News & Commentary
Content tagged with Operating Systems posted in October 2013
Windows XP Malware: 6X As Bad As Windows 8
News  |  10/30/2013  | 
WinXP is already an easy target for hackers, and it will get even simpler once Microsoft ends support for the 12-year-old OS in April.
Motorola's Project Ara Promotes Modular Smartphones
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Google's Motorola Project Ara envisions mobile phones as customizable components that can be snapped together like Lego blocks. But can flexibility beat slick smartphone design?
Dell Seals Deal To Go Private
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Michael Dell's bid to take his company private is finally complete. But now that the deal's done, what will Dell do to compete?
Microsoft Surface Pro Docking Station Arrives Early
News  |  10/25/2013  | 
With Microsoft's docking station -- which hadn't been expected until 2014 -- the Surface Pro can be a three-in-one device: tablet, laptop, desktop.
Microsoft's Earnings: 6 Takeaways
News  |  10/25/2013  | 
Shareholders have questioned Microsoft's strategy. Will this week's strong earnings report persuade skeptics that the company is on the right track?
Apple Vs. Microsoft: Tablet Empire Strikes Back
News  |  10/25/2013  | 
Following iPad and Surface tablet launches, Apple and Microsoft trade new barbs in quest for tablet supremacy.
Apple OS X Mavericks Sees Fast Adoption
News  |  10/24/2013  | 
Apple declares end to expensive operating system upgrades; OS X users appear to appreciate the free software.
Microsoft Surface Pro Vs. Competitors
News  |  10/24/2013  | 
Microsoft quietly slashed another $100 off the price of the original Surface Pro. Here's how it stacks up to the competition.
Microsoft Exec Trashes Apple's Free iWork Software
News  |  10/24/2013  | 
Microsoft VP Frank Shaw made several valid points when he criticized Apple's new products and strategy. But he missed the boat on others.
Woz Doesn't Like New iPads
News  |  10/24/2013  | 
Apple's co-founder wasn't wowed by the new tablets, and Microsoft doesn't think they're good enough for mobile professionals.
Apple Embraces Free: 5 Reasons Why
Commentary  |  10/23/2013  | 
Apple challenges Google and Microsoft with free software.
iPad Air vs. Surface 2: 9 Considerations
News  |  10/23/2013  | 
Microsoft's Surface 2 and Apple's iPad Air are poised for a head-to-head showdown. Here are nine ways to decide which is better for you.
Should Samsung Ditch Android?
Commentary  |  10/22/2013  | 
Mobile analysts debate whether Samsung should free itself from Android and use its homemade OS, Tizen.
Microsoft Lands Army Deal For Office 365
News  |  10/21/2013  | 
Army buys 50,000 seat licenses for cloud-based Microsoft Office and collaboration tools.
Microsoft Suspends Windows RT 8.1 Update
News  |  10/21/2013  | 
Microsoft hasn't released a repair for RT devices bricked by a boot configuration "blue screen of death," but unofficial fix appears to work.
Windows 8.1 Desktop PC Installs: 8 Tips
News  |  10/18/2013  | 
Windows 8 was a complete flop on non-touch desktop PCs but Windows 8.1 cures some headaches. Here's how desktop users can get the most out of Microsoft's new operating system.
Where the Software Engineer Money Is: Juniper
News  |  10/18/2013  | 
Glassdoor reports the top 25 average annual salaries for software engineers. Juniper Networks leads the pack.
Windows 8.1: Visual Tour
Slideshows  |  10/17/2013  | 
Can Windows 8.1 avoid the fate of Windows 8? Take a look at Microsoft's newest OS.
Microsoft Surface: A Misunderstood Jewel
News  |  10/17/2013  | 
Not a tablet, not a laptop, it's a third category of device.
Windows 8.1: 10 Essential Upgrade Facts
News  |  10/17/2013  | 
Microsoft hopes to improve on Windows 8's lackluster first year with Windows 8.1. But is Microsoft's new OS right for you?
IBM Hardware Slide Drags Down Q3 Results
News  |  10/17/2013  | 
IBM revenue declines 4.1% as hardware sales sag 16.6%. Unix servers are the loss leader.
Microsoft SQL Server 2014: Final Countdown
News  |  10/16/2013  | 
Microsoft steps closer to delivering in-memory performance with a second beta release of Microsoft SQL Server 2014. Here's a peek at what's coming.
Why Windows Phone Needs Phablets
News  |  10/15/2013  | 
Microsoft has finally updated Windows Phone with support for super-size smartphone screens. Here's why it should have done this long ago.
Microsoft: Free Office 365 For Students
News  |  10/15/2013  | 
Microsoft's new Student Advantage program means schools that license Office 365 for staff can now provide the software to students at no additional cost.
Microsoft Pushes Phablets, Windows Phone Development
News  |  10/14/2013  | 
Microsoft's Windows Phone update sets the stage for a wave of phablets, while a new developers' program could help address the platform's app gap.
Apple Eyes 13-Inch iPad Hybrid? 8 Signs
News  |  10/11/2013  | 
As Mac sales fall, clues mount that Apple is prepping a 13-inch iPad-laptop hybrid. Microsoft, HP and Dell can't be happy about that.
What Microsoft's Rapid-Release Cycle Means For IT
News  |  10/10/2013  | 
Microsoft and other major software companies are producing major updates at faster speeds, putting pressure on IT to adapt.
HP's Whitman: Microsoft Now Our Rival
News  |  10/10/2013  | 
HP CEO Meg Whitman tells analysts the company's revenue will accelerate by 2015, discusses competitive relationship with Microsoft, Intel.
Microsoft Office For iPad Faces Many Challenges
Commentary  |  10/9/2013  | 
Microsoft can still win with an iPad version of Office, but only if the touch interface is exceptional.
Microsoft's Azure Cloud Move: What It Means
Commentary  |  10/9/2013  | 
Microsoft offers customers an easy roadmap into the cloud through the familiar Windows Server management console.
Microsoft Charges Into Enterprise Cloud Market
News  |  10/8/2013  | 
Microsoft updates Azure, Windows Server and other enterprise products as part of aggressive push into cloud market valued at $2 trillion.
Ubuntu Pushes Open Cloud Platforms
News  |  10/8/2013  | 
Open-source OS Ubuntu is the quiet leader in cloud VM deployments and OpenStack development.
Google Launches HP Chromebook 11
News  |  10/8/2013  | 
HP Chromebook 11 laptop costs just $279 and can be charged via microUSB.
SeaMicro Behind 'Revolutionary' New Verizon Cloud Servers
News  |  10/7/2013  | 
AMD-owned SeaMicro says cloud server technology it developed with Verizon is more energy efficient and can be managed as easily as on-site hardware.
Nexus 5 Details Emerge
News  |  10/7/2013  | 
Nexus 5 will improve on LG's N4 with a full-HD display, more storage and LTE 4G, according to leaked specs.
Microsoft Surface Vs. Dell Venue: Tablet Rivals
News  |  10/4/2013  | 
Microsoft's Surface tablets gain a bit of momentum, but Microsoft faces new competition from Dell and continuing heat from Apple.
Windows 8.1 Boot To Desktop: Smart Option
News  |  10/4/2013  | 
Is booting to the desktop the right move for your Windows 8 users?
Gates, Ballmer Seek Re-Election To Microsoft Board
News  |  10/4/2013  | 
Microsoft also reveals that financial and market share problems caused a hit to Ballmer's annual bonus.
Keep The Web DRM-Free
Commentary  |  10/3/2013  | 
The World Wide Web Consortium is moving ahead with support for digital locks for content in the HTML specification. Pray the group reconsiders.
8 Phablets To Watch
Slideshows  |  10/3/2013  | 
Is it a smartphone or tablet? Samsung led the trend early -- but Apple and Microsoft want in now.
Microsoft Investors Want Gates Out: Reorg At Risk?
News  |  10/2/2013  | 
Major Microsoft investors reportedly want Bill Gates to step down as chairman. Patience may be running out for "devices and services" transition.
Microsoft Should Get Out Of The Device Business
Commentary  |  10/2/2013  | 
Microsoft must get over Apple envy and play in the real world of mobile. First step: Unchain Microsoft software from Windows.
Windows 8 Adoption Slows Ahead Of Windows 8.1
News  |  10/1/2013  | 
Windows 7 gained more ground than Win 8 in September, according to Net Applications data. Will that change once Win 8.1 debuts in October?
Microsoft's Office For iOS, Android Dilemma
Commentary  |  10/1/2013  | 
It looks like Microsoft will port its omnipresent Office productivity suite to iOS and Android. Now comes the hard part.
Nokia Spurs Windows Phone Gains In Europe
News  |  10/1/2013  | 
Proliferation of affordable Nokia smartphones has boosted Windows Phone's adoption to nearly 10% in Europe.
HP Enterprise Laptops Balance Style, Security
News  |  10/1/2013  | 
HP's new enterprise laptops prioritize both enterprise IT security needs and user experience.


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