China to Deploy Supercomputer in 2015

As the U.S. launched what’s expected to be the world’s fastest supercomputer at 20 petaflops, China is building a machine that is intended to be five times faster when it is deployed in 2015.

China’s Tianhe-2 supercomputer will run at 100 petaflops (quadrillion floating-point calculations per second), according to the Guangzhou Supercomputing Center, where the machine will be housed.

Tianhe-2 could help keep China competitive with the future supercomputers of other countries, as industry experts estimate machines will start reaching 1,000-petaflop performance by 2018.

Source: InfoWorld

Windows 8 in High Demand

Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said that demand for the company’s new Windows 8 operating system, released to the public on Friday, was running at a higher demand rate than its last release, Windows 7.

“We’re seeing preliminary demand well above where we were with Windows 7, which is gratifying,” Ballmer said at an event launching new Windows phones.

Windows 7 is the best-selling version of Windows so far, selling more than 670 million licenses in three years since release in 2009.

Source: The Times of India

Windows 7 Users Can Download IE10 in Mid-November

Windows 7 users will be able to download a version of IE10 in mid-November, but it will only be a preview release, and Microsoft still has not committed to any timeline for when a production-ready version will become available.

This won’t be the first time Windows 7 users have been given a sneak peek at the new browser, either. Microsoft last offered a preview version of IE10 for the older OS in June 2011. At the time, it described the early build as a “platform preview” aimed at getting web developers accustomed to the latest HTML5 technologies.

But maintaining that momentum wasn’t much of a priority, it seems, because there’s been nary a peep from the IE group about anything but Windows 8 since then. Even the latest announcement commits to nothing, other than that “final availability [will] follow as we collect developer and customer feedback.

Source: The Register

Getting to Know Microsoft’s New OS

If you want to get the most out of Windows 8, you’ll have to use a Microsoft ID as your user account. Without a Microsoft ID, you won’t be able to use a number of new Windows 8 apps, including Mail and People, and you won’t be able to sync settings among multiple devices.

So when you set up Windows 8 for the first time, sign in with an existing Microsoft ID or create a new one. (You can also switch to a Microsoft ID account later on via the “PC settings” screen.)

Meet the Start screen

  • Tiles. The Start screen is made up of a grid of colorful tiles. Each tile represents an app; click (or tap) the tile to run the app.
  • Notifications. Some Windows 8 apps grab information from the Internet and show live updates known as notifications on their tiles.
  • Desktop tile. Desktop apps are traditional programs like Microsoft Word or Adobe Photoshop.
  • Charms bar.This bar gives you quick access to features such as search and system settings from anywhere in Windows 8.
Check out the video below. This was during the Windows 8 launching last October 25th, 2012. Know more about Microsoft’s New OS in this video.

Source: ComputerWorld

Skype for Windows 8 Soon to be Released

Microsoft has dropped the veil on the next version of Skype a few days before it launches on Thursday with Windows 8. The video chat service has been reworked to be always-on and compatible with the live tiles and asymmetric grid that are at the core of the new user interface.

Skype for Windows 8 will be “immersive and effortless” claims Microsoft announcing that it will be permanently on in Windows 8 with users able to receive calls or instant messages from Skype contacts at anytime without specifically having to log in.

As a native app Skype can appear on the homepage of Windows 8 devices, and in common with other Windows apps, new data such as new IMs will be pushed to the front of the tile, so fresh information can be taken in at a glance.

Source: The Register

Windows 8: Is this the End of the Microsoft OS?

Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 will mark “the end” of the computer industry’s dominant OS due to increasing competition and choice sparked by alternatives, Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff predicted Friday.

Years ago, “a common phrase was, ‘the Windows 7 upgrade cycle,'” Benioff added. “You’re not going to hear about the Windows 8 upgrade cycle. I’m not saying that as a big, aggressive statement against Microsoft, that’s just the reality of today’s environment.”

Windows has become “irrelevant,” being displaced by next-generation LTE wireless networks that will “disintermediate” the need for WANs and LANs, along with “all of these great services that are available right off the cloud.”

A Microsoft representative declined to comment on Benioff’s remarks.

Source: InfoWorld

Office 2013 to Launch in November

An early preview of Office 2013 has been available for download since July, but that trial version lacked some features, including promised touch-friendly apps for Windows 8.

With the announcement of the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) build, Redmond has signaled that the suite is now feature-complete and ready to ship through various distribution channels.

“This is the most ambitious release of Office we’ve ever done,” Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate VP of Microsoft’s Office Division, wrote in a blog post on Thursday. “We are proud to achieve this milestone and are eager to deliver this exciting release to our customers.”

Source: The Register

Snagit 11.1 Version Improves User Experience

We’ve only once dreamed of using an ultimate screen capture tool. And searching for one for many years has made us think that there wouldn’t be a solution out there for us. We all know that screen capture is a vital tool to reach out without us doing much of the talking and not mentioning we can also save our users’ time if we are going to present them only the information they want in a concise and efficient manner. Finally, here comes the solution we’ve all been waiting for.

A new day was born in screen capture software—the latest Snagit version—Snagit v11. 1 is finally here.  What makes it different?

It gives us all tools we need to make eye-catching videos and images right from our desktop PC or Mac. We can now share images, texts, or videos we made, instantly to anyone using social media like YouTube and Facebook with only a click away.

Use it to snag just about anything from a region, desktop, website pages, or a window. Snagit 11.1 captures just about any image right from your computer screens. Enhance your image using interesting callouts, blurs, or any other screen effects.

Snagit 11.1 virtually helps us turn simple screen shots into great, professional-looking visuals to further improve our customer’s interest if we use it to promote our business.

From my personal experience, I love the fact that Snagit 11.1 allows me to show off my images, videos, or texts to anyone online. For me, it is the all-in-one screen capture software. Plus, I can manage my videos and images instantly using Screencast.com.

So, if you would share any ideas or concepts to your customers, you don’t have to explain too much. Just use Snagit 11.1. Focus on visual marketing. Minimize explaining if you can use visuals with Snagit 11.1. It can explain just about anything for you using interesting visuals.

Undoubtedly, Snagit 11.1 is the best screen capture software in the market today. But, what’s new in this version?

  • Upgraded audio recording system and video COM support
  • Latest Snagit Editor’s look plus added toolbars and file tab
  • Minimized DLL Preloading Vulnerability
  • Resolved scrolling bug for Firefox users
  • Resolved failed website page capture bug for Chrome users
  • Resolved video recording issues like green ghosting that happens when recording a taskbar
  • Fixed bug issues that happen when Snagit activated a camera during start up
  • Resolved the bug that happens when a second arrow is added to a line which doesn’t match the first arrow

Technical Details

  • Compatible with Windows XP or later
  • Internet Explorer Version 8 or Net 4.0 or later
  • Downloaded file size: 64.17MB
  • FREE 30-day trial
  • Price: $48.95

Definitely, we’re all waiting for this upgrade that comes with a bonus for existing version 11 users. Version 11 users can upgrade to 11.1 free. If you do not have Snagit yet, wait no more.

Download Free Snagit 11.1 Trial, or Buy Snagit 11.1. Take your screen capturing to new heights using the best and latest screen capture software—SnagIt v11. 1

Dell Continues to Offer Windows 7

Dell will continue to offer Windows 7 even after the release of Windows 8 at the end of October, the company said.

Windows 7 OS, which reached PCs in October of 2009, will be offered as an option to commercial and gaming customers, said Alison Gardner, director at Dell. The company will offer Windows 7 as long as it is allowed to, Gardner said.

“We’re still moving our business customers from XP to Windows 7, Gardner said.

The company is continuing to recommend that customers migrate to Windows 7 and that those who need touch capabilities on PCs adopt Windows 8, Gardner said.

“The OS migration for a large company is no small feat. We make it easier but it takes some planning and work,” Gardner said.

For gamers and enthusiasts buying Dell’s Alienware laptops and desktops, Windows 7 will be offered as an OS option.

Source: InfoWorld

Windows 8 Now Available for Pre-Order

As of October 12,  Microsoft is making available via preorder the Windows 8 upgrade media. For those who still haven’t gotten their hands on the Windows 8 release-to-manufacturing bits via MSDN, TechNet, BizSpark, volume licensing or some other channel.

Those interested in obtaining reserved packaged DVD of the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $69.99 can place their orders via Amazon.com, Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot, the Microsoft Store and other retailers. Newegg is another outlet taking preorders, as my ZDNet colleage Ed Bott noted this morning.

Those looking to build their own PCs or install Windows 8 on a Mac are able to preorder a system builder/OEM license. As I blogged earlier this fall, the pricing for the system builder license is roughly the same as the cost of a Windows 7 system builder license. As Bott noted, the exact sysem builder pricing is $99.99 for Windows 8 and $139.99 for Windows 8 Pro.

As expected, there is no “fully packaged” Windows 8 product available at retail. If you want the equivalent, you have to buy an OEM/system builder license.

Source: CNET