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Office productivity: Has Microsoft blown it?

Office productivity: Has Microsoft blown it?

Microsoft has dominated the 'office productivity' tools market for decades and is a de facto way of working in most companies. Having significantly held back innovation in the last 10 years, Office is arguably reaching the end of its useful life as modern digital tools make it look like an old bureaucratic anachronism.

July 22, 2015 by in Enterprise Software

Windows 8 showdown: Face-off on whether Windows still matters

Windows 8 is coming this year, Windows 8 Consumer Preview will be out later this month, and the burning question is: does anybody care? ZDNet editor and long-time Linux proponent Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols claims Windows 8 will be DOA. Meanwhile, ZDNet Government and DIY-IT editor David Gewirtz (who claims all operating systems annoy him to one degree or another), claims Windows 8 is here to stay, that it matters for "real work," and so will Windows 9. In this video, originally presented as a live webcast on Feburary 15, 2012, here two opposing views on whether Windows is still relevant in a world where iPads, Android devices, and even Linux are grabbing more and more consumer attention:Discover why SJVN (as he's known to the blog-o-sphere) claims that the new Windows Metro user-interface is already stillborn and why Windows is just no longer relevant.Explore why Gewirtz (who recently vowed to move his servers back to Windows, with mixed technical results, and thousands of crazed ZDNet comments), claims that Windows is here to stay, new Microsoft UIs are often imperfect at first, and the Microsoft juggernaut will not be defeated.Learn about why the Post-PC era isn't really here yet and why most productive people can't really survive without a desktop PC or laptop.If you use computers in your business, Windows will be a factor. Don't miss this video featuring CBS Interactive's Distinguished Lecturer David Gewirtz, one of America's leading cyberdefense experts, and ZDNet Contributing Editor Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, one of America's most-read technology journalists.Bring popcorn. Three ugly, middle-aged men argue about operating systems. It just doesn't get any better than this! Sparks will fly and there will be fireworks

February 29, 2012 by in Enterprise Software

Apple launches digital textbooks

At an Apple press event in New York City, executives from the company announce a new initiative to reinvent textbooks. The new software will attempt to unify online databases and the printed word into a single tool for students.

January 19, 2012 by in Storage

Father of Google Apps: How Google entered the cloud

At the GigaOm Net:Work conference in San Francisco, Google's Rajen Sheth talks about how the product development of Gmail inspired Sergey Brin, Larry Page, and Eric Schmidt to embrace cloud computing. The three at first "soundly rejected the idea" of Gmail because he was pitching it as packaged software, Sheth says. A few months later he came back with the concept of putting Gmail in the cloud.

December 8, 2011 by in Enterprise Software

Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail) review

Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail) review

Some of the features that were to be included in Ubuntu 13.04 have been shelved in favour of presenting a polished and solid release, with most of the improvements residing behind the scenes. As a result, Raring Ringtail may seem a bit of a disappointment.

April 25, 2013 by in Open Source

QuickBooks Pro 2013 review

QuickBooks Pro 2013 review

A jazzy new interface and a CRM-like Lead Centre are the main new features in QuickBooks 2013. Existing users may struggle to justify the upgrade, but there's a lot in the product already and this refresh certainly won't do sales any harm.

September 20, 2012 by in SMBs

Windows Server 2012: RTM review

Windows Server 2012: RTM review

Microsoft is looking ahead to a future of private and public clouds, where information is everything, and users can access it however they want. Is Microsoft's latest server OS up to the job?

September 13, 2012 by in Windows

Office 2013: a pleasant surprise

Office 2013: a pleasant surprise

After a week of using Office 2013 we're pleasantly surprised. The changes Microsoft has made to support Windows 8 — and specifically Windows 8 tablets — are logical, and they work well with more traditional ways of using Office.

July 16, 2012 by in Reviews

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