Software

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, wrote about build 10122 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 Office 2016 IT Pro and Developer Preview. 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 DuOS-M 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 Windows 10 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

Technology of the Year 2015: The best hardware and software of the year

Like InfoWorld itself, InfoWorld's Technology of the Year Awards have always been about change. We keep an eye out for the platforms and tools pushing against the barriers in application development, mobile, cloud computing, and in other corners of information technology, and we bring them in for review. At the end of the year, we get together and decide which are the very best.

By Doug Dineley | 26 January, 2015 22:11

Tags: application development, IBM, software, infoworld

Dell Venue 8 7000 review: A distinctive and premium Android tablet

Android tablets are a dime a dozen these days. Look in any electronics store and you'll see a sea of virtually indistinguishable slates, few of which manage to stand out.

By JR Raphael | 23 January, 2015 04:53

Tags: Dell, Google, hardware systems, tablets

CentOS 7: The perfect gift for the Linux do-it-yourselfer

Although differentiation is tough in Linux distributions today, CentOS 7 has carved out a niche as the free and open alter ego to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). We found that CentOS, which is mandated to be binary-compatible with Red Hat 7, shares about 95% of the features of its commercial enterprise-class sibling.

By Tom Henderson | 22 December, 2014 22:09

Tags: CoreOS, Linux, IBM, software, Red Hat, operating systems, ubuntu

Review: 6 business-class Chromebooks test their mettle

I've spent the last three weeks taking six business-oriented Chromebooks through their paces. I started out as a skeptical Windows-rules-them-all kind of guy: I've been using Windows since the early days, and I've rarely strayed from the ghosts of my Windows masters. By the end of my Chromebook experiment, however, my old biases were shaken.

By Woody Leonhard | 11 December, 2014 03:17

Tags: Google, hardware systems

Android 5.0 deep-dive review: Exploring Lollipop's many layers

Its name may be filled with child-like whimsy, but don't be fooled: Google's Android 5.0 Lollipop release is all about the platform's move into maturity.

By JR Raphael | 14 November, 2014 22:35

Tags: consumer electronics, Google, Android, smartphones, mobile

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