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How Microsoft named its OS Windows.

​Microsoft released its first GUI-based operating system in 1985 and it was known as Windows 1.0. Since then every successor generation of its OS has carried the name Windows. But where did the name Windows came from? Its roots are in the fundamental pillars of graphical desktops used in computers.

he very first version of Microsoft Windows was released in 1985. And since then, it has been omnipresent in most of the peoples’ digital lives as an operating system. Many of us might have thought about the question why Microsoft named its operating system Windows?

The answer is simpler than we can think. It is because the OS displays content on the screen in different Windows. Early computer operating systems had the minimalistic command line-styled interface where user operated the computers by typing different commands. Later, the need for a graphical desktop was felt. Xerox was one of the early adopters of the WIMP (Window, Icons, Menu and pointing device) concept on a desktop metaphor.

A Window can be considered as the basic component of a graphical desktop. In a GUI, programs could be used in different Windows. This also opened the door for multitasking and other functionalities in the operating systems. The Xerox Alto and Xerox Star computers featured the earliest graphical user interfaces which could be controlled using mouse pointers. But the company failed to make it big as it was mainly used internally by its employees.

The GUI on Xerox computers inspired Apple’s interface of Macintosh and the infamous Lisa, and was later adopted by Microsoft. The Redmond sailed on its MS-DOS boat until the early 1980s. The first GUI-based version of its operating system was launched in 1985 and it was named Windows 1.0 – internally codenamed Interface Manager. Microsoft actually named it after the rectangular “Windows” which were (and still) used to display content on the screen. The name was simple and broad. The trend was followed in the case of other Microsoft products like Office, Word, etc.

The name Windows has been used to represent Microsoft operating systems till date with

Windows 10 . The company has also used it for the operating systems developed for embedded systems and mobile devices i.e. Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile.

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16 Futuristic Predictions Made By Microsoft For 2016.

 

From AI to Big data, Cryptography to Machine learning, Quantum computing to Economic predictions, here are the 16 futuristic predictions by Microsoft for 2016 in common man’s language

 

Here is the list of 16 Futuristic Technological predictions made by Microsoft for 2016:

1. Get aware of your health in 2016:

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Plethora of Health monitoring mobile apps coming inbuilt with mobile phones will come closer to your heart and veins than you think. These mobile apps will somewhat behave more like your personal assistant monitoring and guiding you always about your sugar level, heart beats, the number of floors you took and how many calories you infused while having nice romantic time last night on the bed. Well, that’s too private but as long as you keep your app private, it’s okay.

2. Health technology will take a big leap:

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Let’s relate to the point number one made above. Now if you decide to share your health data with mobile app company, they might be able to devise a conglomerate health plan on what percentage of people are suffering from what kind of diseases. Based on the upcoming trends in unhealthiness of health and more personalized data, the days won’t be too far when they might predict and suggest you the best-flavoured chocolates for a dark dinner based on your personal health behaviour.

 

3. People will get more aware of data collection:

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As far as you are normal human being you are still on the safer side. You are born unknown and die little known. However, if you think you are soon going to be a known personality in near future, better turn the privacy of your data off. Once they have access to your data, they will be able to predict your future based on the evidence from the past. Looking at these scenarios, it looks like people who have been ignoring the data collection policy for long will get up to take some action against it and it might happen that million-dollar industries which are making billions out of it might have to come up with another secretive plan.

4. Technology will monitor the environment better:

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Annual fight over carbon emissions among developed and developing nations is not going to end sooner. Technology will have to jump in between for betterment of the society and environment. How? Sensors, IOT, smaller chip designs and faster computing will all combine together to sense, learn and predict the futuristic behaviour of the environment. Technology could go as deeper as sensing the amount of Ozone, moisture and even photo-sensitive bacterias in your room.

Microsoft Trolled: Even Windows Phone Chief Uses An iPhone?

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Sometimes people do things out of passion but they are crazy about something else. The same case has come alive with Joe Belfiore, the Corporate Vice President at Operating Systems Group at Microsoft. His only trouble was that he posted a pic from his vacation using an iPhone.

 

Joe began his world tour in October 2015 last year. Well, everybody likes to share about the places through pictures and videos and so does Joe. But Joe did not realize that he was using an iPhone. There is nothing wrong in using iPhone when you are at one of the top most positions in a company working on Windows Phone.

 

Joe Belfiore was recently in Kyoto, Japan. From there, he twitted a picture from his trip. And that single photo brought a trolling session on Twitter when everyone knew that Joe was using an Apple’s iPhone.

Tweet from Joe

And the trolling begins…

A number of people began pointing out that he was using an iPhone and mocking him that he could not make a better Windows phone. Silent Joe could not say anything about that. He has avoided replying to those tweets but he is replying to unrelated tweets.

However, Jow wanted to explain it in the comment section on The Verge something like this:

To understand the benefits and drawbacks of a full ecosystem like Windows, Android, iOS — you have to LIVE IN IT. You have to feel its strengths and weaknesses, be let down, be delighted. And you can’t do that just “playing around” with a device for a couple of days. You have to learn the UI, upload your photos, use cross-device apps and tools… all of it.

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Marc McDonald Was The First Salaried Employee At Microsoft.

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The first salaried employee at Microsoft was Marc McDonald, who designed the 8-bit File Allocation System for Microsoft’s Standalone Disc BASIC-80 in 1977. He is currently working as a Software Architect at PaperG. 

One of the earliest Microsoft employees was Marc McDonald, who was in fact, the first salaried employee when Redmond was based in Albuquerque, New Mexico Area in 1976. During his 7-year term, McDonald developed the 8-bit File Allocation Table for Microsoft’s Standalone and NCR 8200 data entry terminal.

 

McDonald also developed the MDOS/MIDAS operating system in 1979. The MIDAS OS was designed for Intel 8080/Z80 microprocessors to use terminal input/output functionality. Though the 8-bit OS never saw the daylight but its FAT-variant file system inspired Tim Paterson’s Quick and Dirty OS (QDOS), which he coded when he worked for Seattle Computer Products in 1980.

After leaving Microsoft in January 1984, McDonald was appointed as a Senior Development Engineer at Asymetrix in January 1985 and their first employee. He redesigned the Asymetrix ToolBook Runtime and worked on LISP pcode system.

McDonald jumped to Design Intelligence in January 1995 where he worked on an expression-based coding language and adaptive document design until the year 2000, when he came back to Microsoft after it purchased Design Intelligence.

In his second term, the then CEO Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer made serious efforts to assign him the employee code ‘1’ but failed, as the HR software wasn’t in the mood to do so. They could only end up giving him a badge with 1 written on it – unlike Steve Jobs who took employee code #0 instead – other numbers rubbed off. It is quite humorous to know that McDonald left Microsoft back in 1984 when around 400 employees worked there, as he thought the company was “too big” in size. He re-joined the company in 2000 when the employees were several thousand in numbers.

McDonald was in the Windows Defect Prevention Group, which emphasized on bumping up software quality by focusing on organisational best practices. He has six software patents and has co-authored a book titled as ‘The Practical Guide to Defect Prevention’ published in 2007. After leaving Microsoft again in 2011, he worked for MindMode Corp and finally joined PaperG in 2013.

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Top 10 Most Google Searched Tech Gadgets of 2015.

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2015 has been a great year of tech gadgets launches. The world saw the launch of some of the most awaited devices from top companies like Apple and Samsung. In this article, we bring you the list of 10 most Google searched tech gadgets of 2015 from all around the world.

The year 2015 is just about to get over. Throughout the year, we saw a variety of gadgets making an appearance in the market. Some of these were received with open arms, while others were bashed big time.ere is a comprehensive list of most search tech gadgets in this year of 2015:Based upon the Google search data, here is a comprehensive list of most search tech gadgets in this year of 2015. Take a look:

 

iPhone 6s:

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iPhone 6s tops the chart with 41 million searches just alone in September. Because of its scheduled launch in September 2015, Google search for iPhone 6s started picking up from August 2015. From around 8.8 million in August, the number of searches jumped to around 41.4 million in September 2015.

Also read: Here’s How Much it Costs Apple to Build New iPhone 6s

Apple watch:

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If we see the chart of Google searches, Apple Watch was one of the most searched terms throughout the year of 2015. 17 million was the minimum searches that Apple Watch saw in the month February 2015. However, Apple Watch was able to remain afloat throughout the year, unlike other devices. It can be surely said that Apple Watch was the product people took interests in, throughout the year. The highest number of searches for Apple Watch was around 28 million in March 2015.

Samsung galaxy S6:

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Samsung galaxy S6 was scheduled to be launched in the first quarter of the year. The Google search for Samsung Galaxy S6 starting picking up in February with around 8.1 million and around 21 million in March 2015. However, unlike iPhone 6s, people interest didn’t drop drastically and Samsung Galaxy S6 remained afloat for next two to three months in Google search.

Nexus 6:

Google Nexus 6 Google search 2015

Google’s Nexus devices are mostly launched with the newer version of Android operating system. This year saw the rollout of Android M (Android Marshmellow). There were two reasons behind Nexus 6 being searched more: 1. It’s a Google product and 2. It always comes out with the newer version of Android OS. Most numbers of searches for Nexus 6 was over 14 million in the month of October 2015.

Microsoft Surface:

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After the Launch of Windows 10, Microsoft announced the launch of Microsoft surface laptops. Microsoft surface laptops remained afloat in Google search because it was company’s first ever laptop. Microsoft Surface was searched the most over 14 million in the month of October 2015.

iPad pro:

iPad pro Google search 2015

Launched with iPhone 6s in November, saw two surges in the search graph for iPad pro. Being remained almost constant searched throughout, Google searches for iPad pro suddenly rose in September because of its launch and then saw another bigger spike touching over 11 million in November 2015 for searches related to iPad pro.

LG G4:

LG G4 google search 2015

LG G4 saw a complete change in user search pattern. While devices like iPhone 6s or Samsung Galaxy S6 saw bigger spikes in the month of their launches, LG G4 search was almost constant throughout the year. The average searches were around over 10 million from the month of April to November 2015. However, the largest searches for LG G4 were over 10 million in November 2015.

Samsung Galaxy J5:

Samsung Galaxy J5 google search 2015

Because of its low price, Samsung Galaxy J5 remained searched throughout the year just like LG G4. One common search pattern for Samsung devices was that the devices were searched using their model names. The highest search for Samsung Galaxy J5 was over 10 million in November 2015.

HTC One M9:

HTC One M9 Google search 2015

Like other devices, HTC One M9 was also launched in the month of March 2015. But it looks like that the launch of this device was overshadowed by other devices in the same month. HTC One M9 could not make it beyond 10 million in a single month search. I think, HTC should schedule their launch more wisely from next time. The highest number of searches was above 7 million in March 2015.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5:

Samsung Galaxy note 5 google search 2015

Surprising fact about the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is that it was most searched using the term ‘Note 5’ over Google. While other devices were searched using their fully qualified names like iPhone 6s, LG G4. Anyway, even though Samsung Galaxy Note 5 was one among the most searched devices but it could not even cross 5 million searches in a single month in 2015. The highest number of searches of Note 5 was above 3.6 Million in August 2015.

So, what do you think who made out the most in the market? Apple, Google, Samsung or Microsoft?

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20 Facts About Microsoft That You Probably Don’t Know.

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Microsoft, headquartered in Redmond, Washington, has been in the software industry since the mid-1970s. They have proved their dominance by launching some revolutionary products like Windows and Office. Here are some facts which you might not know about Microsoft.

 
Microsoft has been in the computer business since the mid-70s and they’ve been the pioneer in the software industry since then. Co-founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen on April 4, 1975, the company has been synonymous with the word Operating System as many of us had our first computer with Windows operating system.Here are some facts which you might not know about your Redmond-based Company:

 

1. MS-DOS was not the first Operating System:

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The very first operating system they coded was XENIX, not MS-DOS. In fact, MS-DOS was a modified license version of the 86-DOS, which was also known as Quirky and Dirty DOS, created by Seattle Computer Products in 1980. Furthermore, XENIX was also a version of the UNIX operating system but was differently named.

2. Microsoft started with another name:

Microsoft started their journey with a hyphen, I mean they were titled as Micro-Soft in their initial days. The hyphen was deleted in 1976. The term Microsoft is a combination of microcomputer and software.

3. $16000 for the first year:

The company whose ex-CEO was the world’s richest man for years had only $16,000 as the revenue for the first year.

4. The wannabe Casanova:

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Bill Gates coded the class scheduling program for his high school. He wrote the code in such a way that he was allotted a seat next to girl students.

5. Mac before Windows:

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Microsoft’s Office has been praised for its huge portfolio of awesome features, but you’ll be amazed to know that Office for Macintosh was released a year before (in 1989) it was released for Windows.

6. The first Virus for Windows:

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WinVer 1.4 was the first virus program coded for Microsoft Windows and it was released in 1992.

7. All about Patents:

Microsoft holds more than 10,000 patents and they’ve successfully made to the list of top-five patent holders in the USA. Microsoft files around 3,000 patent requests per year.

8. The folder you can’t create:

One of the easiest tasks on Windows in creating folders and you make many of them on a daily basis. But you can’t create a folder named “~con’ in Windows.

And I can bet you gave it a try and didn’t succeed, this is because Windows doesn’t allow some special characters to be a part of the folder name.

9. They like Code-names:

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Microsoft has their legacy of giving code-names to their products since the time of Windows 3.1x family. For example, Windows 8.1 is called Blue and Windows Phone 8 is known as Apollo. Check out the complete list here.

10. The Dash Trash email addresses:

Microsoft employees who work on a temporary basis are assigned email addresses with a dash before the ‘@’ symbol ( -@) and are referred to as Dash Trash by permanent workers.

11. Why is manhole cover round?

These are the kind of questions asked in the interviews, probably to judge the creativity of the person.

12. Billionaire by 31:

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Microsoft’s co-founder Bill Gates was a billionaire by the time he turned 31. In 2005, he was awarded Knighthood by the Queen of England.

13. They love M&Ms:

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Microsoft loves to celebrate events with M&M candies, in fact, its kind of a tradition in the company since a long time. If you are an employee celebrating your birthday, you need to give 1 pound of M&Ms for every year you’ve worked at Microsoft.

14. They had a tablet long ago:

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Microsoft introduced their first Windows XP-based tablet in 2001, but only contributed to the biggest blunders in their history, as no one purchased it. Not literally, but the market share was zero for the tablet. It was a touchscreen with a stylus and a keyboard.

15. Call me “Softie”:

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The Microsoft employees have a usual age 38 with an average pay of $100,000 for a developer. They like to call themselves “Softie”.

16. The Art Fans:

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Microsoft has one of the biggest art collection at around 150 of their office locations, as they believe art in the workplace reduces tension and enhances productivity. The Microsoft Art Collection showcases 4,728 pieces, including work from Cindy Sherman, Chuck Close and Takashi Murakami.

17. The Interface Manager:

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The very famous Windows operating system was initially titled as Interface Manager. Thank god, someone intervened and saved Microsoft from the disastrous path.

18. The “Microsoft Rescued Apple in the summer of 1997” myth:

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Apple had its dark days in the 1990s when Jobs was not there for the company. One myth that has been floating around since the time Jobs was re-appointed as the CEO of Apple, that Bill Gates promised Steve Jobs that he would invest $150 million in Apple, which was on the verge of bankruptcy.

19. Far reached out:

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More than 1.5 billion people use Windows every day, and 1.2 billion people use Microsoft Office – this is around “1 in every 7” people on earth. Microsoft’s Outlook has 400 million active users and around 3 billion minutes of Skype calls are made every day.

20. The Charity:

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Microsoft’s co-founder Bill Gates donated his whole wealth to charity for two times. He also started the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, engaged for the upliftment of people in poor and developing nations.

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Windows Phone is the most secure mobile OS says white hat hacker.

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Privacy these days is the biggest concern for mobile owners and handset makers after Edward Snowden revealed how UK intelligence agency GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) without the knowledge of the owners uses special software to access phones.

Android is the most insecure mobile platform available on the market, as every month new susceptibilities are discovered by Google. Although these problems are notified to the Android OEMs by the company, only few of them are willing to patch them up and push security updates to phones that are affected.

So, which is the current mobile operating system that is secure?

According to white hat hacker and penetration tester Steve Lord, who runs Mandalorian Security Services Ltd, and has more than 15 years experience in the field thinks that Windows Phone is the most secure mobile platform and the hardest to crack.

“All have benefits and drawbacks. Currently Windows Phone seems to be the hardest nut to crack. Blackberry has a long history of being very security-focused. If I have physical access to the device, I find Android’s usually the easiest target. Then comes iPhone, then older versions of BlackBerry. If it’s over a network or I have to attack via email or message, Android’s usually the softest target.

He recommends users to try and use an old Blackberry 10 smartphone or a feature phone to the ones who cannot afford newer smartphones. A smartphone running Windows Phone 8 or newer, too would be a good choice.

While Steve says that Cyanogen OS is more secure on Android smartphones, he also suggests that one should opt for the Nexus-branded devices if you want to use an Android device, as Nexus devices usually receive security updates very often.

Smart Mirrors Coming soon. Microsoft Programmer Made a Voice-controlled Smart Mirror in 20 Hours.

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Do you want to make your mirrors smart and convert them into a futuristic canvas that searches images, displays maps and controls the gadgets in your home? To make such thing possible, a Microsoft developer has made a Smart Mirror and open sourced the complete details.

Mirrors are pretty helpful, but they looked dumb to a Microsoft developer named Evan Cohen. So, he decided to make his own open source smart mirror over just one weekend in 20 hours.This project looks downloaded straight from some science fiction movie and it integrates with your appliances to even control your home lights.

Evan Cohen has shared this open source project on GitHub and wrote that he was inspired by two other smart mirror creators Michael Teeuw and Hannah Mitt.

Take a look at the video below and find the complete open source documentation on GitHub. https://youtu.be/PDIbhV8Nvq8

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Google Hacker James Forshaw Tells Why Windows 10 Is Good As Well As Bad.

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Accomplished Google hacker James Forshaw thinks that Microsoft has delivered a “good” operating system, but it has failed to ensure the overall user security. He praised it for some improvements and called it the “Two step forward, One step back” moment for Microsoft.

When we talk about the features and functionalities added in Windows 10, we think of the almost harmless Microsoft Edge browser, prompt Cortana, an option of multiple desktops etc. However, on the security front, Windows 10 has been accused of spying on the operating system users.In the past, Microsoft tried to clear the confusion clouds by some explanations that didn’t offer anything concrete. In a recent security conference, renowned Google hacker James Forshaw gave Windows 10 a slight security approval and called it a “Two step forward, One step back” moment for Microsoft.

For those who don’t know, James Forshaw is a security researcher in Google’s Project Team with a specialization in Windows. In the past, he has discovered some major loopholes in Windows and he did it again in his recent presentation.

The Google hacker praised Microsoft for taking some steps to tighten the Windows security but bashed the Windows maker for the increased number of drivers and services. He pointed out that Windows 10 has 291 drivers and 196 system services enabled, which is higher that the previous iterations.

“There are more system services and drivers which means more attack surface,” Forshaw says.

Targetting the Windows 10 user account control, he went on to say that it’s “something you just put there to annoy the user” by displaying prompts to allow or block the apps all the time. This is a feature that is clearly failing to accomplish its mission of protecting its users.

Google hacker James Forshaw hoped that Microsoft will be soon fixing some issues with Windows 10 user account control. He also gave a demo of a token-capturing tool to bypass Windows 10 security mechanisms. This tool will be publicly released after Microsoft issues a patch.

Talking about Windows 10’s Microsoft Edge web browser, he praised it for the improvements. But as a web browser in whole, he called it flawed. “Microsoft could have lead the way and said ‘I refuse to run (Adobe) Flash ever again in my web browser’ but unfortunately they did not take that inspired option,” Forshaw said.

Watch the complete presentation below: http://image.slidesharecdn.com/windows10

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