Chrome OS vs Windows 8
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21.05.14. Microsoft Surface Pro 3 - the tablet that can replace your laptop. That's how Microsoft advertises the new version of its tablet Surface Pro 3, presented today. The company continues to promote the idea that laptops and tablets should run on the same operating system and the same applications. The third version of the Surface has become even more similar to a laptop (than the previous one) for 3 reasons. First - is the 12-inch screen (compared to 10" of Surface 2) - it's a usual size for a laptop. Second - even more powerful hardware - up to Core i7 with 8 GB of memory. And third - even more convenient cover-keyboard that physically transforms the tablet into a laptop. Moreover Surface 3 has become even thinner and lighter than Macbook Air. Overall, this is a luxury toy for businessmen and executives, and it costs appropriately: $799 - $1949 depending on configuration. However, it's still not clear why Microsoft is producing such expensive tablets, while Google is monopolizing the tablet market with cheap Android-models and replacing Windows 8 laptops with cheap Chromebooks.
08.04.14. Don't Panic! Microsoft discontinues Windows XP. Today, Microsoft officially ends support for the working horse - Windows XP. The news that they will release an upgrade to XP - was really an April Fool's joke. So what will happen now? First of all, don't panic! Your XP computers won't stop working tomorrow. Just they will no longer receive security patches. Experience shows that most office workers either don't receive these updates, or know how to defend themselves with the help of antivirus and common sense, or let viruses eat their computer independently of these updates. So maybe you do not need to change anything. But if your company is serious about the security, you have two options: upgrade to Windows 8 or alternative operating systems (for example , Google's ChromeOS). Windows 8 costs about $100, but experience shows that the main problem of Win8 is not the price, but the fact that users can't sort it out.
03.03.14. Microsoft working on a free version of Windows. American site The Verge has learned (from Microsoft insiders) that the company is working on a free version of Windows operating system, so if you're just going to upgrade your computers and give $118 for each license, it might be worth to wait a little. The free version will be called Windows With Bing and will include pre-installed basic Microsoft's web applications. Why "With Bing"? Hardly, because it will include Bing browser. Most probably, it will show some Bing ads on the home screen. Of course, maybe it's just a rumor, but in today realities the free version of Windows is necessary for Microsoft in order to compete against Google and Apple and keep users linked to this platform.
2013. 2 new Microsoft Surfaces: cool and ugly. Microsoft today introduced the second generation of its tablets: Surface 2 (formerly Surface RT) and Surface Pro 2. First, let's talk about the Surface Pro 2 . It's cool. For executive or businessman (who is not afraid of Windows 8 ) - it's the best tablet on the market. Microsoft says that it's faster than 95% of laptops. Actually, it's a full-fledged laptop that is stuck to the tablet. It features 7-hours battery, USB 3.0 port, super display and sound, and a lot of useful accessories: touch-cover, power-cover, dock-station for office, etc. And of course, it costs accordingly - from $899 (for accessories you pay separately). The price is reasonable - it's a premium thing. So the guys from Microsoft have done the good job - the high-quality product. But the second tablet Surface 2 makes us doubting in their success.
2013. Windows 8.1 available for Enterprise. Until now, only few companies have switched to Windows 8. But Microsoft says, it's ok. They always released the first OS version a bit raw and then fixed the drawbacks in the first apdate (service pack) to make the system business-ready. The same approach is used in the case with Windows 8. And today the first update Windows 8.1 has become available for companies. For while it's in the preview-version, but you already can download and install it. What new features this update brings to business users? First of all, it restores the Start button and enables to load the familiar (Windows 7 style) desktop by default. However, the Start button doesn't work the same way as before. It just opens the Metro-start-screen (shown on the screenshot above).
2013. Windows survival plan: Start button, mobile Office, cheap computers. The newly published report by IDC showed horrifying numbers of PC sales in the last quarter - they significantly fell, under the pressure of smartphones and tablets. For Microsoft, this means one thing - the market share of its operating system Windows - is rapidly falling. So Microsoft is now ready to admit its mistakes and sacrifice short-term profits in order to save its treasure. The main news - is that the first update Windows 8.1 will return the Start button. The disappearance of this beloved button in Windows 8 plunged many people into panic. Especially office workers. Version .1 - is usually a sign for companies that they can update OS. So, specially for the release of this "business" version the Start button will be returned. In addition, there will be an option to make the conventional desktop default, instead of Metro-style Start Screen.
2013. Android works on notebooks. On top of Windows. Well, actually, Google has its own plan "How to destroy Windows". It supposes that the Chrome browser will become the main application that you use on computer (because everything you need is available from the Web). And then there will be only Chrome. Windows will become an unnecessary layer. Startup BlueStacks invented the same plan, but instead of Chrome they decided to port Android on the top of Windows. And taking into account that mobile applications have recently become more popular than Web applications, this plan could work even better. How does it work?
2012. Top 5 Enterprise 2.0 stories of 2012. What are the most memorable trends on the Enterprise market in 2012? Have our 2011 forecasts come true? Here are the top 5 most important (in our opinion) Enterprise 2.0 events and trends of 2012:
2012. Windows 8: magic, confusing. It's the End, it's the Key. Today Windows 8 has officially launched around the world together with Surface tablets and Windows Store, that already contains almost 8,000 apps. Recall that the main feature of Windows 8 is that it's optimized for both computers and tablets. There are two versions of Windows 8: RT - which only works on tablets and supports only metro applications from Windows Store, and the x86 version, which works on both PCs and tablets, and supports both metro and regular (including legacy) Windows-programs. The second version has two interfaces - the Metro and the regular, and you can switch from one to another. It's noticed that Windows 8 is faster than Windows 7. Now, let's see what people are saying about Windows 8:
2012. Microsoft changes logo to promote Windows 8. In order to remind everyone how ground-breaking will be the release of Windows 8, Microsoft has even decided to change its corporate logo. The last time they changed it was 25 years ago. As you can see, the new logo has the look and feel of the Windows 8 (Metro) style, the basic idea of which is simple and universal interface, suitable for mouse and fingers. Logo is so simple that you can draw it in Photoshop in 5 minutes. And that's how Microsoft wants you to associate its products with speed and simplicity. Below is a short video presentation of the new logo:
2012. Lenovo's new tablet is better than Microsoft Surface?. As you know, Microsoft has decided to produce the own Windows-tablets (Microsoft Surface), and its partners were not happy with that news. Last week the Acer CEO, JT Wang, told the Times: “If Microsoft… is going to do hardware business, what should we do?. Should we still rely on Microsoft, or should we find other alternatives?". Meanwhile another Chinese manufacturer - Lenovo - instead of crying, decided to make a tablet better than Microsoft's. And it looks like Lenovo has succeeded. Though the name of its new tablet is not very beautiful - Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2, but the tablet targets not beautiful but smart people that are going to use this device to get things done, rather that for playing games and browsing fashion sites. What makes is better than Microsoft Surface?
2012. New MS Office 2013: touch-interface, cloud roaming and subscription plans. As usual together with the new version of Windows 8 Microsoft will released the new Microsoft Office, because Windows can't live without the Office. Yesterday Steve Ballmer for the first time demonstrated Office 2013 to the public. As might be expected, the main upgrade is a new touch-interface, which is adapted for mouse, stylus and fingers. The second new feature - default integration with the cloud storage SkyDrive, which allows not only to save all files to the cloud, but also to sync files and Office settings between the all user computers and mobile devices. The third feature - integration between desktop Office and cloud Office 365. Microsoft will focus not on the Office sales, but on the Office 365 subscriptions, which also include desktop editors license. Of course, there are a lot of new small features that are probably not very interesting. More interesting is to pay attention to those features that will NOT appear in the Office 2013:
2012. Windows Phone 8 - back to the Pocket PC. Long ago Microsoft was living in harmony: it had OS Windows for desktop computers (PCs) and Windows Mobile for pocket computers (Pocket PCs). Both operating systems had a similar interface (with desktop, Start button, icons, ...) and worked on a single code. But then iPhone, Android and tablets appeared and Microsoft was forced to disrupt this harmony and invent something totally new - WinPhone, Metro-interface, etc. And now, after the long searches, Microsoft is again coming to harmony. PCs and tablets (which Microsoft calls Tablet PCs) will run the same OS - Windows 8. The only missing part was the unified operating system for smartphones that can turn them to Pocket PCs. And this is the very mission of the new Windows Phone 8, that was demonstrated this week.
2012. Microsoft unveils the iPad-killer - Microsoft Surface tablet. Probably everybody already knew that this fall Windows 8 and tablets running this OS will appear. But the surprise is that Microsoft will produce Windows 8 tablets itselt and sell them under its own brand Microsoft Surface. Today Steve Ballmer introduced the tow first models of Microsoft Surface: one is based on ARM-architecture, and the second (Pro-version) - on Intel-architecture. For now we don't know much about these devices. The Microsoft Surface is more business-style tablet (than the iPad). It's very thin, light and equipped with a cool cover, that also serves as a keyboard with a touch-pad. It's very important, because the Windows 8 tablets will support the usual desktop applications. Another difference from the iPad - is USB port and microSD slot. The price of the Windows Surface is still unknown, but it's expected to be around $400 - $600 for ARM-model and up to $1000 for Intel-model (in US).
2012. Chrome hits Android. As you know, Google develops two operating systems (with competing philosophy): Android (focused on native apps) and Chrome OS (focused on web-apps and browser). And even Google's management could never explain which of these philosophies corresponds to their strategy. Moreover, Android and Chrome are developed in the company by two separate teams which are competing with each other rather than collaborating. Today's news informs that the Chrome team managed to strike the opponent. Chrome browser is now available on Android. However, only on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Judging by the first reviews, the speed and usability of the mobile Chrome - is very cool. But it doesn't support flash. So the future OS forecast shifts towards the web-based apps based on HTML5.
2012. 5 Enterprise 2.0 forecasts for 2012. Let's try to predict some interesting events that can take place in the Enterprise 2.0 sphere in the coming year. We will not try to guess the percents of the market growth (we'll leave this job to Gartner), but just remember that the main market players are planning for this year. Here are the top 5 anticipated events for 2012:
2011. Why Microsoft wants to kill netbooks?. Last week one of the major business-oriented computer manufacturers, Dell announced that it would no longer produce netbooks. The company will be still selling a couple of Latitude business models, but it's not going to develop new netbooks on the upcoming Intel Cedar Trail platform. Obviously, Dell was not happy with netbook sales. And other netbook manufacturers are also having problems. According to ABI Research, netbook sales in Q2 of this year fell to 7.3 million from 13.6 million in the Q1. At the same time, the sales of the competing technology - tablets during the same period grew from 6.4 million to 8.4 million. But tablets aren't the main reason of the netbooks problem. The main reason is Microsoft.
2011. HP will keep the PC business and produce Windows 8 tablets . As you know, two months ago (already former) head of HP Léo Apotheker announced that the company suspends production of WebOS-based TouchPad tablets and wants to sell its computer business. This idea didn't excited neither company shareholders no stock traders, that immediately dropped HP shares on NASDAQ. Because, perhaps this was a right decision, but if you want to sell your computer business, do not scream that you want to sell it. So, Leo was fired and replaced by the former eBay CEO - Meg Whitman. And she had been thinking for couple of weeks and last friday announced, that HP will not sell its PC business. As for the TouchPad tablet, its production is stopped, but instead, the company will develop tablets for the new Windows 8. Thus, Microsoft has got another old-new friend on the mobile front.
2011. Windows 8 released: there will be no Post-PC Era. Recently, due to the rapid growth of iPad and Android, the new term "Post-PC era" has appeared. It suggesting that soon people won't use computers (with mouse and keyboard) and will be using only tablets and smartphones. Of course, potentially the main victim of such scenario is Microsoft, which built its business around the PC. But Microsoft has its own vision of the future and its backed by the figures. Today's presentation of a new Windows 8 was started with some statistics. To date, Microsoft sold 450 million copies of Windows 7. And half of the computers in the world are still running Windows XP. When compared to these figures the crazy sales of iPad (25 million) doesn't seem so crazy any more.