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One Microsoft Way: Smart Road For Developers?
Commentary  |  10/31/2012  | 
As Microsoft plays catch-up in smartphones and tablets, it woos developers at its Build conference this week to write apps that work on all of its platforms.
Windows Phone 8: Star Features
Slideshows  |  10/30/2012  | 
Microsoft pulled out all the stops to introduce its new mobile OS -- but will it be enough to tempt iOS and Android users?
Will Microsoft's Hadoop Bring Big Data To Masses?
News  |  10/30/2012  | 
HDInsight Server "dramatically" lowers the cost and complexity of deploying Hadoop, Microsoft exec says.
iOS Designer Forstall Pushed Out At Apple
News  |  10/29/2012  | 
Scott Forstall, responsible for Apple's iOS platform, has been shoved out the door following the iOS 6 Maps flap.
Windows Phone 8 First Impressions: Snappy Redesign
News  |  10/29/2012  | 
Latest version of Microsoft's smartphone OS offers just as many useful features as iOS and Android.
Windows 8 Momentum: Will Pop-Up Stores Help?
Slideshows  |  10/29/2012  | 
Microsoft opened dozens of temporary stores to showcase its new Windows 8 and Surface tablets. Take a look at our opening day tour.
VMware Revenues Show Cloud Worries
Commentary  |  10/26/2012  | 
VMware rules the virtualization market and wants to do the same with cloud. Can it pull that off and continue its fast-paced growth?
8 Cool Windows 8 Tablets
Slideshows  |  10/26/2012  | 
As Microsoft and its hardware partners produce Windows 8 devices in droves, here's a look at some of the more noteworthy launches.
Windows 8 Review: All About Touch
Commentary  |  10/26/2012  | 
Microsoft's new OS offers the option of using a mouse and keyboard. But for most applications, it will have you touching, tapping and swiping.
Windows 8: CIOs Get Enterprise Road Warrior
News  |  10/26/2012  | 
Microsoft has long been king of the desktop, but Windows 8 has enterprise IT leaders experimenting with new, mobile business tools.
Ballmer: Windows Has Great Tablets 'For The First Time'
News  |  10/25/2012  | 
Windows 8 will make Microsoft and partners serious players in the mobile market, CEO says at launch event.
Windows 8 Flop Wouldn't Doom Server 2012
Commentary  |  10/25/2012  | 
Even if Microsoft's new OS was a complete disaster, like Vista, enterprise IT can be assured that Windows Server 2012 will continue to thrive.
Windows 8: 4 Upsides For SMBs
News  |  10/25/2012  | 
What can Microsoft's new OS deliver to small and midsize businesses? Consider the mobile device angles, for starters.
Windows 8: 10 Questions For Microsoft's Enterprise Chief
News  |  10/25/2012  | 
Erwin Visser, Microsoft's senior director for Windows Commercial, says enterprises can expect immediate benefits from Windows 8 in key areas like mobility, security, and virtualization.
The Apple-ization Of Microsoft
Commentary  |  10/24/2012  | 
As Microsoft prepares to launch Windows 8, the hardware world faces a big question. Is going it alone exactly what Microsoft wants?
Windows 8: A Bridge Too Far For Enterprises?
Commentary  |  10/24/2012  | 
Windows 8 may end up marking the moment when people stopped caring about PC operating systems.
HP's Whitman Faces Skeptical CIOs At Gartner Event
News  |  10/24/2012  | 
CEO Meg Whitman faced tough customer questions during her keynote interview at the Gartner Symposium--but will CIOs be persuaded by her answers?
Microsoft Apologizes For Lack Of Browser Choice
News  |  10/24/2012  | 
Microsoft insists a technical error is to blame for its failure to provide users with a browser choice screen in Windows, as instructed by the European Commission.
Windows 8: A Win For Enterprise Security
Commentary  |  10/24/2012  | 
Windows 8 makes securing enterprise PCs and tablets easier--and shows that the future of enterprise Windows security is proper control of applications.
Windows' Worst Mistakes: From Clippy To Vista
Slideshows  |  10/24/2012  | 
Microsoft Windows has hit more than a few bumps in its 27-year history. As Windows 8 launches, let's review some of the low points.
Windows 8: 4 Hurdles For SMBs
News  |  10/24/2012  | 
Windows 8 has a lot to like, but the road to adoption--especially early adoption--could be rocky for some small and midsize businesses.
Windows 8: You Can Handle The Learning Curve
Commentary  |  10/24/2012  | 
Critics say the Windows 8 look and feel will confound consumers and enterprise PC users. I say it's the critics who are being dummies.
Microsoft Releases Hadoop On Windows
News  |  10/24/2012  | 
Microsoft makes big data play with HDInsight Server, first beta release of Hadoop distribution for Windows operating system.
MapR Promises A Better HBase
News  |  10/23/2012  | 
MapR M7 release offers alternative architecture for Hadoop's NoSQL database to deliver better reliability, performance, and manageability.
Apple Reveals iPad Mini, New Macs
News  |  10/23/2012  | 
Apple shows off a rash of new hardware products ranging from iMacs and MacBooks to the long-awaited smaller tablet, the iPad Mini.
Some Intel-Based Tablets Flunk Windows 8 Upgrade
News  |  10/23/2012  | 
Many Windows 7 tablet buyers who assumed they could later upgrade to Windows 8 may be disappointed.
Microsoft Surface Tablets On Back Order
News  |  10/22/2012  | 
Windows 8 RT tablets won't be available for up to two weeks or more, according to Microsoft's online store.
Windows 8 An Enterprise Dud:'s Benioff
News  |  10/22/2012  |'s CEO says 'there will be no Windows 8 upgrade cycle' as enterprises embrace social, mobile, and device diversity.
XP To Windows 8? Why It's Best To Wait
News  |  10/21/2012  | 
As Microsoft launches its highly-anticipated new OS this week, experts say IT pros should focus on Windows 7 upgrades--and watch for Windows 8 tablets to walk through the enterprise front door.
Apple Vs. The Swiss Railways Patent
Commentary  |  10/19/2012  | 
Apple's not been convicted of anything by a jury, even if a clever Swiss attorney could make up a color graphic that makes the two clock faces look exactly the same.
Microsoft Earnings Show Windows 8 Pre-Sales Strong
News  |  10/19/2012  | 
Microsoft reports that pre-sales of its newest operating system were 40% higher than Windows 7's early orders.
Did OpenStack Let VMware Into The Henhouse?
Commentary  |  10/18/2012  | 
VMware has paid its way onto the board of OpenStack, the open source alternative for enterprise cloud standards. Here's what OpenStack must do now.
Microsoft Earnings Put Spotlight On PC Sales
News  |  10/18/2012  | 
Windows 8 can't come soon enough for Microsoft and its partners, as consumers hold off computer purchases.
Windows 8: Are PC People Out Of Touch?
Commentary  |  10/18/2012  | 
Keyboard and mouse users have little reason to celebrate when Microsoft's new OS rolls out. Does that make me a dinosaur?
Windows 8 PC Makers Face Touch Trouble
Commentary  |  10/17/2012  | 
Touch has a big role in Microsoft's marketing blitz for Windows 8. But many Ultrabooks set to go on sale this fall aren't touch-enabled.
IBM Sales Off Sharply In Third Quarter
News  |  10/17/2012  | 
Big Blue sees revenue decline in key areas as sales fail to meet analysts' expectations.
Microsoft Surface Matches New iPad Price
News  |  10/16/2012  | 
Microsoft's self-branded Windows 8 tablet comes in at a price that makes it competitive with offerings from rivals--and partners.
Windows 8 Beats The Mac, Appsolutely
Commentary  |  10/16/2012  | 
Microsoft's new operating system looks how a modern OS should--big, bold, and centered around apps. Suddenly, it's Apple's turn to catch up.
Microsoft Launches Music Service for Xbox, Windows 8
News  |  10/15/2012  | 
Xbox Music offers a mix of free and paid options, as Microsoft looks to move beyond failure of Zune brand.
Windows 8 Prices Revealed Online
News  |  10/12/2012  | 
Major online retailer posts pricing and shipping dates for Microsoft's new, radically redesigned operating system.
Pre-Windows 8, PC Sales Worse Than Expected
News  |  10/12/2012  | 
PC shipments have declined for first time in 11 years. While enterprises are waiting for Windows 8, tablets continue to muscle in on PCs' turf.
Windows 8: Do I Really Need A Single OS?
Commentary  |  10/11/2012  | 
If I skip Windows 8, some folks say I'm losing the appealing opportunity to synchronize all of my devices on a single platform. Color me skeptical.
Acer's Very Touchy Windows 8 Ultrabook
News  |  10/11/2012  | 
Aspire M5-481PT Windows 8 tablet lets you tap and swipe your way through documents using up to ten touchpoints.
Windows 8 Gets Last-Minute Touch Up
News  |  10/10/2012  | 
Battery life, video playback, and app performance improve in new update, the first to arrive through Microsoft's streamlined patch process.
Acer's $500 Windows 8 Tablet: Real iPad Rival
News  |  10/9/2012  | 
Iconia W510 priced right, could give Apple's new iPad run for its money in key areas like performance and mobility.
10 Great Social Features For Microsoft SharePoint 2013
Slideshows  |  10/8/2012  | 
Social computing will play a big role in Microsoft's upcoming collaboration platform.
Microsoft: 100,000 Windows 8 Apps Coming
News  |  10/8/2012  | 
Microsoft exec also predicts that new Windows 8 OS will be found on 400 million devices by next summer.
Windows 8 PCs On Sale, With A Catch
News  |  10/8/2012  | 
Popular online retailer offers Gateway and Acer systems running Microsoft's new OS, but buyers may be better off waiting for official launch.
Windows 8 Apps Get Pre-Launch Tweaks
News  |  10/5/2012  | 
Microsoft makes more than 50 enhancements in key areas like search, e-mail, news, and photos as it readies the new OS for public debut.
Oracle Appeals Android Lawsuit
News  |  10/5/2012  | 
If at first you don't succeed, ask a higher court to intervene. Oracle continues its legal crusade to get Google to pay for Android.
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