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Apple Obsolescence Debate: More Analysis Please, Fanboys
Commentary  |  6/28/2012  | 
The Apple-can-do-nothing-wrong crowd cranked up the hate machine when I questioned the vendor's upgrade treadmill. Some responses and clarifications are in order.
Nokia Update Turns Lumia Phones Into Wi-Fi Hotspots
News  |  6/28/2012  | 
Patch for Lumia 710 and 800 also adds new camera features, but potential buyers may decide to wait for Windows Phone 8.
Microsoft Offices In Athens Hit By Terrorists
News  |  6/27/2012  | 
Motive behind firebombing of software maker's facilities in the Greek capital is still unknown.
Microsoft Rolls Out Office 365 For Education
News  |  6/27/2012  | 
Cloud-based productivity suite supersedes Microsoft's Live@Edu offering for the education market.
Red Hat Shifts Into Gear With OpenShift
News  |  6/26/2012  | 
Red Hat's new version of platform-as-a-service, MegaShift, supports the complex version of Java. Many developers are finding an advantage in that compared to VMware's Cloud Foundry.
Yammer Deal Casts Shadow On NewsGator Strategy
News  |  6/26/2012  | 
When Microsoft bought Yammer for $1.2 billion, it snubbed the vendor that has helped the most to round out SharePoint as an enterprise social platform. NewsGator's CEO explains why that's a good thing.
Yammer Acquisition Raises Social Strategy Questions
Slideshows  |  6/26/2012  | 
Yammer is officially on its way to becoming part of the Microsoft Office product family that includes SharePoint. How will it fit in?
Dell Launches Windows 8-Ready Ultrabooks
News  |  6/26/2012  | 
XPS 14 and XPS 15 pack sufficient punch, but will they satisfy home and business users who consider touch capability a must?
Microsoft Confirms $1.2 Billion Yammer Buy
News  |  6/25/2012  | 
Microsoft will add Yammer to the Microsoft Office Division, placing the cloud social service side-by-side with SharePoint.
Microsoft: We Won't Build Own Windows Phones
News  |  6/25/2012  | 
Microsoft exec categorically denies reports that the company plans to bring its Surface tablet strategy to the smartphone market.
Microsoft Must Get The Windows 8 Commerce Model Right
Commentary  |  6/25/2012  | 
Microsoft has innovated well on the tech side of Win 8/Metro, but it has a huge problem on the commerce side.
State Street Private Cloud: $600 Million Savings Goal
Commentary  |  6/22/2012  | 
If everyone writes software for the same cloud-based development platform, code sharing becomes easier, and State Street has to write dramatically less code, saving big on software development. Take a look at the plan.
Google I/O Preview: 9 Potential Products
News  |  6/22/2012  | 
Get ready for Android Jelly Bean, Google's Nexus tablet, and a host of new products and services to launch at Google's developer conference this week.
HP Without Itanium: A Three-Pronged Strategy
Commentary  |  6/22/2012  | 
Regardless of how its trial against Oracle goes, there will be no new versions of Oracle software on Itanium. Here's how HP might turn the page.
Microsoft May Build Own Windows Phone 8
Commentary  |  6/22/2012  | 
Microsoft might rile its hardware partners again by developing and bringing to market its own Windows Phone 8 smartphone.
Microsoft Surface To Start At $599?
News  |  6/22/2012  | 
Microsoft risks alienating everyday consumers by pricing its self-branded tablets at a premium, analysts say.
Great Open Source Cloud Debate Rages
Commentary  |  6/22/2012  | 
One, and only one, open source project usually gains the upper hand in a new software category, but cloud has three tough contenders in OpenStack, CloudStack, and Eucalyptus. Must one win?
Microsoft Surface Tablet: 10 Coolest Features
Slideshows  |  6/21/2012  | 
Microsoft's slick new Windows 8 Surface tablet looks great, though pricing remains a question. Get up close with 10 of its most compelling features.
Social Game Maker Stops HTML5 Project
News  |  6/21/2012  | 
Is Wooga's decision to pull the plug on Pocket Island development and turn the code open source a bad sign for HTML5?
Windows Phone 8 Preview: Visual Tour
Slideshows  |  6/21/2012  | 
Microsoft Windows Phone 8 shares a close connection with Windows 8. Take a closer look at what that means for users, enterprises, and developers.
Windows Phone 8: Ready For Business?
Commentary  |  6/21/2012  | 
Windows Phone 8 has five important new elements for enterprises. But simply compare Windows Phone 8 to iOS and Android and you'll miss Microsoft's larger goal.
Microsoft Surface Too Pricey For Consumers?
News  |  6/21/2012  | 
Office 15 bundling, plus Microsoft's desire not to undercut its PC-making partners, could limit Surface tablets to market's high end, NPD analyst says.
Microsoft's Windows Phone 8: The Bad
Commentary  |  6/20/2012  | 
As exciting as the new features for Windows Phone 8 are, here are several reasons for Windows Phone 7 users to get angry.
Microsoft's Windows Phone 8: The Good
Commentary  |  6/20/2012  | 
Microsoft revealed many new details of Windows Phone 8, its smartphone platform due later this year. Here are the cool new features that will make developers and users happy.
Microsoft Surface Won't Kill PC Industry, Analyst Says
News  |  6/20/2012  | 
Fears that Redmond's entry into the hardware business could undercut the likes of Dell, HP, and Acer are premature, says one market watcher.
HP Low-Energy Servers For Data Centers, Take Two
News  |  6/19/2012  | 
HP used Intel's Atom Centerton chip to produce a 6-watt Gemini server line, which will become available by year's end..
HP, Intel: Time To Take Microservers Seriously
Commentary  |  6/19/2012  | 
HP and Intel are betting on a big market for microservers using the new Centerton chip. Here's why you should pay attention.
Google Battles YouTube-To-MP3 Conversion Website
News  |  6/19/2012  | 
Google says it's just enforcing its terms of service, but founder Philip Matesanz insists Google's user contract doesn't apply.
Microsoft Surface Tablet: 8 Big Questions Remain
Commentary  |  6/19/2012  | 
Microsoft's new Surface tablet could be a personal computing game changer, but so far the company has yet to fill in some important details.
Microsoft Tablet Surfaces A New Strategy
Commentary  |  6/19/2012  | 
Surface looks to be an intriguing tablet in the short term, but harmful to Microsoft's fragile partner ecosystem. Consider these five possible motivations driving Microsoft.
NASA Drops OpenStack For Amazon Cloud
News  |  6/18/2012  | 
Space agency touts Amazon cost savings to explain why it's no longer using the OpenStack open source cloud project it co-founded.
Microsoft Windows 8 Surface Tablets: Big Hardware Play
News  |  6/18/2012  | 
Microsoft's Surface tablets, its home-grown, direct iPad rivals, will debut in versions for Windows 8 RT and Windows 8 Pro.
Samsung CEO: Software Key To Device Wars
News  |  6/18/2012  | 
New CEO of Samsung says the company needs to customize its software better if it wants to stay ahead of competitors such as Apple.
Microsoft To Unveil Xbox Media Tablet?
News  |  6/18/2012  | 
Microsoft's super-secret media event Monday prompts speculation that Redmond plans to take on Apple and Amazon with its own, branded tablet.
Microsoft May Debut Home-Grown Tablet Monday
Commentary  |  6/15/2012  | 
Microsoft has scheduled a "major announcement" event Monday in Los Angeles. Industry watchers say it will reveal the first Windows 8 tablet made by Microsoft itself.
The Windows 8/Metro Challenge
Commentary  |  6/14/2012  | 
Microsoft's game-changing new interface: Good for the enterprise, not so good for Apple and Google.
Windows 8 Links Contacts, E-Mail, Social Networks
News  |  6/14/2012  | 
People app uses Live Tiles to notify users when they have new messages from services like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
Microsoft Rumored To Acquire Yammer
Commentary  |  6/14/2012  | 
If the stories are true, Microsoft could pay more than $1 billion, recognizing the value of Yammer's cloud social network compared to more SharePoint-centric products like NewsGator Social Sites.
Windows 8 Tablets: Will The Price Be Right?
Commentary  |  6/14/2012  | 
Microsoft's new OS is right for our connected times, but the company's business model may make it tough for Win8 partners to compete with Android and even iOS tablets.
Tech Heavyweights Oppose Xbox Import Ban
News  |  6/13/2012  | 
Even Microsoft rival Apple says U.S. ITC should reject calls by Google and Motorola to block importation of the gaming console due to alleged patent violations.
Windows 8 Business Apps In The Pipeline
News  |  6/12/2012  | 
Microsoft's TechEd conference showcases the apps retailers, governments, and others are developing to take advantage of the new OS's features.
Seton Hall Gives Nokia Windows Phones To Freshmen
News  |  6/12/2012  | 
N.J. university provides incoming students with Nokia Lumia 900 smartphones complete with AT&T service.
Windows 8 To Run Windows 7, And Vice Versa
News  |  6/12/2012  | 
Microsoft TechEd keynote demonstrates how developers can use Win8's built-in hypervisor to test software on old and new versions of the operating system.
Apple WWDC: 17 Cool Innovations
Slideshows  |  6/12/2012  | 
Apple unveiled useful tweaks and new ideas at its Worldwide Developer Conference. Take a peek at our favorites, from MacBook Pro to iOS 6.
Microsoft Enhances HTML Support In Visual Studio
News  |  6/11/2012  | 
Microsoft backs away from black, white, and grayscale interface and revives many of the palettes that Visual Studio had lost during an earlier redesign.
Maxim, Drupal, And The Hometown Hotties
News  |  6/11/2012  | 
Moving the men's magazine website to Drupal has given Maxim's Web developers more flexibility, including the ability to add social features to online events such as voting for "hot hometown girls."
Microsoft Stress-Tests Windows Server 2012 With Bing
News  |  6/11/2012  | 
Microsoft is using its own, massive online services as proof-points for its next generation of cloud and data center technologies, it announced in TechEd 2012 opening address.
HP-Oracle Itanium Trial: Why Oracle Can't Lose
Commentary  |  6/11/2012  | 
Oracle's larger plan behind its decision to cease porting its software to Hewlett-Packard's Itanium-base servers becomes clearer as the trial proceeds--and it's devastating for HP.
Windows 8 Tablets: Computex Sneak Peek
Slideshows  |  6/8/2012  | 
From Acer to Lenovo, hardware makers showed off early versions of Windows 8 tablets at the Computex tradeshow. Take a look.
Microsoft Sells 600 Million Windows 7 Licenses
News  |  6/7/2012  | 
Windows 8 hype notwithstanding, Win7 is now Redmond's staple operating system.
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