Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Apple Officially Supports Windows 7

Apple has finally updated its Boot Camp Windows software to support Windows 7 as of late yesterday. The update, version 3.1, was originally scheduled for 2009, but late in the year was pushed back to early 2010, leading some to question Apple’s dedication to supporting Windows on their platform.

The update, which comes in both 32-bit (380.73 MB) and 64-bit (274.58 MB) flavors, supports Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate. From Apple’s release notes:

This update adds support for Microsoft Windows 7 (Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate), addresses issues with the Apple trackpad, turns off the red digital audio port LED on laptop computers when it is not being used, and supports the Apple wireless keyboard and Apple Magic mouse.

This update is highly recommended for all Boot Camp 3.0 users.

For more information, please visit this website:http://www.apple.com/support/bootcamp/

An additional Windows 7 driver pack was released for the new 21.5″ and 27″ iMacs, along with an applicable graphics firmware update for iMacs and Macs Pro. It’s hard to say why Apple couldn’t have released one driver package for all their Macs, but it looks like we’ll have to take what we can get.

Oddly, these packages only officially support installation under Windows XP or Windows Vista, which can then be upgraded to Windows 7.

Microsoft Surface

The computing community is slowly coming to understand that there is a lot more to the Windows 7 operating system than has be shown. Many features are slowly coming to the forefront because applications are coming out that take advantage of the OS features.

What is Microsoft Surface?

Microsoft surface is a multi-touch product (a table with a computer screen) that is a software and hardware combination technology. It is designed to allows users to change and work with digital content through hand gestures. The hardware surface is a 30-inch (76 cm) display in a table-like setting. The dimensions are 22 inches (56 cm) high, by 21 inches (53 cm) deep, and 42 inches (107 cm) wide. It has an acrylic tabletop, with a stell powder-coated interior frame.

The software platform runs on Windows Vista and Windows 7. In fact Windows 7 adds strong support for multi-touch displays and makes it similiar to using an iPhone. Surface also has network connectivity using Ethernet 10/100, wireless 802.11 b/g, or Bluetooth 2.0. Surface applications are written using either Windows Presentation Foundation or Microsoft XNA technology.









Remote administration of Microsoft Surface is available as units can be deployed to remote locations away from the immediate reach of an IT administrator. The standard administrative tasks can be performed such as taking a unit offline, installing applications, monitoring the unit, managing updates, and recovering the system. All of this can be accomplished with remote administration tools.











Core Applications

Here is a list of core applications that are available with Surface

  • Microsoft Surface Concierge: This program allows companies to display interactive maps and highlight specific locations.
  • Microsoft Surface Photos: Users can browse and control photos and videos that have been installed on Surface or downloaded from a device interacting with Surface.
  • Microsoft Surface Music: This program allows companies to add music collections to a Surface unit so users can select, and play.
  • Microsoft Surface Newsreader: Users can to stay up-to-date with news stories and videos in a variety of categories coming from MSNBC.com.
  • Microsoft Surface Games Pack: Classic games of Chess and Checkers can be played in a new way, plus use their fingers and gestures to try their hand at the innovative new Tiles and Ribbons games.
  • Microsoft Surface Water: This program behaves like a screen saver. the application runs when a Surface unit is not being used. But it lets users approach and touch the Surface, using life-like water ripples to demonstrate how Surface responds to touches and objects placed on the screen. This application comes pre-installed on Microsoft Surface units.

Other applications are under development.

Here is The Microsoft Site on Surface.