Some European Union regulators reportedly are concerned that major Internet companies such as Google and Facebook gain an unfair competitive advantage from the detailed consumer data they hold, since other companies can never hope to amass anywhere near as much of it. In addition, some regulators worry that with less competition, these data-rich companies will disregard their customers' privacy preferences and become more invasive. Not only are these regulators wrong, but by mistakenly classifying big data as anti-competitive and anti-consumer, they risk driving European companies away from the most productive uses of data, which would harm the competitiveness of European businesses and limit the potential consumer benefits.
By By Joshua New | 27 May, 2015 19:07
When Linux first became a serious challenger for enterprise-class infrastructure, traditional IT vendors had to contend and to rationalize just what exactly this open source thing was. The initial response from many vendors was to attempt to stop it, but it only grew.
By Art Fewell | 19 May, 2015 06:39
AMD CEO Lisa Su let the cat out of the bag: Microsoft will be releasing Windows 10 in late July.
By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 30 April, 2015 03:27
I've been using email longer than most people (more than a quarter of a century), so I think I have the credibility to say it's overdue for an overhaul.
By Evan Schuman | 06 April, 2015 19:03
Over the past 5-yrs, organizations have complained about Microsoft Outlook calendaring problems where users describe issues of calendar appointments not showing up, meeting appointments disappearing, calendar delegate issues occurring, just overall "odd" behavior of calendars. It usually happens in mixed environments where some users are Apple Mac users, and some users (frequently the exec admin / delegate) running Windows, and typically active use of iPhones, iPads, Android, or other mobile devices and tablets. And over the past 5-yrs, I have actively blogged about the problem and the solution to FIX the calendaring inconsistencies.
By Rand Morimoto | 02 April, 2015 00:21
Back in the dark ages, when the only way to get onscreen entertainment was by tuning in a television set at a specific time (get home late? miss your favorite show? too bad for you!), networks had a habit of scheduling similar shows opposite each other. The notion was presumably, that the competition would cause one show to win out over the other, which would eventually drop in the ratings and get cancelled. The idea that viewers might be interested in seeing both apparently was not in the networks' psychology.
By Barbara Krasnoff | 27 March, 2015 05:01
Organisations that were born digital are built around their IT platform, and all their business processes are IT-driven and data-powered. Every action, every decision, is based on the processing of data sets about users and customers, about usage patterns, external conditions, etc.
By Yves de Montcheuil | 07 March, 2015 05:44
As the private sector continues to invest in data-driven innovation, the capacity for society to benefit from this data collection grows as well. Much has been said about how the private sector is using the data it collects to improve corporate bottom lines, but positive stories about how that data contributes to the greater public good are largely unknown.
By By Josh New | 05 February, 2015 08:37
Poor, slow-footed old Microsoft. It just can't adapt to changing times or keep up with more innovative, agile and forward-looking companies like Apple and Google. That's been the way many of us have thought of Microsoft for a long time. But it may be our thinking that's old and outdated.
By Preston Gralla | 29 January, 2015 00:55
Oh my gosh! The world's first holographic computing platform! Is this or is this not the best thing ever?
By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 29 January, 2015 00:55
Microsoft had an unusually kick-ass event this week. They trotted out the next version of Windows, which is called Windows 10.
By Mike Elgan | 27 January, 2015 04:01
Forget Windows 10. Here are the four most important words Microsoft said today: Windows as a Service
Microsoft's wide-ranging announcements about Windows 10 covered things as mundane as new customisations for the Windows 10 Start screen and as mind-blowing as a new computing holographic platform.
By Preston Gralla | 22 January, 2015 09:21
This year we are finally going to get an answer to one of the big questions in the technology world. For years, people have been debating whether Microsoft will retain its position as one of the world's dominant tech companies or steadily become less relevant.
By Preston Gralla | 06 January, 2015 19:23
You may have noticed that I take a rather cynical view of Microsoft. But I think I am able to recognize when it does good things. As a matter of fact, I think the company made some smart moves in 2014, and it's going to benefit from them in 2015.
By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 30 December, 2014 01:48
Microsoft has had their Azure cloud services for years, however most enterprises really don't know what Azure can be used for to help their organization. Much of it has to do with Microsoft having released Azure long ago with today's perception of the service based on what Azure did years ago. It also doesn't help that Azure does a LOT of different things, so for someone to get their arms around how Azure can help them is like roaming around aimlessly in a grocery store trying to figure out what to make for dinner.
By Rand Morimoto | 20 December, 2014 08:36
I actually had been feeling optimistic about Windows 10. No, really. You can look it up. I mean, I didn't think Windows 10 was the greatest thing since the advent of the Internet, but it did strike me as a solid replacement for the lamentable Windows 8.
By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 17 December, 2014 00:36
We may be witnessing the beginning of a turnaround for one of the mainstay companies of the IT industry: Microsoft. And by turnaround, I don't mean financially. Microsoft is a prodigious revenue and profit generator. But the company has been rudderless for years. It has essentially been reactive, not an industry leader. It's been resting on its laurels.
By Scot Finnie | 08 November, 2014 00:19
We're right on the edge of dual revolutions in artificial reality and augmented reality. It's an exciting time because we're in the final days of a world in which these technologies are considered "futuristic." By next year, early adopters will have them in their homes. Within three years they'll be mainstream.
By Mike Elgan | 20 October, 2014 03:15
Microsoft rolled out the widely anticipated Windows Technical Preview yesterday morning, playing to a handpicked crowd of Microsoft reporters and analysts. Although Microsoft didn't have the technical will to broadcast the event live, you can see a recording of the 40-minute presentation on YouTube.
By Woody Leonhard | 01 October, 2014 23:02
The following report, is based on a global survey of 706 IT and security professionals conducted in the United States, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. The goal of the survey was to capture data on current attitudes and trends with mobile devices and IT security. This is the third survey on this topic and this report evaluates differences in responses to similar questions asked over the past two years.
Organisations are seeking greater control over their outbound security. They’re looking to find solutions that offer the greatest protection and control to prevent data loss, ensure compliance and increase productivity. Where should they start? •Every year brings an even more extreme set of threats to the enterprise than the last •The push for increased confidentiality and the use of SSL everywhere has made it more difficult for enterprises to monitor Internet usage •While there are solutions that can help mitigate some of these risks, it’s critical for enterprises to adopt a comprehensive and streamlined way to maintain visibility and control
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