Operating systems

Microsoft u-turns to give developers early access to Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 Start screen resizable tiles
Programmers were due to receive build same time as general release, but Microsoft reverses decision following complaints
10 Sep 2013

Android will soon have 90 per cent of smartphone market, says Jon ‘Maddog’ Hall

Android KitKat logo unveiled at Google headquarters
Linux advocate claims Apple is making the same mistake it did with desktops
06 Sep 2013

Google gets hit by Microsoft again in Motorola patent case

Judge's gavel
Motorola Mobility has to pay Microsoft $14.5m in damages
05 Sep 2013

Top 10 Ballmerisms: Ballmer in his own words

'There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance'
30 Aug 2013

Windows 8.1 released to manufacturers, general availability still 18 October

'Significant' update to its OS, says Microsoft
27 Aug 2013

Steve Ballmer to staff: Microsoft is an amazing place

Ballmer's decision to retire from Microsoft was revealed to staff in an email sent at 6am PDT - 2pm in London.
23 Aug 2013

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to retire within the next year

Long-standing CEO criticised for a decade of mis-steps and missed opportunities to stand down as CEO in the next 12 months
23 Aug 2013

Lenovo brings back Windows 8 Start button

Preinstalled SweetLabs Pokki button replicates classic Start menu - but there are strings attached
23 Aug 2013

Don't use Windows 8 due to risk of 'back doors', warns German government

Use of Microsoft OS 'can have significant consequences on IT security' suggest leaked documents
22 Aug 2013

Microsoft withdraws patches after reports of crashes on Windows and Exchange

Microsoft's “patch Tuesday” turns into a nightmare as patches cause the return of the “blue screen of death” for some users
16 Aug 2013

University of St Andrews consolidates and virtualises 400 servers in 50 locations

Project led by CIO Steven Watt intended to cut costs, power consumption and carbon emissions at the 600-year-old University
14 Aug 2013

'No reason at all' for Force India to make Windows 8 leap

Head of IT Adrian Collinson tells Computing the F1 team is fine operating on the 'very good' Windows 7
13 Aug 2013

Bloomberg pays $80,000 to back Canonical's Ubuntu Edge smartphone project

$80,000 buys 100 devices for Bloomberg – but Canonical still needs just over $23.5m to go into production with 14 days left
08 Aug 2013

Curtains for Windows as Hillarys Blinds opts for Android

When Hillarys Blinds wanted to build an app for its in-home sales staff it weighed up mobile platforms – and opted for a combination of Android and Samsung smartphones
07 Aug 2013

Microsoft still has 'a way to go' in determining its market for Windows 8, says Network Rail

'We will embrace Windows 8 where it makes sense to do so' says IS head Goodman
30 Jul 2013

CIO interview: How Balfour Beatty will rationalise servers and applications in £50m deal with Fujitsu

Construction giant hopes to slash number of servers in half and cut thousands of applications
25 Jul 2013

iOS takes off at Air France: an interview with Jean-Christophe Lalanne

The airline’s IT chief tells Danny Palmer how he has turned the BYOD concept on its head, and why he believes Apple is flying high in the tablet market while Microsoft is still stuck on the runway
24 Jul 2013

Case study: Telefónica rises above the Surface

CIO Phil Jordan is overseeing a major migration to Windows 8 devices and Office 365 in a bid to boost collaboration, but as Sooraj Shah reports, his enthusiasm for all things Microsoft does not extend to the Surface
23 Jul 2013

BlackBerry Z10 prices slashed in the US

$99 on two-year contract with AT&T or Verizon, or $49 with Amazon or Best Buy
15 Jul 2013

Nokia chose Windows instead of Android to offer mobile carriers 'third alternative'

Stephen Elop opted out of negotiations with Google as he could see Samsung dominating Android back in 2010
15 Jul 2013

Nokia Lumia 1020 leaks ahead of launch

Nokia's latest device will have a 41MP camera, 2GB of RAM and NFC technology
09 Jul 2013

Windows 8.1 will be released to manufacturers next month

Devices based on the OS update should be available in time for Christmas
09 Jul 2013

The future for Microsoft: behind Ballmer’s Build bluster

Steve Ballmer’s keynote at Build 2013 was a third-party sales tour de force, but it left a few loose ends dangling on the hardware front
09 Jul 2013

Windows 8 tablets 'haven't reached quality of iPads,' says Air France CIO

Jean-Christophe Lalanne tells Computing that while Air France is keen to look at Microsoft Windows 8, the airline doesn't yet consider it a major player in the tablet market
08 Jul 2013