When Microsoft released Windows 7 in late 2009, it became an instant hit, especially in the consumer PC market. In contrast, enterprise users did not display quite the same eagerness in adopting the operating system, with most of them choosing instead to cling onto Windows XP for as long as possible. Earlier this month, though, Microsoft triumphantly announced that over 50 percent of all enterprise desktops were now running Windows 7. But stats don’t always tell the full story, do they?
HGST, the company formerly known as Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, is wasting no time in showing new owner Western Digital how it rolls in the storage space by unveiling what it claims is the world's first 4TB enterprise-class hard drive family. The Ultrastar 7K4000 represents a new generation of 512e Advanced Format drives and offers up oodles of storage space for both traditional enterprise customers and the ever growing cloud/Internet market.
Microsoft has confirmed it is holding an invitation only Office 365 launch party in New York on June 28th, and CEO Steve Ballmer will be in attendance to head up the marching band. It might sound like a lot of pomp and circumstance for the release of yet another new productivity suite, but trust us when we say this marks a pretty significant milestone for how Microsoft does business.
Hewlett-Packard on Tuesday announced a bunch of new additions to its workstation portfolio. The reinforcement exercise adds a lot of variety to the company's EliteBook series of mobile workstations with three new models - 8760w, 8560w and 8460w, whereas the Z210 is the only new workstation of the desktop variety.
Intel on Tuesday announced the availability of the“Westemere-EX” family of 32nm server chips. The launch means that the title of Intel's fastest server chip, which hitherto belonged to the native 8-core Nehalem-EX processor, now firmly rests with the 10-core Westemere-EX. The new chips, eighteen in all, are no longer known by the Westemere-EX codename, but by the Xeon E7 product line that they now form. More details after the jump.
If you’re the type that doesn’t just let Windows Update run amuck on your system, you might want to make sure you pay extra attention this Patch Tuesday, and roll out the fixes to your machines sooner rather than later. According to Microsoft it plans to issue 12 separate patches to address 22 vulnerabilities, 3 of which are rated “critical” which is the most serious rating a fix can carry.
If you’re on the market for a new business ready Dell netbook than you might want to hold out just a bit longer. Rumor has it that Dell plans to launch a follow up to the Latitude 2110 at this years CES which will be very similar in design to its predecessor, but sport the N550 dual core Atom processor instead of the single core N470, along with a Broadcom Crystal HD video accelerator. The Broadcom isn’t as capable as ION, but its significantly less expensive to implement and has support for flash 10.1.
On the pricing front we haven’t heard anything official, but since the Latitude 2110 starts at around $650, you should expect the 2120 to carry a slight premium over this. More details will follow in the coming weeks with our comprehensive CES coverage.
With Dell putting more resources behind Atom based PC’s in business, do you see it catching on over the more expensive CULV option?
But Premiere and Education Edition users will have to first ensure that their domain administrator has enabled Google Labs from the Google Apps control panel. “Once the lab is enabled, the “Search Mail” button in Gmail will say 'Search Mail and Docs' instead. When you run a search in Gmail, your search results will include matching documents and sites in addition to results from your email,” Google said in a blog post.
If you dropped Facebook out of protest last month (which you probably didn't), and find yourself on the market for another social networking site (which you probably aren't), than you might be excited to hear Cisco is preparing to launch a new professional social networking site later in the year.
Cisco's General Manager of enterprise collaboration Murali Sitaram describes the service currently dubbed "Quad" as a place where professionals can take advantage of existing voice and video conferencing technologies offered by the company. He claims it is a "natural transition" to help fuel future technologies that will revolve around collaboration and communication.
It looks like the overall goal of the service is to marry together popular concepts like micro blogging with more immediate communication tools like live video for professional environments. For example, "if you find someone available in the network with knowledge that's useful for your project, you can start a video chat or web conference with them right away, rather than sending a message and waiting for a response".
Quad also hopes to include the ability to create personalized home pages, and host company specific content with ties into SharePoint and Documentern. Clearly Cisco is hoping this service will be adopted by firms to help replace aging intranet's that host mostly static, and outdated information.
Quad appears to be taking a unique approach, but does anyone out there think it will actually catch on?