Small Business

Inside the bold plan to bring gigabit fiber to Detroit

When discussing the ongoing revitalization efforts in Detroit, it's hard to miss the name Dan Gilbert. The founder of Quicken Loans, owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and a Detroit native himself, Gilbert's investment firms have funded dozens of tech startups in the city and turned its defunct old buildings into shiny new workspaces that look like Silicon Valley transplants.

By Colin Neagle | 30 June, 2015 00:50

Tags: Quicken Loans, Google, Networking, wireless, LAN, LAN & WAN

Microsoft takes yet another shot at defining 'free' for Windows 10 testers

Microsoft on Monday took another shot at clarifying its Windows 10 upgrade policy, telling Windows Insider participants that they had to remain in the preview program if they had not upgraded from an eligible PC but wanted to continue running the OS free of charge.

By Gregg Keizer | 23 June, 2015 21:25

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

Clear as mud: Microsoft struggles to define 'free' for Windows 10

Microsoft's Keystone Kops-like revelation that Windows 10 testers would get a free copy of the OS -- yes, no, then yes, probably, but with strings -- may be confusing compared to Apple's approach to OS X, but reflects the much more complicated ecosystem the Redmond, Wash. company maintains.

By Gregg Keizer | 23 June, 2015 02:04

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

FAQ: How Microsoft will update Windows 10

Microsoft is just weeks away from pushing customers into a radical overhaul of how they receive security, maintenance and new feature updates.

By Gregg Keizer | 15 June, 2015 20:23

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

9 hot enterprise storage companies to watch

Amidst all the venture investments this year in startups that generate gobs of data -- from those focused on everything from apps to drones to the Internet of Things to Big Data -- are a batch of newcomers aiming to help organizations store and access all that information. Yes, storage companies are pulling in big bucks in 2015, as they did in 2014, and a couple have even double-dipped this year and announced two rounds of funding.

By Bob Brown | 12 June, 2015 01:44

Tags: Rubrik, business issues, network storage, startups, Kaminario, Infinite io, storage, Nantero, Tegile Systems, Hedvig, Tachyon Nexus, SimpliVity, Infinidat

Microsoft goes vague on Windows 10 support

Microsoft is hanging a lot of Windows 10 on a single phrase: "supported lifetime of the device."

By Gregg Keizer | 08 June, 2015 00:08

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

5 reasons you should move your video to specialty storage

This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter's approach.

By Janae Stow Lee | 06 June, 2015 04:53

Tags: network storage, storage, quantum

Does Fortinet's Meru buy mean we're in for even more Wi-Fi industry consolidation?

Cybersecurity firm Fortinet's purchase last week of wireless network manufacturer Meru Networks for $44 million is the second major acquisition of a Wi-Fi hardware vendor in three months and, potentially, the start of a broader pattern.

By Jon Gold | 05 June, 2015 06:14

Tags: CouchBase, Dell, Gartner, Fortinet, Networking, wireless, Aruba networks, Meru Networks, HP

First look: Couchbase's new SQL for NoSQL

Couchbase might seem like a bit of an outsider in the world of NoSQL datastores. After all, MongoDB grabs most of the limelight, while Cassandra and HBase have sewn up most of the big data world, and Redis has pretty much supplanted Memcache as the key/value cache that people reach for by default. But Couchbase has not been sitting on the sidelines looking in. You might not know it from Hacker News, but the use of Couchbase Server has been growing steadily for the past couple of years.

By Ian Pointer | 05 June, 2015 01:16

Tags: NoSQL, CouchBase, storage, MongoDB

Videoconferencing do's and don'ts (with video!)

When it comes to videoconferencing, Daniel Post Senning would like to remind you the game is yours to win -- or lose. "Your ability to handle and manage [videoconferencing] tools says something about your professional brand and who you are," says Senning, author of Emily Post's Manners in a Digital World, Living Well Online and spokesperson with The Emily Post Institute. And that includes not just your technical savvy, but your social skills as well, Senning says.

By Mary K. Pratt | 03 June, 2015 20:36

Tags: applications, IDC, software, collaboration

Microsoft can't kick the OS-for-money habit

Old habits die hard.

By Gregg Keizer | 03 June, 2015 01:34

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

Android Pay likely at Google I/O as Samsung preps its own service

Google is expected to reveal details about Android Pay at its annual I/O conference this week, even as Samsung readies its own separate mobile payment service.

By Matt Hamblen | 28 May, 2015 23:41

Tags: Apple, application development, Gartner, mobile payments, Google, software, Lenovo, Google I/O 2015, galaxy

An insider's guide to the private IPv4 market

We've been hearing about the impending depletion of IPv4 addresses for years, but that day is finally upon us -- the free supply of IPv4 numbers in North America will be completely gone within a month or two.

By Marc Lindsey, Janine Goodman | 28 May, 2015 04:35

Tags: Internet Engineering Task Force, Networking, IETF, LAN & WAN

Charter-Time Warner deal would get tough regulatory scrutiny

Charter Communications' planned acquisition of Time Warner Cable faces a regulatory review by the same federal officials who were widely blamed for nixing the recent proposed merger of Time Warner with Comcast.

By Matt Hamblen | 27 May, 2015 02:11

Tags: Time Warner Cable, Networking, time warner, fcc, comcast, Charter Communications

Java at 20: How it changed programming forever

Remembering what the programming world was like in 1995 is no easy task. Object-oriented programming, for one, was an accepted but seldom practiced paradigm, with much of what passed as so-called object-oriented programs being little more than rebranded C code that used >> instead of printf and class instead of struct. The programs we wrote those days routinely dumped core due to pointer arithmetic errors or ran out of memory due to leaks. Source code could barely be ported between different versions of Unix. Running the same binary on different processors and operating systems was crazy talk.

By Elliotte Rusty Harold | 22 May, 2015 00:44

Tags: sun, java, software

Java at 20: Its successes, failures, and future

Although Java was developed at Sun Microsystems, Oracle has served as the platform's steward since acquiring Sun in early 2010. During that time, Oracle has released Java 7 and Java 8, with version 9 due up next year. InfoWorld Editor at Large Paul Krill recently spoke to Oracle's Georges Saab, vice president of software development for the Java Platform Group, about the occasion of Java's 20th anniversary.

By Paul Krill | 21 May, 2015 02:03

Tags: Sun Microsystems, java, infoworld, software, Oracle

Java at 20: The JVM, Java's other big legacy

Think of Java, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this week, and your first thoughts most likely go to the language itself. But underneath the language is a piece of technology that has a legacy at least as important and powerful as Java itself: the Java virtual machine, or JVM.

By Serdar Yegulalp | 20 May, 2015 00:34

Tags: Sun Microsystems, beca, java, software, Oracle

Java at 20: The programming juggernaut rolls on

What began as an experiment in consumer electronics in the early 1990s celebrates its 20th anniversary as a staple of enterprise computing this week. Java has become a dominant platform, able to run wherever the Java Virtual Machine is supported, forging ahead despite the rise of rival languages and recent tribulations with security.

By Paul Krill | 19 May, 2015 00:47

Tags: application development, Languages and standards, IBM, Sun Microsystems, java, software, Forrester Research, Oracle

What if Windows went open source tomorrow?

Thinking out loud about Microsoft making Windows an open source project is a great way to get your friends and colleagues wondering seriously about your mental health. It's an idea strange enough to sound practically paradoxical, like "hot ice" or "short Pink Floyd songs."

By Jon Gold | 13 May, 2015 02:10

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

If Windows 10 is the 'last version,' it needs names

With Microsoft saying that Windows 10 "is the last version of Windows", the company may have a naming problem.

By Gregg Keizer | 11 May, 2015 20:56

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

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