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Content tagged with Operating Systems posted in September 2012
DH2i Takes On SQL Server Consolidation Challenge
News  |  9/28/2012
Startup led by former HP PolyServe staff uses virtualization-like techniques to stack up SQL Server instances on a single host, cutting core-based license costs.
Apple's Top 20 Public Apologies
News  |  9/28/2012
Apple Maps mea culpa continues a tradition of atonement. Here's a list of the company's top 20 promises to do better.
Windows 7 More Popular Than Windows 8?
News  |  9/28/2012
Price, compatibility, and the interface formerly known as Metro are among users' biggest concerns about Microsoft's upcoming operating system, poll finds.
Microsoft Says 6,000 Jobs Open, Wants More Visas
News  |  9/27/2012
Microsoft says it can't find enough skilled IT workers to fill open positions, but critics say the company is merely trying to justify hiring foreigners.
Microsoft Faces Formal EU Antitrust Violation Charges
News  |  9/27/2012
Software maker could pay up to $7.4 billion for failing to give European Union consumers alternatives to Explorer Web browser.
Is Windows 8 Too Risky For IT?
Commentary  |  9/27/2012
Microsoft's new OS may be just too different for conservative IT departments, Gartner says. But here's why I'm not counting Windows 8 out--even in the near term.
Nook E-Reader Headed To Windows 8
News  |  9/26/2012
Barnes & Noble debuts Nook HD, plans to port e-reading and display technology to Microsoft's new operating system.
Windows Server 2008 Support Lives On, XP Won't
News  |  9/25/2012
Microsoft gives Windows Server 2012's predecessor a longer lease on life, while reminding enterprise users that XP's days are numbered.
RIM Shows New BlackBerry Hardware Design
News  |  9/25/2012
Research In Motion hints at the future of the BlackBerry as it shares a hardware reference platform device with a big screen and the latest version of BB 10 operating system.
Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Adds Compliance Power
News  |  9/24/2012
Microsoft builds new security tools into latest version of Exchange that are designed to stop compliance breaches before they occur.
Gnip Provides Twitter's Full Public Archive
News  |  9/24/2012
Want a heaping helping of public opinion? Gnip has a deal for you: Every public tweet since Twitter launched in March 2006.
5 Reasons To Like Windows Server 2012
News  |  9/20/2012
Microsoft has packed in plenty of features to help solve pressing business problems.
Windows 8 Makes Strides In Mobility
News  |  9/20/2012
The OS will tempt those looking to go mobile while staying within the Microsoft world.
5 Reasons Windows 8 Could Save Microsoft's Bacon
Commentary  |  9/20/2012
The mobility revolution and RIM's self-immolation couldn't come at a better time for Redmond.
Why Are We Still Buying Desktop OSes, Anyway?
Commentary  |  9/20/2012
Add up what that Windows 8 upgrade really costs before committing.
Why No Ultrabook Pep Rally At IDF?
Commentary  |  9/20/2012
PC vendors expect Windows 8 Ultrabooks to reverse PC sales that are eroding to tablets. So why didn't Intel rally the developer troops to start placing component orders at IDF?
iOS 6: 5 Things That Disappoint
Commentary  |  9/20/2012
Apple's new mobile operating system offers some much-needed improvements, but plenty of things still need polish.
iOS 6: 5 Things To Like
Commentary  |  9/20/2012
Apple's new mobile operating system is finally available. Here are five great things about iOS 6.
Dell Unveils Windows 8 Enterprise Tablet, Ultrabook
News  |  9/20/2012
Dell bets that its new enterprise-oriented Latitude devices can help it reclaim market share from the BYOD crowd.
Google Fortifies Platform With Stronger Developer Relations
News  |  9/17/2012
Google's developer relations chief describes how the company is doubling down on dev tools and support to bolster the success of its products.
How Middle-Aged Microsoft Can Save Itself
Commentary  |  9/14/2012
Microsoft must reverse the five stages of decline before hubris descends into irrelevance, and it's too late.
Microsoft To Patch IE 10 Ahead Of Windows 8
News  |  9/14/2012
Microsoft plays it safe, promises fix to IE 10 Flash exploit prior to new OS's general release.
Apple iOS 6 'App Lock': Enterprise Ready?
News  |  9/14/2012
Guided Access feature can turn an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch into a locked-down, single-purpose device. With or without MDM software, what does that mean for enterprises?
Microsoft Azure Tops Cloud Developer Platform Survey
News  |  9/14/2012
Microsoft Azure bests VMware in Evans Data survey of cloud developers, but Google and Amazon aren't far behind.
Microsoft Visual Studio 2012: Must-Have For Win8 Developers
News  |  9/13/2012
Microsoft's new IDE offers many attractive new features for developers working on current platforms--but you'll have to abide its peculiar UI.
Android Warning: 50% Of Devices Need Patching
News  |  9/13/2012
Blame carriers for slow or nonexistent patches, even as the number of new, malicious Android apps has increased 41 times since last year.
iOS 6: Apple Headed For Design Rut?
Commentary  |  9/13/2012
iPhone 5's evolutionary hardware update may disappoint some, but the real problem lies with Apple's failure to improve iOS 6.
Bing Vs. Google Taste Test: Reader Results
Commentary  |  9/12/2012
Microsoft's search engine fared better in our readers' taste tests than in mine. But readers still didn't see the "nearly 2-to-1" advantage that Microsoft claims.
Windows 8 App Store Open For Business
News  |  9/12/2012
With Windows 8 launch less than two months away, developers from around the world can now submit their wares.
Lumia 920: Consumers Like it, But Won't Buy It
News  |  9/11/2012
Nokia Lumia 920 smartphone can be used while wearing gloves, but that isn't enough to cause most consumers to buy one, a new survey indicates.
Mozilla's Firefox OS Seeks Innovation Without Gatekeeping
News  |  9/10/2012
Mozilla aspires to turn Web technology into an open mobile platform that offers an alternative to proprietary platforms offered by Apple and Google.
Microsoft Plans Windows 8 'Pop Up' Retail Stores
News  |  9/10/2012
Microsoft takes a page from Apple's playbook, announces 32 stores to showcase Windows 8 software and hardware.
HP Unveils Windows 8-Friendly Touch PCs
News  |  9/10/2012
Envy, SpectreOne, and refreshed Pavilion lines are designed to make the most of Microsoft's new operating system.
Windows Phone 8: What Microsoft Needs To Compete
Commentary  |  9/10/2012
It's currently a two-horse race in the smartphone market: Android on Samsung and iOS on Apple. The nation's wireless carriers can help Microsoft gain ground on the market leaders.
Nokia's Lumia 920: Phony Images Damage Credibility
Commentary  |  9/10/2012
Nokia got caught red-handed with faked video and photo samples purportedly taken with the Lumia 920. The company has issued apologies and launched an ethics investigation, but the damage has been done.
Nokia Lumia 920 Slated For November Release
News  |  9/7/2012
Nokia's new Lumia smartphones probably won't be available until well after Apple's iPhone 5 hits the street.
Android Designers Seek Distance From Apple Smartphones
News  |  9/6/2012
Samsung's $1.05 billion patent infringement loss against Apple sends Android designers back to their drawing boards. Is there a safe, smart, and marketable smartphone design that's very different?
Nokia Windows Phone 8 Devices Arrive With Thud
News  |  9/6/2012
Nokia's shares hammered after analysts were underwhelmed by launch of Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 smartphones.
Windows Server 2012: Hardware Makers Join The Party
News  |  9/5/2012
Dell, Fujitsu support Microsoft's revamped server OS with new offerings; chip rivals Intel and AMD also weigh in.
Nokia Lumia 820, 920: Windows Phone 8 Details Scarce
Commentary  |  9/5/2012
Nokia's Lumia 920 and 820 smartphones have innovative features. But it's disconcerting that Microsoft isn't ready to show all that Windows Phone 8 has to offer.
8 Microsoft Changes For, Cloud Product Users
News  |  9/5/2012
Microsoft imposes minimum usage requirements, new privacy rules in latest terms of service for users of, Bing, SkyDrive and other cloud-based products.
Oracle Resumes HP Itanium Support--For Now
News  |  9/5/2012
Oracle complies with a judge's ruling that it must keep developing its database and applications to run on HP's Itanium servers. But it vows to appeal.
Windows 8's Unpleasant Split Personality
Commentary  |  9/4/2012
The OS suffers from a platform schism that can't be fixed with Win RT or virtualization.
Motorola And Nokia Smartphones: What To Expect
Commentary  |  9/4/2012
Motorola will stick with Android and Nokia will make a Windows Phone 8 splash as both announce new devices at separate events on September 5.
Windows Sever 2012: 3 Key Changes
News  |  9/4/2012
Microsoft Windows Server 2012, a significantly revamped server OS, launches Tuesday. Our hands-on look explores some of the worthwhile changes for enterprise IT.

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