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Content tagged with Operating Systems posted in August 2013
Microsoft Greenlights Gag Order Lawsuit
News  |  8/30/2013  | 
Citing free speech, Microsoft and Google proceed with lawsuits against government to allow the companies to publicly divulge more information about FISA requests for user data.
PC Sales Slump Continues
News  |  8/30/2013  | 
Desktop and laptop shipments are even worse than expected, according to IDC, and they haven't yet hit rock bottom. Still, don't count PCs out.
Nokia, Microsoft Plan New Windows RT Tablets
News  |  8/28/2013  | 
Both Nokia and Microsoft prep new Windows RT tablets with formidable features -- and in Nokia's case, formidable prices.
Windows 8.1 Released To Manufacturers
News  |  8/27/2013  | 
Microsoft puts Windows 8.1 in PC and tablet makers' hands. But according to Forrester analyst, there might not be many customers waiting.
Why Ballmer's Departure Isn't On My Worry List
Commentary  |  8/27/2013  | 
Yes, our organization is heavily invested in Microsoft products, but here's why the CEO's exit won't keep me up at night.
Ballmer's Legacy Still Incomplete
Commentary  |  8/26/2013  | 
Clearly, Ballmer had to go. But will Microsoft's "device and services" plan seem any more viable once a new CEO takes over?
Samsung Courts Developers With Conference
News  |  8/26/2013  | 
Samsung's inaugural Global Developers Conference is open for registration.
Ballmer Is Off The Matrix
Commentary  |  8/26/2013  | 
Microsoft's outgoing CEO couldn't see the desktop for the tiles.
Microsoft CEO Ballmer's Surprise Retirement
News  |  8/23/2013  | 
In unexpected move, Microsoft said CEO Steve Ballmer will retire within 12 months. Bill Gates is on committee to find replacement.
Bing For Schools Adds Daily Lesson Plans
News  |  8/22/2013  | 
Microsoft offers ad-free search, Surface RT rewards along with Common Core-aligned lessons.
Nokia Sells 19,000 Lumia Smartphones To Delta
News  |  8/22/2013  | 
Delta Airlines gave the Windows Phone 8 devices to its flight attendants in order to ease onboard purchases.
HP Plans 'Another Great Run,' Replaces Enterprise Chief
News  |  8/22/2013  | 
HP CEO Meg Whitman lays out vision for what the company must do to return to its former glory and names Bill Veghte new enterprise group leader.
Microsoft Courts Schools With Bing, Surface RT Promotions
News  |  8/21/2013  | 
Microsoft intros ad-free Bing for the classroom and a rewards program that offers free Surface RT tablets to schools.
Is Yammer-SharePoint Integration Right For You?
News  |  8/20/2013  | 
Yammer is poised to address some of Microsoft SharePoint's shortcomings. Will the combination work for your enterprise?
Windows 8 Won't Be Saved By Keyboards
Commentary  |  8/19/2013  | 
Forrester study finds that 62% of tablet users want keyboards, but that alone won't drive sales of Windows 8 for Microsoft.
VMware Analysis Tools: Small Step, Big Vision
News  |  8/16/2013  | 
New Log File Analysis tools bring VMware's touted software-defined data center vision closer to reality; Cisco, EMC, other partners provide packs to translate product logs.
Microsoft Slams Google Over YouTube App Ban
News  |  8/15/2013  | 
Google wants Microsoft to build Windows Phone YouTube app using HTML5.
Nokia Windows RT Tablet Rumors Intensify
News  |  8/15/2013  | 
Even if Nokia does jump in soon with a device, Microsoft will struggle to carry the RT banner.
Microsoft Expands Surface Tablets To New Markets
News  |  8/15/2013  | 
Microsoft has expanded its Surface line to channel partners in 17 new markets. With Windows 8.1 coming and Windows XP going, Microsoft hopes the push will turn things around for its struggling tablets.
IT Cause And Effect: Applications Are Money
Commentary  |  8/13/2013  | 
Everyone (and his brother) has advice about what CIOs should focus on in the coming months. But it all boils down to the need for speed.
Windows 8.1 Faces October Challenge
News  |  8/13/2013  | 
Microsoft looks to have given itself just eight weeks to polish its delivery before heading into two substantial tests: holiday consumer sales and 2014's anticipated enterprise upgrade cycle.
Microsoft Needs 3 Surface Tablets: 3 Reasons
News  |  8/9/2013  | 
Microsoft is having trouble selling the Surface tablets it already makes. But here's why adding a third would be a smart move.
Microsoft Preps New Surface RT Tablets
News  |  8/9/2013  | 
Nvidia is working with Microsoft on an upgraded Surface tablet. With earlier reports indicating Qualcomm is also involved, Microsoft could be prepping an entire family of Win RT models.
Microsoft Touts Windows 8.1 3-D Printing
News  |  8/8/2013  | 
3-D printing might not be mainstream, but Microsoft wants in on the ground floor. It's demonstrating Windows 8.1's 3-D printing at 18 retail locations in the U.S.
Microsoft Office 365 Reveals Uptime Figures
News  |  8/8/2013  | 
Customers clamor for transparency and Microsoft responds, showing strong levels of reliability. But analysts warn: Transparency has its limits.
Windows Phone 8 Seizes On iPhone Dry Spell
News  |  8/7/2013  | 
Android leads, iOS is slipping and Windows Phone 8 is inching forward. But until new products arrive this fall, it's premature to call winners and losers.
What Desktop Virtualization Means To Windows 8
News  |  8/6/2013  | 
Virtualization technology has allowed some companies to put off investing in Windows 8 tablets.
Pluralsight Buys TrainSignal, Broadens IT Training Lineup
News  |  8/5/2013  | 
Pluralsight, which provides online training for software developers, acquires TrainSignal, which offers online IT training. One payoff: better DevOps training for merged developer and operations teams.
Tablet Buyers Waiting For New iPads
News  |  8/5/2013  | 
The tablet market slowed in Q2 with no new iPads to drive sales, says IDC. But overall outlook is positive for many players, including Windows 8.
Microsoft Surface Pro Price Drops $100
News  |  8/5/2013  | 
Microsoft tries to boost Surface Pro tablet sales by cutting prices $100 during important back-to-school shopping period.
Windows 8 And Einstein's Definition Of Insanity
Commentary  |  8/2/2013  | 
Microsoft is stuck beating the same drum to a public that has made up its mind about Windows 8 and Surface devices. Is it too late to make changes?
Oracle Faces FTC Scrutiny For Trash Talk Ads
News  |  8/2/2013  | 
Advertising regulators cite Oracle a fourth time for running "overboard and unsupported" ads, will refer matter to Federal Trade Commission.
IT Pros To Microsoft: Save TechNet
News  |  8/2/2013  | 
Microsoft plans to kill off its TechNet subscription service. But more than 8,000 people have signed an online petition to save it. Is Redmond listening?
Windows 8 Adoption Slows In July
News  |  8/1/2013  | 
Microsoft continues to face two dilemmas: Too many people are clinging to Windows XP, and too few are buying Windows 8, says research firm Net Applications.
Microsoft Forced To Drop 'SkyDrive' Brand Name
News  |  8/1/2013  | 
Microsoft accepts London court ruling that its storage service name is too similar to products from British satellite broadcaster BSkyB.

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