Windows 8 is continuing its slow climb up the charts in market share, finally surpassing Windows Vista to claim 5.1% of all desktop operating systems during the month of June, while Vista settled for 4.62%. Windows 8 has been steadily gaining ground month by month, gaining almost an entire percentage point from May.
This week the latest NetMarketShare report has been revealed, showing Windows to continue to dominate PC operating system shares in general, with Windows 8 coming up slowly but steadily. In the information presented today, you'll find that back when Windows 8 was released - back at the tail-end of 2012, not that long ago - the one operating system here that did not take a significant downward turn (or continue to lose popularity), was Apple's own OS X. That said, Windows 7's overtake of Windows XP back several months before Windows 8 arrived places it in the coveted "trusted by businesses" category - Windows 8 doesn't seem to have gained that badge quite yet.
In an interesting series of events, Microsoft is being accused of preventing Windows 8 users from installing Linux or other operating systems. A Spanish advocacy group that represents various open source software, has filed a complaint with the European Union, saying that the Microsoft's method for blocking Linux-based operating systems is "a de facto technological jail."
This week we're hearing a whole lot about what Microsoft's first big update to Windows 8 will be doing for the operating system, hearing how this so-called "Windows Blue" will change the company's fortunes for the better. What Windows Blue is, for those that haven't heard of it, is a polishing of the less-then-fantastic bits and pieces of Windows 8, especially where it concerns the operating system's user interface. Have a peek here at several of the finer points that've been leaked in early builds thus far.
A leaked version of Windows Blue has made its way online, and it shows off a bunch of new features that should improve upon Windows 8's user experience. The leak, titled Windows Blue Build 9364, made its way online earlier today in a 2.63GB ISO. The leak is said to be Windows Blue Milestone 1, and it shows that a Windows Blue preview may be well on its way for its intended summer release.
If there's one technological breakthrough China's government thinks it needs right this second, it's their own operating system. Or more control over the internet - but that's (perhaps) besides the point. Today the big news is the Chinese government signing a deal with Canonical, the creators of the OS Ubuntu, to create their own home-grown operating system to "wean its IT sector off Western software in favor of more home-grown alternatives."
We've heard this before, but it has now been confirmed - Samsung will be releasing a Tizen-based smartphone this year. The information comes from Samsung's Executive Vice President of its mobile business, who offered the information in Seoul earlier this week. The handset will be very high-end, according to his statement.
An executive from Samsung stated at the Mobile World Congress that Samsung isn't interested in releasing devices using Mozilla's Firefox OS. This might be a letdown for Mozilla and Firefox OS, because a major manufacturer as powerful as Samsung could do wonders for the growing OS. But Firefox OS shouldn't have too much to fear, because both LG and Sony have agreed to manufacturer devices for the OS.
Sony has announced that it will be launching its own Firefox OS mobile device in 2014. It’s joining the ranks of LG, Huawei, Alcatel, and ZTE in launching devices on the HTML5 platform. Bob Ishida, Deputy CEO at Sony, stated that Sony’s engineers are working alongside Mozilla’s in order to bring a Sony-branded Firefox device or devices to the world next year. The openness of the Firefox OS is attractive to Sony, who wants to create devices on a platform with little to no restrictions on usage.
Samsung is finally going to put the dying Bada OS to rest. It has been officially announced that the development for Bada OS will cease as Samsung puts all of its efforts into making Tizen OS a success. Some features from Bada OS will live on as Samsung plans on merging the best features in the OS into Tizen. Tizen will also have backwards compatibility with Bada OS apps on its platform, giving Tizen a bigger catalog to work with.