As sure as the sun will rise in the east, Diet Coke will be the first beverage to run out in the ZDNet vending machine and the Rolling Stones will tour again, a new Windows release from Microsoft is bound to kick up a cyclone of reaction from TalkBack posters -- and offer yet another opportunity to size up the company's continuing dominance of the OS landscape. This week's column from ZDNet contributor David Coursey -- which details his lost weekend installing Windows Millennium Edition with varying degrees of success on different machines -- provoked a flurry of responses from satisfied early adopters and naysayers alike. Some readers agreed that Microsoft's latest progeny is underwhelming, especially for the $50 price tag, and they offered some caveats of their own about possibly bumps on the upgrade path. "It is very simple: If you are upgrading from Windows 95/98/98SE, don't," counseled Charles Walton, a computer technician and desktop-support specialist in Nashville, Tenn. "If … [Read more...] about Getting personal with Windows Me
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Every columnist and editor has a checklist of story types, templates that get dropped into current events to fill pages. Microsoft’s announcement last week that it was naming Satya Nadella as only the third CEO in the company’s history brought out one of the most consistent of those evergreen story types, the “XX Things The New Company/CEO Must Do Right Now” piece. Of course, I had my own entry in the category last week: Right up front, I want to make it clear that I'm not so much smarter than Nadella that I can tell him how to do his job: I’m not going to pretend that I have enough insight or experience to tell Satya Nadella how to run Microsoft. (And I’m always amused by my colleagues when the “18 Things Satya Nadella Must Do Now to Save Microsoft” phase begins.) But I do think I have a pretty good handle on the challenges he’s facing right now. And my guess is that these items are all high on Nadella’s to-do list. In … [Read more...] about What Satya Nadella must do right away as Microsoft’s new CEO
At its Computex press conference, AMD announced the expected Polaris graphics and the latest generation of its A-Series and E-Series processors, which combine x86 CPU cores with Radeon graphics on the same chip. But the big surprise was an update on Summit Ridge, which will be AMD's first processor to use its upcoming Zen architecture. "Zen is very, very special project and product for AMD," President and CEO Lisa Su said. "We are in the early stages of bring-up but the product looks really good." For the first time, AMD showed a video that was created on a system running a Summit Ridge processor. Su said Summit Ridge will be manufactured using 3D or FinFET transistors, will have up to eight cores and 16 threads, and deliver a 40 percent increase in instructions per cycle. Summit Ridge will use a new AM4 platform, which Su billed as the company's return to high-performance desktops. AMD will send the first Summit Ridge sample chips to "priority customers" in the next few weeks, with … [Read more...] about Computex 2016: AMD inches closer to Zen, announces Polaris graphics and new APUs
posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:44 0 1. donjonson410 (Posts: 32; Member since: 11 Jan 2010) lol, for all those nokia haters out there, they still are dominating. posted on 02 Feb 2010, 12:36 0 2. mr. anderson (Posts: 92; Member since: 16 Apr 2009) razr burn, nice. looks like phonearena really hit the nail on the head with their review lol! from the conclusion and cons: "What once was a truly innovative phone has fallen into a rut, while the competition is breaking out of the box." "The decreased price point of the 8GB 3G may be good for Apple’s bottom line, but it’s starting to feel like the RAZR all over again." posted on 02 Feb 2010, 13:50 0 3. JeffdaBeat (unregistered) I feel like people just don't get it. Apple has never pushed themselves to be the dominant anything in anything they do. It just kind of turns out that way. For example, Apple is pretty strict about their prices when it comes to everything. If they wanted to dominate the computer market, … [Read more...] about Comments for : iPhone losing market share despite growth in sales?
What really broke new ground in 2017? What was more than just an iterative update, instead building upon what came before in an exciting new way? These are just some of the questions we asked ourselves as the Tom's Guide staff debated the merits of hundreds of products we tested and reviewed this year to arrive at our first annual Innovation Awards.The 14 winners you see here truly represent game changers in multiple categories, from a console that redefines the category and a robot that teaches kids to code to a phone that takes artificial intelligence to new heights. On our list, you'll also find some under-the-radar innovations that simply deserved more attention this year, including a drone you can control with your hand and a game that explores mental illness.There's a compelling story behind each of these breakthroughs, which is why we spoke with the people working in the trenches to find out how these creations became a reality. These are the most innovative tech products of the … [Read more...] about Most Innovative Tech of 2017
Microsoft has been preparing a “snowy mountain playground” for Forza Horizon 3 players as part of the game’s Blizzard Mountain expansion, which has now launched for Windows 10 and Xbox One.In addition to a series of wintry tracks, Blizzard Mountain also introduces a collection of new vehicles, along with a new single-player campaign that spans multiple events and extreme weather challenges.Forza Horizon 3, released in September, is the latest entry in Microsoft’s open-world racing sim franchise. Unlike its companion series Forza Motorsport, Forza Horizon features an expansive map that players can explore at their leisure as they seek out new races and challenges over the course of a lengthy campaign.Players face a new set of campaign challenges in Blizzard Mountain, all of which take place on wintry terrain at extreme alpine heights. Microsoft notes that the upcoming DLC boasts “more than 50 new events and challenges to compete in …, including … [Read more...] about ‘Forza Horizon 3’ gears up for winter with Blizzard Mountain DLC
The social networking scene is constantly in flux. The big 3 (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn) are at the top of the heap right now. But challengers are springing up all the time, hoping to leverage the next big wave into a lucrative IPO.Facebook Bible: Everything You Need to Know About Facebook Twitter Bible: Everything You Need To Know About TwitterLinkedIn Bible: Everything You Need to Know About the Social Network for ProfessionalsActually there are two giant waves in the sea of social networking - mobility and games. Five potential Facebook killersAs people move from desktops and laptops to iPads and smartphones, everything is moving to mobile apps, says Gartner analyst Michael Gartenberg. "People have their phones with them all the time, not their laptops. When they communicate, whether it's verbal, text, or a social app, they use their phones."And since people are on the move, the savvy social media companies are adding location into the mix, either by having people check-in … [Read more...] about 5 Hot Social Networking Sites
As part of the R2 series of updates to Windows Systems Center and Windows Server 2012, Microsoft is taking a stepping up its virtual networking support, just as other cloud providers are doing the same.The goal of the feature enhancements is to more easily manage hybrid environments that combine on-premises resources with hosted public cloud infrastructure and migrating virtual machines between the two. “If you’re using multiple clouds you want them to operate the same way,” says Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson. “Build once, deploy anywhere” is the goal, he adds.The advancements in virtual networking are just one aspect of a broader refresh of R2 releases. Microsoft announced those would be available for eligible customers to download on October 18, along with the much-anticipated Windows 8.1 update.[COOL TECH: How Hyperloop works and a look at Elon Musk’s other inventions]New virtual networking functionality, which is outlined in this blog … [Read more...] about Microsoft virtual networking upgrades keep pressure on VMware
In March 2000, Avanade was created as a joint venture of Microsoft and Accenture to help companies build the client-server architectures that have powered IT for years. While the Seattle-based company still handles bread-and-butter infrastructure integration, today it is squarely focused on helping clients move to the cloud and engineer their digital transformation initiatives.In this installment of the IDG CEO Interview Series, Avanade CEO Adam Warby -- along with North America President Mick Slattery -- spoke with Chief Content Officer John Gallant about the keys to digital transformation and how Avanade and customers are benefitting from Microsoft’s own remarkable transitions -- or, why Microsoft is the most important strategic partner for CIOs for the future. Warby discussed the changing role of the CIO and talked about the growing role of line-of-business executives in driving innovation. [ Related: Tech Titans Talk: The IDG Enterprise Interview Series ]CIO.com: I want to … [Read more...] about Q&A: Avanade on why Microsoft is your best strategic partner for the future
Apple Computer isn't the only company with big hopes for small computers. Rival PC makers are hoping Apple's newly minted Mac Mini, which went on sale last Saturday, helps shift consumer tastes to smaller desktops at a time when most people associate "little" with laptops. "I love the product. I think it's beautiful," said Tom Anderson, vice president of marketing for the Consumer PC Global Business Unit at Hewlett-Packard. "If it started a trend of small (desktops)...I'd be very happy about that. It would be a reason for someone to consider a desktop." News.contextWhat's new: Windows PC makers are closely following consumer interest in Apple's Mac Mini and hoping to piggyback on the product's success if sales soar. Bottom line: More stories on desktop sales Big-name PC makers such as HP have so far had little success with small desktops, but the tiny Apple could well create enough buzz to spark new interest among consumers, some executives said. Most buyers tend to … [Read more...] about Will Mac Mini spur petite-PC revolution?