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Microsoft: Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational corporation that develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of products and services predominantly related to computing through its various product divisions. Established on April 4, 1975 to develop and sell BASIC interpreters for the Altair 8800, Microsoft rose to dominate the home computer operating system market with MS-DOS in the mid-1980s, followed by the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems. (Source:wikipedia.org)

Migrating to Windows 7 - or should you wait for Windows 8?


Section: Research
There are lots of companies of all sizes still using Windows XP – and they seem relatively happy with it. According to W3Schools (an online education resource), over 38% of desktops are still running Windows XP - an impressive show of loyalty for Microsoft, but one that is causing problems in its drive to move people to a more modern platform.   Those still on Windows XP should have that decision under review. In this anal ...   read more

Extending the Business Value of Videoconferencing with Microsoft Lync 2013


Section: Research
Barriers to large-scale adoption of videoconferencing in the enterprise have included complexity, poor workflow integration and lack of flexibility. Solutions must be easy to use and accommodate how and where users work to yield business benefits. This white paper explores the potential impact of Microsoft Lync 2013 as organisations strive to make video communications and collaboration a more pervasive and instinctive part of everyday business.   read more

Adobe Server Compromised by Hackers


Section: News
Adobe has released a security advisory after it found that one of its build servers had been compromised and used to create malicious files for signing digital certificates. All security certificate issued by the server from June 10th this year are expected to be recalled by the 4th October 2012. Whilst Adobe say that the vast majority of PC users will not be affected, they will also be issuing a software security update in the near future. "However, some cust ...   read more

Apple Attempts Flashback Botnet Take Down


Section: News
The news last week that more than half a million Apple Macs had been infected with a botnet-building trojan known as Flashback had many PC users secretly sniggering into their computer screens. For decades now, Mac users have managed to remain pretty smug about the misconception that Macs were incapable of becoming infected with malware, but now they have. ...   read more

Bill Gates to Rescue Microsoft?


Section: News
Rumours have emerged this week that Bill Gates may be planning a return to Microsoft as the new CEO in order to take a more "hands-on role” at the company. Whilst it’s hardly the first rumour to come out of Redmond recently, it’s thought at the least that Gates will help the new CEO to "ease into” the role. Currently, the most likely to take over is thought to be Microsoft's VP of cloud and enterprise Satya Nadella, according to a read more

Bing Revamps Search to include Social


Section: News
Microsoft has announced its most significant update to search engine Bing since its launch in 2009, to include a social sidebar. The new-look search page will begin rolling out over the next couple of weeks and will be split into three sections. This "focuses on bringing you information from the web to help you take action and interact with friends and experts without compromising the core search experience.” In the centre of the new page, is ‘Snapshot', with web results on the ...   read more

Bumper Patch Tuesday to Fix IE Vulnerabilities


Section: News
All versions of Internet Explorer (IE) from 6 to 10 will need to install updates from Microsoft this month in order to address critical vulnerabilities in the browser. This month is set to be a bumper month all round for Microsoft software, with a total of 57 security holes in IE, Windows XP, 2003 and Vista, Microsoft Server Software, Office and the .NET framework. According to Micro ...   read more

Cloud competition heats up as Microsoft challenges Amazon Web Services


Section: News
Microsoft upped the ante on cloud competitors this week as they announced updates for Windows Azure, including a new price plan and stronger integration with other Microsoft IT infrastructure development tools. These announcements were made at the Microsoft TechEd 2013 conference this week. The company plans to offer Azure with pricing by the minute with no minimum buy-in, read more

Cloud Computing to create 9.62 million Jobs in APac


Section: News
A study funded by Microsoft has found that cloud computing will create 9.62 million jobs in Asia Pacific alone by 2015. The research also estimates that the technology will create 14 million new jobs internationally by the same year, which is good news for the global economy. The study was carried out by global analysts IDC, who say that revenues from cloud innovation could reach $1.1 trillion by 2015. The res ...   read more

Dell Drops IaaS Cloud for Partner Program


Section: News
PC manufacturer Dell has announced that is to discontinue its infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud in order to concentrate on "best-in-class partner offerings”. The company will instead launch the Dell Cloud Partner Program to deliver IaaS through "an ecosystem of partners”. "Many Dell customers plan to expand their use of public cloud, but in order to truly reap the benefits, they want a choice of providers, flexibility and interoperability across platforms and m ...   read more

Deutsche Bank migrates to the cloud


Section: News
German investment bank Deutsche Bank has completed the first phase of its migration to the cloud. The firm decided to adopt the new technology as a way of streamlining internal application development.It is hoped that the cloud computing infrastructure will help the bank's developers boost the turnaround of software creation. The cornerstone of the move is the ability for ...   read more

Device shipments rise but PCs still declining, says Gartner


Section: News
The latest forecast from analysts at Gartner predicts that whilst overall global device shipments will grow by 5.9% in 2013, PCs will continue to decline by 10.6%. The research house say that combined devices, PCs, tablets and mobiles, will reach a total of 2.35bn units this year, with sales being driven by tablets, smartphones and to a lesser extent, ultramobiles. PCs, including laptops, are forecast to reach a total of around 305m units, representing a total decline of 10.6% from ...   read more

Enterprises say No to Windows 8


Section: News
On top of the news this morning that Microsoft has reported its first quarterly loss in its history, a new survey has found that large enterprises are "less than enthusiastic” about the introduction of Windows 8 into their organisations. This could come as something of a blow to Microsoft’s tablet sales when Surface is released in October, as it’s commonly thought that the device is specifically aimed at the enterprise market.   read more

Facebook Team up with Security Vendors


Section: News
Facebook have teamed up with five leading anti-virus vendors to create Facebook Antivirus Marketplace in an attempt to slow the spread of malware around the site. Microsoft, McAfee, TrendMicro, Sophos and Symantec are the security firms involved and the new page offers cut price and free antivirus solutions to interested surfers. read more

Flash Update for Zero-day Flaws


Section: News
Adobe has released two critical updates to address zero-day flaws, which are both under "active attack” by hackers. Windows and Mac users are both affected, although one of the exploits is being used in targeted attacks that tricks users into opened an email attachment. The attachment is a Word document and contains malicious Flash content and targets the ActiveX version of Flash Player on Windows. The other vulnerability attacks Safari and Firefox running on Macs and c ...   read more

Gartner Predicts Technology Devices to Total 2.4bn in 2013


Section: News
The latest forecast from Gartner predicts that sales of worldwide devices are set to grow by 9% this year, although this will include a significant change in the mix of devices as PC sales continue to decline. 2013 will see 2.4 billion units being shipped and this expected to continue growing through to 2017, when it will total around 2.9bn units. However, the traditional PC market will decline 7.6% as consumers continues to change their spending habits. This is due to ...   read more

Gartner: Windows 8.1 Could "Quiet Most Detractors"


Section: News
Technology research house Gartner has provided recommendations on how enterprises should approach installation of Windows 8 and the upcoming release of 8.1, in order to ensure that no compatibility issues create problems. Windows 8 has come in for widespread criticism since its release, with many users claiming it to be confusing and difficult to use, especially since it’s lacking the familiar start button. However, Microsoft recently announced that it will introduce new featur ...   read more

Gmail Outage Due to Duel Network Failure


Section: News
Yesterday’s Gmail outage that’s reported to have delayed 29.1% of all email sent between the hours of 9am and 7pm ET was due to a duel network error, which caused two separate failures. Whilst it’s not known how many users were affected, as Google doesn’t provide daily email volume data, it’s a good bet that it was a fair few, as the service does have more than 425m active users. According to the search giants, the failure was picked up quickly by its engineers but it took them ...   read more

HMRC & NHS Unprepared for XP Support Deadline


Section: News
Thousands of PCs belonging to UK public sector organisations are expected to miss the deadline for upgrading from Windows XP in April 2014. It’s thought that this will mean that some of the UK’s most important government departments, such as HMRC and the NHS, will still be running the old OS following the date when Microsoft stop issuing security updates. According to The Regist ...   read more

IDC Research Shows PC Sales Decline in February


Section: News
Researchers at IDC have found that slower than expected growth was experienced in Q1 2013 for PC sales in China, which is the largest PC market in the world. Whilst it’s thought that there were contributing factors to the decline, such as the Chinese New Year, budget cuts and anti-corruption measures, the reduction in growth still came as something of a surprise. It’s thought that the market will recover slightly in March, although not enough to offset a weak February.

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