Apple is a company that likes to control the experience of its customers. It likes to craft its products from top to bottom, both in hardware and software.
Ever since Apple went with Intel processors, the hardware differences between Macs and PCs became minimal. The software that runs on the hardware, however, remains very different mostly due to Mac OS X.
Windows 7 is out today! Huzzah! But wait; if you're still rocking Windows XP, you might want to think twice before upgrading. Here are some reasons to stick with an old OS.
1. Updating will be a huge pain
You do realize that you can't just pop in the disc and install the OS, right? Coming from XP, you're going to need to backup all of your data, format your hard drive, install a clean version of Windows 7, and then start from scratch, reinstalling all of your old programs—and that's assuming Old Faithful even meets the system requirements. Sounds delightful!
2. Software investment
If you didn’t know that Windows 7 was released yesterday, I’m glad to see that you have finally awakened from that coma. The Microsoft marketing machine has been in full gear leading up to the launch date, and the internet was abuzz with all sorts of news surrounding launch events. The Japanese chain of Burger King’s decided to get in on the action as well. The Windows 7 Whopper burger is stacked with 7 beef patties and a sprinkling of vegetation, and puts any other burger offering to shame, towering over them at 5” tall. The heart stopping delight costs 777 yen, which is about R65. A rather contradictory product tie-in, considering that Windows 7 is supposed to be less bloated, and this burger will no doubt induce the meat sweats. Of course, as with all Microsoft related products, one should read the fine print. The burger is only sold at 777 yen to the first 30 customers. After that, it goes for R120. No prizes for guessing how long the promo burger will be available, but suffice to say, you better get to Japan within the next 6 days if you want to wrap your chops around this Whopper.
While Futuremark is busy with its Shattered Horizon game, Unigine has come forward and released the first ever DirectX 11 benchmark, dubbed Heaven.
In addition to DirectX 11 support, the Unigine engine also supports DirectX 9, DirectX 10, OpenGL as well as ATI's Eyefinity multi-monitor feature. In order to fully utilize ATI's HD 5000 series, the new Unigine benchmark uses tessellation technology, advanced SSAO (screen-space ambient occlusion), dynamic sky with light scattering, volumetric clouds that are rendered by a physically accurate algorithm and interactive experience with fly/walk-through mode as well as the benchmark mode.
Mozilla's Thunderbird team has been working on software called Raindrop that aims to unify communications channels such as e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter into a single interface with enough built-in smarts to separate the important messages from the routine. "E-mail used to house the bulk of the conversations that took place on the internet, but that's no longer the case today.
Microsoft today launched a promotion that discounts Windows 7 upgrades as much as 58% when customers also buy a new Windows 7 PC. The deal, which was available Thursday from the likes of Amazon.com and Staples, applies when consumers purchase a new computer equipped with Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate.
Staples, for instance, will sell a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade for $49.99, a 58% savings compared to the $119.99 list price, when buyers also purchase a new Windows 7 PC. Amazon, on the other hand, dropped the price of Home Premium Upgrade to $59.95, a savings of $60, or 50%. Under the promotion, Amazon also cut the price of Professional Upgrade to $115.99, an $85 savings (42% off) and Ultimate Upgrade to $139.99, an $80 savings (36% off) when customers ordered a new Windows 7 notebook or desktop at the same time.
SINGAPORE--Businesses will be compelled to upgrade to Windows 7 because of the void left in the Windows operating system market by predecessor Vista, according to a Microsoft executive.
Andrew Pickup, Microsoft's Asia-Pacific general manager of marketing and business operations, admitted in an interview with ZDNet Asia Thursday that the lack of Vista deployments, coupled with the end of mainstream XP support in April this year, has left the market with "unsated demand" for the next version of Windows.
All hail the new ATI Catalyst™ 9.10 Display Driver. Enjoy ;)
Resolved Issues for All Windows Operating Systems:
Software Suite for Windows. These include:
- The video preview in Avivo™ Video - Basic Quality page in Catalyst Control Center no longer flickers while playing SD/HD Blu-ray titles
- Underscan/Overscan settings for TV can now be applied from the Catalyst Control Center - TV Properties Adjustments page
- The display mode page will now refresh properly when selecting another display from drop down menu in Catalyst Control Center with two displays connected in extended mode
Steve Ballmer unveils Windows 7 live from New York City on Oct. 22, 8 a.m. PDT/11:00 a.m. EDT
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