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Microsoft Tuesday released its late-to-the-party touch-enabled Office-as-a-Subscription for consumers nearly seven years after Google started flogging its “good enough” Google apps. The business version follows late next month. Of course, Microsoft dragged its feet to protect its sec...
Despite all the happy post-PC talk and the 4.9% drop in worldwide PC shipments last quarter, Windows is alive and well. Microsoft posted the numbers from its December quarter Thursday and revenues from its Windows Division were up 24% to $5.88 billion year-over-year while Windows pro...
Microsoft is in talks to help Dell finance a buyout, according to both CNBC and the Wall Street Journal. It could kick in somewhere between $1 billion and $3 billion. The rumored price to take Dell private remains around $13-$14 a share. Private equity house Silver Lake Partners ...
If you are looking to get into .NET development, this book is a great place to start. This book will teach you all you need to know about C# development. It will provide C# beginners with a complete foundation on which to build other .NET skills like WPF, Windows 8 App Store, XAML, ASP...
Murach's SQL Server 2012 for Developers by Brian Syverson and Joel Murach is an introduction to SQL Server 2012 and to developing key T–SQL (Transaction SQL) skills to become a successful developer. T-SQL is the language used by SQL Server to communicate with SQL Server databases. This...
Remember Microsoft’s Surface? Well, Lenovo’s got this thing called the IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC that it’s touting as the first “interpersonal computer.” It’s a Window 8 dingus with a 27-inch screen that can be laid down or stood up so four people can use it all at once as though it ...
Following the consent decree Google signed last week with the Federal Trade Commission limiting its use of standards-essential patents (SEPs), Google satellite Motorola Mobility told the International Trade Commission Tuesday it wants to drop the two remaining video compression SEP cla...
The CSS3 Anthology by Rachel Andrews is subtitled instant CSS answers, how-to's, and examples. This subtitle clearly explains the goal of this book. The book consists of nine chapters. The first chapter is a quick review of CSS. The other chapters cover major topics such as text stylin...
After 20 years with the company Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer Craig Mundie is going to retire in 2014 after he turns 65. As a run-up he’s turning his current roll over to chief technical strategy officer Eric Rudder to play senior advisor to CEO Steve Ballmer and wo...
This is a massive cookbook with tons of recipes. It covers a ton of material and it covers it in depth. Although this book is more of a reference than a cover to cover read, every time I use it to look something up I find myself getting sucked in and reading several chapters. The auth...
This book covers a ton of topics. Actually more like 10 tons of topics. The book is broken down into 6 parts: Planning for and Deploying SharePoint Server 2013 Administering and Maintaining SharePoint Server 2013 Securing, Protecting, and Optimizing SharePoint Architecture Using S...
As with Nathan's book WPF 4 Unleashed this book is a pure pleasure to read. It is in full color, the content is laid out in an easy to read style, the author's writing style makes it easy to read, and the content is all valuable. There is no fluff like you find in a lot of the books wr...
I own the first two versions of this book and was looking forward to the third version. There was a lot of change between the first and second editions, but this third edition does not have that much new material. The authors let you know in the preface that the major update to this ve...
Embarcadero Technologies has just released a new 64-bit C++Builder solution – a linear descendent of Borland’s C++ Builder created more than 15 years ago. It’s supposed to offer a faster way to create high-performance native Windows 8 and Mac OS X PC and laptop applications as well a...
Red Hat Tuesday pushed out a beta of Enterprise Linux 6.4 equipped with features to interoperate with Microsoft including integration with Redmond’s Active Directory to make identity management easier in environments with both RHEL and Windows. RHEL is also supposed to be a better beha...
Google has bought Ontario-based BufferBox, a service for delivering e-commerce goods to physical kiosks. Terms were not disclosed. It lets online shoppers pick up parcels at grocery and convenience stores in the Toronto area. Google means to transition its product search to a paid comm...
Microsoft says it’s sold 40 million licenses to its new touchscreen-adapted Windows 8 operating system that hit general availability a month ago. It’s reportedly outpacing Windows 7 in terms of upgrades. For what it’s worth, Microsoft also said there were more apps in the Windows S...
Apprenda has just launched rev 4.0 of its flagship private Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), claiming the new eponymous, uniquely single-language widgetry will be the model for how to modernize existing mission-critical enterprise applications and build new cloud-architected apps and servi...
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told French daily Le Parisien Monday that sales of the company’s iPad- and Android-challenging Surface tablet had a “modest” start because of limited availability confined to its online retail sites and the few Microsoft stores in the US. Surface tablets are...
TreeHouse Interactive (www.treehousei.com), a provider of on-demand partner relationship management (PRM) and marketing automation solutions, has announced its Reseller View PRM system is now available on the Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace. With this development, Microsoft Dynamics CRM...
Microsoft Thursday launched the biggest, most dramatic makeover of its operating system since Windows went graphical, perfuming the effort with a billion-dollar marketing budget. Windows 8 will be on the street Friday, October 26. It has to best the competition from the smartphones an...
Microsoft’s got previews of its Apache Hadoop-based solutions for Azure and Windows Server, Azure HDInsight Service and HDInsight Server for Windows. They’re supposed to deliver Apache Hadoop compatibility for the enterprise and simplify the deployment of Hadoop-based solutions. It s...
Microsoft is having a déjà vu moment. It’s in the soup again with the European Commission and is expecting a hefty fine that could theoretically reach 10% of its annual revenues, or $7 billion, something the EC has never done before but then the EC has never met a recidivist like Mic...
Microsoft started taking pre-orders for Windows 8 Friday. The upgrade price is $70. The widgetry is set to be released on October 26, when the software can be downloaded for $40, an offer that will expire at the end of January. The offer extends to XP, Vista and Windows 7. Buyers c...
Microsoft Tuesday priced its ARM-based tablet, the dingus with the ARM-ported Windows RT that won’t run any of the scads of applications written for x86 machines although there will be an ARM-ported version of Office bundled with the things. The new widgets will go on sale next week ...
Microsoft said Tuesday that it’s going to buy privately held StorSimple and its Cloud-integrated Storage (CiS) solutions to advance its Cloud OS vision and help customers embrace hybrid cloud computing more efficiently. It did not say what it’s paying. As a gauge, the start-up rais...
C12G Labs, the company behind the widely-used OpenNebula cloud management platform, today announced the results of a survey to determine the main building blocks that constitute the existing OpenNebula clouds. The full results can be seen at http://www.c12g.com/survey The results of t...
After looking into his crystal ball and seeing nothing all that good in Microsoft’s long-term future, CEO Steve Ballmer has signaled in his annual letter to stockholders Tuesday that Microsoft’s venture into hardware à la Apple’s tight integration is here to stay. “There will be time...
Want to support my.fancy.app.can.serve.up.anything.mybrand.com in your Windows Azure application? Just use wildcard CNAMEs and a little code glue! I was meeting with a small company today that has developed a SaaS solution around task and project management. It's a very cool applicat...
The European Commission said Thursday that it’s going to take Microsoft to the woodshed and formally charge it with breaching a 2009 agreement to offer European users of Windows a mess of alternative browsers, a deal struck to settle a brewing antitrust case. Microsoft admitted the o...
Windows 8, which is supposed to be released in a month, isn’t ready, Intel CEO Paul Otellini told employees in Taiwan according to Bloomberg, which talked to somebody who was there. Intel, of course, is depending on the new operating system to tickle PC sales. Otellini, however, re...
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer put rumors of a $199 Microsoft Surface RT tablet – that even had Apple biting its nails – to bed in an interview with the Seattle Times in which he suggested the dingus would go for “probably $300” – lower than the price of a New iPad – “to about $700 or $80...
Please, God, let this work – even if it’s not completely impenetrable, it sounds better than what we’ve got as we know from the Chinese. “It” is widgetry called vSentry from a UK start-up called Bromium that promises to put an end to malware – at least in the enterprise. Bromium is t...
Android took it on the chin Thursday when a German court said it infringed a Microsoft patent on a soft input panel system and method in a case against Google satellite Motorola Mobility. Microsoft has made a similar claim in the US. FOSS Patents, which reckons Google has suffered ...
Windows Server 2012 Storage Space subsystem now virtualizes storage by abstracting multiple physical disks into a logical construct with specified capacity. The process is to group selected physical disks into a container, the so-called storage pool, such that the total capacity collec...
By next July Microsoft means to hire another thousand people in China where it already has a staff of 4,500, according to what Ralph Haupter, CEO of Microsoft’s Greater China unit, told the press in Beijing. The hires will be in R&D, sales and marketing and services. It also means ...
Microsoft said it would push Windows Server 2012 out the door in early September and it did on Tuesday, after a year of public test builds. It positioned it as the “cornerstone” of its cloud strategy, its “Cloud OS” for private and hosted clouds and a building block for Windows Azure. ...
In New York Wednesday at the Nokia press conference kicking off the introduction of the Windows 8-based phones that it’s depending on to save the company, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer predicted that there would be 400 million Windows 8 devices out in the field a year from now. Aside f...
Linoma Software has announced it will launch a new version of its application, GoAnywhere Services, which works with Microsoft Server 2012 to offer customers enhanced security, as well as innovative user interface features and reliability improvements. The secure file server in GoAnywh...
While Apple had a “disappointing Q2,” they have managed to now reach $620B in Market Cap – I did not understand the analysts’ concerns with Apple’s Q2. With no major releases or announcements, it was business as (better than) usual. But it appears their stock is surging as iPhone 5 and...


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