Saturday, May 11, 2013

Email News | Ghacks

This is the email category containing all messaging and emailing articles, tutorials and reviews. The category includes web-based email services such as Gmail, Hotmail, Outlook or Yahoo Mail, as well as desktop-based email clients and readers like Mozilla Thunderbird or Microsoft Outlook.

Electronic mail enables Internet users to exchange messages in a similar fashion as the mail system is working. Senders can compose emails in their programs, either on the web or in programs, and send them to recipients that they add to the To, CC or BCC lines of the email using email addresses. It usually takes a couple of seconds before emails arrive at their destination. Emails can contain textual contents but also attachments such as images or other files.

Email accounts are often used to verify people on the Internet, which is why malicious users often try to get access to email accounts for their malicious activities. Attacks include so called phishing attacks where emails look as if they come from an authority but are in fact forgeries that try to lure users into revealing important data such as passwords or credit card numbers

We have published a number of authentication related articles like Gmail Login - Gmail Sign In, or Yahoo Mail Login that try to address issues that users may encounter when using web-based email accounts.

Software Reviews | Software News

Software, programs and applications make up the bulk of the reviews on this website. We Mainly cover Windows Software but review the occasional Mac and Linux Software as well. All reviews are written by expert software testers with years of experience. We always make sure to list compatibilities on the review pages so that you know if a program is compatible with your operating system version, or not.

The majority of apps that we review here on Webwarez Technology News are free to download and use. Sometimes developers make available free and paid versions of their programs, in which case we review the free program and describe what the paid version offers on top of that in the article.

The two categories that Windows users will be most interested in in regards to software reviews are portable software reviews and Windows software reviews. Both are about software for the Windows operating system, but the first only highlights programs that you can run without installation.

We have also released a couple of overview articles and guides for Windows, including a backup software list, or one that is a guide covering Windows Update.

Why Windows 8′s 100 million license milestone is not the same as Windows 7′s

When it comes to Windows 8, Microsoft has only made two announcements so far in regards to how many licenses the company's most recent operating system has sold. Back in January 2013 it reported that 60 million licenses had been sold to end users and manufacturers who create devices that are powered by the operating system.
Microsoft today revealed that sales have recently surpassed the 100 million license mark which includes standalone licenses and licenses that shipped with new PCs and tablets. The figure puts it in the same ballpark sales-wise as its predecessor Windows 7 which reached the 100 million licenses goal by April 2010 after being released in October 2009.
The overall sales figures are nearly identical but that does not necessarily mean that the ratio of Windows 8 systems that end users make use of is identical as well.Microsoft did not disclose volume-sales figures, that is licenses that it sold to enterprises, and did not disclose if Windows RT licenses were included in the sales figure or not.
Usage statistics suggest that the end user adoption rate of Windows 7 was higher than the adoption rate of Windows 8 is right now.
operating system usage share
  • Windows 7 January 2010 - 8.37%
  • Windows 7 April 2010 - 13.47%
  • Windows 8 January 2013 - 2.53%
  • Windows 8 April 2013 - 4.74%
OS Statistics:
  • Windows 7 January 2010 - 11.3%
  • Windows 7 April 2010 - 16.7%
  • Windows 8 January 2013 - 4.8%
  • Windows 8 April 2013 - 7.3%
The statistics suggest that Windows 7's adoption rate was twice as high as the one of Windows 8, and if true, it can only mean that manufacturers did not sell as many of the copies of Windows 8 they ordered from Microsoft than they did when Windows 7 was released.
One could say that Microsoft does not really have to care to whom they sell the licenses. But that is shortsighted as manufacturers who do not sell as many Windows 8 devices as hoped will certainly reduce future orders based on that. It all comes down to the end user adoption rate and all indicators suggest that it is lower than that of Windows 7.
It would be too easy to blame this solely on Windows 8 and the changes that Microsoft made to the operating system. While they most likely play a role, other factors do too. This includes the limited availability of Windows 8 tablet PCs as well as a declining PC market.
There could be another explanation for the difference in usage share between Windows 7 and Windows 8. In the past three years, more devices came to the market and overall use of computer systems has grown as well as a consequence. It is plausible that the same amount of devices would have been reflected in a larger usage share percentage in 2010 than today. It is however unlikely that all of the difference can be explained by that.
Another factor may play a role here: system downgrades count towards the number of licenses sold, even though Windows 8 is not used on downgraded systems at all.
It needs to be noted that only Microsoft could release 100% accurate figures, and that third party statistics do not necessarily reflect the real market situation.
The interview confirms that Windows Blue will be released in 2013, and that it is a codename for an update for Windows 8. It is interesting to note that Microsoft specifically mentions that Windows 8 gives the company the opportunity to respond to customer feedback. If that is a hint that requested features such as a start menu button or a skip start screen option will be integrated remains to be seen.

Microsoft Windows News | Windows Operating System News

Welcome to the Microsoft Windows category of webwarez. This section of the website lists all Windows-related articles that we have published. The main focus of our site are software reviews, but we also feature operating system related news, tips and tricks or tutorials that help you get the most out of your PC.

You may especially be interested in some of our overview articles and guides that help you understand and use core Windows features and concepts such as Windows Update,software to backup Windows or our latest Windows software reviews

Windows XP was the state of the art operating system when we launched our website and we have followed development of the operating system closely thereafter. This means that you will find articles covering Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 here on the site as well as coverage of server versions of the Windows operating system.

We make sure that our software reviews always highlight compatibility with versions of Windows so that you know if applications are compatible with your version of the OS or not.

I suggest you check out our Windows tips section, our software reviews or the list of portable programs that we have reviewed in the past.

Windows 8 to be redesigned by Microsoft as PC sales plummet

Biggest expectation is that update will revive start button familiar to users for 17 years before removal from Windows 8

When Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer first revealed his software for the touchscreen world in February 2012, he said he was "betting the company" on it.
There were "no compromises" made in replacing the time-honoured desktop with Windows 8's colourful tile-based interface, Ballmer insisted.
But just six months after the official release, Microsoft – which relies on Windows licences for about half its profits – is getting ready to make compromises to key aspects of the software. It comes after its leap into the tablet computing future was described as "confusing" (or worse) by new users and has been blamed for plummeting sales of PCs, which had their sharpest drop on record in the first three months of this year, down 14%.
The biggest expectation is that the update to Windows 8, codenamed Blue and due within a few weeks, will revive the start button that had been familiar to users for 17 years but which was removed from the new version.
If correct, it will be a U-turn as momentous in its way as Coca-Cola's abandonment of "New Coke" in 1985 just three months after its launch following consumer protests.
Tami Reller, promoted to head Microsoft's Windows division after Ballme rejected former chief Steve Sinofsky in November, announced on aninternal Microsoft blog on Monday that Blue will be "an opportunity for us to respond to the customer feedback that we've been closely listening to" since the October launch.
"Are there things that we can do to improve the experience? Absolutely," Reller told the Associated Press. "There is a learning curve [to Windows 8] and we can work to address that."
The principal challenge for experienced users of Windows is the total absence of a Start button, familiar since 1995 as the place with all their programs and shortcuts stored in a huge list. Windows 8 instead introduces a layer of giant "tiles" over the traditional desktop.
But users find that perplexing – so much so that one of the bestselling apps on Windows 8 has been Stardock, which lets the user add the start button back in, and ModernMix, which lets tile apps run on the old desktop. That will have given Reller pause – along with the fact that sales of Windows PCs have shrunk for the past four quarters, declining sharply year-on-year by 11.4% between January-March to about 74m.
The blame for that was put squarely at Sinofsky's door by Bob O'Donnell of the research company IDC: "At this point, unfortunately, it seems clear that the Windows 8 launch not only failed to provide a positive boost to the PC market, but appears to have slowed the market," he said.
"The costs associated with touch have made PCs a less attractive alternative to dedicated tablets and other competitive devices."
However Reller gave no other hints about what's coming, or when. That's a problem in itself, said Richard Doherty of Envisioneering, a market research company: "they had the Vista misstep in 2007 [when an earlier Windows update alienated users] and this is more of that. They're telling people 'take it or leave it', and consumers have been leaving it."
Even so analysts don't think the Start button will return in exactly that form.
At Gartner, a rival research company, vice-president Michael Silver says Microsoft "didn't listen to customers who were pointing [the start button problem] out in testing. They could have had a middle ground, but chose not to – I think Sinofsky made sure it was pretty difficult to make major changes if he didn't want them."
Sinofsky and Ballmer are understood to have argued over such flexibility – which saw the junior leave quickly. Even so Silver thinks the changes will only offer the chance to start the machine purely in the desktop mode, bypassing the tiles; he doesn't expect the Start button back.
Meawhile the traditional PC business is merging rapidly with that of tablets and smartphones – in which Microsoft is barely visible. IDC said that while PC sales were plunging, tablet sales in the first quarter of 2013 hit 49.2m, overtaking desktop-based PCs. Smartphones passed that mark long ago, having outsold PCs since the end of 2010, and in developing countries they are becoming many peoples' first computing device. But Microsoft's Windows Phone has less than 5% share worldwide, compared with 70% for Google's Android and 20% for Apple's iPhone. Microsoft only has about 1% of the tablet market, according to IDC.
This week Microsoft co-founder and chairman Bill Gates defended Windows 8: "It takes the benefits of a tablet and the benefits of a PC, and it's able to support both of those – so if you have [Microsoft own-brand tablet] Surface, Surface Pro, you've got that portability of a tablet but the richness of a PC in terms of the keyboard, Microsoft Office of a PC," he said. "Microsoft is trying to gain share in what has been dominated by the iPad-type device."
Paradoxically Microsoft's stock is presently trading at a six-year high, after the hedge fund ValueAct Capital took a $2bn stake at the end of April, with its chief executive Jeffrey Ubben remarking "We see Microsoft's consumer strategy challenges, and say 'who cares'."
Reller was also able to announce that Microsoft has now sold 100m Windows 8 licences in the six months since it was launched, matching the previous figure for Windows 7 at the same time in 2010. Though she didn't explain it, business customers are buying Windows 8 licences but actually install the older Windows 7 – with its familiar start button.

Sony moves back into profit on weaker yen and cost cutting

Japanese electronics and entertainment company reports profits of ¥43bn for the year, following four years of losses

Sony has dragged itself back to profit for the financial year to 31 March, reporting profits of ¥43bn (£280m) following four straight years of red ink. The Japanese electronics and entertainment company's annual loss of ¥457bn the previous year was the worst in its 66-year history.
The Tokyo-based firm expects the recovery to continue, and on Thursday projected a ¥50bn profit for the fiscal year ending March 2014, up 16%.
A weak yen helps Japanese exporters, and the dollar has gained 20% against the yen in recent months. The weak yen is expected to continue in the coming months because of the policies of the prime minister, Shinzo Abe, who took office last year.
Sony sank to a ¥255.2bn loss for the January-March period in 2012, slammed by its money-losing TV business and competition from its rivals Apple and Samsung. But in the same period this year Sony recorded a ¥93.9bn profit, with big help from a weaker yen.
Sales for the January-March period rose 8% to ¥1.7 trillion yen, mainly from a favourable currency rate.
Sony's annual earnings bettered its own forecast for a ¥40bn profit, and that of analysts surveyed by FactSet at about ¥33bn.
Sony has been shedding jobs and selling assets and parts of businesses in recent years in an effort to achieve a turnaround. It has lost much of its historical glamour as the maker of the Walkman portable music player and the PlayStation 3 video-game console.

Nokia unveils Lumia 928 in attempt to break into US market

Nokia has unveiled a new high-end smartphone, the Lumia 928, which it will sell exclusively through the second-largest US carrier, Verizon, aiming to expand its share in the premium market after years in which it has fallen behind rivals Samsung and Apple.
The announcement comes ahead of a high-profile announcement next Tuesday in London where the company is expected to outline its strategy for its smartphone business, now tied entirely to Microsoft's Windows Phone platform. Analysts reckon success in the high-margin smartphone market will be crucial for the Finnish company's long-term survival.
The new Lumia 928, priced at $99 if customers mail in a $50 rebate and sign to a two-year deal with Verizon, is similar to the Lumia 920 model currently sold through AT&T, but is lighter and slightly different in appearance.
It weighs 162g compared with 185g for the 920, which some critics had said was too heavy. The 4.5in screen also extends to the edge of the phone, giving a sharper impression than the curved edges of the 920. The new models also come in black and white, compared with the colourful options including blue, red and yellow, of the earlier Lumia range.
Most other features, such as a 8.7MP camera and 1.5GHz dual core processor by Qualcomm, are the same as the 920.
The 920 had only limited success for Nokia in the US; in the past four quarters the company has sold a total of just 2m phones in North America, and just 400,000 in the first quarter, according to its financial figures. But demonstrating the promise of the region, North America has had the highest average selling prices for phones for seven of the last eight quarters – despite also being the Finnish company's smallest region by volume and revenue. The US is the richest phone market in the world, though Samsung and Apple have increasingly cornered its smartphone segment: according to ComScore, 82m of the 137m smartphone users there use on or the other, while Windows Phone has around 3m users.
The 928 is the latest in Nokia's Lumia range of smartphones which use Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 software.
Nokia switched to Windows Phone in 2011, aiming to compete with Apple's iPhones and rivals using Google's Android system. Though worldwide sales of Lumia phones have grown in recent quarters, at 5.6m in first quarter they still account for only around 5% of the overall smartphone market, which now makes up more than half of all mobile phone sales.
Earlier this week chief executive Stephen Elop launched a series of new products running Nokia's "Asha" software, which gives it some smartphone-like capability, priced in the lower and mid-tier range to protect its position in emerging markets such as India and China. However Nokia itself doesn't class Asha phones as smartphones, and the new models don't have 3G data capability.