Microsoft to launch Windows Compatibility Center web site

Microsoft wants everyone to be able to convert to Windows 7 smoothly. To help with that, it will launch a Windows 7 compatability Web site for consumers to be able to see which products will be able to run and support the OS.

As of this writing, the site is live but the database of which products from which manufacturers is not yet available. Microsoft said the be The Windows Compatibility Center site will be ready “for the launch of Windows 7.

“We will have more on this as we get closer to launch, but thousands of products are being populated into the Compatibility Center right now based on confirmed statements of support from partners,” Mark Relph, a senior director with Microsoft’s Windows Product Strategy Group and leader of its Windows Ecosystem team said. “If you are a customer, you can be confident that we are working with our partners to ensure you find the compatibility status, downloads, and helpful resources for the products you use every day.”

Earlier this week, Microsoft has already unveiled the Windows 7 logo program and over 6,000 products have already received the logo indicating that these products have been tested against the new OS.


Microsoft sets limits on Windows 7

Yup, Microsoft’s bigman himself, Steve Ballmer, confirmed that the Windows 7 Starter will have certain limitations that should be abided by computer makers.

Although some executives of the software giant already said earlier this yea that the company will place restrictions on some of the versions of the OS, Steve Ballmer  is the highest computer official to confirm and talk specifics on the limitations.

The Windows 7 Starter edition is expected to be placed in netbooks or systems with small screens and low-powered processors. Also, it will not be sold directly to consumers or businesses. Instead, it will be available to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) like Acer, ASUS, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Toshiba.

“Our license tells you what a netbook is,” said Ballmer at the Microsoft-hosted day with Wall Street analysts. “Our license says it’s got to have a super-small screen, which means it probably has a super-small keyboard, and it has to have a certain processor and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.”

And their purpose for the limitations?

“We want people to be able to get the advantages of lightweight performance and be able to spend more money with us, with Intel, with HP, with Dell and with many, many others,” Balmer said.


Windows 7 activation hacked, rumors say

Not even available in the market, and its already hacked. Well, it comes not as a surprise when hackers have become more and more intelligent in breaking protections and deciphering codes.

The final code for Windows 7 which was just released to manufacturers is now reportedly facing a security risk, according to variety of forums and as first reported by Rumors say that the Windows Genuine Advantage antipiracy system in the Windows 7 Ultimate release to manufacturers (RTM) has reportedly been compromised by Chinese hackers, allowing a user to fully activate the software offline without having to connect to Microsoft’s activation server.

The software’s RTM code is the same as the retail code. These codes are released earlier to PC makers to give them time to get ready by the launch date, which is set on October.

Hackers, through the leaked ISO file, were able to get a hold of the activation cert that Microsoft digitally signed for the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) version of Windows 7.

Microsoft isn’t unaware of the situation though. In a statement they released to CNet News, they assured customers that they are busy doing whatever they can to put a stop on this.

We are aware of reports of activation exploits that attempt to circumvent activation and validation in Windows 7, and we can assure customers that Microsoft is committed to protecting them from counterfeit and pirated software. Microsoft strongly advises customers not to download Windows 7 from unauthorized sources. Downloading Windows 7 from peer-to-peer Web sites exposes users to increased risks–such as viruses, Trojans, and other malware and malicious code–that usually accompany counterfeit software. These risks can seriously harm or permanently destroy data and often expose users to identity theft and other criminal schemes.


Intel and Microsoft work together for Windows 7

With their history going back more than 20 years now, the collaboration with Microsoft and Intel for Windows 7 OS is not that surprising anymore.

The two giants are working together to give Windows 7 the ability to better identify resources available and break up application processing over multiple chip cores and threads.

Joakim Lialias, an Intel alliance manager, wrote in a blog entry on Microsoft’s Web site that a feature called SMT parking allows Windows 7 to take advantage of Intel hyperthreading technology  “better performance on hyperthreaded, multicore Intel processor.,”

In an article from PCWorld, it wrote that the feature will help users break up tasks like video encoding and image filtering over multiple task-execution threads. To make the long story short, “the more cores you have, the better”, Intel spokesman George Alfs said.

The two companies also worked on technologies that could improve Windows 7’s boot, shut-down, sleep and resume times. Hmmmn, about time too.  🙂


No Windows 7 for some corporations

Through a new survey conducted by Quest Software’s ScriptLogic unit, a significant number of corporations have no plans to immediately change their OS to Windows 7.

From 1000 responses from IT administrators, only 5.4 percent said they will move to Windows 7 this year while over a third of the survey respondents said that they plan to deploy by the end of next year.

It’s not because of problems with the OS that many corporations opt not to upgrade though. According to Nick Cavalancia, vice president of Windows management ScriptLogic, it was found out through the survey that “thirty five percent of respondents say they’ve saved money by skipping upgrades and delaying purchases,” which according to him, highlights the impact the economy has on IT.

It was also found out through the results of the survey that the two top reasons for corporations not moving to the new OS were lack of time and resources and application compatibility, which the latter could also result to added expenses.

The code for Windows 7 is expected to be finalized later this month.