The view from the top of IT with TechWorld Editor Rohan Pearce
Politics collided with the world of technology this year as stories about U.S. government spying stirred angst both among the country's citizens and foreign governments, and the flawed HeathCare.gov site got American health-care reform off to a rocky start. Meanwhile, the post-PC era put aging tech giants under pressure to reinvent themselves. Here in no particular order are IDG News Service's picks for the top 10 tech stories of the year.
By Marc Ferranti | 09 December, 2013 19:51
Microsoft may revert to separate release schedules for consumer and business versions of Windows, the company's top OS executive hinted this week.
By Gregg Keizer | 06 December, 2013 21:20
The Windows Phone operating system still ranks third behind Android and iOS, but it is slowly seeing growth in the U.S. and Europe, and its eventual convergence with the Windows OS could mean even greater momentum.
By Matt Hamblen | 04 December, 2013 11:38
Big data and analytics permeate virtually every move Ford makes, from forecasting the worldwide price of commodities to figuring out what exactly consumers want, what it will build, where it should source parts and how to power its lineup of vehicles.
By Julia King | 02 December, 2013 11:33
Not happy with the Google Analytics interface? We show you how to use a programming language like R to bypass Google Analytics and retrieve the data you want.
By Sharon Machlis | 25 November, 2013 11:36
Cloud licensing's become so complex that it's easy to pay too much or get burned later on. Here are some tips to make sure you're getting your money's worth.
By Robert L. Mitchell | 19 November, 2013 12:23
If there's no catastrophic system failure or major software deployment to work on, CEOs might wonder what IT does all day. Here's how to make sure your contributions aren't undervalued when things go smoothly.
By Minda Zetlin | 18 November, 2013 11:34
Amazon Web Services this week rolled out a new cloud-based data analytics tool named Kenesis, which can analyze massive amounts of data in real time and be paid for by the hour.
By Brandon Butler | 15 November, 2013 15:24
Tucked in amongst Apple's several hardware debuts last month was word that the company will stop charging for OS X and iWork. Why is Apple willing to forgo this small revenue stream? How might it affect IT buyers? The move is interesting on several fronts.
By Scot Finnie | 11 November, 2013 17:43
Microsoft's addition of real-time collaboration to its free Office Web Apps last week was necessary in the short term to counter Google Docs, analysts said.
By Gregg Keizer | 11 November, 2013 11:38
What Microsoft puts in its upcoming touch-based Office suite will be a huge test for the company, analysts said.
By Gregg Keizer | 05 November, 2013 17:31
Apple's decision to give away OS X upgrades and other software, including the iWork productivity suite, is seen as both an offensive and a defensive move that challenges Microsoft to respond.
By Gregg Keizer | 04 November, 2013 11:03
Companies are taking matters into their own hands with internal controls, open privacy policies, ethical codes and greater candor over how they're collecting and parsing personal data. But many wonder whether it's enough to allay consumers' fears as techniques for manipulating data multiply.
By Cindy Waxer | 04 November, 2013 10:05
When Google Apps arrived in 2006, it stood on the cutting edge of Web-hosted email and collaboration suites for businesses, a bold pioneer clearing a path in the new, wild frontier of enterprise Cloud computing.
By Juan Carlos Perez | 01 November, 2013 12:01
Some analysts and pundits have begun calling Apple's iPad Air a PC replacement, raising the stakes in the tablet vs. laptop war.
By Gregg Keizer | 31 October, 2013 16:21
Apple's decision to give away OS X upgrades and other software, including the iWork productivity suite, stemmed from both offensive and defensive strategies, analysts said today.
By Gregg Keizer | 28 October, 2013 19:32
Microsoft's new financial reporting format makes it much harder to get a grip on how two of its most important software franchises, Windows and Office, are performing, an analyst said.
By Gregg Keizer | 28 October, 2013 10:20
The newest piece of ransomware is particularly nasty and, once you've got it, it's a real pain to get rid of. Here's how to protect your corporate assets before getting bit.
By Jonathan Hassell | 25 October, 2013 17:51
Some localities are shying away from predicting who will commit a crime, even though the technology exists, in favor of when and where.
By Robert L. Mitchell | 24 October, 2013 10:31
It is 30 years old and dominates the word processing market, but Microsoft Word is now more than ever fending off challenges from the cloud where less expensive and even free alternatives pose new threats, experts say.
By Tim Greene | 23 October, 2013 19:09