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Microsoft Boasts 90,000,000 Windows 7 Sold

Even when Windows 7 launched into a warm reception (and brisk sales), Microsoft didn't reveal exact sale numbers for its new OS – until today.

Microsoft CFO Peter Klein announced at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference that Windows 7 has sold 90 million licenses to-date.

Up until recently, Microsoft's company line when boasting about Windows 7 sales is that is the fastest selling operating system in history, but without any accompanying number.

This news comes just days after the expiration of the free use of Windows 7 Release Candidate.

Intel, AMD and Nvidia In Ten Years

I've been a journalist/reviewer in the 3D graphics industry for over a decade. I can still remember walking through Fry's Electronics and seeing Western Digital's Paradise Tasmania 3D and actually getting excited about the Yamaha-powered graphics chip. Chris Angelini, the managing editor of Tom's Hardware US, and I go way back, with our first jobs in online journalism traced back to 3DGaming.com more than a decade ago.

Inserting Blu-ray Disks May Freeze Win 7

An update that took place in December 2009 may cause Windows 7 to lock up when a Blu-ray disc is inserted into the BD-R drive.

Softpedia reports that Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 customers may experience a virtual system halt after inserting a BD-R into the PC's Blu-ray drive. Microsoft has already created a hotfix for the issue, however the patch will not be deployed to all users of both platforms.

New Microsoft BlueTrack Mice

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Microsoft Hardware said Thursday that it has added three new mice to its current BlueTrack Technology-based line of peripherals. The new models will be dirt cheap, costing just under $30, and includes the Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500, Wireless Mouse 2000 and Comfort Mouse 4500.

All three were touted with the ability to "virtually" track on any surface, designed for the mobile consumer who doesn't have the room or patience to carry a mousepad.

Best Gaming CPUs For The Money

"If you don’t have the time to research the benchmarks, or if you don’t feel confident enough in your ability to pick the right processor for your next gaming machine, fear not. We at Tom’s Hardware have come to your aid with a simple list of the best gaming CPUs offered for the money.

While there is no new technology here, the refresh represents a solid 100 MHz speed bump for the entire Athlon II lineup, in addition to a couple of Phenom II models.

Hotmail Breached; Microsoft Investigates

Microsoft said that it is investigating a security snafu at its Hotmail property that occurred earlier this week. Some Hotmail users report that, upon logging into their account, they would see the inbox that belonged to someone else.

Microsoft quickly issued a statement: "Microsoft is investigating reports of a limited number of instances in which Windows Live customers may have access to other customers' accounts when accessing their account through mobile web browser.

Inside Western Digital

"My first hard drive, entombed in a 1988 XT clone, stored 20 megabytes and clicked and chugged almost as much as my dad’s Buick. Back then, I worried about preserving 30KB text files. Now, I have to preserve, well, everything.

Perhaps like you, I’ve lost count of how many terabytes of capacity I have at my disposal, both on hand and online. We all know that solid state storage is great for speed and for shaving off seconds from your level load times, but hard drives safeguard your life.

2D - All Graphics Cards Equal?

Update (1/26/2010): Since the original publication of this story on Tom's Hardware DE, we've shared our findings and benchmark binary with AMD for analysis. The company's commentary is included in our conclusion.

Intro: Aren't All Graphics Cards Equal When It Come To 2D?

Since the launch of Windows 7 a few months ago, graphics card vendors have introduced a handful of new GPUs, working to develop and roll out drivers for their products.

AMD to Demonstrate on Blu-ray Stereoscopic 3D

Are you ready for Blu-ray 3D? We aren't either, but AMD is excited to show off its Blu-ray stereoscopic 3D standard. The company today announced that it will demonstrate the forthcoming "standard" at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show.

AMD said that it will be partnering with CyberLink to jointly preview its 3D technology in the Grand Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Windows 7 Marketshare Jumps Past 3 Percent

Windows 7 has officially been a part of the worldwide mass market for more than a week and a half and now makes up more than 3.6 percent of all PCs tracked by research firm Net Applications.

Net Applications tracks OS usage statistics through information reported by internet browser software. On October 21, the day before the official launch, Windows 7 usage was at 1.89 per cent, according to Channel Register. By launch day, the number hit 1.99 per cent, constantly rising to 3.67 percent it hit on November 1.

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