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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

How the Surface Pro 3 changed the way I work

How the Surface Pro 3 changed the way I work

For the first time in 20 years, I don't own a conventional clamshell laptop PC. The Surface Pro 3 has taken over all the functions that I used to need a laptop for, and it makes an excellent tablet, too. Here's how I use this device in PC and tablet modes.

October 28, 2014 by in Mobility

How to install Windows 8 on your Mac

Microsoft has had over 1 million downloads of its Windows 8 Consumer Preview in just one day, Redmond says. But why should Windows users have all the fun? Today, we'll show you how to install it if you're a Mac user.

March 1, 2012 in Microsoft

Microsoft's Ballmer mocks Android phone

At the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talks about why users should buy a Windows phone rather than an Android device: "You don’t need to be a computer scientist to use a Windows phone and you do to use and Android phone."

October 19, 2011 in Microsoft

Five Windows Phone 7 tips

If you recently picked up a Windows Phone 7 device, it's probably your first time using the operating system. It's new to us, and with a new OS comes a host of fresh tricks, features and tips to uncover.

August 21, 2011 in Microsoft

CES: Microsoft launches Surface 2.0

At the Consumer Electronics Show Wednesday in Las Vegas, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and VP Mike Anjiulo show off the company's new Surface 2.0 platform. The multitouch, tabletop will be available in late 2011 in 23 countries and will retail for $7,600.

January 6, 2011 in Microsoft

Microsoft launches Windows Phone 7

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer officially introduces Windows Phone 7 at a press event in New York City. Microsoft's latest mobile foray showcases nearly every development group within the company, from Bing search to Xbox gaming, to Zune media streaming to Office business content creation.

October 11, 2010 in Microsoft

The Future Of...Thermostats

The household thermostat has always been difficult to program--wasting energy and driving up your utility bill. But ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das explains how new networking technologies will one day connect your thermostat and meter to your PC, so you are better able to track, monitor, and analyze the energy usage in your home.

February 16, 2010 in Microsoft

The Future Of... Concierges

Traveling for work can take you to little-known cities, but that doesn't mean you need to wander the streets when you're looking for the closest copy center, train station or restaurant. ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das visits Microsoft to learn how it's multi-touch computer, Surface can point you in the right direction.

August 24, 2009 in Microsoft

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

ELOoffice 7.0

ELOoffice 7.0

ELOoffice 7.0 interfaces with a very wide range applications, has excellent scalability through professional and enterprise versions, and has local technical support. Overall it is a well featured document management system and offered at a very good price.

October 2, 2007 by in Microsoft

Policy Central Enterprise

Policy Central Enterprise

Enforcing the acceptable use of business computers is often a tricky business. This application helps manage an AUP (Acceptable Use Policy) by placing the onus on individual users.

September 21, 2006 by in Microsoft

Acer Aspire e650

Acer Aspire e650

The Acer Aspire e650 is a powerful, feature-rich media centre, but we're still not convinced that Viiv is mature enough for mass adoption.

September 7, 2006 by in Intel

ASUS P525

ASUS P525

ASUS enters the local smartphone arena with a bang -- the P525 quad-band PDA looks to be a great companion for the mobile professional.

August 24, 2006 by in Collaboration

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