Why Windows is bad for business

Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT ) CEO Steve Ballmer is highly skilled at being "a little cocky" as he trumpets the global desktop dominance of his company's Windows operating system. "Ninety-five percent of the

Published on: October 12th, 2010 Katherine Noyes

Independent foundation saves OpenOffice.org

Given Oracle's recent decision to pull the plug on OpenSolaris, there has been considerable concern over the past few months about the future of the OpenOffice.org productivity software suite. Both projects were inherited

Published on: September 30th, 2010 Katherine Noyes

How to save over $2,000 on productivity software

Giant software companies like Microsoft have gotten where they are today by charging high prices for their products, and many enterprise users simply accept those costs as part of doing business. Times have

Published on: September 28th, 2010 Katherine Noyes

Will iPads soon edge out netbooks?

The term "disruptive," a common buzzword in tech journalism, is typically used to describe something that jars people out of existing ways of doing things, and provides them with both new ways to

Published on: September 9th, 2010 Serdar Yegulalp

Apple iOS becomes third most-popular platform on the Internet

Apple's iOS mobile operating system is now the third-most popular platform on the Internet, with a share nearly six times larger thanAndroid's, a Web measurement company said Wednesday.Collectively the devices that run iOS

Published on: September 3rd, 2010 Gregg Keizer

Ditch Windows for Linux and these 11 free productivity tools

Despite the wealth of free applications out there, many small business owners continue to spend an inordinate amount of their all-too-scarce resources on software. Microsoft Office 2010? That'll be $499.99--or $279.99 if you

Published on: August 6th, 2010 Katherine Noyes

How to use your phone to launch powerful portable applications

Mobile computing has long been dominated by laptop computers, but powerful new smartphones such as the Apple iPhone 4 and the various Android phones --including the new Motorola Droid X --are rapidly becoming

Published on: July 21st, 2010 Brent W. Hopkins

PC ‘on the skids’ as Apple gains ascendancy

On May 26, Apple's market capitalization stood at $223 billion. That took it, for the first time, higher than Microsoft, which had a market cap of $219.3 billion. Apple, not Microsoft, not Google,

Published on: June 3rd, 2010 Steven Vaughan-Nichols

Security not sole issue in Google’s dump Windows move

Google telling its employees to dump Microsoft Windows may be motivated by much more than security considerations, Canadian tech analysts say.On Tuesday, a section of the media reported that the search behemoth giant

Published on: June 2nd, 2010 Nestor Arellano

Experts say Android development not really open, but Google disagrees

Onlookers say that Google is in charge of Android development, despite pitching the software as a community project. But experts say that could be the only way Google can ensure that the software

Published on: November 11th, 2009 Nancy Gohring and Juan Carlos Perez

Replace your netbook OS with three free Linux options

If you're buying a new netbook for this holiday season, odds are that it will be loaded with Windows 7 Starter Edition. While many users will be happy with Microsoft's new OS, others

Published on: November 5th, 2009 Howard Wen

Open Source helps ING Life sell insurance in the boonies

The Rupali Restaurant is pretty much last place you would expect to find life insurance. But this ramshackle roadside pit stop in Bhubaneswar, Orissa, is an excellent location for ING Life to sell

Published on: October 19th, 2009 Sneha Jha

Are Microsoft and BestBuy teaming up to trash Linux?

The media and blogosphere are all in a tizzy over leaked screenshots allegedly showing that Microsoft is providing Best Buy with 'anti-Linux' training materials. You say 'anti-Linux', I say 'pro-Windows'. You say 'Linux

Published on: September 11th, 2009 Tony Bradley

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