Operating Systems Articles

Samsung Reportedly Dropping Symbian Support By End of the Year

Samsung is reportedly dropping support for the Symbian operating system. According to Engadget, the company sent an email to Symbian developers saying they are closing its Symbian forum and removing all Symbian content before the year is over. 

While perhaps not entirely unexpected, as Engadget points out Samsung hinted at such a move last year, it is interesting timing. Symbian has recently revamped its OS. 

Why Nokia’s New Smartphones Mean Good Things for Marketers

As reported earlier, Nokia has announced a new family of smartphones powered by the Symbian platform. The Nokia E7, C7 and C6 join the previously announced N8. 

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Reveals New Mobile OS Plans
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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer reportedly revealed by video this afternoon that a new mobile operating system for enterprise devices, as well as an enterprise version of Windows Phone 7 will be available in the near future.

How Relevant Are Homepages to the Web’s Future?
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Update: Yahoo tells WebProNews the video (embedded below) " highlights the philosophy & possible creative for Yahoo!’s campaign." So while it may be on the web, I guess it won’t necessarily be the approach for TV. In other words, it sounds like they’re just considering this approach.

Google Finally Shows Off Chrome OS
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Everybody has been waiting to see a glimpse of Google’s upcoming Chrome OS – that is Google’s new operating system. Those who attended an event at the company’s headquarters today had a chance to view a demo in person, and many more details than previously available are now out on the OS.

Google has now opened up the code for Chrome OS, so developers can get in there and see what it’s really all about. For all of the non-developer types, Google has provided the following short video, which sums up what Chrome OS is as a concept.

Google to Show Off Chrome OS This Week
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Update: According to TechCrunch, Google will be holding a special Chrome OS event on Thursday morning, where they will show off demos and give an overview of the product, now said to be launching next year.

Microsoft Wants You To Bing Up Your Windows 7
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Microsoft unleashed Windows 7 onto the public today, and the company’s Bing team has released some downloadable wallpaper things for the operating system. The themes are based on the images that the search engine uses on its homepage.

What People Are Saying About Microsoft Windows 7
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Machines with Microsoft’s Windows 7 went on sale today. Unsurprisingly, it is one of the hottest topics on the web. Everybody’s talking about it on Twitter. Everybody’s searching for it. Microsoft and Windows queries are all over Google’s Hot Trends list. Everybody wants to know more about Windows 7.

Well, let’s look at what people are saying about it. Here’s a sample from the Twitterverse:

Symantec Urges Windows Users to Patch Systems

Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday for this week has been the largest ever from the company. 13 security bulletins addressing 34 vulnerabilities were released. 22 of these vulnerabilities were considered critical. Microsoft has never addressed so many in a single month. The previous record, set in June, was only 31.

Included in the most recent Patch Tuesday, were patches for two vulnerabilities previously made public: one in Server Message Block Version 2 (SMBv2) and the other in Internet Information Services.

Windows 7 Hits Manufacturing
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Microsoft has announced the release (to manufacturing) of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, the next versions of its desktop and server operating systems.

"With the completion of this development phase, industry partners are readying products in time for the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 worldwide general launches," the company said in a statement.

Will Google Chrome OS Challenge Windows?
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Google has announced that it is working on an operating system based on Google Chrome (their browser). The company says the project is an attempt to "re-think what operating systems should be."

The OS-in-progress is simply called Google Chrome OS,  it is open source, and it will initially be aimed at netbooks. The announcement came on the same day that Google dropped the "beta" tag from Google Apps.

Gamers Sticking With XP, Searching For Wii
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Go to a retailer like Target early some morning, and you’ll likely find a group of non-employees waiting to be let in.  When the doors open, a race to the electronics department ensues, and the cashiers get busy.  So since gamers are so willing to spend money, two new reports take a look at where their interests lie.

Microsoft’s Next OS a Nod to the Stratosphere?

Kit Ong at Geeks With Blogs discovered something interesting today that has speculation flying all over the place. First of all, there has been talk of a Windows "Cloud" operating system for some time now, which is what makes this find particularly interesting.

Does Microsoft Have Walls After All?
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Microsoft is just not having much luck with the publicity of their latest $300 million ad campaign. I’m sure you are well aware of the Seinfeld fiasco. In case you’re not, Microsoft kicked off this huge campaign with a pair of long and drawn out ads featuring Bill Gates and comedian Jerry Seinfeld.

Suit Against Apple Could Be Huge For OS Future
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PsystarA little known electronics company called Psystar plans to make big waves and perhaps even operating system history as it prepares to counter-sue Apple. Originally sued for violating the terms of Apple’s Leopard OS licensing agreement, the company is firing back with an antitrust argument.

Windows and Linux Renew Their Vows
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Remember back in 2006 when Microsoft and Novell announced a partnership to bring Microsoft and Linux together in the workplace?

Hard Times For Vista
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In an earlier article about Apple’s domination of the American Customer Service Index (ACSI), it was touched upon that the overall dissatisfaction with Windows Vista may have been a key factor in propelling Apple up the charts.

I have not seen a Taiwanese equivalent to the ACSI, but it is pretty evident that some people in Taiwan aren’t real fond of Vista either.

Microsoft Employee Blogs Windows Seven Details

Windows Seven is the first version of Windows being produced under an attempted veil of secrecy, which makes any information about it extremely hard to come by.

Helping us get even the barest of morsels is Shipping Seven, a new blog by a secret Microsoft employee, who won’t reveal his name or any major unannounced information (fearful of The Wrath of Sinofsky), but will give us a peek into the innerworkings of Microsoft’s most important project.

Microsoft Sued Over “Vista Capable” Campaign

Late last year, Microsoft followed up the disappointing news of its delay in shipping Windows Vista to consumers by offering upgrade kits to new PC buys with the assurance that their machine would be fully capable of running the operating system once it was released. According to a woman who has filed suit against the company, that marketing message wasn’t entirely accurate.

Dell Rolls Out Linux Initiatives

For the past month, fans of the open source Linux operating system have been holding on to hope that Dell was serious about its intentions of packaging the OS with new systems and providing user support. Today, Linux enthusiasts received the happy news they have all been waiting for.

Linux Option for Dell PCs?

Reports have surfaced throughout the blogosphere that Dell may be considering offering its customers the choice of a preinstalled Linux distribution when purchasing new PCs from the company.

The speculation stems from Dell’s IdeaStorm website, where the discussion surrounding the possibility of Linux distribution and support is currently dominating the community consciousness.