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  • Microsoft's Nokia acquisition is 'a necessary gamble,' analysts say

    Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's Devices & Services business is a necessary gamble for the software company's future growth in mobile, and for Nokia an admission that it doesn't have enough resources to successfully compete with Samsung and Apple, according to analysts.

    Written by Mikael Ricknäs03 Sept. 13 12:55
  • Microsoft pushes its way Into crowded unified communications market

    Microsoft's Lync has evolved into a serious unified communications competitor for enterprises looking to upgrade or adopt a UC platform. In a crowded field where players still struggle with interoperability issues, Lync's integration with Skype is a potentially transformational improvement.

    Written by Juan Carlos Perez09 Aug. 13 14:01
  • How to prepare for Windows 8 even though it's not coming to enterprises

    Windows 8 won't be adopted as a standard at your business anytime soon, according to a new Forrester report. But that doesn't mean IT shouldn't prepare for it to sneak through the BYOD side door. Here are five ways to be ready for Windows 8.

    Written by Shane O'Neill20 May 13 20:08
  • Gartner's Top 10 tech trends for 2013

    The arrival of Windows 8 makes "mobile device battles" Gartner's top technology trend for next year.

    Written by Patrick Thibodeau23 Oct. 12 19:27
  • Just rewards

    Brett Hibbert has been working for Loyalty NZ, which runs the FlyBuys loyalty scheme, for five years, and as its head of IT and operations for the past 12 months. Before he moved into his present role, Hibbert's experience was in mainstream business, with an emphasis on merchandising. His knowledge and involvement in ICT evolved as he worked across Loyalty NZ.

    Written by Stephen Bell21 April 10 08:10
  • Office 2010: The pros and cons for businesses

    With Office 2010 set to launch in June, businesses of all sizes are considering if it is worth the money and hassle to upgrade, especially for small and midsize companies that never moved from Office 2003 to Office 2007.

    Written by Shane O'Neill15 Jan. 10 07:36
  • How to Build a Business Case For SharePoint

    Developing a business case for any IT investment is a complicated exercise. But building a business case for SharePoint poses specific challenges because much of its ROI is intangible: SharePoint deployments can lead to process improvements, but it's not always easy to quantify the dollar value of those process improvements.

    Written by Russ Edelman20 Oct. 09 08:21
  • Five lessons from Microsoft on cloud security

    While Google, Amazon and Salesforce have gotten the most attention as cloud service providers, Microsoft-with its 300 products and services delivered from its data centers-has a large cloud bank all its own.

    Written by Robert Lemos26 Aug. 09 05:00
  • Microsoft, Yahoo deal: why you stand to lose

    After a year and a half of negotiating, Microsoft and Yahoo announced a search deal partnership this morning that will make Redmond's new search engine, Bing, Yahoo's search platform and put Yahoo's sales force in charge of handling both companies' search advertisers.

    Written by Shane O'Neill30 July 09 02:28
  • Windows 7: The Five Most Talked-About Features

    Windows 7 is proving a divisive subject even in its infancy. One example: Last week, reviews from CIO.com's sister sites, Computerworld and InfoWorld, offered radically different opinions about what Microsoft has in store for the successor of Windows Vista, expected to ship in early 2010.

    Written by Shane O'Neill06 July 09 13:18
  • How far will Microsoft go with cloud?

    As the Enterprise 2.0 conference unfolds in Boston this week, the whole software industry will be observing Microsoft's shift to online services, as it responds to the cloud computing model championed by competitors like Salesforce.com, Google and start-up social software vendors.

    Written by C.G. Lynch24 June 09 06:26
  • Microsoft's mobile trouble: can it buy its way out?

    Microsoft recently announced that Oct. 22 is the ship date for its coveted Windows 7 OS. But last week as the tech world buzzed loudly about the unveiling of Apple's new iPhone 3G S and Palm Pre smartphone, it was easy to forget about the next version of Windows.

    Written by Shane O'Neill18 June 09 05:11
  • Will Windows 7 Really Run on a Netbook?

    <a href="%E2%80%9Dhttp://www.cio.com/article/490592/My_Dream_Netbook_IT_Pros_Describe_the_Ideal_Device%E2%80%9D">Netbooks</a>, low-cost laptops originally designed for sale in countries with emerging economies, are becoming more popular in developed economies with consumers and business users who tend to use their own computers for work. Although these computers were initially offered with <a href="%E2%80%9Dhttp://www.cio.com/article/476421/Windows_on_Netbooks_Does_Linux_Stand_a_Chance_%E2%80%9D">Linux</a>, Windows XP has become an increasingly popular operating system option for netbooks, particularly given the conventional wisdom that they are not powerful enough to run Windows Vista. So what about using Windows 7 on a netbook? After using the beta on a netbook for a few weeks, it appears that Windows 7 is a workable OS for this class of computers.

    Written by Michael Cherry11 May 09 09:26
  • Software as a Service: Is this the future?

    Software as a service is the delivery of computer programs over the internet. It removes the need to install software on your own computer as all the functionality is accessed through a web browser. The processing and computation occurs at the service providers' data centre, often called &quot;the cloud&quot;.
    Everyday, millions of people use software as a service through web-based email offerings such as Hotmail. Businesses have also caught the bug with a recent ACA research survey showing that nearly a quarter of Australian businesses already use some form of software as a service.

    Written by Foad Fadaghi02 Aug. 07 22:00