One of the things that we are noting with clients who have moved to new computer hardware running Windows 8 is they are surprised to find out that there are no drivers available for accessories they already own. They have assumed that if their printer, scanner, fax or other peripheral has worked with Windows XP, Vista or 7 they will be able to hook it up with Windows 8 and continue its use.
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Recent data shows that as many as 40 percent of the world's PCs are running Windows XP according to SMB Nation research. Windows 7 has market share of 45 percent and the balance is made up of either older Windows packages or Windows 8 which is still in the single digit stage.
" For the first time ever, Microsoft is offering direct cash payouts in exchange for reporting certain types of vulnerabilities and exploitation techniques," is the way Microsoft has described its change in policy which will see up to $100,000 being paid in specific instances where a serious exploitation is discovered in the Windows 8.1 Preview release.
Smaller amounts will be paid for other types of intrusion detections.
Anyone who reads technology news will know by now that Microsoft Windows 8 has been less than a stellar performer for Microsoft and for most users. A new update preview is expected in late June as a forerunner for changes to be released when Microsoft offers a public release later this year.
Recent data on desktop operating system (OS) market share indicates that Windows XP still has almost 39% of the market. Windows 7 is at almost 45% with Windows Vista and Windows 8 at 3.17% making up the balance of the Windows PC market.
With the announcement of the release of Windows Server 2012 Microsoft also announced that it will no longer offer a Windows Small Business Server (SBS). For company in our area (Burlington ON) who have focused a lot of their business computer support on SMB businesses this is going to make for some changes in the focus of their work.
Last week I took delivery of a new Lenovo Twist and walked it through the basic setup to see how easy it was to work with.
Lenovo has launched the ThinkPad Twist as a unique version of a Windows 8 Computer for those who really need a flexible form factor.