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July 14, 2014 by

Why Windows Phone is barely making a dent in the market

Microsoft has put a lot of dollars and effort into Windows Phone, even going as far as to buy Finnish handset firm Nokia in order to gain traction in the smartphone space. But despite this investment Windows Phone's usage share has grown from about one percent to around two percent over the past 12 months.

May 28, 2012 by

Using Windows XP is a waste of money, says IDC

IDC has published a white paper that explains "Why Sticking with Windows XP is a Bad Idea". It claims that upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 pays for itself in a year, in increased productivity and reduced support costs, and provides a return on investment (ROI) of 137 percent over three years.

March 26, 2012 by

Nokia and Microsoft pay £15m for app development

Windows Phone partners Microsoft and Nokia are shelling out €9m each to fund a mobile app development programme at Aalto University in Finland.The €18m (£15m) investment will be used to set up the AppCampus programme and run it for three years, Nokia and Microsoft said in an announcement on Monday.

June 2, 2011 by

Windows 8 will run Windows apps, even on ARM (kind of)

Windows has to be all things to all people, and that causes fights. The fights that the Windows 8 demos shown this week are about old versus new, thin versus rich, touch versus mouse, innovation versus legacy investment - and they're pretty much all missing the point.

December 2, 2010

Windows 7 migration: Calculating the ROI

The decision to upgrade to Windows 7 will need to make the cheque-signers happy, so this video explores the return on investment following the upgrade

October 9, 2009 by

BAA prepares for Windows 7 roll out

Airport operator BAA is set to roll out Windows 7 across the company as part of a £60m investment into IT systems. The operator has been testing the system, and now hopes the rollout will simplify its IT structure and contribute to a cost-cutting initiative across the company.

October 20, 2008 by

Back to Linux

Lately, I've been so enamored of OS X and so busy plotting what I can do for my wife to convince her that a new MacBook Pro really is a good investment that I haven't taken much time for Linux. Overall, our Windows network is working well, my Mac is the best computer I've ever used, and my oldest son is perfectly content with his Vista machine.

February 20, 2008 by

How do you benchmark real-world work?

Most of the technical reviews of Windows Vista I've read recently focus on speeds and feeds. But does that granular approach miss the real point of owning and using a PC? Can any stopwatch-based measurement of isolated tasks performed by individual hardware and software components really measure the worth of a technology investment? I don't think so. What really matters is usability, a subject I've been thinking and writing about for nearly two decades now. But what's the best way to measure usability? The answer isn't as simple as you might think.

July 16, 2002 by

Make a smooth migration to XP

Migrating client PCs to Windows XP this year will likely take longer, and cost more, than you'd expect--and cause with its own unique headaches. Here's how to ensure a smooth migration, and get big returns on investment.

June 5, 2002 by

Intertainer to launch in Europe with $9.4M

Intertainer, a Net-based video-on-demand provider, said Wednesday that it received roughly $9.4 million from Italian multimedia company Freedomland and that the two companies will launch a European service. The joint venture, called Intertainer Europe, will deliver video-on-demand over Internet Protocol (IP) networks for European broadband customers. Freedomland, which invested close to $14 million for a 51 percent stake in the venture, will run the operations out of its Italian headquarters. The site, based on technology from Intertainer, will offer content from the United States and Europe. The service will be distributed in more than 40 countries, including Austria, Germany and the United Kingdom. Movies will be streamed using Windows Media technology from Microsoft, which also has an investment in Culver City, Calif.-based Intertainer. --Stefanie Olsen, Special to ZDNet News

April 18, 2002 by

Microsoft looks to China

Software giant Microsoft has formed a joint venture with Shanghai Alliance Investment to develop and market software services for the China market. With a $4 million capitalization, the newly formed Shanghai Wicresoft is slated to begin operations in July, said Jun Tang, Microsoft China president. Microsoft and Shanghai Alliance will have equal ownership in the new company. Wicresoft, which will be headed by Tang, will concentrate on developing proprietary applications for both Chinese and foreign customers, Microsoft said in a statement. Multinational companies based in China will also be able to outsource software development to the new company. Additionally, Microsoft has awarded a global outsourcing contract to Wicresoft to provide technical support for Microsoft Windows and Office. The value of the deal was undisclosed. --Fran Foo, Special to ZDNet News To read the full story, visit CNETAsia.

February 11, 2002 by

Questions cloud Nortel CFO's resignation

Telecommunications equipment maker Nortel Networks announced the resignation of Terry Hungle, its recently appointed chief financial officer, amid questions surrounding the timing of some personal investment transactions. Former Nortel CFO and current Chief Executive Frank Dunn will assume Hungle's duties until a new CFO can be found, the company said. The networking gear maker said in a statement that it notified the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Ontario Securities Commission of the circumstances surrounding certain personal investment transactions carried out in 2001 by Hungle in Nortel's U.S. Long-Term Investment (401k) Plan. These transactions occurred outside the trading windows imposed by Nortel upon certain employees, including Hungle, and prior to news releases issued by the company on March 27, 2001 and Dec. 21, 2001, Nortel said in a statement. The departure of Nortel's CFO could not come at a worse time for the company, which can ill-afford the perception that its financial house is not in order. Nortel has been hit hard by an industrywide downturn in spending on the telecom equipment the company specializes in. In addition, potential customers for Nortel's equipment are now under accounting scrutiny, such as Global Crossing and Quest Communications International, feeding industrywide concern about the health of company accounting. --Ben Heskett, Special to ZDNet News


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