1 month until the death of Windows 7 RTM

Last Updated on Monday, 11 March 2013 12:57 Written by admin Monday, 11 March 2013 12:57

Microsoft is just one month away from pulling the plug on the gold version of Windows 7. April 9, 2013 is the official end of support date for Windows Vista’s successor. Of course, the Redmond company will only cut support for the RTM Build of Windows 7, which means that users of the operating system can continue using it while still enjoying all support benefits provided that they upgrade to the first service pack released for the OS.

Windows 7 SP1 (Service Pack 1) will enjoy mainstream support for years to come, until January 13, 2015, with extended support available for five additional years on top of that, namely until January 14, 2020.


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Download IE10 Release Preview for Windows 7

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 November 2012 12:22 Written by admin Tuesday, 13 November 2012 12:21

Microsoft already released the final version of Internet Explorer 10 that runs on Windows 8, and if you want to run a piece of the latest iteration of Windows on your Windows 7 machine, here’s your chance to download and test a new Release Preview of IE10.

IE10 on Windows 7 comes with a number of enhancements, including NUI/touch support, increased performance, better security, and more. While the web developers I’ve talked to remain unconvinced, IE10 also plays nice with modern web standards such as HTML5 and CSS3.

From Rob Mauceri, Group Program Manager, Internet Explorer:

The chart below shows the result of Mandelbrot calculations for 21 presets run in IE10, Chrome 23, and Firefox 16, showing IE10 on average is over twice as fast as Chrome and about 20% faster than Firefox. Each calculation was run on identical hardware, a single Samsung Series 9 laptop with an Intel® Core™ i5-2537M CPU @ 1.40 Ghz with 4GB of memory running 64-bit Windows 7. You can see the full data results from this comparison here.

This chart shows the results of 21 Mandelbrot preset calculations run in IE10, Chrome 23, and Firefox 16 on Samsung Series 9 laptop with an Intel Core i5-2537M CPU @ 1.40 Ghz with 4GB of memory running 64-bit Windows 7

This chart shows the results of 21 Mandelbrot preset calculations run in IE10, Chrome 23, and Firefox 16 on Samsung Series 9 laptop with an Intel® Core™ i5-2537M CPU @ 1.40 Ghz with 4GB of memory running 64-bit Windows 7

 

More Interoperable HTML5 Support

IE10 shines on Windows 8, and with this release preview, IE10 brings the same powerful HTML5 engine to Windows 7 customers:

Rich Visual Effects: CSS Text Shadow, CSS 3D Transforms, CSS3 Transitions and Animations, CSS3 Gradient, SVG Filter Effects

Sophisticated Page Layouts: CSS3 for publication quality page layouts and application UI (CSS3 grid, flexbox, multi-column, positioned floats, regions, and hyphenation), HTML5 Forms, input controls, and validation

Enhanced Web Programming Model: Better offline applications through local storage with IndexedDB and the HTML5 Application Cache; Web Sockets, HTML5 History, Async scripts, HTML5 File APIs, HTML5 Drag-drop, HTML5 Sandboxing, Web workers, ES5 Strict mode support.

Developers building on these capabilities in Windows 8 can run the same markup with the same performance and capabilities on Windows 7. You can find a full list of new functionality available to developers in the IE10 developer guide here.

Commitment to Privacy with “Do Not Track” on By Default

IE10 continues our focus on helping consumers protect their privacy, which started in IE9 with features such as Tracking Protection. In Windows 8, “Do Not Track” (DNT) is “on” in the Express Settings at time of set-up, and IE10 in Windows 7 also sends a “Do Not Track” signal to Web sites by default.


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Download Free Windows 7, Windows Phone 7, Visual Studio 2010, Office 2010, Windows Server 2008 R2 Books from Microsoft Press

Last Updated on Monday, 14 May 2012 11:19 Written by Mire_B Monday, 14 May 2012 11:19

Microsoft Press is offering a rather interesting collection of free books for download. Just follow the links on the images below and enjoy content on Windows 7, Windows Phone 7, Visual Studio 2010, Office 2010, Windows Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2012, SQL Server 2008, Virtualization, and Office 365. Via here.

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Moving to Visual Studio 2010  Programming Windows Phone 7


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