Operating Systems

Hey Cortana, why can’t I use Siri on a Mac?

You can use Cortana on a Mac, but not Siri. Why does this make sense?

By Jonny Evans | 25 August, 2015 14:24

Tags: Apple, Microsoft, Mac Pro, OS X Yosemite, Windows 10, Siri

For Linux, Supercomputers R Us

Supercomputers are serious things, called on to do serious computing. They tend to be engaged in serious pursuits like atomic bomb simulations, climate modeling and high-level physics. Naturally, they cost serious money. At the very top of the latest <a href="http://www.top500.org/">Top500</a> supercomputer ranking is the Tianhe-2 supercomputer at China's National University of Defense Technology. It cost about $390 million to build.

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 07 August, 2015 04:51

Tags: Linux, supercomputers, High performance, beca, hardware systems, Mode, software, M1, operating systems, Raspberry Pi

El Capitan's 5 biggest improvements

When Apple execs <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2932716/apple-ios/apple-unwraps-streaming-service-adds-intelligence-to-ios-and-os-x.html">took the stage last week</a> for the company's annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), they covered a lot of ground -- discussing changes to iOS 9, updates to watchOS, details about the company's music-streaming plans and specifics about OS X 10.11, <a href="http://www.apple.com/osx/elcapitan-preview/">better known as El Capitan</a>. All three platforms will see improvements focused on performance, privacy and refinements when they arrive later this year.

By Michael deAgonia | 19 June, 2015 20:19

Tags: Apple, Mac OS, WD, Mac OS X, software, operating systems, Capita

Windows 10: Who will jump on the upgrade train?

<a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2925780/microsoft-windows/review-windows-10-insider-preview-a-nearly-finished-os.html">Windows 10 is looking pretty good.</a> No, really!

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 16 June, 2015 08:31

Tags: Microsoft Windows, IDC, Microsoft, Windows, 21, Windows 10, software, operating systems

Open Source Meets Telecom at NFV World Congress

When Linux first became a serious challenger for enterprise-class infrastructure, traditional IT vendors had to contend and to rationalize just what exactly this open source thing was. The initial response from many vendors was to attempt to stop it, but it only grew.

By Art Fewell | 19 May, 2015 06:39

Tags: Linux, Virtuali, SDN, software, operating systems

Will Windows 10 be ready this summer? No way. Will it ship? Count on it.

AMD CEO Lisa Su let the cat out of the bag: <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2912897/windows-pcs/windows-10-to-launch-in-july-seriously.html">Microsoft will be releasing Windows 10 in late July</a>.

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 30 April, 2015 03:27

Tags: Microsoft, software, Windows 10, operating systems

HoloLens: Look who's innovating

Poor, slow-footed old Microsoft. It just can't adapt to changing times or keep up with more innovative, agile and forward-looking companies like Apple and Google. That's been the way many of us have thought of Microsoft for a long time. But it may be our thinking that's old and outdated.

By Preston Gralla | 29 January, 2015 00:55

Tags: Microsoft, european union, Windows, Windows 10, software, operating systems, HoloLens, Apple, Microsoft Windows, Reuters, Google

HoloLens: Abracadabra! Microsoft unveils a great distraction

Oh my gosh! The world's first <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2873379/uh-oh-google-here-comes-microsofts-hololens.html">holographic computing platform</a>! Is this or is this not the best thing ever?

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 29 January, 2015 00:55

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

Forget Windows 10. Here are the four most important words Microsoft said today: Windows as a Service

Microsoft's wide-ranging announcements about Windows 10 covered things as mundane as new customisations for the Windows 10 Start screen and as mind-blowing as a new computing holographic platform.

By Preston Gralla | 22 January, 2015 09:21

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

Microsoft will surprise in 2015

You may have noticed that I take a rather cynical view of Microsoft. But I think I am able to recognize when it does good things. As a matter of fact, I think the company made some smart moves in 2014, and it's going to benefit from them in 2015.

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 30 December, 2014 01:48

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

At Microsoft, quality seems to be job none

I actually had been feeling <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2845313/say-hi-to-windows-8-2-er-10.html">optimistic about Windows 10</a>. No, really. You can look it up. I mean, I didn't think Windows 10 was the greatest thing since the advent of the Internet, but it did strike me as a solid replacement for the lamentable Windows 8.

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 17 December, 2014 00:36

Tags: Microsoft, software, operating systems, quality assurance

Microsoft awakes

We may be witnessing the beginning of a turnaround for one of the mainstay companies of the IT industry: Microsoft. And by turnaround, I don't mean financially. Microsoft is a prodigious revenue and profit generator. But the company has been rudderless for years. It has essentially been reactive, not an industry leader. It's been resting on its laurels.

By Scot Finnie | 08 November, 2014 00:19

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

What Windows 10 means for the enterprise

Microsoft rolled out the widely anticipated Windows Technical Preview yesterday morning, playing to a handpicked crowd of Microsoft reporters and analysts. Although Microsoft didn't have the technical will to broadcast the event live, you can see a recording of the 40-minute presentation on YouTube.

By Woody Leonhard | 01 October, 2014 23:02

Tags: myer, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, beca, infoworld, software, youtube

Microsoft Announces Microsoft Windows 10!

In San Francisco today, Microsoft announced the hotly await "next version" of Windows as being Windows 10. Windows 10 was designed and built for universal access by phones, tablets, and desktops.

By Rand Morimoto | 01 October, 2014 04:16

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

Microsoft mind games surround Windows Technical Preview

The power of Waggener-Edstrom, Microsoft's PR agency, never ceases to amaze me. Now it seems the PR folks have the entire Windows 9 press pack chasing its collective tail in pursuit of the Windows Technical Preview.

By Woody Leonhard | 22 September, 2014 23:47

Tags: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, software, Windows 9

13 pieces of advice for Yosemite beta testers

For the first time since 2000, Apple is allowing pubic beta testers to try out a prerelease version of OS X. Ryan Faas tells testers what to do and what to avoid.

By Ryan Faas | 25 July, 2014 23:11

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

Apple and IBM: A winning combo for IT

One thing is clear about the Apple-IBM partnership: It will change the dynamic of the enterprise mobility market in significant ways.

By Ryan Faas | 17 July, 2014 20:06

Tags: IT transformation, Apple, IBM, ios, software, operating systems, mobile apps

Timeline: How Apple's iOS gained enterprise cred

In the seven years since the first iPhone arrived, iOS has morphed from a consumer-centric OS into one with a wealth of enterprise-worthy features.

By Ryan Faas | 17 July, 2014 20:06

Tags: Apple, IBM, ios, software, operating systems

WIth iWatch looming, Microsoft plans its own fitness wearable as Woz tosses aside his Galaxy Gear

With the iWatch rumoured to launch sometime this fall, competitors like Microsoft aren't sitting idly by. According to a recent report from longtime Microsoft watcher, Paul Thurrott, the folks in Redmond are prepping their own wearable device that will have a decidedly fitness oriented bent.

By Yoni Heisler | 04 July, 2014 05:07

Tags: Apple, Microsoft, Windows, software, woz, wearable, operating systems, wozniak, Steve Wozniak

Has Microsoft finally realised PCs are different than tablets?

If recently published reports are to be believed, Microsoft is finally realizing something I've been saying ever since Windows 8 first reared its ugly head: the so-called Modern (formerly Metro) tile interface may work fine on smartphones and tablets, but it basically throws traditional computers under the bus. The Windows 8 start screen is just plain silly on traditional computers.

By Fredric Paul | 02 July, 2014 23:46

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

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