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Ballmer Says Microsoft Won't Ship Office 14 This Year
Slow PC sales may have eased demand for a Web-based version of the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint bundle.
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Novell, VMware To Create Virtual Appliances For Linux
The collaborative deal affords ISVs using VMware Studio a free evaluation redistribution of appliances built on SuSE Linux Enterprise.
Microsoft Says Windows 7 Heading To Netbooks
CEO Steve Ballmer said the company plans to maintain Windows XP's dominance on netbooks with its next operating system release.
Microsoft Warns Of Zero-Day Excel Exploit
The vulnerability in Excel could allow an attacker to execute malicious code, if a user opens a specially crafted Excel file.
Meraki Launches 802.11n Access Point
The networking startup is trying to differentiate its products by having a lower price point and offering a hosted solution for network management.
VMware Adds To Data Center Operating System
vCenter Server Heartbeat and vShield, launched at VMware's user group meeting, bring the company closer to supplying the data center operating system via its virtual machine management capabilities.
Google App Engine Now Ready To Take Your Money
The launch of a billing system for its Web application hosting platform puts Google in competition with Amazon Web Services and Microsoft's Azure Services Platform.
Apple Releases Safari 4 Beta
The latest addition to the Web browser wars, according to Apple, is faster and "more innovative" than Internet Explorer, Firefox, and other competing apps.
Nokia Increases Cost-Cutting Measures
With the mobile market expected to decline by nearly 10%, Nokia wants some employees to accept buyout packages, and it's encouraging unpaid leaves and sabbaticals.
Motorola Selling Off Good Technology
Motorola purchased the mobile e-mail company two years ago to better compete in the enterprise market with BlackBerry maker Research In Motion.
Red Hat Unveils Virtualization Portfolio
The company's upcoming server software also could serve as building blocks for a future cloud computing strategy.
IT Security Remains Top Government CIO Priority
Those surveyed by TechAmerica say they'd also put IT infrastructure and management at the top of the list, including improvements in governance and standardization.
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This year, it's all about managing risk. That's the overall finding of our 2008 InformationWeek Strategic Security Study, which quizzed nearly 2,000 IT professionals about their plans and priorities for securing their companies' assets.
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Google Searches Measure Economic Misery
Google searches provide insight into the spread of the flu, so it's perhaps no surprise that they also reveal something about our ailing economy.
Memo To Google: I Know 600 Students Who Depend On Your Gmail
I couldn't help but take Google's Gmail outage today a bit personally. I'm in the midst of my one, big yearly contribution to my son's school: computerizing the school's heavily paper-based read-a-thon competition, using Gmail as the platform. So I'm asking you please, Google, don't mess up my PTO project. For once I look like a hero rather than the under-involved parent.
As American As Apple Mac
Apple OS X may have been approved for government sale since 2003, but the company has recently ramped up its pursuit of government customers, according to a source.
An Apple Netbook Won't Just Be A Notebook For 'Cheapskates'
ZDNet's Adrian Kinglsey-Hughes writes a blog I would have agreed with 100% a few weeks ago, ridiculing the idea of Apple shipping a netbook. A netbook is a machine for the budget market, he argues. Apple makes devices for people willing to spend more to get the best, and isn't going to compromise quality to cut costs. "If I was going to go down that line I'd also want a cheap yacht, a cheap Rolex, and a cheap Ferrari," he argues.
Google Vs. Symbian: 'My Linux Is More Open Than Your Linux'
It looks like a war of words has broken out between Google and the Symbian Foundation over which mobile platform is truly more open. Is there really a right answer to this debate?
Strong Federal Role Needed To Break Renewable Energy Grid-Lock
Former Gov. George Pataki delivered perhaps the most powerful assessment of the move to rebuild the national electricity grid yesterday when he called for a greater federal role in the permitting process. This was the same Pataki who had championed deregulation in New York state -- and later defended deregulation after the huge 2003 blackout of the Northeast.
Internet Child-Protection Bill Raises Too Many Questions
Are you a child molester? I know I'm not. And yet U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. Lamar Smith apparently think that there's a pretty good chance we both are. They've introduced bills that would require Internet service providers to keep customer records for two years. The law presents all kinds of creepy potential for abuse, and I don't see any reason to believe that it will be a cost-effective way to reduce the problem of molestation.
BlackBerry E-Mail On Windows Mobile
RIM announced a BlackBerry on Windows Mobile Service at Mobile World Congress, according to TheStreet.com. If you are tied to BlackBerry e-mail but prefer a device that has a bit more computing power, this solution may work for you.
DNSSEC: Forgetting The User, Again.
A lot of very smart people are working very hard to make the Internet trustworthy. The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) has launched a beta Interim Trust Anchor Repository so top-level domain owners can publish DNSSEC material while ICANN works out signing of the root zones. The ITAR is one more step in the road to DNSSEC. But DNSSEC is a technical solution and, like other technical solutions, ultimately misses the point.
How To Lean Towards Free & Open
People talk a lot about "going open", or leaving proprietary apps of various kinds for open source equivalents. My way of putting it has been to say "leaning open", to emphasize that you don't need to do this by diving into the deep end of the pool and praying you learn how to swim right then and there. In this and future installments I'm going to be talking about that process in detail.
AT&T Wireless Customer Charged $28,000 To Watch Football Game
Taking your cell phone to other countries can be a recipe for disaster if you don't take the right steps ahead of time. One AT&T customer learned the hard way that data roaming charges are no joke.
Better Storage Practices To Improve Backup
Backup is the thorn in the side of many otherwise smoothly running IT operations. There is probably little coincidence that the newest hire is almost always assigned the backup process or the ramification for missing the assignments meeting. The truth is that backup should be simple -- all you're doing is copying data to tape. The problem in general has nothing to do with the backup process, it has more to do with how primary storage is managed and optimized.
Real-World SOA: Definition, Implementation and Use of SOA with CentraSite
Web services are having a dramatic impact on improving enterprise architecture and application development practices. This paper highlights three sample case studies illustrating how Fujitsu's CentraSite delivers SOA solutions.
Forrester Consulting: Unified Communications Delivers Global Benefits
This Forrester Consulting study shows how Unified Communications (UC) makes it simpler to contact others over any device in any location, enhancing business agility, cutting costs, and boosting employee productivity. Forrester finds that UC is already delivering major savings for organizations around the world in retail banking, manufacturing and education. Download the full report for free.
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No longer a niche software delivery model, software as a service (SaaS) can help small and midsize companies get access to enteprise-class software functionality without having to commit enterprise-level capital resources. Download the full report for free.
The Internet & The Developing World
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