News Highlights – January 2011

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The first month of this new year has come to a close. Before we embrace a whole new month of exciting technology news, lets look back at the 10 most popular news headlines of January 2011.

Rumor: Windows 8 to be released on January 7, 2013?
It is being reported that Windows 8, Microsoft’s next big thing in the operating system standpoint, is scheduled to hit RTM (Release to Manufacturing) at the very end of the year 2012. Windows 8 will then be available in neat little packages at retail stores around January 7th, of 2013.

Intel’s Sandy Bridge Architecture & CPU Performance
Sometimes the unraveling of a new CPU is exciting. And then, sometimes, it is like fasten your seatbelt, close your eyes and hope you’ll withstand the G-force from the sheer acceleration of workloads.

Windows 8 at Milestone 2 already?
Microsoft’s next operating system and successor to Windows 7 has apparently reached its second milestone mark. From what is being reported at, Windows 8 currently has the following build string: 6.2.79xx.0.winmain_win8m2.xxxxxx-xxxx, which clearly indicates that it is a milestone 2 build. The last known build was 7904 which was compiled on the 16th of December 2010.

Use hidden Windows tweaks to speed up your Internet and network connections
Windows Vista and 7 include valuable features carefully designed to optimize your Internet and network speeds. Do these work for you, though? It’s hard to say, because they’re so deeply buried that there’s no obvious way to see how they’re set, or turn them on or off — and so many people don’t realize the options even exist.

Microsoft sends Windows 7 SP1 to OEMs
Russian Microsoft employees have pushed the button on Windows 7 service pack 1, by revealing that it is winging its way to computer manufacturers.

90% of Microsoft customers in China using pirated software
So you are the President of China. You come to the United States to meet with the American President. Should be a good time, right? Instead, Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer shows up to the meeting and begins claiming that 90% of Microsoft software used in China is pirated!

Microsoft’s Multitouch Mouse Takes Windows 7 to the Next Level
At the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Microsoft unveiled the Touch Mouse, a new multitouch device designed for Windows 7 that lets people click, flick, scroll and swipe, making it easy and fun to interact with their PCs.

More on Microsoft ‘Jupiter’ and what it means for Windows 8
Mary Jo Foley: After a first tip this week on Microsoft’s Jupiter – a new “application model” for Windows 8 – I started nosing around to learn more about this mysterious new Microsoft codename.

Microsoft’s Ballmer discusses Apple and Kinect for PC
BBC’s Click interviewed Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at CES. Steve talks about the possibilities of Microsoft formally supporting Kinect on the PC as well as well the differences between the Apple and PC ecosystem.

Windows Phone updates in 2011
Paul Thurrott: I can finally reveal a number of details about the first Windows Phone 7 update, a future major update, and how Microsoft intends to roll out updates generally.

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