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China Preparing National Operating System

China is preparing to launch an operating system to end its reliance on imported technologies such as Android, the Mac OS, and Windows. The Chinese Academy of Engineering system should be released in October 2014, according to the state-run Xinhua News Agency. The desktop version is expected to be released first, followed by the mobile OS, according to the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. The goal is to replace foreign-made desktop OSs within one or two years and mobile operating systems within three to five years. Ni Guangnan, a professor with the Chinese Academy of Engineering, heads a government development alliance for the academy and told Xinhua that a lack of research funds and too many independent developers working in different directions have hampered the new design effort and that the government should direct the project. The Chinese government has been pushing the use of domestic technology to avoid what it says are the cybersecurity risks of using foreign technology. In May 2014, it banned the use of Windows 8. (Reuters)(PC Mag)(BBC)(Xinhua News Agency)

Chinese Government Bans Windows 8

The Chinese government has announced that its agencies cannot use Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system. The prohibition was related to energy savings, said China’s Central Government Procurement Center, which offered no further explanation. The official Xinhua news agency, on the other hand, said the ban was enacted to ensure computer security after Microsoft ended support for Windows XP in April 2014. A more precise rationale for the ban was not provided by officials. Microsoft does provide security support, for a fee to governments still using Windows XP and is already doing so in the Netherlands and the UK. (Reuters)(TIME)(ZD Net)

US-CERT: Those Remaining with Windows XP Should Update Browser

Individuals planning to continue working with Windows XP after Microsoft ends support on 8 April 2014 should use a browser other than Internet Explorer, according to a newly-released US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) bulletin. Microsoft ties support for its Internet Explorer browser on an operating system to the OS’s end-of-support date. Thus, Windows XP users will no longer get patches for IE7 or IE8, the last version that the operating system supported. Moreover, Microsoft will end its support for IE6 in April. Mozilla, on the other hand, has not indicated when it will discontinue Windows XP support. And Google says it will issue XP patches for Chrome through at least April 2015. Thus, US-CERT advised, “Users who choose to continue using Windows XP after the end of support may mitigate some risks by using a Web browser other than Internet Explorer. The Windows XP versions of some alternative browsers will continue to receive support temporarily. Users should consult the support pages of their chosen alternative browser for more details.” (Computerworld)(US – CERT)
 

Microsoft Extends XP Support in China

Microsoft announced it will continue providing security for Windows XP in China after support for the operating system ends elsewhere  on 8 April. In a post on its account on the Sina Weibo microblogging website, Microsoft also asked users to upgrade to the latest Windows version. Windows XP has roughly 57 percent of China’s operating system market, but part of that is attributable to piracy, according to PC World. (PC World)(Computerworld)

Windows 9 Planned for 2015 Launch

Microsoft is developing a major update to Windows for release in mid-2015, according to news reports. More details are expected at the company’s 2014 developer conference. The new operating system stems from a project known as Threshold that was intended as a Windows 8 update. However, pundits say, it will probably be called Windows 9 as a result of the rampant problems with Windows 8. “Microsoft is betting big on Threshold because of the disaster that was Windows 8,” noted Computerworld, “and because Windows 8.1 hasn't seemed to stem the bleeding.” The timing of the announcement is expected to follow Microsoft’s anticipated reorganization, which includes the appointment of a new CEO to replace the retiring Steve Ballmer. (Mashable)(Computerworld)(Supersite for Windows)

PC Plus Systems on the Rise

A new PC dual operating system may gain traction in the coming year, according to technology analysts. Tim Bajarin, analyst with market-research-firm Creative Strategies, calls these systems—which run Windows 8.1 and Android applications—PC Plus. The systems, backed by Intel, may use either software emulation or a dual-boot approach to accomplish this. The details have not yet been released as several OEMs are expected to demonstrate the systems at the January 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. PC Plus could help millions of consumers become more comfortable with using Android applications on PCs, stated Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, a market research firm. This could pose a threat to Microsoft’s dominance of the OS market. Bajarin said, “I’m not sure what kind of performance you can expect, but this is [Intel’s] way to try to bring more touch-based apps to the Windows ecosystem.” (SlashDot)(IDG News Service)
 

China Wants Extended XP Support from Microsoft

The Chinese government wants Microsoft to extend its support for Windows XP to halt the traffic in pirated Microsoft software. A state copyright official claims the release of Windows 8 translates into higher prices for Windows-based computers, which leads consumers to purchase less expensive, pirated versions of the software. Windows XP is still used by a large percentage of Chinese. Ending the support would also increase security threats to users. (SlashDot)(Network World)
 

Microsoft Plans Cryptic Operating System Releases

Microsoft is planning a wave of operating system releases in spring of 2015 across all its various platforms, including Windows, Xbox One, and Windows Phone. This is according to new information reported by ZD Net, which obtained information from an internal Microsoft e-mail. “Threshold” is reportedly updating all three OS platforms in such a way that they will share more common elements. This will apparently be through sharing applications. It is unclear precisely how Microsoft plans to move forward or if it intends to take a device-agnostic approach. “If Microsoft is heading toward some sort of unified programming model, that’s going to require possibly years of work,” noted PC World’s Mark Hachman. “But other elements, such as the UI, services, and user data stored in the cloud, can be more easily manipulated.” Microsoft has indicated it will offer “Update 1” to Windows 8.1 in spring of 2014. (ZD Net)(Engadget)(PC World)
 

Start-Up Develops Operating System for Cloud-Based Computing

A start-up is developing the first operating system designed specifically for computing in the cloud. Cloudius Systems’ (www.cloudius-systems.com/) open source OSv (operating system virtualized) kernel will run on virtual machines. In existing cloud-based operating systems, the hypervisor and the runtime environment – typically the Java Virtual Machine – as well as the operating system, perform several of the same tasks. This duplication of the work generates operational overhead. Conventional operating systems, such as Linux and Windows, will, for example, block a virtual machine from handling some tasks although the virtual machine is able to execute them more efficiently for a single application. OSv, by contrast, will readily pass some of these functions to the Java Virtual Machines. Cloudius plans to provide technical support for OSv in the first quarter of 2014.
(SlashDot)(Information Week)(OSv)

City of Munich Provides Ubuntu OS to Windows XP Users Facing Loss of Support

The city of Munich has begun distributing free CDs with the Ubuntu 12.04 Linux-based operating system to Windows XP users to encourage them to switch in advance of Microsoft’s scheduled termination of XP support on 8 April 2014. The Gasteig Library is creating 2,000 CDs with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS that residents will be able to borrow. The city will offer no support for the OS. Windows XP is reportedly still the world’s second most popular operating system, with an estimated one-third of desktop machines worldwide continuing using the OS. (SlashDot)(The Register)(City of Munich website)

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