Operating Systems

Microsoft slashes Windows XP custom support prices just days before axing public patches

Just days before Microsoft retired Windows XP from public support, the company drastically reduced the price of custom support agreements that give large companies and government agencies another year of XP patches, experts reported today.

By Gregg Keizer | 17 April, 2014 00:08

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

Red Hat adds muscle to Docker container technology

Red Hat is looking to advance the Docker Linux container application for wider enterprise use.

By Joab Jackson | 16 April, 2014 07:34

Tags: Linux, open source, middleware, software, data integration, operating systems, Red Hat

Canonical's new Ubuntu focuses on the long haul

As organizations move in-house systems to the cloud, Canonical wants them to consider switching their OSes as well.

By Joab Jackson | 16 April, 2014 02:36

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

Microsoft concedes Chromebooks are work-worthy

Microsoft on Monday conceded that Google's Chrome OS and the Chromebooks the operating system powers are capable of doing real work, a reversal of its 'Scroogled' campaign that once blasted the laptops as worthless.

By Gregg Keizer | 15 April, 2014 21:49

Tags: web apps, Google, applications, Microsoft, software, operating systems

Microsoft puts the squeeze on Windows to shoehorn it into 16GB devices

Microsoft has revealed how it will squeeze Windows 8.1 onto devices with storage space as small as 16GB to fulfill a promise earlier this year that OEMs could produce low-cost tablets and laptops.

By Gregg Keizer | 14 April, 2014 20:35

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

IRS misses XP deadline, pays Microsoft millions for patches

The IRS acknowledged this week that it missed the April 8 cut-off for Windows XP support, and will be paying Microsoft millions for an extra year of security patches.

By Gregg Keizer | 12 April, 2014 05:05

Tags: Microsoft, U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Windows, software, operating systems, Malware and Vulnerabilities, Internal Revenue Service

Microsoft drags customers 'kicking and screaming' into its world of faster updates

Microsoft's demand that Windows 8.1 users install this week's major update was another signal that the company is serious about forcing customers to adopt its faster release strategy, experts said today.

By Gregg Keizer | 11 April, 2014 06:35

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

Windows XP expiration couldn't save PC market in Q1

The looming threat of running an unsupported OS wasn't enough to save PC shipments from continuing their slide in the first quarter.

By Agam Shah | 10 April, 2014 08:25

Tags: IDC, hardware systems, Windows, Lenovo, software, acer, Asustek Computer, operating systems, Hewlett-Packard, Dell

Microsoft suspends Windows 8.1 Update release to businesses

Microsoft suspended serving Windows 8.1 Update to businesses that rely on WSUS (Windows Server Update Services), saying that a bug would prevent devices from recognizing future updates.

By Gregg Keizer | 09 April, 2014 21:44

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

Microsoft Patch Tuesday bids adieu to Windows XP

This month's "Patch Tuesday" includes the final round of security fixes Microsoft will issue for Windows XP, potentially leaving millions that continue to use the OS open to attack.

By Joab Jackson | 09 April, 2014 06:20

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

Windows 8.1 Update, Microsoft's love letter to desktop users

Microsoft is due to deliver the much-awaited update to Windows 8.1, and with it comes a packed goody bag of treats for laptop and PC users.

By Juan Carlos Perez | 09 April, 2014 02:35

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

Microsoft requires migration to Windows 8.1 Update within 5 weeks

Windows 8.1 users have a narrow window to upgrade to Windows 8.1 Update, the refresh that begins rolling out to customers today, to continue receiving future bug fixes, patches and enhancements.

By Gregg Keizer | 09 April, 2014 01:41

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

FAQ: Good-bye old pal, old paint, Windows XP

Today's the day: Microsoft will serve up its final public patches for Windows XP, the aging OS that's been around since 2001.

By Gregg Keizer | 08 April, 2014 23:47

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

Windows XP: Chronicle of a death foretold

When Microsoft ends support for Windows XP on Tuesday, a security sinkhole will likely open and gradually widen, threatening hundreds of millions of PCs worldwide in homes, companies, government agencies and schools.

By Juan Carlos Perez | 08 April, 2014 07:51

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

Keys to success for a last-minute XP migration

For many, time has run out. Microsoft's long-anticipated end-of-life for Windows XP has arrived and not everyone is ready for it. But for those who are still migrating, there is still time to learn from the mistakes of predecessors and take advantage of the efficiency benefits this transition offers.

By Sumir Karayi, CEO, 1E | 08 April, 2014 04:22

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

FAQ: What you need to know about the end of Windows XP support

Microsoft issues its final security update this week for Windows XP, the 13-year-old operating system that remains the second most used platform in the world despite the certainty that after April 8 it will rapidly become dangerously insecure.

By Tim Greene | 08 April, 2014 04:22

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Microsoft to restore Start menu to Windows

Microsoft has given customers a bare-bones peek at the future of Windows, saying that the next iteration after Windows 8.1 Update will restore a Start menu and let users run "Metro" apps on the classic desktop.

By Gregg Keizer | 05 April, 2014 23:56

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

Linus Torvalds suspends key Linux developer

An argument between developers of some of the most basic parts of Linux turned heated this week, resulting in a prominent Red Hat employee and code contributor being banned from working on the Linux kernel.

By Jon Gold | 04 April, 2014 07:54

Tags: boeing, suse, Microsoft, software, Red Hat, ubuntu

Microsoft sketches out final Windows XP security updates for next week

Microsoft today said it will ship four security updates to customers next week that will include the final public fixes for flaws in Windows XP and Office 2003, both slated for retirement from security support on Tuesday.

By Gregg Keizer | 04 April, 2014 06:17

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

Apple slates WWDC for June 2-6, sets up ticket lottery

Apple has announced that its annual developers conference will run June 2-6, and that it's copying Google's method of assigning tickets through a random drawing.

By Gregg Keizer | 04 April, 2014 03:49

Tags: App Development, Apple, Google, WD, ios, software, Mac OS X, operating systems

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