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

Microsoft endorses workaround for botched Windows patch KB 3000061

This month's Black Tuesday crop of patches held more than a few surprises. True to form, my choice for the "most likely to splat," the KB 3000061 kernel mode driver patch, repeatedly fails to install on many machines. Although the Knowledge Base article hasn't been updated, Microsoft support engineer joscon confirmed a workaround for the problem on Thursday afternoon.

By Woody Leonhard | 31 October, 2014 22:59

Tags: forum, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, software, Kno, operating systems

Surprise patch KB 3005628 bodes ill for Microsoft's patching strategy

Yesterday Microsoft released patch KB 3005628 for Windows 8, 8.1, Server 2012, and Server 2012 R2. It's a trivial, non-security patch. The fact that it wasn't kept and issued in the normal cadence (patches usually arrive on Update Tuesday, which is next Tuesday) points to either an accidental release to the Automatic Update chute -- which we've seen before -- or an unwelcome switch in Microsoft's patching strategy. Either possibility is troubling.

By Woody Leonhard | 08 October, 2014 22:06

Tags: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Bull, Windows, software, operating systems, Automatic

7 reasons Apple should open-source Swift -- and 7 reasons it won't

Faster innovation, better security, new markets -- the case for opening Swift might be more compelling than Apple will admit

By Peter Wayner | 15 September, 2014 20:09

Tags: Apple, application development, mobile technology, applications, ios, software, operating systems, open source software

Here's what free upgrades could do for Windows 9's uptake

By making Windows 9, aka "Threshold," free, Microsoft will be able to push more than half of all Windows 8 users to the upgrade within a matter of months, an analysis of user share data shows.

By Gregg Keizer | 05 September, 2014 03:42

Tags: net applications, Microsoft, software, operating systems

Windows 8's uptake climbs but still trails Vista's

Windows 8's uptake came unstuck last month and shoved into a forward gear for the first time since May, but the OS trailed Windows Vista's tempo of six years ago, according to data published Monday.

By Gregg Keizer | 02 September, 2014 22:05

Tags: net applications, Windows PCs, Microsoft, software, internet, operating systems

Did Microsoft help seed the market for Windows Store scam apps?

Microsoft has finally begun cleaning out the Windows Store by killing 1,500 scams and copycat apps. But by turning the other way when bad apps were uploaded, and maybe even paying for them, Microsoft was part of the problem.

By Preston Gralla | 30 August, 2014 01:24

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

How risky will it be to run old IE after Microsoft's 2016 patch stoppage?

Microsoft's decision to stop patching older versions of Internet Explorer in 17 months may not be as big a show-stopper as many assume.

By Gregg Keizer | 15 August, 2014 06:28

Tags: applications, Microsoft, Windows, beca, computerworld, software, operating systems

Deja vu all over again: Windows 7 will be the new XP

Even as enterprises try to get rid of their last Windows XP machines, Gartner analysts are urging them to start planning for the end of Windows 7.

By Gregg Keizer | 15 August, 2014 03:02

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

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