7/21/2013

Android is now a bigger platform than Windows

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft’s “Windows monopoly” hasn’t been so much destroyed as rendered irrelevant. Thanks to the explosion of Internet-based cloud computing and smartphones, tablets, and other mobile gadgets, the once all-powerful platform of the desktop operating system has now been reduced to little more than a device driver. As long as your gadget can connect to the Internet and run some apps, it doesn’t matter what operating system you use.

Three charts really bring home the challenges that Microsoft and other PC-powered giants like Intel, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard face in adapting to this new Internet-driven world.

First, look at global device shipments. For the two decades through 2005, the personal computer was the only game in town, selling about 200 million units a year. But then smartphones and tablets came along. And now they dwarf the PC market.

This shift in personal computing device adoption, meanwhile, has radically diminished the power of the Windows operating system platform. As recently as three years ago, Microsoft’s Windows was still totally dominant — the platform ran 70% of personal computing devices.

Now, thanks to the rise of Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS, Windows’ global share has been cut in half, to about 30%. More remarkably, Android is now a bigger platform than Windows.

4/17/2013

Tip: How to remove / disable metro UI windows 8

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

For those of you who installed Windows 8 and don’t like the new Metro UI there is a simple way to revert back to the old familiar look of Windows 7. Here is how you do it:

Open the Regedit by typing regedit or by pressing the Windows Key + R combination and type regedit and click OK.
Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
Find the key RPenabled and change the value from 1 to 0.

4/9/2013

Microsoft: Google unfairly using Android to promote Google’s products

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

About a decade ago, if we were to tell you that Microsoft is part of a group who is filing a complaint against another software giant who they feel is unfairly using its own software to promote it’s own products, you would have thought we were crazy. But that is exactly what is happening today in the EU as Microsoft, Nokia, and a few other companies are accusing Google of unfairly using its own Android software to promote Google’s products and services.

Sound familiar? It should, it’s a similar complaint that Microsoft faced many years ago that resulted in the browser ballot that you see today and also the N versions of the Windows platforms in Europe. The NYTimes is citing a lawyer for Fairsearch, Thomas Vinje, who filed the complaint, that represents these large corporations by stating that Android software is “a deceptive way to build advantages for key Google apps in 70 percent of the smartphones shipped today”.

This is kind of typical to large companies, if they can’t compete they try to buy you, if they can buy you they’ll sue you. Microsoft and Nokia don’t believe Windows 8 can compete with Android and gain market share, the same way Android competes with iOS and eventually won ?

2/16/2013

Microsoft warns of Windows 7 RTM’s loss of support

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Windows 7 users will have install Service Pack 1 if they want to continue to receive security fixes and other support beyond April 9th.

With the release of a Service Pack, Microsoft’s policy is to support the old version for two years. Windows 7 Service Pack 1 was released on 22nd February, 2011, so the phasing out of support is happening more or less on schedule.

7/28/2012

LinkedIn Microsoft Office Integration

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

LinkedIn announced on its blog this evening that Microsoft will support integration with the social network in the upcoming version of Office.

Users will be able to log in with their LinkedIn credentials in Outlook and see profile information like photos and status updates for anyone who emails them. LinkedIn data will also be added to contact cards in Outlook.

9/18/2011

Internet Explorer 10 Metro will not support Flash

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Windows 8 will have two versions of Internet Explorer 10: a conventional browser that lives on the legacy desktop, and a new Metro-style, touch-friendly browser that lives in the Metro world. The second of these, the Metro browser, will not support any plugins. Whether Flash, Silverlight, or some custom business app, sites that need plugins will only be accessible in the non-touch, desktop-based browser.

Should one ever come across a page that needs a plugin, the Metro browser has a button to go to that page within the desktop browser. This yanks you out of the Metro experience and places you on the traditional desktop.

The rationale is a familiar one: plugin-based content shortens battery life, and comes with security, reliability, and privacy problems. Sites that currently depend on the capabilities provided by Flash or Silverlight should switch to HTML5.

8/4/2011

Google Threw A Punch, Microsoft Fires Back With A Missile | LinkedIn

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Earlier today, Google came out swinging. Seemingly sick of being continuously slapped in the face by the patent issue, Google’s SVP and Chief Legal Officer, David Drummond, wrote a blog post calling out several of Google’s rivals for attempting to use “bogus patents” to destroy Android. Chief among the rivals called out was Microsoft. Drummond noted that the software giant had been getting in bed with other rivals to hurt Google.

Among the accusations was that Microsoft teamed up with Apple to buy Novell’s old patents, implying that they did so in order to keep them away from Google.

Microsoft didn’t take too kindly to that remark.

“Google says we bought Novell patents to keep them from Google. Really? We asked them to bid jointly with us. They said no,” Brad Smith, Microsoft General Counsel tweeted out in response.

6/7/2011

Microsoft To End Support For Windows Vista SP1

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft support for Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) will end on July 12, 2011. From that date onward, Microsoft will no longer provide support or free security updates for Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1).

Windows Vista Authorized Replication Ends October 11, 2011
This date is two years after the General Availability (GA) of Windows 7. Going forward all Windows products will follow a standardized End of Sales schedule which sets the End of Sales date for the previous Windows version at the start of the General Availability (GA) of the new Windows version. Once the new Windows Operating System (OS) reaches the set GA date, the previous version will remain available for two years after this date.

5/30/2011

Microsoft gets $5 for every Android phone made by HTC

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft Corp. receives $5 for every Android phone made by Taiwan-based HTC Corp., according to a Citigroup report on Microsoft.

The report released Friday said that Microsoft gets the money as part of a patent dispute settlement with HTC, which manufactures smartphones and tablets powered by Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows operating systems.

The Redmond, Wash.-based tech giant is also seeking to sue other Android phone makers, the report says, and is aiming for “a $7.50 to $12.50 per unit license to settle alleged infringement of Microsoft patents.”

5/11/2011

Microsoft to buy Skype for $8.5 billion

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

It could be the most expensive call Microsoft Corp. has ever made.

In acquiring Internet phone service Skype for $8.5 billion, the technology giant is seeking new ways to make money as its core computer software business faces a growing threat from a new generation of powerful mobile devices.

But some analysts believe the Skype deal, Microsoft’s largest ever, could become a multibillion-dollar dud, as it once was for EBay Inc. The online auction site acquired Skype for $3.1 billion in 2005 but then sold most of its stake in the phone service after failing to wring a profit from it.

4/3/2011

Bring Back The Stop Button !!!

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

It started with Chrome browser. Google decided that the stop button is not important enough to have its own space on the browser toolbar. I guess the 16 pixel button takes too much space that Google merged it with the refresh button as a toggle button.

Now Firefox 4 also copied this poor design and eliminated the stop button.

As part of my job I sometimes need to do some web development or debug an html page. Today I has such case where I had to look at an HTML page that has an automatic refresh/redirect code in the page after few seconds. I use Firefox browser for years now and all I had to do for this kind of pages to stop the refresh is to press the stop button. However since I recently upgraded to Firefox 4 I found this task impossible because the refresh button toggle to the stop button for a split second before the page actually refreshed itself.

Chrome browser was not different, I could not stop the page from refreshing. All angry and upset I was thinking to myself, well probably IE9 (which I also recently installed) that looks like Chrome too, was no different, however I tried that too, and kudos to Microsoft, the product designer did leave the stop button on the tool bar and I was able to finally stop the page from reloading itself.

While I don’t use IE9 as my default browser I finally found a good use for it. It is no doubt that Microsoft products have best user interface designers and this is no exception.

I call to Mozilla and Google to please BRING BACK THE STOP BUTTON, I’m sure that many users will be happy to scarify a whole 10-16 pixels from the toolbar to have this button back.

3/15/2011

Microsoft releases internet explorer 9

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft has released its Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) web browser, saying that it “unleashes a more beautiful web”.

Microsoft has been publicly testing IE9 beta releases for some time and revealed that over 40 million people had downloaded the betas. The Vole has been aggressively promoting a number of IE9 features, with the highlight being HTML5 hardware acceleration.

This has led Microsoft to come out with unsubstantiated hyperbole such as “IE9 harnesses the power of the graphics processing unit (GPU), unlocking 90 per cent of the PC’s power that went previously untapped by web browsers.” Admittedly GPU acceleration for both HTML5 and Adobe’s Flash Player will help performance, but it should also improve battery life on laptops.

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