News & Commentary
Content tagged with Operating Systems posted in January 2011
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Microsoft Needs More Kinect, Less Kin
Commentary  |  1/31/2011  | 
The Xbox Kinect shows that Microsoft is still capable of shipping innovative products -- why can't they do the same in other business groups?
Microsoft Loses Key Cloud Exec
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
Dave Thompson will step down from his position as corporate VP for Microsoft Online by year's end.
Windows Sales Stalled By Tablet Headwinds
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
Microsoft's flagship operating system saw only meager growth in the last quarter as consumers embraced slates powered by Apple's iOS and Google Android.
Microsoft Beats Estimates, Reports Record Sales
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
Software maker sees strong growth in gaming, server, and office products, but Windows sales disappoint.
Top Features Absent From Windows 7
Slideshows  |  1/27/2011  | 
From dropping SteadyState to the lack of touch support, universal software updates, or third-party hardware support there's still a great deal missing from the Microsoft operating system. Some, inexplicably, didn't carry over from XP or Vista and others still haven't materialized despite widespread, ongoing demand. Why would Microsoft skimp on offering features that seem in their best interest to provide natively? One possibility is that they don't feel that way -- because they're waiting for so
iPad Fuels 241% Growth In Apple's Market Share
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
Analyst firm says Steve Jobs' company is now tied with Dell as the third largest PC maker—if the iPad is included.
Linux Developers Mull Unified App Store
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
Fedora, Red Hat, Ubuntu, and other distros are working on a framework for a universal application installer.
Mac Office 2011 Available For Free Trial
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
Apple users can kick the tires for 30 days on new features like Outlook for Mac and Excel Sparklines before they decide to buy.
Microsoft Ships 2M Windows Phone 7 Handsets
Commentary  |  1/26/2011  | 
Microsoft claims handset manufacturer partners shipped two million Windows Phone 7 devices by the end of 2010, but it's unclear how many have been sold to end-users.
Microsoft Earnings Preview: Kinect Up, Windows Down
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
Windows OS license sales may be off as much as 25%, but solid growth is seen other key parts of Redmond's operations.
Global CIO: Apple iOS Crushes Google Android In Enterprise
Commentary  |  1/26/2011  | 
The iPad continued to surge into the enterprise as Q4 activations jumped more than 50%, while Windows Mobile devices dropped out of Top 10, says Good Technology report.
Microsoft Asks Court To Ban Tivo DVRs
News  |  1/25/2011  | 
The software maker claims the underlying software in Tivo set-top boxes violates its patents and is looking to block sales of the devices in the U.S.
Microsoft's CES Misdirection Depends On Developers To Succeed
Commentary  |  1/24/2011  | 
The version of Windows running on the ARM platform that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer showed at Consumer Electronics Show, only hinted at Redmond's four-point plan for the future of its flagship operating system.
AMD Updates Driver Support For OpenGL 4.1
News  |  1/24/2011  | 
Radeon, ATI FirePro, and ATI FireGL graphics card drivers for Windows and Linux support the latest OpenGL spec.
Ansca Mobile Debuts Corona SDK For Windows
News  |  1/24/2011  | 
Windows programmers have a new way to create Android apps without Java.
Ubuntu Ditches OpenOffice For LibreOffice
News  |  1/24/2011  | 
The April Linux release will include the Document Foundation's productivity suite instead of Oracle's software.
Global CIO: Steve Jobs' Legacy: 10 Ways He's Rocked Our World
Commentary  |  1/23/2011  | 
The profound influence of Apple's brilliant founder and CEO has changed how corporations of all kinds approach strategy, design, and customer engagement.
Camino Upgrades Open Source Mac Browser
News  |  1/21/2011  | 
Version 2.1 Alpha is based on Mozilla's Gecko rendering engine, adds six major features.
IBM Workers Get $1,000 Stock Bonuses
News  |  1/21/2011  | 
Record sales and profits provide an unexpected windfall for Big Blue's rank and file employees.
Microsoft Prepping Kinect For Windows 7 PCs?
News  |  1/21/2011  | 
Reports indicate that the hands-free motion control platform for Xbox 360 may be coming to PCs sooner rather than later.
Google Co-Founder Larry Page To Replace Schmidt As CEO
News  |  1/20/2011  | 
Google on Thursday reported Q4 2010 revenues of $8.44 billion, but the bigger news was that co-founder Larry Page will take over as CEO in April, with current chief Eric Schmidt moving out of day to day leadership to become Executive Chairman.
HP, Microsoft Team-Up Yields New Appliances
News  |  1/20/2011  | 
Partnership between Redmond and Palo Alto targets IT pros looking to reduce complexity and deployment times.
iOS 4.3 Beta 2 Deletes Multitouch, Adds FaceTime
Commentary  |  1/20/2011  | 
Apple has seeded a second beta of iOS 4.3 to developers. The updated code reveals several new camera-related features while nixing others.
Global CIO: Apple Hammers Google Over Tablet Flaws
Commentary  |  1/19/2011  | 
By the time Google's Android tablet OS is available, 20 million iPads will be in full use. And until then, Apple's spreading the fragmentation FUD.
Ubuntu Linux Getting Qt Toolkit
News  |  1/19/2011  | 
The Nokia toolkit will enable developers to write Web-enabled applications once, and deploy them across multiple platforms.
Global CIO: HP & Microsoft Launch Broad Fleet Of Application Appliances
Commentary  |  1/18/2011  | 
The new HP-branded optimized systems are aimed at BI, data warehousing, Exchange, and database consolidation, with one priced at almost $2 million.
Steve Jobs Should Be Apple's Last Rock Star CEO
Commentary  |  1/18/2011  | 
His vision and design instincts laid the groundwork for the device maker's historic turnaround, but now Jobs' company needs a different kind of leader to grow beyond its fanboy base.
Foursquare Releases Open Source Tools
News  |  1/18/2011  | 
Location service posts code for Rogue, Fully-Loaded on GitHub.
Windows Phone 7, Collateral Damage Edition
Commentary  |  1/18/2011  | 
Verizon getting the iPhone is cruelly timed torture for Microsoft and Windows Phone 7, already facing an uphill battle against Android and other smartphones.
12 Money Saving Tech Tips For SMBs
Slideshows  |  1/14/2011  | 
Smaller companies are under constant pressure to maximize their performance with minimal resources. However, you can't do business without technology -- and tech means spending money, something there never seems to be quite enough of for growing businesses. You keep a vigilant eye on costs as a matter of course. So you need to be creative to get what you and your employees need -- from phone service to software to desks and chairs -- without busting the budget. No matter what your business needs
Google Promises No Planned Downtime
News  |  1/14/2011  | 
A new service level agreement (SLA) for Google Apps customers strives to make Google's cloud as reliable as dial tone.
Microsoft Warns Of Xbox Shortages
News  |  1/14/2011  | 
The software maker says strong holiday sales of Xbox 360 and Kinect could mean inventory levels won't be enough to meet demand in early 2011.
Is An Apps Shakeup Ahead At Microsoft?
Commentary  |  1/14/2011  | 
To compete in the enterprise with the likes of IBM, Oracle, SAP and Salesforce.com, Microsoft has to take a more direct approach.
53% Midsize Businesses Plan To Increase IT Spend
News  |  1/13/2011  | 
IBM study finds midmarket companies are shifting their primary focus from cost cutting to infrastructure investments, the cloud, and business analytics in 2011.
Mozilla Firefox 4 Release Expected In February
News  |  1/13/2011  | 
One more beta version is possible as developers work through the final stages of bug cleanup before final release.
iPad Takes A Bite Out Of PC Sales
News  |  1/13/2011  | 
Apple's hot-selling tablet, along with Android-powered slates, is eating into Microsoft and Intel's dominance of the personal computing market.
Global CIO: Inside SAP: 2,500 iPads Are Only The Beginning
Commentary  |  1/13/2011  | 
SAP's CIO says those 2,500 iPads will soon be joined by Blackberry Playbooks and Android devices and more--and here's how he and his team are making it all happen.
Top 10 SMB Predictions For 2011
Slideshows  |  1/12/2011  | 
We dusted off an old piece of tech -- the crystal ball -- to see what the New Year has in store for small and midsize business. 2011 will without a doubt be the year when "trend" becomes "normal" in a variety of business areas, from mobility to virtualization to social marketing. And while certain industry lingo might simply become part of the everyday vocabulary, the term "SMB" itself is likely to be thrown around even more loosely than it was in 2010, by vendors, politicians, and a host of oth
Microsoft Extends Dynamics AX for Retailers
News  |  1/12/2011  | 
App-spanning ERP system gains new interfaces, new workflows and a broader geographic footprint.
Microsoft Sues Apple Over 'App Store' Trademark
News  |  1/12/2011  | 
Redmond claims its rival's e-commerce brand is too generic to warrant exclusivity.
Global CIO: Microsoft Launching Cloud Attack On Enterprise Stack
Commentary  |  1/12/2011  | 
CEO Steve Ballmer is realigning Microsoft's enterprise products as he prepares to take on IBM, Oracle, and SAP for major enterprise deals.
Pano Logic Introduces Desktop Virtualization Device
News  |  1/11/2011  | 
The "zero footprint" device offers low energy requirements and flexible server-side software that is interoperable with the Citrix, VMWare, and Hyper-V platforms.
Microsoft Needs A Wider Cloud Strategy
Commentary  |  1/11/2011  | 
Bob Muglia, the departing president of Microsoft's Server and Tools Business, crafted a limited cloud approach based on the hand he was dealt. Here's what his successor should do.
Google Chrome Adds WebM Video, Drops H.264
News  |  1/11/2011  | 
The Web video cold war has broken into open conflict.
Red Hat Staying Put In North Carolina
News  |  1/11/2011  | 
Economic incentives, university partnership led Linux developer to continue hanging its hat in the Raleigh area.
Windows Phone 7 Users Allege Data Gobbling Bug
News  |  1/11/2011  | 
Subscribers report up to 30 MB of 3G data mysteriously consumed each day; Microsoft says it's investigating.
Microsoft Server Chief Axed Over Cloud Strategy?
News  |  1/11/2011  | 
Analyst believes Steve Ballmer felt Bob Muglia was not the right man to lead the company's Azure efforts.
Global CIO: The PC Is Dying: Long Live The iPad!
Commentary  |  1/10/2011  | 
In April, Apple was expected to sell maybe 15 million iPads in 2011. Three months later, the number was 36 million. Today, do I hear 55 million?
Server Chief Out At Microsoft, Is Steve Ballmer Next?
Commentary  |  1/10/2011  | 
Less than two weeks into 2011, there are signs that Microsoft learned little from a woeful 2010. Can the CEO survive?
Apple Pulls VLC Player From App Store
News  |  1/10/2011  | 
The media software's open source license conflicted with Apple's policies, said one of its developers in requesting removal.
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