Articles By Randall Kennedy

Apple’s iTablet — doomed before it sees the light of day

Tablet PCs suck. They're underpowered, only marginally portable, and awkward to use in anything but a traditional seated position, with a desk to support them. Microsoft and its cadre of hardware partners have

Published on: December 29th, 2009 Randall Kennedy

Business Netbooks: The Next Big (Little) Thing?

Yet a quick glance around the Web reveals a groundswell of support for using netbooks as companions to -- and in some cases, replacements for -- traditional business PCs. It seems that many

Published on: August 19th, 2009 Randall Kennedy

10 must-have free, open source software downloads for Windows

To many, free open source software and Microsoft Windows seem to be mutually exclusive. After all, the open source development model is most closely associated with the Linux OS and, to a lesser

Published on: August 17th, 2009 Randall Kennedy

Why Microsoft owes users an apology over Windows 7

Should Microsoft include an "in-place" Windows XP upgrade mechanism with Windows 7 so that users keep their settings and apps? That's the question burning its way through the blogosphere this week.Some have argued

Published on: February 11th, 2009 Randall Kennedy

Browser showdown – IE8 vs. Google Chrome

They're back! Just when you thought the "browser wars" were over, with the two camps - Microsoft and Mozilla.org - settling in for a kind of intransigent détente, along comes Google to stir

Published on: September 8th, 2008 Randall Kennedy

How to use virtualization to achieve ultimate mobility

For the IT worker, the phrase "desktop mobility" has many meanings. It can mean having a laptop computer. It can mean keeping all your data in the cloud so that you can access

Published on: August 22nd, 2008 Randall Kennedy

A wonderful widget to test your PC for Windows 7 compatibility

Windows 7 is coming. Will your PC be ready?It seems like a straightforward question. However, in the aftermath of the Vista debacle, where many systems that were certified as "Vista Capable" proved to

Published on: July 8th, 2008 Randall Kennedy

Windows Vista “app gap” is a myth

I love analysts. Whether it's predicting tomorrow's next big thing or sounding the death knell for yesterday's industry pacesetter, analysts never run out of new ways to get it wrong. Case in point:

Published on: June 26th, 2008 Randall Kennedy

Windows Search 4.0 morphs from monster to mild-mannered IT citizen

It's the feature everyone loves to hate. Windows Search, the busy little background service that chews up your CPU cycles and thrashes your hard disk, is alternately revered and reviled, yet it rarely

Published on: June 12th, 2008 Randall Kennedy

Microsoft Office Live Workspaces – Technically inferior and…so boring

After an excruciatingly drawn-out development process, Microsoft's Office Live Workspaces -- the company's attempt to marry Microsoft Office to the emerging Web services "cloud" -- is finally upon us. And true to form,

Published on: December 11th, 2007 Randall Kennedy