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WWDC 2014: All About the OS Updates

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WWDC 2014: All About the OS Updates

The Apple Worldwide Developers' Conference (WWDC) has never been a hardware show, but rarely has it been so focused on operating system updates-- both OS X and iOS are getting new versions packed with tweaks and features later this year.

As these things tend to do we also got the latest Apple user numbers, from the Mac installed base (80 million) and the percentage currently using Mavericks (51%) to big iOS numbers (2013 saw 135m customers buying a first iDevice) and overall satisfaction totals (97%).

Opening proceeds before the traditional keynote was "Apps We Can't Live Without," a video celebrating the users' favourite apps and the developers behind them. After all, WWDC is a developers' event-- and registered Apple developer numbers now total 9 million, a 47% increase in 12 months.

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Nearly 30% OS Share for Win XP

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Nearly 30% OS Share for Win XP

Microsoft might be ending support for Windows XP in just about a month, but the venerable OS is not going anywhere any time soon-- according to Net Market Share 29.5% of PCs continue running on XP.

Windows XP supports ends on 8 April 2014, meaning users will no longer get system updates or patches. Microsoft is understandably eager to get such users to move to newer Windows versions (preferably 8/8.1), and even offers a free tool for hopefully smooth migration.

However Windows 8 support remains low-- while 47.3% of PCs run on Windows 7, just 6.4% run Windows 8, with an additional 4.3% for Windows 8.1. Vista is also still around, with 3.1% share.

The rest of the pie is divided between Mac OS X (3.5%), Linux (1.5%) and "other" (4.4%).

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Intel Hadoop via Big Data Partnership

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Intel Hadoop via Big Data Partnership

Intel names UK-based integrator Big Data Partnership partner for its Hadoop distribution across EMEA territories, making use of Xeon processors to better support big data deployments in the region.

The company says it will work on scalable solutions for the capture, storage and analysis of big data in order to help customers solve problems, identify revenue streams and develop custom solutions.

“As we expand the adoption of the Intel Distribution into new global markets, partnerships with knowledgeable and experienced companies will be strategic to our growth,” Intel says. “Companies such as Big Data Partnership are well equipped to deploy the Intel Distribution in Europe and add a new layer of support for Apache software integration.”

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April 2015 Release for Windows 9?

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April 2015 Release for Windows 9?

According to Paul Thurrott's Supersite for Windows the April BUILD 2014 developer conference will feature discussion on the future of Windows-- namely "Threshold," a year-off release likely to be renamed as Windows 9 come 2015.

"Threshold" is reportedly the codename for the next wave of Windows updates set to follow a Windows 8.1 service/feature pack called Update 1 (or GDR1) and Windows Phone 8.1. According to Thurrot it involve the return of the Start menu, the ability to run Metro-style apps on the desktop alongside desktop applications and even the dropping of Windows 8 branding. How come? Windows 8 wasn't much of a success (currently it is in use in less than 25 million PCs) and Microsoft wants to wipe the slate clean from the influence of former Windows boss Steven Sinofsky.

Another major focus for Threshold is the "maturing and fixing" of the Metro design language, probably with a windowed mode that works on desktop.

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Who are the Top European Software Firms?

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Who are the Top European Software Firms?

Truffle Capital reveals the 8th Truffle 100 list-- a ranking of the top 100 European software companies according to revenues, complete with analysis on the current state of the industry.

According to the list European 2012 software revenues total €41.1 billion, up by 10% from 2011 (€37.2bn), with 76% of revenues generated by the top 25 companies.

All companies had 2012 revenues of over €46 million, with 46 showing revenues of over €200m, 62 making over €100m and 97 earning over €50m, even if total profits are down by -8.7% to €5.8bn.

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