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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…
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. 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. 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. 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. 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…
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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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…
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…
The Microsoft Kinect, a motion sensor device for the video gaming first released in 2010, is the tip of the iceberg in terms of interactivity, according to researchers at a new social interactive technology lab in Melbourne. EPA/Oliver Berg

Microsoft partners with university but industry collaboration still weak

Microsoft’s research arm will partner with the University of Melbourne to explore how people interact socially with technology…

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