2012: What is new?
Posted by John Dangerbrooks
Greetings, my dear, dear, non-existent readers! A belated happy new year! Please accept my overdue wishes of having a fruitful new year.
I re-read my WordPress 2011 Blog report today, which attempted to be as heartwarming as possible. I appreciate it, but it basically tells me that I am just a mediocre blogger. Let’s see what else is new in the computing world of 2012:
- Microsoft Security Essentials v4.0 is coming! I do not know why Microsoft jumped from v2.0 to v4.0 and skipped v3.0 but skipping versions is nothing new with Microsoft. For instance, Microsoft never released Microsoft Excel v1.0. Also, the first version of Microsoft Excel was v2.0. You also do not find a Microsoft Office v13.0 or Windows Movie Maker v3.0. But as for the changes in Microsoft Security Essentials v4.0, I can see nothing immediately new but the disappearance of its glamorous gray net-like background image and the removal of some Options in the Options dialog box. It is all that meets the eye at the first glance. You can download it from Microsoft Security Essentials beta home on Microsoft Connect website. According to OPSWAT, in September 2011, Microsoft Security Essentials was the most popular antivirus software product in North America and the second most popular in the world..
- Windows codename 8 and Windows Server codename 8 are coming. I downloaded Windows 8 Developers Preview (Old-school conservatives, please read: Windows 8 Alpha) and gave it whirl. This successor to Windows 7 proves that Microsoft is still a software giant that produces superb Enterprise products but is a giant failure when it comes to consumer products. To put it figuratively, in the field of software, Microsoft is a giant, but not a friendly giant. It still does not understand the needs of the home users as it should. You can download a copy of Windows 8 Developers Preview and see for yourself. I really love to know what will be the final name of this version of Windows.
- Angry Birds has become trendy. Almost everywhere, you hear about this video game. It is a destroy-the-castle type of video game where the player uses slingshot to fire wingless angry birds at his enemies (i.e. pigs). These angry fur balls prove worse than cannonballs.
- Single-click online file sharing services faced their doom! On 19 January 2012, MegaUpload.com was taken down by U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Investigation Bureau (FBI) on the charges of Conspiracy to Commit Racketeering, Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering, Conspiracy to Commit Copyright Infringement and Criminal Copyright Infringement. Following this outcome, FileSonic.com stopped all its file sharing services and now only allows users to download their own files. (It has become an online private storage service.) I will not be surprised to see other file sharing services showing similar reactions, although SkyDrive.com seems to have continued to operate undeterred. The takedown took place no longer than one day after the widespread protests against the so-called Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
- Internet Explorer 10 is on its way, though by the end of 2012, it will still be on its way. When it comes to releasing a new web browser, Microsoft is very slow. That is one of reasons that Internet Explorer’s market share, which was once almost 100%, has dropped so low and is still dropping. Another reason is that Microsoft is completely blind to why the other web browsers succeed: Extensibility and the passion of the fan base. Plug-ins in Internet Explorer are usually big, low quality, inflexible, hard to manage and usually potentially unwanted if not outright malicious. From where I am standing, it seems Internet Explorer 10 is not likely to address this problem. A passionate fan base also does not exist. Those who would like to join in to make up this void will inevitably run into the Internet Explorer’s Microsoft Connect website whose obtuse employees will see to it that they escape in fear, disgust or the mixture of both.
- Microsoft Office v15 is coming. A technical preview of this product is already out and a public beta version is expected to be available in 2012 summer. I will not be surprised to see the final name of this product is something other than Office 15. Office 2012 perhaps?
Let’s see what the destiny has in store for us.
Posted on 1 February 2012, in Computers and Internet, Multimedia Content Authoring, Software Development, Software Review, Windows Administration and tagged friendly giant, happy new year, security essentials, software giant. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.