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  • Visual Studio 2013 reaches beyond the IDE

    Microsoft delivers editing, debugging, deployment, project architecture, and ALM improvements stretching from Windows to Web development, from mobile devices to clouds

  • Not ready for Office 2013? Here are five open alternatives

    Between Microsoft's October launch of Windows 8 and Tuesday's rollout of Microsoft Office 2013 and Office 365, there's no denying that it's been a decision-filled few months for PC users.

  • The 19 generations of computer programmers

    If you're searching for a fountain of youth, the easiest way to get that feeling of continual rebirth is to hang around a few tech product launches. Every new rollout comes with the fresh, unabashed feeling that this has never been done before. Ever.

  • Cobol on the mainframe: Does it have a future?

    David Brown is worried. As managing director of the IT transformation group at Bank of New York Mellon, he is responsible for the health and welfare of 112,500 Cobol programs -- 343 million lines of code -- that run core banking and other operations. But many of the people who built that code base, some of which goes back to the early days of Cobol in the 1960s, will be retiring over the next several years.

  • Windows 8 could tempt tablet developers over to Microsoft

    Microsoft's emphasis on touch cited as new opportunity for developers looking to target tablets in the post-PC era.

  • Twenty glorious years of Windows malware

    Windows PCs have been under siege for 20 years. What a difference those two decades make.

  • The future's bright ... the future's Cobol

    Cobol may not make headlines much these days, with technologies such as Java and .Net viewed as the glamorous, contemporary platforms and Cobol seen as legacy code. Stephen Kelly, CEO of MicroFocus talked to our sister publication, Infoworld, about how the language has still got a future.

  • What LINQ will offer

    At TechEd, Microsoft talked up its new set of query operators for .NET. We set out what it all means and the impact it has on C# programmers.

  • Users mix open source, Windows for server apps

    There's a growing wave of users opting not exclusively for Linux or Windows, but for a third way -- open source apps on top of Windows. Advocates say that it provides the best of both worlds.

  • The battle in your pocket: Microsoft versus Nokia

    PDAs and smartphones look good but Nokia can build on its market share in phones.

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