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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 Mobile 6.5 Launching In October
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Microsoft said today that phones loaded with the latest version of Windows Mobile, version 6.5, will launch globally October 6.

"A Windows phone gives people a single phone that works for their whole life, keeping them connected to the people and information they care most about by harnessing the power of the PC, phone and Web," said Todd Peters, corporate vice president of the Mobile Communications Marketing Group at Microsoft.

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.

Microsoft Names New President Of Windows Division

Steven Sinofsky is supposed to be very good at his job, and we’re sure his promotion wasn’t made in response to Google’s operating system-related announcement.  But in a move that speaks to Microsoft’s confidence in Windows 7, Sinofsky, who contributed to the project, has been made president of the Windows Division.

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.

Google’s Chrome Untouchable At Security Conference
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For the longest time in hacker folklore Internet Explorer and Microsoft Windows were the key targets and most exploitable while Macintosh and Safari were virtually ignored. But times they are a-changin’, roles are reversing, and Google’s Chrome comes out as a dark horse.

Google Mobile App Now Available On Windows Mobile
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Google has introduced its Google Mobile App for Windows Mobile smartphone users.

The app is currently available on a number of mobile platforms including the iPhone, BlackBerry and iPod Touch.

Google says its mobile app will allow users to conduct faster searches on their Windows Mobile device.

Skype Launches 4.0 For Windows
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Skype has launched version 4.0 for Windows that now includes full-screen video calling and improved call quality.

"Video calling has emerged as a very popular way for people to communicate online," said Mike Bartlett, director of product strategy for Skype.

Does Microsoft Want to Take Your Whole PC to the Cloud?
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Microsoft has filed a patent for a "Metered Pay-As-You-Go Computing Experience." The exact words of the filing’s abstract are as follows:

Microsoft’s Windows Live Social Network

I got my first invitation today to join a "network" on Microsoft’s new "Windows Live" social network. Here are some of my rough initial thoughts.

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.

One Laptop Per Child Project Visit

Lots of you heard a lot of hoopla about the OLPC project (er, One Laptop Per Child). This is a strange little machine that’s aimed at bringing computing to kids around the world. It’s been a while since I heard anything about it, other than they had started shipping with both Linux and Windows, which shocked a few people in the community who saw that as something negative.

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.

Microsoft Seinfeld Ad Not Exactly a Hit
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The first of those Jerry Seinfeld/Bill Gates Microsoft commercials has made its way into the public eye – an eye that most wish had remained closed. Microsoft’s attempt to bring some humor into their advertising campaign, and presumably to outdo the Justin Long Mac commercials, has been met with an overwhelming amount of criticism.

Microsoft Looks to Seinfeld for Advertising Edge
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Microsoft has been looking for a new angle for its advertising campaigns, and may have found a good one. The company has reached a $10 million deal with comedian Jerry Seinfeld to appear in its next slew of commercials.

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.

Windows Fiji Is In Beta

It’s been revealed by unamed sources that Beta testing of Windows Fiji, the next version of Windows Media Center Edition, has been underway for a few weeks now.

Ballmer: Vista A Work In Progress
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Microsoft’s CEO admits what thousands of techies have thought of the company for years: they toss stuff into the user community and need a couple of additional releases to make it work.

Gartner Analysts Share Bleak Outlook On Vista
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Vista is crap, according to a number of users; Google gives over 20,000 results for that exact phrase.  And thanks to Vista, two Gartner analysts have gone so far as to say that Windows is collapsing.

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