Articles By Jon Brodkin

Whatever happened to last year’s IT start-ups to watch?

Last year, Network World identified a group of tech start-ups poised to develop innovative technology for a new age of cloud computing, virtualization and mobility. Nearly one year later, several of the companies

Published on: September 12th, 2011 Jon Brodkin

Windows 8 hardware requirements same as Windows 7 or lower: Microsoft

Microsoft's annual partner conference last week featured previews of the Windows 8 server and desktop operating systems, talk of integration between Skype and Lync, and a barrage of insults aimed at the company's

Published on: July 15th, 2011 Jon Brodkin

Microsoft sells a copy of Office 2010 every second

Microsoft is taking aim at some unspecified critics on the one-year anniversary of Office 2010, saying the product has sold a copy every second despite the rise of Google Apps and other cloud-based alternatives."When we released

Published on: June 16th, 2011 Jon Brodkin

Google to extend 24/7 phone support for more users

Google has always been known for fast and easy-to-use Web services loved by consumers. Google has never been known for the kind of dedicated support enterprise IT shops demand from technology vendors.Yet Google

Published on: May 20th, 2011 Jon Brodkin

5 tech innovators that took the wrong turn

Tech companies are usually divided into two groups: successes and failures. But some that failed in the end created innovative products that pushed the IT industry forward, and in some cases dominated their

Published on: May 10th, 2011 Jon Brodkin

Amazon outage explained by botched upgrade

It took about a week, but Amazon has fully recovered from its most serious outage in the five-year-history of the Elastic Compute Cloud, offered an explanation of what went wrong and revealed a

Published on: May 2nd, 2011 Jon Brodkin

Microsoft plans to hike license fee, but adds security software access

Microsoft is boosting the price of a license that provides client access to Windows Server, SharePoint, Exchange and Systems Centre, but is sweetening the deal by giving buyers access to a new endpoint

Published on: March 31st, 2011 Jon Brodkin

Windows Azure gets in-depth user analysis, marks first anniversary

With Microsoft celebrating the first birthday of Windows Azure, few people are as well equipped to discuss the cloud platform's strengths and limitations as Joannes Vermorel.Vermorel, the founder and CEO of a software

Published on: February 2nd, 2011 Jon Brodkin

Microsoft promises one-year warning before cutting online services

Microsoft will give cloud customers a minimum of 12 months' notice before discontinuing online services, or making any "disruptive" changes or upgrades, in an effort to standardize the support life cycle for cloud-based

Published on: January 28th, 2011 Jon Brodkin

Amazon’s EC2 cloud service dinged by Gartner rating

Gartner's Magic Quadrant report has placed Amazon's cloud computing service in one of its lower tiers, saying that for all of Amazon's commercial success it is "visionary" but "unproven." Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud,

Published on: January 14th, 2011 Jon Brodkin

Microsoft vs. Google rivalry reaches boiling point in 2010

In case you haven't heard, there are two companies called Microsoft and Google that really don't like each other very much. These tech behemoths are battling each other on a dizzying number of

Published on: December 15th, 2010 Jon Brodkin

Windows Phone 7 trump cards: Office and Sharepoint

Microsoft officials are exuding excitement over their prospects in the smartphone industry with the launch of Windows Phone 7. That's partly because the company knows exactly what previous versions of their mobile operating

Published on: November 1st, 2010 Jon Brodkin

Start-ups can replace investors with the cloud, says computer scientist

It's a rite of passage for tech start-ups to announce their first multi-million dollar rounds of funding, a way to demonstrate viability in a hyper-competitive industry. But taking on funding from outside investors

Published on: July 29th, 2010 Jon Brodkin

8 amazing things you can do with Windows 8

Windows 8 is still a couple of years away, but Microsoft is already telling partners what to expect in the next generation operating system. Luckily for the public, Microsoft planning documents shared with

Published on: July 6th, 2010 Jon Brodkin

A sneak peek at 8 fabulous Windows 8 features

Windows 8 is still a couple of years away, but Microsoft (MSFT) is already telling partners what to expect in the next generation operating system. Luckily for the public, Microsoft planning documents shared

Published on: July 5th, 2010 Jon Brodkin