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Content tagged with Operating Systems posted in April 2008
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Adobe Pushes Broader Mobile Strategy For Flash
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
Several of the moves will further open access to Flash, including removing restrictions on the use of the SWF and FLV file formats.
Sony Ericsson's 'Capuchin' Bridges Java, Flash Gap
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
The handset maker's API will let developers combine the clean user interface of Flash Lite with the stronger back-end capabilities of Java ME.
Programmer Hans Reiser Convicted Of Murder, Faces 25 Years To Life
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
Reiser was convicted this week of killing of his wife, Nina, whose body has not been found since her disappearance in 2006.
First Hyper-V Support Emerges From Desktop Virtualization Supplier
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
Provision Networks is the first vendor to make Microsoft's Hyper-V hypervisor the focus of its desktop virtualization efforts.
Interop: Microsoft Sees 200,000 Protocol Downloads
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
Senior VP Bob Muglia says Microsoft products will feature "open connections" that will allow outside developers to more easily write programs that interact with its own.
Microsoft Again Delays Windows XP SP3 Release
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
Microsoft is holding up the software update's release, this time after finding a compatibility issue with an electronic checkout system for retailers.
HP Wields Blade Workstations For Mechanical CAD
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
The hardware includes an advanced network software utility that allows designers working in 2-D or 3-D environments to work over a standard network.
Microsoft Uses Open Source To Extend Systems Management To Linux
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
Microsoft is extending its management software to Linux and Unix by integrating some of the open source OpenPegasus project's code into System Center Operations Manager.
Windows Vista SP1 Disaster Recovery Guide
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
Vista's SP1 was expected to solve a lot of problems; instead, it caused even more trouble. Here are fixes to some top complaints, from a Windows Update that won't update to endless reboot loops.
Interop: RMI Launches Low-End Processor For Network Appliances
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
The chip targets entry- to medium-level gateways, WAN optimization appliances, content-security appliances, access points for wireless LANs, and other appliances.
Interop: nSolutions Launches NOVA Change And Configuration Management Appliance
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
The appliance is designed to help users more easily make modifications to their IT environments without disrupting critical operations.
Microsoft Finalizes $1.2 Billion Fast Search Purchase
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
Former Fast CEO John Markus Lervik will lead the enterprise search effort, which will include bolstering Microsoft's Office SharePoint Server.
Interop: Dell Preloads Server For Software Appliance Market
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
The company expects the CR100 to be used mostly for e-mail, Web security, and infrastructure management, such as for acceleration, monitoring, and management.
Interop: Microsoft Goes Green With Efficient Code, Employee Bus Line
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
Microsoft plans to work more closely with independent software developers to help them build applications that don't draw CPU cycles unnecessarily.
Apple Updates iMacs Amid Booming Sales
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
In addition to faster processors, the new iMacs are rated EPEAT Silver and meet the Energy Star 4.0 requirements for power consumption.
In Database Market, Oracle Gets Bigger, Others Hang On
News  |  4/25/2008  | 
Microsoft was the only member of the big three to grow at a rate under the market average, 11.2%, for revenue of $3.4 billion and an 18.3% market share, IDC said.
Microsoft Windows Sales Plunge 24% Amid Rising Competition
News  |  4/25/2008  | 
Microsoft posted revenue from all desktop versions of Windows of $4 billion for the three months ended March 31, compared with $5.3 billion during the same period a year earlier.
Lenovo To Make Windows XP Available Until 2009
News  |  4/25/2008  | 
Hewlett-Packard will also provide Windows XP to business customers that want to downgrade from Windows Vista after June 30.
Think Tanks Propose National Innovation Foundation
News  |  4/24/2008  | 
Such a foundation would serve as a catalyst between industry and university researchers and seek to expand regional innovation through state governments.
Lenovo Agrees To Sell VMware In China
News  |  4/24/2008  | 
China's economic boom has attracted many U.S. tech companies looking to tap into a potentially huge customer base.
Microsoft Hyper-V To Flaunt Advanced Virtualization Features
News  |  4/24/2008  | 
The beta version of Hyper-V is already operative, and customers may download the more advanced Hyper-V Release Candidate 1 before its addition to Windows Server 2008.
Microsoft's Live Mesh: Web Fabric With Loose Threads
News  |  4/24/2008  | 
Ambitious plan to weave PCs, devices, and cloud computing is still in the early stages.
Windows Vista SP1 Now An Automatic Download
News  |  4/24/2008  | 
Windows Vista Service Pack 1 has been released in English, French, German, Spanish, and Japanese versions, according to Microsoft.
Microsoft Flexible On Windows XP End Date, Ballmer Says
News  |  4/24/2008  | 
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says the company could extend the shelf life for Windows XP based on customer input.
Dell To Ship Windows XP Computers Until 2010
News  |  4/24/2008  | 
The nation's second-largest PC maker plans to let business customers skip Vista and go directly to Windows 7.
Web 2.0: Tellme Adds Voice-To-Visual Service To BlackBerry
News  |  4/24/2008  | 
The software is initially downloadable for BlackBerry phones and is scheduled to roll out on future Helio devices.
Web 2.0: Microsoft's Live Mesh Aims For Simplicity
News  |  4/23/2008  | 
The company will use open standards like Atom, JSON, POX, RSS, HTTP, REST, and FeedSync to allow for the "it just works experience."
Microsoft Continues Its Work On Oslo -- SOA for Windows
News  |  4/23/2008  | 
Microsoft has shown it can take a third-part app built with Java and move it over to .Net without changing any Java code.
Web 2.0: Microsoft's Live Mesh To Reinvent The Platform
News  |  4/23/2008  | 
What remains to be seen is whether Windows users will occupy positions of privilege on Microsoft's evolving platform.
Microsoft Developers Weigh In On Live Mesh
News  |  4/23/2008  | 
Microsoft MVPs say that they hope Microsoft can deliver on the big promises it's making with its software-plus-services development platform.
Web 2.0: IBM Launches High-Powered Server For Internet Companies
News  |  4/23/2008  | 
The iDataPlex system doubles the number of servers that can run in a vertical rack, while using 40% less power.
MSN Music Files Won't Play On New Devices After August
News  |  4/23/2008  | 
Microsoft's decision effectively places an expiration date of about three to five years on song libraries that MSN Music customers thought they had purchased for life.
Democratic National Convention Committee Aims For Green Gathering
News  |  4/23/2008  | 
Party technology leaders chose energy-efficient operating and software systems, and selected virtualization to reduce the need for servers by two-thirds.
Interop Preview: Tech Industry Gets Ready To Rumble
News  |  4/23/2008  | 
The nation's leading business technology event, Interop, gains added breadth this year as it is co-located with Software 2008, an event aimed at software developers, users, and industry executives.
With Live Mesh, Microsoft Admits Web Is Now Central To Computing
News  |  4/23/2008  | 
Ray Ozzie says Microsoft's software and services endeavor is a shift from its PC roots and key to sharing content and data over a number of devices.
Microsoft Hires Database Pioneer, Opens Database Development Lab
News  |  4/23/2008  | 
Parallel database pioneer David DeWitt will join Microsoft as its newest technical fellow and open an advanced development laboratory in Madison, Wis.
Web 2.0: Microsoft Makes Big Bet For 'Software Plus Services' With Live Mesh
News  |  4/22/2008  | 
Live Mesh will let users share data and content across a wide variety of devices using both Web-based and client software.
Terracotta Offers Alternative To Database Congestion For Java Apps
News  |  4/22/2008  | 
Instead of subdividing a physical machine by adding applications, Terracotta 2.6 multiplies JVMs to make a server handle more traffic.
Mac Clone Maker Psystar Faces Order Backlog
News  |  4/22/2008  | 
The company also announced plans to give its Mac clones built-in wireless capabilities.
Windows XP SP3 Embedded Not Coming In April
News  |  4/22/2008  | 
A Microsoft official would only say that Service Pack 3 for the Embedded version of Windows XP will come "at a later date."
Microsoft Releases Dynamics CRM Online
News  |  4/22/2008  | 
The software service is Microsoft's most direct attack to date against Salesforce.com.
Motorola Invests In Virtual Machines For Mobile Devices
News  |  4/21/2008  | 
Previous investors in VirtualLogix include Cisco Systems, Intel Capital, Texas Instruments, Index Ventures, Atlas Venture, and DFJ Espirit.
Ubuntu Linux Takes Aim At Larger Role For Itself In Enterprise
News  |  4/21/2008  | 
Ubuntu Server 8.04 will be supported for five years, only the second version of Ubuntu to be guaranteed Long Term Support.
Mac Clone Maker Psystar Starts Shipping Computers
News  |  4/21/2008  | 
Psystar says its Mac clones cost about one-quarter of the price of Apple-branded systems.
Windows XP SP3 Set For Release, Microsoft Says
News  |  4/21/2008  | 
The service pack includes all updates issued since Windows XP Service Pack 2 was released in 2004, and some new elements.
Microsoft, Novell To Sell Linux Licenses In China
News  |  4/21/2008  | 
The companies say they are trying to convert more users to supported SUSE Linux Enterprise.
NASA Celebrates 25 Years In Supercomputing
News  |  4/21/2008  | 
With a long history in space, the agency's systems now host aerospace modeling, simulation, storage, high-speed networking, visualization, and computational services.
Linux To Power 20% Mobile Phones By 2013
News  |  4/21/2008  | 
Support from the Linux Mobile Foundation, Google's Android initiative, and Nokia's acquisition of Trolltech are seen as fueling the prediction from analyst firm ABI.
Windows Vista SP1 Flunks Adobe Audition
News  |  4/21/2008  | 
The problem is caused by a conflict between Audition and the way Vista SP1 implements a Windows security feature known as Data Execution Prevention.
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