Operating Systems

Keep Windows 10 preview up to date -- or face a dead PC

Testers running Windows 10's preview must keep the OS relatively up to date or face a bricked PC that won't boot.

By Gregg Keizer | 18 April, 2015 03:26

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

Google to pull Chrome plug on Windows XP at year's end

Google on Thursday announced it will shut down support for Chrome on Windows XP at the end of the year.

By Gregg Keizer | 17 April, 2015 23:25

Tags: web browsers, windows xp, Google, Microsoft, software, Web servers

Experts boost threat level, call for patching critical Windows bug ASAP

Security experts today called for Windows users to immediately patch one of the 26 vulnerabilities Microsoft disclosed two days ago.

By Gregg Keizer | 17 April, 2015 06:37

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

Meet the new leader of Debian open source project

Neil McGovern is the new leader of the Debian open source/free software project after defeating two rival contenders in a vote held among developers that closed on Wednesday. He takes over from Lucas Nussbaum, who did not seek re-election after two years at the helm.

By Jon Gold | 17 April, 2015 01:10

Tags: open source, software, debian

Will containers kill the virtual machine?

Two years ago when Frank Macreery started Aptible to help companies host sensitive healthcare data in the cloud, as CTO he decided that containers would play a pivotal role in the company's operations.

By Brandon Butler | 16 April, 2015 05:53

Tags: Docker, IBM, Red Hat, cloud computing, Joyent, internet, VMware

Dell's Venue 10 7000 vs Microsoft Surface 3: Same price, different appeal

The Venue 10 7000 from Dell and the Surface 3 from Microsoft share a few things in common: they will ship in a few weeks, are marketed as tablets that can be used as laptops, and start at $499. But they offer different advantages.

By Agam Shah | 09 April, 2015 05:32

Tags: Dell, Android OS, Windows, hardware systems, software, laptops, operating systems

Apple updates Yosemite, ditches iPhoto for new Photos app

Apple today updated OS X Yosemite to 10.10.3, a build most notable for Photos, a new application that replaces the aged iPhoto.

By Gregg Keizer | 09 April, 2015 04:53

Tags: Apple, iphoto, Mac OS, computerworld, OS X Yosemite, software, Mac OS X, operating systems

Microsoft seeds Windows 7, 8.1 PCs with Windows 10 upgrade 'nag' notices

Microsoft has seeded Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs with an as-yet-optional update that will pitch the free Windows 10 upgrade to customers.

By Gregg Keizer | 08 April, 2015 06:27

Tags: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, None, Windows 10, software, operating systems

1.5M now testing Windows 10 preview

Although Microsoft has said its Windows 10 preview program has some 2.8 million participants, just over half of those are using the early version on a regular basis, according to Web metrics estimates.

By Gregg Keizer | 07 April, 2015 03:21

Tags: net applications, Windows PCs, Microsoft, Nokia, software, Windows 10, operating systems

Would Microsoft ever open-source Windows?

Once upon a time not so very long ago, Microsoft was widely considered the very antithesis of open-source software. Steve Ballmer called Linux "a cancer," and Bill Gates shared similar views about the open-source philosophy in general.

By Katherine Noyes | 04 April, 2015 04:12

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

Windows 7 momentum shows no sign of slowing

Windows 7 last month powered nearly two-thirds of all personal computers running a version of Microsoft's OS, according to an analytics company.

By Gregg Keizer | 03 April, 2015 00:39

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

Raspberry Pi 2 laptop coming with Pi-Top assembly kit

Do you want a Raspberry Pi 2 laptop? A new hardware kit coming from Pi-Top will help you build one at home in a matter of minutes.

By Agam Shah | 02 April, 2015 06:36

Tags: Raspberry Pi Foundation, hardware systems, laptops

Microsoft updates Windows 10, debuts Project Spartan browser

Microsoft on Monday released an update to Windows 10 Technical Preview that included Project Spartan, the code name for the new browser that will be the default in the operating system as the company pushes Internet Explorer (IE) into the background.

By Gregg Keizer | 31 March, 2015 21:41

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

Google integrates Now with Chrome OS's app launcher

Google last week added its Google Now personal assistant to the app launcher in a preview of Chrome OS, the browser-based operating system that powers Chromebooks.

By Gregg Keizer | 31 March, 2015 04:35

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

Microsoft name games continue as 'universal apps' become 'Windows apps'

Microsoft has again changed the lexicon it wants others to use to describe the apps that run on Windows.

By Gregg Keizer | 27 March, 2015 07:16

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

Spartan forecast: Browser of choice for 1 in 7 Windows users within a year

One of every seven Windows PCs will be running Microsoft's new Project Spartan browser within a year of the firm launching Windows 10 this summer, according to historical data from a Web metrics company.

By Gregg Keizer | 27 March, 2015 01:22

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

More than half of all IE users face patch axe in 10 months

More than half of all Internet Explorer (IE) users have less than 10 months to discard their browsers, and either update to a new edition of IE or dump Microsoft for one of its browser-making rivals.

By Gregg Keizer | 26 March, 2015 06:56

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

Microsoft updates Windows 10 preview for 'slow' testers

Microsoft today released the March Windows 10 Technical Preview update to testers who have stuck with the "slow" cadence.

By Gregg Keizer | 26 March, 2015 05:20

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

Microsoft prepares Windows 10 for panoply of sensors

Windows 10 devices in the future could be measuring temperature, environmental pressure and carbon dioxide levels, as Microsoft provides an interface to support a wide range of sensors.

By Agam Shah | 26 March, 2015 03:03

Tags: Microsoft, hardware systems, software, operating systems

Inside the new Windows 10 Technical Preview tools, SDK

Most of us were expecting a new Windows 10 SDK and assorted tools to arrive in time for Microsoft's Build Developer Conference next month. Instead, the company surprised by releasing an enormous SDK and Visual Studio Tools for Windows 10 package on Monday, five weeks ahead of the annual gathering of the Windows faithful. Microsoft clearly aims to give developers a head start on building Windows apps.

By Woody Leonhard | 25 March, 2015 06:27

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

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