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Windows 8 is loved and hated in equal measure. So what will Windows 9 do differently? Windows 8 is loved and hated in equal measure. So what will Windows 9 do differently? Microsoft Sweden/Flickr

What to expect from the next generation of Windows

The tech world is abuzz with speculation on what Microsoft is planning for the next generation of its operating system to replace Windows 8. It was always going to be difficult to create an operating system…
Outside the box. Amazon’s new direction makes sense. Outside the box. Amazon’s new direction makes sense. Uwe Zucchi/EPA

Amazon’s smartphone launch offers a prudent platform for growth

Amazon, the e-commerce internet giant, is launching its first smartphone. Media attention is focusing on whether the phone’s features, such as its rumoured 3D interface, are really as cool as portrayed…
Improving your fitness with Apple’s new healthy apps. Improving your fitness with Apple’s new healthy apps. Dirima

Will Apple’s HealthKit and Health app empower or frustrate?

If you thought that self-tracking and the collection of personal health and fitness metrics was just a fad then an announcement last week by Apple CEO Tim Cook at the annual Apple Worldwide Developers…
Zeus is coming. Not the cool one. Zeus is coming. Not the cool one. ElDave

Two weeks to stop Gameover Zeus: what you need to know

It’s little wonder that computer experts are warning that computer users could be experiencing “notification fatigue” after the past few weeks. But even if you’re feeling overwhelmed following the Heartbleed…
Microsoft has been at the forefront of allegations regarding the NSA. Microsoft has been at the forefront of allegations regarding the NSA. rhonogle

Using Microsoft products may be unethical for universities

Universities and researchers all over the world have a problem with Microsoft. It’s not just that the company forces expensive and dated software on customers. Using products like Microsoft’s email service…
Get ready for another update of Windows. Get ready for another update of Windows. Flickr/Jake Rains

Why is Microsoft dropping support for Windows 8.1?

In a move certain to raise the ire of users of Microsoft’s Windows operating system the software giant has announced that next month it will cease support for Windows 8.1. But that operating system is…
Saving your old Windows XP. Saving your old Windows XP. Flickr/MBK Marjie

Open source gives new life to old Windows XP machines

As the sun sets on Microsoft’s support for Windows XP this may be a great time to think about trying out a Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) operating system for your still-working PC. This is especially…
Despite its success, it’s time for XP to make way for the next generation. Despite its success, it’s time for XP to make way for the next generation. Corrie.../Flickr

Windows XP is still popular – so why is Microsoft pulling the plug?

As operating systems go, Windows XP has had a fantastic run since debuting 13 years ago. It can be still found on nearly 28% of the desktops in the world. It is the second-most installed desktop operating…
Are you ready to say good bye to Windows XP? Are you ready to say good bye to Windows XP? Flickr/Rowell Dionicio

The end is nigh for Windows XP: are you ready?

Almost 13 years after its release in October 2001 to a world still in shock after the 9/11 terror attacks, the sun is finally setting on Microsoft’s Windows XP. The operating system has been the software…
MongoDB co-founder and chairman Dwight Merriman still writes code. MongoDB co-founder and chairman Dwight Merriman still writes code. TechCrunch/Flickr

The new technologies needed for dealing with big data

While much focus and discussion of the so-called “Big Data revolution” has been on the data itself and the exciting new applications it is enabling — from Google’s self-driving cars through to CSIRO and…
After a long search, the right person was right under Microsoft’s nose. After a long search, the right person was right under Microsoft’s nose. Heisenberg Media

Microsoft seeks security in the expert hands of Satya Nadella

Faced with uncertain times, Microsoft has named Satya Nadella as its new CEO. His appointment follows months of speculation over who would replace longstanding leader Steve Ballmer, who retired last year…
Civil servants everywhere heave a sigh of relief. Civil servants everywhere heave a sigh of relief. psd

There’s no better time for governments to go open source

The UK government has revealed that it is considering ditching Microsoft software for open source alternatives. Cabinet minister Frances Maude has said he wants to see a range of software being adopted…
Exercise in front of screens has yet to take off. Exercise in front of screens has yet to take off. wiiuspiele

Sorry gamers, Wii Fit is no substitute for real exercise

It’s been about ten years since Sony popularised “exergaming” – games where you move your body along with the game – with the release of Eye Toy. The device projected players into video games by getting…
Windows 8 made sense in theory, but in reality has failed to hit the mark. Windows 8 made sense in theory, but in reality has failed to hit the mark. Justin Lane/AAP

Windows 8 and Microsoft’s missed mobile moment

To say that Microsoft is struggling at the moment is an understatement. The search for a new CEO is not going well, Microsoft mobile phones are still failing to capture any significant mind and market…
The search for Steve Ballmer’s replacement at Microsoft is hampered by the fact he will remain on the board. The search for Steve Ballmer’s replacement at Microsoft is hampered by the fact he will remain on the board. EPA/Michaelâ Kappeler

The long search for Microsoft’s next CEO

Microsoft is hunting for a new CEO, and five months after Steve Ballmer agreed to retire, the search continues. There are some key reasons why potential CEOs being considered for the post may think twice…
Such wearable, much wow. Such wearable, much wow. Thomas Hawk

Watches, glasses and super-tablets: tech predictions for 2014

With Microsoft losing its controversial CEO, Apple launching new iPads and iPhones and the rise of wearable devices all making headlines, it’s been another huge year for technology. That’s before you look…
A race to the bottom on cloud costs sounds good on the surface, but it could also drive volatility for cloud users. A race to the bottom on cloud costs sounds good on the surface, but it could also drive volatility for cloud users. shutterstock.com

Cloud price wars could drive ‘volatility as a service’

Since Google announced the launch of its Compute Engine in mid 2012, the competition for this lucrative slice of the cloud market has heated up. Amazon AWS, which has the lion’s share of the cloud infrastructure…
Are search engines really at the front line in the fight against child pornography? Are search engines really at the front line in the fight against child pornography? GoodNCrazy

Blocks just move child porn under the counter

Google and Microsoft have agreed to install filters on their search engines to prevent them being used to search for child abuse images. Some queries on Google and Bing will be blocked, while others will…
Microsoft is running out of temptations to sell Office software to consumers. Microsoft is running out of temptations to sell Office software to consumers. Sunfox/Flickr

Apple takes on Microsoft, but Google still the master of ‘free’

With the release of new iPads and Mac hardware, Apple announced that not only would the latest version of the Mac OS, Mavericks, be free, but it would also be giving away its iWork office productivity…
All this cash should soften the landing. All this cash should soften the landing. Sheba_Also

Finns crestfallen as golden parachute tangles up Nokia

After the revelation that Stephen Elop, the CEO of Nokia, received a bonus of €18.8m following the company’s merger with his former employer Microsoft, executive “golden parachutes” are back on the public…
The glory days. Nokia’s 8250 and the iconic 3210. The glory days. Nokia’s 8250 and the iconic 3210. Brad Scruse

In an escalation of commitment, Nokia becomes Microsoft

Microsoft’s takeover of Nokia’s mobile phone division won’t come as much of a surprise to anyone who has kept an eye on the pair for any length of time. Two years ago, the two companies decided to collaborate…
Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer is taking Nokia’s mobile business off the hands of its interim CEO, Risto Siilasmaa. Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer is taking Nokia’s mobile business off the hands of its interim CEO, Risto Siilasmaa. AAP

Microsoft buys Nokia to make its own phones. Will they be that smart?

In a move that was paradoxically as unexpected as it was inevitable, Finnish mobile phone company Nokia has sold its mobile phones business to Microsoft for US$7.2 billion. The deal comes at a time when…
The US and Finland: united by ice hockey and not much else. The US and Finland: united by ice hockey and not much else. RicLaf

Microsoft-Nokia culture clash will be tough to overcome

Among Western nations it would be difficult to find two cultures as different as the US and Finland. Americans are stereotypically confident and outgoing; Finns considerably more reserved. This is even…
“They hate me! I’m rich!” “They hate me! I’m rich!” Javier Dominguez Ferreiro

Steve Ballmer: the hits and misses of a Microsoft CEO

How much are you worth to your company? Earlier this week, Steve Ballmer had the misfortune to discover that the announcement of his retirement increased Microsoft’s share price by 7.6%. Dispiriting as…
Microsoft’s negative marketing campaign says less about Google and more about its insecurity in the IT industry. Microsoft’s negative marketing campaign says less about Google and more about its insecurity in the IT industry. AAP/Everett Kennedy Brown

Microsoft’s mean streak reveals a company in crisis

You can tell a lot about an organisation’s culture and view of the world by looking at what it says about its competitors. Some enterprises, just like some politicians and academics, are serene. They don’t…
Will a US$732 million penalty be enough to dissuade Microsoft from violating antitrust settlements in the future? Will a US$732 million penalty be enough to dissuade Microsoft from violating antitrust settlements in the future?

Big fine for a broken promise: Microsoft’s antitrust breach puts tech firms on notice

When large corporations can shrug off financial penalties and seem indifferent to reputational damage because they’ve captured the consumers, you might wonder about the true cost of broken promises in…
European data protection law and Google seem to be at odds. European data protection law and Google seem to be at odds. Vermin Inc

Google slapped hard in Europe over data handling

We all know the basics: when you sign up for a Google account you provide valuable personal information that allows hardworking people at the company to build a profile of you. This will include your age…
Could hacking Mark Zuckerberg’s social media giant lead to a fruitful career? Could hacking Mark Zuckerberg’s social media giant lead to a fruitful career? Hegemony77 doll clothes

Facebook welcomes hackers, if they wear a white hat

As reported late last week, Facebook is encouraging hackers to try hacking its security systems to find weaknesses. Those who succeed will receive a reward of US$500 or more and have their name added to…
Google Drive has been launched in an already clouded marketplace. Google Drive has been launched in an already clouded marketplace. kilokon.tw

Dropbox and SkyDrive work – so why do we need Google Drive?

In late April, Google announced, in a relatively low-key post on the official company blog, the existence of Google Drive. The service, which has been the subject of rumours and enthusiastic chatter in…
Hackers with a commercial eye seem intent on destroying Apple’s reputation as a “malware-free” PC alternative. Hackers with a commercial eye seem intent on destroying Apple’s reputation as a “malware-free” PC alternative. Mike Poresky

Think your Mac’s beyond malware attack? Alas, those days are gone

For a long time Mac users would look at all the malware (malicious software) that infects Windows PCs and think how fortunate they were that such attacks did not happen to MAcs. But now, it would seem…
Are traditional telephony services looking down the barrel of a gun? Are traditional telephony services looking down the barrel of a gun? Grace

You use VoIP, try and understand it: make a noise and make it clear

If you use services such as Skype, you’ll already know about Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). This is what makes your video calls with loved ones possible, and – not least with the advent of the NBN…
Microsoft’s US$8.5 billion purchase: investment folly, or money well spent? Microsoft’s US$8.5 billion purchase: investment folly, or money well spent? Lou Dematteis/EPA

Skype and Microsoft: a deal worth ringing home about?

So, Microsoft has announced it will buy Skype in a US$8.5 billion move that has left the technology and business worlds puzzled. Owners of Microsoft shares might be most puzzled of all, maybe even tearing…
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, left, has big plans for Skype. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, left, has big plans for Skype. Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP

A big call: what Microsoft wants from Skype

Microsoft’s US$8.5 billion Skype acquisition, announced yesterday, gives the US software developer a golden opportunity to expand its business via the internet, including accessing and leveraging the rapidly…
Would you let this man chastise you for your work performance? Would you let this man chastise you for your work performance? sbisson/Flickr

Turning it on for work meetings: is Avatar Kinect the new you?

New technology about to be released by Microsoft has the potential to revolutionise workplace meetings, removing the need to “be” anywhere for those all-important face-to-face encounters. If you believe…

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