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All signs point to the demise of Microsoft's Surface tablet

Microsoft seems to be within a whisker of calling it quits on its failed experiment with the Surface tablet, the device powered by the ARM architecture and Windows RT, an offshoot of Windows 8.

By Gregg Keizer | 27 January, 2015 03:33

Tags: Microsoft, hardware systems, tablets, Best Buy

Is the ASUS X205 Microsoft's Chromebook killer?

The ASUS X205 is one of three Windows 8.1 notebooks, all released in November, designed to halt the encroachment of Chromebooks into the low-end Windows notebook market. (The other two are the HP Stream 11 and HP Stream 13.)

By Howard Wen | 27 January, 2015 00:14

Tags: Microsoft, hardware systems, bing, tablets, notebook, intel, acer, Best Buy, HP, Staples, Google

Linus Torvalds diversity gaffe brings out the best (and worst) of the open source world

It all started at the Linux.conf.au Conference, when Nebula developer (and former colleague) Matthew Garrett kicked off a post-keynote Q&A session with Linux kernel creator Linus Torvalds by asking about his often-abrasive, super-aggressive tone on official mailing lists.

By Matt Weinberger | 24 January, 2015 05:59

Tags: business issues, IT industry, GitHub, Ars Technica

Agile development: Adopt gradually or dive in?

When the Agile Manifesto was introduced almost 15 years ago, it proposed a radical methodology change as an alternative to traditional project management. With agile, project requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration in development cycles that break tasks into small increments. While this methodology helps businesses manage unpredictability, it also requires those businesses to adopt a different mindset in order to be successful.

By By Jack Walser, Client Services Executive, AIM Consulting | 23 January, 2015 09:55

Tags: software, Agile development tools

Debunking SSD Myths

  By now everyone is aware of the performance leap offered by solid-state drives (SSDs) compared to hard disk drives (HDDs), but some SSD myths persist. It's time to separate fact from fiction.

By By Chuck Brown, SSD business development manager, Intel | 23 January, 2015 09:25

Tags: SSD, Configuration / maintenance, Drives, storage, hardware systems, Data Center

10th time's the charm: Microsoft finally solves big problems with Surface Pro 3

Judging by many comments on the Microsoft Answers forum and elsewhere, Microsoft's Jan. 15 firmware update for the Surface Pro 3 has solved almost all outstanding issues with Wi-Fi connections, hibernating, Bluetooth connectivity, battery drain on standby, Hyper-V interference with Wi-Fi, and more.

By Woody Leonhard | 22 January, 2015 01:59

Tags: mobile technology, Microsoft, mobile

10 cool network and computing research projects

If you think the latest enterprise and consumer network and computer technologies rolling into your data center and being snuck into your offices by end users are advanced, wait until you see what's cooking in the labs at universities and tech companies. Much of well-funded research is aimed at security, simplifying use of current technology and figuring out how to more easily plow through mounds of big data. Here's at peek at 10 projects.

By Bob Brown | 22 January, 2015 01:00

Tags: education, supercomputing, Microsoft, research, industry verticals

The never-ending quest to dethrone email

Build a better mousetrap, as the cliché has it, and the world will beat a path to your door. That line of thinking has even been applied to the most rudimentary corners of the technology world: standards and protocols that have stuck around for decades, yet viewed as creaky and badly in need of replacement. But few old-guard standards have seen as many pretenders to the throne as the SMTP/POP3/IMAP email triumvirate has. If only someone could come up with an alternative that did everything email did but better, more securely, and with less hassle, wouldn't it be worth it?

By Serdar Yegulalp | 21 January, 2015 01:47

Tags: applications, Inky Mail, Google, e-mail, software, Email Software

TypeScript: Industrial-strength JavaScript

Historians who reflect on JavaScript's emergence as a dominant programming language in the 21st century may find themselves quoting Donald Rumsfeld: "You go to war with the army you have, not the army you might wish to have."

By Jon Udell | 19 January, 2015 22:06

Tags: application development, GitHub, Microsoft, software

Preview: Microsoft Office for Android makes up for (some) lost time

It may be about four years late to the game, but Microsoft is finally ready to bring its Office suite to Android tablets -- well, almost.

By JR Raphael | 15 January, 2015 22:07

Tags: consumer electronics, Microsoft, beca, Android, smartphones

Degree-free IT: Can college-skippers thrive in tech?

Mike Samaras has worked steadily in IT for a decade, starting when he was 17 and fresh out of high school.

By Mary K. Pratt | 14 January, 2015 22:36

Tags: Microsoft, IT careers, careers, IT management, emc

2015 IT Data Center Infrastructure Convergence Predictions

IT infrastructure is constantly riding the often-tumultuous waves of consolidation and separation. A typical example would be the eras of mainframe, open systems, and PC computing. No surprise there. For the past three to five years, server virtualization has been a catalyst for data center consolidation, (even though for the most part, IT has mapped server virtualization initiatives to existing IT infrastructure choices, or dare I say legacy infrastructure).

By Mark Bowker | 13 January, 2015 03:55

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, Dell, IBM, hardware systems, Look ahead 2015, Data Center, Cisco Subnet, emc, HP

Big names like Google dominate open-source funding

Network World's analysis of publicly listed sponsors of 36 prominent open-source non-profits and foundations reveals that the lion's share of financial support for open-source groups comes from a familiar set of names.

By Jon Gold | 10 January, 2015 02:05

Tags: suse, IBM, operating systems, Oracle, HP, Dell, Virtuali, Google, Canon, canonical, Nokia, software, Open Source Subnet, Red Hat, intel, VMware, NEC, open source, Linux, linux foundation

Will enhanced servers do away with need for switches?

As more and more servers are virtualized, connections between them are increasingly handled by virtual switches running on the same servers, begging the question, does the top of rack data center network switchultimately get subsumed into the server?

By Jim Duffy | 08 January, 2015 02:59

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, Dell, servers, hardware systems, ethernet switches, Data Center

Microsoft's big decision: Who gets a free upgrade to Windows 10?

One of Microsoft's biggest decisions this year will be whom to charge for Windows 10, and the dollar figure on the price sticker.

By Gregg Keizer | 06 January, 2015 04:24

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

What Microsoft's 'fresh start' browser strategy means

Microsoft will unveil a browser not named Internet Explorer (IE) alongside Windows 10, according to an online report.

By Gregg Keizer | 02 January, 2015 04:30

Tags: Firefox, Microsoft Windows, Google, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Decisions, decisions: Choices abound as data center architecture options expand

When the American Red Cross talks about mission-critical systems, it's referring to the blood supply that helps save lives. The non-profit organization manages 40% of the U.S.'s blood supply, so stability, reliability and tight security are of paramount concern, says DeWayne Bell, vice president of IT infrastructure and engineering.

By Esther Shein | 22 December, 2014 22:09

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, csc, Red Cross, beca, hardware systems, American Red Cross, Data Center, unisys

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: Microsoft Windows, IDC, Microsoft, Windows, beca, 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, intel, internet, 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, applications, IDC, data mining, software, big data

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