After way too many small upgrades and painfully long product cycles,
Microsoft's Mac Business Unit (MBU) today released the Messenger 7 for
Mac. Audio calls and videoconferencing capabilities are finally
available, but we can’t help to perceive this new version once again a
It seems that our previous story titled “SP3: A little Windows Vista
for Windows XP” was a bit premature: Despite the fact that SP3 is
listed in Microsoft’s Download Center, the actual download button is
not. And there is a good reason for that: Microsoft said it has found a
compatibility issue and therefore decided to delay the rollout of
Windows XP SP3.
Apple has updated its "Boot Camp" software, which allows users to run Windows operating systems on Intel-based Mac computers, to version 2.1.1 The main change to the software upgrade is support for Windows XP Service Pack 3, a new release for the Microsoft OS that just came out for the first group of PC owners this week.
Microsoft CEO today said that the software company may extend the life of its previous operating system Windows XP, a glimpse of welcome news to fans of the OS and potentially seen as an admittance of Vista's slow growth. Speaking at a news conference in Louvain-La-Neuve University in Belgium, Ballmer said, "If customer feedback varies, we can always wake up smarter."
Automatic updates of Microsoft’s Vista Service Pack 1 has begun. According to the Windows Vista Team Blog,
the downloads will be rolled out in phases and will be available in
English, French, German, Spanish and Japanese. Users can still
manually download SP1 in 36 other languages through the Windows Update
Until now, programmers have been looking up to Moore’s law to speed-up
their sequential program with each subsequent processor. But due to the
physical limitations in chip design, the programmers’ "free lunch" is
over: Multi-core architectures – multiple CPUs on a single chip – bring
improved power efficiency, while each of the cores could be slower than
the latest unicore processor when running traditional applications. This not only means that the acceleration
of sequentially written applications may stagnate – they might even
slow-down. Rajesh Karmani discusses challenges, dead-ends and
possible directions for developers.
In an attempt to widen its horizons on productivity software, Microsoft has begun beta testing a subscription-based version of Office. In addition to providing a more cost-effective option for buying the software suite, it could effectively end the need to upgrade to a new version every few years.
Opinion - As if we needed any more confirmation: Steve Ballmer made
official what many of us have been suspecting for more than a year.
Vista isn’t final, it’s a work in progress, according to Microsoft CEO
Steve Ballmer. I don’t want to be much more sarcastic than this, but
guys, seriously: Is it worth the effort?
Red Hat is canceling its plans for a desktop operating system. The
company’s desktop team cites a dominant vendor (aka Microsoft) as the
main obstacle to such an OS. Red Hat will still develop a light-weight
desktop OS for emerging markets.
Original equipment manufacturers will get their hands on the new service pack for Windows XP next week, followed by a final release to all users near the end of the month. It will be the first new service pack update for the long-running operating system in around four years. Service Pack 2 came out in August 2004.
The Folding@Home team, headed by Vijay Panda, has released a new
version of its GPU client: Folding@Home is now supporting AMD’s Radeon
HD 2000 and 3000 series.
Microsoft this week released the first widely available preview version of its Robotics Developer Studio 2008, the software giant's latest advancement in the emerging robotics industry. The preview software is available now as a free download from Microsoft's robotics website, and marks the beginning of an update to Microsoft's 2006 software product.
Adobe is making its entry into what is widely called a
“next-generation” TV era on the Internet. Built on the company’s AIR
platform, the Media Player 1.0 launched late yesterday with an initial
set of episodes and episode snippets from shows airing on major TV
networks. Strangely enough, while the software is advertised as a
cross-platform media player, Adobe prohibits the use of the software on
any device other than desktop and notebook PCs.
More and more software manufacturers are positioning themselves for a
thin-client era, typically referred to as software-as-a-service (SAAS).
Futuremark is joining the frame with the release of VirtualMark, a thin
version of the company’s 3DMark application.
Bill Gates has given a possible release date of "sometime in the next year or so" for the next version of Microsoft's home operating system, Windows 7. According to a quote from BBC, during a meeting with the Inter-American Development Bank, Gates said the Vista successor could come as early as 2009.
Microsoft has announced that it plans to extend its support of Windows XP, its nearly seven-year-old operating system, because many computers in the market today are simply unable to run Windows Vista. With the release of Vista early last year, Microsoft had planned to stop selling XP on June 30, 2008. Microsoft has decided to push that back because of what it calls a rise in the number of ultra low cost PCs.
Adobe Photoshop CS4 has been in the works for a while, and the software maker today announced that it will also bring forth for the first time a 64-bit version of the photo editing program, reports Macworld. At least initially, the high-end product will only be available for Vista owners because the programming language it's using, Carbon, is not perfectly compatible with Mac computers.