Reuters today reported that China could have a new homegrown operating system by October to take on US companies such as Microsoft, Google and Apple. Due to the mutual suspicions between China and the United States over hacking are among the main reasons for this action. Recently, revelations by Edward Snowden revealed that U.S. intelligence planted “backdoor” surveillance tools on U.S.-made hardware. This made China uncomfortable in using US based technology products. This homegrown OS would first appear on desktop devices and later extend to smartphone and other mobile devices. “We hope to launch a Chinese-made desktop operating system by October supporting app stores,” Ni told the trade paper. Some Chinese OS already existed, but there was a large gap between China’s technology and that of developed countries, he added. He said he hoped domestically built software would be able to replace desktop operating systems within one to two years ...

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Microsoft vision of one Windows for all devices started few years back. First, they started their work on unifying the core of the OS and it became evident from the release of Windows Phone 8. Windows Phone 8 is based on the same NT core on which Windows 8 is built. It enabled OEMs to write one driver for both their phones and other devices running Windows. With the release of Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft enabled Universal apps that shares most of the underlying APIs in all the devices. With the upcoming Windows9/Threshold  release, Microsoft is looking to further unify the development process. They are building a new UI framework at the core of the “One Microsoft” OS. This will enable developers to create UI that works well across all of our devices: phones, tablets, PCs, and the Xbox. A recent job posting revealed that Microsoft is ...

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Yesterday, we reported that apart from the 12,500 former Nokia employees who will leave Microsoft, another 5,500 Microsoft employees will also be shown the door. As per the sources of Mary Jo Foley, every other team from legal to Xbox is affected by this move. It is also reported that the newly formed Operating Systems Group which is responsible for the development of Windows will be affected immediately. Also, Terry Myerson is now shaking up the functional structure of Windows team which was program management/development/software testing structure since Sinofsky’s days. The following is the internal memo sent by Terry Myerson to his group, Re: Focusing our team Team, As Satya shared last week, and we’ve been discussing for almost a year, we are making broad changes in how we engineer products. Thus, today we are restructuring some parts of our team in three areas: consolidating some of our geographically distributed teams, cancelling ...

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Apart from the 12,500 former Nokia employees who will leave Microsoft,  another 5,500 Microsoft employees will also be shown the door. As per the sources of Mary Jo Foley, every other team from legal to Xbox is affected by this move. It is also reported that the newly formed Operating Systems Group which is responsible for the development of Windows will be affected immediately. Also, Terry Myerson is now shaking up the functional structure of Windows team which was program management/development/software testing structure since Sinofsky’s days. Under the new structure, a number of Windows engineers, primarily dedicated testers, will no longer be needed. (I don’t know exactly how many testers will be layed off, but hearing it could be a “good chunk,” from sources close to the company.) Instead, program managers and development engineers will be taking on new responsibilities, such as testing hypotheses. The goal is to make the OS ...

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New numbers from Net Applications for the month of May show growing OS market for Windows 7 and Windows 8 while Windows XP continues to decline. Windows 7 continues to dominate at the top with the OS now over 50% marketshare, up from 49.27% last month. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 combined is now at 12.64% up from 12.24% last month. Windows XP saw a slight decrease to 25.27% down from 26.29% last month. Mac OSX 10.9 currently holds a 4.15% share, while Linux holds a 1.62% share. Windows Vista holds a higher share than both of these operating systems at 4.62%. Source: Net Applications ...

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According to the latest market share data from Net Applications, Windows 8.1 has finally passed Windows 8 in terms of worldwide market share. The growth of Windows 8 is on the negative side while Windows 8.1 is growing slowly. Windows 8.1/Windows 8 combined got increased by 0.40% (from 12.24 percent to 12.64 percent). While Windows 8 slipped 0.07 %(from 6.36 percent to 6.29 percent), Windows 8.1 gained 0.47% (from 5.88 percent to 6.35 percent). The surprising part of the stat was that Windows 7 is continuing to grow despite Windows 8.1’s presence. It gained 0.79% (from 49.27 percent to 50.06 percent). One good news for Microsoft is that Windows XP lost 1.02% (from 26.29 percent to 25.27 percent). Microsoft will hope people will migrate from Windows XP at a faster rate though. via: TNW Source: Net Applications ...

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Microsoft recently confirmed the availability of new Windows 8.1 with Bing SKU for OEMs. At BUILD conference, Microsoft announced that Windows will be available for 0 dollars to their hardware partners for Windows Phones and tablets smaller than 9-inches in screen size. This free Windows for OEMs will be the Windows 8.1 with Bing SKU. Also with the Windows 8.1 Update, Microsoft is enabling the hardware partners to build lower cost devices with only 1GB of memory and 16GB of storage that provide customers with the fast and fluid experience they expect from a Windows device. We can expect devices from OEMs running this new Windows SKU at COMPUTEX event next month. Today, this Windows with Bing build got leaked on the web and you can see it from the screenshot above. Source: CentrumWindows  via: Neowin ...

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  Microsoft has today released its Bing app for Firefox OS devices. Firefox OS is an open source OS developed by the team at Mozilla targeting low-end mass volume devices. Similar to the Bing apps on other platforms, Bing app on Firefox OS brings their daily stunning homepage images in the app. Bing app allows you to search the web for links, images, videos and more. The search results are presented in a beautiful way as you expect. Also, since it is just an extended version of their mobile website, you can now enjoy Bing Rewards as well. Download it here from Firefox Marketplace. ...

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The official OneDrive app for Blackberry 10 devices is now available for download from Blackberry App World. It includes all the basic online storage service features along with automatic backup of camera roll, ability to comment on or edit documents while you’re on the go and more. Good to see Microsoft’s commitment to support every possible device for OneDrive. App Description: Connect to Microsoft OneDrive is a free application that allows you to create an online space to store your files so you can access them anytime and anywhere. Share your files with others, all from your BlackBerry 10 device! • Automatically back up pictures and videos you capture on your device. • Share important files and documents. • Comment on or edit documents while you’re on the go. • Seamlessly and easily work with your online files on your device. Download it here from Blackberry App World. ...

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Last week we reported about a new Windows 8.1 Update 1 build that got leaked which seemed to be a new SKU from Microsoft. This Windows 8.1 build: 9600.17024.winblue_gdr_s14sku_partner.140214-1700 was named Windows 8.1 with Bing. With Windows 8.1, Microsoft has started integrating Bing directly into the OS which might raise anti-trust issues in EU. We guess it then that this new SKU might be targeted towards EU where Microsoft might be selling Windows 8.1 with Bing instead of just Windows 8.1 branding. Today, Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet reported that this Windows 8.1 with Bing SKU might be the way Microsoft will offer OS for free to OEMs. This new SKU, from what my contacts are saying, is key to Microsoft’s experimentation with monetization. I hear this SKU has only minor differences from the current Windows 8.1 SKUs, but that it may be a kind of placeholder for the future when consumer operating ...

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Due to the launch of Windows 8 in late October having a slower start than anticipated, overall PC sales did not show an increase, but in fact showed a drop in the final quarter of 2012 according to IDC and Gartner.  In an interview with Bloomberg, HP Executive Vice President Todd Bradley admitted the fact that Windows 8 had ‘a slower start than many people expected’.  However, he indicated that sales have started to improve for 2013, ‘we see continued momentum and continued growth’ in January.  Adduplex’s online statistics displayed HP PC’s had the most penetration of all the competition, commanding 32% of the over 7,500 types of PC’s that have the Windows 8 operating system.  In the hope of increasing the overall number of PC sales, HP launched a number of new Windows 8-specific PC’s in late October and early November alongside the launch of the OS and the ...

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