SOLVED: What is the Fastest Browser… In Real World Use

We see benchmarks and anecdotal evidence of so called “browser speed” all the time, but what really counts is real live production data.  How fast does each browser take to load real web pages?  Tonight I was playing around with my GoogleAnalytics and checking a dozen or so sites I run when I notice a new metric, well new to me, named SITE SPEED.  Below are the stats from Google Analytics for this site, www.urtech.ca…

Windows 8 Release Candidate Available Now, Windows 2012 Server Too!

You can download the latest build of Microsoft Windows 8 from windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/download .  Keep in mind that you can download a SETUP or an .ISO.  Personally, I would only work with the .ISO on a fresh harddrive (or fresh partition 🙂 )  The CD key for this is TK8TP-9JN6P-7X7WW-RFFTV-B7QPF  And if you are wondering “can I upgrade Windows 8 Consumer Preview to this Windows 8 Release Preview”, the answer is yes.  See windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/faq for details The support…

Whats New In Office 15?

Office 15 (likely Office 2013) is in private beta now and will have a public beta your can play with next month, in June 2012.  The product should release to manufacturing (RTM) late this year and likely be available to buy very early in 2013.    Initially users will notice that the new products all use a Metro styled “washed out” look with only a few important items having colour but past that there are many changes. …

Office 15 Technical Preview Released and Is Already Full

What this means is that there is a pre-Beta of the next version of Office, but you can’t get it. “Not since Office 2003 has Microsoft taken such an “ambitious undertaking” to reinvent the productivity suite. Today, PJ Hough, CVP of development for Microsoft’s Office division, announced the “technical preview” for the suite’s next version and then rudely announced it’s “already full”. Oh yeah? Why the frak tell us about it then? It’s that ambitious…

Windows To Get A New File System – ReFs

“ReFs” or Resilient File System is a new file system written from scratch for Windows 8.  ReFs is compatible with NTFS and is supposed to reduce complexity while being able to automatically detect corruption on RAIDed disks. “…Together, Storage Spaces and ReFS have been architected with headroom to  innovate further, and we expect that we will see ReFS as the next massively  deployed File System…” said Microsoft’s storage and file-system development manager, Surendra Verma. “Storage Space”…

Why Windows 8 Uses So Much Less Memory Than Windows 7

In Windows 8 Microsoft disabled 13 Services, set a number other Services to Manual Start (from Automatic Start) and set another group of services to “Start on Demand” (like Windows Update and Plug and Play Services). A test from Windows8Beta.com shows the results of these changes:  

How Is Windows Built / Developed

“…It is tempting for some to think of Windows as one entity or group, or for some to think of Windows as just a set of specific people. Sometimes someone speaks at a conference or has a blog, and that comes to represent the product for you. In reality, Windows is always a product of the whole team and much of Microsoft.  Nearly every development group contributes to building Windows 8 in some form or…

Video: Windows Server 8 – Sneak Peek WPC 2011 – HyperV Replica

At the World Partner Conference (WPC), Microsoft fist publicly showed off Windows Server 8 (codename).  They show that the number of CPU’s per VM is no longer limited, an amazing new cluster feature called Hyper-V Replica, and explain that in Server 2008 R2 you can overcommit memory https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xz9f2G7drEg

Windows 8 Beta To Be Released in September 2011

“…According to the info available, Windows 8 RTM would be released in April 2012 and from couple of jobs posted separately, it seems Microsoft is gearing up and recruiting people for marketing of Windows 8. Within past one week two jobs has been posted on Microsoft Careers site referring to Windows 8, which clearly states that Microsoft is preparing for the launch of Windows 8. …Microsoft is expected to release Windows 8 Beta during Build…

Firefox 4 beta loses to IE9 beta in Browser Speed & Efficiency Tests

…The news for the naysayers. . . is very bad indeed. IE9 absolutely flattened FF4 on my own DFScale battery, with a speed score of 6.590 versus 3.539. Maybe IE9 isn’t the best performer in every test, but it’s not because Microsoft is too focused on test numbers… …If you consider the general performance of the old Firefox version 3.0.19 (stable) as scoring a 1.000 in all categories (my new index browser), then by comparison, IE9…