Stories by Elizabeth Montalbano

Windows 7 to feature XP mode for older applications

Microsoft will include a feature that lets people run applications in a Windows XP mode on Windows 7 to ensure that applications not designed for the forthcoming OS can run on it, a company executive said Monday.

Google Chrome OS shows limitations of Android

Google's decision to create a new Internet-centric OS for netbooks shows the limitations of the Android mobile OS for netbooks and raises questions about its future on those devices, developers and analysts said.

Google OS may force Microsoft to reinvent Windows

Google's Chrome OS won't be an immediate threat to Windows, but it may force Microsoft to reinvent its operating system more quickly into a product that takes full advantage of the Web and can move more nimbly across devices and form factors, analysts said.

Red Hat program certifies partners to put Linux on cloud

Red Hat has launched a new partner program to make sure its enterprise Linux and JBoss software are core components of a cloud-computing infrastructure, and to guarantee that Red Hat-based applications will run reliably and safely in the cloud.

Adobe shuts down July 4th week to ride out recession

Adobe Systems has shut down its North American offices for a week for the second time this year as part of cost-cutting measures, forcing employees to take paid time off during the days the company is closed.

Blogger: Windows 7 UAC feature still vulnerable

The Microsoft blogger who first called attention to a security vulnerability in Windows 7's User Account Control (UAC) feature claims it still exists and that Microsoft won't fix it, even as the company nears final code completion on the OS.

Rivals level guns at IE in enterprise browser war

While Microsoft's Internet Explorer faces healthy competition with other browsers among consumers, in the enterprise it has long remained the de facto standard. But that could soon change as rivals -- particularly Mozilla and Google -- add features to their browsers that make them better suited for use across corporate desktops.

Amalga helps hospital keep swine flu in check

When fears over the swine flu first broke out in many parts of the world in April, El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California, was about to pull the trigger on an implementation of Microsoft's Amalga software.

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