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Does the device-neutral nature of desktop virtualisation give it fresh relevance in a world where PCs aren't the only devices that need access to information and applications?
Microsoft is accepting tester applications for the next version of its Windows Intune service for managing and securing Windows PCs -- and soon iOS and Android devices.
Over a hundred and sixty frontline staff at the Identity and Passport Service have voted to take strike action by the end of the month, according to the Public and Commercial Services Union.The proposed industrial action by Steria staff could see passport applications slow over the holiday period, the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) said in a statement on Friday.
Windows 7 was released a year ago today (October 22), and Microsoft has announced More than 240 Million Licenses Sold. The blog post by Brandon LeBlanc adds: "As of September, Windows 7 was running on 93% of new consumer PCs and has over 17% global OS market share (according to Net Applications as of October 1st).
VMware is in the early stages of embedding its technology in a range of smartphones, enabling them to connect to PCs and run applications that were designed for other mobile phones.
Alt-C is an app that makes getting text from your PC to any of your smart devices, and from your Smart device to your PC, extremely...
Do you think Windows 7 touch-enabled PCs -- or Windows 7 netbooks -- will be hot? Can you envision any potential Windows 7 applications that might win over PC-touch skeptics like me?
Asus and Microsoft have launched a website that promotes the use of Windows, arguing that the operating system provides users with a familiar environment and no compatibility issues.The site, 'It's Better With Windows', presents a video of a family using several of Asus's 7-inch screened Eee PCs, and depicts the family members using word processing, instant messaging and other applications.
PC Monitor is an application that you can carry on your phone and give you the best tools and tips to control a PC from any place where...
Several sites have been talking about Windows 7 Starter Edition, its limitations, and its possible applications. For the first time since Microsoft released Windows XP Starter Edition and Vista Starter Edition, the company is now making Windows 7 Started Edition available to OEMs in developed countries for installation on ultra low-cost PCs.
The worldwide wireless LAN (WLAN) semiconductor market is expected to pass the 4 bln USD mark by 2012 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.8%. While PCs will remain the largest application segment for WLAN semiconductors, mobile phone applications will grow at a CAGR of 49.3% and become the second-largest category for WLAN [...]
In its latest bid to expand beyond PCs and servers into industrial and consumer electronics applications, Intel has announced a new family of embedded processors.These chips are not based on the Atom processor already used in netbooks and Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs)--those versions won't arrive until sometime next year.
While software piracy dropped in 11 Asian countries, an increase in PCs shipped with pirated applications in China has kept numbers up, study finds.
Booting Windows XP from a USB Flash drive gives you great IT support tool. For example, you can make a troubleshooting toolkit for booting and analyzing seemingly dead PCs. Or you could always have your favorite support applications at your fingertips.In this IT Dojo video, Bill Detwiler, TechRepublic's Head Technology Editor, explains the process and pitfalls of creating a bootable Windows XP USB flash drive. You'll learn how to configure a computer's BIOS to boot from a USB drive, how to download and use the free software to create a bootable drive, and how to installed Windows XP on the drive.Once you've watched this IT Dojo video, you can read the original TechRepublic article, walk through the process in a screenshot gallery, and download a PDF version of the tip from our IT Dojo blog.
At the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, Amit Mital, general manager of Live Mesh at Microsoft, demos the company's new platform. The initiative is a "software plus services" platform that enables PCs and other devices to "come alive" by making them aware of each other through the Internet, enabling the sharing of files and applications seamlessly on the Web.
Rove Mobile introduced PCMobilizr, which lets users have complete access to the files and applications on their home and office PCs. With the PC becoming a peripheral to smartphones (especially those with bright, big screens), PCMobilizr makes a lot of sense.
Two Google Fellows just published a paper in the latest issue of Communications of the ACM about MapReduce, the parallel programming model used to process more than 20 petabytes of data every day on commodity-based clusters. The latest statistics included in the paper are from September 2007. They show that MapReduce-based programs accounted for 2.2 million jobs using more than 11,000 machine years. In other words, this programming model alone uses the power of more than 130,000 commodity PCs. It's also interesting to note that this programming model is currently being used in more than 10,000 programs for applications such as large-scale graph processing, text processing or data mining. But read more...
The latest rootkit in the wild hides on your hard drive's boot sector and is starting to infect Windows PCs, according to security researchers.And the real kicker: The rootkit can't be detected by most antivirus applications.
Yesterday, I asked for people to share their thoughts via a guest blog on virtualization in Ed Tech. Guest blogger Erik Josowitz provided us with the following (thanks, Erik). Feel free to talk back or submit your own guest blog with some specific experiences or implementation details. Virtualization is great tool but, like any Swiss-Army knife, success with it depends on the task at hand. One of the places that people get into trouble with virtualization is when they try to use out-of-the-box virtual infrastructure with non-technical audiences. Virtualization is a great solution but often is not a complete solution.In education we've frequently seen challenges that look like appropriate places to implement a virtualization solution, only to find that the end-result is not fully usable by the intended audience. One example is providing hands-on lab environments to support application training. Success in the workforce today depends on high-level application skills and there is no better way for students to attain those skills than through hands-on use of the software applications. Many educational institutions provide computer lab environments to help support their student population and provide access to necessary software applications. Many of these lab environments have become the source of IT management problems as they become virus-ridden, get subverted as distribution sites for pirated software or music, or just plain have the normal IT management issues associated with a shared resource in a public environment. For many institutions their student population brings with them their own PCs which solves one problem but creates another. The lab issues diminish but the problems of providing secure access to software (and software licenses) often takes its place.The answer, we've found, is virtual lab management - using virtualization to deliver secure computing environments as a shared resource. Virtual labs allow administrators to serve up a clean and unchangeable environment for each student - in the lab or on their own PC - on-demand. This makes it easy to provide access to applications that students either can't afford individually or that their home PCs cannot support. It makes it simple to track and monitor lab usage and to control the use of resources so that systems are not subverted into file servers. Virtual lab management sits on top of virtualization (from Microsoft or VMware) and tells it what to deliver and to who. It makes it easy for non-technical users to select the types of applications they need from a menu and to gain access to those environments without needing to understand virtualization, networking, hosts systems or anything about how it gets delivered. Best of all, virtual labs make it easy to manage capacity. By scheduling time in the lab environment the shared resource is managed for maximum utilization. If more capacity is needed it is simple to add additional resources to the system. The end-users simply see an increase in availability.Virtualization may not be a panacea for educational institutions, but for a subset of problems, a centralized virtual lab may enable technology administrators to focus their time and attention on enabling learning rather than administering systems.
I don't make too many posts on mobile software updates since there are so many titles out there today and most are updated pretty regularly. However, there are some applications that I consider "must haves" on my mobile devices and when these titles are updated I may mention them here. It was just over a year ago that I posted the announcement for Agenda One for Windows Mobile Smartphones. I was quite excited about that release because I had used integrated PIM applications on Pocket PCs and S60 devices before, but was using a T-Mobile Dash and wanted this kind of calendar, contacts, and tasks integration on that device. I just received a note from Developer One that Agenda One version 2 was released for Windows Mobile Smartphone (Standard) and Pocket PC (Professional/Classic) devices.
When you ask people what their top peeves are when it comes to their PCs, somewhere high on the list is how they sometimes lock up at the least opportune times. Regardless of their shipping status, all applications are fallible and, in many cases, we depend on the operating system to gracefully restore the system's delicate harmony that some misbehaving application (or attempted combination of applications) so rudely interrupted.
Windows and existing Microsoft programming languages work just fine with one- to four-processor PCs. But when 8- 16 and 64-core client machines become the norm -- in the not-so-distant future -- will Windows, C#, Visual Basic and other Microsoft applications be able to keep up?
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