Posts in Operating Systems

Windows 10 – rough around the edges but the future looks bright!

// July 29th, 2015 // No Comments » // Operating Systems

Gotta give props to Microsoft – they did well with Windows 10 both in terms of the design and implementation of the OS and especially the unique rollout via Windows update. I’s obvious that Win10 is going to be a spectacular OS in the future. Why are my comments so forward looking? Because Windows 10, […]

Windows Blue to be introduced as Windows 8.1

// May 14th, 2013 // No Comments » // Operating Systems

It’s official.  Windows Blue, the upcoming update to Windows 8 that addresses at least some of the many complaints user have about the new OS, has been christened Windows 8.1.  The upgrade will be free to Windows 8 users and made available from the Home screen when it launches later in the year.  The update […]

Long live the X Window display server! Except on Ubuntu Linux where it is being tossed out and replaced…

// March 7th, 2013 // No Comments » // Operating Systems

After three decades of life, Unix’s X Window display server is showing its age and Ubuntu Linux creators have decided enough is enough. In order to power the Unity user interface in Ubuntu on tablets and phones, Canonical says that the 1980’s-era X Windows display server has to go and in its place we will […]

It only took 20 years but Microsoft has recognized Steven Sinofsky was not a “team player” – Windows President exits Microsoft

// November 13th, 2012 // No Comments » // Operating Systems

In a move strikingly similar to Apple’s recent departure of Scott Forstall, Steven Sinofsky, President of Windows and Windows Live Division, is leaving Microsoft reportedly for “his failure to be a team player”. The “ousting” (the company says the departure was mutual but the abruptness of the announcement might suggests otherwise) comes after the release […]

Yes, there are at least five ways Windows 8 beats Apple’s iOS

// October 18th, 2012 // No Comments » // Operating Systems

PC World posted a list of five ways Windows 8 beats iOS and it is a pretty interesting eye-opener. The article was written by a long-term iPad user who has since moved to Windows 8 and lists not only features present in Windows 8 (and lacking in iOS) but discusses design considerations and why the […]

Russian antivirus vendor, Kaspersky Labs, confirms development of ultra-secure industrial control system OS

// October 17th, 2012 // No Comments » // Operating Systems

Russian antivirus vendor, Kaspersky Labs, has announced their intent to develop a secure operating system for industrial control systems (ICS), which have been recent targets of hackers and nation-state sponsored cyberattacks. They note that recent attacks against hardware control systems for utilities and industrial equipment has increased during the past decade and as such, they […]

Huge Windows 8 cumulative update rolls out prior to SP1 – promises performance improvements

// October 9th, 2012 // No Comments » // Operating Systems

Microsoft is rolling out a cumulative update today ahead of an official service pack for Windows 8. The update includes power and performance improvements as well as some driver fixes and updates to some core Windows 8 applications. It is unusual for Microsoft to roll out cumulative patches (other than service packs) but with Windows […]

Microsoft releases Windows Server 2012

// September 4th, 2012 // No Comments » // Operating Systems

Hot on the heels of the Windows 8 release, Microsoft today released Windows Server 2012.  As Microsoft put it, “Windows Server 2012 was written from the cloud, up” implying the heavy cloud hooks programmed into the OS.  This is to be expected as we saw Microsoft combine their Windows Azure and Windows Server teams back […]