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2015 to test Microsoft's resolve and execution

Microsoft faces not only its 40th anniversary in 2015, but a host of challenges that will define it for years to come, analysts said today.

By Gregg Keizer | 19 December, 2014 07:41

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

Finding critical business data -- fast

A lot of security processes failed during the breach of Target's systems during last year's holiday season, but one surprising revelation was that the retailer actually did receive security alerts about the malware in its system. Yet because the security team was bombarded with alerts -- estimated at hundreds per day -- it couldn't adequately prioritize them.

By Howard Baldwin | 15 December, 2014 22:40

Tags: Target, IDC, applications, big data, software, data mining

Cisco: See No EVO, Hear No EVO, Speak New Partnerships

It hasn't been lost on the IT vendor community and IT professionals that Cisco is absent from the VMware EVO:RAIL partner program. With all of the powerhouses participating in the program, you'd think that Cisco would jump right into the mix. Considering Cisco's growth in the server market and the fact that it doesn't currently have its own storage play, this opportunity appears to be ideal for Cisco.

By Mark Bowker | 13 December, 2014 07:21

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, IBM, hardware systems, Pure Storage, netapp, Data Center, emc, VMware

Microsoft's alt-OS strategy strikes loyalists as class warfare

Long-time Windows users may feel like second-class citizens as Microsoft continues to push its products and services onto alternate platforms, but the problem will clear up next year, analysts predicted today.

By Gregg Keizer | 09 December, 2014 07:56

Tags: Windows Apps, Microsoft, computerworld, software

Displaced IT workers are being silenced

A major problem with the H-1B debate is the absence of displaced IT workers in news media accounts. Much of the reporting is one-sided -- and there's a reason for this.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 05 December, 2014 09:29

Tags: new york times, services, The New York Times, outsourcing, Facebook, IT outsourcing

Microsoft cold-shoulders Server 2003 and XP users hit with Microsoft Update error 0x80248015

The causes of the problem remain cloudy, but the symptoms are quite clear. Starting on Nov. 18, some Server 2003, Windows Home Server 2003, and Windows XP SP3 machines suddenly refused to connect to Microsoft Update. As best I can tell, Microsoft has not responded to the problem, not documented a workaround, and is basically doing nothing visible to fix it.

By Woody Leonhard | 25 November, 2014 23:34

Tags: forum, Microsoft, software, operating systems

What developers can do to extend smartphone battery life

Battery power consumption remains a lingering problem on smartphones -- and is getting worse with the latest advances in the devices. But developers can take steps to tackle the issue.

By Paul Krill | 24 November, 2014 22:10

Tags: application development, qualcomm, software

How Apple could exploit a forever-free iCloud

While Google and Microsoft are using large amounts of free cloud storage to sell inexpensive consumer notebooks, Apple has stood above the fray.

By Gregg Keizer | 24 November, 2014 12:43

Tags: NPD Group, Apple, Google, Microsoft, storage, internet, cloud storage, Hewlett-Packard, HP

WebRTC close to tipping point as Cisco, Microsoft announce products

It was all the way back in the Spring of 2011 that Google released WebRTC, its nascent real-time, browser-based, HTML5-powered, no-plugin-required video chat project to the public. In the three and a half years since, the Internet Engineering Task Force and the W3C have been working together to try to formalize the standard, prepare the stable 1.0 release, and get it ready for prime time.

By Matt Weinberger | 22 November, 2014 01:07

Tags: WebRTC, Vidyo, applications, browsers, social, cisco, software, collaboration, Firefox, W3C, Google, Microsoft

Why AT&T and Sprint just announced business conferencing services

Separate announcements Tuesday for business conferencing services, one from AT&T and the other from Sprint, highlight the radically changing business models at U.S. wireless carriers.

By Matt Hamblen | 19 November, 2014 07:54

Tags: Uber, enterprise applications, Google, applications, enterprise resource planning, Blue Jeans Network, at&t, software

Evernote's quest to change the world through productivity software

In early October, Evernote CEO Phil Libin debuted new features designed to make the immensely popular note-taking software friendlier to the enterprise: Work Chat, Context and presentation mode.

By Matt Weinberger | 19 November, 2014 04:00

Tags: Evernote, applications, wall street journal, software, collaboration

Room to grow: Tips for data center capacity planning

Capacity planning needs to provide answers to two questions: What are you going to need to buy in the coming year? And when are you going to need to buy it?

By Thomas A. Limoncelli, Strata R. Chalup and Christina J. Hogan | 14 November, 2014 05:59

Tags: virtualization, services, Server Virtualization, (no company)

Functional languages rack up best scores for software quality

Language design makes a difference in software quality, and functional languages offer an edge when it comes to building quality software, a study of programming languages and code quality in GitHub reveals.

By Paul Krill | 07 November, 2014 22:11

Tags: application development, GitHub, software

Python-powered StackStorm sets scripts for event-triggered automation

StackStorm, staffed by former members of GitHub, PuppetLabs, SwiftStack, Rackspace, and the Apache Libcloud team, has launched the first public version of its eponymous open source operations automation solution.

By Serdar Yegulalp | 05 November, 2014 05:21

Tags: application development, GitHub, Tumblr, software, rackspace

What's new with Java

I'm sick of Java, as you probably are too. That said, there have been a number of changes to Java lately that may have flown under the radar. So, here is what you need to know about where things stand.

By Michael Horowitz | 02 November, 2014 06:25

Tags: application development, Windows PCs, software, Oracle

Microsoft endorses workaround for botched Windows patch KB 3000061

This month's Black Tuesday crop of patches held more than a few surprises. True to form, my choice for the "most likely to splat," the KB 3000061 kernel mode driver patch, repeatedly fails to install on many machines. Although the Knowledge Base article hasn't been updated, Microsoft support engineer joscon confirmed a workaround for the problem on Thursday afternoon.

By Woody Leonhard | 31 October, 2014 22:59

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

4 startups that are changing productivity

By now, you've likely heard about Inbox, Google's bold new plan to reinvent email with a smarter, more context-sensitive interface that treats messaging like just another to-do list.

By Matt Weinberger | 25 October, 2014 05:30

Tags: Google, applications, Asana, software, collaboration, mobile, Facebook

Surprise patch KB 3005628 bodes ill for Microsoft's patching strategy

Yesterday Microsoft released patch KB 3005628 for Windows 8, 8.1, Server 2012, and Server 2012 R2. It's a trivial, non-security patch. The fact that it wasn't kept and issued in the normal cadence (patches usually arrive on Update Tuesday, which is next Tuesday) points to either an accidental release to the Automatic Update chute -- which we've seen before -- or an unwelcome switch in Microsoft's patching strategy. Either possibility is troubling.

By Woody Leonhard | 08 October, 2014 22:06

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

9 things to look for in Windows 9

Microsoft is holding a press briefing Tuesday to broadly discuss the future of Windows, but the expectation is that the company will also introduce specifics of Windows 9, including features such as Cortana and virtual desktops.

By Tim Greene | 30 September, 2014 00:07

Tags: Microsoft Subnet, Microsoft, software, Windows 9

Oracle's Larry Ellison downshifts, but leadership remains the same

Don't mistake Larry Ellison's decision Thursday to step down as CEO of Oracle as a big change.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 19 September, 2014 21:57

Tags: business issues, IT industry, personnel, Microsoft, software, Oracle

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