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Windows 10 Start menus: Start10 vs. Classic Shell

The best Windows 8 Start menu replacements bring their Win7-inspired magic to Windows 10. Which should you choose?

Enterprise guide to Windows 10

Windows 10 is now available for consumers, but for IT executives thinking about enterprise deployments, here's what the upgrade path from Window 7 or Windows 8/8.1 looks like.

By Tom Henderson | 03 August, 2015 20:06

Tags: Windows, software, Windows 10, Network World, operating systems

Email encryption has gotten so much better, so you'd be crazy not to use it

I once co-wrote a book on enterprise email where I likened email encryption to a "sucking chest wound." That was in 1997, when you had to do all the encryption key management on your own, a daunting task to say the least.

By David Strom | 22 July, 2015 23:22

Tags: freemium, Google, security

Security suites: Choosing the best one for you

The old days of straightforward antivirus software packages are gone -- victim of a changing threat scene in which the dangers are more complex than ever and come from multiple sources.

By Preston Gralla | 20 July, 2015 20:44

Tags: Google, security, beca, malware

Asus Chromebook Flip review: A classy little convertible laptop

Where do you draw the line between a laptop and a tablet?

By JR Raphael | 07 July, 2015 06:40

Tags: Chrome OS PCs, Google, hardware systems, Chromebooks, laptops

Review: Windows 10 Insider Preview -- a nearly finished OS

Microsoft has been racing to put the final touches on Windows 10 before its expected release date in late July. There have been three public updates in the last month: Builds 10061, 10074 and 10122. At this point, the interface and features for the new operating system are essentially set -- on May 20, Gabe Aul, engineering general manager at Microsoft, <a href="https://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/05/20/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-10122-for-pcs/">wrote about build 10122</a> on the company's official blog: "From here on out you'll see fewer big feature changes from build to build, and more tuning, tweaking, stabilizing, and polishing."

By Preston Gralla | 26 May, 2015 20:41

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

Review: 7 Android apps that track your expenses

Traveling these days is a hassle, no matter why you're going, or where -- and the necessity to track your expenses along the way just adds to the irritation. A good app, though, can make things a lot easier -- not only during the trip but afterwards, when you have to report it all to your (or your company's) accountant.

By Barbara Krasnoff | 15 May, 2015 01:05

Tags: Google, mobile, mobile apps

Hands on: The first Apple Watch apps for road warriors

Now that the Apple Watch is here, does it do enough useful things to be a standard item for executives, road warriors, and other digital denizens?

By Galen Gruman | 28 April, 2015 00:31

Tags: Motorola, Apple, Google, hardware systems, Swatch, smartwatches, mobile, Apple watch, Pebble

Review: Docker Swarm soars, and the sky's the limit

It's a well-known fact that deploying and managing anything at scale is hard. Docker is no different. However, the engineers at Docker recognize this and are working on three products to help: Docker Machine, Docker Compose, and Docker Swarm. 

By Nigel Poulton | 23 April, 2015 20:06

Tags: Linux, Docker, swarm, software, operating systems

Review: Office 2016 for Mac offers a new interface and better features

Mac users of Office who have felt left out in the cold by Microsoft (because the last version, Office 2011 for Mac, was released in October 2010) now have reason to be pleased: The preview of Office 2016 for Mac attempts to bring the suite out of the dark ages and into the modern world.

By Preston Gralla | 02 April, 2015 00:38

Tags: Mac apps, applications, Microsoft, software, microsoft office, Office suites

First look: Project Spartan, Microsoft's next-generation Web browser

Microsoft's faster release schedule for its Windows 10 Technical Preview kicked into high gear yesterday with the release of another build a mere 12 days after 10041. This time, with build 10049, Microsoft has added one of Windows 10's major new features: its next-generation Web browser.

By Simon Bisson | 31 March, 2015 21:08

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

First look: Microsoft's Office 2016 IT Pro and Developer Preview

The first glance at the future of Office for Windows is here, in the form of the <a href="http://blogs.office.com/2015/03/16/announcing-the-office-2016-it-pro-and-developer-preview/">Office 2016 IT Pro and Developer Preview</a>. It's the initial public iteration of the suite that will be released sometime in the second half of 2015, so at this point it's very much a work in progress.

By Preston Gralla | 27 March, 2015 05:50

Tags: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 10, software, operating systems, e3

Chromebook Pixel (2015) review: A cloud dweller's dream machine

Chrome OS enthusiasts are always clamoring for high-quality hardware -- cloud-centric laptops with solid construction, snappy performance and stunning displays. But the vast majority of Chromebooks cater to the budget end of the market.

By JR Raphael | 17 March, 2015 00:41

Tags: Chrome OS PCs, Google, hardware systems, Chromebooks, laptops

First look: VMware vSphere 6 keeps its edge

In the not so distant past, VMware held a long and commanding lead in the server virtualization space, offering core features that were simply unmatched by the competition. In the past few years, however, competition in virtualization has been fierce, the competitors have drawn near, and VMware has been left with fewer ways to distinguish itself.

By Paul Venezia | 13 March, 2015 07:06

Tags: virtualization, VMware

First look: VMware vSphere 6 keeps its edge

In the not so distant past, VMware held a long and commanding lead in the server virtualization space, offering core features that were simply unmatched by the competition. In the past few years, however, competition in virtualization has been fierce, the competitors have drawn near, and VMware has been left with fewer ways to distinguish itself.

By Paul Venezia | 13 March, 2015 05:07

Tags: virtualization, VMware

Review: BitTorrent delivers cloud-free 'Dropbox for business'

BitTorrent originated as a file sharing and distributed download technology, powering downloads of content both legitimate (such as Linux ISOs) and not (Taylor Swift albums).

By Serdar Yegulalp | 11 March, 2015 01:20

Tags: bittorrent, Internet-based applications and services, dropbox, netgear, Cloud File Sharing, internet, western digital

Break me if you can: 4 rugged tablets put to the test

It's a cruel world out there for tablets: Every day, there's the possibility they will be dropped, knocked, spilled on or just shaken around. And that's just in a normal business day -- if you use your tablet outdoors, while traveling or in a work zone, the odds of a disaster go up precipitously.

By Brian Nadel | 03 March, 2015 22:35

Tags: consumer electronics, Panasonic, smartphones, Windows, hardware systems, Android, tablets, software, operating systems, Line

Two OSes in one: DuOS-M puts Android on your Windows device

Do you have a favorite Android app that you wish you could run on your Windows tablet or laptop? Well, now you can. A new program called <a href="http://www.amiduos.com/">DuOS-M</a> runs full-blown Android as its own Windows application, so that you run almost any Android app on a Windows 7/8/8.1 system.

By Preston Gralla | 19 February, 2015 22:37

Tags: consumer electronics, Google, Android, smartphones

First look: Windows 10 preview for smartphones is off to a slow start

Last Thursday, Microsoft released its long-anticipated Windows 10 Technical Preview for smartphones. This first public release of Windows 10 for smartphones improves on many Windows Phone 8.1 features, but it offers few compelling new capabilities. Also, while Win10 TP for smartphones is supposed to run universal-style apps (the latest incarnation of what have been called Metro, Modern, and Windows Store apps), there's still little congruence between the new universal smartphone apps and their big-screen universal namesakes.

By Woody Leonhard | 18 February, 2015 22:09

Tags: consumer electronics, Microsoft, smartphones, Windows 10, Lumi, Windows Phone

Windows 10 deep-dive review: Finally, a unified operating system

The second preview release of <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2874955/microsoft-releases-big-update-to-windows-10-preview.html">Windows 10</a> begins to flesh out Microsoft's vision of an operating system that bridges the gap between traditional PCs and touch-based tablets -- something it failed at dismally in Windows 8. More than that, the new release reveals a single operating system that shape-shifts according to the device it's running on, be that a PC, a tablet or a phone.

By Preston Gralla | 29 January, 2015 22:38

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

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