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Microsoft announces $39.99 Windows 8 Pro upgrade

Microsoft’s launch of its Windows 8 later this year may be the most important product launch in the company’s history. Seeking to compete in a world where the desktop is no longer king, the Redmond software giant has performed massive reconstructive surgery on its operating system in an effort to provide for a commercially-viable touch-first experience.

Change may be a necessity for Microsoft and its operating system, but change this significant rarely comes easy. Despite the fact that the company’s Windows 8 effort may be its greatest in many years, there are plenty who believe the new operating system is a disaster in the making.

Apple’s customer service fail

All too eager to get cut and paste and a few other new features on my iPhone, I downloaded the latest 3.0 upgrade from iTunes not long after it was released.

However, after something like an hour of waiting, and just as the download was about to be completed, I get an error message on iTunes, and my iPhone screen looked like this:

iPhone error

If you’re still using the old Google Analytics code, you’re not alone

In late 2007, Google upgraded the tracking code script for Analytics. The new script, ga.js, offered a number of significant improvements over the old script, urchin.js. If that didn’t convince you, it also offered some assurance: Google would be maintaining ga.js going forward but urchin.js support would end at some point within 12-18 months.

Given how important web analytics are to online publishers, one might have expected websites to switch over to the new code pronto, especially major websites.