.1 experience.

Update for Windows 8.1 (KB2883200)

 

These updates (*.msu) provide a collection of performance and reliability improvements that are designed to improve the Windows 8.1 experience.

Update for Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB2883200)

 

These updates (*.msu) provide a collection of performance and reliability improvements that are designed to improve the Windows Server 2012 R2 experience.

Update for Windows 8.1 for x64-based Systems (KB2884846)

 

These updates (*.msu) provide a collection of performance and reliability improvements that are designed to improve the Windows 8.1 experience.

Update for Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB2884846)

 

These updates (*.msu) provide a collection of performance and reliability improvements that are designed to improve the Windows Server 2012 R2 experience.

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Posted by plates55 - October 20, 2013 at 1:49 pm

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Free eBook: Introducing Windows Azure for IT Pro’s

There is a new and free eBook on 0131_9780735682887x_thumb_19F1014EWindows Azure from Mitch Tulloch and the Windows Azure team designed specifically for the IT Professional.  If you haven’t had a chance to try Windows Azure or your just looking to learn more then this book is a good place to start.WinAzure_logo_Cyan_rgb_D

The book goes into detail on most Windows Azure services along with screenshots to demonstrate the capabilities of the platform.  If you have a bit more experience there are some under the hood insights and expert tips from insiders who develop, test and use the Windows Azure Platform.

 

You can download the PDF here and there is also companion content available here.

Source: Free eBook Introducing Windows Azure for IT Pro’s! – Jeff Alexander’s Weblog – Site Home – T

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Posted by plates55 - October 13, 2013 at 2:13 pm

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Free eBook: Introducing Windows Azure for IT Pro’s

There is a new and free eBook on 0131_9780735682887x_thumb_19F1014EWindows Azure from Mitch Tulloch and the Windows Azure team designed specifically for the IT Professional.  If you haven’t had a chance to try Windows Azure or your just looking to learn more then this book is a good place to start.WinAzure_logo_Cyan_rgb_D

The book goes into detail on most Windows Azure services along with screenshots to demonstrate the capabilities of the platform.  If you have a bit more experience there are some under the hood insights and expert tips from insiders who develop, test and use the Windows Azure Platform.

 

You can download the PDF here and there is also companion content available here.

Source: Free eBook Introducing Windows Azure for IT Pro’s! – Jeff Alexander’s Weblog – Site Home – T

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Posted by plates55 - October 10, 2013 at 3:32 pm

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Internet Explorer 11 Developer Preview for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Internet Explorer 11 Developer Preview is fast and fluid, and lets your websites shine and perform just like native applications on your PC.

Internet Explorer 11. Fast and fluid for Windows 7.

  • Fast: Internet Explorer 11 harnesses the untapped power of your PC, delivering pages full of vivid graphics, smoother video, and interactive content.
  • Easy: Experience the web the way you want to with pinned sites, built-in Spellcheck, and seamless integration with your PC running Windows 7.
  • Safer: Improved features like SmartScreen Filter and Tracking Protection let you be more aware of threats to your PC and your privacy.

 

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