Posts Tagged ‘update’

Office 2010 RC Isn’t for Everyone

February 4, 2010

It seems that Microsoft’s beta testing of its upcoming update to its office suite, the appropriately named Microsoft Office 2010, is nearing readiness, with word emerging that there’s a Release Candidate (RC) build in the wild… but not everyone’s getting it.

Microsoft’s open beta programs have been working out very well indeed for it lately, with the company’s move to offer Windows 7 to everyone and anyone who wanted to download it resulting in a widely-tested and incredibly well publicised launch for the OS when it did release. Moreover, it meant that many who might otherwise have been hesitant to update had already been running Windows 7 for a while when it launched.



Google to Ditch IE6

February 1, 2010

Google has moved to drop support for Microsoft’s much maligned Internet Explorer 6, which is very much the bad penny of the Internet Explorer line, simply refusing to give up the ghost (and causing bloggers to mix metaphors cocktail-style).

Goodnight, sweet prince.

Given the recent security debate sparked by Google’s suffering of a large-scale attack in China, the spotlight has fallen on Internet Explorer as, to use Microsoft’s term, “one of the vectors” by which the attack was executed. While Microsoft, and others, have been quick to point out that more recent incarnations of IE are plenty secure, it’s IE6 that continues to take a beating.


Windows 7 Causes Battery Issues

January 29, 2010

It seems as though the upgrade to Windows 7 has been wreaking havoc on some users’ notebook batteries, dropping the running time by as much as 70%.

Word comes via TheRegister of the reasonably widespread complaints, with many users holding the upgrade to Windows 7 responsible for their sudden and noticeable drop in overall battery life. Moreover, the piece points to the forums over at Microsoft’s own TechNet that sees hordes of users with roughly the same complaint – that their battery life has been greatly diminished since the upgrade to Windows 7. Indeed, there’s been so widespread an outcry that Microsoft has responded directly to address the issue.


Intel Leaks New MacBook Pro Details

January 14, 2010

It seems that Intel has accidentally leaked details of an upcoming update to Apple’s MacBook Pro notebook line through a slightly botched promotional mailing.

Set for a January 26th announcement?

AppleInsider is reporting that the promotional mailing sent out to members of Intel’s Retail Edge program detailed a competition whereby members could win a new MacBook Pro, unfortunately the MacBook Pro that’s advertised isn’t one of Apple’s current line. Moreover, it does look like just about exactly the right direction to move if you’re looking to upgrade the current MacBook Pro line without making a raft of changes. The promotion reads,


Facebook Adds Comment Reply via Email

January 13, 2010

Facebook is rolling out a service that will see users able to reply to comments left on their updates simply by replying to the email notification that they receive informing them that someone has left a comment.

It’s a relatively simple update, and indeed, one that some Facebook users (who had their Facebook’s set to languages they could read) twigged a couple of months back, before Facebook confirmed that it was working on something to allow users to reply directly from their email inboxes. It’s a relatively simple idea, and one that could see Facebook’s comments skyrocket when it comes to those of us who receive mail directly to mobile devices but aren’t bothered opening Facebook apps every few minutes.


Firefox 3.6 Nears Completion

January 12, 2010

Firefox users disappointed by the delay to the newest version of the browser will be pleased to hear that it’s just about done, with a release candidate having been rolled out to beta users already.

Mozilla’s own word on the release candidate for Firefox 3.6 is that it may still see some unexpected updates, but there’s every chance that this is the version that sees release when Firefox 3.6 goes public. The list of updates includes things that those in the beta may already have encountered, with some of them ranging from “useful occasionally” to “likely to become very annoying indeed.” According to Mozilla, some of the changes we can expect include,


Fugitive Provides Facebook Fan Page

December 29, 2009

An escaped convict by the name of Craig “Lazie” Lynch has created his own Facebook fan page for those who wish to follow his exploits and reasoning.

Word comes via the Register that the convict absconded when he was allowed out of prison as part of a day release program. Since then, he’s set up a Facebook profile for those who have an interest in hearing what he has to say about his escape, what he’s eating and just what he’s been doing over the course of his run from the law.


Mozilla Introduces New Personas

December 17, 2009

Mozilla has announced that it’s updated Personas which allow users to skin their Firefox browsers to their hearts’ content. The changes that Personas 2.0 intrdouces should be welcome news to anyone using Firefox who’d like to give it a lash.

Mozilla has posted a new page to tout the various benefits that Personas 2.0 has over the old version, saying that it’s got an enhanced look, giving the whole thing a cleaner, more clear-cut feel. It also customises the whole arrangement depending on whether you’re already using Personas. Perhaps most interestingly, it offers suggestions based on what you’ve chosen to skin your browser with in the past, which is nice.


Microsoft Shifting Focus to Windows 8 in July

December 3, 2009

Microsoft’s Windows 7 may only have been released a month and a handful of days ago, but it seems as though the company is very much gearing itself up for Windows 8 already.

According to a job posting from Microsoft that various news agencies have managed to sit down and read over in depth, it seems that Microsoft intends to shift its primary focus from Windows 7 to Windows 8 with the beginning of the financial year 2011, which works out to July of 2011 in old money. If nothing else, it’s certainly curious. Windows 8 is mentioned in this paragraph specifically,


Microsoft not to Blame for Black Screen of Death

December 2, 2009

Microsoft has taken the time to outline the fact that it doesn’t believe that the “black screen of death” plaguing some Windows users is to do with its latest round of security updates, as had originally been guessed.

Instead, the official word from Microsoft is that the black-screen issue certainly exists but isn’t necessarily related to its security updates. Instead, it says that it has found reports that recent reports indicating that the black-screen issue is a result of changes made to the registry to be inaccurate and that none of its security updates behave in the manner described by the initial reports.