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Microsoft Limits Cortana To Bing Search, Edge Browser
News  |  4/30/2016
Microsoft is restricting Cortana to work only with Bing and Edge, and eliminating the use of third-party browsers and search engines for its digital assistant.
Windows 10 Bug Bash, Skype For Business On Mac: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  4/30/2016
Microsoft this week published Office updates for April, launched a new workflow app, and released a major new Windows 10 preview build so Insiders can help with bug-squashing.
Kafka Summit: Big Data In Real-Time Gains Momentum
News  |  4/28/2016
Confluent hosted the first Kafka Summit focused on use-cases for the open source real-time streaming and messaging technology for big data -- featuring support and integration announcements from partners. Here's why this technology is so hot right now.
Microsoft's Mobile Roller-Coaster Ride: 9 Contributing Factors
Slideshows  |  4/28/2016
Microsoft has never excelled in smartphones, but its mobile strategy has taken a turn for the worse. What went wrong, what will come next, and are there signs of hope? Here's a closer look.
Windows 10 Preview Build Recruits Insiders To Bash Bugs
News  |  4/27/2016
Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14332 steps away from its traditional Quests and takes a different approach to the way Windows Insiders can help chase bugs.
Google Cloud Conundrum: 7 Questions That Need Answering
Slideshows  |  4/27/2016
In an effort to gain enterprise interest, Google announced changes to its cloud platform last month that would beef up machine learning and big data capabilities. Still, many questions remain about whether Google's cloud will ever be a serious enterprise contender.
Smartwatches Still Lack Killer App
News  |  4/26/2016
The Apple Watch may not need to be tethered to an iPhone for much longer. But Apple needs to make its wristwatch necessary.
Agile Analytics: 11 Ways To Get There
Slideshows  |  4/26/2016
The accelerating pace of global business means that enterprises need more agile data-related systems and practices. Becoming more agile -- and succeeding at it -- isn't always easy given existing technology investments, constant technological evolution, and lingering cultural obstacles. No matter how agile your company is or isn't now, consider these important points.
10 Big Data Books To Boost Your Career
Slideshows  |  4/25/2016
People with big data and data science skills are some of the most sought after professionals because demand is outstripping supply. Here are 10 books that can help you learn everything about the emerging field and the tools you will need to conquer it.
Microsoft, Google Call A Truce On Lawsuits
News  |  4/23/2016
Microsoft and Google have agreed to abandon all regulatory disputes against each other and have decided to handle any future potential conflicts via collaboration, instead of court fights.
Windows 10 Cortana, Messaging Advances, Skype Bots On Web: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  4/23/2016
Microsoft announced Windows 10 builds 14327 and 14328 for smartphones and PCs, Skype Bots for Mac and Web, and earnings for its third fiscal quarter.
Microsoft's Cloud Business Can't Overcome Weak PC, Phone Sales
News  |  4/22/2016
Microsoft's third quarter revenue and profits fell short of analyst estimates, sending the stock lower in after-hours trading. Executives touted the growth and strength of the company's cloud business and noted that weaker PC sales and a strong decline in Microsoft's phone business hurt overall results.
Opera's Free VPN Offers Web Browsing Privacy
News  |  4/21/2016
Opera's free VPN capability allows users to change their location and access websites and content that may be geographically restricted. This comes as the company has also offered ad blockers, and as users are looking for more ways to stay private online.
EU Slaps Google With Android Antitrust Charges
News  |  4/21/2016
Google's requirements for Android manufacturing partners violate competition rules, the European Commission charges.
Skype Bots Now Reach Mac And Web
Commentary  |  4/20/2016
Skype users on Apple's Mac machines and the Web can now interact with bots from Microsoft.
IT Pros Fear Encryption Backdoors
News  |  4/20/2016
A survey of IT professionals by network services company Spiceworks finds concern about the risk of backdoors that bypass encryption.
9 Outlook Alternatives For iPhone, Android
Slideshows  |  4/19/2016
Microsoft Outlook is a popular mobile email app, but it's far from your only option. Here is a list of alternatives for iOS and Android if you want to try something new.
Windows 10 Feature Roadmap, Federal Lawsuit: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  4/16/2016
This week Microsoft published a website detailing future Windows 10 updates, sued the US government over data privacy, and updated Skype for Business on iOS and Android.
Microsoft's Project Madeira: SaaS Apps Designed For SMBs
News  |  4/14/2016
Microsoft is launching a preview of Project Madeira, a public cloud-based business management service designed for small and midsize business.
Microsoft OneDrive For Business Gets New Features, Admin Controls
News  |  4/13/2016
Microsoft rolled out a series of spring updates to OneDrive for Business, including new IT admin controls, as well as browser, sync, and mobile features.
Windows 10: Why These 10 New Features Matter
Slideshows  |  4/10/2016
Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 Build 14316, giving Insiders the option to try Cortana updates, Skype UWP preview, and native Bash on Ubuntu on Windows. Here are 10 features worth trying out.
LinkedIn Donates Dr. Elephant, MapR's Drill 1.6: Big Data Roundup
News  |  4/10/2016
LinkedIn contributes new technology for monitoring and managing Hadoop and Spark, MapR announces Apache Drill 1.6, SAP and IBM take their relationship to the next level, and more in our Big Data Roundup for the week ending April 10, 2016.
Windows 10 Build 14316, Cloud App Security Launch: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  4/9/2016
This week, Microsoft held its first Envision conference, beta-tested Outlook Premium, launched a major new Windows 10 preview build, and announced a partnership with R3.
iOS 10 May Let iPhone, iPad Users Hide Stock Apps
News  |  4/7/2016
Apple is reportedly planning to offer iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch users a choice of removing some of the default apps that come with its iOS, possibly as soon as iOS 10 is announced.
Gartner: IT Spending Will Decline In 2016
News  |  4/7/2016
Gartner expects global IT spending to dip slightly in 2016, to $3.49 trillion. Faced with spending constraints, but the need to advance, many are optimizing by spending on services instead of assets.
Vivaldi Browser Boasts Tab Stacks, Quick Commands
News  |  4/7/2016
Vivaldi, an upstart Web browser, targets heavy Internet users with customization features and touches like mouse gestures and stacked tabs. The company's creators include the cofounder of Opera.
Google BeyondCorp Breaks With Enterprise Security Tradition
News  |  4/7/2016
Moving away from perimeter defenses, Google has adopted a cybersecurity architecture, called BeyondCorp, that focuses on understanding devices and users.
WhatsApp Launches End-To-End Encryption
News  |  4/6/2016
Facebook's popular messaging client WhatsApp has enabled encryption by default for its 1 billion users.
Microsoft Outlook Premium Enters Beta Testing
News  |  4/5/2016
Microsoft has begun testing a new Outlook Premium service, which will be free for the first year and $4 per month after that.
10 iPhone Apps Worth Buying
Slideshows  |  4/5/2016
Free mobile apps are great, but sometimes the features within an app are worth an additional cost. Here are 10 paid iPhone apps to add to your collection.
Microsoft Envision Puts Spotlight On Digital Transformation
News  |  4/4/2016
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and other execs delivered keynotes to start the company's first-ever Envision conference, which focuses on digital and business transformation for tech leaders.
IBM Layoffs Hit Canada, Europe, Australia; US Likely Next
News  |  4/4/2016
IBM layoffs are hitting employees in Canada, Europe, and Australia. Another round of US layoffs is reportedly "imminent."
Acer Chromebase Makes Video Conferencing Affordable
News  |  4/3/2016
Google and Acer are looking to make video conference more affordable with the release of the $799 Chromebase. In addition to the price, the device is designed to foster video conferencing in small groups.
Microsoft Positions Cortana, Skype, AI As 'Future Of Communications'
News  |  4/2/2016
Microsoft is exploring new communication technologies with updates to Skype, Cortana and artificial intelligence.
Windows 10, Azure, Office Take Over Build 2016: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  4/2/2016
Microsoft held its annual Build developer conference and announced updates on Windows 10, Cortana, Skype, Office, Azure, Power BI, and other products and services.
Microsoft Integrates Xamarin Into Visual Studio
News  |  4/1/2016
A demo of Xamarin tools, which enable developers to build fully native mobile apps to run across iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac platforms using a single code base, was among the highlights of the second-day keynote at Build 2016. The lengthy keynote also brought updates on Azure, Power BI, and Office.


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