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Content tagged with Operating Systems posted in March 2012
Windows 8 Vs. 10 Big OS Annoyances
Slideshows  |  3/30/2012
Windows 8 aims to answer some longtime Microsoft OS gripes, from slow startup times to mediocre mobile tools.
Windows 8 Promises 'Edgy' Touch Screens
News  |  3/30/2012
Microsoft says its new OS will offer edge-to-edge touch fidelity and support for five-finger touch applications.
6 Reasons To Use Multiple Cloud Providers
News  |  3/29/2012
Music Mastermind, Coupa Software share why they turned to more than one cloud services supplier. Yes, you can mix and match Amazon and Rackspace.
Windows 8 Super Guide
News  |  3/29/2012
Windows 8, Microsoft's boldest operating system bet in years, poses crucial questions for enterprises. InformationWeek's super guide rounds up the news, expert analysis, and reviews that you need.
Android To Surpass Windows By 2016: IDC
News  |  3/29/2012
Shift from the desktop to mobile computing will cost Microsoft its top spot in the OS market by 2016, IDC predicts.
Red Hat: First $1 Billion Open Source Company
News  |  3/28/2012
Red Hat survives challenges from CentOS and Oracle to post revenues of $1.13 billion in fiscal 2012.
Nokia Lumia 800 Arrives In China
News  |  3/28/2012
First CDMA Windows Phone for Chinese market is key to Nokia’s turnaround hopes, and Microsoft’s mobile fortunes.
Windows 8 Server: Hands-On First Impressions
News  |  3/27/2012
Microsoft talks up every release of Windows Server as the best ever. But based on our first experience with Windows 8 Server, some key changes deserve your attention.
Smoked By Windows Phone, Or Smoke And Mirrors?
Commentary  |  3/26/2012
Microsoft's buzzworthy Smoked By Windows Phone campaign took an ugly turn over the weekend after a contestant accused Microsoft of cheating.
Nokia's Flagship Windows Phone Ships April 8
News  |  3/26/2012
Lumia 900 Windows Phone is essential to Nokia's alliance with Microsoft.
New iPad Vs. Windows 8 Tablets: 8 Considerations
News  |  3/23/2012
Buy a new iPad now, or wait for a Windows 8 tablet later this year? Here are some factors to consider.
Angry Birds Shouldn't Seal Your Smartphone Choice
Commentary  |  3/23/2012
The Internet went into a tizzy when people thought Angry Birds Space wouldn't be available for Windows Phone. This game is big fun, but is it really a must-have app?
Windows 8 To Match iPad Retina Display?
News  |  3/22/2012
Microsoft is building Windows 8 to handle a wide range of screen resolutions. But it's unclear whether hardware makers will take advantage.
Microsoft Patents Virtual Reality Goggles
News  |  3/22/2012
Software maker envisions night-vision style headgear that would enable immersive gaming and commercial applications.
Minnesota Completes Migration To Microsoft Cloud
News  |  3/21/2012
After a year of testing, the state's Office of Enterprise Technology has moved nearly 39,000 workers to Office 365 for collaboration and email.
Windows 8 Server Core Promises Cheaper Clouds
News  |  3/21/2012
Stripped down version of Windows Server 8 aims to significantly reduce storage costs for organizations building private clouds.
Windows 8 To Ship In October, Report Says
News  |  3/20/2012
Microsoft’s radically redesigned operating system would be available in time for 2012 PC and tablet holiday shopping season.
Mozilla CTO Declares Video War Lost
News  |  3/19/2012
Brendan Eich says Firefox must play H.264 video to be relevant in the browser market.
Windows 8 Tablets For 2012 Holidays?
News  |  3/19/2012
PC maker Lenovo will join the likes of Dell, HP, and Nokia and launch a Windows 8 mobile device, according to reports.
Windows 8 Preview Sees 1 Million Downloads
News  |  3/16/2012
Trial version of Microsoft's new operating system is consumers' first chance to kick tires on new Metro interface.
New iPad And Enterprise IT: Exclusive Research
News  |  3/15/2012
Business technology managers are showing greater interest in Apple's new iPad, but they continue to have reservations, an InformationWeek survey finds.
Microsoft Job Postings Hint At Xbox 720
News  |  3/15/2012
Company is seeking an expert who can 'revolutionize audio' in next version of the Xbox game console.
Google Exec Joins Microsoft, Trashes Google
News  |  3/14/2012
Google's focus on social and advertising is killing entrepreneurship and innovation, insists former engineering director James Whittaker.
The High Cost Of Cool
Commentary  |  3/14/2012
New bells and whistles on your favorite technology are exciting, but sometimes they're just noise.
SXSW: Code For America Founder Rallies 'Geek Army'
News  |  3/14/2012
Jennifer Pahlka showcases early successes of citizen software engineers who, she says, can solve systematic problems in American cities in a way voting--or bureaucracy--cannot.
Windows 8 Broken, Ex-Microsoft Worker Says
News  |  3/14/2012
Mike Bibik, now an Amazon designer, says he hopes Fixing Windows 8 website will convince Microsoft to make changes to its new operating system.
Oracle Updates 'Unbreakable' Linux Kernel
News  |  3/13/2012
Virtualization awareness, new file system, better memory management added to Oracle's optimized Linux for database operations.
Microsoft Meets Star Trek With Universal Translator
News  |  3/13/2012
Cloud-based software learns to translate documents from one language to any of the world's approximately 7,000 other languages, Microsoft says.
No Windows Phone 8 OS Upgrade For You?
News  |  3/12/2012
Microsoft exec hedges on question of whether Windows Phone 8 upgrade will be available for WP7 owners.
Azure Outage Caused By False Failure Alarms: Microsoft
News  |  3/11/2012
Microsoft's post-mortem on recent Azure cloud outage says a deep Azure security mechanism contained a bug that didn't recognize Leap Day. This set off a cascade of false hardware failure notices.
Intel's New Xeon Powerhouse: 5 Key Facts
Commentary  |  3/8/2012
Intel's new E5-2600 chips set performance records. Here's how they do it.
NYC Passes Data Transparency Law
News  |  3/8/2012
New law will give the public unprecedented access to public government data and supports the city's IT innovation efforts, said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Microsoft Windows Embedded 8 Preview Arrives
News  |  3/7/2012
Microsoft needs Embedded OS as it battles Apple’s iPad in the market for retail devices and other specialty hardware.
DARPA Seeks Satellite Programs That Stick
News  |  3/7/2012
Developer challenge will reward novel ways to program small space station satellites to autonomously approach and capture objects using Velcro.
Windows 8: 8 Benefits For Business
News  |  3/7/2012
Microsoft pitches more detail on Windows 8's security and manageability improvements for enterprise IT and SMBs, a week after releasing the consumer preview version.
Intel Xeon E5: Server Chips With Virtualization Secrets
News  |  3/6/2012
Chips used to be all about clock speeds and shrinking circuit size. But Intel's newest chips for data center servers are all about networking, I/O, and data movement, in the age of virtualization.
Ford Navigates Rough Road Of Software Development
Commentary  |  3/6/2012
Its MyFord Touch upgrade this week, addressing customer complaints, is only the beginning of Ford's transformation to a software company.
Microsoft SQL Server 2012: Big Data Power Incomplete
News  |  3/6/2012
Microsoft's years-in-the-making database upgrade finally arrives, but related Hadoop components and services are still in preview mode.
Microsoft Touts Windows 8 Management Power
News  |  3/6/2012
COO Kevin Turner tells CeBIT audience that Windows 8 can deliver a consumer-style experience without compromising enterprise-class security and manageability.
Windows Server 8: 8 Key Facts
News  |  3/5/2012
Microsoft Windows Server 8, now out in beta, has important changes for enterprises working with virtualization, automation, and private clouds.
Cloud Will Create 14 Million Jobs, Study Says
News  |  3/5/2012
Microsoft and IDC study predicts media, banking, and manufacturing sectors will see biggest job gains related to cloud computing.
Windows 8 Tablets Could Be Risky Business
Commentary  |  3/2/2012
Microsoft's admission that Windows on ARM tablets are best for "unmanaged environments" could lock them out of the enterprise computing market.
Nokia To Issue Lumia 800 Battery Fix
News  |  3/2/2012
Patch also addresses problems with backlighting, diagnostics, and camera.
Windows 8 Beta: How To Boost Performance
News  |  3/2/2012
Features like Secure Boot, Hyper-V virtualization, and touch-screen computing need the right combination of hardware, software, and settings to work as advertised.
Windows 8 Beta: Visual Tour
Slideshows  |  3/1/2012
Take a closer look at Microsoft's radically revamped Windows 8 OS, out now in a consumer preview version. Here's the lowdown on features, apps, hardware, and more.

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