Posts Tagged ‘os’
Microsoft’s new Windows OS, Windows Blue, has leaked online and there’s a lot of block colours. This operating system is an early build and changes are afoot.
The first big change is that the live tiles are resizable and it all seems to be about more customisation for users. There also seems to be a picture frame mode, which means you can have a slideshow of images on your lock screen, a bit like Apple have been doing for a while.
This Windows Blue build also has Internet Explorer 11 tied up with it, which will have synced tabs as seen with Chrome and Safari. Basically, you can open the same tabs on whichever device you’re using.
‘Blue’ will also allow users to swipe down the start screen to reveal installed apps, and there’ll be a sound recorder app built-in for ‘ambient noise’. It should be getting a release before Summer and you can see other screengrabs of the OS by clicking here.
Microsoft are BACK – with a new OS that won’t see the actual light of day for about another year, but hey, we can all think and talk about it until then. And if you’re a developer, you can get cracking and start working on some crazy apps for it.
Cunningly named ‘Windows 8’, this Windows 7 sequel will have dual interface, with the major one being a tablet-friendly touch-controlled interface called Metro. It’ll have chunky tiles on the screen, which you’ll touch to open the contents of. The contents of the tile, eg, the app that you want to use, will then fill the screen
Handily, you’ll also be able to run two apps at once, with a main one filling most of the screen and a lesser one running in a smaller space alongside it. That’s good, right?
One of the tiles on Windows 8 will be ‘desktop’, which will transform the interface into the more traditional Windows look. This will probably be the first port of call for non-tablet, non-touch control users of the new OS. Microsoft are obviously looking towards a mouseless future. Sad. Poor mouse.
Wide-eyed developers are getting to grips with Windows 8 now, ahead of the public launch of the the OS in about a year’s time, beavering away to make apps and that for us all to play with once it hits the streets. All apps will be sold through the Microsoft Store and they’ll all be pre-approved by Microsoft first, similar to how the Apple Store works.
One major difference is that there’ll be a trial option for apps, allowing you to give them a test run before parting with your hard-earned cash. That could be counter-productive in terms of making money – right now, many people are happy to take a punt on a 69p app, and if it turns out to be a bit disappointing, no one gets too hurt. However, give people the chance to try those sub-par apps first and sales figures could be low.
It’s all very exciting and we look forward to some new hardware to come along in time for the release of Windows 8 as and when that happens.
Software updates are the way of the world in the age of smartphones. We recently covered Apple’s successful attempts at bricking the iPhone 3G with their new iOS 4 operating system, and today it’s the turn of Android. Sort of. It seems the real villain of the piece are our friends at Vodafone.
Yesterday, Vodafone released a software update for owners of the HTC Legend, which promised a handful of improvements and enhanced features. Unfortunately, some customers downloading the update, including avid Bitterwallet reader Nick, found there was a bug with the way SMS messages were displayed – new texts were displayed last in the folder, not first, meaning users had to scroll through all their old messages every time they received an SMS. It’s an error that rendered the SMS functionality “almost useless” according to one customer on Vodafone’s forums.
The thing is, a similar bug had cropped up in an update released just a week before by HTC themselves – an update Vodafone didn’t pass on to customers and denied any knowledge of – and that update was then pulled by the manufacturer. So somewhat inexplicably, it seems Vodafone have released a new software update to HTC Legend customers that’s based on a version pulled because of bugs.
How did that happen then? Vodafone customer ac75 summarises the possibilities:
Either VF have turned around the testing on this update much quicker than the last one (in that we never actually got it), or it’s not been as thorough. Also, the bugs in this release have been clearly documented in several places so surely that’s something to check before actually releasing to the public?
According to customers in the forums, the faulty update was pulled by Vodafone this morning, but none of the staff have yet explained to these customers how to correct the issues or rollback to a previous version of the OS. Brilliant.
Still, it’s only their first screw-up of the week; this morning Vodafone also released an update for HTC Desire owners – but not the Froyo update everyone was expecting. Instead it updated Vodafone’s own branding, added Vodafone apps and their own bookmarks. Vodafone – putting Vodafone first. Again.
Tried Windows 7 yet? Get the nagging feeling it all looks and feels a little familiar? Management at Microsoft think so. Simon Aldous is partner group manager for the company, and has some very particular views on what inspired Microsoft when designing their new operating system:
“One of the things that people say an awful lot about the Apple Mac is that the OS is fantastic, that it’s very graphical and easy to use. What we’ve tried to do with Windows 7 – whether it’s traditional format or in a touch format – is create a Mac look and feel in terms of graphics.”
Bang to rights, right there. Except you can’t take his word for it – Aldous then goes on to make one of the outrageous claims of the century to date, which robs him of any credibility the word Microsoft in his job title may afford him:
“We’ve significantly improved the graphical user interface, but it’s built on that very stable core Vista technology, which is far more stable than the current Mac platform, for instance.”
You mean the universally loathed Vista that was despised by everybody and Windows couldn’t wait to get rid of because it was so unstable, or some other OS by the same name we don’t know about? This shaved monkey in a suit is a salesman at the end of the day, and they rank on the trustworthy scale slightly below a hungry tiger. Back in your boxes, Microsoft bashers.