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Windows 8.1 Update Required to Receive Future Updates

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: April 8, 2014 10:54AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Microsoft has just pushed out its latest update to Windows 8.1, known as Windows 8.1 Update. The new update allows the latest version of Windows to be friendlier for those that use a mouse and keyboard, which are generally found on devices that do not feature a touchscreen. Devices that are not purely touch based will find that Windows 8.1 Update will boot directly to the desktop and also makes the transition from the desktop to the Metro style interface a bit more intuitive.

An important part of the update rolling out however is that Microsoft will not make any updates for Windows 8.1 available to those who are not running Windows 8.1 Update. This means that potential security flaws will go unpatched for users who do not have automatic updates selected, or manually choose to install Windows 8.1 Update. Users who have never installed Windows 8.1 and are still running Windows 8 will still be able to receive updates through Windows Update.

Users who want to install Windows 8.1 Update immediately can do so through the control panel, while those who are not so eager to install the update will receive it as part of a roll out that will occur in a throttled manner.

Source: ZDNet



Microsoft Store Offers $100 to Upgrade from Windows XP

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: March 22, 2014 04:15AM
Author: Brentt Moore

In yet another push to get Windows XP users away from the aging operating system that will cease to be supported as of April 8, 2014, Microsoft has announced that qualified consumers can earn up to $100 towards the purchase of a new PC. There are some restrictions to the offer of course, but the deal may spark enough interest to get some users onto the newest version of Windows. The deal applies to select computers available on the Microsoft Store that are priced at $599 or more and run Windows 8.1. Consumers can qualify for the $100 off promotion if they purchase one of these select computers at the online Microsoft Store from a qualifying Windows XP machine, or present a qualifying Windows XP computer during in-store purchases.

In total, the new offer from Microsoft includes $100 off of select PCs that are priced at $599 or higher, 90 days of free premium support, and free data transfer. While support for Windows XP machines will end on April 8, 2014, the promotional deal will end on June 15, 2014.

Source: Neowin


Apple Releases iOS 7.1

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: March 10, 2014 12:42PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Starting today, users who own an Apple iPhone 4 or later, iPad 2 or later, iPad mini or later, or 5th generation iPod touch can download and install the latest iOS version to their device, known as version 7.1. The update, which has been in beta for quite some time before the official release, brings a wealth new content and fixes to the aforementioned devices. One notable feature addition is CarPlay, which allows iPhone users to connect their device to a CarPlay supported vehicle and control Siri, along with other applications, with the vehicle's controls. Apple has fixed bugs and added additional functionality in various iOS features and applications such as Calendar, iTunes Radio, and Siri. iOS 7.1 promises improved performance on the iPhone 4 as well, while all devices will see updated user interface refinements.

iOS 7.1 can be downloaded from iTunes or from an over-the-air update.

Source: Apple



Microsoft Launches Website to Inform Users of Running Windows XP

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: March 4, 2014 01:04PM
Author: Brentt Moore

A new website has been launched by Microsoft, which informs users if they are or are not running Windows XP. The website is designed to help users, who are interested in the upgrade options available to them as support for Windows XP ends, identify what operating system their computer is utilizing. The company is also incorporating notifications to inform users of end of life support for the aging operating system, along with free migration software. Microsoft has designed the site in the Modern user interface, which is the style that Windows 8 and 8.1 makes use of. Additionally, the website informs users about Windows 8 upgrade avenues if they are not running Windows XP, and makes no mention of Windows Vista or Windows 7.

Interested users can visit the new website at AmIRunningXP.com in order to figure out if they are running Windows XP.

Source: DailyTech



Microsoft Continues Push for Windows XP Upgrades

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: March 3, 2014 10:25AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Although Microsoft has already announced that support for Windows XP will cease to exist come April 8, 2014, as well as the unavailability of Microsoft Security Essentials at the same time, the company is continuing its efforts of getting users off of the aging operating system. Microsoft has announced that users of Windows XP are going to be offered a free data migration tool from Laplink, due to a partnership between both companies, known as PCmover Express for Windows XP. The application will transfer emails, files, music, videos, user profiles, and settings from a Windows XP computer to a Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 machine.

Microsoft has also announced that users of the Home and Professional editions of Windows XP, starting on March 8, 2014, will receive a notice about official support ending via Windows Update.



Microsoft Working on a Free Version of Windows 8.1?

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: February 28, 2014 10:07PM
Author: bp9801

Windows 8 may not quite have the market share compared to past operating systems, but Microsoft is currently working on a way to try and solve that. According to a new report, the folks in Redmond are experimenting with a "Windows 8.1 with Bing," which takes the newest version of the OS and bundles it with various apps and services. Windows 8.1 already comes with plenty of apps built-in, including Bing SmartSearch, so it's unclear how Windows 8.1 will set itself apart in that regard. However, it could be a way for Microsoft to market Windows 8.1 as a free or low-cost option for Windows 7 users to upgrade to, especially if there are some incentives involved. Windows 8.1 with Bing could also be offered to OEM builders at a discounted rate and then pass on those savings to consumers. Or there could be something else planned with Windows 8.1 with Bing, like merely a test to see how receptive consumers are to a potentially stripped-down version of the OS.

Whatever the case may be, hopefully we get some clarification at Microsoft's Build conference this April.

Source: The Verge



Apple Releases OS X Update for Networking Security Hole

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: February 25, 2014 02:20PM
Author: Brentt Moore

After a recent web networking security hole was found within OS X platforms, Apple has released an update to OS X Mavericks to fix the issue. The update to 10.9.2 not only fixes the security flaw, but also tailors in a few new features, such as the ability to make and receive FaceTime audio calls, the ability to block incoming iMessages from specific senders, and call waiting support for audio and video based FaceTime calls. Multiple improvements have also been made available, such as improved accuracy of unread counts in Apple's mail application, improved AutoFill compatibility in Safari, and improved reliability when connecting to a file server using SMB2. While the update is only available to OS X Mavericks, it will be released to other OS X versions shortly.

The same security hole was also present in iOS devices, however, a separate update was released by Apple a few days ago to remedy the issue.

Source: Engadget


VMWare Bringing Windows to Chromebooks

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: February 12, 2014 02:55PM
Author: Nick Harezga

A partnership between Google and VMWare was announced today at the VMWare Partner Exchange in San Francisco that marks the first step in bringing other operating systems to Google Chromebooks. VMWare is optimizing the Horizon View desktop-as-a-service software for Chromebooks and will "provide access to legacy Windows-based applications, data and desktops via a Web-based application catalog on Chromebooks thanks to VMware's Blast HTML5 Desktop Access software." Director of product management for Google Chrome Rajen Sheth said, "As the countdown to Windows XP end of life continues, deploying Chromebooks and taking advantage of a DaaS environment ensures that security vulnerabilities, application compatibility and migration budgets will be a thing of the past."

Source: ZDNet



Apple to Fix Sudden Reboots of iOS 7 Devices

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: January 23, 2014 03:16PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Users across multiple devices that run iOS 7 have been reporting random reboots with the inability to manually power their devices back on, a problem that has been occurring since iOS 7 was initially released. Once thought to be an issue with the battery level of the devices, the problem occurs when the home screen crashes. The issue has been reported by users on many different community forums to include the Apple forums. Apple has confirmed this issue recently and will soon release an update to iOS 7 that will fix the sudden and random reboots. An Apple spokeswoman stated that the company has a fix in a software update that is soon to be released, and will fix the issue of a bug that occasionally causes the home screen to crash.

While Apple is planning on fixing the bug soon with the confirmed update, no release timeframe has been announced.

Source: PC Magazine



Microsoft Releases Windows 8.1 Guide

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: January 21, 2014 12:07PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Aimed at businesses rather than consumers, Microsoft has released a PDF document that contains 17 pages on various aspects of the Windows 8.1 Operating System. While the Windows 8.1 Power User Guide for Business does not go in depth with any one feature found within Windows 8.1, it does provide adequate information that covers the majority of what users will routinely access. Some topics within the guide include the desktop itself, file explorer, Internet Explorer 11, mobility center, SkyDrive, and the taskbar. Information is also provided on how to navigate through Windows 8.1 by either using a keyboard, mouse, or touch based controls.

It is worth noting that the guide focuses primarily on the desktop and core Windows applications, leaving out the Windows Modern user interface environment almost entirely.

Source: CNET


HP Brings Back Windows 7 Computers

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: January 20, 2014 05:03PM
Author: Brentt Moore

In a marketing attempt made by Hewlett-Packard, the computer manufacturer is once again offering consumers desktop and laptop machines that run Windows 7. HP is hoping to boost sales by offering a $150 discount to select computers that run Windows 7 and feature either an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor. While Windows 8 and 8.1 machines are still available for purchase from HP, the home section of the computer manufacturer’s website is heavily geared towards its current offer of Windows 7.

Windows 8 and 8.1 have been making significant gains in market share since their initial release, but Windows 7 machines still hold the majority of the market with 47.5 percent of all desktop PCs running the four year old Operating System.

Source: CNET



Changes Announced for Ubuntu Touch

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: January 14, 2014 05:53PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The team at Canonical has announced changes for Ubuntu Touch regarding the devices that it will be compatible with. The mobile version of the popular Linux based OS will only support the Nexus 4 smartphone and the second iteration of the Nexus 7 tablet. It is believed that the OS will be able to be ported to the much newer Nexus 5, though there won't be any official support. Other devices that had support dropped include the Nexus 10, the first Nexus 7, and the Galaxy Nexus. The first version of Ubuntu Touch is expected to be available at the end of this month, and the Canonical team is spending a lot of its focus on the upcoming Long Term Support version of Ubuntu that will be released in April 2014.

Source: The Droid Guy



Microsoft Will Use M# for Midori

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: December 31, 2013 04:18PM
Author: Alireza Amini

A new programming language is going to be born by Microsoft, which will be used to create a new non-Windows operating system. According to Microsoft researcher Jim Duffy, this new language is a research project and instead of scientific journals, he will use his blog to publish the results. Duffy calls this new language C# for Systems Programming, but other sources refer to it as M#. There were rumors about a non-Windows operating system called Midori project and ZDNet reports that Microsoft permitted a couple of project members to publish more details about the matter. Apparently Duffy is one of those members.

Source: Tom's Hardware



Android Integration Coming to Audi Automobiles

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: December 30, 2013 07:27PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Technology giant Google and automaker Audi are partnering to deliver in-car Android based infotainment systems. Android powered dashboard entertainment systems could provide many of the same features that the mobile Operating System has, such as Android specific applications, navigation, and other services. These features would all be be able to be accessed without needing an Android powered smartphone. An unnamed source from the Wall Street Journal has provided this information, but with Audi holding a press conference on January 7, 2014, it seems likely that the partnership is a reality. Additionally, NVIDIA is said to be involved within the partnership and more companies having involvement could possibly be announced at CES next week. Kia is already one automaker that uses Android to power an infotainment system within one of their vehicles. With Audi coming into play, more manufacturers are likely to join following the announcement by the luxury automaker.

Source: TechHive



LG to Unveil webOS-Powered Smart TV

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: December 20, 2013 05:30PM
Author: Brentt Moore

After purchasing webOS nearly a year ago, LG Electronics is now using the investment to produce a smart television capable of multi-tasking. The new television will boast webOS, which is the first television ever to do so, and incorporate a dual-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz along with 1.5GB of RAM. As of now, no other details about the television are known. LG is on track with its plans to reveal the webOS-powered television at CES early next year. Current LG smart televisions are not used much in terms of their multimedia capability, but LG is hoping that consumers will make full use of the new features available to them within the upcoming webOS television.

Source: The Verge


Ubuntu Postpones Replacement for X Windows System

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: November 19, 2013 04:20PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Canonical had initially planned to replace the X window system with its own Mir window system in the upcoming 14.04 Long Term Support version of its Ubuntu OS, but it now appears that the change will be pushed to a later release. The announcement came at the Ubuntu Developer Summit, and it was stressed that the problem isn't with Mir itself but rather with the XMir compatibility layer that allows applications written for X to work with Mir. The fact that version 14.04 is an LTS release certainly didn't help the chances of a buggy piece of software making it in to the OS release as LTS releases are supported for five years and are generally considered to be more stable and reliable. While Mir won't be enabled by default, it will still be available in the Ubuntu repositories for users that wish to try it out at their own risk. CEO Mark Shuttleworth commented on the decision saying, "On the desktop, this will be sort of the crowning release of the Unity 7 code base. We've been working on that code pretty consistently since round about 10.04, and so we've had four very good years of continuous improvement. We can reasonably expect 14.04 to be a really fast, slick, stable, and reliable release on the desktop. That's the commitment we want to make to anyone who is deploying large volumes of Ubuntu in any large-scale environment."

Source: Ars Technica



Windows 8.1 Now Available; Small Improvements yet Huge Difference in User Friendliness

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: October 18, 2013 05:05PM
Author: bp9801

It's been right around a year since Windows 8 arrived, and to celebrate the occasion, Windows 8.1 officially launched worldwide yesterday. With it comes a lot of small improvements that make a big difference, as the operating system has gone from kind of unfriendly towards the traditional desktop users to actually working. The Start button makes its return, however it's not quite what it once was. When you click it, a transparent Start screen appears to allow you to select an app or rearrange as you see fit; so no series of nested menus, but it's a blend of the old and the new.

Snap view also gets a nice improvement in Windows 8.1, as now eight apps can be displayed side by side if you have a large enough screen. Smaller screens, like those on the Surface, still can only have two apps side by side. Users can also determine how much space each app takes up, so now you can determine if it takes up half, a quarter, or any other amount instead of just a small widget. Snap view also can automatically launch in certain situations, so clicking on a link in the email app starts snap view instead of bringing up a whole new window for the browser.

Microsoft's own services are now even more tightly integrated into Windows 8.1, so the Mail app is actually usable on both desktops and tablets. Skype calls received while your PC is locked can be answered right away without having to unlock the PC, SkyDrive now syncs all your OS and app settings automatically so there's no extra configuration when moving between devices, and plenty more. There's a whole bunch of more tweaks and improvements with Windows 8.1 to make it perhaps what the OS could have been originally. It still isn't perfect, but it's a lot closer now than before. If you're interested in trying out Windows 8.1, it's a free upgrade for all Windows 8 users.

Source: CNN and Ars Technica



Google's Latest Treat: Android KitKat

Category: Operating Systems, Mobile
Posted: September 3, 2013 07:03PM
Author: Wesstron


The nickname of the next Android OS version from Google is officially announced, and it's nothing less than Nestlé's own chocolate treat "KitKat". So much for all the rumors about "Key Lime Pie"! The name was announced today through a Google+ post by Google's Sundar Pichai, Senior Vice President, Chrome and Apps. From "Cupcake" to "Jelly Bean", Google has strictly used dessert and confectionary treat names for the different iterations of its Android OS. This time however, marks a first; since the media giant has now leveraged an actual popular food name brand. 

To further sweeten the deal, this announcement is found on the home page of the official Android website, "We’re naming the next version of Android after one of our favorite chocolate treats, KitKat. Look for specially branded KitKat bars in a store near you that give you a chance to win a Nexus 7 or Google Play credit."

Looks like an early Easter KitKat hunt is imminent, good luck everyone!

Source: Google+ and Android



Windows 8.1 Arrives Worldwide on October 17

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: August 15, 2013 12:15PM
Author: bp9801

It was just the other day when a rumor appeared saying Windows 8.1 will be available sometime in October. Today Microsoft has confirmed that, as Windows 8.1 arrives on October 17. Curiously the announcement mentions a start date of 12:00am on October 18 in New Zealand, which is 4:00am in Redmond, Washington (Microsoft headquarters) on October 17. It's a unique way to say the update will be available worldwide on that date, but it gets the job done. Windows 8.1 is a free update for all Windows 8 users via the Windows Store, with retail locations and new devices getting it on October 18. There's no mention of what those new devices are going to be, as Microsoft only lists already available PCs, laptops, and tablets.

Windows 8.1 includes many improvements to the Windows 8 experience, such as a Start menu, boot to desktop, and a more user friendly experience. There's just about two months to go before it arrives in earnest, and if you just can't wait to see what it'll be like, the Windows 8.1 Preview is still available.

Source: Microsoft



Windows 8.1 Reportedly Arrives in October to Coincide with New Hardware

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: August 13, 2013 09:55AM
Author: bp9801

Windows 8.1 may already be available as a public preview, but Microsoft is at work on the finishing touches before it arrives in earnest. Apparently that'll happen sometime in October, and potentially with new PCs and tablets (including 7 and 8" ones) to form a sort of launch party. Those finishing touches include making Windows 8.1 more friendly to new users, such as including a '...' button to let them know when more options are available in the likes of Mail and Calendar. In addition to those, Microsoft is going to be cleaning up any lingering bugs still plaguing Windows 8.1 and getting software updates ready. It plans to have the OS in RTM later this month, which is pretty much the final step before everyone can get it.

An October release date for Windows 8.1 would be like a one-year anniversary of the OS first arriving, and bucks a trend where more time passes before Microsoft releases a major OS update. From the sound of things Windows 8.1 is much needed, as it adds a Start button, the ability to boot to desktop, use three apps side-by-side, and pleny of other features to allow users to stay on the desktop instead of going to the Modern UI. Windows 8.1 is a free upgrade for all Windows 8 and RT users through the Windows Store.

Source: The Verge



Microsoft May Cut Windows RT Pricing to OEMs

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: June 3, 2013 09:30AM
Author: EuroFight

According to a recent report published on CNET, Microsoft may be considering cutting the price it charges tablet manufacturers for its Windows RT operating system. Windows RT is essentially a version of Windows 8 which is capable of running on ARM-powered devices such as tablets.

The initiative behind this is that the lower cost of the operating system will encourage more manufacturers to begin offering Windows RT devices. The actual pricing of the operating system is confidential, however any price drop is likely to lead to a drop in device cost to the end-user, as well as an increase in profit for the manufacturer.

Source: CNET



Ubuntu 13.04 Now Available

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: April 25, 2013 02:25PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The latest version of Ubuntu, version 13.04, was released for download today. This version is known as "Raring Ringtail" and marks the halfway point between two Long Term Support releases, which means it will only be supported for 9 months. Version 14.04 is expected to bring Ubuntu to mobile platforms in addition to the desktop, with a different interface being presented on each platform. The latest version features a Developer Preview SDK for those users that are already looking ahead to 14.04 and want to get an early start on their applications. Also available is MIR, a new window system that will eventually replace X Windows. Several updates have been made to the Unity interface, but I really wish they would switch back to GNOME.

Source: Ars Technica



Start Button May Not Feature Start Menu in Windows 8.1

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: April 22, 2013 09:08AM
Author: EuroFight

Recently, a number of rumours have surfaced regarding the traditional Windows start menu that many users have grown to love returning in the Windows 8.1 update, formerly known as Windows Blue. According to The Verge, the start button in Windows 8.1 may not have the same functionality as in other versions of Windows. After the Windows 8.1 update, clicking on the start button would supposedly bring up the original Windows 8 'Start' screen, and would not include the start menu.

If this is the case, the Start button would have little function, as hovering the mouse over the left corner of the screen would have the same result. This would likely irritate many users holding back from purchasing Windows 8 due to its lack of start menu. As of yet, this is only speculation, however it would be a shame if Microsoft chose to implement the easy option instead of providing a resolution to many users' complaints.

Source: The Verge



Windows Blue Update for Windows 8 May Add Desktop Booting and Start Menu

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: April 16, 2013 09:46AM
Author: EuroFight

A number of new rumours have surfaced that suggest Microsoft may provide an option to allow users to boot straight to the desktop in Windows 8, instead of booting to the 'Modern UI'. Microsoft may also add a traditional Windows start menu in order to allow users to bypass the UI entirely. These changes would come as part of the Windows Blue update for Windows 8, which is due for release in August this year. It is worth noting, however, that these changes were not initially noted as being part of the Windows Blue update when information about the update was leaked back in 2012.

This report has not been confirmed by either Microsoft or any of its its affiliates, but Microsoft's hand may have been forced in the light of reportedly poor sales of the operating system last year. Adding the start button to Windows 8 would not be the first time the Windows development team has modified the OS based on user feedback. Microsoft changed the UAC feature in Windows 7 based on complaints from its Windows Vista user base.

Source: CNET



Microsoft Removes Faulty Windows 7 Update After Some Machines Fail to Boot

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: April 12, 2013 07:54PM
Author: bp9801

A problematic security update in this month's Windows 7 Patch Tuesday has been pulled by Microsoft, when it was found that some computers failed to boot after applying it. Update 2823324 was supposed to fix a "moderate-level vulnerability," but instead it causes an error "when paired with certain third-party software." The update has since been pulled from the list of fixes so it can't cause any more problems. If you've downloaded the update, Microsoft recommends following the steps outlined here to get your system back up and running. Even if your system is still fully functional after the update, the folks in Redmond still recommend uninstalling it just in case. While it's unfortunate something like this happened, at least Microsoft is taking care of the problem.

Source: Ars Technica



Intel Releases Linux Benchmarks

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: January 21, 2013 06:42AM
Author: Nick Harezga

Intel has released a group of 13 Linux benchmarks to the public that it had previously used for internal testing. The benchmarks were developed at the companies Open-Source Technology Center and were given to Phoronix to add to the Phoronix Test Suite. Included in the tests is a decompression test, and the tests are all targeted at OS level functionality. The tests will likely be most useful to "developers testing distributions, drivers and other Linux code where squeezing out a sliver of added OS performance could make all the difference."



Ubuntu Coming to Smartphones

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: January 2, 2013 05:26PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Ubuntu is an extremely popular Linux distribution that has found its way onto desktops and laptops everywhere. Canonical has announced on the official website that it will show off a new version of Ubuntu targeted at mobile platforms, such as smartphones, at the upcoming CES show. Ubuntu will bring with it several applications that work with the OS and simply need to be ported to work on smartphone platforms. Your phone will also be able to function as a standalone PC when connected to a docking station. Developer tools will be available to help create more applications using native or HTML5 apps.



So Far, Windows 8 Resembles Vista in Terms of Usage Uptake

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: December 4, 2012 01:04PM
Author: bp9801

Windows 8 has been available for over a month now, which is usually a good time for some companies to begin measuring how its sales are doing compared to past versions. The news for Windows 8, however, is not that great, as Net Applications puts 1.2% of Windows PCs as running Windows 8 at the end of its first full month. That number resembles Windows Vista more than it does Windows 7, as Vista was only on 1% of all Windows PCs after its first full month. Windows 8 merely doubled its usage share from the end of October to the end of November, while Vista increased it five times between the end of January, 2007, and the end of February, 2007.

One possible cause has to do with the economy, as five years ago it was a little easier to afford a brand new operating system. There were also far fewer choices to get connected back when Vista launched, as smartphones were approaching final design stages and tablets didn't quite resemble the sleek options of today. Those are only possibilities, and the lack of moving to Windows 8 could be something as simple as more people are happier with Windows 7 than they were with Vista. If you're wondering how Windows 7 fared, well, it had 4.3% at the end of its first full month, so Microsoft's new OS is well behind that figure.



Nomura Adjusts Microsoft Share Predictions After Windows 8 Launch

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: November 28, 2012 04:08PM
Author: EuroFight

It has been just over a month since Microsoft released its new version of the Windows operating system, Windows 8, which after being met with somewhat lukewarm reviews has been somewhat of a disappointment to many. Analyst Rick Sherlund of financial company Nomura attributed this partially to the fact that computer vendors have not been releasing many new Windows 8 devices to the market, consequently driving consumers away from the new OS. Sherlund also noted that demand for Microsoft's new OS has been much lower than initial estimates. These two factors contributed to Nomura reducing predictions of Microsoft's per-share increase to drop to eight and a half percent for 2013. 

On the contrary, Tami Reller, chief marketing and finance officer for Windows claimed the company had sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses since the 26th of last month, which would appear to contradict previous reports by Paul Thurott on his Supersite for Windows. Despite its critical reception, many users have upgraded their systems to Windows 8 and prefer it to previous versions of Windows, indicating that Windows 8 may be an example of the love it or hate it situation that often occurs with new software releases.



Emirates Airline Flight Crew to Receive Windows 8 Tablets

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: November 20, 2012 03:19PM
Author: EuroFight

International airline Emirates has announced today it'll be providing its employees HP ElitePad 900 tablets during the Windows 8 launch event in Dubai. More than 1,000 tablets will be handed out to the airline's flight attendants. The tablets will be preinstalled with an airline specific KIS application. The airline hopes the tablets will provide the necessary resources to allow cabin crew to provide a better experience for the airline's customers. Tablets will only become available after the HP ElitePad's launch in January 2013, so the airline aims to equip 100 employees with tablets by the end of January and 1,000 by the end of 2013.

Emirates is not the only airline to begin rolling out tablets to staff. American Airlines has also announced it'll start using tablets on flights to assist the pilots after receiving approval from the Federal Aviation Administration in September of this year. It is expected that American Airlines pilots will begin using iPads to carry flight manuals instead of traditional paper manuals in the near future. Unfortunately for Microsoft, however, no airlines have opted to use its tablet, the Microsoft Surface, despite it receiving predominantly positive reviews after its release in October priced at $499.



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