Microsoft is tailoring Windows 7 to solid-state drives. Mum's the word on the matter as far as the Redmond giant is concerned, but this will no longer be the case come November 2008. Starting with the Windows 7 road show scheduled to debut with PDC2008, Microsoft promised to unveil the successor of Windows Vista to the world. Between November 5 and 7, at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference 2008, Microsoft plans to detail the enhancements introduced in the next iteration of the Windows client, in order to make it play nice with solid-state drives.
"PC systems that have solid-state drives (SSDs) are shipping in increasing volumes. Microsoft is working with the industry as overall experience with SSD technologies grows, which results in planned Windows enhancements that take advantage of the latest updates to standardized command sets, such as ATA," reads the synopsis for the "Windows 7 Enhancements for Solid-State Drives" WinHEC session, which will offer the audience an insight into the "file system optimizations, best-practice information on design, and thoughts on the future of SSDs and their role in Windows."
Microsoft is giving customers and channel partners their first look at the next generation of its Visual Studio and .NET Framework developer tools and platform. The move comes less than a year after Microsoft debuted the current releases of those products, Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5.
Application life-cycle management will be a key theme in the Visual Studio 2010 and .Net Framework 4.0, Microsoft said Monday. Visual Studio Team System 2010, code-named "Rosario," will "democratize" ALM by better integrating the stages of software development and eliminating what the company calls the siloed tasks carried out by core developers, testers, project managers, designers and business analysts.
Microsoft did not provide a date for when the new development tools would be ready.
Other focus areas for the new development tools will be enabling developers to take advantage of emerging trends such as cloud computing and more capabilities for developing what Microsoft called "breakthrough" departmental applications.
Microsoft and Washington state are cracking down on scammers who bombard computer users with fake warning messages in hopes of selling them useless software.
The state's attorney general and lawyers from Microsoft's Internet Safety Enforcement team are expectd to announce today several lawsuits against so-called 'scareware' vendors, who are being charged under Washington state's Computer Spyware Act.
The vendors targeted by the lawsuits have not been named yet, but the Washington attorney general (AG) referred to them in a media alert sent out on Friday as "aggressive marketers of scareware - useless computer programs that bilk consumers by using pop-up ads to warn about nonexistent, yet urgent-sounding, computer flaws".
This is not the first time Microsoft and the Washington AG have teamed up to fight scareware. In 2005 they jointly sued Secure Computer, a security software company they accused of using fake error messages to scare users into buying its Spyware Cleaner software. Secure Computer eventually paid $1m to settle the charges.
Source: PC Advisor
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has admitted the company intentionally accepted some early compatibility problems to make sure Vista was as secure as possible. But he claims customer complaint figures show Vista is better than previous editions of Windows.
Ballmer spoke at an event hosted by the Churchill Club, which bills itself as “Silicon Valley’s premier business and technology forum”. Asked by a “long-time Windows user” why a firm the size of Microsoft can’t make its system more reliable, Ballmer fortunately avoided the crazed outburst of a recent installment of the 'I’m a PC' commercials.
Instead he explained that the early compatibility problems with Vista were a necessary trade-off to maximize security. He also pointed to the difficulties of producing a system such as Windows designed for multiple uses rather than a single-function device. And he laid out Microsoft’s goal as “a world of no reboots and user happiness.”
As Microsoft readies for the first widespread distribution of Windows 7 at two key conferences later this year, details of planned changes to the software continue to emerge. And while the issue of how much Windows 7 needs to be differentiated from Vista remains in the air, Microsoft has committed to making some interface changes that will firmly differentiate the new Windows from its predecessor.
One of the more obvious (and annoying) changes to the Start menu in Vista was burying the options for shutdown and restart in a tiny fly-out menu, while making the sleep button much more prominent. In the latest post on the Engineering Windows 7 blog, Microsoft core user experience program manager Chaitanya Sareen effectively admits that this plan backfired and confused users.
"We did encounter some challenges with the power options in Vista's Start Menu," Sareen wrote. "The goal was to bubble-up and advertise the sleep option so that customers enjoy a faster resume. However, we now know despite our good intentions, customers are opening that fly-out menu and selecting other options. We're looking into improving this experience." Hopefully, the experience improvements will include making sleep actually work reliably, especially on notebook PCs, as well as ensuring the other options are more visible (and keyboard-accessible).
CCleaner (Crap Cleaner) is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. CCleaner can also clean very quickly, usually taking about ten seconds to run.