Posts Tagged ‘Windows Vista’

A new Windows 8.1, 7 and Vista bug could see computers crash or grind to a halt and perhaps even throw the infamous BSOD thanks to something as simple as malicious code on a website.

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The Kodi team has announced that starting with Kodi 18 Leia, Windows Vista will no longer be supported. Here is everything you need to know about it.

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To celebrate the end of support for Windows Vista, an iPhone 7 has been hacked to run the much maligned operating system by Microsoft.

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Microsoft’s outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer has been talking to Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley in what will probably be his last interview while still in charge of the Redmond firm that was once the ruler of the world. Now though, and partly under Ballmer’s stewardship, Microsoft has found itself falling behind its competitors in all kinds of metrics.

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It’s pretty clear for all to see that Redmond based Microsoft have pumped significant resources into the design, development and marketing strategies of their latest operating system, Windows 8. After going through the process of claiming that the software is the best version of Windows yet, it would seem that a number of hardware partners seem to disagree, with an executive of Samsung Electronics now chiming in with his thoughts on Microsoft’s latest operating system.

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With Windows 8, Microsoft made some different (if not difficult) choices, especially when it comes to licensing. You would already know that Windows is a closed-source operating system, and hence, when you purchase a copy of Microsoft Windows, you’re basically acquiring a ‘license to use’ for the operating system, and not the OS itself. When the company released Windows 8, one of the approaches that they took to making it even more popular (and combat piracy at the same time) was making it available for lower prices as compared to previous versions. This, at the same time, brought on some tough licensing choices, too. For instance, Microsoft had to do away with native DVD playback capability in Windows 8, because the patent holder for MPEG-2/4 (the video codec required to play said media) charges Microsoft $2 per copy of Windows 7 (the relative figure) sold. They had to cut back on such costs to achieve the pricing point that Windows 8 claims.

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Do you live your life on Facebook but happen to be unfortunate enough to be forced to use either Windows Vista or XP? Maybe you’ve got some bespoke hardware or software that needs one of Microsoft’s older operating systems in order to function, but still need to be able to keep in touch with everyone via the modern wonder that is Facebook. Well, you’re in luck.

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There is no question about Windows Vista being a PR failure for Microsoft. But so is iPhone 4 turning out to be one for Apple. Speaking at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference, the Chief Operating Officer of Microsoft Kevin Turner called iPhone 4 a Windows Vista of Apple. “It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I’m okay with that.”, said Turner in his keynote address on Windows Phone 7 at Microsoft WPC. He further added:

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Remember Ultimate Extras from Windows Vista’s era? Well, it seems like some of those Ultimate Extras are going to make a comeback on Windows 7, but this time in the form of free apps. Paul has confirmed that Microsoft is set to release two popular games from Vista Ultimate Extras on Windows 7 via Games for Windows Live. What’s even more exciting is that these two games will be available free of cost and will run on all versions of Windows 7. A specific release date hasn’t been finalized yet. Games for Windows site states it as “coming soon”.

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In the latest version of the ongoing Laptop Hunters Ad series, Matt and Olivia goes on hunting to buy a notebook for under $700. They wander around the store, looking for different notebooks including a Macbook which they needless to say reject, saying ”Mac is just too small”. They finally settled on buying a freaking HP branded notebook (again) for just under $700.

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Windows Vista Service Pack 2 is another milestone to improve the reliability, compatibility, stability and performance of Windows Vista. SP2 contains all the previously released updates as well as support for new types of hardware and several emerging standards.

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Microsoft has released Service Pack 2 RC version of Windows Vista to Microsoft Connect testers, MSDN and TechNet subscribers. The Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista is part of the ongoing process to improve the performance and stability of Windows Vista.

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