Microsoft Extends Windows XP Support till April 2014

microsoft-extends-windows-xp-support-till-april-2014In a surprised news, Microsoft has promised to provide support for Windows XP till 2014, a full 13 years after Windows XP was released in October 25, 2001. Microsoft normally terminates support for its operating system within 10 years of its release.

Microsoft senior VP Bill Veghte said the software maker will provide security patches and other critical updates for Windows XP until April, 2014. “Our ongoing support for Windows XP is the result of our recognition that people keep their Windows-based PCs for many years,” Veghte wrote in a letter sent to customers. Majority of Microsoft’s large customers have not upgraded to the newer Windows Vista (released January 2007), due mainly to Vista’s resource requirements and lack of compatibility with older applications. Many of them are expected to skip Vista altogether and continue to use Windows XP until Windows 7 becomes available in 2010 or later.

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Mozilla launches Firefox 3

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Mozilla on Tuesday released Firefox 3, a major update to the popular free open source browser that is “two to three times faster” and uses less memory than its predecessor. As part of the launch on 17 June 2008, Mozilla kicked off a “Download Day” campaign in a bid to set a Guinness World Record for the greatest number of software downloads in 24 hours. Mozilla Firefox 3 is available in approximately 50 languages and on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux platforms. Download Mozilla Firefox 3.

If you are a Mac user like we do, you might ponder if there is a need to switch to using Firefox with all the hype around it. Shouldn’t the standard Apple Safari browser be good enough? If you are questioning and not downloading Firefox now, the answer is ‘Yes’. With the recent release of Safari 3.1, Apple has made Safari one of the best browsers in the market and Safari is gaining market share.

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