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  • Top 10 features that Apple stole from Windows

    Steve Jobs once said that Microsoft stole Windows from Apple, but there has been plenty of idea snatching on both sides over the years. Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard each contain features that originated in the other OS. Some features were stolen so long ago that they've become part of the computing landscape, and it's difficult to remember who invented what. Here we give credit to Microsoft where credit is due.

    Written by John Rizzo05 March 10 15:23
  • Open-source hardware takes steps toward gadget mainstream

    Open-source software is one of the great success stories of the past few decades. The Apache HTTP Server is the world's most popular Web server, Linux has more than held its own against Unix and other proprietary operating systems, and Mozilla's Firefox browser has given Microsoft's Internet Explorer strong competition over the years.

    Written by Howard Wen04 March 10 07:06
  • NZ school ditches Microsoft and goes totally open source

    A New Zealand high school running entirely on open source software has slashed its server requirements by a factor of almost 50, despite a government deal mandating the use of Microsoft software in all schools.

    Written by Angus Kidman25 Jan. 10 06:03
  • 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
  • The 10 dumbest tech moves of 2009

    It's that time of year again -- time to look back and offer my 2009 awards for the most malicious, obnoxious, offensive, or nonsensical behavior in technology. The 10 winners this year include some of the best-known companies on the planet, as well as some obscure but worthy candidates.

    Written by Robert X. Cringely08 Jan. 10 07:12
  • Microsoft in 2010: Four Challenges That Lie Ahead

    When you're a technology mongrel like Microsoft, challenges are constant - and 2009 was chock full of them. It was a tumultuous year that saw the software giant's first widespread layoffs and its worst quarterly revenue earnings ever.

    Written by Shane O'Neill11 Dec. 09 05:21
  • 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
  • Windows 7 Migration: Four Planning Tips

    Despite enterprise affinity for the sturdy and reliable Windows XP, it's all but inevitable that Windows 7, shipping next week, on Oct. 22, will see significant business adoption in 2010. That's due to both Windows XP's age and the timing of PC hardware upgrade cycles. Analysts at research firm Gartner expect corporate demand for Windows 7 to gain full momentum by the end of 2010.

    Written by Shane O'Neill19 Oct. 09 11:47
  • Does Microsoft complicate its licensing on purpose?

    Navigating Microsoft's complex rules and programs for software licensing has been notoriously difficult for businesses -- a pain point not lost on the company, which for years has said it is trying to simplify the process for customers.

    Written by Elizabeth Montalbano09 Oct. 09 11:15
  • OS deathmatch: Snow Leopard vs. Windows 7

    It's the best of times if you're a lover of operating systems, with the nearly simultaneous release of Apple's Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" (available right now) and Microsoft's Windows 7 (available Oct. 22). This leads to the inevitable debate: Which is the better operating system, Windows 7 or Snow Leopard?

    Written by Preston Gralla01 Sept. 09 09:11
  • BMW and Windows 7: why the car giant is upgrading now

    German automobile maker BMW is many things: Manufacturer of luxury cars and motorcycles; a brand name famous around the world; a giant corporation with a reputation for efficiency.

    Written by Shane O'Neill04 Sept. 09 04:08
  • Snow Leopard early release puts pressure on Windows 7

    The release of the next version of Mac OS X, also known as Snow Leopard, is by all accounts a minor update with few new user features. Even Apple calls most of the changes in the OS UI refinements that will occur "under the hood."

    Written by Shane O'Neill28 Aug. 09 02:18
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