News & Commentary
Content tagged with Operating Systems posted in July 2013
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Microsoft Releases Office Mobile For Android Smartphones
News  |  7/31/2013  | 
Release of Office Mobile for Android sends clear message: Microsoft will use iOS and Android to fuel Office 365 subscriptions while keeping Windows 8 protected.
Can Microsoft Rebound From Surface Flop?
Commentary  |  7/31/2013  | 
Clearly, Microsoft's Surface tablets have bombed. Now what will the company do about it, and what does it mean for customers?
Microsoft Releases Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview
News  |  7/30/2013  | 
Microsoft's Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview includes a lot to make businesses happy. But even if it succeeds, the future of Windows 8's Modern UI could still be in doubt.
Banks Struggle To Get ATMs Off Windows XP
News  |  7/30/2013  | 
Most ATMS still run on Windows XP, according to one industry estimate. With less than nine months until Microsoft stops supporting the OS, a credit union exec explains why upgrading is so painful for financial institutions.
Windows Server 2012 R2 Widens Enterprise Cloud Gateway
News  |  7/30/2013  | 
Microsoft strengthens its pursuit of the cloud-market crown with its upcoming server software update. Does it do enough to draw businesses into the cloud?
IBM Gets Aggressive On Linux Server Sales
News  |  7/30/2013  | 
IBM's Power server line is struggling, so the vendor goes after x86 competitors with aggressively priced PowerLinux server and new software options.
Will Microsoft's Windows Strategy Benefit IT Managers?
News  |  7/29/2013  | 
Microsoft is cutting prices for consumers and giving better licensing deals to computer makers. Will businesses start to see benefits, too?
Xbox One To Offer Unlimited Cloud Storage
News  |  7/29/2013  | 
Microsoft attempts to assuage Xbox users with free cloud, built-in Skype and other features.
Time For Plan B At Intel
Commentary  |  7/29/2013  | 
Windows 8's poor reception has opened a wider door for competitive platforms. Microsoft's partner in the Wintel hegemony should invest in an alternative.
Microsoft's Dilemma: Windows 8.1 May Not Be Enough
News  |  7/26/2013  | 
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer tells employees that Windows 8 has underwhelmed. A turnaround depends on Windows 8.1 and his reorg plan.
Feds Move To Open Source Databases Pressures Oracle
News  |  7/26/2013  | 
Cost-conscious federal agencies move to open source choices, pressuring Oracle, IBM, Microsoft and Sybase to refine products, licensing agreements.
IBM Mainframes Nipped, Tucked For Cloud Age
Commentary  |  7/25/2013  | 
IBM revived the mainframe a decade ago by embracing Linux. Now it's promoting big data analytics and OpenStack cloud support on System Z.
Google Nexus 7, Chromecast: Visual Tour
Slideshows  |  7/25/2013  | 
Google reveals its Nexus 7 tablet and Chromecast wireless TV device, capable of streaming content from any mobile or desktop device to an HDTV.
MS Looks To Move Windows 7 Users To IE 11
News  |  7/25/2013  | 
Windows 8 users got IE10 right away, but Windows 7 users had to wait four months. With IE11, the wait could be shorter.
Google Nexus 7 Heats Up Mini-Tablet Battle
News  |  7/25/2013  | 
Will Microsoft's ambitions again by thwarted by Google's aggressive move in the mini-tablet market? Here are 8 factors to consider.
Windows XP's End Of Life: Readers Respond
News  |  7/24/2013  | 
Windows XP loyalists have a bone (or three) to pick with Microsoft.
Windows Phone Users Wait Impatiently For Updates
News  |  7/24/2013  | 
While Ballmer talks up the goal of rapid software releases, some Windows Phone 8 users tire of waiting for new features.
CouchDB Gets Cloudant's 'Super-Size Me' Scaling
News  |  7/23/2013  | 
Cloudant code donation goes into Apache Foundation project to give CouchDB greater scale-out capabilities.
In-Q-Tel Backs Open Source Mapping Company
News  |  7/23/2013  | 
In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the U.S. intelligence community, invests in OpenGeo, which allows customization of geospatial maps.
3 End Of Windows XP Upgrade Headaches
News  |  7/23/2013  | 
Microsoft's looming end-of-support deadline for Windows XP isn't motivating some organizations to upgrade. But they face looming trouble spots.
NASCAR Team Drives Dell Windows 8 Tablets
News  |  7/22/2013  | 
Windows 8 tablet sales remain slow, but NASCAR team JTG Daugherty uses the devices to speed collaboration and put more competitive cars on the track.
Microsoft Windows 8 Has No Time To Waste
Commentary  |  7/22/2013  | 
Following disappointing Q4 earnings, Microsoft CFO Amy Hood said the company's reinvention will take time. But Microsoft lacks that luxury.
Don't Give Up On The PC
Commentary  |  7/22/2013  | 
The factors hurting the PC market now may not be Intel's fault, but they are Intel's problem. Fix them and we'll talk.
Microsoft's Struggles Grow: 9 Key Points
News  |  7/19/2013  | 
Redmond, we have a problem. Microsoft's $900 million Surface RT write-down was not the only troubling sign in the company's rough earnings report.
Intel's Next Hope: $300 Windows 8 Devices
News  |  7/18/2013  | 
Intel announces Q2 growth, bets big for holiday season on $300 Windows 8 clamshell laptops and convertible tablets running forthcoming Bay Trail Atom chips.
Microsoft's XP Eulogy: Not Everyone's Listening
News  |  7/18/2013  | 
Many businesses say they still have good reasons to run Windows XP -- and ignore Microsoft's ongoing warnings to ditch the OS that's on life support.
IBM's Future Growth: Details Shrouded
Commentary  |  7/18/2013  | 
IBM second-quarter earnings rise but revenues slide, raising questions about where IBM will find next waves of growth. Some cloud, big data and Watson numbers stay hidden.
Dimension Data Challenges Amazon With Performance Data
News  |  7/18/2013  | 
Dimension Data-sponsored research puts telco unit on top of most cloud vendor performance benchmarks. What are advantages in using a telco-owned supplier of cloud computing?
Windows 8 Tablets' Big Flaw: Hardware Compromise
Commentary  |  7/17/2013  | 
Windows 8 tablets, available in a variety of shapes and sizes and at a range of prices, aren't selling briskly. Why? Hardware that doesn't strike the right balance.
Puppet Labs Buys Cloudmsith, Open Source Gurus
News  |  7/16/2013  | 
With Cloudsmith and its developer team, Puppet Labs will be able to move code from GitHub foundry to Amazon EC2; VMware a strategic partner.
The Developer Is King, Google And Startups Say
News  |  7/16/2013  | 
There's never been a better time for developer-entrepreneurs, rising industry leaders argue.
Microsoft's Cheaper Surface Tablet: 8 Key Facts
News  |  7/16/2013  | 
Will discounted Microsoft's Surface RTs shake up the BYOD market? Before you pull out your credit card, consider how the tablet stacks up against the competition.
Microsoft's Gates Vs. Ballmer: Visions Compared
News  |  7/16/2013  | 
At the Microsoft Faculty Summit, Bill Gates spoke on the future of technology -- and sounded surprisingly like Steve Ballmer.
Microsoft Surface Smartwatch Would Test Reorg
News  |  7/15/2013  | 
According to latest rumors, Microsoft's smartwatch is now in hands of Surface team and will run a version of Windows 8. It could also test Ballmer's reorg vision.
Microsoft Surface RT Price Slashed $150
News  |  7/12/2013  | 
Staples will offer Surface RT tablets for $349 starting Sunday.
Windows Phone Scores More Key Apps
News  |  7/12/2013  | 
Path, Flipboard, Vine and other popular apps are on the way, but sorry, Instagram fans, still no Windows Phone app.
DigitalOcean: Developer-Friendly Cloud Service On A Budget
News  |  7/11/2013  | 
Startup's focus on developers and simple, fast cloud access is winning customers from competitors including Rackspace, Amazon, and SoftLayer.
Dell, Lenovo See Silver Lining In Stormy PC Market
News  |  7/11/2013  | 
PC market's longest decline in history may be slowing, as the U.S. market shows a few signs of life.
Desktop PCs: Do They Have A Future?
News  |  7/11/2013  | 
Gartner says PC sales have declined for the fifth consecutive quarter in Q2. But the market could turn around faster than many think, says one IT services firm.
Microsoft Reorganization Signals Big Challenges Ahead
News  |  7/11/2013  | 
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer now has the pieces in place, but will renaming divisions and shuffling executives bring a legitimate payoff?
Microsoft's Launches 'Smart Cities' Initiative
News  |  7/10/2013  | 
Microsoft's CityNext aims to help cities use cloud services and big data to cut costs and improve services.
Microsoft's Surface Experiment Has Fallen Flat
Commentary  |  7/10/2013  | 
Microsoft Surface devices can't find a home as consumers shrug and enterprises focus on Windows 7 and BYOD programs.
7 Reorg Moves Microsoft Should Make
News  |  7/10/2013  | 
CEO Steve Ballmer's major shake-up of Microsoft is reportedly imminent. Here are seven ways he could lead his company to success.
Microsoft Preaches XP Conversion
News  |  7/9/2013  | 
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is eagerly charging toward a "devices and services" future. First, he'll have to take care of more than 160 million users who are stuck on Windows XP.
Android Jelly Bean Overtakes Gingerbread
News  |  7/9/2013  | 
More than one-third of all Android devices are still running 2010-era software, but the newest versions are growing steadily.
Windows 8.1 Set For Fall, But Questions Remain
News  |  7/8/2013  | 
Windows 8.1 will reach computer makers by August, Microsoft said at its Worldwide Partners Conference on Monday. CEO Steve Ballmer left a few details open.
6 Office 365 Power Tips
News  |  7/8/2013  | 
Cloud services require reliable connections, visibility and other crucial factors for success. Use these tools to improve your Office 365 experience.
Microsoft Releases First Windows 8.1 Fixes
News  |  7/3/2013  | 
First update, coming fast on heels of OS introduction as promised, includes minor fixes and an unpopular change to Photos app.
Birmingham Amps Up Research With New Linux Supercomputer
News  |  7/3/2013  | 
Upgraded high-performance-computing system, BlueBEAR II, to help University of Birmingham researchers solve tough problems such as cheaper fuel cells.
Windows 8 Store Hits 100,000 Apps
News  |  7/2/2013  | 
Microsoft reached the 100,000 apps mark much faster than its iOS and Android equivalents. But the milestone is still only a qualified victory.
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