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‘Gorilla Arm’ Will Keep Touch Screens From Taking Over

January 6th, 2013 01:20 admin View Comments

Input Devices

Hugh Pickens writes “With Windows 8, Microsoft has made a billion-dollar gamble that personal computing is taking a new direction and that new direction is touch, says David Pogue. It’s efficient on a touchscreen tablet. But Microsoft expects us to run Windows 8 on our tens of millions of everyday PCs. Although touch has been incredibly successful on our phones, tablets, airport kiosks and cash machines, Pogue says touch will never take over on PCs. The reason? Gorilla Arms. There are three big differences between tablet screens and a PC’s screen: angle, distance and time interval. The problem is ‘the tingling ache that [comes] from extending my right arm to manipulate that screen for hours, an affliction that has earned the nickname of gorilla arm.’ Some experts say gorilla arm is what killed touch computing during its first wave in the early 1980s but Microsoft is betting that Windows 8 will be so attractive that we won’t mind touching our PC screens, at least until the PC concept fades away entirely. ‘My belief is that touch screens make sense on mobile computers but not on stationary ones,’ concludes Pogue. ‘Microsoft is making a gigantic bet that I’m wrong.’”

Source: ‘Gorilla Arm’ Will Keep Touch Screens From Taking Over

US Military Signs Modernization Deal With Microsoft

January 4th, 2013 01:20 admin View Comments

Microsoft

Dupple writes with news that Microsoft has signed an agreement with the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, and the Defense Information Systems Agency to modernize the software those organizations use. According to Microsoft, the deal will cover 75% of all Department of Defense personnel, and bring to them the latest versions of SharePoint, Office, and Windows. The deal awards Microsoft $617 million, which is after discounts to the software totaling in the tens of millions. Interestingly, DISA’s senior procurement executive said, “[The agreement] recognizes the shift to mobility. Microsoft is committed to making sure that the technology within the agreement has a mobile-first focus, and we expect to begin to take advantage of Microsoft’s mobile offerings as part of our enterprise mobility ecosystem.”

Source: US Military Signs Modernization Deal With Microsoft

What’s In Steve Ballmer’s Inbox?

January 3rd, 2013 01:50 admin View Comments

Microsoft

Barence writes “When Microsoft last year launched Outlook.com, the company carelessly left the SteveBallmer@Outlook.com address vacant. It was snapped up by the editor of PC Pro, giving an insight into the type of emails the public sends to the Microsoft CEO. Among the messages sent to the account are complaints about the Windows 8 interface, a plea from someone who was ‘literally driven crazy’ by Windows Server product keys, and someone who wants Windows Phone’s calendar to remind him when he’s being paid. There’s also a more sinister complaint from someone who claims they were the victim of racial discrimination when applying for a job at a Microsoft Store.”

Source: What’s In Steve Ballmer’s Inbox?

Microsoft Says Google Trying To Undermine Windows Phone

January 3rd, 2013 01:08 admin View Comments

Google

First time accepted submitter Bent Spoke writes “In a bit of delicious irony, Microsoft laments Google is not playing fair by excluding access to meta-data on YouTube, preventing the development of the kind of powerful app readily available on Android. From the article: ‘In a blog post on Wednesday, Microsoft VP and deputy general counsel Dave Heiner said the software giant has spent two years trying to get a first-class YouTube app running on Windows Phone, but to no avail, thanks to the Chocolate Factory’s stonewalling. “YouTube apps on the Android and Apple platforms were two of the most downloaded mobile applications in 2012, according to recent news reports,” Heiner wrote. “Yet Google still refuses to allow Windows Phone users to have the same access to YouTube that Android and Apple customers enjoy.”‘”

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Microsoft Says Google Trying To Undermine Windows Phone

January 3rd, 2013 01:08 admin View Comments

Google

First time accepted submitter Bent Spoke writes “In a bit of delicious irony, Microsoft laments Google is not playing fair by excluding access to meta-data on YouTube, preventing the development of the kind of powerful app readily available on Android. From the article: ‘In a blog post on Wednesday, Microsoft VP and deputy general counsel Dave Heiner said the software giant has spent two years trying to get a first-class YouTube app running on Windows Phone, but to no avail, thanks to the Chocolate Factory’s stonewalling. “YouTube apps on the Android and Apple platforms were two of the most downloaded mobile applications in 2012, according to recent news reports,” Heiner wrote. “Yet Google still refuses to allow Windows Phone users to have the same access to YouTube that Android and Apple customers enjoy.”‘”

Source: Microsoft Says Google Trying To Undermine Windows Phone

Windows 8 Even Less Popular Than Vista

January 1st, 2013 01:02 admin View Comments

Microsoft

New submitter NettiWelho writes with even more bad news for Microsoft. From the article: “Windows 8 usage uptake has slipped behind Vista’s in the same point in its release. Windows 8 online usage share is around 1.6% of all Windows PC’s which is a href=”http://www.kitguru.net/software/operating-systems/benjamin/windows-8-proving-less-popular-than-vista/”>less than the 2.2% share that Windows Vista commanded at the same two month mark after release. Net Applications monitor operating system usage by recording OS version for around 40,000 sites it monitors for clients. The slowdown for Windows 8 adoption is a bad sign for Microsoft who experienced great success with the release of Windows 7. Data was measured up to the 22nd of December, so there is still time by the end of the month for Windows 8 to claim a higher percentage of the user base.”

Source: Windows 8 Even Less Popular Than Vista

Why Linux On Microsoft Surface Is a Tough Challenge

December 30th, 2012 12:42 admin View Comments

DRM

hypnosec writes “With Linux enthusiasts and distro publishers eagerly waiting for a solution to Microsoft’s UEFI SecureBoot, there are those who have already looked at the viability of Linux on Microsoft Surface tablet. Matthew Garrett, a.k.a. UEFI-guru, has revealed that those who are keeping their fingers crossed and hoping to find run Linux on Microsoft’s tablet are on an uphill walk and it doesn’t seem to be an easy one. So why is this? The answer is in the manner in which Microsoft has restricted the Surface from loading non-signed software / binaries by implementing UEFI SecureBoot. Microsoft has loaded on the ARM based tablet its private key instead of the ‘Microsoft Windows UEFI Driver Publisher’ key, which is needed to sign non-Microsoft software like Linux distributions or loaders. So, no publisher key = no signed non-Microsoft binary = no Linux.”

Source: Why Linux On Microsoft Surface Is a Tough Challenge

New IE Vulnerability Used In Targeted Attacks; IE9, IE10 Users Safe

December 29th, 2012 12:47 admin View Comments

Internet Explorer

An anonymous reader writes “Criminals are using a new Internet Explorer security hole to attack Windows computers in targeted attacks, though the vulnerability could end up being more widely exploited. While IE9 and IE10 are not affected, versions IE6, IE7, and IE8 are. It’s great to see that the latest versions of IE are immune, but this new vulnerability is still bad news for Windows XP users and earlier since they cannot upgrade to more recent versions of Microsoft’s browser. “We are actively investigating reports of a small, targeted issue affecting Internet Explorer 6-8,” Dustin Childs of Microsoft Trustworthy Computing told TNW. “We will take appropriate action to help keep customers protected once our analysis is complete. People using Internet Explorer 9-10 are not impacted.”"

Source: New IE Vulnerability Used In Targeted Attacks; IE9, IE10 Users Safe

Want a Job At Google? Better Know Microsoft Office!

December 27th, 2012 12:31 admin View Comments

Google

theodp writes “After recent Slashdot discussions on Google’s quest to unseat Microsoft Office in business and whether Google Docs and MS-Word are an even matchup, let’s complete the trilogy by bringing up the inconvenient truth that numerous Google job postings state that candidates with Microsoft Office expertise are ‘preferred’ to those lacking these skills. ‘For example,’ notes GeekWire, ‘when hiring an executive compensation analyst to support Google’s board, the company will give preference to candidates who are ‘proficient with Microsoft Excel.”‘ Parents and kids at schools that have gone or are going Google are reassured that, ‘it is more important to teach technology skills than specific programs‘ and that ‘Google itself uses Google Apps to run its multi-billion dollar company.’ Which, for the most part, is true. Just don’t count on getting certain Google jobs with that attitude, kids!”

Source: Want a Job At Google? Better Know Microsoft Office!

Google Challenging Microsoft For Business Software

December 26th, 2012 12:38 admin View Comments

Businesses

SternisheFan tips a report at the NY Times about the progress Google is making in its quest to unseat Microsoft’s position atop the business software industry. From the article: It has taken years, but Google seems to be cutting into Microsoft’s stronghold — businesses. … In the last year Google has scored an impressive string of wins, including at the Swiss drug maker Hoffmann-La Roche, where over 80,000 employees use the package, and at the Interior Department, where 90,000 use it. One big reason is price. Google charges $50 a year for each person using its product, a price that has not changed since it made its commercial debut, even though Google has added features. In 2012, for example, Google added the ability to work on a computer not connected to the Internet, as well as security and data management that comply with more stringent European standards. That made it much easier to sell the product to multinationals and companies in Europe. … Microsoft says it does not yet see a threat. Google ‘has not yet shown they are truly serious,’ said Julia White, a general manager in Microsoft’s business division. ‘From the outside, they are an advertising company.’”

Source: Google Challenging Microsoft For Business Software

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