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Ballmer: ‘Windows 8 is coming!’ Microsoft: ‘Eek!’

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer this week let slip what was already a poorly kept secret: Windows 8 will go on sale next year.

But that’s not a message Microsoft wants to let out so soon, apparently: The company issued a retraction shortly after Ballmer’s speech.

Windows 7 had been the fastest-selling version of Windows ever, but sales started to slump last quarter. Knowledge that a new product is on its way may soften demand even further, analysts say.

At a developers conference in Tokyo earlier this week, Ballmer spoke about Microsoft’s current product successes as a launching point to talk about what he believes will be an even brighter future. When he came to Windows 7, he noted that the next version of Windows will be even better.

“We’re obviously hard at work on the next version of Windows,” said Ballmer said, according to a transcript. “As we look forward to the next generation of Windows systems, which will come out next year, there’s a whole lot more coming. As we progress through the year, you ought to expect to hear a lot about Windows 8. Windows 8 slates, tablets, PCs, a variety of different form factors.”

Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500) declined to comment to CNNMoney about Ballmer’s remarks, but many news organizations received an amusing backtracking statement from the company’s PR team earlier in the week.

“It appears there was a misstatement,” Microsoft’s representatives told CNET, PC Magazine and others. “We are eagerly awaiting the next generation of Windows 7 hardware that will be available in the coming fiscal year. To date, we have yet to formally announce any timing or naming for the next version of Windows.”

Until this week, Microsoft’s top brass have been unusually secretive about Windows 8. The company is typically is unafraid to discuss or even release beta versions to the public, but this time it’s working quietly.

Ballmer’s speech was even the first time a Microsoft executive publicly called the product “Windows 8.” Microsoft hadn’t officially confirmed the name of its next Windows iteration — internally, Microsoft refers to it as “Windows.Next,” though many Microsoft employees on LinkedIn refer to the new OS as Windows 8.

It’s understandable if Microsoft is hesitant to give consumers and businesses any reason to put off their purchases of Windows. But it’s more than a little unusual that the company is going to such lengths as to call the CEO’s long, articulate comment about Windows 8 a “misstatement.” To top of page

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Microsoft’s talking paper clip returns

Bill Gates retired "Clippy" as a default feature of Microsoft Office in 2001. The company is bringing the character back in a game.
Bill Gates retired “Clippy” as a default feature of Microsoft Office in 2001. The company is bringing the character back in a game.

 — If you remember “Clippy” — that googly-eyed paper clip that once hopped out of the corner of the computer screen to “help” with Microsoft Office tasks — chances are you don’t remember him fondly.

Many Office users cringed when the Microsoft cartoon delivered cheerily obvious messages like: “It looks like you’re writing a letter.”

“I know I’m writing a f-ing letter, you stupid paperclip,” one hater wrote on a Facebook page dedicated to Clippy’s demise.

Well, like it or not, Clippy is back.

But there’s good news: You don’t have to deal with him if you don’t want to.

After killing off the cartoon paper clip, Microsoft decided to revive him (I guess it’s a him?) in limited fashion as part of a learn-how-to-use-Office game called “Ribbon Hero 2: Clippy’s Second Chance.”

The game is just something you download to get better at using Office, if you want to. Clippy takes people through challenges in this game, but he doesn’t show up automatically in Word, PowerPoint or Microsoft’s other Office apps.

Part of the reason Office users got so annoyed at the paper clip in the past was that he would appear unexpectedly when they were trying to work. (And, really, who can work when a paper clip with eyes is staring at them?)

Microsoft’s description of “Ribbon Hero 2” is stirring chatter online:

“Yes, we turned Office into a game! If you’re going to spend time immersed in the inner workings of Office, by golly it should be fun.

“In Ribbon Hero 2, you’ll hop on board Clippy’s stolen time machine and explore different time periods. With each time period, you get to explore a new game board with challenges you must complete to get to the next level.”

Clippy was a default part of early versions of Microsoft Office, starting with Office 97. In 2001, the company stopped having the cartoon show up by default in its software. Microsoft even created an ad campaign making fun of the paper clip, saying they were putting him out of work.

By 2007, the company had eliminated Clippy entirely.

What do you think of his return?

 
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Posted by on May 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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SCREENSHOTS OF UPCOMING WINDOWS 8

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Posted by on April 5, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Mac vs PC, desktops vs laptops

The humble desktop or laptop computer hasn’t yet sunk to the status of commodity product, but it’s getting close. On one hand, processing power, memory and storage keep getting cheaper and more plentiful; on the other, competing manufacturers have been settling on the same set of features.

They do, however, remain resolutely divided on one issue: Mac or PC? So are many of you.

I think Apple’s Mac OS X is safer and simpler than Microsoft’s Windows 7. It requires less setup work and ongoing maintenance, and most PCs lack the smart, stylish design of Macs. Apple’s stores can be horribly crowded, but their Genius Bars (with an appointment) offer first-person tech support that’s unparalleled among most PC vendors.

But I also know that PCs cost a lot less than Macs. And while Windows 7 retains such traditional annoyances as prolonged program installations, upgrades and uninstallations, its Home Premium edition represents a significant advance over the widely loathed Windows Vista and especially Vista’s cut-rate Home Basic release.

You’d think that in a down economy, customers would opt for the cheaper option, but Apple’s market share keeps going up.

Whatever operating system you pick, you’ll have to choose between a laptop and a desktop. Most people get laptops and with good reason: The traditional cost gap between portable and stationary machines has largely vanished, leaving a desktop’s bigger screen and more comfortable keyboard as its major real-world advantages.

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If you plan on taking a laptop places, however, don’t buy one that weighs more than five pounds or has a battery that isn’t at least advertised as running three hours. (Those qualifications rule out many budget-priced Windows laptops.)

If you’re buying a laptop as a second or third machine, a Windows or Linux netbook that would otherwise offer insufficient storage could make sense. But watch out for awkward keyboard layouts, as evidenced by a too-small right-hand Shift key. And – just this one time – pay attention to processor speeds, as the Intel Atom chips in most netbooks run on the slow side.

What about an option that didn’t exist last year, tablet computers like Apple’s iPad?

To me, they only make sense as a secondary device. The iPad requires a separate Mac or PC for setup and software updates and, without the webcam that’s become standard on home laptops, it can’t do video calling. A newer, Android-based tablet, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, suffers from high pricing compared to the iPad and even many netbooks, as well as some awkward moments in its software. (Look for a full review of that next week.)

Will this piece ever get to the traditional questions of computer shopping – what specifications to look for? Yes.

Ignore the processor entirely (outside of notebooks, as outlined above) unless you’ll be editing video often and intensively. Three or four gigabytes of memory should suffice; two GB, seen on some entry-level Macs and cheaper PCs, can get cramped if you keep multiple applications open at once. (A year ago, buying a PC with less than 4 GB of RAM would have allowed you to get the 32-bit edition of Windows 7, but that more compatible option has essentially been banished from retail by 64-bit versions that don’t offer a meaningful benefit to most home users.)

As for storage, 250 gigabytes of hard disk space should also be plenty unless you have an enormous video collection. You can get away with less on a second computer or if you don’t have a large digital-media archive. Anything but a netbook (or Apple’s high-priced answer to that category, the MacBook Air) will have a CD-burner drive that can probably burn DVDs, too. But you’re unlikely to use an optical drive’s write capability to do more than burn a backup CD or DVD. Spending extra for a Blu-ray drive makes no sense to me.

Expansion is yet another issue where you no longer have much to choose from. All you need are a few USB ports to plug in a mouse, a printer or other peripheral devices and an SD Card slot for your camera or phone’s memory card. Apple’s cheapest models fall short on those requirements but just about every other computer meets them. The FireWire ports on most Macs and the eSATA ports on some PCs can accommodate external hard drives but don’t do much else; I can’t call either essential.

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Every machine has WiFi wireless these days as well, leaving only Bluetooth as an option to consider if you have a wireless mouse or your phone can transfer files with this under-used wireless technology.

With all the above criteria in mind, picking a Mac should be a relatively straightforward process (the basic iMac or the 13-in. MacBook should each do fine as a general-purpose home machine). But how to pick one PC out of so many similar competitors? I’d like to say you should choose the one with the cleanest software bundle, but vendors seem to have sunk to a common level of mediocrity.

Unless you custom-order a stripped-down bundle online, you’re likely to get the same set of third-party software: Microsoft’s Windows Live bundle of Internet and multimedia software, an expiring trial copy of Internet-security software, a trial copy of Microsoft Office, and DVD software that duplicates what comes built into Windows 7.

Maybe one PC vendor will try to set themselves apart in this department in time for next year’s computer-shopping column. We can only hope.

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Xp Boring Looks

Are you bored of Windows Xp style and installing other uncompatible operating systems(windows vista, window wemosis). So now your xp will not make you bore.There is something to joy “Xp transformation packs”.

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Couldn’t understand , its very simple .Transformations pack are those software which do not disturb the functionality of your operating system but they give them a look of other operating systems.


FAMOUS TRANSFORMATION PACKS

Fedora transformation pack gives Xp a look of Fedora which is linux based operating system.(DOWNLOAD)

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Unbuntu transformation pack gives a look of Unbuntu which is also linux based operating system.(DOWNLOAD)

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Flyakite transformation pack gives your xp a look of Mac operating system.(DOWNLOAD)

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Windows 7 transformation pack gives the look of windows 7 to xp operating system.(DOWNLOAD)

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Posted by on August 23, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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