News & Commentary
Content tagged with Operating Systems posted in February 2012
Windows 8: 8 Things SMBs Should Know
News  |  2/29/2012  | 
Microsoft released the beta version of its much-revamped operating system for PCs and tablets. Here are some key facts for smaller companies.
Windows 8 Beta: 8 Insights For IT
News  |  2/29/2012  | 
Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview, now available for download, gives valuable information to enterprise IT pros preparing for the final version.
Microsoft Launches Windows 8 Consumer Preview
News  |  2/29/2012  | 
Windows 8 beta software gives public first chance to check out OS that will be crucial to Microsoft's efforts to become relevant in the tablet market.
Microsoft, Hortonworks Expand Hadoop Partnership
News  |  2/28/2012  | 
ODBC driver for Hive will enable Microsoft Excel and PowerPivot for Excel users to explore Hadoop data.
Windows 8 Consumer Preview: 8 Expectations
Commentary  |  2/28/2012  | 
Microsoft plans to make its new OS available to the public on Feb. 29 with the release of Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Here's what to watch.
Mozilla, Telefonica Promise Open Web Phone
News  |  2/27/2012  | 
Does the world need another mobile operating system? Boot2Gecko, Mozilla's HTML5 operating system, aims to pry open the mobile Web.
Nokia Launches 41-MP Camera Phone At MWC 2012
News  |  2/27/2012  | 
Nokia is first to seize the Mobile World Congress 2012 stage, bringing a slew of new phones including one that begs the question whether it's more camera than phone.
Skype App Comes To Windows Phone
News  |  2/27/2012  | 
Microsoft’s VoIP app is optimized for Windows Phone 7.5 Mango smarpthones, including Nokia’s Lumia line and Samsung Focus devices.
8 More Ways Windows 8 Could Be Great
Commentary  |  2/24/2012  | 
From SkyDrive integration to picture passwords and Office apps, significant changes to Microsoft's new OS make it barely recognizable compared to predecessors.
Microsoft Windows 8, Server 8 Near Beta Test
News  |  2/24/2012  | 
Microsoft's OS and server OS at the core of its mobile and cloud-era architecture approach a big milestone, along with Visual Studio 11.
Nokia May Unveil Budget Windows Phones
News  |  2/23/2012  | 
Finnish phone maker may reveal new, low-cost devices in CEO Stephen Elop's World Mobile Congress keynote.
Microsoft Hits Google, Motorola With Antitrust Action
News  |  2/22/2012  | 
Microsoft wants Motorola required to make key patents available on reasonable terms once Google completes $12.5 billion acquisition.
Microsoft: SkyDrive Will Be 'World's Hard Drive'
News  |  2/21/2012  | 
Microsoft puts itself on a collision course with Apple as SkyDrive and iCloud storage services get deeper integration into the desktop, via Windows 8 and OS X Mountain Lion.
Microsoft Office For iPad Nears Release?
News  |  2/21/2012  | 
Microsoft appears close to debuting a version of its Office productivity suite for Apple's iPad.
Q&A: 10 Questions For IBM Hardware Chief Rod Adkins
Commentary  |  2/16/2012  | 
The man behind IBM's hardware strategy talks about future of the mainframe, the Power7 roadmap, the Itanium flap, and more.
Microsoft Launches Curation Site msnNow
News  |  2/16/2012  | 
Web curation portal captures trending feeds from social media sources like Facebook and Twitter, as well as Bing search.
Google Algorithm Sorts Chemical Links For Scientists
News  |  2/15/2012  | 
Google's search method turns out to be useful for more than just finding relevant Web pages. It works just as well on chemical links, which can help scientists design new medicines for treating disease.
Firefox Browser Planned For Windows 8 Tablets
News  |  2/14/2012  | 
Mozilla Intends to develop a version of its Web browser for the Metro interface, but will need some cooperation from Microsoft.
Windows 8 On ARM Won't Run Old Apps
News  |  2/13/2012  | 
Microsoft wants to create a closed Metro ecosystem for ARM tablets, which means no legacy support for existing Windows software.
Windows 8 ARM Tablets: 8 Must-Know Facts
Commentary  |  2/10/2012  | 
Microsoft is building a version of Windows specifically for tablets and ultralight notebooks that will run ARM SoC chips, and it’s unlike any Windows version you’ve seen before.
Windows 8 Preview Timing Suggests Late 2012 Launch
News  |  2/9/2012  | 
Microsoft's next operating system could be generally available in time for the 2012 holiday season if its development timetable follows that of previous versions.
Want IT Flexibility? Demand Jailbreaking Be Legal
Commentary  |  2/9/2012  | 
Why should CIOs care about the DMCA's jailbreaking rules? Despite Pollyanna assurances that locking down a box will make everybody more secure, that's just not true--and it decreases choice.
Windows 8 Consumer Preview Date Confirmed
News  |  2/8/2012  | 
Microsoft is set to release a trial version of its touch-centric operating system to everyday computer users.
Nokia To Cut 4,000 Manufacturing Jobs
News  |  2/8/2012  | 
Microsoft’s mobile partner says it will move smartphone assembly to Asia to better compete with rivals like Apple and Google.
8 Features That Could Make Windows 8 Great
Commentary  |  2/8/2012  | 
Microsoft's next OS is loaded with features like eight-second boot times and better file management that could make it the best version of Windows since XP--if the company can pull it off.
Google Releases Chrome For Android
News  |  2/7/2012  | 
Google says mobile version of Chrome delivers more speed and access to desktop browser data.
Windows 8: Your Chance To Preview Coming Soon?
News  |  2/6/2012  | 
Computer users may soon get a chance to kick the tires on a trial version of Microsoft's radically overhauled Windows OS.
Google Unveils 'Secret Lab' For Radical Ideas
News  |  2/6/2012  | 
What 'skunkworks' projects are underway at Google? New website aims to bring together big thinkers and big problems, such as climate change and cancer.
Banks Use Hadoop To Unlock Big Data Secrets
News  |  2/6/2012  | 
When Zions Bancorporation felt limited by traditional database technologies, it used Hadoop tools for deeper analysis of its big data.
Microsoft CRM Embraces iPhone, iPad, Android
News  |  2/6/2012  | 
Microsoft Dynamics CRM update will include native mobile apps for Windows Phone 7, iOS, Android, and BlackBerry devices.
Nokia Lumia 900 Pre-Orders Begin
News  |  2/6/2012  | 
Windows Phone fans who want to get their hands on the Lumia 900 smartphone can reserve one with a $25 deposit at Microsoft stores.
Microsoft Windows 8 Unification Plan: Grand, But Risky
Commentary  |  2/3/2012  | 
Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 appear to look very much alike. That's great news for users, but can Redmond pull off one OS across desktops, mobile and more?
Skype 5.8 For Windows Adds HD Video, Facebook Calls
News  |  2/3/2012  | 
Update also fixes several bugs that affect proxy settings and call duration display.
Kinect For Windows Adds Gesture Recognition To PCs, Laptops
News  |  2/2/2012  | 
Microsoft cosponsors algorithm contest with $200,000 pot to spur development of gesture-based games and other apps.
Windows Phone 8 Details Leak
News  |  2/2/2012  | 
Windows Phone 8 has major changes en route, according to Microsoft's Joe Belfiore. Look for better hardware support, Windows 8 compatibility, and enterprise security.
Microsoft ERP Release Streamlines Retailing
News  |  2/2/2012  | 
Dynamics AX 2012 for Retail integrates processes from supply chain to point of sale, spanning in-store, Web, and mobile retailing.
Microsoft Slams Google Privacy Changes
News  |  2/1/2012  | 
Microsoft tries to gain from Google's privacy pain; new ad calls Google plan to unite user data across all services a privacy nightmare.


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