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Microsoft VS Google

Microsoft network cannot still go beyond the Google giant in the Internet search market. Its new Bing Internet search engine, which it showed publicly for the first time will still provide search results for any term an online user types into it. But Bing is initially designed to provide a much richer search experience for people looking for information in four categories: shopping, travel, health and local businesses.

The strategy could give Microsoft a shot at peeling away users from rival search engines in some popular search areas that also offer lucrative opportunities for selling related advertising. But even if Microsoft is successful, it still faces the problem that Google and Yahoo could simply duplicate Bing’s features. Search engines have a long history of copying each other’s interface changes.

In recent years, for example, all of them have begun suggesting related search terms and blending more photos and videos into their search results.
“If some particular feature becomes particularly popular, it wouldn’t be terribly difficult for Google to mimic that feature,” says Greg Sterling, an Internet analyst with Sterling Market Intelligence, a research firm.

Bing faces another challenge as well: Microsoft’s own research shows that more than 60% of consumers say they are satisfied with existing Internet search engines. That doesn’t bode well for the company’s efforts to eat into Google’s 64% share of the U.S. search market, which far outstrips Yahoo’s 20% share and Microsoft’s 8%, according to comScore Inc.

Microsoft’s approach of going after the four search categories mirrors attempts others have made to compete with Google by building so-called “vertical” search engines, which specialize in showing results in categories where Google’s results are perceived to be weak.

In general, those properties have failed to gain much traction because most consumers prefer a one-stop shop. At the same time, Yahoo and Google have developed and deployed technology unique to specific search areas, like local businesses and shopping.

May 30, 2009 Posted by | Business sector, Personal | , , | 5 Comments

Windows 7 Downgrade Option

windows7 Windows 7, the operating system designed and developed by Microsoft, allows users to downgrade their system to lower version of system. It enables the user to utilize this advanced downgrade option if needed.

Downgrade rights have long been a part of the Windows license for certain versions, particularly for businesses. With Vista, the downgrade right was not only marketed by computer makers, but, once Microsoft stopped selling XP, some PC makers sold Vista machines that were “pre-downgraded” to Windows XP.

Microsoft is actually expanding that Vista downgrade rights program slightly, the company confirmed on Monday. Under the new program, PC makers will be able to ship pre-downgraded machines based on anticipated demand for those systems. Until now, computers makers could only ship XP-downgraded machines if a particular customer had specified that is what he or she had wanted.Microsoft plans a similar program for Windows 7, allowing users to go back not only to Vista, should they choose, but also to Windows XP.

Microsoft hasn’t detailed exactly how downgrade rights will work with Windows 7–beyond confirming that users will be able to go back to XP–but presumably the rights will be attached to the Ultimate and Professional versions of Windows 7.

April 7, 2009 Posted by | Business sector, News, Personal | , , , , | 3 Comments

Windows 7 Server to Release!!!

windows_server_roadmapWindows server boss, the prestigious Bill Laing told that the server version of Windows 7 will ship this calendar year. Windows 7 continues to be tracking ahead of schedule. Although Laing’s comments referred to Windows Server 2008 R2 and not to the desktop version, server products traditionally ship after desktop operating systems based on the same code base, owing to greater testing needs.

Although the R2 product is a relatively minor release for the server unit, it still packs more features than he would have expected a year and a half ago.
As was the case with Windows 7, Microsoft shipped a beta version of the server update in January, after sharing it with some early customers in December. The next version, a release candidate, is due soon.

The release is  not far away, but we don’t have a final date yet.Microsoft’s desktop unit has tried to give itself a lot of wiggle room by not committing to launch Windows 7 this year, although it has been working toward that goal for months. I’ve heard that the company plans to finalize the code as early as June if all goes well with the release candidate.

April 6, 2009 Posted by | News, Personal | , , , | 3 Comments

Cool Features of IE8!

ie8Microsoft launched its new browser in the market one week ago. The New browser is Internet Explorer8 with new cool features and is greatly advanced considering the previous version of Internet Explorer.

Web browsers were once so mundane that Microsoft took five years to upgrade IE6, introduced with Windows XP in 2001, to IE7. Millions still use IE6. Meanwhile, Firefox, introduced in late 2004, has racked up significant market share and popularized features, such as tab browsing, which lets you quickly click back to several open Web pages.

Internet Explorer 8, gets people to the information they need, fast, and provides protection that no other browser can match. This new version of Internet Explorer was a significant improvement on previous editions. The safety features in IE8 are very good. It can spot dubious websites and alert you if you’re about to fall foul of, let’s say, a phishing website, because it has a constantly updating list of dodgy sites. * Microsoft supplies a version of IE for Windows Mobile devices that can be downloaded freely.

* A separate Web interface for Xbox 360.E8

* “Web slices” let you quickly call up selected content from a Web page

* “Accelerators” make it easier to cut and paste text from one page and insert it on another * Extremely fast to browse through the information

* Reliable software that can be easily downloaded

* Good safety features

* Helps to spot dubious tricky websites

* User Friendly interface.

March 23, 2009 Posted by | Fact, News, Personal | , , , , | 6 Comments