Vista was bad. Coming five years after XP, it was heavily anticipated by Windows users who were impatiently awaiting something interesting from Microsoft as Apple’s star was on the rise. Yet when the OS dropped publicly in January 2007, it was immediately reviled by, well, everyone (except our expert reviewers). It…
Apple’s iTunes service may be 17 years old and in dire need of a redesign, but it’s still hanging in there as one of the most popular ways to download media. However new security changes from Apple mean that some users will either have to upgrade their aging devices or find a new media library.
Microsoft has spoken: Internet Explorer 10 will not run on Windows Vista—not in its developer form now, nor when the software ships later. Meaning they're officially the first browser developer to drop support for Vista. Ironic. [ComputerWorld]
In his keynote speech at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference, company COO Kevin Turner said that Apple's new iPhone, beset by antenna issues, "might be their Vista." Self-deprecation suits you well, Microsoft!
Seagate's senior product manager Barbara Craig confirmed rumors that the company will be releasing a monster 3TB drive later this year. That's a lot of disk space! But sorry XP users, the drive will require a 64-bit OS.
Most of the gamers I knew stuck with XP during the Vista's time because it drained precious CPU cycles, but that's not the case here: Steam's released their latest stats on Windows usage, Windows 7 has already blown past Vista.
We didn't see much of a difference between DirectX 10.1 and 11, but if you're a Windows Vista user who did and has been waiting impatiently: be happy because DirectX 11 is now finally available through Windows Update. [DailyTech]
The funny thing about Windows Vista is that the vast majority of launch reviews were really positive, just like the current ones for Windows 7, before it turned into an object of deep fear and intense loathing.
The other week, we explained how Apple influences a ton of what goes on in tech by shaping industry-wide standards. This week, we're gonna look at Microsoft, and what's it's done with standards.
Could Windows 7 accomplish everything that's expected of it? Probably not, but it makes a damn good attempt. We've tested the gold master, the final version going out on October 22. Upgrade without trepidation, people. With excitement, even.
You've read our final verdict, but since there's a ton of new stuff in Windows 7, we've rounded it all up here, in one easy list, with a little bonus opinionating.
It's easier than ever to pit Windows 7 and OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard head-to-head: They're launching soon, both within a month of each other—and both are basically glorified service packs of the current OS.
Oops! A leaked Best Buy memo manages to both trash-talk Vista as well as give out the details of Best Buy's Windows 7 upgrade plans.