Stories by Julie Bort

Microsoft: 5 smart and 5 dumb moves the company made in 2011

Love it or hate it, Microsoft is a company that brings out strong emotions in just about every IT professional. With 2011 about to end, it is time for our picks of some of smartest moves this powerful software company made this year - and some of the moves we'd say were not so bright.

Study: Companies using pirated software 'save' $2.9B

Pirated software saves its users in developing countries more than $2.9 billion annually. So finds a study of manufacturers in Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe and Asia-Pacific commissioned by Microsoft.

VMware and Google on an acquisition frenzy in 2011

While the world has been distracted by HP's baffling $10.2 billion purchase of Autonomy and Microsoft's surprising $9 billion buy of Skype, EMC/VMware and Google have been snapping up dozens of software companies throughout 2011.

Survey: IT certifications lead to jobs, higher pay

In this survey of 700 IT professionals, most say certifications have led to raises and better jobs, busting the myth that certs are nothing but a scam.

Will IT certs get you jobs and raises? Survey says yes

Debate rages among IT professionals over the value of certifications, but a survey of 700 network professionals jointly conducted by Network World and SolarWinds may help put that argument to rest. Among those who earned certifications, most saw a significant boost in their careers as a result.

Barnes & Noble subpoenas Nokia over Microsoft Android lawsuit

Barnes & Noble has subpoenaed Nokia and its patent-enforcement agency, Mosaid Technologies, as it defends itself against Microsoft's Android patent infringement lawsuit, according to documents filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Microsoft patch snuffs out major worm potential

Microsoft today released four patches as part of its regularly scheduled patch cycle, including a critical fix to a flaw that could allow attackers to launch a dangerous worm.

7 software makers to bring integrated, cheaper add-ons to Google Apps

Seven ISVs have formed a consortium to integrate their Google Apps add-on products and offer discounted bundles, outside of Google's control.

Microsoft releases manual fix for Duqu zero-day

Microsoft has released a Fix-it tool to allow Windows users to manually patch their systems to thwart the Duqu Trojan: Microsoft Security Advisory (2639658).

Microsoft expected to offer hot fix for Duqu soon

The big zero-day exploit on everyone's mind is Duqu, or "son of Stuxnet" - but researchers don't expect Microsoft to include a patch for it in next week's Patch Tuesday. Instead, a manual fix could be out as soon as this week.

Microsoft's Bing mobile app ships for iPhone, Android, not Windows Phone

Microsoft has rolled out a new mobile app for Bing built with HTML5 and available first only to iPhone and Android users, not to Windows Phone users. It may be another indication that Microsoft is turning its attention away from its home-baked development platforms .Net and Silverlight and toward the industry-standard HTML5.

Microsoft Office 365 vs. Google Apps for Business

The battle between Microsoft and Google for office cloud dominance reminds me of the clash of the Titans. Microsoft and its classic on-premises business model is like Gaia, the earth goddess, and Google with its disruptive lightening bolt, is like Zeus, a sky god and a next generation kind of god.

Internap launches first public OpenStack cloud

Look out Amazon. OpenStack is shaping up to be a game changer in the cloud world. Today, Atlanta-based Internap Network Services announced the launch of the first public cloud built on OpenStack.

Microsoft claims Hyper-V will leapfrog VMware

After years of playing catch-up to VMware the upcoming version of Hyper-V is wowing the Microsoft faithful with unique new features -- and gaining the attention of VMware users, too, one consultant says.

Linux 3.1 is out and supports OpenRISC, NFC, Wii

Linus Torvalds released Linux 3.1 Monday and the new feature list is long and wide. Linux 3.1 includes a new iSCSI implementation and support for OpenRISC, Near-Field Communication chips, and -- get this -- Wii controllers.