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Microsoft’s secret OS tinkering might spawn an open-source language

Microsoft’s secret OS tinkering might spawn an open-source language

Microsoft's clandestine Midori, a skunkworks project developing a non-Windows OS, could spawn a new open-source programming language called "M#" insiders claim, a spin-off of existing C#. Chatter of the scheme came after one Midori team member publicly confirmed a new language was in development; that, sources told ZDNet, is M# (aka "M-Sharp"), developed alongside Midori, and is being seen as potentially even more evidence that the mysterious platform will see a launch.

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OPPO N1 with pre-installed CyanogenMod ships Christmas Eve [UPDATE]

OPPO N1 with pre-installed CyanogenMod ships Christmas Eve [UPDATE]

Google this week approved CyanogenMod's operating system for pre-installation on the OPPO N1 smartphone, a CyanogenMod developer announced yesterday. The CM operating system is an open source project that changes Google's Android OS in a wide variety of ways. The OPPO N1 will be the first major handset to ship with a CM pre-installation option. [UPDATE: CM has released a demo video of its OS running on the N1; read on and click play when you get there!]

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Windows 7 OEM sales end date redacted by Microsoft

Windows 7 OEM sales end date redacted by Microsoft

Earlier this month, Microsoft's operating system lifecycle chart was given an update with little (read: no) fanfare. With the update came two dates, one showing the end of retail sales for Windows 7, and one showing the end of OEM sales for the same aged OS. The revelation sparked grumbles and whatnot, but as it turns out, only half of the lifecycle chart was correct.

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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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Android 4.4 KitKat guide to what’s new: SlashGear 101

Android 4.4 KitKat guide to what’s new: SlashGear 101

The newest version of Google's mobile operating system is on the way to devices of all kinds in the very near future, bringing a load of updates for the back end as well as the front in Android 4.4 KitKat. This version of the software brings changes first to the Google Nexus 5, made by LG. This device has a 5-inch display with 1080p resolution and is the headliner device for this OS.

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Apple confirms future versions of OS X will also be free

Apple confirms future versions of OS X will also be free

This week the folks at Apple have released information on their fourth fiscal quarter's earnings alongside comments on their future plans. This Q4 2013 has played host to comments on the biggest 4th quarter for iPhone, notes on future product categories, and word that future versions of software - including OS X - will be free as well. OS X Mavericks was introduced as a free software upgrade earlier this month, and this morning Apple's own CFO Peter Oppenheimer suggested that future versions of the operating system would be free as well.

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Linux powers upcoming Navy ship USS Zumwalt’s data centers

Linux powers upcoming Navy ship USS Zumwalt’s data centers

The Navy's USS Zumwalt is a massive ship set to hit the water later on this year, doing so with $3.5 billion in costs and some lofty goals. Under the command of Captain James Kirk -- yes, you read that correctly -- the ship will be home to a large data center powered by a variety of Linux distros and custom software composing a system that is still being tested.

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Firefox OS update 1.1 brings MMS, browser downloads, performance boost

Firefox OS update 1.1 brings MMS, browser downloads, performance boost

Mozilla is pushing out an update for its Firefox OS users, with version 1.1 bringing a host of new features, some improvements and enhancements, and additional language support. The company says both developer phones and users will be seeing the update become available soon, so those who aren't seeing it yet will have to wait a bit longer.

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Windows 7 market share growth sees first outpacing of Windows 8

Windows 7 market share growth sees first outpacing of Windows 8

In June, Microsoft saw Windows 8 market share overtake Vista, at the time laying claim to 5.1-percent among every desktop OS in June 2013, trumping Vista's 4.62-percent for the same month. The newest Windows edition still fell behind Windows 7 and XP, however, and now the numbers are heading in the wrong direction, depending on your perspective, with Windows 7 market share growth outpacing Windows 8 for the first time.

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Steam Machines: in 2014, Valve outmodes Xbox One and PS4

Steam Machines: in 2014, Valve outmodes Xbox One and PS4

SteamOS is on the horizon - an operating system based in Linux made to run on a variety of devices called Steam Machines. The gaming company known as Valve suggests that their Steam Machines will become "a powerful new category of living-room hardware", having been created by a wide variety of manufacturers and working with unique hardware made for all manner of prospective gamers. At the base is the Valve prototype - a Steam Machine optimized for the living room, for gaming, and for Steam.

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Here’s how SteamOS destroys Microsoft

Here’s how SteamOS destroys Microsoft

This week the gaming-centric company known as Valve has announced plans to release SteamOS, a living room-aimed operating system that will be free to download and free to license. This operating system is based on Linux architecture - similar to how Android is a Linux-based OS - and the company intends on expanding well beyond the confines of their current video games-based model with TV, movies, and music. Is Microsoft too big to fail? We're about to find out.

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SteamOS revealed: Valve head to living room machines with Linux base

SteamOS revealed: Valve head to living room machines with Linux base

It would appear that Valve is opening the doors to the living room experience for Steam with a new operating system they're simply calling SteamOS. This operating system is based in Linux and will be "downloadable soon" and "free forever", just as the Steam client for Windows, Mac, and Linux machines is now. This operating system will be "designed for the TV and the living room" and will take full advantage of the Steam ecosystem already in place.

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