LOS ANGELES--Microsoft has sold more than 40 million copies of Windows Vista so far, Bill Gates told a crowd of hardware developers Tuesday.
That's more than the total install base of Windows' largest competitors, Gates quipped as he began his keynote at the Windows Hardware and Engineering Conference (WinHEC) here.
"As of last week, we've (sold) nearly 40 million copies," Gates said. "That's twice as fast as the adoption of Windows XP, the last major release we had."
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LOS ANGELES--For the second time in recent days, Microsoft has inadvertently confirmed Windows Server 2008 as the official name for Longhorn Server.
Microsoft France had the name up on its Web site as of 10:30 p.m. PT Sunday, though it may well take it down (Credit to bink.nu and other Microsoft enthusiast sites for bringing attention to the posting). The move follows an earlier slip-up on its U.S. press site.
The company is expected to officially give the product its name this week at the Windows Hardware and Engineering Conference (WinHEC) here.
Pentax has released software that lets Windows Vista read and manipulate "raw" images taken directly from higher-end Pentax cameras' image sensors without in-camera processing.
Raw images are popular among professionals and enthusiasts who want more elaborate control over their photography, but supporting raw formats is tough, mostly because there's largely no standard from one camera to the next. Pentax is unusual in digital SLR (single-lens reflex) camera makers in that its high-end model, the K10D, supports Adobe Systems' DNG (digital negative) format … Read more
After helping lead the team that designed many of Windows Vista's key features, Tjeerd Hoek is leaving Microsoft.
Hoek is joining creative house Frog Design as executive creative director of software and hardware convergence and will be based at its Seattle studio. Hoek spent 13 years at Microsoft, beginning as a designer in the Office unit before moving on to MSN and most recently, to the Windows unit, where he was director of user experience design.
"I have truly enjoyed my time with Microsoft, and I am excited about the opportunity to bring my experience to Frog," … Read more
Microsoft can only try and put a good face on some of the news on the Vista front, such as Dell's decision to bring back XP, for example. There's only so much you can say to make that sound good.
But, Microsoft says that a report that it sold only 244 copies of Vista in China in the first two weeks is just plain wrong, the Softies say.
"Recent speculation regarding sales data in China is inaccurate," Microsoft said in response to an inquiry from CNET News.com. "We're pleased with the positive consumer … Read more
So, the dog didn't eat my homework. What made me late to work today was the new Windows Vista-compatible printer driver for my HP all-in-one printer.
My editor happens to have the same model I do, the Photosmart 3210. We've both been waiting for a full Vista-ready driver for a while now, making do thus far with a basic printer driver.
Microsoft said late last week that it will make a change to the licensing terms for Windows Vista, allowing those who purchase a boxed copy of Vista and then upgrade to a pricier version to move that higher-end edition to other machines down the road.
The software maker had already changed the Vista licensing terms to allow retail buyers to move their copy to an unlimited number of new machines, so long as it was only on one PC at a time. However, Windows enthusiasts noted that the terms did not allow users to move a retail copy once it … Read more
A recent update to the Microsoft antivirus engine for Windows Live OneCare will quarantine the PST file used to store e-mail messages for Microsoft Outlook, preventing access to messages, appointments, tasks and journal entries. It affects versions of Outlook, including Outlook 97 and 2000, and Outlook Express running on Windows XP when the .pst file contains an infected attachment. Microsoft will issue an update on Patch Tuesday, March 13, 2007. In the meantime, in a post on one of the Microsoft forums, Microsoft representatives suggest the following actions to regain access to lost e-mail:
1. Close the Outlook or Outlook … Read more
The camera maker published new codec software on its Web site that lets the Microsoft software understand its cameras' "raw" images, those taken directly from the image sensor without in-camera processing. With the earlier codec, if customers added metadata such as photo subjects and rankings such as four out of five stars, those images became unreadable in third-party editing software such as Photoshop.
"Updating an NEF (Nikon's raw format) file'… Read more