Posts Tagged ‘ windows ’

Blog: One Month with Windows Vista

Sep 25th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Products

One month ago, I pledged that I would try Windows Vista on my new PC for a month before deciding whether I would keep it or revert back to Windows XP as my primary desktop OS. The verdict? I’m sticking with Vista, begrudgingly.

Windows 7 beta screenshots leaked

Sep 23rd, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Technology

The images include the start menu and a range of other administration views, such as program lists and the Control Panel. Mainstay applications such as Paint and Calculator are also represented. Overall, the screenshots show a distinctly Vista-like interface, but there is still plenty of time for tweaks and changes to take place.

Microsoft goes straight for the Apple ads

Sep 20th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Products

After experimenting with ads featuring Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates, Microsoft has now decided to go straight for the Jobsular with its next set of ads for Windows. Directly targeting Apple’s ‘I’m a Mac, and I’m a PC’ series of ads, Microsoft’s new adverts are all introduced by a man who looks like John Hodgman (the PC in the Mac ads).

Vista and XP get Linux-like multiple desktops

Sep 19th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Technology

Microsoft’s Sysinternals team has quietly released a utility that allows you to create multiple desktops on Windows Vista or Windows XP.The utility lets you open different applications in each separate desktop and easily switch between the desktops with hotkeys or by clicking the tray icon, Linux style.

End Runs Around Vista

Sep 15th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Technology

Hewlett-Packard, the world’s No. 1 PC maker, has quietly assembled a group of engineers to develop software that will let customers bypass certain features of Vista, the latest version of Windows. Employees on a separate skunk works team are even angling to replace Windows with an HP-assembled operating system.

iTunes 8 takes down Vista with ‘blue screen of death’

Sep 12th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Technology

As soon as an iPod or iPhone is plugged into the PC, Windows Vista crashes and shows the “blue screen of death” (BSOD), the critical error screen on a blue background that requires a reboot to recover, users said. The errors began showing up immediately after customers updated iTunes to Version 8.0, which Apple released Tuesday as part of its iPod refresh.

Microsoft cleans its Windows

Sep 12th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Products

When Microsoft unveiled Vista in January last year it was plagued by frequent crashes, compatibility problems with both software and hardware, missing features and sluggish performance (as much as 20 per cent slower than Windows XP). But despite Microsoft fixing many of the issues through software patches, Vista is still regarded by many as a faulty operating system, which sparked the need for Microsoft’s $US300 million ad campaign.

Microsoft Admits What Went Wrong with Vista, and How They Fixed It

Sep 11th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Products

Way back in January 2007, after years of hype and anticipation, Microsoft unveiled Windows Vista to a decidedly lukewarm reception by the PC community, IT pros, and tech journalists alike. We sat down with Microsoft to hear the company’s side of the Vista story. What lessons have been learned following the worst Windows launch in the company’s history? Is Microsoft doing enough to regain PC users’ faith?

Microsoft finally earns a passing grade (barely) for WGA

Sep 8th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Technology

A certain amount of error is inevitable in any activation and registration system, but those numbers were clearly too high when Windows Genuine Advantage first rolled out. Microsoft WGA director Alex Kochis tacitly acknowledged that fact, pointing out that “we’ve made major strides in the accuracy of the program”.

‘Bizarre’ Microsoft ad misses mark

Sep 7th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Technology

Reactions to the television advertisement, which barely mentioned Microsoft, were mostly negative, and focused on the failure to promote the company’s Vista operating system as a better alternative to increasingly popular alternatives from Apple. However, Microsoft said the public debate over the ad signalled its success.