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Google Chrome extends support for Windows Vista

Google Chrome extends support for Windows Vista

Just when you thought we were getting close to the end of software support for the most notorious version of Windows, it's dashed! Google has announced "the end of software support" for Windows Vista and Windows XP. That'd be super great, except for the fact that they'd already announced the end of software support for those operating systems before. Before, Google suggested that they'd be ending Chrome web browser support for Windows XP and Windows Vista this December. Now they've done (another) extension.

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Windows 8.1 market share increases as Windows overall decreases

Windows 8.1 market share increases as Windows overall decreases

Windows 8.1 doubled its market share among operating systems in its first half-month on the market, according to a new report by web analytics firm Net Applications. The OS rose from 0.87% market share to 1.72%, for a 0.85% gain. The trend is expected to continue in November and beyond as Microsoft herds its customers away from its previous operating systems and towards 8.1.

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Microsoft’s Ballmer regrets Vista transition most of all

Microsoft’s Ballmer regrets Vista transition most of all

Just yesterday CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer, announced he will retire within the next 12 months in order to bring in a new CEO who can stick around during the company's transition into a services and devices company. A slew of interviews have followed and during one with Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet, Ballmer identified his biggest regret while heading the company.

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Windows 8 market share overtakes Vista, still lagging behind XP and 7

Windows 8 market share overtakes Vista, still lagging behind XP and 7

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.

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Samsung’s memory business president compares Windows 8 to Vista

Samsung’s memory business president compares Windows 8 to Vista

President of Samsung's memory business division, Jun Dong-soo, has had less than favorable things to say about Windows 8, stating that it is just as bad as Windows Vista. This was said at a press meeting at the COEX InterContinental Hotel in Seoul earlier today. He went on to discuss the PC industry, blaming its faltering on Microsoft's operating system.

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WindowsAndroid runs Android without emulation on Windows 8

WindowsAndroid runs Android without emulation on Windows 8

This week the folks at Socketeq have been pushing for a widespread testing of their software setup known as WindowsAndroid, running Android natively inside Windows OS. This system takes the Android mobile operating system and runs it on the Windows kernel - instead of Linux, that is, and therefor making everything move ultra-swift as it takes away the emulation layer that would otherwise be present. Sound like a fun project to you? Have at it right this minute!

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Microsoft ID security hole in their code; suggest you use generic instead

Microsoft ID security hole in their code; suggest you use generic instead

It seems pretty clear-cut that Microsoft are going to get plenty of stick for their latest software vulnerability - and their fix for it - after the company's Security Response Center admitted that SMBv2 (Server Message Block version 2) could leave a system vulnerable to remote takeover.  Microsoft's fix for Vista, Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7?  Turn it off.

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Sharp Mebius NJ70A netbook gets second touchscreen mod [Video]

Sharp Mebius NJ70A netbook gets second touchscreen mod [Video]

We can't say we looked at the Sharp Mebius NJ70A netbook - with its nifty touchscreen trackpad - and thought "what this needs is a second touchscreen", but then we're not SKY at UMPC Fever.  After unboxing the N270-based netbook, he loaded up Windows 7 and then installed a touchscreen layer so as to use handwriting recognition direct onto the 10-inch display.

Video demo after the cut

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Windows 7 HDD and SSD performance benchmarked: whips Vista

Windows 7 HDD and SSD performance benchmarked: whips Vista

Benchmarking Windows 7's performance with various hard-drives and SSDs may not sound like much fun, but when you consider how many people will end up using the new OS once it officially launches you can at least see its uses.  HotHardware have been testing out Windows 7 and contrasting it with Vista's performance, and the good news is that the new platform bests its predecessor, particularly when it comes to SSDs.

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Acer Aspire One Pro 531 gets official: OS choice & optional SSD

Acer Aspire One Pro 531 gets official: OS choice & optional SSD

The rumored Acer Aspire One Pro 531 netbook has appeared on Acer Germany's website.  First tipped back in March, the Pro 531 has the same 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 display and choice of N270 or N280 Atom processors as the standard Aspire One 531 (aka A531) but adds a choice of OS, larger hard-drives or an optional SSD.

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Windows users will be allowed to downgrade to XP from Win7, skip Vista

Windows users will be allowed to downgrade to XP from Win7, skip Vista

I like Windows XP. It's a solid operating system, if a bit outdated. The Windows 7 Beta has been promising, and is a definite improvement in both speed and stability over Windows Vista. However, some people might not share my warm feelings towards Microsoft's latest OS, and would prefer that their new computers have XP preinstalled, or have the capability to install XP over Windows 7.  It has been confirmed that users can do this without having to deal with Vista at all.

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Vista Capable logo could result in class-action lawsuit

Vista Capable logo could result in class-action lawsuit

A while ago, Microsoft was under fire because of their Vista Capable logo. Several consumers felt the company mislead the public with the logo and attempted to sue them. And though that didn't work out, the case is gaining new life now that Judge Marsha Pechman is evaluating the case.

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