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Content tagged with Operating Systems posted in December 2010
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Verizon To Showcase Smart Home Monitoring At CES
News  |  12/30/2010  | 
The telecommunications company is taking a crack at offering an automated home service, a concept that has yet to gain much acceptance among consumers.
CES 2011 Preview: Tablets, Smartphones, And More
Commentary  |  12/30/2010  | 
The electronics industry is gearing up for the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which kicks off January 6. The leading vendors are expected to introduce a host of eye-catching new offerings. Here's what InformationWeek anticipates will be unveiled at the show.
California Agencies Favor Microsoft For Email
News  |  12/30/2010  | 
About two out of three state mailboxes will be migrated to Microsoft-hosted email, rather than a competing state system.
Top 10 Mobile Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/29/2010  | 
As the workforce became increasingly mobile, developers hustled to ensure their phones, tablets, and notebooks were the products of choice for these increasingly dispersed employees. The smartphone wars heated up, as Apple, Google, Research In Motion, Nokia, and Microsoft battled for dominance. In addition to facing-off over hardware features and capabilities, many phone operating system developers competed over retail outlets and handset manufacturers. They also lured developers to build applic
Santa Claus Spotted On NORAD Radar
News  |  12/24/2010  | 
The aerospace command is using the Internet to follow Kris Kringle's progress throughout Christmas Eve.
Top 10 SMB Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/22/2010  | 
Many small and midsize businesses are champing at the bit to ring in 2011, with expectations of improving economic conditions and smoother sailing ahead. But before we count down the clock just yet, it's often prudent to take a quick look back at where we've been. Therein lie the lessons learned -- and hopefully a few causes for celebration, too -- that can build the foundation for future success. Although we may have to wait until next year -- or 2014, even -- to see how all of that political a
Top 10 Apple Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/22/2010  | 
Apple makes news every year, and ever since Steve Jobs returned to the company in 1997, the news has mostly been good. But any big company will make a few missteps, and Apple is no exception. No company can escape the occasional misstep, but with Apple, the stumbles get the same kind of "generous" coverage that the successes do. Apple is hardly a shy, retiring company that prefers to hide from the spotlight -- even people who've never owned an Apple product can probably name several, whether bec
Google Challenges Microsoft's SUNY Spin
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
Not so fast! Despite 'university-wide' claim on Live@edu, rival says 13 State University of New York schools are already using Google Apps.
HP To Unveil Palm Tablets at CES
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
The three versions are expected to be updated editions of the less than successful Slate tablet.
Microsoft Developing Windows For ARM Devices
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
The operating system would offer multitasking capabilities to the low-power processor that dominates tablets and handheld devices, say reports.
Verizon Branded WP7 Apps Appear, Suggesting Imminent Launch
Commentary  |  12/22/2010  | 
Applications bearing Verizon Wireless branding have been spotted in the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. This points to an imminent release of WP7 devices on Verizon's network.
Microsoft Retires Office Software Validation Program
News  |  12/21/2010  | 
Office Genuine Advantage is going out to pasture, but it's unclear what will replace the mechanism for proving the legitimacy of the productivity suite running on a computer.
Kno Ships Education Tablet
News  |  12/21/2010  | 
The 14.1-inch touchscreen device, geared at students, offers access to digital textbooks in Kno's e-bookstore.
New York's SUNY Schools Choose Microsoft's Cloud
News  |  12/21/2010  | 
Live@edu suite will provide hosted e-mail, calendaring and storage to more than 465,000 students across 64 campuses.
Microsoft: 1.5 Million Windows Phone 7 Handsets Sold
Commentary  |  12/21/2010  | 
Microsoft executive Achim Berg announced that the company has sold 1.5 million Windows Phone 7 handsets worldwide since its October launch.
SEC Probes Former HP CEO Mark Hurd
News  |  12/21/2010  | 
Investigators said to be focused on whether Hurd, now co-president at Oracle, leaked details of HP's plan to buy EDS to a female companion.
Microsoft Prepping Kinect Upgrade
News  |  12/20/2010  | 
The firmware update would improve motion sensing accuracy and allow more data to pass through to the Xbox 360, according to reports.
Windows Phone 7 Coming To Nokia?
News  |  12/20/2010  | 
Blogosphere rumors say Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, a former Redmond executive, wants Microsoft's new mobile OS on his company's phones.
Top 10 Software Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/17/2010  | 
In any year, there are winners and losers, those that successfully rode--or shaped--the tide, and those smashed by the waves of change. As virtual battles raged on Xboxes, Kinects, and other platforms, software developers waged war over market share and steadily loosening budget dollars. Eagerly awaited new products and beta versions made their debuts, jockeying for position and sales. The past year was, of course, no exception. In the rapid-paced world of social media, granddaddy MySpace all-bu
Top 10 Cloud Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/16/2010  | 
Everybody's head was in the cloud, or so it seemed in 2010. Both well established and startup vendors developed solutions and strategies designed to extend their reach or provide entry into this booming market. After all, IDC estimated the cloud market will be worth $55 billion by 2014; Gartner predicted the cloud world could be valued at $148 billion at that time, in part because Gartner included Google AdWords advertising revenue in its figures, said Gregor Petri, adviser, lean IT and cloud co
Microsoft Search Gains On Google, Yahoo
News  |  12/16/2010  | 
Google continues to dominate the market, reports ComScore's November search engine rankings.
WP7 Marketplace Growing Faster Than webOS App Catalog
Commentary  |  12/16/2010  | 
Based on recent jumps in the number of apps for Microsoft's and Palm's smartphones, it appears that Windows Phone 7 is already outpacing webOS when it comes to app growth.
Global CIO: An Open Letter To IBM CEO Sam Palmisano
Commentary  |  12/16/2010  | 
We ask IBM's chairman and CEO about analytics, competition, mobility, and how the pursuit of a Smarter Planet will extend the transformation of the world's most-influential IT company.
Metalogix Introduces SharePoint Migration Manager
News  |  12/16/2010  | 
The tool offers a third-party alternative for migrating SharePoint and other legacy data to the Microsoft BPOS-D cloud.
Top 10 Hardware Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/15/2010  | 
Partnerships and new technologies dominated the hardware landscape, as vendors battled for market share and dollars from customers slowly shedding budgetary shackles. Buyers -- from IT executives to home-office users and gamers -- had plenty of choices, ranging from the iPad and new competing wares, to the latest in IBM mainframes, and practically everything in between. Not surprisingly, several vendors have followed Apple's lead, quickly offering tablets designed to tap into the iPad's momentum
Dell's Venue Pro A Swelling Black Eye
Commentary  |  12/15/2010  | 
Dell is having serious issues with its Venue Pro Windows Phone 7 handset. Delays and hardware glitches have marred what could have been a saving grace for Dell's mobile ambitions.
Linaro Adds High-Powered Advisers
News  |  12/15/2010  | 
Canonical, GENIVI, HP, LiMo Foundation, and MontaVista Software will offer guidance on embedded open source development to Linux non-profit.
Global CIO: Is Larry Ellison Hurting Oracle By Hammering Competitors?
Commentary  |  12/14/2010  | 
Excellent industry analyst Josh Greenbaum says Ellison's recent words and deeds are doing damage to Oracle, but I believe the opposite is true.
Tablet Tipping Point Means The End Of Microsoft (As We Know It)
Commentary  |  12/14/2010  | 
2011 could see the demise of the Wintel hegemony as Microsoft and Intel are deemed absent from the slate revolution.
Top 10 Microsoft Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/14/2010  | 
Odds are, almost every household in the United States bought or used at least one Microsoft-related product in 2010. From smartphones to game consoles, entertainment software to applications, cloud computing infrastructure to expanded search engine agreements, the developer increased its footprint across earth and cyberspace. This year marked one of new beginnings and some endings for Microsoft, which released its long-awaited Windows Phone 7 operating system, the software giant's answer to Appl
KnowledgeTree Upgrades Cloud-Based Document Management Platform
News  |  12/14/2010  | 
Microsoft Office integration, real-time collaboration, unlimited users, and other features target SMBs in vertical markets with needs unfulfilled by Google Apps.
Microsoft To Launch 'iPad Killer' Tablets At CES
News  |  12/14/2010  | 
Report says Redmond will finally get around to shipping devices that can compete with Apple's slate and Android-based devices.
'World of Warcraft' Sets PC Game Sales Record
News  |  12/13/2010  | 
Close on the heels of its "Call of Duty: Black Ops" runaway success, Activision Blizzard's "World of Warcraft: Cataclysm" has sold more than 3.3 million copies in the first 24 hours.
Top 10 Government Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/13/2010  | 
In 2010, the government turned to technology as a way to cut costs and improve efficiencies, an approach that worked in some cases but backfired in others. Like their associates in the public sector, government executives and IT professionals saw some big wins -- and headaches -- over the past 12 months. In some cases, cities or agencies were able to save money and boost productivity by adopting technologies such as cloud computing, by centralizing contracts, and reducing energy consumption thro
Paul Allen Plans New Claims Against Apple, Google, Facebook
News  |  12/13/2010  | 
Microsoft co-founder calls judge's dismissal of patent lawsuit "a procedural issue" and says amended complaint is forthcoming.
Global CIO: Apple, IBM, Or Microsoft: Who Has #1 Most-Valuable Software Product?
Commentary  |  12/12/2010  | 
The top software-product franchise gets a value of $110 billion, and both Oracle and Microsoft have two entries in the Top 6. But who's #1?
Snapstick Streams Mobile Content To TVs
News  |  12/10/2010  | 
Linux-based software enables any Web content displayed on a smartphone, laptop, or tablet to be pushed to a television over Wi-Fi.
Red Hat Stock Gets Upgrade
News  |  12/10/2010  | 
Analysts expect good things from the Linux developer due to its strength in renewing major contracts.
Xbox, Black Ops Top U.S. Gaming Market
News  |  12/10/2010  | 
Kinect system and Activision's team-based shooter drive videogame sales to new heights in November.
Apache Leaves Java Community Process
Commentary  |  12/9/2010  | 
The Apache Software Foundation has resigned from the Oracle-dominated JCP because it believes it's being thwarted by Oracle on its Harmony initiative.
SMBs See Opportunity In The Cloud
News  |  12/9/2010  | 
A Microsoft survey found that almost a third of small and midsize businesses see the cloud as an opportunity for their IT to be more strategic and nearly a quarter believe it offers capabilities not previously available.
Flock Browses All Your Social Connections
Slideshows  |  12/9/2010  | 
Years before the social networking oriented RockMelt browser there was Flock. Now Flock 3.5 shows that the original social networking browser still has strong features that should interest users looking to integrate social networking into their Web browser. Flock works with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, newsfeeds and, new in this release, LinkedIn. The newest Flock browser is also now based on the Google Chromium engine, providing a faster and more streamlined browsing experience. A social
Salesforce To Acquire Ruby App Hosting Service Heroku
News  |  12/9/2010  | 
Ruby applications currently run in Amazon's EC2 cloud, but one day may move to Force.com.
Linux Foundation Intros LSB 4.1 Beta
News  |  12/9/2010  | 
All of its major commercial developers have achieved Linux Standard Base 4.0 certification, said the organization.
Supercomputer 'Virtual Cleanse' Aims To Ease Colonoscopy Preparation
Commentary  |  12/8/2010  | 
Image processing technologies being tested by Massachusetts General Hospital intend to take the yuck factor out of colorectal cancer screenings.
Google Chrome OS Promises Computing Without Pain
Slideshows  |  12/8/2010  | 
Before a crowd of reporters and guests, Google provided an update on its forthcoming browser-based operating system, Chrome OS, and invited attendees and select early adopters to try Chrome OS running on an unbranded netbook through a pilot program. Chrome OS aims to be speedy, simple and secure: all the things that the typical PC is not. It achieves these goals by limiting the user to Web apps, running in the Chrome browser. But Google doesn't see this as a limitation; it sees it as a way to pr
OpenLogic Exchange Expands Open Source Compliance
News  |  12/8/2010  | 
The OLEX software as a service now includes alert options, as well as automatic delta and command line scanning.
Global CIO: Top 10 Tech Stories Of The Year: The Complete List
Commentary  |  12/8/2010  | 
The cloud, mobile, IBM, Oracle-Sun, SAP, the death of the tactical CIO, HP's CEO shuffle, Apple's rise in the enterprise, and optimized systems were all among 2010's top tech stories. Here's the full list with links to more than 150 analytical and opinionated columns.
Windows 7 Slates Won't Be Home For Christmas
Commentary  |  12/8/2010  | 
Microsoft’s failure to get consumer-friendly tablets in stores for the holiday season could result in a frosty year-end quarter for the software maker.
Dell Kace Speeds Windows 7 Migrations
News  |  12/8/2010  | 
K2000 appliance upgrade broadly targets midsized firms with limited IT resources, but may make the most sense for organizations with more than 500 users.
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