The view from the top of IT with TechWorld Editor Rohan Pearce
Last week, Salesforce.com reported its fourth-quarter and year-end fiscal 2014 results, announcing a major bump in revenue and even raising its guidance significantly. But the fast-growing cloud vendor is also continuing to post significant losses as it spends big on sales, marketing and acquisitions.
By Chris Kanaracus | 07 March, 2014 17:44
Lowering the price of an operating system upgrade boosts its uptake five-fold, but pushing it out for free speeds uptake as much as 12 times, data from an analytics company shows.
By Gregg Keizer | 04 March, 2014 20:48
Microsoft grossly overestimated the loyalty of those it thought were its most steadfast customers when it asked them to help get friends and family members to dump Windows XP, a corporate communications expert said.
By Gregg Keizer | 02 March, 2014 12:48
Analysts were uncertain today whether the recent stretch of "go-low" moves by Microsoft means that the company has tweaked its strategy to emphasize services at the expense of devices.
By Gregg Keizer | 25 February, 2014 17:38
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By Sharon Machlis | 25 February, 2014 11:29
Microsoft is behind the schedule it used for the last several iterations of Office for the Mac, and has not breathed a word about its Mac intentions.
By Gregg Keizer | 21 February, 2014 12:25
Microsoft will make a killing when it launches Office apps for Apple's iPad and tablets powered by Android. Or will it?
By Gregg Keizer | 19 February, 2014 21:30
Microsoft last week said that it had sold 200 million licenses of Windows 8 since the operating system launched more than 15 months ago. But how many copies are actually being used?
By Gregg Keizer | 18 February, 2014 18:35
Apple's iTunes, software and services group generated almost as much revenue in 2013 as the Microsoft division responsible for licensing Windows to computer and smartphone makers, according to comparisons of the companies' financial statements.
By Gregg Keizer | 12 February, 2014 17:00
Contributing to open-source projects can give software developers an edge over other applicants in the competitive IT job market, say hiring professionals.
By Fred O'Connor | 11 February, 2014 15:46
Microsoft has implored its technically astute customers to help friends and family who are still running Windows XP get rid of the soon-to-be-retired operating system.
By Gregg Keizer | 07 February, 2014 19:42
Microsoft's Dynamics ERP and CRM product lines seemed safe immediately following former CEO Steve Ballmer's sweeping reorganization of the company last year. But now that longtime Microsoft executive Satya Nadella has been named Ballmer's successor, the time is ripe for more focused speculation on the future of Dynamics. Here's a look at what could be in store.
By Chris Kanaracus | 06 February, 2014 18:50
Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella, took the unexpected step of addressing customers and partners in a 16-minute interview, where he did not stray from the messaging Microsoft has used for 20 months.
By Gregg Keizer | 05 February, 2014 20:43
Attention, IT: As marketing goes all-digital, your CMO needs more from you than back-office support. Are you ready to be a marketing partner?
By Mary K. Pratt | 05 February, 2014 12:28
SAP's strategy event for the investment community on Tuesday offered few major surprises to anyone who's been closely monitoring the software vendor lately, but did serve to cement the company's future direction for product development, growth and customer retention. Here's a look at some of the highlights of the event.
By Chris Kanaracus | 04 February, 2014 22:20
By offering their latest operating systems for free, Microsoft and Apple have accelerated the adoption pace of their newest OSes, according to data released by analytics firm Net Applications.
By Gregg Keizer | 03 February, 2014 18:17
After sustained reports surfaced that Microsoft is close to naming its third-ever CEO, Satya Nadella, a 21-year veteran of the company, is now seen as the heir apparent.
By Gregg Keizer | 31 January, 2014 20:09
Apple won't lose any sleep over the Lenovo acquisition of Google's Motorola handset business, analysts said today.
By Gregg Keizer | 30 January, 2014 21:02
Virtually every analyst who follows Apple has jumped on the bigger iPhone bandwagon, asserting that the company will step into the quickly-growing large-screen market this year.
By Gregg Keizer | 29 January, 2014 18:04
As Windows 8 struggles to gain traction, you can hear the criticism mounting, that Microsoft's latest OS is the new Vista. If that turns out to be true, the company has some big decisions to make.
By Gregg Keizer | 28 January, 2014 15:48