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Content tagged with Operating Systems posted in January 2009
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Newcomer Claims 3rd Place In Thin Clients
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
Germany's IGEL is less well known but is offering some redefinition of what a thin client can do and appears closely attuned to virtualization developments.
T-Mobile Confirms G1 Successors
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
T-Mobile will release more G series smartphones this year, but it will face a crowded field as Motorola, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson will have Android-powered handsets as well.
Virtualization Set For Desktop Surge In 2009
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
The push for cost savings will sweep virtualization solutions from VMware, Microsoft, Citrix, and others past the server, onto the desktop and into the cloud.
Lenovo Buys Secretive Startup Switchbox
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
Consumer technologies from the company, which was co-founded by a former Microsoft executive, are expected to be integrated into upcoming Lenovo products.
Samsung Touts Highest Density Memory Chip
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
Samsung is targeting manufacturers' new generation of "green" PCs with its new technology, which will be used in servers, workstations, desktops, and laptops.
Is Open Source A Recession-Fighting Tool?
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
The buzz on open source is that it can slash IT costs and save budgets. Our Linux expert looks at where and how much can be saved with FOSS -- and gives some caveats.
Windows 7 Beta Flunks Out Of Georgetown
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
University's IT department nixes downloads of Microsoft's new operating system.
Multi-Core Processors Outpacing Key Business Software
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
The relentless doubling of cores per microprocessor chip will result in servers with far more horsepower than software can use, says Gartner.
Microsoft: Explorer 8 'Complete And Done'
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
The software maker says its latest browser is close to final form, but users would like some improvements.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 RC1 Improves Security
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
Updates include architectural changes that mirror features found in Google's Chrome, Apple's Safari, and Mozilla's Firefox.
Microsoft Makes Sweeping Changes To BI Software Strategy
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
Microsoft will discontinue PerformancePoint Server as an independent product and is exiting the market for standalone corporate performance management software.
HP Blurs Data Center Lines With Server/Switch
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
The ProCurve ONE embedded server blade and Data Center Connection Manager alter the roles various vendors and devices play in the data center.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 Inches Toward Release
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
The browser's first release candidate is available for download Monday.
AMD Rounds Out 45-nm Opteron Line
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
The quad-core chips can plug into motherboards running AMD's older 65-nm Opterons, giving customers a quick speed boost.
Microsoft's Data Center Delay A Sign Of The Times
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
The work stoppage in Des Moines, Iowa, comes shortly after Microsoft announced plans last week to lay off 5,000 employees as part of a $1.5 billion spending cut.
Microsoft To Kill Windows 7 Beta On Feb. 10
News  |  1/25/2009  | 
The software maker plans to end trial availability of its next OS in two weeks.
Intel Chairman Barrett To Retire In May
News  |  1/23/2009  | 
Along with giving up his role as chairman, the 35-year Intel veteran plans to retire from the company's board, effectively ending all active management.
Feds Eye Windows 7 For Antitrust Violations
News  |  1/23/2009  | 
Government experts seek to ensure that new OS meets the terms of the 2001 Microsoft settlement.
Android Market Grows, Still Trails Apple
News  |  1/23/2009  | 
More than 800 apps are now available for Google's Android platform, but Apple's App Store has more than 15,000 programs.
Microsoft Paid $3.1 Billion To Settle Tax Debt
News  |  1/23/2009  | 
Software maker's quarterly report reveals payment made to satisfy IRS audit.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3 Gets Virtual
News  |  1/22/2009  | 
The new release is capable of implementing virtual machines on the largest x86 instruction set servers, including those with 126 CPUs and a terabyte of main memory.
Tuxedo Emerges As Part Of Oracle Fusion Middleware
News  |  1/22/2009  | 
Now part of 10g R3, the software has been integrated with Oracle's identity and access management and SOA products.
Sprint Picks Up Palm Treo Pro
News  |  1/22/2009  | 
The carrier accidentally reveals it will soon offer the Palm Treo Pro, but the Windows Mobile smartphone may get overshadowed by the upcoming Palm Pre.
HTC Updates Touch Cruise
News  |  1/22/2009  | 
The Windows Mobile smartphone will feature robust location-based services, enabling users to geotag photos as well as get turn-by-turn directions.
Microsoft To Cut 5,000 Jobs As Profits Fall 11%
News  |  1/22/2009  | 
Software maker will also curtail spending on travel and marketing and eliminate raises.
Windows 7 Offers 21 New Hotkey Combos
News  |  1/22/2009  | 
Microsoft's next OS offers numerous commands to simplify use, but they could take awhile to learn.
Microsoft Sells Off Comcast Stake
News  |  1/21/2009  | 
The software maker may be looking to raise cash in advance of an acquisition.
Cisco Edges Toward Its First Virtualization Server
News  |  1/20/2009  | 
The upcoming product, code-named California, would be an Intel blade server chassis that melds the company's Nexus 5000 switch that combines storage and data network traffic.
Intel Drops Desktop, Server Chip Prices As Much As 40%
News  |  1/20/2009  | 
The price cuts came three days after Intel reported a 90% drop in net income for the fourth quarter of 2008.
EU May Force Microsoft To Split Explorer, Windows
News  |  1/20/2009  | 
Antitrust regulators on the Continent say the browser is too closely tied to the operating system.
10 Cloud Computing Predictions For 2009
News  |  1/18/2009  | 
Vendors are rushing to join Amazon, EMC/VMware, IBM, Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce in the cloud, offering businesses new ways to do more with less.
Nearly 9 Million PCs Hit By 'Downandup' Worm
News  |  1/16/2009  | 
The network worm is a bunch of malware variants that target older Windows machines and changes itself, or is changed by its authors, to prevent signature-based detection.
Windows 7 Beta Antivirus Packs Now Available
News  |  1/16/2009  | 
Three third-party vendors have released security software for Microsoft's new operating system.
Intel Profits Plunge 90% In PC Market Slump
News  |  1/15/2009  | 
While declining to provide a formal projection for the first quarter of this year, Intel said that for internal purposes, it's planning for sales of around $7 billion.
Mozilla Updates Firefox Tool Ubiquity
News  |  1/15/2009  | 
Version 1.5 includes command memory and command matching that functions similarly to the Firefox 3 "Awesome Bar."
HP Extends Orchestration Of Virtual, Physical Servers
News  |  1/15/2009  | 
With two additions to its Adaptive Infrastructure management products, HP is upping the ante in the race to manage physical and virtual data center servers from the same console.
Google Terminates Six Services
News  |  1/15/2009  | 
The company's ax is falling on Dodgeball, Google Catalog Search, Google Mashup Editor, Google Notebook, Jaiku, and Google Video.
Windows 7 'Incredibly Stable,' Intel Expert Says
News  |  1/15/2009  | 
A programmer at the chipmaker says the OS is almost ready for prime time.
Nokia Adds Free Licenses For Qt Platform
News  |  1/14/2009  | 
By moving to a Lesser General Public License for Qt, Nokia is hoping to lower the barrier of entry and spur the adoption rate with the open source community.
Psystar Claims It's An Apple Customer
News  |  1/14/2009  | 
The Mac cloner says it purchases its copies of OS X directly from Cupertino.
Windows 7 Beta Destroys MP3 Files
News  |  1/14/2009  | 
Microsoft is urging users of the new OS to download a patch that resolves the issue.
3.5 Million Already Testing Next Version Of Microsoft Exchange
News  |  1/13/2009  | 
New features include content filtering to let admins block objectionable e-mails, message tracking to confirm delivery of an e-mail, and the ability to manage and edit distribution lists.
Windows 7 Beta Bonus: IE8 Included
News  |  1/13/2009  | 
The trial version of Microsoft's next operating system provides a first look at several new Internet Explorer features.
Oracle Customers About To Begin Testing Fusion Apps
News  |  1/12/2009  | 
Oracle senior VP Thomas Kurian gives advanced details on what to expect from a product set compiled from more than 40 software company acquisitions.
Microsoft Offers Unlimited Windows 7 Downloads
News  |  1/12/2009  | 
The software maker has lifted restrictions on the number of copies available to beta users.
Windows Server 2008 Getting Fault Tolerance Add-On
News  |  1/9/2009  | 
The availability of everRun as a feature of the operating system could allow Windows Server 2008 to host multiple virtual machines running mission-critical systems.
AMD Updates Its ATI Mobility Radeon Graphics Chips
News  |  1/9/2009  | 
The 4000 series includes a number of advanced capabilities, such as support for Microsoft's DirectX 10.1, the graphics technology available only in Windows Vista.
Google Gets Chrome Ready For Mac, Linux
News  |  1/9/2009  | 
The call for supporting other operating systems besides Windows started immediately after Google released the browser in beta last September.
Dell Buys SMB's Microsoft-Related IT Services Business
News  |  1/9/2009  | 
The PC maker also adds a $12 million stock investment in Allin, which includes installing interactive TV systems in cruise ships and resorts, educational institutions, and health care facilities.
SanDisk Drops Price On Solid-State Drives For Laptops
News  |  1/8/2009  | 
The storage maker claims corporate customers could extend by two years the life of existing Windows XP laptops by replacing their HDDs with the SSDs.
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