With Symbian Anna already being made available for download for handsets launched on the market with the Symbian^3 OS on board, it was only a matter of time before Nokia made new announcements regarding the platform.
Of course, Symbian is on its way to the graveyard, but there still are a wide range of enthusiasts who would gladly purchase a new Nokia handset running under the platform, as long as it is usable enough.
And since Symbian Anna reportedly added some more usability into the mix, the handset vendor is expected to bring to shelves new devices that would run under the new OS flavor in an attempt to slow down its downfall.
Something new related to Symbian should be unveiled in only a few days, and chances are that new handsets will come to shelves soon.
The company has posted on its Facebook account a counter that points at something new on Symbian being set to become official in a little over 40 hours.
This is in line with some of the latest reported on the matter that suggested that Nokia might be set to launch a number of no less than three Symbian-based device before the end of this week.
Nokia 600, 700 and 701 have been recently rumored to be on their way to the market with the Symbian platform on board, and it seems that Nokia might be finally getting ready to make themn official.
However, this is only a supposition, and there are also those who suggest that the handset vendor might go official with the next flavor of Symbian as soon as Wednesday.
Dubbed Symbian Bell, the new OS version should bring even more enhancements into the mix, when compared to what Symbian Anna packed in over Symbian^3.
It would not come too much as a surprise if Nokia indeed launched a new flavor of the OS, one with more enhancements included for all users. The same as Anna, the next platform release would arrive on shelves on new devices, and we might safely bet on the unveiling of new phones as well, that's for sure.
Microsoft will open registration for BUILD, its upcoming Windows 8-centric event, in just three weeks, but so far it’s still impossible for participants to tell what they’ll be registering for.
The BUILD conference has already been completely sold out on just the promise that Windows 8 will be its star attraction.
With the event scheduled to start on September 13th, the Redmond company has yet to provide any actual details about what exactly it will provide participants, beyond the first deep insight into Windows 8, and how the next iteration of Windows will change the world.
The Agenda page of the BUILD Windows site continues to feature only general details, with the opening keynote scheduled for September 13 between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM, but no additional info beyond that.
There’s also no telling just when Microsoft plans to share details about BUILD with the public. So far, the only update to BUILD was the fact that the software giant has cut all pre-sessions, citing the need to focus on the sessions instead of spreading resources around.
There’s a lot of excitement building around BUILD, with users expecting the Redmond company to share not just Windows 8 details but some bits as well.
While promising that a pre-release development milestone of Windows 8 will be easy to access and not a secret, Microsoft hasn’t revealed whether it will offer early adopters a pre-Beta Build or the full Beta release.
I don’t expect the company to offer any info in this regard until it will actually announce the availability of Windows 8 bits for testers.
Still, Microsoft needs to update the BUILD Windows website since I’m sure that participants will want to organize their schedule in accordance to the sessions presented at the conference, even if this will mean that some new Windows 8 details will be revealed to the public.
The second upgrade for Windows 7 will address reliability problems that customers running the RTM and SP1 versions of the OS have experienced in some scenarios on machines running Intel Core and Xeon CPUs.
According to Microsoft, the issues are limited to a small number of users, the reason why the company has not released an update to all customers.
Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and RTM as well as Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM and SP1 are affected by reliability glitches, the software giant said, but only when the platforms are paired with older releases of Intel processors, such as the chips belonging to the Core and Xeon families launched in 2006 and 2008.
“These issues are not common. These issues might affect processors that meet all the following conditions:
Designated as a Intel Xeon or Intel Core family processor that is based on the "Penryn" or "Merom" codenamed processors.
Has the Family, Model, and Stepping of family designations of 6, or a Model designation of 15, of 22, of 23, or of 29,” Microsoft explained.
The software giant indicates that Windows 7 Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP2 will contain a fix for the reliability problems that customers with Intel Core and Xeon CPUs have been experiencing.
For the time being however, the Redmond company has made available a hotfix designed to deal with the issue.
KB 2493989 offers what Microsoft refers to as a microcode update for Intel processors. “This update improves the reliability of x64-based versions of Windows that uses certain Intel processors. This update fixes an issue in which the operating system might function incorrectly,” the company noted.
Despite being referred to as an update, the release is actually a hotfix and is only designed to repair reliability glitches and nothing more.
Customers running Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 should only deploy the KB 2493989 hotfix if they’re also leveraging Intel Xeon or Intel Core processors and have come across issues impacting reliability.
Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) RTM Build 7601.17514.101119-1850 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) RTM are available for download on below link.