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Canonical's Ubuntu 14.04 focuses on the long haul

As organizations move in-house systems to the cloud, Canonical wants them to consider switching their OSes as well.
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Microsoft concedes Chromebooks are work-worthy

Microsoft on Monday conceded that Google's Chrome OS and the Chromebooks the operating system powers are capable of doing real work, a reversal of its 'Scroogled' campaign that once blasted the laptops as worthless.

Microsoft beefs up Office Online

Microsoft is updating its Web-based Office Online suite, narrowing the features gap with the main Office 365 and Office 2013 suites installed on users' devices.

Microsoft puts the squeeze on Windows to shoehorn it into 16GB devices

Microsoft has revealed how it will squeeze Windows 8.1 onto devices with storage space as small as 16GB to fulfill a promise earlier this year that OEMs could produce low-cost tablets and laptops.

Intel brings Windows 8.1 to schools with new education hybrid

Intel this week showed off a laptop-tablet hybrid with Windows 8.1 for the education market, where Chromebooks and tablets are also fighting for position.

Update: IRS misses XP deadline, will spend $30M to upgrade remaining PCs

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service acknowledged last week that it missed the April 8 cut-off for Windows XP support and will be paying Microsoft for an extra year of security patches.

Microsoft drags customers 'kicking and screaming' into its world of faster updates

Microsoft's demand that Windows 8.1 users install this week's major update was another signal that the company is serious about forcing customers to adopt its faster release strategy, experts said today.

Windows XP expiration couldn't save PC market in Q1

The looming threat of running an unsupported OS wasn't enough to save PC shipments from continuing their slide in the first quarter.

Microsoft suspends Windows 8.1 Update release to businesses

Microsoft suspended serving Windows 8.1 Update to businesses that rely on WSUS (Windows Server Update Services), saying that a bug would prevent devices from recognizing future updates.

Microsoft Patch Tuesday bids adieu to Windows XP

This month's "Patch Tuesday" includes the final round of security fixes Microsoft will issue for Windows XP, potentially leaving millions that continue to use the OS open to attack.

Operating Systems In Depth

Windows 8.1 Update deep-dive review: An OS that makes more sense

In Windows 8.1 Update, Microsoft may be finally getting it right: The latest version of its operating system finally bridges the gap between touch and traditional computing.

How to Support Windows XP Now That Microsoft Isn't

Official Microsoft support for Windows XP ends tomorrow. However, as many as 20 percent of business endpoints still use the popular operating system. If your company ranks among those still using XP, here's how you can protect your machines from the forthcoming onslaught of security vulnerabilities.

4 reasons Microsoft is a new company

There's no question that today's Microsoft is a whole new company. Many of the changes announced under the leadership of CEO Satya Nadella were initiated under his predecessor, Steve Ballmer. But it's clear that it's a whole new Microsoft.

Microsoft gets strategic with its Enterprise Mobility Suite

With its Enterprise Mobility Suite, Microsoft will make it easier for companies to manage a range of devices, including those running Apple's iOS and Google's Android. It's a smart move, says columnist Ryan Faas.

Security Manager's Journal: A rush to XP's end of life

The end of Microsoft support is fast approaching, and the company still has a lot of machines running the old Windows operating system.

3 Free Alternatives to Windows for Desktop PCs

It's an increasingly mobile world -- and the mobile future of Windows is dubious. To better accommodate end users, CIOs would be wise to consider these three alternatives to Windows on the desktop -- Chrome, Android and Ubuntu.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Who needs operating systems anymore? Not you.

OSs will still matter to developers and engineers, but ordinary users are going to be more and more in the cloud, where their OS doesn't matter at all.

How to set up a Linux system on AWS, the Amazon cloud

In this step-by-step guide, Mark Sobell shows how to start a Linux instance on Amazon Web Services' EC2.

Asus Chromebox review: A simple, inexpensive and unobtrusive desktop

The second desktop system to use Google's Chrome OS, the Asus Chromebox is a simple, inexpensive and unobtrusive alternative to traditional desktops.

Review + videos: 3 convertible Windows laptops try to be all devices to all people

We look at three Windows 8.1 convertibles that can transform into laptops, tablets or presentation devices, and try to discover how useful they really are.