Federation Newsletter – April 2013

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Newsletter – February 2013


The response to our two Open Days on Thursday 14th and Saturday 16th was fantastic. Thanks to those Tutors and Committee Members who gave of their time on both days to greet prospective members as they arrived and then go about explaining  to them the various courses available to suit their needs. Lois, Lois and Margaret were kept busy all day accepting membership and course fees.

This excellent response to our promotion of our Open Days really bought home to us

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Microsoft’s ‘Surface Pro’ Tablet finally emerging

surface_proYou may remember that Microsoft came out with their long awaited tablet ‘Surface’ back in October and it was thought to be the answer to our dreams, a tablet that would provide the cross over from phone to tablet to Pc using identical operating system. Well that was the idea, but

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2013 – A private look at the year ahead in computing

Last YearLast year for SeniorNet Kapiti was kind of cathartic, liberating and energizing and sending us in modernizing directions whilst maintaining the focus on our main purpose, that of improving the knowledge and skills in computing and communicating for our members.

That will not change for 2013.

But the very media we use – the computer and the proliferating number of communication devices – will see many new and wondrous gadgets coming to market.

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Windows 8– One month on

Windows 8

According to Microsoft in their Blog of Nov.27 they have now sold 40 million licences for Windows 8 operating system in just one month.

Windows 7 Instalación

On the one hand they have sold faster than Windows 7 did, even bearing in mind that there were many who, when it came to upgrade from XP, decided to wait rather than upgrade to Vista, and so boosted the numbers for W7.

One also has to keep in mind that the number of licences quoted as sold include those sold to manufacturers and industry as well as individuals upgrading to W8, so many have not reached the end-users yet.

It took about 2 1/2 months to sell 60 million licences for W7 back in 2009, so the W8 sales are much faster, but at a significantly lower price.

laptop-mobile-phone-tablet-pc-and-gps-3dAs mentioned before Microsoft is attempting to link the 3 types of communications devices prominently in use, the W8 Smartphone, the ‘Surface’ Tablet and the Windows PC, maybe also the GPS, and particularly in the growth areas of phones and tablets where up to now the market has been dominated by Apple and the Android devices. If they are successful they will be the first to achieve this milestone.

So whilst many have written off the PC market it seems there is plenty of life in it yet, 40 million licences attest to that.

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