Small Business

IT pros should pay attention to 'shadow IT,' Interop NY keynoters urge

Interop New York speakers opened the conference with a provocative message: Instead of ignoring "shadow IT" in their organizations, IT pros should try to understand what they are failing to deliver that workers wind up taking care of themselves.

By Joab Jackson | 02 October, 2014 03:29

Tags: software, Hewlett-Packard

Microsoft weaves around Office bloat complaints with Sway authoring tool

Reacting to chronic complaints that Office applications have become unwieldy with endless menus and features, Microsoft is developing a streamlined presentation application built from the ground up for mobile devices and cloud computing.

By Juan Carlos Perez | 02 October, 2014 02:05

Tags: applications, Microsoft, software, Office suites

Apple delivers OS X Yosemite 'golden master' to devs

Apple on Tuesday released a "golden master" of OS X Yosemite to developers, signaling that the upgrade is on track to ship within the next three weeks.

By Gregg Keizer | 01 October, 2014 23:38

Tags: Apple, Mac OS X, software, Yosemite

Alcatel-Lucent sells enterprise networking unit to China Huaxin

Alcatel-Lucent has closed the sale of its IP telephony and Ethernet switching equipment activities to China Huaxin. The spun off company will struggle to compete with the likes of Microsoft and Cisco Systems, and will have to make acquisitions of its own to grow.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 01 October, 2014 22:16

Tags: business issues, China Huaxin, alcatel-lucent, Networking, Mergers and acquisitions

Ellison pushes Oracle's new Cloud platform hard, but questions linger

Oracle chairman, Larry Ellison, has delivered another dose of hype for the vendor's Cloud platform, but many customers may need more convincing before they make the leap.

By Chris Kanaracus | 01 October, 2014 11:04

Tags: openworld, application development, Internet-based applications and services, software, internet, cloud computing, Software as a service, larry ellison, Infrastructure services, Oracle

12 things to know about Windows 10

Microsoft gave the first look at its Windows 10 operating system on Tuesday, a major release that will span all hardware from PCs to phones and try to address the ills that have dogged Windows 8.

By James Niccolai | 01 October, 2014 09:58

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

With Windows 10, a contrite Microsoft will try to atone for Windows 8 mistakes

Humbled by businesses' dislike for Windows 8, Microsoft has issued a mea culpa, offered the world a first peek at Windows 10 and pledged that the new OS will delight IT executives. But the true test of whether Microsoft can move past its Windows 8 mistakes will come when Windows 10 is commercially released at some point next summer.

By Juan Carlos Perez | 01 October, 2014 09:47

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

A year later, Ellison apologizes for standing up his customers

A year ago this month, thousands of customers waited at the Oracle OpenWorld conference for Larry Ellison to deliver a keynote speech ... but he never turned up.

By Martyn Williams | 01 October, 2014 08:34

Tags: business issues, personnel, software, Oracle

Microsoft unveils 'spiritual successor' to Windows 7 by going to 10

Microsoft today unveiled the successor to its failed Windows 8 at an event in San Francisco, putting the Steven Sinofsky era behind it by, if nothing else, naming the new OS "Windows 10."

By Gregg Keizer | 01 October, 2014 06:21

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

IPsoft seeks to grow the 'brains' of virtual assistants

Systems support company IPsoft is testing new virtual help software that it says will help answer customer technical questions much more quickly and thoroughly than today's current crop of online assistants.

By Joab Jackson | 01 October, 2014 05:51

Tags: IPsoft, applications, software, data mining

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

Mobile developers get offline sync in new Amazon SDK

With features such as offline sync in the new version of its Mobile SDK, Amazon Web Services is hoping to lure developers away from the cloud services offered by Google and Apple.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 01 October, 2014 03:31

Tags: mobile applications, Amazon Web Services, Development tools, application development, software, mobile

Oracle unveils Alta, a next-generation user interface

Oracle has overhauled the way it will build user interfaces in a bid to meet customers' expectations for user-friendly mobile applications -- and also to keep pace with rivals and Workday.

By Chris Kanaracus | 01 October, 2014 03:14

Tags: openworld, application development, software, IT management, mobile, Oracle

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

4 reasons to stick with Java -- and 4 reasons to dump it

Java remains a critical technology that attracts intense interest and passion, as testified by the droves of developers gathered in San Francisco this week for JavaOne, the industry's major event dedicated to the language.

By Paul Krill | 30 September, 2014 23:11

Tags: Google, IDC, java, software, Oracle

Unlike IBM, Lenovo to manufacture some System x servers in U.S.

Lenovo officially acquires IBM's x86 server business Wednesday, promising a seamless transition for its customers, while taking some new security-focused steps.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 30 September, 2014 23:09

Tags: Dell, Networking, IBM, Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard, network servers

Ingogo raises $9 million from Australian investors, crowdfunding

After a pivot into mobile payments, Ingogo has raised $9.1 million in a pre-IPO funding round.

By Adam Bender | 30 September, 2014 11:13

Tags: ingogo, funding, xero, startups, MYOB, mobile payments, crowdfunding, VentureCrowd

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

Tinybeans fetches $2 million for parenting network

Sydney startup Tinybeans has secured $2 million in funding from private investors to fuel the parenting social network’s international ambitions.

By Adam Bender | 30 September, 2014 08:00

Tags: child development, funding, startups, Children, social network, babies, parenting, baby photos, social media, Tinybeans

InfoWorld Bossies

InfoWorld's Best of Open Source Software Awards

By InfoWorld staff | 30 September, 2014 07:21

Tags: open source, Best of Open Source Awards, Bossies, software, open source software

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