Microsoft Skips 9 and Goes Straight to Windows 10

September 30th, 2014 by Pamela Michael

As we mentioned earlier this month, it was rumored that today Microsoft would reveal a technology preview of Windows 9. Well, the wait is over and perhaps the most surprising thing about the new version is the name. Not Windows 9, or Threshold, but rather Windows 10. At a press conference today in San Francisco, Microsoft heavily targeted enterprise users as it touted a system that is “familiar, compatible, and productive.”

Follow This Link to The Verge for a more in-depth look at the functionality of the new OS by Tom Warren, or continue reading below.

 

MVI The VergeA closer look at Windows 10

By Tom Warren

Microsoft officially unveiled Windows 10 this morning, and the company is planning to distribute a Technical Preview of the new operating system tomorrow. At Microsoft’s event today there were a number of machines running the Windows 10 Technical Preview, and I got an opportunity to briefly explore the new OS. While Microsoft pushed hard with touch on Windows 8, Windows 10 is the complete opposite. If you mouse into the corners to find the tricky Charms Bar they no longer trigger and frustrate. Instead, you’re greeted with the familiar Windows desktop and Start Menu from the moment you use Windows 10. It’s Windows 7 right now and very early in its development, but it has some interesting improvements waiting inside. Read the rest of this entry »


Windows XP: A Post-mortem Examination

September 16th, 2014 by MVI Team

It’s been almost 5 months since Windows XP official support ended. While many have already migrated onto Windows 7 and Windows 8, there are still those who have remained on the 12-year old Operating System. For those who have made the decisions to stay with XP, it may be worth noting several risk factors surrounding that choice.

First and foremost, “End of Life” for an operating system (OS) means that the software manufacturer will no longer be releasing updates. Unfortunately for those still running Windows XP, this will include security updates. This means that, at the time of this article’s publication, the Windows XP OS has been vulnerable for almost 5 entire months. While some may argue that all exploits have been discovered at this point, that is not an entirely valid point. Read the rest of this entry »


Why Microsoft Feels Pressure to Release A Sequel to Windows 8

September 9th, 2014 by Pamela Michael

MVI Windows LogoAs we mentioned last week, the release of Windows 9 is just around the corner. Though the official word from Microsoft is that we can expect to see Windows 9 in early 2015, there are rumors swirling that we might get a technology preview yet this month. That’s just two years after the release of Windows 8 and great news for consumers, many of which found Windows 8 confusing and frustrating. But in addition to wanting to move past the negativity surrounding Windows 8, Microsoft has a few other important reasons to rush the release of Windows 9.

According to the lifecycle fact sheet on Microsoft’s site that lists official policies, October 31, 2014 has been named as the “end of sales” date for Windows 7 machines. Though it will continue to be supported until at least 2020, preinstalls of Windows 7 on new PCs will cease on this date.

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Technology Preview of Windows 9 Could Be Coming Yet This Month

September 2nd, 2014 by Pamela Michael

logo-concept-windows-9If the rumors are true, we could get our first official glimpse of Windows 9 sooner than expected. CNET reported last month that sources close to Microsoft say a “technology preview” is likely to come during a special press event scheduled for September 30.

Read on to learn more, or CLICK to view the original article by Lance Whitney.

 

Windows 8 might soon be replaced by Threshold

Lance Whitney/CNET

Microsoft’s Windows 9, the successor to the widely panned Windows 8, could be shown off at the end of next month, according to a new report.

Microsoft is planning to hold a special press event on September 30 to show off Windows 9, The Verge is reporting, citing people who claim to have knowledge of the company’s plans. The date is currently “tentative,” according to the report.

It’s not yet clear whether Windows 9 will actually be known as Windows 9. The operating system is currently code-named Windows Threshold, though it’s highly likely that Microsoft will keep its numbering scheme with the next platform.

Last week, CNET sister site ZDNet reported that Microsoft is planning to launch a “technology preview” of Threshold at the end of September or early October. The report from Mary Jo Foley indicated that users would be able to try out the operating system, but would need to have software updates automatically downloaded to the platform each month.

Whenever Threshold makes an appearance, it’s expected to come with a wide range of improvements, including a “mini” Smart Menu, separate windows for Metro-style applications running on the desktop, and support for virtual desktops.

According to The Verge’s sources, Microsoft will be showcasing some of those improvements and new features at the event on September 30. The operating system should launch as a beta preview soon thereafter.

In a statement to CNET, Microsoft was succinct in its response to the news, saying only that it has “nothing to share” at this point.