Windows7 is a winner!

October 19th, 2009

After conducting an analysis of actual inventory data collected from more than 450,000 corporate PCs between November 2008 and August 2009, Softchoice (via ComputerWorld) has concluded that 88 percent of them meet the minimum system requirements to run Windows 7. The sample consisted of 248 individual organizations representing a wide range of industries from across the United States and Canada, including financial, health care, manufacturing, and education. In comparison, when Windows Vista was going to be released, Softchoice found that only 50 percent of corporate PCs were able to support the minimum system requirements.

Microsoft’s Free AntiVirus Software

October 16th, 2009

Microsoft registered more than 1.5 million downloads of its free antivirus software in the week after it shipped.

Though XP is not the most popular platform for Security Essentials, it’s where the software is doing the most work. Microsoft counted 4 million total malware detections on more than 500,000 machines during the one-week period; 52 percent of them were on XP machines. Vista was next, with 32 percent of detections, followed by Windows 7, with 16 percent. “This follows our usual observed trend of seeing less malware on newer OSes and service packs,” Microsoft said.