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2015 to test Microsoft's resolve and execution

Microsoft faces not only its 40th anniversary in 2015, but a host of challenges that will define it for years to come, analysts said today.

By Gregg Keizer | 19 December, 2014 07:41

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

From M2M to IoT: Old industries have to learn new tricks

The Internet of Things may be a new idea, but machines talking to other machines is not.

By Stephen Lawson | 19 December, 2014 06:13

Tags: Kore Telematics, Cisco Systems, Networking, internet, intel, Waterstone Management Group

Finding critical business data -- fast

A lot of security processes failed during the breach of Target's systems during last year's holiday season, but one surprising revelation was that the retailer actually did receive security alerts about the malware in its system. Yet because the security team was bombarded with alerts -- estimated at hundreds per day -- it couldn't adequately prioritize them.

By Howard Baldwin | 15 December, 2014 22:40

Tags: Target, IDC, applications, big data, software, data mining

Cisco: See No EVO, Hear No EVO, Speak New Partnerships

It hasn't been lost on the IT vendor community and IT professionals that Cisco is absent from the VMware EVO:RAIL partner program. With all of the powerhouses participating in the program, you'd think that Cisco would jump right into the mix. Considering Cisco's growth in the server market and the fact that it doesn't currently have its own storage play, this opportunity appears to be ideal for Cisco.

By Mark Bowker | 13 December, 2014 07:21

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, IBM, hardware systems, Pure Storage, netapp, Data Center, emc, VMware

When Microsoft says it will get 'creative' on Windows revenue, it may mean 'subscriptions'

After Microsoft's chief operating officer last week said the company was going to change the Windows business model, analysts tried to figure out exactly what he meant.

By Gregg Keizer | 10 December, 2014 02:27

Tags: Windows PCs, Credit Suisse, Microsoft, hardware systems

Microsoft's alt-OS strategy strikes loyalists as class warfare

Long-time Windows users may feel like second-class citizens as Microsoft continues to push its products and services onto alternate platforms, but the problem will clear up next year, analysts predicted today.

By Gregg Keizer | 09 December, 2014 07:56

Tags: Windows Apps, Microsoft, computerworld, software

Digital SOS: How technology can save the USPS

Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night can compare with the challenges currently facing the United States Postal Service. Email continues to have a crippling effect on the centuries-old agency: The volume of first-class mail, or stamped mail, plummeted by 2.8 billion pieces in 2013.

By Cindy Waxer | 09 December, 2014 02:45

Tags: Uber, IT transformation, Google, FedEx, ups, IT management

Microsoft throws away $315 million on failed Nook deal

Microsoft took a big loss on its 2012 investment in Barnes & Noble, getting less than half of its original upfront $300 million back when the two firms parted ways today.

By Gregg Keizer | 05 December, 2014 23:44

Tags: Barnes & Noble, business issues, consumer electronics, Microsoft, e-readers, investments, mobile apps

Displaced IT workers are being silenced

A major problem with the H-1B debate is the absence of displaced IT workers in news media accounts. Much of the reporting is one-sided -- and there's a reason for this.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 05 December, 2014 09:29

Tags: new york times, services, The New York Times, outsourcing, Facebook, IT outsourcing

Cloud upstarts: Too cheap to trust?

Hosting provider Atlantic.net launched a $0.99 per month cloud server this fall, which is significantly less expensive than the $0.013 per hour starting price for market-leader Amazon Web Services' on-demand Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) virtual machines.

By Brandon Butler | 05 December, 2014 00:18

Tags: Amazon Web Services, Google, Microsoft, Atlantic, internet, intel, cloud computing

Microsoft cold-shoulders Server 2003 and XP users hit with Microsoft Update error 0x80248015

The causes of the problem remain cloudy, but the symptoms are quite clear. Starting on Nov. 18, some Server 2003, Windows Home Server 2003, and Windows XP SP3 machines suddenly refused to connect to Microsoft Update. As best I can tell, Microsoft has not responded to the problem, not documented a workaround, and is basically doing nothing visible to fix it.

By Woody Leonhard | 25 November, 2014 23:34

Tags: forum, Microsoft, software, operating systems

What developers can do to extend smartphone battery life

Battery power consumption remains a lingering problem on smartphones -- and is getting worse with the latest advances in the devices. But developers can take steps to tackle the issue.

By Paul Krill | 24 November, 2014 22:10

Tags: application development, qualcomm, software

How Apple could exploit a forever-free iCloud

While Google and Microsoft are using large amounts of free cloud storage to sell inexpensive consumer notebooks, Apple has stood above the fray.

By Gregg Keizer | 24 November, 2014 12:43

Tags: NPD Group, Apple, Google, Microsoft, storage, internet, cloud storage, Hewlett-Packard, HP

WebRTC close to tipping point as Cisco, Microsoft announce products

It was all the way back in the Spring of 2011 that Google released WebRTC, its nascent real-time, browser-based, HTML5-powered, no-plugin-required video chat project to the public. In the three and a half years since, the Internet Engineering Task Force and the W3C have been working together to try to formalize the standard, prepare the stable 1.0 release, and get it ready for prime time.

By Matt Weinberger | 22 November, 2014 01:07

Tags: WebRTC, Vidyo, applications, browsers, social, cisco, software, collaboration, Firefox, W3C, Google, Microsoft

Contain yourself: The layman's guide to Docker

Welcome to the age of containerization, where an ecosystem led by startup Docker is leading IT organizations to ineffable peaks of efficiency, helping them scale their workloads ever-higher, and probably baking them a nice cake to boot (it's my birthday, I have cake on the brain, sue me). Microsoft, Google and Amazon Web Services are all tripping over themselves to make sure prospective customers know that their  clouds are the place to be if you want to get the most from Docker.

By Matt Weinberger | 21 November, 2014 22:31

Tags: Amazon Web Services, virtualization, Docker, Google, Microsoft

Gartner's Cloud showdown: Amazon Web Services vs. Microsoft Azure

Gartner IaaS research director, Kyle Hilgendorf, says one of the most common questions he gets from enterprise customers looking to go to the Cloud is: AWS or Azure?

By Brandon Butler | 20 November, 2014 22:05

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

Why AT&T and Sprint just announced business conferencing services

Separate announcements Tuesday for business conferencing services, one from AT&T and the other from Sprint, highlight the radically changing business models at U.S. wireless carriers.

By Matt Hamblen | 19 November, 2014 07:54

Tags: Uber, enterprise applications, Google, applications, enterprise resource planning, Blue Jeans Network, at&t, software

Evernote's quest to change the world through productivity software

In early October, Evernote CEO Phil Libin debuted new features designed to make the immensely popular note-taking software friendlier to the enterprise: Work Chat, Context and presentation mode.

By Matt Weinberger | 19 November, 2014 04:00

Tags: Evernote, applications, wall street journal, software, collaboration

No, Google Glass isn't dead

Is Google Glass dead?

By Sharon Gaudin | 18 November, 2014 09:49

Tags: popular science, Google, Reuters, emerging technology, computerworld

Privacy is the new killer app

A funny thing is happening in the wake of the Edward Snowden NSA revelations, the infamous iCloud hack of celebrity nude photos, and the hit parade of customer data breaches at Target, Home Depot and the U.S. Postal Service. If it's not the government looking at your data, it's bored, lonely teenagers from the Internet or credit card fraudsters.

By Matt Weinberger | 15 November, 2014 02:37

Tags: Target, security, data privacy, nsa, Home Depot, U.S. Postal Service, Facebook, privacy

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