Fonts are a popular topic with our readers, so it's important to note that major changes appear afoot for Times New Roman--something of a de facto standard for the last decade because of its enviable position as the default on Microsoft Word. But as Andrew Whitacre notes in this post, it was knocked from its perch earlier this year in beta releases of Office 2007. So what, he asks, does this portend for the future of the font world?
The Vista Views panel is being brought together by CNET News.com to discover what people on the street think about Microsoft's new operating system. We're looking for a range of perspectives--from beta testers to business buyers to home PC owners.
Interested in joining the panel pool? Here's how it works:
Whenever key Vista news breaks, we'll send an e-mail to contributors for their response. Sometimes, we'll ask a yes/no question and use the results as a simple poll. Other times, we'll look for more in-depth feedback on Vista current events. It doesn'… Read more
No matter what they do, a lot of people seem to think an alternative to the universal JPEG format is a good idea. They just wish it wasn't coming from Microsoft.
Knee-jerk criticism, and even downright hatred, of Microsoft has softened in the last couple of years thanks to Google's ascension toward world domination. But bloggers and News.com readers indicate that some things--namely skepticism toward anything Microsoft does--may never change.
Blog community response:
"This … Read more
Among the more than 3,500 attendees at Microsoft's annual event for hardware experts are some perhaps unexpected visitors: Apple Computer employees. The Cupertino, Calif., company has four people at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference in Seattle this week, checking out what Microsoft is up to.
"I am attending WinHEC to keep tabs on what is happening in the industry and what Microsoft is looking to do over the next year," said David Harrington, manager of the hardware technology group in Apple's worldwide developer relations department. He declined to make any further comment, citing Apple's … Read more
Last week, Microsoft released a test version of its "Upgrade Advisor," a downloadable tool that aims to tell users how Vista-ready their system is.
I decided to run it on all the systems I had at my disposal and found some interesting results. The first candidate was the four-month-old Compaq desktop that I have been using to test Vista. I also have a Windows XP partition, and I ran the tool using that.
But despite the fact that I have been running Vista on the machine for months, the advisor tool said it would need a memory upgrade … Read more
Mac fans certainly have enjoyed no shortage of fun with the many delays and feature cuts of Windows Vista. Apple Computer itself has gotten in on the act.
Now, even hard-core Windows enthusiasts (yes, they exist), are joining in.
In a posting last week, Windows blogger Paul Thurrott took Microsoft to task for its execution of the new OS.
Thurrott focuses less on the timing and more on the negative comparison between what Microsoft has promised with the new OS, and what he says it stands to deliver when it does get Vista out the door.
In many cases, he … Read more
Although a major update to the Vista test version is still some time away, Microsoft has been making some minor enhancements to the current test version.
The next big release is the consumer test version of Vista, which Microsoft is shooting to get out this quarter and make available to about 2 million testers.
Before that release, though, Microsoft is considering a smaller update that would be made available only to those Technology Adoption Program (TAP) customers and other testers who are already using the latest test version.
"We are considering releasing updated Windows Vista code to Windows Vista … Read more
One of the biggest hang-ups with the Intel Macs is that there's still software, notably Adobe Photoshop, whose Apple-specific code has not yet been converted to run on Intel-based hardware. Apple's answer was emulation, but the performance in intense content creation apps like Photoshop and Sorensen Squeeze for video editing is ugly. But here in the post-Boot Camp world, Intel-based Apple owners can now have it both ways.
With Windows XP Pro running on a 2.0GHz iMac Core Duo, we ran our Photoshop test in less than half the time it took than with the same … Read more
Windows chief Jim Allchin said that the company will finish the code this year, but will push out the full launch to ensure that all PC makers will be ready for the launch.
"We needed just a few more weeks and that put us in a bubble... where some partners would be impacted more than others," Allchin said in a conference call with reporters and analysts.
Microsoft has just announced a Vista conference call to take place in a few minutes with Windows chief Jim Allchin. A media alert went out at 2 p.m. for a 2:30 p.m. call.
For what it's worth, Bill Gates said earlier Tuesday that the new OS is due "late" this year, which didn't sound that different than Microsoft's long-standing goal to get the OS on PCs that sell this holiday season.