We’re entering a world of mainstream 64-bit computing — whether we like it or not. Just weeks after Adobe started requiring 64-bit Macs for CS6, DICE’s Rendering Architect Johan Andersson has warned that some of his company’s 2013 games using the Frostbite engine will need the extra bits as a matter of course. In other words, it won’t matter if you have a quad Core i7 gaming PC of death should the software be inadequate; if you’re still running a 32-bit copy of Windows 7 come the new year, you won’t be playing. The developer points to memory as the main culprit, as going 64-bit guarantees full access to 4GB or more of RAM as well as better virtual addressing. Andersson sees it as a prime opportunity to upgrade to Windows 8, although 64-bit Vista and 7 (and presumably OS X, if and when Mac versions exist) will be dandy. Just be prepared to upgrade that Windows XP PC a lot sooner than Microsoft’s 2014 support cutoff if you’re planning to run the next Battlefield or Mirror’s Edge.
Microsoft non fornirà più alcun supporto assistito o aggiornamenti di sicurezza per Windows Vista SP1. Gli utenti di Windows Vista sono quindi invitati ad aggiornare al Service Pack 2 o passare a Windows 7. Windows Vista è stato rilasciato il 1° gennaio 2007, seguito dal Service Pack 1 il 4 febbraio 2008 e l’SP2 rilasciato il 29 aprile 2009; il supporto per l’SP2 si concluderà dopo 24 mesi dal rilascio del Sp3.
E’ comunque molto improbabile che Microsoft rilascerà un terzo Service Pack per Windows Vista, per il semplice fatto che in quest’ultimo periodo c’è stata una crescita esponenziale di licenze Windows 7 ( Windows 7 e le 400 milioni di licenze vendute).
Beware, malware. The Windows AutoRun updates for Vista and XP SP3 that Microsoft released in February have so far proven successful in thwarting your file corrupting ways. Although Windows 7 was updated to disable AutoPlay within AutoRun for USB drives — freezing the ability for a virus to exploit it — the aforementioned versions had remained vulnerable up until right after January. Fast-forward to the period between February and May of this year, and the updates have reduced the number of incidents by 1.3 million compared to the three months prior for the supported Vista and XP builds. Amazingly, when stacked against May of last year, there was also a 68 percent decline in the amount of incidents reported across all builds of Windows using Microsoft’s Malicious Software Remove Tool. There’s another fancy graph after the break to help illustrate, and you’ll find two more along with a full breakdown by hitting the source link down under.