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Four reasons Microsoft is a new company

There's no question that today's Microsoft is a whole new company. Many of the changes announced under the leadership of CEO Satya Nadella were initiated under his predecessor, Steve Ballmer. But it's clear that it's a whole new Microsoft.

By Mike Elgan | 05 April, 2014 22:24

Tags: applications, Microsoft, Windows, hardware systems, smartphones, software, tablets, operating systems, Windows Phone, Apple, consumer electronics

Microsoft gets strategic with its Enterprise Mobility Suite

With its Enterprise Mobility Suite, Microsoft will make it easier for companies to manage a range of devices, including those running Apple's iOS and Google's Android. It's a smart move, says columnist Ryan Faas.

By Ryan Faas | 04 April, 2014 21:15

Tags: Apple, Mobile device management, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems, mobile

Security Manager's Journal: A rush to XP's end of life

The end of Microsoft support is fast approaching, and the company still has a lot of machines running the old Windows operating system.

By J.F. Rice | 02 April, 2014 02:52

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

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Who needs operating systems anymore? Not you

OSs will still matter to developers and engineers, but ordinary users are going to be more and more in the cloud, where their OS doesn't matter at all.

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 24 March, 2014 10:37

Tags: IBM, software, Vouchercloud, internet, cloud computing, operating systems

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Windows 7 lives!

More and more for Windows users, there's no OS like an old OS.

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 24 February, 2014 17:46

Tags: HP, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems, Hewlett-Packard

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: You can keep using XP for another year, but do you really want to?

While clinging to the 11-year-old OS after Microsoft issues its last security patch in April is defensible, the security risks are going to keep mounting.

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 18 February, 2014 16:03

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

Jonny Evans: Microsoft, the wallflower

The choice of Satya Nadella as CEO suggests that the consumer-market party is over for the company, as it turns its attention to the unglamorous world of infrastructure.

By Jonny Evans | 05 February, 2014 12:28

Tags: Networking, Microsoft, beca, Windows, software, internet, cloud computing, operating systems, management

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Told you so! Microsoft backs off on Metro

Microsoft appears to be backing off on its biggest user interface fiasco since Microsoft Bob: In the Windows 8.1 update, the desktop rather than Metro reportedly will be the default interface.

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 31 January, 2014 22:42

Tags: Microsoft, desktop pcs, hardware systems, Windows, software, operating systems, PCs

24 milestones in the Mac's 30-year history

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the arrival of the now-iconic Apple Macintosh computer. Columnist Ryan Faas looks back over the past three decades at some of the highlights and lowlights of the Mac's -- and Apple's -- evolution.

By Ryan Faas | 24 January, 2014 20:53

Tags: Apple, Macintosh, desktop pcs, hardware systems, Mac OS X, Mac desktops

Steven J. Vaughan Nichols: Windows 9 in 2015: Desperation isn't pretty

Yes, Windows 8's been a failure. It's been worse than Vista. But is the solution really to push out a new operating system in double-quick time?

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 16 January, 2014 16:26

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Lessons for IT from Windows 8/Metro

What went wrong? The answer could keep your IT team from a similar design fiasco.

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 13 January, 2014 11:36

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

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: The Windows killer: Chromebook

Could the Chromebook knock out Windows on the desktop? Don't bet against it.

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 02 January, 2014 20:04

Tags: hardware, None, hardware systems, Windows, laptops, Lenovo, software, acer, operating systems, HP, Dell

2014: Does Apple still look doomed?

Don't be fooled by the company's rocky 2013. There are strong signs that it has turned the corner.

By Jonny Evans | 30 December, 2013 10:52

Tags: management, Apple, WD, Networking, hardware systems, tablets, Mac OS X

Is Apple's 13-in. iPad a desktop for kids?

Rumors about Apple building a very large iPad have been unavoidable for seven months. But does a giant iPad make sense?

By Mike Elgan | 28 December, 2013 12:03

Tags: Apple, ios, desktop pcs, hardware systems, software, tablets, operating systems, PCs

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Microsoft after Ballmer: Can this company be saved?

Even as he heads to the door, Ballmer is changing how Microsoft will run for years to come.

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 02 December, 2013 11:33

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, Networking, Microsoft, wireless, Windows, software, operating systems, mobile, management

Still got a first-gen iPad? Don't ditch it yet

In the life of every device, there's a moment when you wonder whether it's finally obsolete. If you're wondering that about the original iPad, columnist Michael deAgonia has some advice.

By Michael deAgonia | 15 November, 2013 19:15

Tags: Apple, ios, hardware systems, software, tablets, operating systems

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: From Microsoft, more Windows fail

Is Windows 8.1 better than Windows 8? Yes. Is it any good? No.

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 04 November, 2013 10:05

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

Preston Gralla: Why Ford's CEO is wrong for Microsoft

Alan Mulally is a savvy manager and a smart engineer. But Microsoft's big problem is vision, and that's where Mulally falls short.

By Preston Gralla | 21 October, 2013 10:04

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, boeing, Networking, Microsoft, wireless, Windows, software, Forrester Research, operating systems, mobile, management

Windows Phone update is more than just a facelift

Getting Windows Phone 8 Update 3, and eventually Windows Phone 8.1, on phablets is one thing, but getting a foothold in the low-end tablet market is a bigger opportunity.

By Jack Gold | 16 October, 2013 16:06

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, Networking, Microsoft, wireless, hardware systems, software, tablets, operating systems, mobile

Preston Gralla: Time to break up Microsoft? Not so fast

There are increasing calls for Microsoft to sell off Bing and walk away from mobile. Would those moves be good in the long term?

By Preston Gralla | 23 September, 2013 10:08

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, Networking, wireless, bing, Windows, software, operating systems, mobile, Facebook, management, Yahoo, Microsoft

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