Posts Tagged ‘Upgrade’

Microsoft sounds 100-day DOOM KLAXON for Windows Server 2003

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Upgrade now or forget about disruptive mobile cloud innovation, says Redmond Microsoft wants you on the upgrade treadmill

Microsoft’s sounded the 100-day warning bell for Windows Server 2003, which exits supported status on July 14th.

Redmond’s rolling out the usual arguments for making the move to anything other than Server 2003: you’re going to be insecure; you’re missing out on the joy of virtualisation and automation, and the savings they generate; don’t even think about trying to do cloud or mobile with Windows Server 2003; by sticking with 2003 you’ve tied yourself to the CPU equivalent of a steam engine and there’s no future in that, and; no way can you be a disruptive innovator on a crusty old operating system like Windows Server 2003.

All of which are sound arguments. Why, then, are at least 57 per cent of the organisations Microsoft had Spiceworks poll still running at least one Windows Server 2003 instance 100 days from its implosion?

Mike Heald, Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise man in Australia, had no answer beyond an acknowledgement that apps are sometimes tightly coupled to servers and operating systems, which makes upgrades tricky. Especially for smaller businesses if they’re impecunious or tied to legacy apps.

Read More by Simon Sharwood

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.1 world conquest plan: folders!

Ebin published a link to a Microsoft page categorised as having something to do with Windows Phone 8 and the title “Create folders on my Start screen”. That page has since disappeared from Windowsphone.com, but not from Google’s cache.

The page offers the following procedure for creating a folder:

  • On Start Start button, tap and hold a Tile.
  • Drag the Tile on top of another Tile that you want to have in the same folder. You have just created a folder!
  • To name the folder, tap Name folder, and then type whatever name you like.
  • To add another Tile to the folder, simply tap and hold a Tile, and then drag it into the folder.

In other words, exactly the same folder-creating routine from iOS and Android.

Read More by Simon Sherwood

Apple releases iOS 7.1 update in response to cars, complaints, vomit

Apple has released its first major update for iOS 7 — iOS 7.1, natch — which brings “improvements and bug fixes” to Cupertinian iDevices, including improved Touch ID fingerprint recognition, the option to further reduce the UI animations that sickened some users, and improved performance on the iPhone 4.

The update, released Monday, includes support for CarPlay – previously more-prosaically named “iOS in the Car” – which Apple announced at last year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, and which Cook & Co. said last week would first appear in vehicles from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo, with Nissan, BMW, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, and others following on.

Siri also comes in for a few tweaks, including allowing you to simply release the home button to put her to work after mumbling your request rather than, as before, waiting until she recognized that you had finished speaking — a tweak that should be a boon in noisy environments.

Siri also has added what Apple describes as “new, more natural sounding” voices, both male and female, in Mandarin Chinese, UK and Australian English, and Japanese.

In a classic case of fixing a bug that no reasonable programmer ever thought would appear in the first place, iOS 7.1 “fixes display of Mail unread badges for numbers greater than 10,000.” The Reg respectfully suggests that should a user have over 10,000 unread messages on their iPhone or iPad, the bug is not to be charged to iOS, but to the fanboi.

Read More By Rik Myslewski

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