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What if Santa was also a tech CEO?

What if Santa was also a tech CEO?

What if Santa moonlighted as a tech CEO for the rest of the year? I'm pretty sure these cutthroat titans of tech feel that jolly old St. Nick is missing a trick or two by giving people the gifts they want as opposed to using his position to gain dominance and market share.

December 11, 2014 by in Hardware

12 essential Microsoft business apps for the iPhone

12 essential Microsoft business apps for the iPhone

As part of Microsoft's "mobile first, cloud first" mission, it has built up a large portfolio of consumer and business apps on every platform. In this roundup, I look at a dozen iOS apps that help IT pros and power users stay productive with an iPhone and Microsoft services.

December 3, 2014 by in Mobility

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

Into the Clouds: NSW DET

When the New South Wales Department of Education (DET) decided it needed to improve the way it handled science testing for year-8 students, it began to look at online solutions. Teaming up with Janison Solutions, the DET sought to better replicate what students did in the laboratory.

June 29, 2011 by in Cloud

TechLines: cloud adaptability

In last month's TechLines: Cloud Control event, panellists discussed how the cloud allows businesses to become more adaptable, innovating faster and ramping up computing needs for a growing (or shrinking) business, yet it also exposes them to technology lock-in.

March 13, 2011 by in Cloud

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

Microsoft MultiPoint Server 2010

Microsoft MultiPoint Server 2010

All over the world, schools are facing the same challenge: bringing ICT to students in a cost-effective way. "Each student should have their own laptop/netbook/PC," echoes the mantra, and school budgets groan trying to make ends meet. Microsoft MultiPoint Server 2010 seeks to solve the problem.

September 5, 2010 by in Microsoft

Dell OptiPlex 960

Dell OptiPlex 960

If you're shopping at the premium end of the business desktop market, you'll be hard-pressed to do better than the Dell OptiPlex 960.

March 11, 2009 by in Dell

IBM Lotus Symphony 1.2

IBM Lotus Symphony 1.2

While the interface of IBM's free office suite is sexy, its hunger for system resources and lack of features mean that OpenOffice.org 3 is still the best free office suite. Also, watch out for Symphony's lack of OOXML support.

January 26, 2009 by in IBM

HP 2533t Mobile Thin Client

HP 2533t Mobile Thin Client

The desktop is dead, long live the thin client desktop. Following the trend of migrating applications into the datacentre, thin clients have become increasingly popular. We found HP's first mobile thin client to be a reliable system at a reasonable price.

August 24, 2008 by in Windows

OpenOffice.org 2.4.0

OpenOffice.org 2.4.0

OpenOffice.org 2.4.0 is a free, open source alternative to Microsoft's Office application suite. It is fantastic if you need basic office applications — such as a word processor or spreadsheet — at no cost. However, large organisations and power users may be disappointed by its lack of features and support.

August 4, 2008 by in Open Source

Lenovo ThinkCentre A57

Lenovo ThinkCentre A57

The Lenovo A57 is a well-priced office desktop with a strong performance. While very similar to its smaller sibling, the M57e, the A57 offers better performance and upgrade options for a small price increase.

May 28, 2008 by in Intel

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