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Microsoft endorses workaround for botched Windows patch KB 3000061

This month's Black Tuesday crop of patches held more than a few surprises. True to form, my choice for the "most likely to splat," the KB 3000061 kernel mode driver patch, repeatedly fails to install on many machines. Although the Knowledge Base article hasn't been updated, Microsoft support engineer joscon confirmed a workaround for the problem on Thursday afternoon.

By Woody Leonhard | 31 October, 2014 22:59

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

The Charge of the Troll Brigade: What to know about #GamerGate

There are two ways to think about #GamerGate.

By Matt Weinberger | 30 October, 2014 09:03

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, twitter, internet, social media

When it comes to mobile, IT is out of touch

"I used to be with it, but then they changed what it was. Now what I'm with isn't it and what's it seems weird and scary to me. It'll happen to you!" warned Abraham Simpson - of the Springfield Simpsons - way back in 1996.

By Matt Weinberger | 29 October, 2014 02:20

Tags: App Development, IDC, Appcelerator, mobile

NoSQL takes the database market by storm

CARFAX, the online vehicle tracking and valuation website, built its first database in 1984 based on technology named OpenVMS. At the time, it was cutting edge for its ability to handle millions of records.

By Brandon Butler | 28 October, 2014 05:50

Tags: public cloud, Microsoft, SAP, internet, cloud computing, Oracle

4 startups that are changing productivity

By now, you've likely heard about Inbox, Google's bold new plan to reinvent email with a smarter, more context-sensitive interface that treats messaging like just another to-do list.

By Matt Weinberger | 25 October, 2014 05:30

Tags: Google, applications, Asana, software, collaboration, mobile, Facebook

One missed email and Google Inbox will be in trouble

People may feel overwhelmed by the deluge of email arriving in their inboxes, but will they trust Google to show them the most important messages?

By Sharon Gaudin | 24 October, 2014 06:57

Tags: web apps, Internet-based applications and services, Google, internet

Microsoft goes after Google and Amazon with hybrid Cloud push

With a series of Cloud announcements on Monday, Microsoft moved to put a stake in the ground with hybrid Cloud computing and emerge from the shadow of Cloud rivals Google and Amazon.

By Sharon Gaudin | 21 October, 2014 12:24

Tags: Dell, Google, Microsoft, internet, intel, cloud computing

You'll pay a lot more for an unlocked Nexus 6 smartphone

Google's new Nexus 6 smartphone will start at $649, unlocked, when pre-orders begin on Oct. 29. The price is nearly double the $349 starting price charged for the Nexus 5 a year ago.

By Matt Hamblen | 20 October, 2014 21:27

Tags: Google, consumer electronics, at&t, smartphones, Verizon Wireless

Cisco exec: Turnover in engineering no problem

The engineering reorganization currently underway at Cisco is intended to streamline product development and delivery to customers, Cisco says.

By Jim Duffy | 18 October, 2014 04:40

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, mobility, hardware systems, cisco, Data Center, Cisco Subnet

5 tips for building a successful hybrid cloud

Enterprises are increasingly interested in the cloud, but IT managers are discovering that one size does not always fit all.

By Sharon Gaudin | 16 October, 2014 23:36

Tags: internet, cloud computing

Microsoft Security Essentials may be throwing false positives for Trojan:DOS/Alureon.J

It's looking more and more likely that Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) is warning about a Trojan:DOS/Alureon.J infection when none exists.

By Woody Leonhard | 08 October, 2014 22:30

Tags: forum, security, Microsoft, Malwarebytes

Surprise patch KB 3005628 bodes ill for Microsoft's patching strategy

Yesterday Microsoft released patch KB 3005628 for Windows 8, 8.1, Server 2012, and Server 2012 R2. It's a trivial, non-security patch. The fact that it wasn't kept and issued in the normal cadence (patches usually arrive on Update Tuesday, which is next Tuesday) points to either an accidental release to the Automatic Update chute -- which we've seen before -- or an unwelcome switch in Microsoft's patching strategy. Either possibility is troubling.

By Woody Leonhard | 08 October, 2014 22:06

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

Cloud giants do battle backed by distinctly different partner networks

When evaluating the marketplaces of the big three public IaaS cloud providers - Amazon Web Services, Google and Microsoft - AWS stands out in terms of the maturity of its platform for partners to offer products and services on top of its cloud. But Microsoft, too, has a formidable partner program that could rival Amazon's in the future, analysts predict.

By Brandon Butler | 08 October, 2014 21:06

Tags: Amazon Web Services, amazon, Gartner, Google, Microsoft, internet, cloud computing

Sorriest technology companies of 2014

It's so far been another sorry, sorry year in the technology industry, with big name companies, hot startups and individuals making public mea culpas for their assorted dumb, embarrassing and other regrettable actions.

By Bob Brown | 30 September, 2014 01:11

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Google, security, Microsoft, data breach, internet, social media, cloud computing, iOS 8, Apple

9 things to look for in Windows 9

Microsoft is holding a press briefing Tuesday to broadly discuss the future of Windows, but the expectation is that the company will also introduce specifics of Windows 9, including features such as Cortana and virtual desktops.

By Tim Greene | 30 September, 2014 00:07

Tags: Microsoft Subnet, Microsoft, software, Windows 9

Oracle's Larry Ellison downshifts, but leadership remains the same

Don't mistake Larry Ellison's decision Thursday to step down as CEO of Oracle as a big change.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 19 September, 2014 21:57

Tags: business issues, IT industry, personnel, Microsoft, software, Oracle

7 reasons Apple should open-source Swift -- and 7 reasons it won't

Faster innovation, better security, new markets -- the case for opening Swift might be more compelling than Apple will admit

By Peter Wayner | 15 September, 2014 20:09

Tags: application development, Apple, applications, mobile technology, ios, software, open source software, operating systems

Debunking the top open source myths

Today many IT executives choose open source over proprietary software for everything from cloud computing to facilitating teamwork among remote workers. Open source increases security and privacy, encourages an engaged community and offers the ability to "look under the hood" to diagnose and resolve issues quickly.

By Rob Howard | 06 September, 2014 06:44

Tags: Gartner, open source, Open Source Subnet, software

Here's what free upgrades could do for Windows 9's uptake

By making Windows 9, aka "Threshold," free, Microsoft will be able to push more than half of all Windows 8 users to the upgrade within a matter of months, an analysis of user share data shows.

By Gregg Keizer | 05 September, 2014 03:42

Tags: net applications, Microsoft, software, operating systems

VMWorld 2014: Winners and Losers

VMWorld 2014 was a whirlwind. The conference last week attracted 22,000 attendees, more than 250 exhibitors and spread across all three buildings of the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco over a five-day period.

By Brandon Butler | 03 September, 2014 07:02

Tags: virtualization, VMworld 2014, internet, cloud computing, VMware

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