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Microsoft has evolved Windows over the years, to the point where Windows 8.1 is all but unrecognizable to its older operating systems - like Windows 95/98. Of course, time goes by, and we can't expect Microsoft to stay in the dark ages, while everyone wants something better. Well, Windows 8 ushered in a touchscreen interface for Microsoft, something that most people don't like because, well, they don't own a touchscreen. Sure, it's great for tablets and touch-enabled PCs, but not for normal desktop users, like myself.
There's some concept art that users have made for Windows 9, that address some of these problems that Windows 8 ushered in. The Windows 9 concepts all use a Start button, something that was complained about so much with Windows 8, that Microsoft was forced to provide a Start button in Windows 8.1. They look absolutely gorgeous, but I know Microsoft won't go in this direction, unfortunately.
I wish they would offer us a touch-enabled UI (that we see in Windows 8) but with a professional/desktop-based UI, as we see in these concept pieces. This would help Microsoft gain some of those lost customers back, and it would help the company get people to upgrade from Windows 7, instead of not providing anything to the user as an incentive to upgrade.
If you're rocking a Nexus 4 smartphone, or Nexus 7 tablet (in either the 2012 or 2013 edition) then you'll be happy to know that Google is pushing out Android 4.4 KitKat factory images.
This is great, because some of the Nexus 7 versions aren't receiving their over-the-air (OTA) updates, but now any Nexus 4 or Nexus 7 owner can download it and apply them. I've been using Android 4.4 KitKat on my Nexus 5 for the last few days, and I'm coming to really enjoy the changes that Google has pushed onto the platform.
Windows Vista has come and gone, Windows 7 is still here, but even that has been replaced with Windows 8 and now we have Windows 8.1. But, there are plenty of people still on the ageing Windows XP, and this has to stop.
Director of Trustworthy Computing at Microsoft, Tim Rains, has reminded people that the company will no longer provide support for Windows XP once it strikes midnight on April 8, 2014. This will end security updates for Windows XP, which will leave it more vulnerable to malware. The company stopped supporting Windows XP Service Pack 2, and within two years "its malware infection rate was 66 percent higher than Windows XP Service Pack 3."
We should expect similar numbers for malware in Windows XP SP3, so you might want to upgrade, especially when the malware infection rate of Windows 8.1 is around six times smaller.
Android 4.4 KitKat may have just been announced, but the more delicious sounding Jelly Bean (Android 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3) on more than 50% of devices. Just three months ago, it was barely scratching at 40%.
Google has also unveiled that the total number of activated Android devices has finally surpassed one billion devices, quite the amazing milestone. Jelly Bean being on more than 50% of devices is a great thing, as it's finally bringing the Android OS fragmentation issues to an end, something that KitKat should really nail down.
Gingerbread is now on 26.3% of devices, Honeycomb barely exists with 0.1%, Ice Cream Sandwich is still sticking around with 19.8% of the Android OS share and Froyo is still hanging on with 1.7%.
Google is prepping to unleash Android 4.4 KitKat hopefully in the coming weeks, with the refreshed Nexus 5 smartphone and Nexus 10 slate. But, we don't really know what to expect, and whether there'll be a killer feature on Google's latest mobile OS.
Well, rumor has it that Android 4.4 is going to begin the big push into the TV market, where Google hope to dominate like it does in the smart devices market. Android 4.4 KitKat is expected to include a refreshed TV interface that is a new work of art compared to the current Google TV user interface. We've already heard that Google is rumored to rename Google TV to "Android TV" and this report now makes that rumor make more sense.
Apple's OS X Mavericks was unleashed to the world yesterday, for free by the way, and it has already seen a 7% adoption rate according to a live tracker hosted by analytics company GoSquared.
GoSquared CEO, James Gill, spoke with MacRumors where he said that his company provides analytics for over 40,000 websites, which allows the firm to monitor billions of page views per month. This gives GoSquared the ability to report a snapshot of activity at anytime, giving us the peek into the early success Mavericks is seeing.
It seems like operating systems have been the talk of the techworld over the last month or so. First Steam announced its all new Linux-based Steam OS that is focused on gaming. Then Microsoft released an updated version of Windows 8 that is said to fix most of the issues users had with the previous version. Not to be left out, Apple has just released the latest version of its desktop operating system as well.
OS X Mavericks was launched today during Apples fall launch event. Unlike the recent offering from Microsoft however, Apple has decided to give away OS X Mavericks at the "revolutionary" price of FREE! OS X Mavericks was first introduced at Apple's developers conference back in June, and promised a new way the system handles memory. Mavericks can now adjust system memory allocation based on the task at hand, which means more memory for graphic or processor intensive task, and less when the system is at idle or low resource usage periods.
OS X Mavericks also includes a new version of the iBook app that lets photos and graphics "pop out" of the textbook being read. Additionally, OS X Mavericks includes the new iCloud Keychain app that lets users sync payment information across all Apple devices for quick and easy online purchasing. What do you think about the new OS X Mavericks? Let us know in the comments below.
Over the weekend, Microsoft pulled its Windows 8.1 RT update from the Windows Store due to many reports coming in about devices failing to boot after installation. Today Microsoft has released a recovery image that will restore bricked devices to the original state it shipped in.
Installing the recovery image is quite simple and all that is needed is a USB drive with a capacity of 4GB or larger, and a PC running Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1. Instructions are included with the recovery image on how to install it on your device an the complete package can be found below.
Today Canonical released Ubuntu 13.10, and included in the release was the first full version of Ubuntu Touch. While this first version of the mobile OS is intended for OEMs and and silicon vendors, Ubuntu Edge is supported by several Android smartphones and tablets including Google's Nexus 4 and Samsung's Galaxy Nexus.
"Thanks to our passionate community of early adopters and designers we've built a unique experience for end-users and for developers: one UI framework that scales across all the personal computing form factors," Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu and Canonical said.
Todays release of Ubuntu 13.10 includes the full SDK for Ubuntu touch, and some additional resources, templates, and extensions that should help jumpstart app development. If you want to check out Ubuntu 13.10 or Ubuntu touch, just head over to the source link that has been listed below. We want to know if you are going to or have already installed Ubuntu Touch on your compatible device. Let us know in the comments below.
Windows 8 was released to the public almost 1 year from today, and this morning Microsoft released its first major update to its flagship operating system. Today the company released Windows 8.1 globally for digital download, with retail boxed copies going on sale tomorrow.
Many new changes, updates, and features come with the 8.1 refresh, but none are more exciting than the new Windows 8 Start Button. Yes its true, Microsoft has seen the error of its ways and has returned the start button back to its rightful place... sort of. The new start button will not bring up the familiar start menu that Windows fans loved for so many years, but will instead bring up the start screen.
Have you upgraded to Windows 8.1 yet? Personally I am still clicking away on Windows 7 and see myself doing so for the foreseeable future. Having tried Windows 8, I just feel that Windows 7 is a much more robust OS for the gamer, developer, and general PC enthusiast like myself. Maybe I will give 8.1 a try, who knows, I may just like it...