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  • Microsoft Windows 8: an operating system for the enterprise?

    Microsoft has long been the supreme leader of personal computing, with Windows 7 and prior versions of the operating used by more than 1 billion people worldwide. But since Windows 7 came out in 2009, the world has caught tablet fever, and Microsoft now faces a brave new world in which PCs are losing territory to more portable touchscreen devices.

  • AMD Bulldozer might be the right fit for small business

    AMD's latest-and-greatest chip may lag slightly behind Intel's competing Core i5, as initial performance testing indicates. But these disappointing results hide benefits that AMD's "Bulldozer" FX CPU will likely offer, especially for cost-conscious small businesses.

  • Microsoft's 5 biggest weaknesses

    For all its success as the world's biggest maker of PC operating systems and office programs, Microsoft's position as the dominant provider of software to consumers is at risk. Here are five reasons why.

  • Windows 8 and OS X Lion reflect the difference between Microsoft and Apple

    It's kind of hard to compare Mac OS X Lion to Windows 8, mainly because, well, while we now know a fair amount about Lion, we essentially know only two things about Windows 8: that it exists and that it has a tablet-friendly overlay as its main interface. But what I think we can say is that they're two very different approaches to bringing tablet-like features to PC operating systems.

  • Windows 8 could learn a thing or two from the iPad

    At the Wall Street Journal?s D9 conference, the big news was about Microsoft. The company?s Windows Division President, Steven Sinofsky, appeared on stage with the Journal?s Walt Mossberg, and he unveiled Microsoft?s official response to the iPad?s massive success. And there was a lot to be impressed by in the demo, but in the end it seems like an approach that is utterly poisoned by Microsoft?s old ways of thinking.

  • Flash SSDs may give you more bang for your DRAM

    Device and storage vendors are gradually embracing flash SSDs (solid-state disks) as a complement to spinning disk drives, but one executive at this week's Flash Memory Summit sees great potential in turning flash "upside down" as a lower tier of cache behind DRAM.

  • Windows 7 won't spur rush to virtual desktops

    Microsoft is pushing desktop virtualisation as a way of making Windows 7 play nicely with old applications, especially those written for Windows XP. So now that the technology has been "blessed" by Microsoft, should we expect a desktop virtualisation boom?

  • Will Windows 7 spread desktop virtualisation?

    Microsoft is pushing desktop virtualisation as a way of making Windows 7 play nicely with old applications, especially those written for Windows XP. So now that the technology has been "blessed" by Microsoft, can the industry brace for a desktop virtualisation boom? Probably not, most experts agree.

  • Don't listen to the doom-sayers on Vista

    To listen to some of the research companies, Vista has been an almighty flop with few saving graces. But,we've been here before and we shouldn't write Vista off just yet.

  • Deciphering laptop encryption

    Hard disk encryption is essential for any business with a laptop workforce.






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