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How to prepare your business for Windows 8

Windows 8 won't be adopted as a standard at your business anytime soon, according to a new Forrester report. But that doesn't mean IT shouldn't prepare for it to sneak through the BYOD side door. Here are five ways to be ready for Windows 8.

Windows 8, Surface tablets will lead Microsoft's fight for relevance

As more consumers and businesses go mobile, 2013 will be Microsoft's most challenging year yet.

Can Windows 8 give developers what iOS and Android lack?

Microsoft's future hinges on attracting developers to build Windows 8 apps. But by offering financial incentives, supporting a range of programming languages and allowing developers to write code once for multiple devices, those developers may soon follow.

Windows To Go: A Guide to Booting by USB

Windows to Go is a good way to evaluate Windows 8 on your PC without disrupting your current OS. But it can get a bit complicated, so here are the do's and don'ts.

Will Windows 8 Survive in the Post-PC World?

A new IDC research report offers little faith in Windows 8's success on connected mobile devices, concluding that in the next four years the Windows OS in general will lose share to iOS and get overtaken by Android.

Ultrabooks in Pictures: The Newest, Thinnest, Lightest Laptops

Ultrabooks, a term coined by Intel, give name to the increasingly thin, light, fast and (relatively) cheap Windows laptops popping up over the last year in reaction to the Apple MacBook Air and the iPad-led tablet craze.

4 Ways to Manage Your Online Reputation

As we approach Data Privacy Day, it's a good time to grab the reins of the sprawling online content about you that you and others have created. Microsoft offers steps to protect your increasingly important online image.

10 Best Windows Phone Apps for Staying Productive

Here are the coolest Windows Phone apps we could find for business-related tasks such as scanning documents, backing up files to the cloud and analyzing Web traffic.


10 Biggest Tech Letdowns of 2011

From the dead-on-arrival HP TouchPad to RIM's epic BlackBerry outage and Yahoo's slow fade, here are the tech products, companies and events that let us all down in 2011.

Google CIO: Don't Fight Consumerization of IT

In a Bloomberg Businessweek article, Google CIO Ben Fried reflects on the benefits of letting employees have their way with technology.

Why Microsoft Won't Buy Hardware to Compete With Googorola

Chances are Microsoft will not retaliate against Google's 12.5 billion purchase of Motorola by acquiring a phone maker of its own, say industry analysts.

The 7 Worst Tech Mergers and Acquisitions

Sometimes tech mergers look good on paper but flop in practice. Here's a look at some of the biggest tech merger failures.

In Pictures: The 8 Unfriendliest Cities for Teleworking

A surprising number of companies in major American cities are still behind the teleworking times, according to a recent Microsoft survey of 4,500 information workers.

Office 365: It's Not Just for SMBs

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer wasted no time in his keynote at the Office 365 launch in mentioning that Office 365 is an ideal solution for SMBs, but enterprises should not dismiss Office 365 as just being for SMBs.

Forrester: No End in Sight for IE Business Slide

Despite Windows dominance and a surge in Windows 7 enterprise upgrades, corporate use of Internet Explorer continues to decline.