News & Commentary
Content tagged with Operating Systems posted in April 2011
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Microsoft Sees Business PC Sales Up 9%
News  |  4/29/2011  | 
The need to replace aging machines and upgrade to Windows 7 drives uptick in corporate market.
Microsoft Posts Strong Gains in Q3 Sales, Profits
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
Revenue from Office and server products up sharply, but Windows takes hit from tablets.
Five Things To Expect From RIM's BlackBerry World
Commentary  |  4/28/2011  | 
New BlackBerrys, a revised BlackBerry OS, and info on the PlayBook's first two weeks of life will highlight Research In Motion's annual developer and partner event in Orlando next week.
U.S. OKs Expiration of Microsoft Antitrust Deal
News  |  4/27/2011  | 
At court hearing, DOJ and state attorneys pass on their last chance to challenge May 12 deadline.
Nokia Drops Symbian, Cuts 7,000 Jobs
News  |  4/27/2011  | 
Accenture to assume maintenance of OS as Finnish phone maker transitions to Windows Phone 7.
Chicago HIE To Host 9.4 Million Healthcare Records
News  |  4/26/2011  | 
Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council will use Microsoft, CSC, and HealthUnity technology in what's planned to be the nation's largest metropolitan health information exchange.
HP Nixes Windows For New Tablets, Phones
News  |  4/26/2011  | 
Tech giant turns to WebOS--and WebOS only--for new consumer and business devices.
Get To Know The New HP
Commentary  |  4/25/2011  | 
Léo Apotheker has Hewlett-Packard positioned right where it needs to be.
Oracle Wants To Kill HP-Itanium, Users Say
News  |  4/25/2011  | 
Survey shows that Oracle's decision to cancel development on the Intel chip could alienate customers.
Microsoft Brings Xbox Kinect To Windows PCs
News  |  4/25/2011  | 
Hands-free apps, for industries like healthcare and engineering, could be the next frontier in business computing.
Developer Interest In Android Tablets Stalls
News  |  4/22/2011  | 
Windows Phone 7 and BlackBerry phones both saw a significant drop in interest from application developers.
Microsoft Hopes Raises Will Halt Brain Drain
News  |  4/22/2011  | 
With workers leaving Redmond in search of hot new startups, the company needs to minimize disruptions that could impact customers.
Nokia Gets 'Billions' To Carry Windows Phone 7
News  |  4/21/2011  | 
Microsoft and the Finnish phone maker reveal details of their alliance, including plans for an app store.
North Carolina Urged To Outsource Tech Ops
News  |  4/21/2011  | 
State-sponsored IT review finds that $76 million could be saved by handing off key services to private contractors and centralizing others.
Apple Leads Phone Market In Revenue
News  |  4/21/2011  | 
The iPhone generated $12.3 billion in sales, easily beating Nokia's total of $9.6 billion in sales, according to Apple's strong second-quarter earnings report.
Microsoft Collaboration Suite Gets Key FISMA Certification
News  |  4/21/2011  | 
Business Productivity Online Suite-Federal gets USDA security clearance, paving the way for the agency to move 120,000 employees to the cloud email service.
Where Does Oracle's Itanium Dump Leave You?
Commentary  |  4/21/2011  | 
Companies running Oracle software on HP's big servers will have to make choices. Here are the well-known migrations paths, a few unheralded options, and possible unintended consequences.
PHP Language Gets Fault-Tolerant Development Platform
News  |  4/20/2011  | 
Zend Technologies will supply the tools and development environment in partnership with RightScale, which will provide application deployment to multiple clouds.
Microsoft: Salesforce Is In Our Crosshairs
News  |  4/20/2011  | 
Software maker is targeting rival's cloud customers with Dynamics CRM Online, which has seen about 20,000 trial downloads since January launch.
IBM Q1 Profit Jumps 13%, Guidance Raised
News  |  4/19/2011  | 
Strong gains in services, software and hardware sales help Big Blue handily beat Street estimates.
System z Gets Extra Linux Support, Customer Win
News  |  4/19/2011  | 
IBM snags mainframe customer from Oracle and HP, while Novell boosts open source services for the platform.
The Hidden Internet Explorer Tax
Commentary  |  4/18/2011  | 
It's easy to tally the costs of upgrading Internet Explorer, but the costs of not upgrading are harder to see.
Supreme Court Hears Microsoft's Plea For New Patent Rules
News  |  4/18/2011  | 
Reversal of i4i verdict could make it easier for big software companies to defend themselves against patent trolls—but some believe a Redmond victory would also stifle innovation.
Defense Department Adds Social Networking To Developer Site
News  |  4/18/2011  | 
Forge.mil Community offers an online venue for connecting and sharing information about open source projects managed within the DoD's collaborative development site.
AT&T Ships Windows Phone Updates
Commentary  |  4/17/2011  | 
The nation's second largest carrier and "Premier Partner" for Windows Phone is finally releasing the NoDo update.
Sizing Up The Unified Computing Stack Wars
Commentary  |  4/15/2011  | 
Server vendors are now armed with formidable network and storage offerings, and software vendors have acquired hardware companies. But should you tie your data center's future to an integrated vision?
Weekend Wrap Up On RIM, IE9, Flash
Commentary  |  4/15/2011  | 
RIM Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis got defensive with the media, Microsoft showed off IE9 for Windows Phone, and Adobe's Flash has found its way to Google's Android Honeycomb.
Google Calls Microsoft's FISMA Allegations False
News  |  4/14/2011  | 
The fight is mainly over the question of whether Google Apps for Business, which does have FISMA certification, is basically the same as Google Apps for Government.
HP Shows People-To-People Is Only A Start
Commentary  |  4/14/2011  | 
HP's webOS vision represents a multi-device mobile world that integrates personal and professional communications.
PC Sales Tumble As Consumers, Workers Eye Tablets
News  |  4/14/2011  | 
New market data shows that the iPad and Android-powered slates may be taking a bigger bite of the PC market than expected.
Augmented Reality Coming To Windows Phone 7
News  |  4/13/2011  | 
New developer tools key to making Microsoft's mobile platform competitive with Apple's iPhone and Google's Android.
Acer Launches SMB Storage Systems
News  |  4/12/2011  | 
The Hitachi-made storage arrays and adaptable modular storage complement the Acer servers launched earlier this year for small and midsize businesses.
Microsoft Offers IE10 Sneak Peak
News  |  4/12/2011  | 
Next version of the ubiquitous browser is now available for download from the software maker's developer Web site.
Microsoft Store Success Requires Bolder Moves
Commentary  |  4/12/2011  | 
Redmond has been copying Apple by opening glitzy stores, but the company will need to change its offerings to succeed in retail.
IBM Makes 'Watson' Servers Even Smarter
News  |  4/12/2011  | 
Updated Power 7 architecture now offers workload-optimized software for vertical industries such as healthcare, financial services, and R&D.
VMware Builds Cloud For App Developers
News  |  4/11/2011  | 
Developers using Microsoft's Azure cloud and Google's App Engine cloud are the main target of VMware's Cloud Foundry platform as a service.
Microsoft Touts Dynamics Upgrades, Hazy Cloud-ERP Plan
News  |  4/11/2011  | 
Ballmer says consumer plays including phones, tablets, and even Kinect benefit Microsoft enterprise app customers, but scants details were offered on cloud-based enterprise resource planning.
Microsoft To Woo Windows Phone 7 Developers
News  |  4/11/2011  | 
Redmond executives will make the case for their nascent smartphone OS at MIX 11 conference this week in Las Vegas.
Microsoft Accuses Google Of Lying About Security Certifications
News  |  4/11/2011  | 
Google insists it hasn't mislead anyone about the security certification of Google Apps For Government.
Gartner: Microsoft MIA In Tablets Through 2015
News  |  4/11/2011  | 
Slate market will become a two-horse race dominated by Apple and Google, according to new market forecast.
Microsoft Warns Against Windows Phone Update Shortcuts
News  |  4/11/2011  | 
Skipping steps in the popular copy and paste upgrade, may affect futures updates.
Adobe Accelerates Release Cycle With CS 5.5
News  |  4/8/2011  | 
HTML 5 tools, subscription pricing, and an interim "point release" strategy are among the vendors attempts to remain relevant in an era of rapid software iteration.
Life As Google's CIO
News  |  4/8/2011  | 
Ben Fried explains the unique experience of running Google’s corporate IT, from constant online software upgrades to a homegrown videoconferencing system.
Windows Phone To Be Second By 2015
News  |  4/8/2011  | 
Gartner has joined IDC in predicting that Microsoft's mobile platform will take over the number two spot in 2015, just behind Google's Android.
Intel: New Xeon Chip Won't Kill Itanium
News  |  4/8/2011  | 
Chipmaker says Xeon and Itanium are on different upgrade cycles and will continue to leapfrog each other in performance.
Bing For iPad A Great Upgrade
Commentary  |  4/8/2011  | 
The Apple iPad gets a revised version of Microsoft's Bing search engine, which includes new features and does a better job than Google iOS search tool.
Apple Tizzy Effect Blinds And Bewilders
News  |  4/7/2011  | 
BYTE Mobile Radio takes on this week's mobile news.
Microsoft Could Lose More Than Consumer Market To Tablets
Commentary  |  4/7/2011  | 
Businesses are starting to ditch Windows PCs and notebooks in favor of mobile devices from Apple and others, triggering little response from Redmond.
Global CIO: The Toyota-Microsoft Cloud Partnership Is A Big Deal
Commentary  |  4/7/2011  | 
It will offer a very public test of Microsoft's Azure cloud, and it will test Steve Ballmer's goal to "shoot ahead of what customers think they're interested in today."
Windows 8 Influenced By Windows Phone 7
Commentary  |  4/6/2011  | 
Microsoft's next desktop platform, Windows 8, is expected to take some interface cues from Windows Phone 7. Will something that works well on a tiny screen scale up to a larger monitor?
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