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Azure Synapse Analytics data lake features: up close

Azure Synapse Analytics data lake features: up close

Microsoft has added a slew of new data lake features to Synapse Analytics, based on Apache Spark. It also integrates Azure Data Factory, Power BI and Azure Machine Learning. These features are still in public preview, but that's good enough for us to take a visual tour of what's new.

September 9, 2020 by

How Microsoft lost its monopoly in web browsers

How Microsoft lost its monopoly in web browsers

At the dawn of the Internet age, Microsoft used every trick it knew to dominate the World Wide Web. That strategy worked for a few years, but aggressive antitrust enforcement and equally aggressive competitors crushed the company's onetime dominance. Here's a quarter-century of history that explains just what happened.

August 23, 2019 by

Windows 10 May 2019 Update: The new features that matter most

Windows 10 May 2019 Update: The new features that matter most

Windows 10 version 1903, which will be officially dubbed the May 2019 Update, begins rolling out soon. Here are some of the new capabilities you can expect in yet another feature-packed semi-annual release. (This gallery is based on a near-final Insider Preview release.)

April 4, 2019 by

Pandemic pivot: How Home Depot managed demand spikes

Fahim Siddiqui, senior vice president of IT at Home Depot, talks to Larry Dignan about how the retail giant adapted to a surge in online demand due to COVID-19, and how it developed new features and applications and put omnichannel plans to the test. Read more: https://zd.net/34PdUxr

November 3, 2020 by

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

Windows Intune 3.0: Preview

Windows Intune 3.0: Preview

Version 3.0 of Microsoft's cloud-hosted management platform is now available, adding support for mobile devices — including iPhones, iPads and Android.

July 12, 2012 by

Xero

Xero

Xero is an affordable online accounting service that delivers key bookkeeping functionality for small businesses in an admirably straightforward way.

May 2, 2012 by

Actinic Online

Actinic Online

A big step up from Actinic Express, which it replaces, Actinic Online delivers everything an SME requires to build and run an online store via the cloud. It's not perfect, but it is affordable and worth evaluating if you need to start selling online.

March 6, 2012 by

Cortado ThinPrint Printer Dashboard

Cortado ThinPrint Printer Dashboard

Cortado's ThinPrint Printer Dashboard is a potentially useful cloud application for monitoring the printers on your network. We had a few issues in this review, which hopefully will be addressed in a forthcoming update.

November 14, 2011 by