Operating Systems

Windows' new normal shows software-as-a-service ambitions

Microsoft's new updating "normal" for Windows -- a faster-paced tempo that demands customers apply releases within weeks -- is a first step in moving the OS to a services-style model. But companies may be leery of the change.

By Gregg Keizer | 18 April, 2014 06:27

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

Microsoft returns to scare tactic well in dump-XP campaign

Microsoft has pulled out the big guns - a fear-of-God approach - to scare users into dumping Windows XP, telling them the most popular tasks done on a PC will put them in the crosshairs of cyber criminals.

By Gregg Keizer | 26 March, 2014 16:06

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems, Malware and Vulnerabilities

A clear-eyed guide to Mac OS X's actual security risks

Apple has improved its security in recent years, but is it enough?

By Bob Violino | 10 March, 2014 11:04

Tags: applications, Endpoint Protection, macbooks, Mac OS X, CIO, operating systems, antivirus, Gartner, Apple, computer hardware, Desktop Macs, security, anti-virus, encryption, software

OS upgrades: Cheap is better than pricey, free is better than cheap

Lowering the price of an operating system upgrade boosts its uptake five-fold, but pushing it out for free speeds uptake as much as 12 times, data from an analytics company shows.

By Gregg Keizer | 04 March, 2014 20:48

Tags: net applications, Apple, Microsoft, Windows, software, Mac OS X, operating systems

Microsoft misjudges customer loyalty with kill-XP plea

Microsoft grossly overestimated the loyalty of those it thought were its most steadfast customers when it asked them to help get friends and family members to dump Windows XP, a corporate communications expert said.

By Gregg Keizer | 02 March, 2014 12:48

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Microsoft's 'go-low' play puts Windows revenue on the line

Analysts were uncertain today whether the recent stretch of "go-low" moves by Microsoft means that the company has tweaked its strategy to emphasize services at the expense of devices.

By Gregg Keizer | 25 February, 2014 17:38

Tags: Google, consumer electronics, Microsoft, Windows, smartphones, software, operating systems, Windows Phone

Lessons from Nokia's bow to Android should resonate with smaller OS providers

Nokia's three new Android smartphones -- the X, X+ and XL -- could prove to be the biggest lesson for the smartphone industry at the 2014 Mobile World Congress.

By Matt Hamblen | 24 February, 2014 12:21

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, symbian, Networking, Android, wireless, Nokia, smartphones, mobile, Blackberry, consumer electronics, skype, Microsoft

Hey Microsoft, where's the next Mac Office?

Microsoft is behind the schedule it used for the last several iterations of Office for the Mac, and has not breathed a word about its Mac intentions.

By Gregg Keizer | 21 February, 2014 12:25

Tags: App Development, applications, Microsoft, Mac OS X, software

What if Microsoft threw an iPad Office party, and no one came?

Microsoft will make a killing when it launches Office apps for Apple's iPad and tablets powered by Android. Or will it?

By Gregg Keizer | 19 February, 2014 21:30

Tags: ios, goldman sachs, Android, smartphones, software, operating systems, mobile apps, Apple, Google, IDC, consumer electronics, Microsoft

Microsoft claims 200M Windows 8 licenses sold, but how many are in use?

Microsoft last week said that it had sold 200 million licenses of Windows 8 since the operating system launched more than 15 months ago. But how many copies are actually being used?

By Gregg Keizer | 18 February, 2014 18:35

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, goldman sachs, software, operating systems

iTunes is almost as big a biz as OEM Windows

Apple's iTunes, software and services group generated almost as much revenue in 2013 as the Microsoft division responsible for licensing Windows to computer and smartphone makers, according to comparisons of the companies' financial statements.

By Gregg Keizer | 12 February, 2014 17:00

Tags: Apple, e-commerce, Microsoft, Windows, Mac OS X, software, internet, e-business, operating systems

Hiring managers advise job seekers to contribute to open-source projects

Contributing to open-source projects can give software developers an edge over other applicants in the competitive IT job market, say hiring professionals.

By Fred O'Connor | 11 February, 2014 15:46

Tags: open source, Black Duck Software, careers, software, IT management, Red Hat

Perspective: Microsoft asks for volunteers to join its kill-XP army

Microsoft has implored its technically astute customers to help friends and family who are still running Windows XP get rid of the soon-to-be-retired operating system.

By Gregg Keizer | 07 February, 2014 19:42

Tags: Microsoft, Brando, Windows, general motors, software, operating systems, Cadillac

Nadella returns Microsoft to 'magic of software' roots

Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella, took the unexpected step of addressing customers and partners in a 16-minute interview, where he did not stray from the messaging Microsoft has used for 20 months.

By Gregg Keizer | 05 February, 2014 20:43

Tags: Gartner, Microsoft, CIO role, Windows, IT Leadership, software, operating systems, IT management

The ROI of free OS updates: Who wins, Apple or Microsoft?

By offering their latest operating systems for free, Microsoft and Apple have accelerated the adoption pace of their newest OSes, according to data released by analytics firm Net Applications.

By Gregg Keizer | 03 February, 2014 18:17

Tags: net applications, Apple, Microsoft, Windows, software, Mac OS X, operating systems

Cognoscenti anoint Nadella as next Microsoft CEO

After sustained reports surfaced that Microsoft is close to naming its third-ever CEO, Satya Nadella, a 21-year veteran of the company, is now seen as the heir apparent.

By Gregg Keizer | 31 January, 2014 20:09

Tags: Microsoft, bing, CIO role, Windows, IT Leadership, software, operating systems, IT management

Lenovo-Motorola deal's impact on Apple? Zip

Apple won't lose any sleep over the Lenovo acquisition of Google's Motorola handset business, analysts said today.

By Gregg Keizer | 30 January, 2014 21:02

Tags: Motorola, Arris, ios, Android, Lenovo, software, Motorola Mobility, operating systems, Gartner, Apple, Google, consumer electronics, smartphones

Everyone bets on bigger iPhone for '14

Virtually every analyst who follows Apple has jumped on the bigger iPhone bandwagon, asserting that the company will step into the quickly-growing large-screen market this year.

By Gregg Keizer | 29 January, 2014 18:04

Tags: Apple, IDC, consumer electronics, ios, smartphones, wall street journal, software, operating systems, Line

Perspective: If Windows 8=Vista, what's Microsoft's next move?

As Windows 8 struggles to gain traction, you can hear the criticism mounting, that Microsoft's latest OS is the new Vista. If that turns out to be true, the company has some big decisions to make.

By Gregg Keizer | 28 January, 2014 15:48

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Power to the portable: 3 high-performance mobile workstations

When you're running a large-scale simulation or editing a professional video, you need more computing power than most laptops can give. In this roundup, we review three high-powered Windows mobile workstations.

By Brian Nadel | 28 January, 2014 11:35

Tags: Gartner, IDC, hardware systems, Windows, laptops, software, operating systems

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