BlackBerry, Apple, Windows 8 and government IT disasters: Top 10 IT news stories of the week

By Danny Palmer
01 Aug 2014 View Comments
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BlackBerry lost another high-profile customer, the government has potentially lost £700m in a legal battle over a failed NHS IT project and it was revealed Apple can snoop on iPhones without the user even knowing in what's been another big week for IT industry news.

Here's Computing's weekly summary of the most significant and most-read IT news to occur over the last seven days.

10. PernixData FVP virtualization software takes SEGA's storage to the next level

Computing discovered how SEGA, the multinational video game developer and publisher behind Sonic the Hedgehog and other iconic titles, has deployed PernixData's FVP storage acceleration software platform to improve performance of its mobile gaming service platform.

Kyosuke Watanabe, general manager for SEGA's IT management department, explained how the database solution has benefited the games developer.

"By combining PernixData FVP and low-end storage, we achieved performance that was three to four times better than low-end storage, and better than middle range storage," he said.

9. Free Windows

There's increasing speculation that Microsoft may eventually make its Windows operating system a free resource. But what are the chances of Microsoft giving away its operating system - and even some of its most popular applications - for free? Computing asked some Redmond-watchers for their thoughts.

According to Gartner, the OS will become free for consumers while enterprise users still get charged to use the product.

"By 2017, Windows will be free for consumers, but likely there will still be a charge for enterprise users, and organisations will be faced with various bundles of extra features," said Gartner research VP Michael Silver.

8. Hardware market 'does remain a focus' says BlackBerry enterprise chief

BlackBerry will continue to focus on hardware, despite its ongoing reinvention as a dedicated enterprise mobile security company, the firm's president of enterprise services has told Computing.

Speaking at the company's BlackBerry Security event in New York this week, John Sims dismissed rumours that the upcoming BlackBerry Classic and BlackBerry Passport devices may be the company's last.

"I think [company CEO] John Chen said very clearly in the strategy that the hardware market does remain a focus within BlackBerry," said Sims.

"In the enterprise space, one of the things I always heard from our customers was that they loved their old BlackBerry device with the keyboard," he added.

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