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Content tagged with Operating Systems posted in March 2009
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HP Eyeing Google's Android
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
The computer maker reportedly may be considering swapping out Microsoft Windows for the Android operating system in some PCs.
Microsoft Offers Server For Tiny Businesses
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Windows Server 2008 Foundation, aimed at organizations with 15 or fewer computer users, will be sold through computer manufacturers.
Gartner Says IT Spending Worse Than After Dot-Com Bust
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Companies worldwide will spend 3.8% less on IT in 2009, significantly lower than the analyst firm's "worst-case" October forecast of a 2.3% increase.
PC Failures, PC Fixes: Troubleshooting Mysterious Problems
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Our expert shares strategies for dealing with difficult-to-trace desktop computer problems stemming from Windows and hardware failures, electrical problems, and untrappable OS issues.
Microsoft Gives Details For Its App Store
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
The software maker will let users pay for mobile apps with credit cards or bill their carriers, and developers will be able to offer free upgrades for their products.
Microsoft Encarta Is Web 2.0's Latest Victim
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
The online encyclopedia falls in the face of competition from the likes of Wikipedia.
Intel's Nehalem Server Chips Seen Aiding Virtualization
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
The improvements in Xeon processors are the kind of technology organizations will need as they deploy more virtualization in their data centers and move toward cloud computing, Intel said.
MySpace Coming To Windows Mobile
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
The partnership will also open up Microsoft's Silverlight to MySpace developers.
Microsoft, TomTom Settle Patent Dispute
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
TomTom will pay Microsoft an undisclosed sum and remove features from its car navigation devices.
Fresh Crop Of Intel Nehalem Servers On Way
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
Dell, HP, IBM, Lenovo, and Sun are among the vendors launching products at the same time Intel officially introduces its latest Xeon server chips.
Intel To Launch Nehalem Server Processor
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
The new members of Intel's Xeon family implement the company's next-generation microarchitecture featuring an integrated memory controller.
Microsoft Gaffe Hints At Windows 7 Release Date
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
Online leak points to a Release Candidate in May and the possibility of a final version by autumn.
Apple WWDC Supercharges Steve Jobs Watch
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
Expectations include the release of an updated iPhone, since the current iPhone 3G was announced a year ago at last year's developer fest.
Microsoft Ad Takes Swipe At Pricey Macs
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
Software maker looks to connect with consumers in an economy where frugality is the new cool.
Next Stop For Tech Entrepreneurs: Space Travel
News  |  3/26/2009  | 
Microsoft software pioneer Charles Simonyi's second flight to the International Space Station is the latest trend for executives with deep pockets.
Microsoft Bashes Secret 'Cloud Manifesto'
News  |  3/26/2009  | 
Asked to sign off on the anonymous document "without modifications," Microsoft is proposing a new Cloud Manifesto, created and discussed in a public wiki or at a conference.
Dell, With Nehalem Onboard, Eyes Data Centers
News  |  3/26/2009  | 
Beyond filling out its line of Intel-based servers and workstations, Dell hopes to gain ground against rivals IBM and HP with system management tools.
Dell Adding Servers, Services For Larger Slice Of Data Center
News  |  3/25/2009  | 
The company plans to roll out Nehalem-based PowerEdge servers and Precision workstations, along with a refreshed line of EqualLogic storage arrays next week.
Novell Launches Suse 11 With Eye On Virtual Appliances
News  |  3/25/2009  | 
SLES 11 also will soon be certified to run in the Amazon EC2 cloud.
Google, Mozilla Back 3-D Acceleration Web Standard
News  |  3/25/2009  | 
The Khronos Group will lead development of an open, royalty-free standard for presenting accelerated 3-D graphics online.
bMighty News Flash: Wednesday March 25, 2009
News  |  3/25/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: Google invests in Pixazza, economy crimps pay-for-performance outsourcing, Firefox architecture instability and memory leaks, no local Windows Azure, proprietary software model broken, is Linux Wal-Mart?, Hitachi 2.5" hard drive, Xobni ends beta, Dell servers and storage, T-Mobile 3G USB laptop stick, Sprint WiMax in 10 cities, Samsung SMB dealer program, Skype leading international carrier, botnet malware targets routers and modems, value
Microsoft Nixes Private Azure Clouds
News  |  3/25/2009  | 
Customers that want to tap the new cloud computing OS will have to buy hosting services from Redmond.
Novell Bullish On Linux In Economic Downturn
News  |  3/25/2009  | 
CEO Ron Hovsepian is betting R&D dollars that Linux will be "the Wal-Mart of IT," he said in his keynote at the Open Source Business Conference.
Red Hat CEO: Proprietary Software Model Broken
News  |  3/24/2009  | 
Unlike proprietary software, open source code forces developers to earn customers' subscription money every year, said Jim Whitehurst, at the Open Source Business Conference.
Firefox Browser Going On A Memory Diet
News  |  3/24/2009  | 
Mozilla officials admit Firefox continues to rely on a monolithic architecture that can lead to instability and memory leaks.
Red Hat Updates JBoss Toolset
News  |  3/24/2009  | 
JBoss Developer Studio-Portfolio Edition 2.0 enables code development in studio and includes all runtime environments necessary for deploying and testing code.
IBM Turns To Wyse For Thin Client Services
News  |  3/23/2009  | 
Wyse updates its thin client OS to version 6.3 to allow it to monitor what type of content a server is preparing to send to the user.
Eclipse Programmer's Workbench Getting Enterprise Service Bus
News  |  3/23/2009  | 
Swordfish is one of several Eclipse projects to produce runtime environments for the code produced with Eclipse tools.
IE8 Users Downgrade To Explorer 7
News  |  3/23/2009  | 
The latest data shows that Microsoft's new browser lost market share over the weekend.
IBM-Sun Rivalry May Finally Reach An Accord
News  |  3/19/2009  | 
One of the main reasons IBM is willing to pay a premium for Sun is that Sun owns Java, and Java IP is worth billions in future revenue to IBM.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 Seeks Dominance
News  |  3/19/2009  | 
Unfortunately for Microsoft, its most recent release isn't the only solution for using the Web today.
Firefox's Fennec Mobile Browser Hits Beta
News  |  3/19/2009  | 
Code-named Fennec, Mozilla's mobile beta adds support for extensions, as well as stronger JavaScript support with the TraceMonkey engine.
Microsoft's Ballmer Signals Renewed Interest In Yahoo
News  |  3/19/2009  | 
CEO says there is "a good opportunity" for the two companies to complete a search deal.
bMighty News Flash: Thursday March 19, 2009
News  |  3/19/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: Cisco buys Flip, Google woos SMBs, Microsoft still wants Yahoo, Silverlight 3 beta, IE 8 slow, Expression Blend 3 preview, NetSuite expands SaaS developer program, Psystar launches Mac clone, no contract iPhone, Firefox mobile browser, Covad and Cisco managed UC, IE8, Firefox, and Safari hacked, Facebook-friendly Citysearch, 3Tera SLA, Salesforce.com training program...
Mix 09: Microsoft Improves Web Development Tools
News  |  3/19/2009  | 
Expression Web 3, the next version of Microsoft's Web development software, will include a feature called SuperPreview.
IBM-Sun Merger Called Anticompetitive
News  |  3/19/2009  | 
Industry group claims a Big Blue takeover of Sun would result in fewer choices and higher prices in the IT market.
Microsoft Releases Internet Explorer 8
News  |  3/19/2009  | 
Improved security, increased standards support, and an overhauled UI are among the browser's most significant features.
AMD Adds Windows 7 Support To Catalyst
News  |  3/18/2009  | 
Version 9.3 includes compliance with Windows Display Driver Model 1.1, bringing developers a number of graphics-related benefits in testing and updating applications.
Microsoft To Offer Open Source Security App For Developers
News  |  3/18/2009  | 
The company said its upcoming !exploitable Crash Analyzer software is a heuristics-based tool that improves with additional collaboration.
Cisco Needs BMC To Supply Unified Virtual Management
News  |  3/18/2009  | 
At stake is Cisco's blade server, which will combine converged network components, then link to virtualized network and store resources under a single management interface.
IBM + Sun: Too Late For Open Source?
News  |  3/18/2009  | 
Anything IBM could acquire from Sun's existing open source portfolio, it could develop on its own or buy more cost effectively from another vendor, analysts suggest.
Mix 09: Microsoft Tweaks Silverlight To Deflect Adobe
News  |  3/18/2009  | 
Version 3.0 of its rich Internet application platform will include a number of new video, graphics and data-related features ... and a smaller download package.
Sun Unveils Open Cloud Computing Platform
News  |  3/18/2009  | 
The challenge to Amazon.com's Elastic Compute Cloud and S3 storage services is due out this summer.
bMighty News Flash: Wednesday March 18, 2009
News  |  3/18/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: Senate extends SBA programs, IBM buying Sun Microsystems, Criticism and praise for Obama's small business plan, Via Technologies design for mini-laptops, IBM, HP take swipes at Cisco's unified computing, Google Chrome Beta slow on Windows 7, iPhone 3.0 delivers cut, paste, and more, Cybersquatting reaches record levels, Panda Security offers cheaper Security-as-a-Service to SMBs, Google updates Unread in Gmail, Electronic Privacy Informatio
IBM-Sun Deal Would Create Business Software Monolith
News  |  3/18/2009  | 
Official sources won't rule out reports of a pending $6.5 billion deal, while observers say acquisition would make sense.
Apple's iPhone 3.0 A Win For Consumers
News  |  3/18/2009  | 
The update will likely improve the iPhone and iPod Touch as a gaming machine, social networking tool, business tool, and browser, and lays the groundwork for future hardware.
Symbian Picks Up The Pace In OS Race
News  |  3/17/2009  | 
Symbian 2, which will be based on the foundation's Series 60 release 5.1, will have updates every six months.
Apple's iPhone 3.0 Adds Features, Rewards Developers
News  |  3/17/2009  | 
The beta of Apple's next iPhone operating system supports in-app purchases, peer-to-peer connections, Bluetooth, Spotlight, turn-by-turn directions, and new app business models.
Indian PM Candidate Promises $200 'Microsoft-Free' Laptop
News  |  3/17/2009  | 
To secure votes, BJP leader LK Advani is pledging open source computers for 10 million students in his country.
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