Operating Systems

Microsoft skips a number, says 'Windows 10' will be a big break from the past

Microsoft's major update to its operating system, called Windows 10, has been built to blend old and new in a way that will be familiar to Windows 7 users while also retaining much of its more modern tile interface.

By James Niccolai | 01 October, 2014 04:30

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Update and upgrade roadmap crucial to Windows 9 success

Analysts today will be closely monitoring Microsoft's Windows event to hear how, or even whether, the firm can reconcile its fast-paced release cycle with the more conservative needs of enterprises.

By Gregg Keizer | 30 September, 2014 23:53

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

Tasked with promoting Office 365? Microsoft has a website for you

Aware that the "if you build it, they will come" principle doesn't always apply to newly deployed IT systems, Microsoft has developed a website to help companies promote Office 365 usage among employees.

By Juan Carlos Perez | 30 September, 2014 08:11

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

Leaker claims only some Windows 8.1 users will get free Windows 9 upgrades

Microsoft will offer some Windows 8.1 users a free upgrade to the next edition, tentatively labeled as Windows 9, a notorious spiller of the company's secrets said today.

By Gregg Keizer | 30 September, 2014 07:18

Tags: Microsoft, computerworld, software, operating systems, IDG

Sorry, no live webcast of Tuesday's Windows event

Microsoft will not webcast the Tuesday press conference where it will unveil at least some parts of the next Windows, the company said today.

By Gregg Keizer | 30 September, 2014 04:47

Tags: Microsoft, computerworld, software, operating systems

'Critical point' for Windows starts on Tuesday

When Microsoft unveils its next edition of Windows on Tuesday in the US, it will face its greatest challenge ever in operating systems, an analyst has argued.

By Gregg Keizer | 30 September, 2014 03:24

Tags: Microsoft, software, operating systems

Improved patch tackles new Shellshock attack vectors

System administrators who spent last week making sure their computers are patched against Shellshock, a critical vulnerability in the Bash Unix command-line interpreter, will have to install a new patch that addresses additional attack vectors.

By Lucian Constantin | 29 September, 2014 23:31

Tags: Akamai Technologies, patches, Google, security, patch management, Exploits / vulnerabilities, Red Hat

With new OS, Microsoft will try to put Windows 8 era behind it

After spending the past two years in damage control mode over Windows 8, Microsoft will officially begin a new era for its OS on Tuesday, when it's expected to unveil a preview of Windows' next major version during an event focused on enterprise customers.

By Juan Carlos Perez | 29 September, 2014 15:21

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

What the WinHEC? Microsoft revives Windows engineering event

Microsoft, which recently announced the consolidation of several of its conferences, is now going in the opposite direction and resurrecting WinHEC, which was last held in 2008.

By Juan Carlos Perez | 27 September, 2014 05:11

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

How to choose the right Linux distro

Unlike most other desktop and server operating systems, Linux comes in a wide variety of flavors, each based on a common core of the Linux kernel and various GNU user space utilities. If you're running Linux servers -- or Linux desktops, for that matter -- you should understand the important differences and be discerning about which flavor of Linux is best suited to any given situation. This article will help you do just that.

By Paul Venezia | 24 September, 2014 20:09

Tags: Linux, centos, fedora, beca, software, operating systems, Red Hat, debian, ubuntu, OpenSUSE

HP leapfrogs Red Hat to become top contributor to OpenStack

OpenStack has a new top contributor: HP.

By Brandon Butler | 20 September, 2014 02:44

Tags: HP, public cloud, internet, cloud computing, Red Hat, OpenStack

Red Hat acquires FeedHenry to get mobile app chops

Red Hat wants a piece of the enterprise mobile app market, so it has acquired Irish company FeedHenry for approximately €63.5 million (US$82 million).

By Mikael Ricknäs | 19 September, 2014 01:08

Tags: business issues, middleware, software, Red Hat, Mergers and acquisitions

Microsoft heads back to the desktop

Microsoft has flopped on smartphones and tablets. At the same time, its Windows 8.x has continued to be such an abject failure, with a mere 13.4% share of the PC market, that it's trailing even legendary fiasco Vista in market acceptance.

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 18 September, 2014 21:07

Tags: Windows 8, Windows PCs, Microsoft, bing, Windows, software, operating systems, Windows 9

The kill switch is here: iOS 8 enables it by default

With the release of its new mobile operating system, Apple has become the first smartphone maker to enable by default a kill switch that can lock and secure a stolen phone.

By Martyn Williams | 18 September, 2014 07:55

Tags: Criminal, Apple, consumer electronics, legal, iPhone, smartphones, software, operating systems

How IT should prep for iOS 8

Although Apple has incrementally improved business and enterprise functions with every iOS release, three releases were particularly significant for business users and the IT professionals that support them: iOS 2 (called iPhone OS 2 at the time), which introduced support for Exchange ActiveSync and configuration profiles; iOS 4, which introduced Apple's mobile management and app encryption APIs and helped launch the MDM/EMM industry; and last year's iOS 7, which ratcheted up enterprise security and management capabilities.

By Ryan Faas | 17 September, 2014 22:58

Tags: Apple, Mac OS, software, operating systems, Apple iOS

Micro Focus buying Novell, Suse Linux owner for $US1.2 billion

In a move that will collect a lot of infrastructure software under one roof, mainframe software provider Micro Focus has started proceedings to merge with Attachmate Group, owners of Novell and Suse Linux, for about $US1.2 billion.

By Joab Jackson | 17 September, 2014 01:28

Tags: business issues, attachmate, micro focus, Mergers and acquisitions

Apple issues third OS X Yosemite public beta

Apple yesterday released the third public beta of OS X Yosemite, shipping the preview a few days earlier than expected.

By Gregg Keizer | 17 September, 2014 00:27

Tags: Apple, computerworld, software, operating systems

Microsoft sets Windows 9 reveal for September 30

Microsoft has issued invitations for a September 30 event where it will unveil the next version of Windows, according to multiple online reports.

By Gregg Keizer | 16 September, 2014 23:05

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

Mojang Unchained: Why Microsoft wants Minecraft maker

Microsoft today announced it would pay $2.5 billion for Mojang, the developer of the very popular Minecraft game, a move that some analysts saw as a purchase of the massive community that's evolved around the game as much as an acquisition of the game itself.

By Gregg Keizer | 16 September, 2014 06:17

Tags: business issues, Microsoft Windows, Mojang, Microsoft, Mergers and acquisitions

Samsung's first open-source conference kicks off, with Tizen on its mind

The inaugural Samsung Open-Source Conference opens Tuesday morning in Seoul, with keynotes from well-known figures in the open source world and a hackathon focused on Tizen, the company's in-house mobile operating system.

By Jon Gold | 16 September, 2014 06:01

Tags: samsung, open source, Google, Networking, Samsung Electronics, wireless, software, mobile, ubuntu

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