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Content tagged with Operating Systems posted in November 2011
Google's Daring Dozen: 12 Big Bets In 2011
News  |  11/29/2011  | 
Google has played a smart game in 2011, especially with Android, but it hasn't been perfect. We evaluate its main moves in the past year.
Office 365 Gets 30 New Features
News  |  11/29/2011  | 
Microsoft takes aim at Google Apps with Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) and Mac support, as well as easier-to-manage security tools.
Windows 8 Tablets: Too Little, Too Late?
News  |  11/29/2011  | 
Touch-friendly devices running Microsoft's next OS may be more than a year away, leaving some analysts to conclude that Redmond has already lost the tablet market.
Windows Phone 7 Usage Shows Small Uptick
Commentary  |  11/28/2011  | 
More Facebook users are making use of the integration feature in Windows Phone 7, suggesting a small spike in new users for Microsoft's mobile platform.
Microsoft Said To Eye Yahoo Deal, Again
News  |  11/28/2011  | 
Software maker may be set to revive campaign to acquire all or parts of the online portal, which it tried to buy three years ago.
VMware's Cloud Foundry Ranked Top Developer Platform
Commentary  |  11/23/2011  | 
New VMware kid on the PaaS block takes "best overall" honors, while Google App Engine is best public and IBM SmartCloud best private cloud platform in Evans Data survey.
Microsoft Buys Video Search Engine For $100 Million
News  |  11/23/2011  | 
VideoSurf gives Redmond technology that helps users sift through movies, TV shows, and other online content.
Windows 8 On XP Machines? Microsoft Says Yes
News  |  11/22/2011  | 
Many older PCs have enough horsepower for the upcoming OS, says the software maker, which also pledges to simplify setup and installation this time around.
Novell Puts Bill Gates On Witness Stand
News  |  11/21/2011  | 
Microsoft chairman expected to undergo cross-examination on charges that he conspired to kill WordPerfect and Quattro Pro, in case dating back to 2004.
AMD Designed Bulldozer For Large Virtual Machine Loads
Commentary  |  11/21/2011  | 
BlueLock, which provides infrastructure services from its data centers, likes AMD cores for computing in highly virtualized environments.
Skype Gets Direct Link To Facebook
News  |  11/18/2011  | 
Microsoft's VoIP platform now allows face-to-face calling from within the social network for users of Windows and Mac OS.
Windows 8 PCs May Resemble Big Smartphones
News  |  11/18/2011  | 
Qualcomm execs say the next generation of laptops will feature technologies inspired by the cellular industry
Solaris 11 Supports Two Forms Of Virtualization
News  |  11/17/2011  | 
Oracle's first update of Sun's Unix includes support for Oracle VM hypervisor and Solaris Zones.
Does SharePoint Have Future As A Social Platform?
News  |  11/17/2011  | 
Analysts speaking at Enterprise 2.0 say Microsoft's collaboration platform is more than a portal, but less than a social network.
Microsoft Ditches Dryad, Focuses On Hadoop
News  |  11/17/2011  | 
Microsoft drops LINQ to HPC big-data processing project, in favor of Apache's open source Hadoop platform.
Windows 8 Promises Fewer Annoying Restarts
News  |  11/16/2011  | 
Microsoft says its next OS will only require users to restart their PCs once a month, unless there is a crucial security patch.
Nokia Happy With Early Response To Lumia 800
News  |  11/16/2011  | 
Record number of pre-orders for the Lumia 800 smartphone buoys Nokia's chances of a comeback.
Federal Data Center Consolidation: By The Numbers
Slideshows  |  11/16/2011  | 
Go inside the federal government's data center consolidation initiative, which aims to save $5 billion. See who's closing the most data centers, where, and how else the picture is changing.
Nokia Reveals Windows 8 Tablet Plan
News  |  11/16/2011  | 
Microsoft's closest ally may be first out of the gate with slates that run Redmond's next OS.
Dell Plays Switzerland Between Microsoft, VMware
Commentary  |  11/15/2011  | 
Dell will be an honest broker on behalf of customers using hypervisor technologies from warring parties--who have shown no appetite for appeasing tensions themselves.
Windows Embedded Girds Microsoft's Big Data Plans
News  |  11/15/2011  | 
Redmond sees an expanded role for its smart device operating system as connected devices, from tractors to toasters, go mainstream.
RIM Loses Developer Interest, Microsoft Gains
News  |  11/14/2011  | 
Microsoft's partnership with Nokia led to a surge in interest in its Windows Phone platform by developers, according to IDC research.
iOS 5.0.1: The Battery Fix That Wasn't
Commentary  |  11/11/2011  | 
Apple's iOS 5.0.1 update aimed to remedy complaints of poor iPhone battery life. For many, the fix made things worse.
Microsoft Revamps SQL Server Licensing
News  |  11/9/2011  | 
Memory of recent VMware pricing flap may be fresh in Microsoft exec's minds.
Barnes & Noble Seeks DOJ Action Against Microsoft
News  |  11/9/2011  | 
Retailer says software giant is trying to bully its rivals in the tablet market into coughing up royalties on Android devices.
Windows Phone: It's Make Or Break Time
Commentary  |  11/8/2011  | 
Microsoft put a six-story Windows phone in one of the world's busiest intersections and filled it with rock bands, dancers, and zombies to make a statement. But time grows short to convince phone users.
Microsoft Redials Windows Phone Sales Pitch
News  |  11/7/2011  | 
Expect the focus to be on the device, not the OS, as handset makers like Samsung, HTC, and Nokia play a bigger role in selling Windows Phone devices.
IBM Unites Mainframe, Windows Systems
News  |  11/7/2011  | 
IBM opens zEnterprise mainframes to the world of Windows apps. Until now, IBM only supported Linux or AIX-based blades on zEnterprise.
iCloud + Outlook Equals IT Headache
Commentary  |  11/4/2011  | 
Once Outlook is connected to iCloud, iCloud begins moving things around in Outlook. This is annoying for individuals, but could be a real enterprise support headache.
iPhone, Android Get Bing Search First
News  |  11/3/2011  | 
Microsoft's surprising move means Apple and Google get Bing apps before Windows Phone 7.
Occupy Wall Street A Threat To Outsourcing?
Commentary  |  11/3/2011  | 
At least one top industry exec says he thinks that, in light of the protests, fewer U.S. companies will be willing to shift work to vendors that don't provide services on American soil.
Nokia Picks New Chips For Midrange Windows Phones
News  |  11/2/2011  | 
Cell phone maker signals a plan to sell into lower end of mobile market, where Apple and Google are less of a threat.
Windows 8 Vs.The Post-PC Era
Commentary  |  11/2/2011  | 
Windows 8 borrows ideas from the shiny new world of tablets, but bumps up against old-world IT concerns around upgrades.
WebOS: Not Dead Yet
Commentary  |  11/2/2011  | 
HP has killed off all devices running Palm's former platform, but senior management claims there is still life in the platform.
Microsoft Pushes Kinect Beyond Gaming
News  |  11/1/2011  | 
As Microsoft Kinect celebrates its first birthday, hands-free motion control system originally developed as an Xbox 360 add-on moves into scientific and commercial applications.

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