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Ellison pushes Oracle's new Cloud platform hard, but questions linger

Oracle chairman, Larry Ellison, has delivered another dose of hype for the vendor's Cloud platform, but many customers may need more convincing before they make the leap.

By Chris Kanaracus | 01 October, 2014 11:04

Tags: openworld, application development, Internet-based applications and services, software, internet, cloud computing, Software as a service, larry ellison, Infrastructure services, Oracle

12 things to know about Windows 10

Microsoft gave the first look at its Windows 10 operating system on Tuesday, a major release that will span all hardware from PCs to phones and try to address the ills that have dogged Windows 8.

By James Niccolai | 01 October, 2014 09:58

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

With Windows 10, a contrite Microsoft will try to atone for Windows 8 mistakes

Humbled by businesses' dislike for Windows 8, Microsoft has issued a mea culpa, offered the world a first peek at Windows 10 and pledged that the new OS will delight IT executives. But the true test of whether Microsoft can move past its Windows 8 mistakes will come when Windows 10 is commercially released at some point next summer.

By Juan Carlos Perez | 01 October, 2014 09:47

Tags: Windows 8, Microsoft, Windows, software, Windows desktop, operating systems

A year later, Ellison apologizes for standing up his customers

A year ago this month, thousands of customers waited at the Oracle OpenWorld conference for Larry Ellison to deliver a keynote speech ... but he never turned up.

By Martyn Williams | 01 October, 2014 08:34

Tags: business issues, personnel, software, Oracle

Microsoft unveils 'spiritual successor' to Windows 7 by going to 10

Microsoft today unveiled the successor to its failed Windows 8 at an event in San Francisco, putting the Steven Sinofsky era behind it by, if nothing else, naming the new OS "Windows 10."

By Gregg Keizer | 01 October, 2014 06:21

Tags: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, software, Windows 10, operating systems

IPsoft seeks to grow the 'brains' of virtual assistants

Systems support company IPsoft is testing new virtual help software that it says will help answer customer technical questions much more quickly and thoroughly than today's current crop of online assistants.

By Joab Jackson | 01 October, 2014 05:51

Tags: IPsoft, applications, software, data mining

Microsoft skips a number, says 'Windows 10' will be a big break from the past

Microsoft's major update to its operating system, called Windows 10, has been built to blend old and new in a way that will be familiar to Windows 7 users while also retaining much of its more modern tile interface.

By James Niccolai | 01 October, 2014 04:30

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Mobile developers get offline sync in new Amazon SDK

With features such as offline sync in the new version of its Mobile SDK, Amazon Web Services is hoping to lure developers away from the cloud services offered by Google and Apple.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 01 October, 2014 03:31

Tags: mobile applications, Amazon Web Services, Development tools, application development, software, mobile

Oracle unveils Alta, a next-generation user interface

Oracle has overhauled the way it will build user interfaces in a bid to meet customers' expectations for user-friendly mobile applications -- and also to keep pace with rivals Salesforce.com and Workday.

By Chris Kanaracus | 01 October, 2014 03:14

Tags: openworld, application development, software, IT management, mobile, Oracle

Update and upgrade roadmap crucial to Windows 9 success

Analysts today will be closely monitoring Microsoft's Windows event to hear how, or even whether, the firm can reconcile its fast-paced release cycle with the more conservative needs of enterprises.

By Gregg Keizer | 30 September, 2014 23:53

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

4 reasons to stick with Java -- and 4 reasons to dump it

Java remains a critical technology that attracts intense interest and passion, as testified by the droves of developers gathered in San Francisco this week for JavaOne, the industry's major event dedicated to the language.

By Paul Krill | 30 September, 2014 23:11

Tags: Google, IDC, java, software, Oracle

Tasked with promoting Office 365? Microsoft has a website for you

Aware that the "if you build it, they will come" principle doesn't always apply to newly deployed IT systems, Microsoft has developed a website to help companies promote Office 365 usage among employees.

By Juan Carlos Perez | 30 September, 2014 08:11

Tags: Windows 8, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

InfoWorld Bossies

InfoWorld's Best of Open Source Software Awards

By InfoWorld staff | 30 September, 2014 07:21

Tags: open source, Best of Open Source Awards, Bossies, software, open source software

Leaker claims only some Windows 8.1 users will get free Windows 9 upgrades

Microsoft will offer some Windows 8.1 users a free upgrade to the next edition, tentatively labeled as Windows 9, a notorious spiller of the company's secrets said today.

By Gregg Keizer | 30 September, 2014 07:18

Tags: Microsoft, computerworld, software, operating systems, IDG

Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd: Our IP will help us win in the Cloud

Though Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd's title may have changed recently, his job running the company's sales and support operations really hasn't. But he does have a whole lot more to sell and support these days, and it's all in the cloud.

By Chris Kanaracus | 30 September, 2014 05:38

Tags: business issues, openworld, CIO role, it strategy, software, mark hurd, internet, cloud computing, IT management, larry ellison, Oracle

Sorry, no live webcast of Tuesday's Windows event

Microsoft will not webcast the Tuesday press conference where it will unveil at least some parts of the next Windows, the company said today.

By Gregg Keizer | 30 September, 2014 04:47

Tags: Microsoft, computerworld, software, operating systems

Oracle rolls out analytics Cloud services

Add Big Data and analytics to the businesses Oracle wants to dominate in the Cloud.

By Chris Kanaracus | 30 September, 2014 03:52

Tags: business issues, openworld, Internet-based applications and services, software, mark hurd, internet, cloud computing, Oracle

Oracle expanding depth of its cloud development platform

Oracle is giving its entry into the platform-as-a-service market (PaaS) an injection of new services in hopes of differentiating it from the likes of Windows Azure and Salesforce.com's Salesforce1.

By Chris Kanaracus | 30 September, 2014 03:35

Tags: openworld, application development, Internet-based applications and services, applications, software, internet, cloud computing, Oracle

'Critical point' for Windows starts on Tuesday

When Microsoft unveils its next edition of Windows on Tuesday in the US, it will face its greatest challenge ever in operating systems, an analyst has argued.

By Gregg Keizer | 30 September, 2014 03:24

Tags: Microsoft, software, operating systems

Tibco goes to private equity firm for $US4.3 billion

Just weeks after Tibco said it was looking at its long-term business options, the business intelligence software and middleware vendor has disclosed that it will be acquired by private equity firm Vista Equity Partners.

By Grant Gross | 30 September, 2014 01:46

Tags: business issues, Constellation Research, David West, Holger Mueller, middleware, software, Vista Equity Partners, tibco, Mergers and acquisitions, Vivek Ranadivé

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