operating system

Windows continues to dominate PC shares with 8 on the upswing

Windows continues to dominate PC shares with 8 on the upswing

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.

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Microsoft under fire in Europe for locking out Linux

Microsoft under fire in Europe for locking out Linux

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."

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Windows Blue: 5 features that make Windows 8 worth the switch

Windows Blue: 5 features that make Windows 8 worth the switch

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.

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Windows Blue boasts an improved user experience

Windows Blue boasts an improved user experience

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.

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Official Chinese OS in works as government signs with Ubuntu

Official Chinese OS in works as government signs with Ubuntu

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."

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Samsung to release high-end Tizen handset in August or September

Samsung to release high-end Tizen handset in August or September

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.

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Samsung has no interest in Firefox OS

Samsung has no interest in Firefox OS

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.

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Sony to launch a Firefox OS device in 2014

Sony to launch a Firefox OS device in 2014

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.

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Samsung to transfer Bada OS aspects to Tizen

Samsung to transfer Bada OS aspects to Tizen

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.

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Microsoft prepping Windows Blue public preview

Microsoft prepping Windows Blue public preview

According to some reports, Microsoft and its Windows Blue team are gunning hard to push Windows Blue out by the end of summer. They're both hoping to get out a public preview for Windows Blue within the coming months. Windows Blue will bring a refresh to the current Windows 8 systems, improving upon things like user experience. It will also jump-start Microsoft's new, annual and affordable upgrades to its operating system.

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Firefox OS launching globally with 18 operators

Firefox OS launching globally with 18 operators

Firefox OS devices will launch on 18 operators all across the globe and they will be the World's first "Open Web Devices". The first markets that will launch the devices include: Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Sebria, Spain, and Venezuela, with more market places coming shortly after that. Mozilla is working with handset makers Alcatel, Huawei, LG, and ZTE to develop their Firefox OS smartphones, and all of the smartphones will utilize Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors.

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Tizen SDK 2.0 released along with screenshots

Tizen SDK 2.0 released along with screenshots

The SDK and source code for Tizen 2.0 Magnolia has just become available. It shows how far Tizen has come since Tizen 1.0 Larkspur. The operating system actually looks pretty good, and perhaps almost ready for primetime. We already know that Samsung is gearing up to release several Tizen phones this year, and to multiple countries like Korea, Japan, and France. It's all a part of Samsung's plan to be less dependent on Google for its success in the mobile industry.

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