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John P. Mello Jr.
Microsoft Releases 'Mind Blowing' Xbox Specs
02/25/20 4:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1030 Words

Xbox Head Phil Spencer spilled the following details: A custom processor based on AMD's Zen 2 RDNA architecture, which delivers four times the processing power of the Xbox One and offers developers 12 teraflops of GPU performance -- twice the performance of an Xbox One X; Optimized Variable Rate Shading, which allows developers to use the full power of the Series X more efficiently by allowing them to prioritize individual effects on specific game characters or environmental objects without a loss of image quality; and Hardware-accelerated DirectX Raytracing, which Microsoft ...

Jack M. Germain
Linux-Powered Azure IoT Security Platform Arrives
02/25/20 10:38 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1269 Words

... several years of building and testing previews, Microsoft on Monday announced the general availability of its Azure Sphere secure IoT service. Microsoft first introduced Azure Sphere in 2018, opting to use its own version of a Linux operating system instead of Windows...

Richard Adhikari
Microsoft Injects New AI Features Into Dynamics 365
02/20/20 9:41 AM PT | CRM Buyer | 1085 Words

The AI enhancements include first- and third-party data connections in Dynamics 365 Customer Insights, Microsoft's customer data platform (CDP).

"The work in AI and CDP is new and a key part of Microsoft taking their products to an AI-driven approach," noted...

Jack M. Germain
Freespire 6.0: A Return to GNOME2's Simpler Linux Days
02/21/20 11:36 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1672 Words

Freespire 6.0 MATE Edition keeps Linux simple with a classic panel and GNOME 2-style controls and window styling that resembles Windows 7. - click image to enlarge - Familiar Name-Calling The Linux desktop has been the wanna-be replacement for Microsoft Windows for...

Richard Adhikari
Jeff Bezos Puts Up $10B From His Pocket to Fight Climate Change
02/19/20 10:28 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 876 Words

Amazon emitted 44.4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2018, an amount Green America said was "larger than the emissions of UPS and FedEx, and the emissions of Apple, Alphabet and Microsoft.

"We applaud Jeff Bezos' philanthropy but one...

Jack M. Germain
Petitioners Demand Microsoft Release a Free Windows 7
01/28/20 12:03 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1092 Words

... Free Software Foundation wants Microsoft to keep Windows 7 alive as a free operating system. Microsoft stopped providing free security patches and support for Windows 7 earlier this month. Although the popular operating system reached its 10th birthday last fall, some 200...

Rob Enderle
Rumblings in the Cloud
02/10/20 11:15 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1690 Words

The general impression was that Amazon was first, Microsoft second, and Google third. However, both Google and IBM reported numbers this month -- and surprise. Google isn't third, IBM is.

That isn't the only thing I found interesting this month. IBM did...

Jack M. Germain
New Windows 7 Bug a Real Turnoff
02/11/20 4:00 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 1442 Words

Microsoft's Windows 7 support now is limited to eligible paid plans. Only commercial customers paying for extended support get fixes for Windows 7 problems.

However, the company relented last month and released a patch to fix the black screen issue.

Jack M. Germain
MakuluLinux LinDoz Offers Windows Comfort Zone, but It's All Linux Under the Hood
02/07/20 9:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1899 Words

Family History The LinDoz distro uses Microsoft Windows themes integrated with superior Linux functionality. It provides a comfortable, familiar computing platform for those looking for an easy-to-use alternative to the Windows OS platform. It runs a heavily tweaked version of the Cinnamon desktop.

Micah Heath
3 Amazon Trends to Watch in 2020
02/08/20 4:00 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 1142 Words

This feature allows advertisers to tag Facebook, Google and Microsoft ads with a code snippet that pulls information directly to an Amazon dashboard. Now advertisers can track effectiveness down to the keyword level, which adds an essential layer of insight into their...

Mick Brady
The Two Faces of Open Source: ECT News Roundtable, Episode 5
02/06/20 11:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1797 Words

"In the former case -- that of the standouts in FOSS, like Linux -- their job will increasingly center on balancing the demands of very different clients, such as Microsoft and Google in Linux's case," he said.

"For the latter case,...

Denis Pombriant
The New App Dev CRM Model
02/05/20 12:11 PM PT | CRM Buyer | 1131 Words

My Two Bits
Take nothing away from Salesforce, Microsoft and Oracle in the CRM/CX space. They all have good platforms, and they've generated some interesting apps. They've also bought a lot of apps and incorporated them. There's nothing wrong with...

Kristen Hanich
Consumers Like Augmented Reality More Than They Know
02/04/20 4:00 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 873 Words

The two leaders in the full-fledged AR headset space are Microsoft's HoloLens and Magic Leap's head-mounted virtual retinal display, but most consumers are unaware of these products.

Consumer Perception of Augmented Reality
AR has the potential to revolutionize the...

Rob Enderle
Coronavirus Pandemic: 6 Things We Should Be Doing
02/03/20 2:35 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1673 Words

I did the swap in about 30 minutes, though it took the better part of an hour for the system to patch itself fully and sync with the Microsoft cloud while I did other things.

I can still remember this same process...

Rob Enderle
Is Icahn Attempting a Hostile Takeover of HP? Figuring Out the Backstory
01/27/20 4:00 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1538 Words

It is rigged with a dongle that allows it to play Xbox games from the Microsoft cloud.

HP Omen X 2S RTX Studio Laptop

While not a cheap date at US$1,999, it provides the combination of full-on desktop performance with a...

Jack M. Germain
Clock Runs Out for Windows 7 Holdouts: Upgrade or Replace?
01/14/20 9:48 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 2402 Words

... 10 years of fully supporting Windows 7, Microsoft ended its official support for the out-of-date Windows operating system on Tuesday. The popular classic Windows 7 OS still runs on some 200 million PCs around the globe, according to industry estimates. Users include...

Denis Pombriant
Dreamforce Points to New Disruption
12/04/19 4:00 AM PT | CRM Buyer | 1720 Words

News of Microsoft and AWS partnerships dribbled out before the conference, and some activity with Apple also was indicated. Salesforce seemed to have put the most wood behind the Apple arrow by including a fireside chat with Tim Cook , Apple's CEO.


Rob Enderle
2010 - 2019: Product of the Decade
12/30/19 11:30 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1364 Words

Its release made the whole "PC is Dead" thing real and spurred Microsoft to create the Microsoft Surface response.

The iPad was a powerful new offering at the time, and it was the last product Steve Jobs had a major influence...

Denis Pombriant
Just Wait Till Next Year
12/18/19 11:13 AM PT | CRM Buyer | 1266 Words

Vendors to watch include Zoho, Salesforce, Oracle and Microsoft.

A Big Deal: DevOps
Most CRM consumers don't have much knowledge of Dev Ops, which is an approach that merges management tools and technologies with culture shift and development strategies...

Rob Enderle
A Secret Strategy That Could Be Apple's Fatal Self-Inflicted Blow
12/09/19 10:29 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1656 Words

While Apple is focused on Qualcomm, Amazon and Microsoft are changing the market around them -- and I expect the result will be poetic justice, doing to Apple what Apple is attempting to do to Qualcomm. We seem to live in an...

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