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Microsoft's $84 million man: What's Nadella done to earn it?

What could Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella have done in just 10 months to convince shareholders he's worth the $84 million pay package they approved earlier this month?

By Tim Greene | 18 December, 2014 03:07

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

Google Cloud offers streamlined Ubuntu for Docker use

Google has adopted for use in its cloud a streamlined version of the Canonical Ubuntu Linux distribution tweaked to run Docker and other containers.

By Joab Jackson | 17 December, 2014 08:32

Tags: virtualization, Google, Server Virtualization, canonical, internet, cloud computing, Infrastructure services

2014: The year in quotes

From rattled airline passengers who fear the coming of smartphones to jurors who don't know a smartphone from a tablet, here are some of the colorful quotes from IT news in 2014.

By Nancy Weil | 17 December, 2014 05:27

Tags: YEAR END, Marissa Mayer, internet, Electronic Privacy Information Center, Cecily Strong, Facebook, Blackberry, Apple, Google, Tom Wheeler, security, legal, Samsung Electronics, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, Motorola Mobility, John Roberts, Theo de Raadt, U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Jim Zemlin

Microsoft mellows, embraces Windows leaks

Microsoft didn't seem bothered about another leak of Windows 10.

By Gregg Keizer | 16 December, 2014 02:37

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

St. Mary's College prepares for Windows 8 rollout

St. Mary’s College will upgrade student and staff devices to Windows 8 next year, following a recent technology refresh that included a rollout of new notebooks to students and teachers.

By Adam Bender | 12 December, 2014 10:43

Tags: education, Microsoft, laptops, Lenovo, ultrabooks, Chromebooks, operating systems, St. Mary's College, notebooks, Google, Windows 8

Microsoft pulls Exchange Server 2010 SP3 update rollup 8, KB 2986475

Microsoft has just acknowledged a problem with Exchange Server 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 8, which I first saw described on the German language site Apparently there have been many more reports of problems.

By Woody Leonhard | 11 December, 2014 08:58

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

Microsoft tells Windows 10 users to uninstall Office

Microsoft today took the unusual step of telling users running Windows 10's Technical Preview to uninstall Office before applying one of December's security updates.

By Gregg Keizer | 10 December, 2014 08:47

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

Free Windows? Not a chance

Microsoft last week doused speculation that it would make Windows free across the board.

By Gregg Keizer | 08 December, 2014 19:36

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

Windows 10 no 'loss leader' for Microsoft, but making money may rely on services

Microsoft won't talk about what Windows 10 will cost until next year. But it's looking unlikely that it will be completely free, either for users or for PC makers building larger devices, after Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner said that Windows 10 won't be a priced to keep users in the Microsoft ecosystem.

By Mary Branscombe | 06 December, 2014 00:49

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Dell: For Windows Server 2003, the end is closer than you'd think

Administrators who spent time this year retiring their last computers running Microsoft Windows XP might have another migration task ahead -- Microsoft is set to retire its Windows Server 2003 operating system next July.

By Joab Jackson | 04 December, 2014 09:20

Tags: Dell, windows server, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Windows 10 could prompt upgrades of 600 million aging PCs

Microsoft's Windows 10 is still in testing, but hardware makers can't wait for the day the OS replaces the controversial Windows 8.

By Agam Shah | 03 December, 2014 08:42

Tags: Dell, IDC, hardware systems, Windows, software, intel, operating systems, Hewlett-Packard

Why there's no open-source standard-bearer for the network

Open-source software plays an increasingly prominent role in many areas of modern business IT it's in servers, databases and even the cloud. Vendors like Red Hat, Canonical and others have managed to graft open-source principles onto a profitable business model. The former company became the first open-source-centered business with $1 billion in annual revenue in 2012.

By Jon Gold | 03 December, 2014 00:20

Tags: Linux, open source, IDC, Canon, canonical, cisco, software, operating systems, Red Hat

OS X Yosemite sets Mac adoption record

Apple's new OS X Yosemite finished its first full month after release with a brisker uptake than its predecessor Mavericks, metrics company Net Applications said today.

By Gregg Keizer | 02 December, 2014 03:38

Tags: net applications, OS X Mavericks, Apple, Mac OS, OS X Yosemite, software, Mac OS X, operating systems

Jolla's open-source tablet might actually stay the course

The Jolla Tablet, an open-source device that promises privacy, ease of use and comparable hardware to late-model Android tablets and iPads, has demolished its funding goals on IndieGoGo in just the first few days of its campaign.

By Jon Gold | 25 November, 2014 09:25

Tags: Linux, open source, Microsoft, Nokia, hardware systems, software, tablets, intel, operating systems, Jolla, mobile apps

Why is Microsoft updating Windows PCs for a security bug on the server?

When Microsoft released a critical update for multiple versions of Windows Server this month, it also pushed out a fix for several releases of the Windows client OS, including even the technical preview for Windows 10.

By Mary Branscombe | 22 November, 2014 12:14

Tags: patches, security, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Double-edged feedback sword nicks Microsoft over OneDrive

The double-edged sword of feedback has drawn some blood from Microsoft's Windows 10 and nicked the company's promise to listen to users.

By Gregg Keizer | 22 November, 2014 08:17

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

Apple delivers another Yosemite beta as WiFi issues persist

Apple has come out with a second beta of Mac OS X Yosemite for developers, but it's not clear whether this latest build will address the WiFi problems that continue to affect an undetermined but apparently substantial number of users.

By Juan Carlos Perez | 22 November, 2014 05:04

Tags: Apple, Mac OS, software, operating systems

Debian general resolution against systemd coupling fails, sponsor steps down

Debian developers voted down a proposal that would have weakened the Linux distribution's integration with a controversial system software package on Tuesday, in a victory for systemd supporters.

By Jon Gold | 20 November, 2014 05:22

Tags: Linux, open source, software, operating systems

Windows Server 2003 end of life guide

Following on from end of support for Windows XP in April 2014, we are now rapidly approaching Windows Server 2003 end of life.

By Edward Jones | 19 November, 2014 14:56

Tags: windows server, windows server 2003, windows server 2008

Prominent developers pulling out of Debian as voting deadline nears

Four prominent members of the Debian community have stepped down or reduced their involvement in the project as a result of an increasingly bitter argument over the future of the widely influential Linux distribution.

By Jon Gold | 19 November, 2014 08:53

Tags: Linux, open source, Google, software, operating systems

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