Heard the big tech news of the day? Microsoft has unveiled its new logo, a change that took place after 25 years since the company introduces its former logo. And for the first time, a symbol (four colored squares) are now present in the design.
Well, according to the company, the change is not simply just to change the logo. The change represents a milestone in the company. In their official blog, Jeff Hansen, General Manager of Brand Strategy at Microsoft said that this is the perfect time to change since the company made significant changes to almost all their products including Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Office and Xbox. The introduction of the symbol, four squares matching those of the former logo Windows represents Microsoft diverse portfolio of products. See the video below for more information.
The Yellow Square Represents What? A New Product?
If you notice in the video above, each colored square represents major Microsoft products. The blue represents Windows, the orange represents Office, and the green represents Xbox, Microsoft’s gaming console. Well how about the yellow? What product does it represent? Does it represent Microsoft venture to hardware by introducing the Surface Tablets or it is something that is still coming? Well, we can only speculate. For one thing, Microsoft is a great company, a great technology company that has a rich history of innovation and excellence. It wouldn’t be surprising if they launch a new product in the future.
I’ve been using Connectify since Windows 7 was launched three years ago. For those who were not familiar, Connectify is a Windows 7 application that converts your laptop’s wireless adapter to a router. With that, you can share your computer internet to your wireless devices through a Wifi broadcast.
For the past two years now, I’ve also been using Smart Bro plug-it device (USB Broadband stick). I used Connecifyto share my internet connection to my other wireless devices an
d it worked fantastic ever since. But then, last May 2012, I received a notification to update my Connectify to a newer version, I think it’s version 3.4 (I had version 3.1 installed). And because this is not the first time I updated the program, I went ahead for an update. After restarting the Connectify though, I was surprised to find out the support for 3G/4G cards has been disabled for free version and was now reserved for the paid Connectify Pro version. Oh yeah!
Thankfully, I still have the installer of the older version, 3.1. I uninstalled the 3.4 and re-installed the 3.1. It worked just fine. So, warning for Connectify users out there who are also using 3G/4G cards: DO NOT EVER UPDATE!
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The phenomenal smartphone game by Rovio, the Angry Birds is now available in the Marketplace for Windows Mobile Apps.
The game is free for trial and the full version is priced at $2.99.
The Angry Birds game which began as a simple game for iPhone has seen phenomenal demand since its first release 2 years ago. The game is now available in different platforms such as Android, PSP, and even Chrome Browser.
Windows 7, Microsoft’s latest version of Windows operating system has been an instant success upon its release. Just barely more than two months, it quickly got a 10% market share. It is also the fastest selling software in the history of Microsoft.
Well, if you think Windows 7 is nothing more than just another bunch of “buzz”, well, think again. I have here several reasons why I believe that Windows deserves all the success it got!
1. Super fast booting
As you might’ve already heard of this from many forums and tech blogs but Windows 7 has a very fast start up time. Of course it depends on your settings and how many start-up programs you are running. But you can really perceive the significant reduction in start-up time compared to its predecessor Vista.
2. Nice keyboard shortcuts and mouse effects
Windows seven introduces new mouse techniques to enhance user experience. One of these is the semi-automatic “window resize”. You just have to click the window bar and drag it to the top and you’ll have the window in full screen. Drag it to the left or right of your screen you’ll have your window fill the right half or left half of your screen. The latter is nice when you are comparing two files on two windows.
3. Windows 7 don’t take much of your resources.
Read only Memory (RAM), Graphics Memory, and CPU usage were optimized in Windows 7 resulting in an increase in performance efficiency. Before, my friend bought a laptop PC with pre-installed Windows Vista. It has a decent dual core memory, a dedicated graphics card and 2 GB memory. The performance is awful especially when you open multiple windows. He checked the RAM usage and found out that even though he didn’t launch any application, Windows Vista already took 1 GB of his memory.
With Windows 7, you can even install and use it quite okay even at only of 512 MB RAM. Of course, Windows recommends a memory of at least 1GB for a nice experience.
4. Lesser Compatibility Issue
One of the items that topped the list of complaints upon the release of Windows Vista is compatibility issues with existing programs during that time. With Windows 7, Microsoft applied all the hard-earned lessons from Vista. Before releasing Windows 7, it undergoes several BETA versions that can be tested by the actual users. In this way, Microsoft was better prepared especially with compatibility issues.
If you are still experiencing compatibility issues, you can use the XP mode software to run your XP applications without any problem.
5. A nice and Cleaner Task bar
With Windows 7, your task bar will now be much cleaner since it groups similar applications with just one icon.
6. Sidebar of Vista is Now Gone
With Windows 7, you may now place your desktop gadget anywhere on the desktop. Vista only allows gadgets to be placed on the sidebar.
7. Running Smooth like XP but with Vista Capabilities
Probably, the major reason why Windows 7 release has been a success story for Microsoft is because it builds on the strength of XP and learned the from the failures of Vista. Windows XP is excellent in usability and Vista is excellent in appearance and security. If you combine these two characteristics, it will point to Windows 7.
How about you? What do you like in Windows 7? Share it by commenting on this article