It’s not often that we associate the word ‘FREE’ with Microsoft software/services as they seldom release their products for their users which don’t cost a dime!!!…Before u jump to any conclusion then let me make it clear that Microsoft isn’t giving away their RTM operating systems for free. Windows won’t ever compete with Linux on price but they do have a lot of applications to offer which cost NOTHING!!!! Hard to believe it right?? The freebies have been around for some time now but it’s just that we are not aware of it. Here are a few which are worth trying out.
Software giant Microsoft will formally launch its much touted OS Windows 7 in 34 languages on October 22nd globally. This time it’s not going to be a global extravaganza but instead Microsoft has adopted a very different style of marketing the new OS as it attempts to reach out more personally to its customers and how are they going to do that?? Many smaller events have been planned not by Microsoft but by Windows users who will be hosting their Windows 7 host parties to spread the good word on the new OS.
Who will win the battle???
On July 7th, the day when Gmail was finally out of beta Google announced through its blog that they were working on a new project: Google CHROME OS which is just an extension of the Chrome browser that they released 9 months back and which they claim to be a success (30 million people use it).There has been a lot of buzz ever since Google launched the Chrome browser and many experts felt that Chrome was an experiment from Google and they had much bigger plans in the near future.Google has been working on this OS for many years now but made it officiall only a week back.
Search is one area where Microsoft is far behind Google despite their efforts in trying to revamp Windows Live search to counter the dominance of Google. They have not been successful thus far. But in the past few months we have been hearing a lot about Microsoft’s “underground secret-testing” of their new search engine, code-named “Kumo”.
A look into the past
- In 2003, Microsoft passed up the chance to buy search engines Inktomi and Overture (from whom MS contracted search services) and let Yahoo acquire them. With those under rival Yahoo’s wing, Microsoft was forced to build its own search service.
Recession is here and companies around the world are struggling to stay afloat with some of them doing so on account of huge bailouts given by the Governments. Financial industry has been hit hard and IT industry is not far behind with job losses being the order of the day. Considering all these a acquisition of a company by another company is least expected but that is what has happened with ORACLE Corporation buying out Sun Microsystems for only a sum of 7.4 billion $
I was a bit shocked upon seeing this news that Microsoft won’t provide an upgrade to Windows 7 for XP users. This has come as a shock to me and many others who were thinking that they could start using Windows 7 when it releases although the beta version is out. I have been using Windows XP since it came into the market 8 years back and I was pretty much happy with the OS.
Yes you saw it right. When I too came to know of the news I too was as shocked and surprised as you are right now reading this. Microsoft had called for an urgent press conference at the company headquarters in Redmond, Washington and the press was stupefied to see Steve Ballmer, the CEO of Microsoft and Eric Schmidt, the CEO of internets largest search Engine Company Google sitting next to each other on the dais. This was only the first of the many shocks and there were many more to come.