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Content tagged with Operating Systems posted in May 2013
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Windows RT Woes: HTC Scraps Tablet
News  |  5/31/2013  | 
Tablets are cannibalizing PC sales -- but while iOS and Android feast, consumers have left Windows RT to starve. Can Windows 8.1 save Microsoft's lightweight OS?
Google Pushes On iPhone Apps
News  |  5/31/2013  | 
Google's Sundar Pichai reveals why the company makes apps for Apple's iPhone but not for Microsoft's Windows Phone.
HP, IBM Bruised By Sluggish Server Market
News  |  5/30/2013  | 
Worldwide server revenue drops 7.7% in Q1, says IDC. Dell, on the strength of its data center products, was the market's best performer.
State Street: Social Business Leader Of 2013
Commentary  |  5/30/2013  | 
Learn lessons from the global financial company, which will be honored at the E2 Conference for social collaboration on a large scale.
Windows 8.1: Thanks For Listening, Microsoft
Commentary  |  5/30/2013  | 
Consumers will keep chasing new and shiny; business users will keep working on a PC. Microsoft finally appears to understand that.
Windows 8.1 Restores Start Button, With Twist
News  |  5/30/2013  | 
Microsoft confirms Windows 8.1 will include boot-to-desktop options and a restored Start button. But other interface criticisms remain unanswered.
3 Reasons Linux Doesn't Star In U.S. Schools
News  |  5/29/2013  | 
Why haven't cash-strapped American schools embraced open-source operating systems on the desktop?
5 Windows 8 Gripes Microsoft Must Address
News  |  5/29/2013  | 
Almost in spite of itself, Windows 8 could finally be poised for takeoff. But first, Microsoft will need to appease unhappy and confused users.
PC Market Hasn't Hit Rock Bottom Yet
News  |  5/28/2013  | 
PCs are in even worse shape than expected, says IDC, but that's not necessarily bad news for Windows 8.
Server Sales Slump Continues, Gartner Says
News  |  5/28/2013  | 
Worldwide server revenue declines 5% in the first quarter, with Oracle as loss leader and Dell bucking the trend.
Google Chrome Browser Blurs OS Lines
News  |  5/24/2013  | 
Google talks about Chrome OS and the Chrome browser as though they're different products, but they continue to converge. Witness the new rich notifications feature.
Tablet Buying Demystified: 10 Tips
Slideshows  |  5/23/2013  | 
Tablet shoppers face an ever-growing number of options beyond the iPad. We break down 10 key considerations.
Microsoft To Windows 8 Haters: Try This Mouse
News  |  5/23/2013  | 
Windows 8 has been a particularly big flop on the desktop. Can a mouse designed to make the OS friendlier help?
Apple Again Faces Mirror Worlds In Court
News  |  5/23/2013  | 
Defunct software company expands patent infringement suit to include Best Buy, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Microsoft and Samsung.
Linux-Based Education OS Gets New Features
News  |  5/23/2013  | 
Edubuntu update includes several new packages, including a touch-typing tutor and a mindmapping tool.
Windows Phone 8 'Gets' Business Needs
Commentary  |  5/23/2013  | 
For companies that provide smartphones to employees, Windows Phone 8 is worth a look. Here's why.
HP's New PCs: Everything But The Kitchen Sink
News  |  5/23/2013  | 
Wide variety of new hardware means HP is either adapting to consumer preferences -- or struggling to decide what will resonate.
HP CEO Whitman Keeps Calm, Carries On
News  |  5/23/2013  | 
Hewlett-Packard's second quarter sees big sales declines, but profits exceed forecast and CEO Whitman says problems are under control.
Amazon Will Pay Writers Of Fan Fiction
News  |  5/22/2013  | 
Kindle Worlds publishing platform promises to let writers of fan fiction share in revenue from the sale of derivative works.
Windows 8.1 Timing All Wrong
Commentary  |  5/22/2013  | 
Windows 8.1 should be coming out now. Here's why Microsoft can no longer afford to target the fall for new releases.
Windows 8: Consumers Not Warming To Interface
News  |  5/22/2013  | 
Windows 8's look and feel is still a flop with consumers, especially with those who don't use tablets, two studies say.
Windows 8 Learning Curve: Two Customers Speak
News  |  5/21/2013  | 
Microsoft users expect Windows 8.1 to lessen the learning curve for the new OS. But it may not be as bad as you fear, two education customers report.
Rackspace Woos Developers, Fights Sagging Revenue
News  |  5/20/2013  | 
Rackspace adds support for SDKs and APIs to its OpenStack Cloud, hoping to encourage developers to use its service.
Windows 8: 4 Things I've Learned
Commentary  |  5/20/2013  | 
After spending two weeks on a touchscreen laptop, I've revisited my initial assumptions about Windows 8. But don't kid yourself: Joe and Jane user will need training.
Windows 8: 5 Hopeful Signs
News  |  5/18/2013  | 
Thanks to new apps and smaller, cheap devices, Windows 8 is primed for a rebound -- if Windows 8.1 delivers.
Google Compute Engine: Too Little, Too Late?
Commentary  |  5/17/2013  | 
Google must convince enterprise IT managers that its infrastructure-as-a-service offering is a good fit. I am doubtful that Google is ready.
Google I/O: 10 Big Developments
Slideshows  |  5/16/2013  | 
Google skipped the skydivers at Google I/O 2013, but broke interesting ground in maps, music, social and search. Take our tour.
Windows 8's Best Chance Depends On BYOD?
News  |  5/16/2013  | 
Windows 8 will do better with consumers than IT departments, says Forrester report.
Lenovo Windows 8 Ultrabook: My First 14 Days
News  |  5/16/2013  | 
In two weeks, I learned plenty about the pros and cons of Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch, a high-end Windows 8 ultrabook.
Dell Earnings May Disappoint
News  |  5/15/2013  | 
Michael Dell and his plan to take the company private may benefit if quarterly earnings miss Wall Street's expectations.
Google I/O Features Sensor Network
News  |  5/14/2013  | 
Hundreds of sensors will measure environmental conditions at Google I/O, and the hardware designs will be available as open source.
Windows 8.1: No Cost, Big Pressure
News  |  5/14/2013  | 
Microsoft confirms that Windows 8.1, formerly known as Windows Blue, will be free for current Windows 8 and Windows RT users. But will it be enough to revitalize sales?
Microsoft Office 365 Steps On Google Enterprise Ambitions
News  |  5/14/2013  | 
Office 365 could soon be a $1 billion annual business, but Microsoft is still playing proactive defense against Google Apps.
Why Microsoft Should Make Windows Blue Free
Commentary  |  5/13/2013  | 
Windows 8's gloomy narrative could be rewritten when Windows Blue arrives later this year. The first step is to give it away for free.
3M Uses Azure For Image Analysis Service
News  |  5/10/2013  | 
3M Manager Bill Smyth wanted to launch a new business without plunging into the company's capital budget allocation process. So he used Microsoft's Azure cloud services.
Windows Blue: Will Microsoft Give Free Upgrade?
News  |  5/10/2013  | 
Microsoft hasn't said if it will offer Windows Blue as a free service pack-style upgrade to Windows 8 customers. Some analysts say it should.
Google's Cloud Drops Custom Linux For Debian
News  |  5/10/2013  | 
Google cloud workloads have had to use Google's customized version of Linux. Now, Google is moving to a more standard form: Debian Linux.
Google, Nokia, BlackBerry News: Mobile Week Ahead
News  |  5/10/2013  | 
The week of May 13, major players are holding events that could shake up the mobile landscape. Here's a sneak peak.
What Nook Could Buy Microsoft
News  |  5/9/2013  | 
Microsoft has reportedly made a $1 billion offer to buy Nook, Barnes & Noble's e-reader business. What could it gain from the deal?
8 Things Microsoft Should Fix In Windows Blue
Slideshows  |  5/9/2013  | 
Windows 8 has left a lot of folks fuming. Can Windows Blue win them back?
Windows 8 Users See Red: Is Microsoft Listening?
Commentary  |  5/8/2013  | 
Microsoft's Windows 8 update, Windows Blue, must give PC users a more familiar way to work. Microsoft used to manage transitions better -- instead of opening the door for its rivals.
Microsoft Opens Office Web Apps To Android Tablets
News  |  5/7/2013  | 
Real-time collaboration is also on its way as Microsoft commits to ongoing enhancements of its cloud productivity software.
What Microsoft Windows 8 License Numbers Don't Say
News  |  5/7/2013  | 
Microsoft says 100 million Windows 8 licenses have shipped to OEMs. There's a big difference between shipping licenses and gaining or even retaining customers.
HP's Hinshaw At Center Of 5-Year Turnaround Plan
Commentary  |  5/7/2013  | 
As the leader of both IT and operations, John Hinshaw is uniquely positioned to get HP back on track.
Microsoft, Skype Patent Case: Big Target
News  |  5/7/2013  | 
Patent troll or David fighting Goliath? CopyTele CEO Robert Berman, whose company filed two claims last week against Microsoft's Skype service, says his case is nuanced.
Archimedes Analyzes Medicare Claims For Developers, Researchers
News  |  5/6/2013  | 
Analytics company teams with Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to give developers access to data that could help them create better healthcare apps.
Google Apps To Office 365: Why To Switch
Commentary  |  5/6/2013  | 
Here's the business case for why I moved from Google Apps for Business to Microsoft Office 365 -- and why you may want to do the same.
Tablets To Outsell PCs 3 To 1 By 2017
News  |  5/6/2013  | 
Touch-based devices will become the dominant form of mobile computing this year, says NPD DisplaySearch.
Facebook's Frank Frankovsky: Open Compute Update
News  |  5/6/2013  | 
Facebook's hardware design chief previews his Interop keynote by explaining why he decided to open source the company's data center designs.
Acer Reveals Windows 8 Hybrid Tablets
News  |  5/3/2013  | 
Acer's new Win8 hybrids exhibit design flair -- but with next-gen devices expected soon, will customers care?
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