10 years of Windows XP

It has now been a decade since Windows XP revolutionised the world of computers and on October 25 of this year the world’s most popular operating system turned ten years of age. Although the world has been flooded with wave after wave of new technology since the initial launch of Windows XP, the simple fact remains that Microsoft’s most successful and longest lasting operating system is not going anywhere, anytime soon. It is still the computer software of choice amongst millions of people and companies worldwide, and despite the hype and marketing surrounding Windows 7, Windows XP will still be used by many of us another ten years from now.
Let’s take a look at the beginnings of Windows XP, why it became so immensely popular, and why only a fool would bet against it still ruling the roost by the time it turns 20.

A Star is Born

Initially, sales were slow for Windows XP when it first hit the high-street and was introduced around the globe in 25 different languages. For example, in the United States only 260,00 copies were sold during the first three days. However, with little steps epic journeys begin and when system vendors began selling computers with Windows XP pre-installed it took off in a big, big way.

The Rise and Rise of Windows XP

The XP in Windows XP stands for experience, and Microsoft’s ambition was to have one codebase covering everything from consumers to corporate desktops. By 2006, Windows XP was being used by 400 million computers worldwide. With its user friendly interface and options to personally adapt and customise, Windows XP was hailed as one of the most reliable operating systems ever released. Reviewers lined up to write line after gushing line about its gorgeous design and innovative features and called it a marvel of conception. In short, nothing it seemed could come close to Windows XP.

The Champ’s Title Defence

Windows XP’s successor, Windows Vista was launched at the beginning of 2006, but it was widely rejected by the growing legion of XP adherents. Vista never caught the imagination of the public of businesses due to bugs and poor hardware driver support. Consequently Windows XP still reigned supreme, and despite announcing it was discontinuing the sale of Windows XP several times, Microsoft only stopped the line on June 30, 2008. Extended support for XP users is still available until April 8, 2014.

If it isn’t broke don’t fix it

Windows 7 was released in 2009 and according to recent statistics, Windows XP is just starting to lose its grip among PC users. Yet estimates show that XP still has a hold of 48% on the Windows market, which is far more than Vista ever did, after peaking with 28% in October, 2009. Businesses especially are reluctant to part with a tried and tested model they have used for the last ten years in favour of a major upgrade they feel they do not need – despite Microsoft’s urgings to the contrary. With Windows 8 on the horizon, many feel XP will shortly expire, but ten years from now you can bet your bottom dollar there’ll still be a large number of PCs worldwide operating through Windows XP, because if it isn’t broke there’s no need to fix it.

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Google Android Platform will be optimized for Intel Architecture

Intel and Google announced their new collaboration project starring the almighty Android platform which will be optimized to run on Intel architecture. The first step will be made for Intel’s family of low power Atom processors but the future versions of the Android platform will support the whole Intel technology. The vice-verse effect is that  Intel architecture will be present on Google products, which include Chrome OS and Google TV along with the Android Software Development Kit (SDK) and Native Development Kit (NDK).

The joint effort is designed to speed time-to-market of Intel technology-based smartphones running the Android platform. Intel will take advantage of the open-source accessibility of the Android platform to provide its customers with technology products that inspire continued innovation and also help enable powerful personal computing experiences that fully leverage Intel technology across a range of devices. This work will enable mobile device OEMs and wireless operators to draw upon the performance and low power capabilities of Intel® architecture and tap into the scale of the x86 developer ecosystem to further drive the adoption of the Android platform.

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Preprogram your desktop layout with DesktopOk

Having trouble with repositioning your desktop icons while changing the resolution? With DesktopOk you can preprogram your desktop layout for any resolution thus keep the desired order of your icons. This means that DesktopOk can save and restore the positions of icons for each used resolution.

Because of its tiny character, DesktopOk does not have to be installed and can be executed easily from the desktop, and can be carried on a small usb-stick or other memory device.

The application can run on any Windows based operating system from Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows 98 to Windows 7 and Vista including the 64 bit versions.

Features:
# Save your favorite icon locations for each screen resolution.
# Each user can then have his own arrangement.
# Automatically hide and display desktop icons
# Minimises to tray area for easy access.
# Easily minimize all of the windows on your screen
# Launch at Windows startup.
# Autosave
# Portable

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Intel to push into Android tablet PC market

As Microsoft has announced its Windows operating system will add support for ARM-based platforms, Intel has recently decided to cooperate with Taiwan-based notebook makers including Inventec and Compal Electronics to push Intel/Android solutions and will showcase several devices based on the new solution at Intel Developer Forum (IDF) Beijing in April 2011, according to sources from notebook makers.

In addition to tablet PCs, Intel has also been working aggressively with Google over the development of notebooks and netbooks and is set to release Intel/Chrome OS solutions in the second half of 2011 with Samsung Electronics, Acer and Asustek Computer all set to launch related models.

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semYOU, the Free App Computing System

semYOU, the free app computing system that makes using software and the Internet much easier, will be available starting today at www.semyou.com. Local software installation, purchased software and tedious updates are finally a thing of the past. The innovative app computing system from the startup firm semYOU provides the most important functions, including office, entertainment and communication functions, through free cloud computing applications. Every application is just a click away.

semYOU app computing presents a brand-new approach to using software: the large number of free power applications allows all tasks to be completed easily over the Internet through cloud computing – without installation, from any computer in the world. Personal documents, files, music and photos, task lists or notes are available anytime, anywhere. Another advantage: the personalized semYOU desktop looks the same regardless of where login takes place – in the office, at home or at the Internet cafe.

This makes the semYOU app computing system very different from other cloud computing providers, who typically offer only a simple online hard drive. At the core of this new Internet-based operating system lies the free and convenient use of many different applications for home and business customers. semYOU is not only a web desktop, but thanks to its new app store, it’s also a free tool suite with more than 25 different ad-free applications that make buying software unnecessary. Over the next several weeks, more semYOU apps will be released, including an Enterprise Suite with special applications for businesses. Because semYOU is not based on HTML5 but on Microsoft’s Silverlight technology, for the first time web applications can offer functions that were previously reserved only for rich client applications.

August 2010 marked the release of the first beta version of semYOU. Since then, the app computing system has been continuously optimized with the help of users. semYOU Version 1.0, released today, consists of a web desktop and an affiliated app store. After login, all applications can be run in three different ways: via the semYOU web desktop, directly via the app store or through a local link on desktop PCs, notebooks or netbooks.

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Mac OS X Lion Preview

Apple® today released a developer preview of Mac OS® X Lion, which takes some of the best ideas from iPad™ and brings them back to the Mac® for the eighth major release of the world’s most advanced operating system. Lion features Mission Control, an innovative new view of everything running on your Mac; Launchpad, a new home for all your Mac apps; full screen apps that use the entire Mac display; and new Multi-Touch™ gestures. Lion also includes the Mac App Store?, the best place to discover, install and automatically update Mac apps. The Lion preview is available to Mac Developer Program members through the Mac App Store today, and the final version of Lion will ship to customers this summer.

Mission Control is a powerful, entirely new feature that unifies Exposé®, Dashboard, Spaces®, and full screen apps to give you a bird’s eye view of every app and window running on your Mac. With a simple swipe, your desktop zooms out to display your open windows grouped by app, thumbnails of your full screen apps as well as your Dashboard, and allows you to instantly navigate anywhere with a click.

Launchpad makes it easier than ever to find and launch any app. With a single click, Launchpad displays all your Mac apps in a stunning full screen layout where you can launch, re-order or organize apps into folders. You can also arrange apps into multiple pages and swipe between them.

Lion brings the full screen experience that iPad users love to the Mac. With one click, your application window goes full screen, taking advantage of your Mac’s brilliant display. You can swipe from one full screen window to another and even back to your Desktop or Dashboard.

New Multi-Touch gestures and fluid animations give you a natural and intuitive way to interact with your Mac. New gestures include pinching your fingers to zoom in on a web page or image, swiping left or right to turn a page or switch between full screen apps and swiping up to enter Mission Control.

Lion also includes the Mac App Store, where you can find great new apps, buy them with your iTunes® account, and download and install them in just one step. Apps purchased from the Mac App Store are installed directly into Launchpad.

Additional features in Lion include:

– a new version of Mail, with an elegant, widescreen layout inspired by the iPad; Conversations, which automatically groups related messages into one easy to read timeline; more powerful search; and support for Microsoft Exchange 2010;
– AirDrop, a remarkably simple way to copy files wirelessly from one Mac to another with no setup;
– Versions, which automatically saves successive versions of your document as you create it, and gives you an easy way to browse, edit and even revert to previous versions;
– Resume, which conveniently brings your apps back exactly how you left them when you restart your Mac or quit and relaunch an app;
– Auto Save, which automatically saves your documents as you work;
– the all new FileVault, that provides high performance full disk encryption for local and external drives, and the ability to wipe data from your Mac instantaneously;and
– Mac OS X Lion Server, which makes setting up a server easier than ever and adds support for managing Mac OS X Lion, iPhone®, iPad and iPod touch® devices.

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