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Content tagged with Operating Systems posted in May 2009
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HP, IBM Tie As Global Server Market Hits 12-Year Low
News  |  5/29/2009  | 
Market conditions worsened across all geographic regions in the quarter, as customers of all types pulled back on spending, an IDC report shows.
Dell Profits Tumble As Customers Tighten Purse Strings
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
CEO Michael Dell does not offer a forecast for the current quarter, saying "indicators of global IT demand remain mixed."
Intel Tools Driving Multi-Core Chip Development
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
Parallel Studio is intended to work with Microsoft Visual Studio for development of Windows applications intended to run on servers with multicore CPUs.
'Google Wave' May Challenge Microsoft SharePoint
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
Google's product, platform, and protocol also combines aspects of e-mail, instant messaging, wikis, and blogs to allow real-time and stored collaborative messaging.
'Green' Supercomputer Maker, SiCortex Closes Its Doors
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
The company reportedly sold at least 60 computers to universities and large corporations in 2008 and continued to log sales in 2009.
Microsoft Formally Launches Bing Search Engine
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
Software maker seeks to challenge Google's dominance with introduction of functional search tools.
Microsoft Xbox 360 Sales Top 30 Million
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
The company also reports its Xbox Live online gaming service has more than 20 million subscribers.
HP, Cast Iron Offering SaaS Integration Appliances
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
HP's resellers will offer appliances for handling integration between SaaS and on-site applications, which remains one of the biggest hardships of SaaS deployments.
Google Expects 18 Android Phones This Year
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
Smartphone makers will be able to modify the Linux-based OS to have unique user interfaces and features, Google says.
Computer Group Objects To EC Browser Regulations
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
CompTIA says Europe's sanctions against Microsoft could damage the whole industry.
Microsoft Unveils Windows 7 Touch Pack
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
Spinning globes, schooling fish, and virtual erector sets add pizzazz to software maker's new OS.
Google Firing Up Android Developers With Goodies
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
The search giant is looking to poach content creators away from competitors by offering new tools, application contests, and an open market for distributing apps.
Ingres Adds Red Hat's JBoss To Database Middleware Stack
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
Using the stack will let developers avoid leaning on stored procedures or triggers written in a vendor's proprietary form of SQL.
HP Expands Low-Priced Mini-Laptop Family
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
The consumer-centric Mini 110 is available with Windows XP or Linux, while the business-focused Mini 1101 gives buyers the choice of Windows XP Home, XP Pro, or Vista, each for less than $350.
Windows 7 Vs. Linux: OS Face-Off
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
While Windows 7 has been brewing in Microsoft's labs, Linux has been maturing. We look at what each operating system is capable of today, and how they measure up against each other.
Google Arms Developers With Free Phones, Web Tools
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
Google CEO Eric Schmidt heralds the maturation of the Internet application programming model as the fulfillment of a decades-old dream.
Microsoft Unveils Zune HD
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
Revamped music player features high-definition touch screen and built-in Wi-Fi.
Intel Offers Details On Xeon Nehalem-EX
News  |  5/26/2009  | 
The server chip's refresh takes x86 technology into computers where RISC-designed CPUs dominate, such as high-performance computing and mainframes.
Wolfe's Den: Mixed Review For Windows 7 Release Candidate
Commentary  |  5/26/2009  | 
Our columnist loves the performance -- and impressive enterprise ecosystem -- of the upcoming successor to Vista. But he wonders if Microsoft isn't missing a chance to offer more help to the average PC user.
Windows 7 Beta Shuts Down July 1
News  |  5/26/2009  | 
Users who run the trial version of Microsoft's new OS beyond its expiration date will suffer endless reboots.
Apple's Tablet: Open Or Closed?
News  |  5/22/2009  | 
Developers may catch a glimpse of Apple's stance on future software rights and controls next month when Apple discusses its development plans for Snow Leopard.
Windows 7 Pricing Expected Mid-June
News  |  5/22/2009  | 
Retailers were getting pricing info in May under a non-disclosure agreement, according to Windows tipster TechArp.
Army Deploying Vista On Hundreds Of Thousands Of Computers
News  |  5/22/2009  | 
The migration is driven by the better security offered in Windows Vista and Office 2007.
Sony Ericsson Inches Closer To Android Phone
News  |  5/22/2009  | 
The company will likely wait until the next firmware update of Android hits in order to produce smartphones with strong multimedia capabilities.
Database Alliance Secures MySQL's Future, Co-Founder Says
News  |  5/22/2009  | 
With the threat of major changes by future owner Oracle, Monty Widenius, original author of MySQL, says the group will act as a safe haven for the open source database system.
Microsoft Passes On EC Antitrust Meeting
News  |  5/21/2009  | 
Perhaps in response, Microsoft says that the forthcoming Windows 7 operating system contains a switch that allows consumers to easily deactivate Explorer in favor of an alternate browser.
IBM Offers Solid-State Drives On Power Systems
News  |  5/21/2009  | 
The approach is recognition that companies using SSDs in the data center are also likely to use traditional drives, which are considerably less expensive.
Red Hat Expands JBoss Middleware With Business Rules System
News  |  5/21/2009  | 
A repository for rules, such as the one in JBoss Enterprise BRMS, can maintain consistent versions across all relevant applications.
Microsoft Ordered To Pay $200 Million For Patent Infringement
News  |  5/21/2009  | 
The software in question removes the need for individual, manually embedded command codes to control text formatting in electronic documents.
Microsoft's 'Kumo' Search Engine Rebranded 'Bing'?
News  |  5/20/2009  | 
Whatever the software is called, it will likely feature search result categorization and other refinements designed to make general queries more specific.
Interop: IBM Predicts Data Center Expansion Via Containers
News  |  5/20/2009  | 
Big Blue is following Rackable, HP, and Sun, which have begun to sell shipping containers already preloaded with servers, networking, and other data center equipment.
Dell's VIA Nano-Based Server Unlikely Threat To Intel, AMD
News  |  5/20/2009  | 
At less than 30 watts, the Nano is considered a low-power processor that packs enough of a punch for lighter computing tasks, such as Web hosting.
Netflix Streaming On Windows Media Center
News  |  5/20/2009  | 
Reaching the home television is behind Netflix's push beyond its by-mail DVD rental service to streaming movies over the Web.
California Agency Embraces Mobility, Cloud Computing
News  |  5/20/2009  | 
The state's Public Utilities Commission is using the Open Campus application to give employees wireless access as well as virtual desktops and diskless laptops to ensure data security.
T-Mobile Delays 'Cupcake' Android Update
News  |  5/19/2009  | 
Android users will have to wait until early June to get Android 1.5, which will add a virtual keyboard, stereo Bluetooth, and video recording.
Microsoft Opens My Phone For All
News  |  5/19/2009  | 
Similar to Apple's MobileMe, the free wireless data backup service lets Windows Mobile users store contacts, photos, videos, and text messages on a password-protected Web account.
Microsoft Finishes Windows Mobile 6.5
News  |  5/18/2009  | 
The upgrade includes an improved desktop-like browser as well as support for Microsoft's Windows Marketplace for Mobile, the company's answer to the Apple App Store.
Firefox Fennec Hits Windows Mobile
News  |  5/18/2009  | 
The browser should have many of the features of the PC version, including the Awesome Bar, strong JavaScript support, and the ability to add extensions.
OffiSync Brings Google Docs Into Microsoft Word
News  |  5/18/2009  | 
Fledgling Office plug-in attempts to bring the best of Microsoft Office together with the best of Google Apps.
Windows 7 Expected To Kill Vista
News  |  5/15/2009  | 
Researchers at Gartner urge clients to skip Vista altogether if they haven't already deployed the OS.
Windows 7 Boosts Hyper-Threading Support
News  |  5/14/2009  | 
Microsoft says its new OS is designed to take full advantage of multicore processors.
MySQL Alumni Start Industry Hub For Open Source Database
News  |  5/13/2009  | 
Lead developer Monty Widenius heads a new vendor-neutral alliance to provide support for MySQL users who may be left out once Oracle completes its buy of Sun Microsystems.
No Steve Jobs At Apple Developers Conference
News  |  5/13/2009  | 
WWDC attendees have been promised a final preview release of Snow Leopard, Apple's update to Mac OS X.
Microsoft Promises 10,000 Windows 7-Friendly Products
News  |  5/13/2009  | 
The software maker says its new OS won't suffer from the compatibility glitches that haunted Vista.
Linux Distros For Netbooks
News  |  5/12/2009  | 
Our Linux expert tries out netbook-ready Puppy Linux, Ubuntu Netbook Remix, Xubuntu, gOS, and Moblin, and reports on how they stack up.
Intel CEO Sees Better Than Expected PC Sales
News  |  5/12/2009  | 
Paul Otellini tells investors that in the second half of the year, the company is expecting the market to return to normalcy.
Windows 7 Getting Rigorous Enterprise Testing
News  |  5/12/2009  | 
Early adopters like Intel already are hammering away at the new Microsoft operating system, testing it for its strengths and weaknesses.
Microsoft Hopes To Complete Windows 7 By August
News  |  5/12/2009  | 
Officials at the software maker say release to manufacturing could be just three months away.
Microsoft Aligning Windows 7, SQL Server, Office Optimization
News  |  5/11/2009  | 
The company will use virtualization and Intel processors to maximize its software platforms' efficiencies.
Microsoft Builds $3.75 Billion War Chest
News  |  5/11/2009  | 
The software maker's first-ever public debt offering could mean acquisitions are on tap.
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