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  • BMW road tests Windows 7

    If you're looking for someone who has road tested Windows 7, pull up next to BMW IT executive Bernhard Huber.
    Huber started testing Windows 7 in its beta phase about a year ago and continued putting it front of BMW users through an internal pilot program that grew as Windows 7 reached its RC (release candidate) and RTM (release to manufacturing) milestones.

    Written by Shane O'Neill12 Jan. 10 22:00
  • Microsoft's latest plan to win SMBs

    With Windows 7, Microsoft (MSFT) aims to please both consumers and businesses large and small.
    Wait a minute - small?

    Written by Shane O'Neill03 Jan. 10 22:00
  • Four challenges for Microsoft in 2010

    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.
    Yet there were some rays of sunlight flickering through the clouds. Windows 7 survived its many pre-launch milestones and launched successfully in October; search engine Bing debuted with aggressive marketing and innovative features; the launch of Windows Azure pulled Microsoft's cloud computing strategy together; Office, Exchange and Sharepoint software continue to own the enterprise; and Microsoft's public presence on television improved with the Laptop Hunters, Windows 7 and Bing ad campaigns.

    Written by Shane O'Neill09 Dec. 09 22:00
  • Microsoft CFO Chris Liddell to leave at end of year

    SEATTLE: Microsoft Chief Financial Officer Chris Liddell plans to leave the company at the end of the year after managing the software giant’s finances for nearly five years, Microsoft said Tuesday.
    The company did not say what Liddell plans to do next. In a press release, Microsoft said he is looking at a number of opportunities that will allow him to expand his career beyond being a CFO.

    Written by Nancy Gohring, IDG News Service23 Nov. 09 22:00
  • Microsoft hits back over Gartner jibes

    Microsoft has hit back against jibes from the world's largest technology analyst firm, Gartner, which attacked its Windows Mobile operating system last week and questioned its future in an enterprise context.
    At Gartner's annual symposium in Sydney last week, analyst Robin Simpson advised companies not to invest in Microsoft's Windows Mobile platform.

    Written by Rachel Bolton23 Nov. 09 22:00
  • Virtual reality puts paid to total failure

    It is now five years since we were hostage to a physical PC, thanks to VMware desktop virtual computing. Of course there is hardware on our desk but it's little more than a shell hosting the virtual PC that does the real work. That's why we ran, not walked, to grab a pre-release copy of VMware Workstation 7.
    Traditional physical computing, frankly, stinks. The operating system and applications perch precariously on hardware that fails infrequently but catastrophically.

    Written by Peter Mpon25 Oct. 09 22:00
  • XP: One year to live

    For all the stories about enterprises holding off on Windows 7 deployments, Windows XP's dominance in the enterprise is at the beginning of the end, says one industry analyst.
    This will not happen overnight, writes Forrester analyst Benjamin Gray in a new research report, but there are enough reasons for IT managers to "shake the status quo, and finally end Windows XP's corporate reign".

    Written by Shane O'Neill19 Oct. 09 22:00
  • Prepare for the inevitable migration

    Despite enterprise affinity for the sturdy and reliable Windows XP, it's all but inevitable that Windows 7, shipping this week, 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.
    Consequently, Gartner recommends strongly that businesses start testing for Windows 7 now, citing that mainstream support for Windows XP ended in April and any support for XP from ISVs (independent software vendors) will dry up toward the end of 2011. In other words, if you stall, you will end up in a support crunch, Gartner says.

    Written by Shane O'Neill17 Oct. 09 22:00
  • Google and the CIO

    Some commentators have been sceptical about Google's intentions with its new browser, the Chrome OS. Is it a mere distraction? Why has Google bothered? Is Chrome part of a broader plan? As a former chief information officer, I think Chrome seems to be just one element in a complete armoury of products Google is developing, all aimed at the CIO heartland.
    Many information chiefs seek a world where low-value IT utility services have been swept away, allowing focus on strategy development and other value-adding activities. Relentless product development now positions Google well to deliver its own form of this CIO nirvana.

    Written by Rob Mackinnon10 Oct. 09 22:00
  • Windows 7 will change the world: Frost & Sullivan

    The new Microsoft Windows 7 operating system (OS) due for launch in October, will likely change the personal computer industry forever, according to research house Frost & Sullivan.
    Frost & Sullivan APAC VP IT Practice, Martin Gilliland, said that Windows 7 represents a "user-driven upgrade that breaks the link between PC OS and PC Hardware upgrade cycles for the first time in the history of the PC".

    Written by Ross O. Storey21 Sept. 09 22:00
  • Microsoft CFO shares five-point strategy for growth

    The world is thought to have gone through the worst of the economic meltdown, but companies can expect the next five to 10 years to be vastly different from the past decade.
    This is the message from Microsoft chief financial officer Chris Liddell in his keynote speech at this year’s Tech Ed in Auckland.

    Written by Divina Paredes13 Sept. 09 22:00
  • Tech Ed kicks off with a bang and a thump

    Microsoft's keynote developer event, Tech Ed, kicked off at Auckland's Sky City convention centre today to the rousing beat of African drums.
    Scott Wylie, developer and platform group manager, welcomed developers to the 14th Tech Ed, thanking them for coming despite hard economic times.

    Written by Rob O’Neill13 Sept. 09 22:00
  • Gen-i, Axon dominate among Microsoft award finalists

    Large integrators Gen-i and Axon have taken finalist spots in a number of categories in this year's local Microsoft Partner Awards, for which nearly 100 entries were received from more than 30 partner firms.
    Gen-i has taken seven finalist places, including Business Productivity: Enterprise Content Management Solution of the Year, Business Productivity: Portals and Collaboration Solution of the Year, Core Infrastructure Solution of the Year and Reseller of the Year. Axon is a finalist in the Business Productivity: Unified Communications Solution of the Year category, Deployment Partner of the Year, and the Partnering Award, and staff members Geoff Clow and Nigel Burn have won places in the Solutions Star of the Year category.

    Written by Reseller NZ30 July 09 22:00
  • Redmond can't outrun the recession

    In the financial quarter that just ended, arguably one of its most important quarters ever, Microsoft had a chance to bounce back after an unprecedented year-over-year revenue drop last quarter.
    But it was not meant to be. Microsoft has reported historically poor earnings for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009.

    Written by Shane O'Neill26 July 09 22:00
  • Microsoft Office 2010 pushes for collaboration features

    With Microsoft Office 2010, due to ship in mid-2010 and being released to testers as a Technical Preview this week, Redmond will push themes including collaboration and improved productivity.
    Office's iron grip on the business world, though strong, is not likely to last forever, and Microsoft is starting to follow through on its "software plus services" vow by letting customers trade upfront payments for monthly fees, most recently by offering Exchange and Sharepoint software as a web service for a monthly fee.

    Written by Shane O'Neill16 July 09 22:00