Salesforce at 15: Industry disruptor wards off midlife crisis recently celebrated its 15th year in existence, and as the SaaS (software-as-a-service) vendor races toward US$5 billion in revenue its influence on the industry is being felt more than ever. At the same time, some signs indicate that is having a few growing pains, as well as showing some trappings of the mega-vendors it once mocked with its "End of Software" marketing campaign.

By Chris Kanaracus | 23 April, 2014 04:37

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, applications,, software, internet, cloud computing

Windows' new normal shows software-as-a-service ambitions

Microsoft's new updating "normal" for Windows -- a faster-paced tempo that demands customers apply releases within weeks -- is a first step in moving the OS to a services-style model. But companies may be leery of the change.

By Gregg Keizer | 18 April, 2014 06:27

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

AI gets its groove back

Thanks to the advent of Big Data, new algorithms and massive, affordable computing power, artificial intelligence is now, finally, on a roll again.

By Lamont Wood | 14 April, 2014 20:35

Tags: Gartner, applications, University of Georgia, Emerging Technologies, hardware systems, software, intel

At Build, mobility gets a boost with universal Windows apps

Microsoft's announcement of universal Windows apps demonstrates the company's commitment to improving its share of the tablet and smartphone markets.

By Matt Hamblen | 04 April, 2014 21:21

Tags: App Development, consumer electronics, applications, Microsoft, smartphones, software, three, Windows Phone

Intel plays defense against ARM with Cloudera stake

Intel's US$740 million investment in software company Cloudera will help sell more x86 chips in Hadoop installations, but it could also be a defensive move to maintain its server lead from the emerging threat posed by 64-bit ARM servers.

By Agam Shah | 01 April, 2014 07:40

Tags: business issues, Arm, software, investments, intel, cloudera

Microsoft returns to scare tactic well in dump-XP campaign

Microsoft has pulled out the big guns - a fear-of-God approach - to scare users into dumping Windows XP, telling them the most popular tasks done on a PC will put them in the crosshairs of cyber criminals.

By Gregg Keizer | 26 March, 2014 16:06

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems, Malware and Vulnerabilities

In-memory technologies move databases to real time

Last week, application-performance monitoring service provider New Relic launched an offering that allows customers to mine its operational data for business intelligence.

By Joab Jackson | 24 March, 2014 17:12

Tags: applications, databases, Pivotal, Microsoft, software, Joyent

In-memory technologies move databases to real time

Last week, application-performance monitoring service provider New Relic launched an offering that allows customers to mine its operational data for business intelligence.

By Joab Jackson | 24 March, 2014 17:12

Tags: applications, databases, Pivotal, Microsoft, software, Joyent

Government open data proves a treasure trove for savvy businesses

Ever since President Obama signed the Open Data Executive Order, government agencies have been making their vast data stores available to the public. These once-secret data sets are proving a valuable business resource, too.

By Cindy Waxer | 24 March, 2014 10:37

Tags: Government IT, applications, big data, software, data mining, business intelligence, McKinsey, white house, analytics, Business Intelligence/Analytics

Career Watch: The rise of people architecture

In managing human resources, people architecture is gaining popularity, says IT workforce analyst David Foote. He explains what it is and why it's on the rise.

By Jamie Eckle | 24 March, 2014 10:37

Tags: management, open source, Networking, Foote Partners, IT careers, software, IT management, staff management

Microsoft scrambles to simplify its licensing

Microsoft is pledging dramatic improvements to its notoriously complex enterprise licensing, but experts are skeptical about the potential impact of the plan.

By Juan Carlos Perez | 19 March, 2014 13:30

Tags: maintenance, applications, Microsoft, it strategy, software, best practices, IT management, mobile, Installation, consumerization of IT

A clear-eyed guide to Mac OS X's actual security risks

Apple has improved its security in recent years, but is it enough?

By Bob Violino | 10 March, 2014 11:04

Tags: applications, Endpoint Protection, macbooks, Mac OS X, CIO, operating systems, antivirus, Gartner, Apple, computer hardware, Desktop Macs, security, anti-virus, encryption, software

Eight eye-openers from's annual report

Last week, 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

Tags: business issues, applications,, software

OS upgrades: Cheap is better than pricey, free is better than cheap

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

Tags: net applications, Apple, Microsoft, Windows, software, Mac OS X, operating systems

Microsoft misjudges customer loyalty with kill-XP plea

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

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Microsoft's 'go-low' play puts Windows revenue on the line

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

Tags: Google, consumer electronics, Microsoft, Windows, smartphones, software, operating systems, Windows Phone

R resources at Computerworld

From a beginner's guide to data-wrangling how-to and searchable collection of additional tutorials and videos, we've got you covered.

By Sharon Machlis | 25 February, 2014 11:29

Tags: analytics, Business Intelligence/Analytics, App Development, applications, software, business intelligence

Hey Microsoft, where's the next Mac Office?

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

Tags: App Development, applications, Microsoft, Mac OS X, software

What if Microsoft threw an iPad Office party, and no one came?

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

Tags: ios, goldman sachs, Android, smartphones, software, operating systems, mobile apps, Apple, Google, IDC, consumer electronics, Microsoft

Microsoft claims 200M Windows 8 licenses sold, but how many are in use?

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

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

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