"One of the minor "features" Microsoft included in the Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview released earlier this week was reduced operating system support; it will only install on Windows 7, leaving Windows XP and Windows Vista users out in the cold.
HELSINKI, FINLAND – APRIL 14, 2011 – Futuremark® today confirmed that PCMark® 7, a new benchmark offering complete PC performance testing for Windows 7, will be released on May 3, 2011. PCMark 7 will be available in 3 editions: the Basic Edition, a free download offering unlimited runs of the main PCMark test, the Advanced Edition which includes all 7 PC tests and the Professional Edition which unlocks all features and is the only edition licensed for commercial use.
Windows enthusiasts who can’t wait to experience Windows 8, the next version of Windows operating system after Windows 7, an early build has been leaked on the web. The leaked Windows 8 ISO image has the build version of 6.1.7850.0.100922-1508 of winmain_win8m1 branch, indicating that it’s compiled and signed off on September 22, 2010. The build is the final build that belongs to M1 milestone, and the Windows 8 development has since been moved to M2, M3 and post-milestone versions up to 6.2.7980.0.winmain.110407-1832, as it has been more than 6 months since the M1.
"Hopes of trading in the copy of Halo: Reach Xbox 360 system update testers are getting for participating flew out the window this morning, as these lovely warning covered Reach discs began arriving on testers' doorsteps. Several testers have sent us pictures of the mailings this morning, as the disc-based wave of the next Xbox 360 system update testing gets underway. From what we've heard there are two testing groups: One that is receiving discs, and another that is strictly doing things on a downloadable basis."
"Firefox add-ons are a great way to add features and improve security in Mozilla's browser, but they can seriously slow performance too. Now Mozilla is taking action against those speed-killing extensions. In an April 1 blog post, Mozilla product manager Justin Scott outlines a series of initiatives designed to minimize delays caused by add-ons. "Firefox performance is extremely important to our users, especially how quickly it starts up and loads websites.
"When you rolled out of bed this morning, did your thoughts turn to preserving your data in the case of hardware failure? If so, you either work with databases or you remembered that today, March 31, is World Backup Day. In fact, it's the first World Backup Day. The concept emerged from our sister site, reddit, where one intrepid redditor suggested the idea a week ago, and the reddit community quickly jumped onboard.
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