Ep 38 of 2011
With much leaking and speculation, Microsoft released a pre beta version of its new operating system, Windows 8 to developers last week. At first glance Windows 8 is the convergence of Mobile and desktop computing, with a one OS fits all approach from the world’s dominant software provider.
Despite the 64 bit version refusing to load up on two different workstations in the Tech Talk offices, the new system boots up in seconds and features a home page filled with colorful tiles taking the user directly into applications such as Facebook, messaging or news feeds.
First Apple abandoned power guzzling Flash in iOS for HTML5, now Microsoft looks set to continue the trend, building Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10 without support for Adobe’s media player, at least in Metro mode.
It’s main competition is Windows 7, which is not all that old in it’s lifecycle. Windows 8 is less likely to appeal to business users, given that many companies are still working their way toward switching to Windows 7.
Microsoft has sold almost 450 million Windows 7 licenses in two years since it was introduced, but the newest version still accounts for less than one-third of global Windows users, many of whom are clinging to older versions. Windows 8 is the first to be compatible with low-power chips designed by ARM Holdings, which have become the standard for mobile devices.
Windows unit chief Steven Sinofsky said the new operating system is the first to focus on applications - it will contain an online app store for the first time - reflecting the way people now use computers, tablets and smartphones.
He said tablets running Windows 8 will be able to connect easily to printers, cameras and other devices. Windows 8 will also work on PCs with regular mouse and keyboard commands.Those in the know believe Microsoft wants to get Windows 8 devices in stores around July next year, or the US holiday shopping season at the latest. Microsoft itself has not set a schedule publicly for release of Windows 8.
This week on Tech Talk Radio
Microsoft opens the curtains on their newest operating System, Windows 8, Optus open up Pandora’s Box with its new cloud based time shifting media service, the Android bot army grows but PC’s still win by a mile, and is this the beginning of the end of RIM, as the Blackberry’s days seemed well and truly numbered.
This week's App of the Week:
Apple: Birdbrain Twitter Statistics
If you're serious about Twitter you need Birdbrain! Birdbrain checks your Twitter accounts for changes to your friends and followers, and tracks mention, retweets and list memberships.
When you start Birdbrain it takes a snapshot of your Twitter account and shows you the changes since it last updated. While Birdbrain is running it will automatically update every 20 minutes.
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