News & Commentary
Content tagged with Operating Systems posted in January 2012
Apple Now Top PC Maker, Report Says
News  |  1/31/2012  | 
iPad sales pushed Apple well ahead of Wintel giants like Hewlett-Packard and Dell in Q4, according to research.
Oracle Loses One To HP In Itanium Saga
News  |  1/31/2012  | 
HP wins on one ruling, but a judge denies both companies' requests to seal documents tied to the ongoing HP-Oracle Itanium case.
Will Microsoft Port Kinect To Asus Notebooks?
News  |  1/30/2012  | 
Windows 8 prototype may be among the first to incorporate hands-free control technology originally developed for Xbox 360.
Nokia Numbers Show Microsoft’s Mobile Madness
Commentary  |  1/27/2012  | 
Every Windows Phone 7 device Nokia shipped in Q4 cost Microsoft $250, minus a royalty. But Microsoft is burning this cash with good reason.
Nokia Loses $1.25 Billion Amid Windows Phone Switch
News  |  1/26/2012  | 
Nokia's big bet on Windows Phone operating system hasn't paid off yet as Symbian sales evaporate.
Microsoft Xbox 720 Details Trickle Out?
News  |  1/26/2012  | 
Microsoft's upcoming entertainment and cloud services platform console could run seven times faster and dish up Blu-Ray. But gamers may not like rumored restrictions.
HP WebOS Open Source Timeline Revealed
News  |  1/26/2012  | 
HP will release Open WebOS 1.0 in pieces during the next eight months, disappointing some developers who'd hoped to get the entire platform at once.
VMware Wins At Show Me The Money
News  |  1/25/2012  | 
While Microsoft plays catch up with its upcoming System Center 2012, VMware craftily focuses on management tools and posts 2011 revenue up 32% over 2012.
Apple CEO: Three Horses In Smartphone Race
News  |  1/25/2012  | 
Tim Cook says Microsoft's Windows Phone can't be counted out, but that Apple ignores rivals and focuses on innovation.
Ultrabooks: The Next Big Thing In Notebooks
Commentary  |  1/24/2012  | 
Aren't notebooks and PCs in general on the way out as we adopt tablet and touch interfaces and everything else moves to the cloud? Not so fast.
Nokia Sells More Than 1 Million Lumia Phones
News  |  1/23/2012  | 
Good news for Microsoft Windows Phone 7? Nokia has sold about 1.3 million Lumia smartphones, analyst survey says.
Windows 8 Promises 1-Second Wi-Fi Connections
News  |  1/23/2012  | 
Microsoft also is adding features to Windows 8 to make it more mobile-friendly, such as the ability to turn off radios and tools to reduce unnecessary bandwidth consumption.
Apple's iBooks Author Software: Just Say No
Commentary  |  1/20/2012  | 
Buried in the iBooks Author software license agreement is a contractual requirement that gives Apple considerable power over content that you create using the software.
Microsoft, Intel Face Their Kodak Moment
Commentary  |  1/20/2012  | 
Unless they embrace radical change, the once dominant Wintel partners will follow the photography giant's unenviable path into decline.
Microsoft Office 365's New Enterprise Fans
News  |  1/19/2012  | 
JetBlue, Patagonia, and American Heart Association move to Microsoft's cloud-based productivity suite, as Redmond does battle with rival Google Apps.
Windows 8 Tablets Overpriced Thanks To Intel?
News  |  1/18/2012  | 
Report suggests that Windows 8 tablets with Intel chips could cost significantly more than Android-based devices. This could push tablet makers to favor Intel rival ARM.
Amazon Unveils Windows Server Free Trial
News  |  1/18/2012  | 
Amazon EC2 trial program opens up to software from Microsoft, as battle of cloud platforms heats up.
Nokia Shouldn't Panic At Lumia 710 Price Drop
News  |  1/17/2012  | 
Walmart offers Nokia's brand-new Lumia 710 for free with a contract, but naysayers should button their lips about Nokia's doom.
Microsoft Simplifies System Center 2012 License Fees
News  |  1/15/2012  | 
In Microsoft's battle with VMware for cloud management, price is a weapon. System Center 2012 users will have two options: a low-cost starter edition, or a datacenter edition for more virtualized shops.
Microsoft System Center 2012's Private Cloud Power, Explained
News  |  1/15/2012  | 
System Center 2012's self-provisioning and other features aim to help enterprises move to a more automated private cloud.
Microsoft Makes Cloud Management Move On VMware
News  |  1/14/2012  | 
New System Center suite, due in first half of 2012, centrally manages Windows Server in the data center plus future workloads in private clouds and Windows Azure public cloud. Can features, licensing tweaks lure VMware users?
Nokia Lumia 900 Ship Date Revealed?
News  |  1/13/2012  | 
Consumers may not have to wait long to get their hands on the flashy Windows Phone, a hit at CES.
Motorola Xoom Tablet Earns Android Ice Cream Sandwich Update
News  |  1/13/2012  | 
Early adopters will be rewarded with the Android 4.0 operating system update.
Windows 8: What IT Needs To Consider
News  |  1/12/2012  | 
Keep these new features, functions, and development methodology shifts in mind as you consider if and when to make the switch.
Microsoft, LG Strike Android Patent Deal
News  |  1/12/2012  | 
New agreement means Redmond now gets revenue from 70% of all Google-based smartphones sold in the U.S.
Windows Phone: Microsoft's Comeback Kid?
Commentary  |  1/11/2012  | 
Microsoft is all-in with Windows Phone and believes all the pieces are in place for a successful 2012.
At CES, Viewsonic Joins Android Tablet Fight
News  |  1/11/2012  | 
Viewsonic arrives late to the tablet wars with three new offerings. The Android versions are priced aggressively, but the Windows unit ... not so much.
Google's Schmidt: Android's Rising Tide Benefits All
Commentary  |  1/11/2012  | 
At CES, Google's executive chairman defends his belief that Android's coming ubiquity in our lives is good for all. But RIM and Nokia have been swamped by that tide.
Nokia Lumia 710 On Sale At T-Mobile
News  |  1/11/2012  | 
Finnish phone maker's first U.S. device for Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform hits stores.
Ultrabooks Of CES: Visual Tour
Slideshows  |  1/10/2012  | 
Check out the sleek and light ultrabook designs on display at CES, from HP, Lenovo, Samsung and more. There's more than good looks at stake: Think battery life, instant-on, and powerful Intel chips.
Microsoft Unveils LTE Windows Phones At CES
News  |  1/10/2012  | 
Nokia and HTC showed first Windows Phone 7 devices to run on AT&T’s high-speed network.
Ballmer's CES Keynote: Nothing To Seacrest Here
Commentary  |  1/10/2012  | 
Microsoft's last appearance at Vegas tech fest underwhelms, even as consumer misses become a clear and present threat to its enterprise business.
Microsoft's Last CES Keynote
News  |  1/10/2012  | 
Microsoft exits Consumer Electronics Show not with a bang but with banter.
Intel Touts Ultrabooks Design Potential: CES 2012
News  |  1/9/2012  | 
Intel's betting big that the ultrabook will be mobile's next big thing. But these gadgets won't all look the same.
Microsoft Windows Phone Users Slam Update Policy
News  |  1/9/2012  | 
Redmond needs to give mobile customers a more consistent update experience, regardless of hardware brand or carrier, users say.
Windows Phone Patch Restores Keyboard
News  |  1/6/2012  | 
Microsoft issues fix for post-Mango vanishing keyboard problems on Windows Phone 7 devices.
Lumia 710 Review: Nice, But No Windows Phone Savior
Commentary  |  1/5/2012  | 
Nokia's first Windows Phone for the U.S. market is a solid entry, but not enough to lift Microsoft's mobile fortunes.
Gartner IT Spending Forecast Shrinks
News  |  1/5/2012  | 
Gartner's newest forecast is more pessimistic than what InformationWeek heard when we surveyed 605 IT decision-makers on IT spending plans in October 2011.
Windows 8 Reset, Refresh Options Clean OS Crud
News  |  1/5/2012  | 
Microsoft's new OS tools will let you restore a system to pristine factory condition in minutes, or clean up OS performance without losing personal data.
The App Economy's Special Ingredient: APIs
News  |  1/4/2012  | 
Enabling outside companies to link to your company's digitized services through APIs will be key to success in the future economy, Hurwitz study finds.
Microsoft Celebrates Demise Of IE6
News  |  1/4/2012  | 
At long last, Microsoft has nudged users away from Internet Explorer 6, the browser that would not die, and toward newer versions.
Microsoft Azure In 2012: Watch Out Amazon?
Commentary  |  1/4/2012  | 
Look for Linux and Hadoop twists as Microsoft bolsters its cloud platform. Some observers say the changes could move Azure into more direct competition with Amazon Web Services.

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