Windows 7 reaches Release to Manufacturer (RTM) status

Information coming from windowsteamblog.com, a site that  takes forever to load on my browser, has it that Windows 7 (Microsoft’s newest OS) has reached the release to manufacturing status. That said, this would mean that Windows 7 (build 7600) is close to reaching the shelves where it is expected to sell on the 22nd of October this year.

I don’t know if I can consider myself lucky for the chance to test drive Windows 7. The humble me tells that there is little to be excited about Windows 7 (that is my own opinion). I don’t find it revolutionary. I don’t also expect myself to rip off my Ubuntu Jaunty just for Windows 7. Besides Ubuntu is free. Pity the poor IT guy. Thanks Ubuntu for giving me the desktop version via download and for shipping me a copy of the Server Edition for free. And… thank you so much for continuously updating my Ubuntu without asking me a dime.

For a quick look on Windows 7 features check here. You have my word, this one loads faster than the windows team blog which takes 7 years to load on Firefox, haven’t tried Internet Explorer 8 though.

Many are calling Windows 7 as the real Service Pack of Vista, I seem to agree on this. Really, it does feel like you are on Vista when you are inside Windows 7. It had taken me long before I switched to Vista. I hanged on to old Windows XP for quite a long time. I was so pissed off with Vista before but with the release of Service Packs 1 and 2, I finally used it. That is where Microsoft is good, Service Packs. It’s has been always their natural trend. They release an OS that is buggy at first then they follow-up with Service Packs until it becomes stable. I assume the curve will be the same, hardware and third-party software vendors will catch up a bit later than Seven’s release, so if you buy the new OS immediately chances are some of your PC‘s hardware and your favorite software are not yet supported. The better way, if you want Seven like falling for your high school or college crush is to wait for it  to mature a little, that way you two can get together well. So, be patient and wait.

I am not a hater of Windows, not a lover either. As a matter of fact, it is the platform that I am using now while writing this article. I expect new PCs will ship with Seven, more so with Notebooks and signature desktops, some people are saying (mostly Microsoft folks) that Seven is also good for touch capable/enabled devices and netbooks. This, by the way, was the thing Vista was never able to make, penetrate the netbook class computer. Well, let us see, I have not tried Seven on a netbook but I am equally excited as you are to see Seven doing well on a netbook.

For my closure, I would like to quote  a portion of the announcement:

Of course, today’s release is also the result of the amazing amount of feedback we received from the millions of people who tested Windows 7 – from Beta to RC. We actually had over 10 million people opt-in to the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP). That’s a lot of people opting in to help us make Windows 7 a solid release. Through CEIP, our engineers were guided by customer feedback all the way to RTM. We also have had a great group of beta testers who have dedicated a great deal of their time to testing Windows 7 too. A special thank you goes out to all the people who helped test Windows 7.

My response is, Duh?

Thanks.

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Microsoft VP fires back at Google on Chrome OS

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While scavenging for some fresh information at Gizmodo.com (gadget blog), I found one very interesting post. It’s about Microsoft’s VP throwing out a statement over Google‘s recent announcement on Google Chrome OS Project.

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Information coming from Gizmodo says:

Microsoft‘s Vice President of Developer and Platform Evangelism, Walid Abu-Hadba, explained in an interview what he thinks Google’s real motivation for creating the Chrome OS might be, and according to him, it’s not out of love for the consumer.Abu-Hadba’s statement that “Most of what Google does is defensive” isn’t actually the tech world’s most hypocritical statement (when was the last time Microsoft created something that wasn’t a version of an already-successful product?). He means that everything Google does is designed to keep their core business, search and advertising, growing and dominant. The impetus behind Chrome OS, according to him, isn’t to encourage simpler and easier computing, but weirdly enough, to distract other companies from attacking its own cash cow.

This is an interesting conversation because Microsoft has been doing just that, attacking Google’s core, with Bing—yet Abu-Habda doesn’t see Bing as a similar distraction to stop others from attacking Microsoft’s core business, Windows. So why is Microsoft allowed to venture into new-for-them waters with projects like Xbox, Zune, Silverlight, Bing and more, while Google is an inherently defensive company for announcing a ballsy new project of their own?

Microsoft might just be a bit nervous about Chrome OS, which we don’t think is really warranted at this point. Microsoft’s got an outrageously dominant OS marketshare, and seeing as how we know just about nothing about Chrome OS, it’s quite a bit soon to be launching attacks at a product that may well not be a competitor at all.

— material by Dan Nozowitz

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The battle is becoming more and more interesting. I am getting excited on what the future will bring. Keep posted.

– for this post, I would like to invoke the “Creative Commons License“. Direct link to the article is here.

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Google’s gonna make their own OS – Google Chrome OS

So today, we’re announcing a new project that’s a natural extension of Google Chrome — the Google Chrome Operating System. It’s our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be.

Announcement released last July 7, 2009 by the Official Google Blog Team

Yipee, we are about to see one of big Google’s project again, the Google Chrome OS. As mentioned by the team it’ll be an open-sauce, lightweight and targeted at netbooks. Well, my notebook can transform into a netbook anytime.

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My humble opinion really is, I am more into admiring Google on their adventures not because the company can be a daredevil at times but its relentless pursuit of squezzing out good products for free. Hell, that is very enticing for a poor IT guy like me. I will make a tail on this project. Slated for release on the second half of 2010, a lot of folks including me are eager to see what this project will produce. Keep it up Google.

Check the official announcement here.

—- info from The Official Google Blog

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Firefox 3.5 glitch, slow at start-up.

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If you installed the latest Firefox 3.5, you’ll notice that it’s consistently slow at start-up taking at least 10-15 seconds. I have looked for some solutions but I think I only have found what we call a  temporary fix. This issue has already been addressed by the Firefox team. As for myself, I have just reverted back to 3.11 both in Windows Vista and Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope. I don’t want any of the hassle.

If you want to sneak into the current discussion about this issue, have a look at this link.

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How is the battle going? Iphone OS vs. Windows Mobile

Windows Mobile has been quiet around for sometime. Too many phones have donned the compact Operating System (OS) and has been sold alongside with lots and many mobile device vendors. Yet, until now, there has been nothing fascinating about it, at least for me. Having used a hefty number of phones (windows-based) I have experienced how it is to be complemented or uncomplemented with a Windows Mobile phone.  And it’s not at all a cozy world out there. Too many pieces are missing, it really is a fugly mobile OS. There you will experience laggishness and sometimes unrevivable shock, where to resolve is equal to taking off the battery and booting it up again. Sad, sad, sad. Ironically, phones that carry Windows Mobile are also expensive! This could be my fault anyway, I always tend to forget that I do have a choice (why did I not buy, iPhone instead). Wait, but there is hope, my next phone will be an iPhone.

iPhone, however, is different. The difference lies on the interface which is too much an eye candy. Massive applications, developers tend to love Apple more, and this is one area where Microsoft keep lossing. They just hate developers, ditching them by limiting rewards and hoarding income from softwares that they did not develop. iPhone has managed to capture the market, hitting the target right at where it should. It made a wave no other device manufacturer could ever do. Literally, it kept on selling like hot cakes. Everybody knows what an iPhone is, similar to how people appreciated iPod. This is where I like Apple as a company. They always find a way to serve their customers a better deal. Which company provided us the device where can listen to music and watch videos as portable as we can, Apple. Which company gave us the phone what was as hype as the iPod, a game changing product, Apple. What company made the thinnest notebook, where some of us even thought it could not even be done, Apple. And this list might just go endless.

Truly, technology is about math, science and art combined. Its perfection lies on how innovation is applied to our daily lives. If we are stuck on a technology that gives us more headache than ease our lives, then I would say it is a failure. Technology must be intuitive, adaptive and most of all anticipative of the needs of the user. Microsoft has forgotten that what made their computer OS famous was its being user-friendliness. How can they? Maybe they just have stopped at that, at being user-friendly, the company must have forgotten to innovate or maybe the company is waiting for some technology to copy again just as they did with Mac (as Steve Jobs claim).

For my closure, I would like to tag the iPhone Operating System the Winner, revolutionary technology that keeps up, technology that adjusts, technology that rattles the nerves of other OS developers.

Feel free to leave your comments.

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Straightforward, free and easy back-up solution? Try GFI Home Edition

Ever wanting a back-up solution that brings you straight to where and what you really want to do? Enter, GFI Backup 2009 Home Edition. Best of all, its free. All you have do you is register from their website and head right to your very own copy of the application. The catch? None. Sounds very sweet. I find it a good alternative for my backups in Windows Vista. Grab your copy here.

GFI has produced a lot of softwares in the past. Some made it big in the market, mostly complementing Microsoft enterprise products. GFI Web Monitor, Languard, etc… and now they’d like to pamper us.
Tell me what you think about this or maybe there is something you can suggest.
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TV Tuner for Windows Mobile

Freshly released, Windows Mobile users are yet to get another good freebie. The tuner boasts with feeds like music, weather updates, sports and entertainment.

Visit their website and dowload the client. Who knows, you might like it. It’s free for now and I hope that remains the same in the future. I have seen some promising apps released for free, but eventually becomes commercial. Let us all cross our fingers.

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