Mozilla have just released version 7 of Firefox. The web browser can be downloaded right now by clicking here.
Those of you in the USA may know about best buy. Possibly one of the biggest retail stores in the USA for tech. However, it seems that documents and staff leak point to an early october release of Apple’s next iPhone. This best buy employee has said that they would be installing some Apple-related fixtures at 6AM on october 5th 2011. We know that Apple is overdue for releasing the next iPhone. What we don’t know, is whether it will be the iPhone 5, the iPhone 4S or both of these at the same time.
On a sidenote, it seems that October could the month for smartphone releases. This is because Google could be releasing the next version of it’s Android operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich. Additionally, Microsoft may also be releasing an update for Windows Phone 7.
For those of you who don’t know it, I am a huge advocate of desktop virtualisation. If you read a previous article, then you may know of Parallels Desktop. Parallels Desktop is a tool that is considered to be one of the best solutions for you to create and run Windows installations on the mac in a virtual machine.
Earlier on today, Parallels released Parallels Desktop 7 for the mac. It is faster and better than its predecessor(Parallels Desktop 6). On top of that you can buy, download and install Windows 7 into a virtual machine right from within parallels. In addition to this, the new version of this application supports Mac OSX Lion. Not only that but it also allows you to run OSX Lion inside a Virtual Machine. As before, you can download, install and run Google’s Chrome OS inside a virtual machine. However, you can download, install and run Fedora Linux and Ubuntu Linux inside Parallels Desktop 7. On a side-note I personally prefer to install Fedora and Ubuntu myself and customise the installations to my needs.
If you have Parallels Desktop 6 or 5, then you can upgrade to version 7 for $50 in the USA(£35 in the UK). The standalone copy will cost you $80 in the USA(£64).
Disclaimer: This is not a paid advertisement of Parallels Desktop. Additionally, this is not an endorsement of Parallels Desktop.
So we know that Microsoft will be launching the next version of their operating system sometime in the next 3 years.
This article is a definitive timeline of all the releases of Microsoft’s Windows operating systems since Windows 1.0 in 1985
1985: Windows 1.0
1987: Windows 2.0
1990: Windows 3.0
April 1992: WIndows 3.1
October 1992: Windows for Workgroups 3.1
December 1993: Windows 3.11 (My first PC had windows 3.11 on it)
February 1994: Windows for Workgroups 3.11
August 1995: Windows 95
February 1996: Windows 95 Service Pack 1
June 1998: Windows 98
May 1999: Windows 98SE
February 2000: Windows 2000
June 2000: Windows ME
October 2001: Windows XP
March 2003: Windows XP 64-bit edition for Intel Itanium 2 systems
December 2003: Windows XP Media Center Edition 2003
October 2004: Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005
April 2005: Windows XP Professional x64 edition
January 2007: Windows Vista(This was the worst version of Windows ever in my opinion)
October 2009: Windows 7
So there you have it, every version of Windows that has been available to the public since 1985. Of course, there were beta versions of Windows such as Chicago, Denver, Cairo, Longhorn(which became Windows Vista), Memphis are just a few of the beta versions of the different versions of Windows that were released over the years.
These beta versions were never released to the public, only for employees of Microsoft to use.