Free Newsletters - Space News - Defense Alert - Environment Report - Energy Monitor
. Space Industry and Business News .




TECH SPACE
Microsoft sets October release for Windows 8
by Staff Writers
San Francisco (AFP) July 9, 2012


Microsoft's next-generation operating system will be available in October as the software giant strives to stay relevant in a blossoming mobile era centered on tablets and smartphones.

"This will be the biggest product and services launch year in our company's history," Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said at an annual gathering of gadget makers and other partners in the Canada city of Toronto.

The new Windows 8 operating system will be available in August for computer, tablet or smartphone makers to build into hardware, according to Microsoft.

Windows software designed to power the range of Internet-connected devices popular in modern lifestyles will be available to consumers as an update beginning in late October, the technology firm announced.

Microsoft reported that it has sold more than 630 million licenses of Windows 7, and that the software powers the majority of business desktop computers.

Windows 7 went public in October 2009.

Communications manager Brandon LeBlanc said Windows 8 will be available in 109 languages across 231 markets worldwide.

It "is simply the biggest deal for this company in at least 17 years," Ballmer told the gathering at the annual Worldwide Partner Conference, referring to the time since the launch of the game-changing Windows 95 operating system.

"It's the glue; it's the foundation of everything Microsoft is built on."

The latest version of the operating system that is the norm for personal computers will also be used on many smartphones and tablet computers, including Microsoft's own Surface tablet to be launched this year.

The Redmond, Washington-based firm has gone on record stating that Surface tablets would hit the market when the Windows 8 operating system became publicly available.

Windows 8 allows users readily to store and share personal data among various devices under the "SkyDrive" cloud computing service.

Rivals Apple and Google offer such services, which let people store digital data on servers in the Internet "cloud" and access files from devices of their choosing.

The new Microsoft system will support a wider range of devices, including touch- and stylus-based smartphones and tablet PCs as well as desktop and laptop machines.

Versions of Windows 8 have been tailored for chips used to power various mobile devices.

The software giant has been trying to expand its presence in the booming market for smartphones and tablets, which is currently dominated by Apple and Google.

Microsoft said separately it would release a new version of its popular Office software suite called Office 365 Open, which allows its partners to resell.

Microsoft also said it would acquire Perceptive Pixel, which makes large-scale, multi-touch displays.

The company makes what it calls "the world's largest projected capacitive, optically bonded multi-touch display," which is 82 inches (two meters) in size.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

.


Related Links
Space Technology News - Applications and Research






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





TECH SPACE
Phone app allows US users to film police activity
New York (AFP) July 6, 2012
A US civil rights advocacy group has launched a free mobile phone application that allows users to record police activity discreetly, saying it will help boost police force accountability. The New Jersey branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) explains that "Police Tape," available to the public since Tuesday, "allows people to securely and discreetly record and store interaction ... read more


TECH SPACE
Microsoft sets October release for Windows 8

Recognizing Telstar and the Birth of Global Communications

US court lifts Samsung phone ban, keeps tablet block

Lockheed Martin Skunk Works Receives DARPA ALASA Contract Award

TECH SPACE
Lockheed Martin Selected to Manage Major Defense Information Systems Network Operations

Lockheed Martin Selected to Deliver Major Improvements to DoD's ISR Information Sharing Capabilities

Boeing FAB-T Demonstrates Communications with On-orbit AEHF Satellite

Lockheed Martin Completes Environmental Testing on Second US Navy Satellite

TECH SPACE
Ariane 5 ECA orbits EchoStar XVII and MSG-3

ATK Unveils Unique Liberty Capability

Avanti Announces Launch Date for HYLAS 2 Satellite

Three Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne RS-68A Engines Power Delta IV Heavy Upgrade Vehicle on Inaugural Flight

TECH SPACE
Announcement of ACRIDS product line for Precision Airdrop Systems

SSTL announces exactView-1 satellite launch date

Galileo pathfinder GIOVE-A retires

ESA extends its navigation lab in readiness for Galileo testing

TECH SPACE
Brazil jet bid extended 6 months

Boeing predicts $4.5 trillion market for 34,000 new airplanes

Poland orders more C295s, produces helos

EADS Group To Present New Technologies At Farnborough Airshow 2012

TECH SPACE
Japan's Renesas eyes $550 mn savings, cutting 5,000 jobs

Discovery of material with amazing properties

Micron to buy troubled Japan chip-maker Elpida

Rewriting quantum chips with a beam of light

TECH SPACE
Satellite research reveals smaller volcanoes could cool climate

NASA Satellites Examine a Powerful Summer Storm

ESA-China collaboration takes Earth observation to new heights

Bottleneck off the Orkney Islands

TECH SPACE
Chinese factories shut amid lead poisoning fears

Nitrogen pollution changing Rocky Mountain National Park vegetation

Plastic pollution reaching surprising levels off coast of Pacific Northwest

Novel clay-based coating may point the way to new generation of green flame retardants




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement