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Remembering Steve Jobs: Launching iTunes on Windows

A pivotal moment in Apple's history, CEO Steve Jobs announces iTunes for Windows on October 16, 2003. Jobs stated at the time, "It's probably the best Windows app ever written." The release was also considered a good strategic move by Apple because, for the first time, Windows users could buy music from Apple's online store, giving them a feel for the Apple user experience.

October 5, 2011 by in Hardware

Windows 8's Metro-style UI

At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, Brett Carpenter, from Microsoft’s Windows ecosystem group, shows off Windows 8. Its Metro-style UI has live tiles that can be programmed using existing tools and languages. It also supports full-screen apps.

September 15, 2011 by in Enterprise Software

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

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6

The latest update to Corel's venerable vector drawing package brings several overdue features, does some catching up with Adobe and adds useful new tools for working with vectors. It all adds up to a powerful but still-challenging graphics suite.

April 2, 2012 by in Developer

LibreOffice 3.5

LibreOffice 3.5

LibreOffice continues to improve, but it's still playing catch-up to Microsoft Office, and there's no sign of a vision that would make it a significant competitor on anything but price.

February 21, 2012 by in Developer

Acronis vmProtect 6

Acronis vmProtect 6

An ideal backup tool for small businesses and larger enterprises alike, vmProtect 6 makes light work of protecting and rapidly recovering virtual machines on VMware vSphere hosts.

January 23, 2012 by in Security

OS X Lion Server

OS X Lion Server

OS X Server has long been a low-cost, straightforward option for small businesses, and this update adds support for iPads and iPhones. Other components have also benefitted from new features and facelifts.

October 4, 2011 by in Enterprise Software

Nitro PDF Reader 2.0

Nitro PDF Reader 2.0

For a free product, Nitro PDF Reader 2.0 delivers a lot of functionality, and for the most part delivers it very well. Apart from the odd interface niggle and its restriction to the Windows platform, we have no hesitation in recommending it.

July 13, 2011 by in Developer

Internet Explorer 9

Internet Explorer 9

IE9 is Microsoft's best version of its browser to date, although its lack of Windows XP support is unfortunate. Otherwise, it's fast, usable and standards-compliant.

March 15, 2011 by in Developer

Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard

Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard

This welcome update brings Microsoft's Small Business Server into line with the rest of the Windows Server family, while also simplifying management and enhancing remote access. It's far from cheap, however, and smaller companies may be better off evaluating the Essentials version.

February 2, 2011 by in Enterprise Software

OpenOffice.org 3.3

OpenOffice.org 3.3

This is a welcome update, but it's definitely a point release: unless you're looking for an alternative to Microsoft Office on financial or philosophical grounds, 3.3 may not be the version to make you switch.

January 27, 2011 by in Developer

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