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Content tagged with Operating Systems posted in April 2012
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Woz Digs Windows Phone, But LG Doesn't
Commentary  |  4/30/2012  | 
Apple's co-founder gives the Lumia 900 Windows Phone a public display of affection, while LG halts efforts to bring new Windows Phones to market.
Oracle Insists Google's Clean Room Was Dirty
News  |  4/30/2012  | 
As the two sides deliver their closing arguments in the trial's copyright phase, Google maintains it played by the book. Did Google's file cabinet prop win over the jury?
Microsoft, Barnes & Noble Strike E-Book Partnership
News  |  4/30/2012  | 
Deal calls for Microsoft to invest $300 million in new partnership with bookseller and drop Nook patent claims. Coming later: A Nook app for Windows 8 tablets.
After Flashback, Apple Walled Gardens Won't Help
Commentary  |  4/27/2012  | 
Apple and other vendors will use the Flashback botnet as reason to move forward with desktop walled garden restrictions. Here's why that approach won't cut malware.
The Google Phone That Never Was
News  |  4/26/2012  | 
Evidence at the Oracle v. Google trial reveals what the original Google Phone prototype looked like, before Apple's iPhone moved the goal posts. Related Android revenue information is also enlightening.
6 Reasons iPad Hybrid Tablets Are Inevitable
Commentary  |  4/26/2012  | 
Apple's chief executive says he won't consider an iPad that transforms into a laptop. Here's why he may not have any choice in the matter.
Microsoft Preps Spotify-Like Music Service
News  |  4/26/2012  | 
Streaming music service called "Woodstock" would replace Zune-branded services, according to published report.
Apple CEO: Hybrid Tablets Doomed
News  |  4/25/2012  | 
Without naming rival Windows 8 tablets specifically, Tim Cook says convertible laptop-tablet systems are kludgy compromises that will please no one. Microsoft and its tablet partners disagree.
Oracle Grills Google's Schmidt, Rubin
News  |  4/24/2012  | 
Oracle, Google trial heats up as Oracle lawyers get crack at Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt, who insists that Sun supported Android.
Windows 8 Release Preview Set For June
News  |  4/24/2012  | 
Microsoft announcement sparks speculation that final version of Windows 8 may ship as early as October.
How American Greetings' E-Store Preps For Mother's Day
News  |  4/23/2012  | 
Take an inside look at how Cardstore.com, acquired by American Greetings, achieved a 100-fold increase in traffic carrying capacity, to pave the way for this year's wave of Mother's Day card orders.
Microsoft System Center 2012 Focuses On Private Cloud
News  |  4/23/2012  | 
Microsoft expands its role in the data center with private cloud management tools, new cross-hypervisor management capabilities.
Google Challenges Oracle Copyright Claim
News  |  4/23/2012  | 
Judge will decide the issue of API copyrights, a turn of events that improves Google's position. But not everything went Google's way on Monday.
Skype For Windows Phone: Hands-On First Look
News  |  4/23/2012  | 
Skype for Windows Phone lags behind the experience available to Android and iOS devices, based on my experience trying it out on a Nokia Lumia 800.
Gmail Analytics: Gain Insights, Improve Your Productivity
News  |  4/20/2012  | 
It's not quite big data, but even a modest amount of data about the way you use Gmail has the potential to make you more productive.
Microsoft Earnings Show Enterprise Strength, Consumer Weakness
Commentary  |  4/20/2012  | 
Microsoft Q3 earnings report reveals strong growth in business market but anemic gadget sales. Is it time for Redmond to jettison its consumer offerings?
Microsoft Q3 Profit Decline Expected
News  |  4/19/2012  | 
Microsoft earnings will be watched closely for signs of how Windows is faring against competition from tablets and smartphones.
Oracle, Google Struggle To Explain APIs To Jury
News  |  4/19/2012  | 
Day four of Oracle's copyright and patent lawsuit against Google's Android OS brings a lesson in API design and programming that even the judge declares 'confusing.'
Windows 8 Enterprise: 6 Key Features For IT
News  |  4/19/2012  | 
Microsoft has added new enterprise features to Windows 8, while enhancing some holdovers from Windows 7.
Oracle Vs. Google: Tour The Evidence
Slideshows  |  4/19/2012  | 
Oracle and Google continue to fight a nasty courtroom battle over patent and copyright claims involving Java and mobile phones. Consider some of the crucial evidence introduced so far.
OpenStack Surprises Involve Hyper-V, Solid State
News  |  4/18/2012  | 
Third parties Hostway.com and MorphLabs step in to give the open source cloud project capabilities few thought likely.
Windows 8 Tablets: 32 Models In 2012?
News  |  4/18/2012  | 
Microsoft and hardware makers will reportedly ship more than 30 Windows 8 tablets for holiday season; timing matches details in Microsoft document leaked earlier this week.
IBM's First Quarter: Where's The Growth?
Commentary  |  4/18/2012  | 
Big Blue might need to further cut costs to meet earnings goals as its top line sputters, but customers could suffer if it's too aggressive.
CloudStack Vs. OpenStack Debate Rages On
Commentary  |  4/18/2012  | 
Cloudscaling CTO Randy Bias jumps into fray, but does it really matter which private cloud open source code is the most "Amazon like"?
Microsoft Breeds Windows Phone 8 Update Confusion
Commentary  |  4/18/2012  | 
Will Windows Phone 7 smartphones be upgraded to Windows Phone 8? Microsoft declines comment on conflicting reports, and its silence isn't helping its cause.
Google: Oracle Wants To Glom Onto Android's Success
News  |  4/17/2012  | 
Day two of trial featured Oracle CEO Larry Ellison on the stand, plus Google assertions that case boils down to Oracle trying to latch onto Android's accomplishments.
Puppet Labs Tools Up For OpenStack Clouds
News  |  4/17/2012  | 
Company's IT automation software for system administrators aims to help them launch and support cloud computing infrastructures.
Windows 8 Coming In 4 Editions
News  |  4/17/2012  | 
Windows 8 will ship in two fewer versions than Windows 7 did, as Microsoft looks to streamline its OS offerings.
Nokia's Lumia 'Not Good Enough' Say Carriers
Commentary  |  4/17/2012  | 
Nokia's carrier partners say the Finnish phone maker's Lumia line of smartphones can't compete against Apple's iPhone and Google's Android.
With Rackspace Cloud, OpenStack Goes Primetime
News  |  4/16/2012  | 
Rackspace has announced OpenStack as the basis for its Rackspace Cloud service, plus rolled out new networking, monitoring, and database services.
Oracle, Google Trial: Goliath Vs. Goliath
News  |  4/16/2012  | 
Oracle hopes to convince a jury that Google's Android operating system tramples its Java intellectual property rights. There's no David here, and both companies have much to lose.
Office 15 Launch May Trail Windows 8
News  |  4/16/2012  | 
Leaked Microsoft document shows Office 15 release date after the crucial holiday selling season for Windows 8 tablets.
6 Ways To Run Windows On An iPad
News  |  4/13/2012  | 
Want full access to Windows-based business productivity tools, without giving up your iPad? Check out these six options.
Nokia's Time Running Out, Analysts Say
News  |  4/13/2012  | 
Nokia Lumia 900 smartphone sales have exceeded expectations, AT&T says. But two analysts give Nokia only six months to turn itself around.
Microsoft Wins Its Largest Cloud Rollout Yet
News  |  4/13/2012  | 
Microsoft beats out Google and IBM to provide online apps, services to 7.5 million students and professors in India's national technical education council.
VMware Cloud Foundry Plays Disruptive Role
Commentary  |  4/12/2012  | 
On Cloud Foundry's first birthday, VMware CTO Steve Herrod likened it to the Linux of cloud computing. That's not quite right, but this open source platform for developers could slay worries about cloud vendor lock-in.
NASA's New Web Plans Stress Open Source, Cloud
News  |  4/11/2012  | 
NASA's entirely new Web architecture will lean heavily on cloud computing, open source tools, and social media.
Nokia Sells 12 Million Smartphones, But Lowers Outlook
News  |  4/11/2012  | 
Nokia revised its first-quarter guidance Wednesday. While its smartphone sales show hope, a software bug marred the Lumia 900's U.S. launch.
Microsoft, Accenture Wrap Azure Cloud Deal
News  |  4/10/2012  | 
Accenture becomes the first consulting company to offer customers a single contract to build, deploy, and manage applications on the Azure platform.
Straight To Windows 8? 7 Tips For SMBs
News  |  4/10/2012  | 
Should small and midsize businesses still running XP skip Windows 7? Here's an expert's take on what to consider in your upgrade plan.
Microsoft Starts Windows XP Deathwatch
News  |  4/10/2012  | 
Microsoft says enterprises still running the decade-old OS should move to Windows 7 and not wait for Windows 8.
HP Converged Cloud Plan Uses Hardened OpenStack
News  |  4/10/2012  | 
HP's new cloud services help enterprises implement an architecture internally now that will match up with an external cloud service provider later, paving a smoother road to future hybrid cloud operations.
Microsoft Eyes Google Battle With AOL Patent Buy
News  |  4/9/2012  | 
Microsoft might have felt the need to bulk up its portfolio of Internet-related patents to the tune of $1.06 billion in case Google wages an IP fight.
Nokia Lumia 900: Wisdom Of Easter Launch Questioned
News  |  4/9/2012  | 
Nokia released its 4G LTE smartphone on a day when most stores were closed. Was it a marketing blunder, or a face-saving strategy?
Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Vs. Oracle: Customers Voting
News  |  4/9/2012  | 
Despite licensing cost increases, early-mover customers give upgrade to Microsoft's flagship database the nod on affordability compared to Oracle and IBM offerings.
Microsoft UE-V Tool Saves App Settings Across PCs, Tablets
News  |  4/5/2012  | 
Microsoft says virtualization tool should help organizations give users a consistent experience across multiple devices, has also updated App-V to version 5.0.
Lumia 900: 5 Critical Questions Before You Buy
Commentary  |  4/4/2012  | 
Nokia's Lumia 900, based on Microsoft Windows Phone, goes on sale April 8 for $99. Business smartphone buyers should have some questions.
Microsoft Presses: More Green Cards For India IT
News  |  4/4/2012  | 
Oracle, Google, Cisco, and Intel also push Senate to pass stalled legislation to end per-country caps on employment-based green cards.
Piston Cloud Founder Demos Enterprise OpenStack Distribution
News  |  4/3/2012  | 
Piston Cloud takes the OpenStack framework and turns it into a private cloud delivery product. Cofounder and CEO Joshua McKenty shows us how it works.
Nokia Pits Lumia 900 Against Apple iPhone
News  |  4/3/2012  | 
Nokia's stealth marketing campaign features "secret" beta tests that depict the iPhone as a fragile, washed out device with lousy reception.
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