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Steve Ballmer Authored Your Blue Screen of Death

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Microsoft Blue Screen of Death
Millions of people have shrieked in horror and dismay at Microsoft’s infamous “Blue Screen of Death,” which appears in response to critical software and hardware failures. What fewer people know—at least until now—is that the text accompanying the BSoD was originally written by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, famous for his bombastic public appearances and failing to realize that mobile devices would become the Next Big Thing in computing. Click here to find Microsoft-related jobs. According to Microsoft developer Raymond… continue…

Is This the New Windows 9 Logo?

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Windows 9 logo
Microsoft just accidentally—or “accidentally”—leaked a logo for Windows 9. Microsoft China posted the image to Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo, along with a note: “Microsoft’s latest OS Windows 9 is coming soon, do you think the start menu at the left bottom will make a come back?” The post was quickly yanked, but not before setting the Internet abuzz. Click here for Windows-related jobs. If everything goes according to plan, Microsoft will unveil Windows 9 at a Sept. 30 event, although… continue…

Windows 9: What Will It Look Like?

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Microsoft Charms
Once upon a time, Windows provided a reliable source of revenue for Microsoft. But with Windows 8 reportedly losing market-share, and millions of people refusing to move from the aged Windows XP to a more modern platform, the future of Windows seems a little cloudy. In order to regain momentum, Microsoft is working feverishly on a version of Windows that will convince everybody still on Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8 to upgrade posthaste. But what will this new platform,… continue…

Windows 8: It’s a Disaster

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Windows 8
When Microsoft released Windows 8 in 2012, it hoped that the operating system would quickly eclipse its predecessors. In light of that, it wouldn’t be untoward to describe Windows 8’s marketplace performance as a disaster: Not only does the platform continue to lag behind Windows 7 and Windows XP, but new data from Net Applications hints that it’s actually lost incremental market share over the past two months. Click here to find Windows-related jobs. “While in June Windows 8′s user… continue…

Chinese Government Bans Windows 8

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Windows 8
The Chinese government has banned use of Windows 8, according to Reuters. Reuters reported that the official Xinhua news agency banned the operating system in the name of security and energy savings, although the latter’s bulletin didn’t explain how the ban would accomplish either of those aims. Microsoft declined to comment. Click here to find a Windows administration job. China is a heavy user of Windows XP, an aging operating system that Microsoft desperately wants its customer base to replace… continue…

Why You Might Want to Hold Off Developing Apps for Windows 8

Windows 8
Microsoft executives have spent the past year and a half promoting Windows 8’s app store, in the hope that third-party developers would create a thriving ecosystem of games and productivity software. What’s the result of all that time and energy? As InfoWorld relates in a new posting, some 150,000 apps currently reside in the Windows Store—not a very impressive number, when you consider the number of Windows devices currently on the market, not to mention the hundreds of thousands of… continue…

Windows XP Support Expiring: Don’t Freak Out

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Windows XP
It’s official: Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP. There’s just one little problem: millions of PCs continue to run the aging operating system. Businesses and schools around the world still rely on XP to drive daily computing, and don’t seem very interested in spending the time, money, and tears on a massive tech refresh. Indeed, Windows XP holds 27.69 percent of the PC operating-system market, according to the latest data from NetApplications—well behind Windows 7 at 48.77 percent, but… continue…

What Microsoft Dropping Windows Licensing Fees Means for You

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Microsoft plans on offering Windows licenses for free to manufacturing partners who install the operating system on devices with screens smaller than nine inches. This is a wholesale shredding of the company’s traditional playbook, which dictated that all Microsoft software come with a licensing fee of some sort, and it suggests the danger that Google Android and Apple’s iOS pose to Windows’ traditional dominance of the operating-system space. To wit: a few years ago, the PC sat at the center… continue…

Why Windows Developers Should Learn Android

Android
As more PC makers load Android into their desktops, it might be a good time for Windows developers to become familiar with Google’s OS. Earlier this month, Hewlett Packard unveiled its first commercial Android All in One PC – the HP Slate21 Pro AiO. The desktop is designed to provide simple integration with Android-based phones and tablets, as well as automatically sync with Google Cloud Services. Meanwhile, Asus has its Transformer AiO P1801 and Lenovo its N308. David Chie, president… continue…

Windows’ Reporting May Leak PC, Network Data

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Websense security recommends using group policies and encryption to decide what error data is collected, where it’s sent, and how to encrypt it. continue…