Microsoft launched the first version of Windows exactly 25 years ago. Today the world’s most popular desktop operating system commands a whopping 90% market share. However, it wasn’t always a smooth ride for the Redmond giant. Things weren’t too good with even Windows Vista. But with the release of Windows 7, Microsoft surprised all its users and proved yet again that it is still the software king.
You can probably do more than you think using the new Kinect for XBox 360. Here’s a quick evidence from Emily Gobeille and Theo Watson who connected it to a laptop by using the libfreenect Kinect drivers and ofxKinect. “The openFrameworks system tracks the elbow, wrist, thumb, and tips of the fingers to map a skeleton onto the movement and posture of an animated puppet.”
Every employee of Microsoft will get a new Windows Mobile 7 phone. That’s a real good way to show appreciation, as well ensure that employees stay focused on the new mobile OS. Does this mean any MS employee who is a fan of Android or the iPhone, will abandon their current phone? Well…probably not.
Dean Hachamovitch, Corporate VP of Microsoft, reported that IE 9 Beta has been downloaded over 10 million times up till now, and that too in just six weeks. Well…that’s good for Microsoft. So can the Redmond-giant win back its honor with IE 9, just like it did with Windows 7?
Microsoft Office Web is now a serious competitor of Google Docs. However, when Microsoft originally started the service in June 2010, most web users felt it to be a ‘destined-to-fail’ attempt from the company. On the contrary, the current number of active Office Web users has surpassed the 20 million mark. Considering the nearest competitor, Google Docs, is over 3 years old and has 25 million users, this sure is a great success for the Redmond-giant.