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Microsoft takes yet another shot at defining 'free' for Windows 10 testers

Microsoft on Monday took another shot at clarifying its Windows 10 upgrade policy, telling Windows Insider participants that they had to remain in the preview program if they had not upgraded from an eligible PC but wanted to continue running the OS free of charge.

By Gregg Keizer | 23 June, 2015 21:25

Tags: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, software, twitter, operating systems

Standards are coming for containers

A list of leading cloud, storage and virtualization companies are backing a new effort named the Open Container Project, which aims to create a set of standards for the fast-growing technology.

By Brandon Butler | 23 June, 2015 04:24

Tags: IBM, goldman sachs, containers, cloud computing, internet, CoreOS, HP, Docker, Google, Microsoft, Pivotal, Red Hat, Joyent, intel, VMware, emc, Amazon Web Services

Clear as mud: Microsoft struggles to define 'free' for Windows 10

Microsoft's Keystone Kops-like revelation that Windows 10 testers would get a free copy of the OS -- yes, no, then yes, probably, but with strings -- may be confusing compared to Apple's approach to OS X, but reflects the much more complicated ecosystem the Redmond, Wash. company maintains.

By Gregg Keizer | 23 June, 2015 02:04

Tags: Apple, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 10, software, twitter, operating systems

FAQ: How Microsoft will update Windows 10

Microsoft is just weeks away from pushing customers into a radical overhaul of how they receive security, maintenance and new feature updates.

By Gregg Keizer | 15 June, 2015 20:23

Tags: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 10, software, operating systems

Microsoft goes vague on Windows 10 support

Microsoft is hanging a lot of Windows 10 on a single phrase: "supported lifetime of the device."

By Gregg Keizer | 08 June, 2015 00:08

Tags: myer, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 10, software, operating systems

Microsoft can't kick the OS-for-money habit

Old habits die hard.

By Gregg Keizer | 03 June, 2015 01:34

Tags: Apple, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 10, software, operating systems

What if Windows went open source tomorrow?

Thinking out loud about Microsoft making Windows an open source project is a great way to get your friends and colleagues wondering seriously about your mental health. It's an idea strange enough to sound practically paradoxical, like "hot ice" or "short Pink Floyd songs."

By Jon Gold | 13 May, 2015 02:10

Tags: suse, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

If Windows 10 is the 'last version,' it needs names

With Microsoft saying that Windows 10 "is the last version of Windows", the company may have a naming problem.

By Gregg Keizer | 11 May, 2015 20:56

Tags: Apple, Microsoft Windows, Google, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 10, software, operating systems

Microsoft's Spartan browser vs. the rest: How will it stack up?

Microsoft's upcoming Spartan browser is set to be the first big new release in the desktop browser market for quite some time, upsetting a tentative equilibrium that has existed for roughly the past two years.

By Jon Gold | 14 April, 2015 20:57

Tags: Firefox, applications, Google, Microsoft, Windows, browsers, software, operating systems

Which is more secure, Android or iOS? The answer isn't that simple

This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter's approach.

By By Aaron Cockerill, VP of products, Lookout | 14 April, 2015 04:12

Tags: Apple, consumer electronics, Google, htc, ios, smartphones, Android, software, operating systems

Widespread outages hit Windows 8/8.1 Metro Mail, Windows Live Mail, Windows Phone 8.1 mail

Last night at about 12:30 a.m. EDT, Microsoft issued a bulletin warning of widespread outages for Windows 8 and 8.1 Metro Mail, Windows Live Mail, and Windows Phone 8.1 mail. The bulletin stated:

By Woody Leonhard | 08 April, 2015 21:11

Tags: Windows 8, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems, Windows 8.1

Leaked Windows 10 build 10051 finally shows new Mail, Calendar apps

Over the weekend, Russian leaker(s) WZor once again proved their mettle by posting a new leaked Windows 10 build, the 64-bit only 10051, on the mail.ru website. Others rapidly took the leaked WIM file (stuffed in a RAR!) and turned it into an ISO for general consumption.

By Woody Leonhard | 06 April, 2015 21:51

Tags: Microsoft, software, Windows 10, operating systems

The state of open source security

If there's a poster child for the challenges facing open source security, it may be Werner Koch, the German developer who wrote and for the last 18 years has toiled to maintain Gnu Privacy Guard (GnuPG), a pillar of the open source software ecosystem.

By Paul Roberts | 26 March, 2015 21:09

Tags: linux foundation, security, nsa

Microsoft answers Windows device share slump with freemium strategy

Microsoft's strategic shift to creating apps and services for rival operating systems was born from the hard realization that Windows' share of the total device market was in the middle of a three-year slump, according to new forecasts Thursday by research firm Gartner.

By Gregg Keizer | 21 March, 2015 01:53

Tags: Gartner, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, computerworld, software, operating systems

Big names like Google dominate open-source funding

Network World's analysis of publicly listed sponsors of 36 prominent open-source non-profits and foundations reveals that the lion's share of financial support for open-source groups comes from a familiar set of names.

By Jon Gold | 10 January, 2015 02:05

Tags: suse, IBM, operating systems, Oracle, HP, Dell, Virtuali, Google, Canon, canonical, Nokia, software, Open Source Subnet, Red Hat, intel, VMware, NEC, open source, Linux, linux foundation

Microsoft's big decision: Who gets a free upgrade to Windows 10?

One of Microsoft's biggest decisions this year will be whom to charge for Windows 10, and the dollar figure on the price sticker.

By Gregg Keizer | 06 January, 2015 04:24

Tags: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 10, software, operating systems

What Microsoft's 'fresh start' browser strategy means

Microsoft will unveil a browser not named Internet Explorer (IE) alongside Windows 10, according to an online report.

By Gregg Keizer | 02 January, 2015 04:30

Tags: Firefox, Microsoft Windows, Google, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

2015 to test Microsoft's resolve and execution

Microsoft faces not only its 40th anniversary in 2015, but a host of challenges that will define it for years to come, analysts said today.

By Gregg Keizer | 19 December, 2014 07:41

Tags: Microsoft Windows, IDC, Microsoft, Windows, beca, software, operating systems

Microsoft's alt-OS strategy strikes loyalists as class warfare

Long-time Windows users may feel like second-class citizens as Microsoft continues to push its products and services onto alternate platforms, but the problem will clear up next year, analysts predicted today.

By Gregg Keizer | 09 December, 2014 07:56

Tags: Windows Apps, Microsoft, computerworld, software

Microsoft cold-shoulders Server 2003 and XP users hit with Microsoft Update error 0x80248015

The causes of the problem remain cloudy, but the symptoms are quite clear. Starting on Nov. 18, some Server 2003, Windows Home Server 2003, and Windows XP SP3 machines suddenly refused to connect to Microsoft Update. As best I can tell, Microsoft has not responded to the problem, not documented a workaround, and is basically doing nothing visible to fix it.

By Woody Leonhard | 25 November, 2014 23:34

Tags: forum, Microsoft, software, operating systems

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