Microsoft: Windows 8.1 will be a free update to Windows 8 users ; public preview of Windows 8.1 on June 26 2013

Via the Microsoft Blog Post : Windows Keeps Getting Better.

Today at the JP Morgan Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in Boston, Tami Reller shared with the audience that the update previously referred to as “Windows Blue” will be called Windows 8.1  and will be a free update to Windows 8 for consumers through the Windows Store….


We will also be making a public preview of Windows 8.1 available starting on June 26, timed with the Build developer conference in San Francisco. The preview will be available for Windows 8 and Windows RT.


Adobe Flash Player 10, Java 6 Update 10 and Silverlight 2 available

There have been several updates to popular plugins recently :

Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 1 available for download

Download the x86 (32 bit version) , a 434.5 MB download or the x64 (64 bit version) a 726.5 MB download.

Note that the download size from Windows Update of Windows Vista SP1 for x86 and x64 is 65 MB and 125MB respectively so if you have one PC, it should be faster to use Windows Update. See ” Things to know about Microsoft Vista SP1

Also see the overview of Windows Vista SP1 with details such as release notes, deployment guides, etc.

Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards votes approval of DIS29500

In an email sent to the  Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards Information Technology Committee on March 18th, 2008, the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS) has stated it will “change its vote from abstention to approval” of DIS29500.

Previous posts on DIS29500 :

TTCS recommendation to Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards regarding its vote on DIS29500

As a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS) Information Technology Committee, the Trinidad and
Tobago Computer Society
(TTCS) ) submitted its recommendation on DIS29500 aka OpenXML on March 6th 2008 as per the deadline set by the TTBS.

You can view our recommendation online at (PDF ; 201K).

Previous posts on DIS29500 :

Other members of the TTBS IT committee have also made recommendations to the TTBS on whether the TTBS, as a result of being a Participatory Member in ISO/IEC JTC1 SC34 can either approve, disapprove or abstain from voting on DIS29500 to be a ISO standard.

There will be a TTBS IT committee meeting on March 13th, 2008 to discuss the recommendations received. After, the TTBS will decide and will inform the IT committee on its decision by March 20th, 2008. (Update 22 March 2008 ; the TTBS stated it will “change its vote from abstention to approval” of DIS29500)

For the first time since the TTCS has submitted comments on various IT related policies in Trinidad and Tobago, we used Google Documents to create and edit the recommendation 1,195 times before the document was complete. This has worked well compared with sending emails of different document versions back and forth, and the TTCS will probably use this facility for future submissions similar to these and other IT related policies.

Trinidad and Tobago and DIS29500

The Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS), a P-status member of ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1 (JTC1 SC34) will soon be voting on DIS29500 (aka Office Open XML ; OOXML ; OpenXML).

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society has updated the wiki page on DIS29500 containing details such as :

  • Timeline of what’s happened with DIS29500 with links to relevant documents
  • Background/related links about DIS29500
  • List to proposed criteria by the TTBS to evaluate OOXML and other ISO standards in SC34
  • Upcoming standards in SC34 that the TTBS has to vote on.

The TTCS welcomes your thoughts and suggestions regarding DIS29500 and on the proposed criteria to be used to evaluate OOXML. If you can assist with technical understanding and analysis of DIS29500, this is also needed and appreciated. You can edit the DIS29500 wiki page or send email to admin a-t ttcsweb d.o.t org

Playstation 3 sales reach 1 million in Japan ; console battle for 2nd place

According to this Reuters report, Sony has sold 1.01 million units of the PS3 as of July 15 while Wii sales totaled 2.9 million units as of July 8 and sales of Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 have came to 420,705 units in Japan. Ars Technica has a breakdown of console sales in the US and Japan.