100 Open Source Apps for Windows
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published February 17, 2015
Many of the open source development, big data, backup and other tools on our list have a tie to Microsoft.
Tags: open source apps, Windows
Secret to Desktop Linux Adoption
By Matt Hartley | Article Published January 20, 2015
If Linux is to see greater desktop adoption, one group of tech savvy individuals needs to take the lead.
Tags: Linux desktop, Windows
Tech Gurus Still Don't "Get" Linux
By Matt Hartley | Article Published April 07, 2014
Plenty of supposed tech experts attempt to review Linux without truly understanding it.
Tags: operating systems, Linux, Windows
Mozilla Kills Firefox for Windows Metro
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published March 17, 2014
Mozilla's effort to bring the open source browser to Windows 8 Metro has been terminated.
Tags: Mozilla Firefox, browser, Mozilla, Windows, Windows 8 Metro, Firefox
Linux Invasion: 101 Open Source Apps for Windows
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published February 20, 2014
These are some of the best applications for home, business or education users who are new to open source.
Tags: Windows, Linux, Linux apps, download, Windows XP, apps
Life without a Windows Desktop
By Matt Hartley | Article Published February 17, 2014
A Linux user talks about assembling an open source desktop with complete functionality.
Tags: Skype, Linux, applications, Windows, Google Plus
Why Apple Is Gunning for Microsoft
By Mike Elgan | Article Published October 23, 2013
Apple's announcement yesterday made it clear that Microsoft -- not Google -- is Enemy #1.
Tags: OSX, Apple, Microsoft, tablets, smartphones, Windows
Tech Comics: Windows vs. OS X
By Oliver Widder | Article Published August 29, 2013
The differences may seem small, but in some ways they're quite large.
Tags: Windows, OS X, PC hardware
Microsoft Posts Disappointing Earnings, Shares Tumble
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published July 19, 2013
Slow Surface RT sales led to a big writedown that impacted the software giant's bottom line.
Tags: Microsoft, Windows, tablet, quarterly financials, earnings, revenue, Surface
AMD to Support PCs that Run Android, Chrome
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published June 07, 2013
The chip maker is backing away from its exclusive support of Windows.
Tags: processor, Microsoft, Chrome, Google, chip, AMD, Android, Windows
Open Source Windows Applications
By Matt Hartley | Article Published June 04, 2013
These are some of the best open source software titles available for Windows.
Tags: applications, software, Linux, Windows, open source
Mark Shuttleworth Says Microsoft No Longer Dominates
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published May 31, 2013
The Canonical founder has closed Ubuntu's famed "Bug #1."
Tags: Canonical, Mark Shuttleworth, open source, Linux, Windows, Ubuntu
Windows Tablets Gain Market Share at iPad's Expense
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published April 25, 2013
Tablet sales more than doubled year over year.
Tags: iPad, Apple, Windows, tablets, report, Android, Strategy Analytics
How to Setup a USB Drive that Can Run or Install Ubuntu
By Matt Hartley | Article Published April 22, 2013
If you're on Windows or a Mac and would like to give Ubuntu a try, follow these steps to install Ubuntu on a USB drive.
Tags: USB drive, OS X, Ubuntu, Mac, Windows, Linux, open source, Flash
Microsoft Profits Climb 19% on Strong Software Sales
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published April 19, 2013
Revenue fell short of expectations.
Tags: quarterly financials, Windows, Microsoft, earnings, software, revenue
Microsoft Releases 'Boring' Patch Tuesday Update
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published April 10, 2013
The company still hasn't patched the IE vulnerability demonstrated at Pwn2Own.
Tags: Internet Explorer, IE, security vulnerabilities, Windows, Microsoft, Patch Tuesday
Patch Tuesday Release Addresses IE, USB Vulnerabilities
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published March 13, 2013
This month's security update from Microsoft patches 20 bugs.
Tags: Internet Explorer, Patch Tuesday, security vulnerabilities, Windows, Microsoft, USB
Microsoft Revenue Climbs, Profits Fall
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published January 25, 2013
The company's earnings report largely met analyst expectations.
Tags: earnings, revenue, Microsoft, Windows, quarterly financials
Microsoft's Ballmer Makes Surprise Appearance at CES
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published January 09, 2013
After vowing not to do another CES keynote, Microsoft's CEO crashed the party.
Tags: mobile, Microsoft, Windows, Qualcomm, CES, steve ballmer, chips, tablets
January's Patch Tuesday Release Addresses 12 Vulnerabilities
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published January 09, 2013
The release fixes security bugs in Windows and Office, but not an actively exploited vulnerability in Internet Explorer.
Tags: Office, Microsoft, Internet Explorer, Windows, Patch Tuesday, Windows RT, Surface, security vulnerabilities
Former Windows Chief Steve Sinofsky to Teach at Harvard
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published December 20, 2012
Sinofsky abruptly departed from his job at Microsoft about a month ago.
Tags: Microsoft, Windows
The Rebirth of Microsoft: Sinofsky’s Departure
By Rob Enderle | Article Published November 14, 2012
The departure of its Windows chief could herald Microsoft's transformation into a far more powerful company.
Tags: management, Windows, Microsoft
Windows Chief Steven Sinofsky Leaves Microsoft
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published November 13, 2012
The timing of his departure--just weeks after the launch of Windows 8--has raised many questions.
Tags: Microsoft, Windows
BlueStacks: Run Android Apps on AMD Windows PCs
By Pedro Hernandez | Article Published September 28, 2012
Startup teams with AMD to open up the Android app market to Windows PCs.
Tags: AMD, Windows, android apps, mobile, Android
Microsoft Gets a New Logo for the First Time Since 1987
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published August 23, 2012
The company name is no longer italicized, and the logo now features a version of the familiar Windows symbol.
Tags: Windows, Microsoft, Windows Phone, Office
Microsoft, Adobe Plan Critical Patch Tuesday Security Updates
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published August 13, 2012
Adobe will release updates for Reader and Acrobat X; Microsoft will release nine security bulletins for various software.
Tags: vulnerabilities, Microsoft, updates, Reader, server software, Office, Exchange, Internet Explorer, development tools, SQL, Security Advisory, Adobe, Acrobat, Windows
Windows, Linux, Mac OS X Hit by Cross-Platform Malware Attack
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published July 12, 2012
The Trojan first checks to see which OS a machine is running, then downloads the appropriate file.
Tags: OS X, malware, Windows, Linux, cross-platform, security, Trojans
Microsoft Squashes Zero-Day Bug in July Patch Tuesday
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published July 11, 2012
This month's security update addresses vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorer, Visual Basic for Applications and Microsoft Office.
Tags: security, vulnerability, Windows, Patch Tuesday, Visual Basic, Microsoft, Internet Explorer, Office
Analyst: Apple Device Sales Could Equal Windows Sales 'Within a Year'
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published July 05, 2012
The rise of post-PC devices has nearly cancelled out Microsoft's lead over Apple in the technology industry.
Tags: PC, sales, Apple, Mac, Microsoft, Windows
Gartner: Traditional Windows Desktop Software Facing Extinction
By Pedro Hernandez | Article Published June 29, 2012
BYOD and Microsoft's move toward tablets will spark a radical transformation in the Windows software ecosystem, according to Gartner.
Tags: Metro, Windows, BYOD, Windows RT, tablets
Windows Desktop Destined for Long Slide to Oblivion, Says Gartner
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published June 28, 2012
The analyst firm believes Windows 8 will usher in a major "technology shift."
Tags: Microsoft, Windows 8, applications, desktop, Gartner, Windows
Microsoft to Fix Dangerous IE, Windows Security Holes
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published June 08, 2012
Next week's Patch Tuesday release will include 7 bulletins with fixes for 28 vulnerabilities.
Tags: security vulnerabilities, Microsoft, Windows, DYNAMICS AX, Visual Basic, Internet Explorer, .NET, Patch Tuesday
Microsoft Makes Skype Available to OEMs for Preinstallation on PCs
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published May 30, 2012
A new kit gives PC manufacturers “instructions on how to silently install Skype for your customers.”
Tags: Windows, Skype, Microsoft, PC
Android to Surpass Windows by 2016: IDC
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published March 29, 2012
As computing continues to shift from desktop to mobile devices, IDC predicts that Microsoft will lose its place as the dominant operating system provider.
Tags: Android, IOS, Windows, operating systems
Patch Tuesday: Microsoft to Release 6 Patches, 1 Critical
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published March 09, 2012
It's a light month for Microsoft security vulnerability fixes.
Tags: Windows, Security Advisory, Microsoft, Patch Tuesday
Ballmer's Final CES Keynote: "Nothing is More Important at Microsoft than Windows"
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published January 10, 2012
Microsoft's CEO talks up Windows 8, Kinect and Windows Phone at his final CES keynote.
Tags: Microsoft, Windows, CES 2012
Microsoft Pitches Windows Store for Apps
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published December 07, 2011
Microsoft promises developers "a bigger bite of the Apple."
Tags: app store, Windows
Microsoft Updates Exchange 2010 with Service Pack 2
By Thor Olavsrud | Article Published December 06, 2011
SP2 adds increased support for hybrid environments that blend on-premises mailboxes with cloud-based mailboxes, as well as a number of other enhancements and bug fixes.
Tags: Exchange, SP2, Microsoft, Windows
Microsoft Streamlines Windows 8 Setup
By Thor Olavsrud | Article Published November 24, 2011
The software giant will shift its focus to Web delivery for upgrades to Windows 8 and says it has streamlined the setup process to make it easier than ever before.
Tags: Windows, Microsoft, Windows 8
IBM's zEnterprise Enables Mainframe-Windows Combo
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published November 09, 2011
Until now, the mainframe computer has traditionally been distinctly separate from the Windows world.
Tags: IBM, zEnterprise, mainframe, Windows
IBM Brings Windows to the Mainframe
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published November 07, 2011
New technology to support Microsoft's operating system on mainframe hardware will become available December 16.
Tags: IBM, mainframe, Windows
Will Windows 8 'Secure Boot' Lessen Linux Adoption?
By Matt Hartley | Article Published September 26, 2011
Windows 8's Secure Boot function could hamper the use of desktop Linux.
Tags: secure boot, desktop linux, Red Hat, Windows, Linux
Bridging Linux and Windows: Top Apps
By Matt Hartley | Article Published September 06, 2011
The dividing line between the Linux and Windows platforms gets thinner all the time.
Tags: Windows, Wine, Linux
Does Loving Linux Make Us Dislike Windows?
By Matt Hart | Article Published August 08, 2011
Is the Linux-Windows debate about OS politics, or something more pragmatic?
Tags: Linux, Linux desktop, Windows, Windows 7, open source
Black Hat: Document Exploits Continue to Evolve
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published August 03, 2011
Researchers demonstrated that Microsoft Office documents are still exploitable.
Tags: Microsoft Office, Windows, Black Hat Conference
Microsoft: We View a Tablet as a PC
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published July 13, 2011
Redmond won't be putting Windows Phone 7 on any tablets.
Tags: tablet PC, Windows
50 Must-Have Open Source Apps for Your Home Office
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published June 21, 2011
Open source apps for most every home office task, most of which function on Windows.
Tags: Windows, Linux, open source, home office, software
Microsoft Previews Windows 8 at All Things D
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published June 02, 2011
The software giant gives its first demo of the new user interface coming with Windows 8, purportedly set to arrive next year.
Tags: Microsoft, x86, ARM, Windows 8, Windows
IE9 Picks Up Share But Will It Be Enough?
By Stuart J. Johnston | Article Published May 03, 2011
Latest browser results: Chrome and Safari gain a little but IE holds steady, though its decline continues.
Tags: Windows, IE, IE 9, Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft
Microsoft Rolls Out First IE10 Platform Preview
By Stuart J. Johnston | Article Published April 13, 2011
Just weeks after Microsoft shipped its largest update to its venerable browser in years, the company has already begun the development cycle for the next version.
Tags: IE 9, HTML 5, browser, Microsoft, Windows
Should You Upgrade to Windows 7?
By James Maguire | Article Published March 28, 2011
With some companies still hesitating to upgrade to Windows 7, a look at the possible rationale for making the leap to Windows' latest OS.
Tags: Windows, Microsoft, Windows XP, Windows 7, upgrade
Developers Kit Coming for Kinect on Windows
By Stuart J. Johnston | Article Published February 22, 2011
It's been rumored for months that Microsoft would provide the ability to link its Kinect game controller with Windows, but now it's official.
Tags: Microsoft, developer, Windows, Kinect, developer tools
Windows at Age 25: Where's It Headed?
By Stuart J. Johnston | Article Published November 23, 2010
Windows turned 25 over the weekend, but will it last another 25 years? Several analyst attempt a little perspective on its mid-term future.
Tags: Windows 7, cloud computing, Microsoft, Windows Phone 7, Windows
Building Windows and Linux Systems with rPath
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published November 19, 2010
The vendor that pioneered the Linux software appliance market 5 yearrs ago is now at long last adding Windows to its roster. How do you build a Windows appliance/software stack anyways?
Tags: Windows, Linux, appliances, rPath, application management
Windows Legacy Apps vs. Linux Desktop Adopters?
By Matt Hartley | Article Published November 15, 2010
Linux offers a more challenging user experience yet also delivers more value, an expert opines.
Tags: Mac OS X, Linux downloads, Windows, Ubuntu, Linux
Linux: Does Being Competitive with Windows Matter?
By Matt Hartley | Article Published November 08, 2010
The Linux desktop may actually be hampered by its efforts to compete with Windows.
Tags: Linux downloads, Linux desktop, Ubuntu, Windows, Linux
Next Year to be a Big One for Office 2010: Survey
By Stuart J. Johnston | Article Published October 26, 2010
Is Microsoft's Office cash cow ready to be put out to posture? The results of a recent survey about Office 2010 deployments in corporate environments, may surprise you.
Tags: Office 2010, Dell, Microsoft, Office, Windows
Windows 8: Due in Two Years?
By Stuart J. Johnston | Article Published October 25, 2010
A leak from Microsoft's Dutch Blog pegs Windows 8 to arrive in about two years, keeping to Microsoft's plans to release alternating major and minor releases of the enigmatic operating system.
Tags: Microsoft, enterprise software, Enterprise IT, Windows 8, Windows
XP eXPires, OEMs to Stop Selling the Aging OS
By Stuart J. Johnston | Article Published October 25, 2010
However, determined customers can still get XP pre-installed using "downgrade rights."
Tags: Microsoft, Windows 7, XP, Windows, OEM
Windows 7 Sells 240 Million Licenses in a Year
By Stuart J. Johnston | Article Published October 21, 2010
Nearly a quarter of a billion Windows 7 licenses sold in less than a year: Microsoft celebrates.
Tags: ROI, migration, Windows, Windows 7, Microsoft
Top 20 Open Source Apps for Windows
By Matt Hartley | Article Published October 11, 2010
Open source downloads for file zipping, audio, video, graphics, office productivity and more.
Tags: Linux, Windows, Linux downloads, Office, open source software
Microsoft Patch Tuesday: 16 Patches
By Stuart J. Johnston | Article Published October 08, 2010
Within the 16 patches to be released on Tuesday, Microsoft rates four of them as "critical."
Tags: Microsoft, Patch Tuesday, Windows XP, Windows, security
Windows 7 Slate Expected in Mid 2011
By Stuart J. Johnston | Article Published October 04, 2010
Experts speculate about whether Microsoft's late entry will be ultimately detrimental to the company's competition in the tablet sector.
Tags: iPad, Windows, Microsoft, tablet, tablets
New Outlook Plug-in for Moving Big Files
By Stuart J. Johnston | Article Published September 27, 2010
Smith Micro adds Microsoft Outlook support to its cloud-based service for moving files that are too big for transmission via e-mail systems.
Tags: plug-in, Outlook, Microsoft, Windows, IT asset management
Windows Live Links Up With LinkedIn
By Stuart J. Johnston | Article Published September 27, 2010
The software giant's online services for consumers and small businesses are becoming more socially aware with its new friend, LinkedIn.
Tags: Facebook, Windows, LinkedIn, social networking, Social Networking Tools
Improving Windows Server Security
By Paul Rubens | Article Published September 15, 2010
Microsoft took down the Waledac spam botnet by gaining control of the domains used by the botnet's herders to issue commands to infected Windows machines.
Tags: botnets, server security, Windows, Microsoft, security
Microsoft SMB Server 7 to Ship Soon
By Stuart J. Johnston | Article Published September 14, 2010
The Microsoft SMB server software is slated for release sometime this month.
Tags: Server Edition, SMB, Microsoft, server software, Windows
Operating System Support: How Long Does Yours Last?
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published August 30, 2010
Getting support for your servers, mainframe, notebook and desktop OSes is a key factor in any buying decision. Red Hat, Novell, Microsoft, HP and IBM give us their views on how much support they feel customers need. But is it enough for you?
Tags: Linux, Windows, Oracle, IBM, Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Microsoft Beefs Up Office Web Apps
By Stuart J. Johnston | Article Published August 27, 2010
The online versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint get a handful of enhancements.
Tags: Office Web Apps, Office 2010, Microsoft, Web apps, Windows
Windows 95 Anniversary: Looking Back, 15 Years Later
By Stuart J. Johnston | Article Published August 25, 2010
Fifteen years may seem to be forever in the tech world, but Aug. 24, 1995 was a pivotal day for Microsoft and a whole world full of Windows users.
Tags: Windows, windows os, Microsoft, bill gates, Windows upgrades
Internet Explorer, 15 Years and Counting
By Stuart J. Johnston | Article Published August 18, 2010
Microsoft bundled IE with Windows early on, which gave the company an early leg up in browsers. But can the software giant hold on to the dominant position it's had for so many years?
Tags: Windows, browsers, Internet browser, Microsoft, Internet Explorer
Desktop Linux: Great for the Environment, Bad for Economy?
By Matt Hartley | Article Published August 10, 2010
Is using desktop Linux better for the environment and the economy than running Windows or Mac OS X?
Tags: Apple iPad, Windows, Linux desktop, linux os, Linux
Tech Staff with Only One OS Need Not Apply
By Carla Schroder | Article Published August 06, 2010
In today's heterogenous data center environment, data center staffers definitely need to be familiar with more than one OS.
Tags: data center management, Linux, Apple, Windows, OS
Microsoft Ships Last IE9 Preview Before Beta Release
By Stuart J. Johnston | Article Published August 05, 2010
As the public beta test of Internet Explorer 9 approaches, Microsoft touts the progress it's made getting the browser ready for its first close up with users.
Tags: IE, Windows, Microsoft, Browers, IE9
Windows 7 Outstrips Vista After Only Nine Months
By Stuart J. Johnston | Article Published August 03, 2010
It's only been nine months since the release of Windows 7, but a new report shows it has already superseded its predecessor in terms of usage.
Tags: Windows 7, Windows, Net Applications, Vista, Microsoft