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The Windows ecosystem in 2013 is more diverse than you think

Just what is a PC, anyway? In the past year, the traditional definition of a Windows-powered PC has been blurred as a wave of decidedly nontraditional devices appeared on the market. Here's what I've learned after using more than 20 of those devices.

September 26, 2013

Can a new wave of two-in-one devices save the PC industry?

At the IFA tradeshow in Berlin, Microsoft's hardware partners are showing off the next generation of Windows-powered hardware, a category Intel calls "two-in-ones." By year's end, the market should be flooded with devices that can shift from PC to tablet on the fly. But who's buying?

September 6, 2013

Memory lane: Remembering the Compaq Portable

In 1983 three former Texas Instruments executives launched the first IBM PC compatible computer that was the beginning of the mobile PC industry. The Compaq Portable demonstrated that mobile computers were the wave of the future.

July 29, 2013 by

The X is dead, long live the X

Headlines scream the mainframe is dead, the midrange system is dead or the PC is dead. The data center reality, however, is that useful technology doesn't die. It just becomes the foundation for the next wave of technology adoption.

June 7, 2012 by

How to stay in the desktop on Windows 8

Once you try out the improved mouse and keyboard controls in the Consumer Preview you may find you don't dislike the Metro interface at all. Take a look at the average consumer PC and the desktop is covered side to side, top to bottom with shortcuts to applications and documents; Metro tidies that up, makes it as wide a screen as you want and adds live tiles for glanceable information like weather reports and calendar information - just what desktop gadgets always promised.

March 2, 2012 by

Can reputation systems protect you from unsafe, buggy software?

Before you install a new program on any PC, smartphone, or tablet, you should ask two questions: Is it safe? Is it reliable? Most people don't ask those questions at all. And even when they do, the answers can be hard to come by. Is there a solution?

October 17, 2011

Take a deep dive on how enterprise app stores help drive productivity

Enterprise app stores are quickly creating productivity and speed-to-value benefits for PC users and IT departments alike as they grapple with the new models around consumerization of IT. The author of a recent Ovum white paper on why app stores says they are increasingly important for enterprises as they consider ways to better track, manage, and distribute all of their applications.

October 4, 2011 by

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