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Apple previews Mac OS X Lion

Apple CEO Steve Jobs and Vice President Craig Federighi offer a look at Lion, the next version of Mac OS X. The demo shows a new feature called Mission Control, which combines the Expose, Dashboard, and Spaces applications of OS X with full-screen apps. The new operating system is due to ship in summer 2011.

published October 20, 2010 by

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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.

published October 11, 2010 by

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Dell unveils convertible Windows 7 tablet

At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, Dell's Dave Zavelson shows off the company's new 10-inch Windows 7 tablet. Its standout feature is the ability to open up the case, flip the screen, and then convert it into a laptop design. The tablet will be available later this year.

published September 14, 2010 by

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Apple iOS updates coming soon

At Apple's press event in San Francisco, CEO Steve Jobs announces updates to the mobile operating system. iOS 4.1 will bring new features starting this week, while version 4.2 will arrive this November.

published September 1, 2010 by

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Snow Leopard Server

Snow Leopard Server

Snow Leopard Server includes major updates to some of the OS's core components and is now fully 64-bit. Ease of use, plus simple and affordable licensing make OS X a viable alternative to Microsoft's Windows Server 2008, although we had problems with one or two features.

published January 4, 2010 by

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Windows Small Business Server 2008

Windows Small Business Server 2008

This is an impressive update to Microsoft's Small Business Server that packs a big punch. However, it may be overkill for a lot of companies and isn't quite as easy to manage as it first appears.

published November 12, 2008 by

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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.

published August 24, 2008 by

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Ubuntu 8.04 LTS

Ubuntu 8.04 LTS

Hardy Heron is an incremental set of advances on earlier versions, but all the advances are in the right direction. Unfortunately, a known and unfixed bug means we can't currently recommend it for enterprise use.

published April 25, 2008 by

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Windows Server 2008

Windows Server 2008

Windows Server 2008 is easier to install and manage than previous versions, and has many new and improved features that should encourage organisations to upgrade.

published February 26, 2008 by

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Ubuntu 7.10

Ubuntu 7.10

Although it's not a massive jump from the previous version, Ubuntu 7.10 is slightly more usable if you're more accustomed to Windows, and is now better at co-existing with Windows on the same machine.

published November 1, 2007 by

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5

Production-quality XenSource virtualisation is the main selling point here, with optional clustering and storage virtualisation to go with it. But there’s a lot more besides, making the new Red Hat Enterprise Linux a compelling solution for businesses of all sizes.

published April 3, 2007 by

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Mandriva Flash

Mandriva Flash

Mandriva Flash gives you a well-stocked and flexible Linux distribution in an extremely portable and secure USB flash drive format. If you're confident of finding a host system that you can reboot on your travels, this could be all the computer you need.

published January 5, 2007 by

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Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

Ubuntu is a powerful, free, ready-to-run desktop Linux distribution that's eminently suitable for mainstream use. Although the complexities of the system impose a steep learning curve on Windows users who plan to support an installation themselves, our experiences with version 6.06 LTS suggest that this is manageable.

published June 6, 2006 by

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Fedora Core 5

Fedora Core 5

This distribution delivers the latest Linux gizmos in an easy-to-install package. It's aimed at enthusiasts and developers, and is not for novices; nor is it something you’d want to run your business on.

published March 24, 2006 by

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Ubuntu Linux 5.10

Ubuntu Linux 5.10

Ubuntu is a well integrated, practical and absolutely free Linux distribution. There may be worries about support, but the Canonical organisation is building a good reputation and the head of steam in the wider Ubuntu community should provide decent local support from third parties, too.

published November 24, 2005 by

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Novell Linux Desktop 9

Novell Linux Desktop 9

If you manage a lot of corporate desktops, then Novell's Linux Desktop is well worth a look -- particularly if you're happy with ZENworks. Linux pricing and Novell's corporate-style support could make this a useful option for business.

published November 22, 2005 by

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Mandriva Linux 2006

Mandriva Linux 2006

Mandriva occupies the middle ground between consumer-focused and business-orientated Linux distributions. It's generally well put together, but lacks some details.

published November 21, 2005 by

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Red Hat Desktop 4

Red Hat Desktop 4

Businesses that need to support a reasonable number (>10) of Linux PCs may find that Red Hat Desktop 4 delivers an attractive total cost of ownership (TCO).

published November 15, 2005 by

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