Microsoft Officially Ceases Windows XP Sales

Yesterday, on June 30 2008, Microsoft officially ceased sales of Windows XP to all major retailers and PC manufactures like Dell, HP, Lenovo etc.

Sadly even the great Save XP movement couldn’t bring about any change in Microsoft’s decision to prolong
Windows XP lifetime so the question now is whether if Windows XP is really going to disappear after June 30?

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Microsoft Launches UltimatePC (beta)

Microsoft launched UltimatePC which is their new website where Microsoft will be hosting “blueprints” of the best PCs available and exactly what you can achieve with them.

There is a small section at UltimatePC.com called “Ultimate Exclusives”. According to Microsoft these are not replacing Ultimate Extras. The reason given for the poor amount of extras is the high amount of testing and quality required for them to ship.

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Skype releases mobile client

Skype for your mobile [via Shodan] beta was released by Skype. This is basically Skype that can be installed on a mobile phone. The mobile phones that are currently supported are from Nokia, Samsung, Motorola and Sony Ericsson. Not all mobile phones from those manufacturers are supported though but the download page is providing images of the supported mobile phones so it’s pretty easy to find out if your phone is currently supported.

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Check your Hard Drives with HD Tune

HD Tune is a hard disk analyzer that offers a wealth of information about the internal hard drives that are connected to the computer. It does display general information like the type of the hard drive, the serial number, capacity, firmware version and buffer size which are nice to know because it allows you to check if that hard drive is the correct one. I remember more than one instance where a friend of mine bought a hard
drive only to find out that the clerk handed him one that had a lower capacity and different model number.

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Apple iPhone Nano

A picture comparing Apple’s iPhone with the iPhone Nano which is supposed to come out in October 2008
was published on Flickr. The iPhone Nano, as usual, will be smaller than it’s first generation predecessor but also cheaper retailing for a price of $300 or less.

The iPhone Nano will have a smaller 2,75″ screen compared to the 3,5″ screen of the iPhone Classic.  According to this comparison it will not offer Internet access which is a huge drawback if you ask me. It is still multi-touch and combines a phone and music player in one device but will only ship with either 4
or 8 Gigabytes of Ram compared to the 8 or 16 Gigabytes of the classic iPhone.

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