Tag: windows 7

Windows 7 accounts for 10 percent web usage

A report from Netmarketshare shows that since its launch, Windows 7 accounts for 10 percent of operating systems used to access the world wide web.

Windows 7 has only been launched for a little while.

When you look at the total market share of operating systems, Windows hogs 92 percent of the total – Mac OSX accounts for 5.13 percent, and Linux accounts for 1.02 percent.

IBM AIX accounts for nought percent, just a bit worse than Android and Blackberry at 0.06 and 0.03 percent, respectively. The iPhone stands at 0.47 percent, a quite respectable figure, pipping HP/UX which stands at 0.0 percent too.

Netmarketshare reckons Windows 7 is the fastest selling operating system in history.

Apple users are miserable

Windows 7 customers are a lot happier than those running Snow Leopard according to a new survey.

According to YouGov Plc, a London-based market-research firm, Microsoft got a bigger boost in customer satisfaction from its latest computer operating system than Jobs’ Mob users did from Apple’s most recent upgrade.

Respondents giving Microsoft a positive grade for satisfaction rose to 67 percent in the week after the October 22 release of Windows 7, from 64 percent the day before it went on sale,.

However Apple’s August. 28 release of its Snow Leopard software resulted in a boost of 1 point to 65 percent in the first week. This grew and by the end of the year, the increase was 6.9 percent. The fact that a few days after Snow Leopard was released, Apple released a mega patch fixing all the flaws in the OS can’t have helped much.

Customers satisfied with Redmond reached 73 percent on December 31, the highest since YouGov started surveying in 2007.

Apple did not make any comment on the survey, but then it never does.


Windows 7 saves Microsoft's bacon

Microsoft says it garnered a revenue of $19.02 billion in its second fiscal quarter. Compared with the same quarter one year earlier, revenue grew by 14 percent. Everyone’s favourite OS maker declared it had managed to sell 60 million Windows 7 licences, apparently making it “the fastest selling operating system in history,” thereby even outpacing Apple fanboys. Hardly surprising, as everyone who didn’t need a new PC or Windows OS refrained from switching to Vista and waited for Windows 7 instead.

Nonetheless, the picture isn’t rosy at all. Microsoft’s Windows & Windows Live unit may have grown revenues from $4.06 billion to $6.9 billion year-over-year, the other units, however, were either flat or contracted. Server & Tools only increased marginally, from $3.75 billion to $3.84 billion, whereas Online Services saw its revenue fall from $609 million. to $581 million. Microsoft Business Division also witnessed revenue march southwards, namely from $4.88 billion to $4.74 billion. Entertainment and Devices also performed poorly. Revenue in the unit fell from $3.25 billion in the second fiscal quarter 2008 to $2.9 billion in 2009.

Seeing the numbers, Microsoft would not have been able to find a growth story anywhere to mask its downfall, as people slowly switch to mobile devices and notebooks not based on Windows software, nor, in most cases, Intel chipsets.

Google finds 17 year old Windows vulnerability

A Google security technician has found a 17-year-old access flaw in the Windows operating systems there from 1993 to the present day.

The vulnerability, found in the Windows kernel and around since the release of Windows NT 3.1, affects all 32-bit versions of the OS on the market including Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7. The flaw works through the Virtual DOS Machine used to support 16-bit applications, says Ars Technica. Unprivileged 16-bit programs can work through the kernel stack of processes, meaning an attacker would be able to execute any code at the highest system privilege level.

The bug does not affect 64-bit versions of Windows.

Google security whizz Tavis Ormandy found the exploit and claims to have notified Microsoft way back in June 12 last year. The company confirmed the bug, but so far has not managed to fix the problem. Microsoft yesterday announced that it is investigating the matter, perhaps 17 years too late.

EyeSee: When Microsoft launched Vista years ago, I was personally given a stern and assured talking-to by the head of security in Seattle, who told me that he had been involved with Windows security for 20 years, as if that was boast-worthy. If his claims were true, he would surely have been around for the launch of NT 3.1 in 1993.

Windows 7 SP1 screens leaked

While many companies traditionally wait for Microsoft to release the first service pack before they buy a version of the Windows operating system, Redmond has been quiet about when one is coming for Windows 7.

Now a Spanish site Muywindows   claims to have found a screen shot or two of the forthcoming Spanish SP1.

Usually, the first Service Pack from Microsoft comes at least after a year of the launch of an operating system. Windows Vista was launched on January 30, 2007 and its first Service Pack came out on February 4, 2008. Windows 7 was launched globally on October 22, 2009, so we would expect to see Service Pack 1 to arrive sometime year-end.

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is expected to have 150 updates in the current build. Most of it will probably be drivers for new hardware and USB 3.0 supporting devices.  We would expect several other fixes but nothing major.

Muywindows said that Microsoft will send them a Windows 7 SP 1 Demo preview in coming few weeks. This Service Pack 1 will be passed to selected testers in July and  the final version is expected in late 2010.

It is not clear when Redmond will release this first Service Pack, with a time frame like this, it might even be early.  Perhaps Microsoft wants to make sure that businesses take up Windows 7 as soon as possible.