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Download Ferrari Windows 7 Theme

Posted by mohan desai on ઓગસ્ટ 17, 2009

Now good news for Ferrari lover, Now download Ferrari windows 7 Theme

Ferrari Windows 7 Theme is exclusively developed by Ferrari & Microsoft in Italy.

However Ferrari Windows 7 theme is not yet officially release, but you can still download using below link provided by WindowsZone. This theme includes 5 fantastic Ferrari pictures with slideshow feature.

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Download Free Official Windows 7 Tips and Tricks E-Book

Posted by mohan desai on ઓગસ્ટ 7, 2009

Microsoft has yet again released a windows 7 tips and tricks e-book to understand windows 7 better,

WINDOWS 7 has all great feature and you not miss any features of windows 7 for that Microsoft reless this e-book to understand better,

It has a wide collection useful tips which you can apply on windows 7 to make it more productive and useful to you. The approximate size of the e-book would be 6 MB

link: Download Free Windows 7 e-book

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Windows 7 Logon Screen Rotator to change login image each time

Posted by mohan desai on ઓગસ્ટ 4, 2009

WINDOWS 7 creating lots of news because it has all the great features now a days all people are talking about Windows 7,
Now you can change your login page of windows 7, i mean you don’t have to show same login page for each time, use windows 7 logon screen Rotator to a 10 different images,
this application is free , If you are tired of seeing the same Windows 7 Login each time and are looking for a change, give this application a try.

images and click on “Enable Settings and Exit”. You must make sure that the image you want to use is less than 256Kb. The application will ask you with which image to start and you can enter the desired number. The program requires no installation.

link: Windows 7 Logon Screen Rotator

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Windows 7 Family Pack Price and Delivery Details Made Official

Posted by mohan desai on ઓગસ્ટ 3, 2009

Microsoft officially announced the pricing and delivery details of windows 7 family pack for family user who want to upgrade there earlier version of windows to windows 7 on up to 3PCs,

Windows 7 Team blog has made an official announcement on Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade and Windows 7 Family Pack. Windows 7 Home Premium Family Pack will be available starting on October 22nd, the day Windows 7 release to market, or until supplies last, in the US and other select markets.
Thus, Windows 7 Family Pack will not be always available, and is quantity-limited and time-limited offer. The Family Pack can be used to install Windows 7 Home Premium on up to 3 computers. The price of Windows 7 Family Pack will be as follow:

US: USD $149.99
Canada: CAD $199.99

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Windows Anytime Upgrade (WAU) for Windows 7 Official Prices List and Details

Posted by mohan desai on ઓગસ્ટ 3, 2009

windows 7 is available in a total 6 editions, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate. Windows Enterprise is mostly used by corporate,
Microsoft’s each editions have some different from each other with higher price you get all feutures in windows 7,

But Not all consumers will buy the expensive Windows 7 Ultimate from start. As a result, Microsoft offers a Windows Anytime Upgrade (WAU) program for users who are looking to upgrade from lower priced edition to more premium version of Windows 7 at discount price.


Microsoft has officially announced the official prices for Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade, together with Windows 7 Family Pack.

Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade Pricing List for USA

* Windows 7 Starter to Windows 7 Home Premium: $79.99
* Windows 7 Starter to Windows 7 Professional: $114.99
* Windows 7 Starter to Windows 7 Ultimate: $164.99
* Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional: $89.99
* Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Ultimate: $139.99
* Windows 7 Professional to Windows 7 Ultimate: $129.99

Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade (WAU) Price Details for UK

* Windows 7 Starter to Windows 7 Home Premium:£69.99
* Windows 7 Starter to Windows 7 Professional: £119.99
* Windows 7 Starter to Windows 7 Ultimate: £139.99
* Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional: £119.99
* Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Ultimate: £124.99
* Windows 7 Professional to Windows 7 Ultimate: £84.99

Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade Prices for Europe

* Windows 7 Starter to Windows 7 Home Premium: €74.99
* Windows 7 Starter to Windows 7 Professional: €184.99
* Windows 7 Starter to Windows 7 Ultimate: €204.99
* Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional: €179.99
* Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Ultimate: €189.99
* Windows 7 Professional to Windows 7 Ultimate: €134.99

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Windows 7 Ultimate Crack Available for Free Download

Posted by mohan desai on જુલાઇ 31, 2009


Though we – the loyal customers need to wait a couple of months before we get the legal copies of Windows 7. The Windows 7 Activation crack is already available online for Free download. It has been barely a couple of weeks since Microsoft made available the RTM version of Windows 7 to the OEMs and lo we have the activation crack already available for Windows 7.

The Windows 7 Ultimate Activation crack is available on a Chinese Forum(Link cannot be revealed due to piracy concerns). The Windows 7 Ultimate activation crack has been built on the OEM version of Lenovo’s Windows 7 Ultimate OEM DVD. The DVD ISO of Windows 7 Ultimate along with the newly available crack is already leaked at the forum. Anyone who uses the leaked .ISO, along with the OEM-SLP product key of Windows 7 Ultimate, coupled along with the activation certificates can be obtained through the boot.wim – helps you run Windows 7 Ultimate Final version.

The new activation crack uses a very simple technique of exploiting the “OEM Activation 2.1”, which happens to be an updated volume license activation system by Microsoft that was earlier available from 2006 with Windows Vista and known infamously as “Activation 2.0”. Looks like Microsoft hasn’t learned from the mistakes coz, Activation 2.0 was previously the easy module break into Vista way back in 2006 when Vista hit the stores.

The new crack which has been successfully been built on a Windows 7 volume license means that anyone who uses this cracked version can install Windows 7 on numerous machines without any limitations as such.

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Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts Keys

Posted by mohan desai on જુલાઇ 31, 2009

Keyboard shortcuts, which also known as accelerator keys or hotkeys, are a finite set of one key or a combination of two or more keys that, when pressed, will invoke an operation or perform a task by operating system or application program running within the operating system, or simply activate and run a program. Keyboard shortcuts or hot keys make it easier for user to interact with computer, which otherwise would typically require a mouse or other pointing device to perform the operation.Winodws 7 includes many new keyboard accelerator keys that make it easier to work with menus and other commands. Normally, the keyboard shortcuts to activate the command are listed along with command in the programs’ menus (typically a letter is underlined to indicate that it can be activated by pressing the combination of Alt key with the underlined key). Some are not listed and hidden though.
Here’s the full list of Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts or accelerator hotkeys available on the operating system level and also for several built-in application programs in Windows 7, as published by
Microsoft.

Ease of Access keyboard shortcuts

Right Shift for eight seconds: Turn Filter Keys on and off
Left Alt + Left Shift + PrtScn (or PrtScn): Turn High Contrast on or off
Left Alt + Left Shift + Num Lock: Turn Mouse Keys on or off
Shift five times: Turn Sticky Keys on or off
Num Lock for five seconds: Turn Toggle Keys on or off
Windows logo key + U: Open the Ease of Access Center

General keyboard shortcuts:

F1: Display Help
Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert): Copy the selected item
Ctrl + X: Cut the selected item
Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert): Paste the selected item
Ctrl + Z: Undo an action
Ctrl + Y: Redo an action
Delete (or Ctrl + D): Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin
Shift + Delete: Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first
F2: Rename the selected item
Ctrl + Right Arrow: Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word
Ctrl + Left Arrow: Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word
Ctrl + Down Arrow: Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph
Ctrl + Up Arrow: Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph
Ctrl + Shift with an arrow key: Select a block of text
Shift + any arrow key: Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document
Ctrl + any arrow key + Spacebar: Select multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop
Ctrl + A: Select all items in a document or window
F3: Search for a file or folder
Alt + Enter: Display properties for the selected item
Alt + F4: Close the active item, or exit the active program
Alt + Spacebar: Open the shortcut menu for the active window
Ctrl + F4: Close the active document (in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)
Alt + Tab: Switch between open items
Ctrl + Alt + Tab: Use the arrow keys to switch between open items
Ctrl + Mouse scroll wheel: Change the size of icons on the desktop
Windows logo key + Tab: Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D
Ctrl+ Windows logo key + Tab: Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D
Alt + Esc: Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened
F6: Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop
F4: Display the address bar list in Windows Explorer
Shift + F10: Display the shortcut menu for the selected item
Ctrl + Esc: Open the Start menu
Alt + underlined letter: Display the corresponding menu
Alt + underlined letter: Perform the menu command (or other underlined command)
F10: Activate the menu bar in the active program
Right Arrow: Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu
Left Arrow: Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu
F5 (or Ctrl + R): Refresh the active window
Alt + Up Arrow: View the folder one level up in Windows Explorer
Esc: Cancel the current task
Ctrl + Shift + Esc: Open Task Manager
Shift when you insert a CD: Prevent the CD from automatically playing
Left Alt + Shift: Switch the input language when multiple input languages are enabled
Ctrl + ShiftL: Switch the keyboard layout when multiple keyboard layouts are enabled
Right or Left Ctrl + Shift: Change the reading direction of text in right-to-left reading languages

Dialog box keyboard shortcuts:

Ctrl + Tab: Move forward through tabs
Ctrl + Shift + Tab: Move back through tabs
Tab: Move forward through options
Shift + Tab: Move back through options
Alt + underlined letter: Perform the command (or select the option) that goes with that letter
Enter: Replaces clicking the mouse for many selected commands
Spacebar: Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box
Arrow keys: Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons
F1: Display Help
F4: Display the items in the active list
Backspace: Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box

Windows logo key keyboard shortcuts:

Windows logo key: Open or close the Start menu.
Windows logo key + Pause: Display the System Properties dialog box.
Windows logo key + D: Display the desktop.
Windows logo key + M: Minimize all windows.
Windows logo key + Shift + M: Restore minimized windows to the desktop.
Windows logo key + E: Open Computer.
Windows logo key + F: Search for a file or folder.
Ctrl + Windows logo key + F: Search for computers (if you’re on a network).
Windows logo key + L: Lock your computer or switch users.
Windows logo key + R: Open the Run dialog box.
Windows logo key + T: Cycle through programs on the taskbar.
Windows logo key + number: Start the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the program is already running, switch to that program.
Shift + Windows logo key + number: Start a new instance of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Ctrl + Windows logo key + number: Switch to the last active window of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Alt + Windows logo key + number: Open the Jump List for the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Windows logo key + Tab: Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D.
Ctrl+Windows logo key + Tab: Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D.
Ctrl+Windows logo key + B: Switch to the program that displayed a message in the notification area.
Windows logo key + Spacebar: Preview the desktop.
Windows logo key + Up Arrow: Maximize the window.
Windows logo key + Left Arrow: Maximize the window to the left side of the screen.
Windows logo key + Right Arrow: Maximize the window to the right side of the screen.
Windows logo key + Down Arrow: Minimize the window.
Windows logo key + Home: Minimize all but the active window.
Windows logo key + Shift + Up Arrow: Stretch the window to the top and bottom of the screen.
Windows logo key + Shift+ Left Arrow or Right Arrow: Move a window from one monitor to another.
Windows logo key + P: Choose a presentation display mode.
Windows logo key + G: Cycle through gadgets.
Windows logo key + U: Open Ease of Access Center.
Windows logo key + X: Open Windows Mobility Center.

Windows Explorer keyboard shortcuts:

Ctrl + N: Open a new window
Ctrl + W: Close the current window
Ctrl + Shift + N: Create a new folder
End: Display the bottom of the active window
Home: Display the top of the active window
F11: Maximize or minimize the active window
Ctrl + Period (.): Rotate a picture clockwise
Ctrl + Comma (,): Rotate a picture counter-clockwise
Num Lock + Asterisk (*) on numeric keypad: Display all subfolders under the selected folder
Num Lock + Plus Sign (+) on numeric keypad: Display the contents of the selected folder
Num Lock + Minus Sign (-) on numeric keypad: Collapse the selected folder
Left Arrow: Collapse the current selection (if it’s expanded), or select the parent folder
Alt + Enter: Open the Properties dialog box for the selected item
Alt + P: Display the preview pane
Alt + Left Arrow: View the previous folder
Backspace: View the previous folder
Right Arrow: Display the current selection (if it’s collapsed), or select the first subfolder
Alt + Right Arrow: View the next folder
Alt + Up Arrow: View the parent folder
Ctrl + Shift + E: Display all folders above the selected folder
Ctrl + Mouse scroll wheel: Change the size and appearance of file and folder icons
Alt + D: Select the address bar
Ctrl + E: Select the search box
Ctrl + F: Select the search box
Taskbar keyboard shortcuts
Shift + Click on a taskbar button: Open a program or quickly open another instance of a program
Ctrl + Shift + Click on a taskbar button: Open a program as an administrator
Shift + Right-click on a taskbar button: Show the window menu for the program
Shift + Right-click on a grouped taskbar button: Show the window menu for the group
Ctrl + Click on a grouped taskbar button: Cycle through the windows of the group

Magnifier keyboard shortcuts:

Windows logo key + Plus Sign or Minus Sign: Zoom in or out
Ctrl + Alt + Spacebar: Preview the desktop in full-screen mode
Ctrl + Alt + F: Switch to full-screen mode
Ctrl + Alt + L: Switch to lens mode
Ctrl + Alt + D: Switch to docked mode
Ctrl + Alt + I: Invert colors
Ctrl + Alt + arrow keys: Pan in the direction of the arrow keys
Ctrl + Alt + R: Resize the lens
Windows logo key + Esc: Exit Magnifier
Remote Desktop Connection keyboard shortcuts
Alt + Page Up: Move between programs from left to right.
Alt + Page Down: Move between programs from right to left.
Alt + Insert: Cycle through programs in the order that they were started in.
Alt + Home: Display the Start menu.
Ctrl + Alt + Break: Switch between a window and full screen.
Ctrl + Alt + End: Display the Windows Security dialog box.
Alt + Delete: Display the system menu.
Ctrl + Alt + Minus Sign (-) on the numeric keypad: Place a copy of the active window, within the client, on the Terminal server clipboard (provides the same functionality as pressing Alt + PrtScn on a local computer).
Ctrl + Alt + Plus Sign (+) on the numeric keypad: Place a copy of the entire client window area on the Terminal server clipboard (provides the same functionality as pressing PrtScn on a local computer).
Ctrl + Alt + Right Arrow: “Tab” out of the Remote Desktop controls to a control in the host program (for example, a button or a text box). Useful when the Remote Desktop controls are embedded in another (host) program.
Ctrl + Alt + Left Arrow: “Tab” out of the Remote Desktop controls to a control in the host program (for example, a button or a text box). Useful when the Remote Desktop controls are embedded in another (host) program.

Paint keyboard shortcuts:

Ctrl + N: Create a new picture
Ctrl + O: Open an existing picture
Ctrl + S: Save changes to a picture
F12: Save the picture as a new file
Ctrl + P: Print a picture
Alt + F4: Close a picture and its Paint window
Ctrl + Z: Undo a change
Ctrl + Y: Redo a change
Ctrl + A: Select the entire picture
Ctrl + X: Cut a selection
Ctrl + C: Copy a selection to the Clipboard
Ctrl + V: Paste a selection from the Clipboard
Right Arrow: Move the selection or active shape right by one pixel
Left Arrow: Move the selection or active shape left by one pixel
Down Arrow: Move the selection or active shape down by one pixel
Up Arrow: Move the selection or active shape up by one pixel
Esc: Cancel a selection
Delete: Delete a selection
Ctrl + B: Bold selected text
Ctrl + +: Increase the width of a brush, line, or shape outline by one pixel
Ctrl + -: Decrease the width of a brush, line, or shape outline by one pixel
Ctrl + I: Italicize selected text
Ctrl + U: Underline selected text
Ctrl + E: Open the Properties dialog box
Ctrl + W: Open the Resize and Skew dialog box
Ctrl + Page Up: Zoom in
Ctrl + Page Down: Zoom out
F11: View a picture in full-screen mode
Ctrl + R: Show or hide the ruler
Ctrl + G: Show or hide gridlines
F10 or Alt: Display keytips
Shift + F10: Show the current shortcut menu
F1: Open Paint Help
WordPad keyboard shortcuts
Ctrl + N: Create a new document
Ctrl + O: Open an existing document
Ctrl + S: Save changes to a document
F12: Save the document as a new file
Ctrl + P: Print a document
Alt + F4: Close WordPad
Ctrl + Z: Undo a change
Ctrl + Y: Redo a change
Ctrl + A: Select the entire document
Ctrl + X: Cut a selection
Ctrl + C: Copy a selection to the Clipboard
Ctrl + V: Paste a selection from the Clipboard
Ctrl + B: Make selected text bold
Ctrl + I: Italicize selected text
Ctrl + U: Underline selected text
Ctrl + =: Make selected text subscript
Ctrl + Shift + =: Make selected text superscript
Ctrl + L: Align text left
Ctrl + E Align text center
Ctrl + R:: Align text right
Ctrl + J: Justify text
Ctrl + 1: Set single line spacing
Ctrl + 2: Set double line spacing
Ctrl + 5: Set line spacing to 1.5
Ctrl + Shift + >: Increase the font size
Ctrl + Shift + <: Decrease the font size Ctrl + Shift + A: Change characters to all capitals Ctrl + Shift + L: Change the bullet style Ctrl + D: Insert a Microsoft Paint drawing Ctrl + F: Find text in a document F3: Find the next instance of the text in the Find dialog box Ctrl + H: Replace text in a document Ctrl + Left Arrow: Move the cursor one word to the left Ctrl + Right Arrow: Move the cursor one word to the right Ctrl + Up Arrow: Move the cursor to the line above Ctrl + Down Arrow: Move the cursor to the line below Ctrl + Home: Move to the beginning of the document Ctrl + End: Move to the end of the document Ctrl + Page Up: Move up one page Ctrl + Page Down: Move down one page Ctrl + Delete: Delete the next word F10: Display keytips Shift + F10: Show the current shortcut menu F1: Open WordPad Help Calculator keyboard shortcuts Alt + 1: Switch to Standard mode Alt + 2: Switch to Scientific mode Alt + 3: Switch to Programmer mode Alt + 4: Switch to Statistics mode Ctrl + E: Open date calculations Ctrl + H: Turn calculation history on or off Ctrl + U: Open unit conversion Alt + C: Calculate or solve date calculations and worksheets F1: Open Calculator Help Ctrl + Q: Press the M- button Ctrl + P: Press the M+ button Ctrl + M: Press the MS button Ctrl + R: Press the MR button Ctrl + L: Press the MC button %: Press the % button F9: Press the +/– button /: Press the / button *: Press the * button +: Press the + button -: Press the – button R: Press the 1/× button @: Press the square root button 0-9: Press the number buttons (0-9) =: Press the = button .: Press the . (decimal point) button Backspace: Press the backspace button Esc: Press the C button Del: Press the CE button Ctrl + Shift + D: Clear the calculation history F2: Edit the calculation history Up Arrow key: Navigate up in the calculation history Down Arrow key: Navigate down in the calculation history Esc: Cancel editing the calculation history Enter: Recalculate the calculation history after editing F3: Select Degrees in Scientific mode F4: Select Radians in Scientific mode F5: Select Grads in Scientific mode I: Press the Inv button in Scientific mode D: Press the Mod button in Scientific mode Ctrl + S: Press the sinh button in Scientific mode Ctrl + O: Press the cosh button in Scientific mode Ctrl + T: Press the tanh button in Scientific mode (: Press the ( button in Scientific mode ): Press the ) button in Scientific mode N: Press the ln button in Scientific mode ;: Press the Int button in Scientific mode S: Press the sin button in Scientific mode O: Press the cos button in Scientific mode T: Press the tan button in Scientific mode M: Press the dms button in Scientific mode P: Press the pi button in Scientific mode V: Press the F-E button in Scientific mode X: Press the Exp button in Scientific mode Q: Press the x^2 button in Scientific mode Y: Press the x^y button in Scientific mode #: Press the x^3 button in Scientific mode L: Press the log button in Scientific mode !: Press the n! button in Scientific mode Ctrl + Y: Press the y√x button in Scientific mode Ctrl + B: Press the 3√x button in Scientific mode Ctrl + G: Press the 10x button in Scientific mode F5: Select Hex in Programmer mode F6: Select Dec in Programmer mode F7: Select Oct in Programmer mode F8: Select Bin in Programmer mode F12: Select Qword in Programmer mode F2: Select Dword in Programmer mode F3: Select Word in Programmer mode F4: Select Byte in Programmer mode K: Press the RoR button in Programmer mode J: Press the RoL button in Programmer mode : Press the Rsh button in Programmer mode
%: Press the Mod button in Programmer mode
(: Press the ( button in Programmer mode
): Press the ) button in Programmer mode
: Press the Or button in Programmer mode
^: Press the Xor button in Programmer mode
~: Press the Not button in Programmer mode
&: Press the And button in Programmer mode
A-F: Press the A-F buttons in Programmer mode
Spacebar: Toggles the bit value in Programmer mode
A: Press the Average button in Statistics mode
Ctrl + A: Press the Average Sq button in Statistics mode
S: Press the Sum button in Statistics mode
Ctrl + S: Press the Sum Sq button in Statistics mode
T: Press the S.D. button in Statistics mode
Ctrl + T: Press the Inv S.D. button in Statistics mode
D: Press the CAD button in Statistics mode
Windows Journal keyboard shortcuts
Ctrl + N: Start a new note
Ctrl + O: Open a recently used note
Ctrl + S: Save changes to a note
Ctrl + Shift + V: Move a note to a specific folder
Ctrl + P: Print a note
Alt + F4: Close a note and its Journal window
Ctrl + Z: Undo a change
Ctrl + Y: Redo a change
Ctrl + A: Select all items on a page
Ctrl + X: Cut a selection
Ctrl + C: Copy a selection to the Clipboard
Ctrl + V: Paste a selection from the Clipboard
Esc: Cancel a selection
Delete: Delete a selection
Ctrl + F: Start a basic find
Ctrl + G: Go to a page
F5: Refresh find results
F5: Refresh the note list
F6: Toggle between a note list and a note
Ctrl + Shift + C: Display a shortcut menu for column headings in a note list
F11: View a note in full-screen mode
F1: Open Journal Help

Windows Help viewer keyboard shortcuts:

Alt + C: Display the Table of Contents
Alt + N: Display the Connection Settings menu
F10: Display the Options menu
Alt + Left Arrow: Move back to the previously viewed topic
Alt + Right Arrow: Move forward to the next (previously viewed) topic
Alt + A: Display the customer support page
Alt + Home: Display the Help and Support home page
Home: Move to the beginning of a topic
End: Move to the end of a topic
Ctrl + F: Search the current topic
Ctrl + P: Print a topic
F3: Move the cursor to the search box

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Google to launch its own computer operating system in 2010, Chrome OS

Posted by mohan desai on જુલાઇ 10, 2009

In what is certain to be the biggest tech story of the summer, Google is finally making official what has been rumored for years: It will create its own computer operating system, Chrome OS, slated for release in late 2010.While the news is stunning in its potential impact on the industry, it hardly arrives without warning. Google already makes its own cell phone OS, the fledgling Android, which continues to slowly gain devotees. And well before the company unleashed its own web browser, Chrome, many had long since assumed that Google had been preparing to release an operating system. When the Chrome browser was released instead, many observers actually saw it as a bit of a letdown in the news department.Now it’s clear what Google has been up to all along: Chrome is simply the centerpiece of a larger table setting, a full-blown operating system that will run without Windows or the MacOS beneath it.Google is keeping many details close to the vest — and, with at least a year before the OS comes out, it really has no choice since the OS has miles to go before it’s ready — but the company has made a few details public. Chrome OS will be open source, like Linux operating systems, upon which Chrome will be based; it will be designed to be “fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds;” and it will be designed with security in mind (though, seriously, everybody says that). The OS will run on both ARM and x86 CPUs, the latter being the most common PC chip architecture on the planet, used on virtually every PC produced today. Despite the hints about Chrome OS, many, many questions remain. Obviously Chrome is designed with the web in mind, and it will undoubtedly be closely tied into Google’s extensive suite of services. But what will its offline components look like, if any? With Linux as a base, it will obviously be able to run Linux-based applications, though it won’t be compatible with Windows… or will it? Emulator systems exist that could let Chrome run Windows apps, but they’re complex and at odds with the goal of creating a streamlined, super-simple operating system. I am immediately curious as to how big of a hard drive a Chrome OS laptop would have, if it will have one at all.Another big question involves the hardware this operating system will run on. Google obviously has inexpensive, low-power netbooks in mind for Chrome OS, but will tinkerers be able to install it on computers they already own? Driver issues become a major obstacle at that point, as a “simple” OS can’t possibly account for the thousands of hardware variations present in modern PCs (printing alone is going to be a headache as it is). My hunch is that a downloadable version will eventually be available, but that it won’t be supported by Google at all should you decide to install it on a non-approved PC.That leads to the question of whether Google is ignoring a key part of the market. Netbooks are great little toys, but they’re hardly the tools of choice for those looking to get real work done. By embracing the web and largely ignoring offline applications, Chrome-based netbooks will by necessity remain tools for the low end of the market, playthings for when you’re not really being productive. Like the Linux-based netbooks before them, they just won’t do enough for many users.And that’s an ominous issue hanging out there for Chrome OS’s future. Linux-based netbooks haven’t been a rousing success, as Windows fought back with a vengeance after they hit the market, offering buyers a more familiar working environment and compatibility with their other computers while keeping prices down. Consumers have so far warmed up to the idea of having more features on their netbooks, not fewer, relegating Linux on netbooks to the background. Will a spiffy, Googleized version of Linux change consumer opinion? Maybe, but probably not dramatically. Contrary to public opinion, everything that Google touches does not turn to gold, and to be frank, Google has a serious uphill battle ahead for its OS ambitions. I’m cautiously optimistic that Google will put something brilliant together here, and can’t wait to get my eyes on the software, but the challenges it faces are extreme. Put together something too unique and different and consumers may be put off and confused. Or you could make an OS that clings closely to the Windows interface, but what would be the point of that?

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