Microsoft working on a palm size portable mini-laptop

Do you enjoy working with your Surface Pro?  Microsoft is on a roll recently, launching innovative and game-changing devices like the Microsoft Studio and the Surface Pro – or even the Surface Book for that matter – in the recent past. And now, it aims to do more.

If reports are to be believed, Microsoft is going to come out with a revolutionary device in its Surface lineup of products. Document relating to the project was obtained by The Verge and tech site Thurrott which revealed interesting features and specifications about the device.

The project is nicknamed ‘Andromeda’ in the Microsoft circle and promises to be a dual screen device based around a hinge. It will feature a wraparound screen and expand to become a tablet or mini-laptop. When folded, the device is set to fit in the palm of your hands.

Microsoft has defined the device in the document in quite interesting terms. The document describes the device as a unique pocketable Surface device form factor that creates innovative hardware and software experience to deliver a versatile and personal computing experience.

The details about the project have also come out previously in various leaks. People have even tracked down the patents relating to the design of the device. A designer had created a 3D mockup of the device based on the details provided in the document and posted on Twitter last year. The Verge got hold of the mockups and confirmed that the design matched the prototypes created by Microsoft.

The new device will be the turnaround for Microsoft that is recovering from the poor performance of the Windows phones in the market. The ‘Andromeda’ will be directly competing against the high profile smartphones that boast of impressive specifications. If will also have other competitors like Intel who is working on a similar project called Tiger Rapids. Reportedly, it can take down handwritten notes and expand to become a mini-laptop with a touchscreen keyboard.

Whether we will able to see the ‘Andromeda’ hit the market or not is still up for speculation. The tech news site Thurrott expressed that the plans may not turn to reality. Microsoft is known to cancel projects even when the launch had been planned so it can turn out to be the same this time. Also, the project was headed by Terry Myerson who had the charge of the Windows devices but left the company in the beginning of 2018. Also, Microsoft had declined to make any comments about the project so far even when Fortune contacted them.

But we have counter reports and opinions too! Forbes reports that the ‘Andromeda’ is expected to hit the market in the fourth quarter of 2018. They have also planned to launch OEM partners who will release similar form factors after the introduction of ‘Andromeda.’ It looks like we have to wait for the year to proceed before we can say anything sure about the Microsoft project. The Fortune has also promised to release an update they receive from Microsoft so we have no option but to wait!

The Top Three Reasons To Trust Linux

How can someone give a 100% assurance that their system is infallible? Simple, they can’t. Every single system out there has their own pitfalls and loopholes. So, from the array of operating systems presented to you today, why would you trust Linux? Keep reading to know the three major reasons for fearlessly placing your trust in this open source software.

The Blanket Of The Small Community

Hackers create viruses and worms with the sole need to create chaos and destruction. Thus most of them have the aim of infecting the largest number of systems. The creator does their basic coding in such a way that the mono-culture systems like Windows and Outlook are exclusively focused on the attack.

In this situation, Linux is shielded due to its limited and exclusive number of clientele. This simple step will give an added level of security to your company. Just as in nature where a unique set of characters can help a particular species survive adverse events, Linux is given immunity because it is different from the popularly used mainstream operating systems. It is simply survival of the fittest.

Degree Of Destruction

The sheer number of people who are affected by a virus that is tailor-made for Windows systems in and out is enticing to hackers. Not to mention that they can make far more profit from such endeavours than creating a virus that will only affect a handful of Linux users. The firewalls and security measures that Linux offers is a bit too much hassle from their point of view.

Linus’s Law

Named after its creator Linus Torvalds, the law states that “given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow.”  This means that with more people having their eyes on the code, chances of discovering discrepancies is much more than when you have just a limited set of people working on it. A fresh pair of eyes will always be successful in weeding out any problems in any scenario.

Linux has a global system of developers. Windows may have a huge team of people exclusively scoring the program for bugs, but it definitely cannot compare to the worldwide network that Linux has established. Not only can countless Linux users view the code, they can change it as well, ensuring eradication of errors as soon as they appear.

These are some basic ways in which Linux guarantees the safety of your system. However, there is no barricade that cannot be infiltrated. It is always a good idea to have a few extra layers of protection added to your network just to be sure.

Minimize the use of root privileges and install firewalls. Make sure that your system is up-to-date. For peace of mind, you can even use virus scanners.

Final Verdict

Linux is safer than Windows, free and open source and even the Android system is based out of it – Android developers get access to a well maintained operating system without having to work on a Kernel of their own.