cloud

Thu
12
Nov
John Lister's picture

Microsoft to Offer Cloud Data Beyond NSA Reach

Microsoft says its customers in Europe can now store data online in a way US security services can't access. It's a surprising and potentially controversial move from an American technology giant. The move follows a recent European ruling which ... means US firms can no longer ignore local regulations on data privacy. According to Microsoft, this affects data customers in 32 European countries connected to Internet-based Microsoft applications, including Office 365. Data Accessed Only In Specific Circumstances The data will be stored in two data centers in Germany, controlled by local ... (view more)

Tue
09
Jun
John Lister's picture

New Cloud-Based Antivirus Strategy Unveiled

A new security firm says it has come up with a way to stop malicious software before it reaches a user's computer. The "Isolation Platform" will initially be offered to business users, but remains to be seen how practical the solution is. According ... to makers Menlo, the main problem with most security tools are that they are based around the idea of examining programming code on a user's computer, and trying to determine if the code is malicious. Only if everything appears to be OK is a program allowed to run on the computer. Menlo says that's flawed because malware ... (view more)

Thu
20
Nov
Brandon Dimmel's picture

MS Kills OneDrive 'Placeholders' for 'Selective Sync'

Microsoft is facing a storm of protest over its decision to remove a popular feature from its OneDrive cloud storage service. The change is set to take shape when the company's next operating system, Windows 10 , is released next year. In Windows ... 8.1, OneDrive shows ' smart files ', otherwise known as ' placeholders ' stored on the cloud, but not available on a local device. If a user decides they want to view or edit that file and double click on it, OneDrive begins to download the file to local storage. The advantage of smart files is simple: they let users view the entire contents of ... (view more)

Fri
10
Oct
Brandon Dimmel's picture

Smart Devices, Cloud to Dominate IT Trends in 2015

Industry analysts at Gartner have released their list of the top trends in information technology (IT) for 2015. The general theme appears to be a growing -- and perhaps troubling -- reliance on web-connected devices and the cloud. Topping Gartner's ... list is the 'computing everywhere' concept, also known as ubiquitous computing . The research firm believes 2015 will be about expanding access to computing capabilities, from placing touchscreens in connected cars , to washing machines and dryers. To many, it's an exciting trend that will allow people unprecedented access to their devices ... (view more)

Fri
18
Jul
Brandon Dimmel's picture

Microsoft Announces Massive Job Cuts

Microsoft has announced plans to cut 18,000 jobs , or roughly 14 per cent of its total workforce, by June 2015. The bulk of the cuts will be in its phone unit Nokia, followed by firm's sales, marketing, and engineering divisions. The question is: ... will these job cuts help or hinder the company's growth? Microsoft chief executive officer Satya Nadella says those affected by the cuts will be notified in the next six months. Microsoft is reportedly planning to offer affected employees generous severance and job transition packages worth an estimated $800 million. "The first step to ... (view more)

Mon
23
Sep
Dennis Faas's picture

Ballmer Reveals Four Things Microsoft Must Do Right

Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer recently appeared before Wall Street investors to outline the four things his firm must do right if it wants to stay in business. Previously, Microsoft executives have outlined several key areas in ... which Microsoft needs to grow. Those areas include cloud storage, social media, mobile hardware and software, and "Big Data". But Ballmer went into greater detail during this most recent investors meeting. First, Ballmer says Microsoft must ensure that consumer cloud services like Office 365 -- the version of Office that is closely integrated with ... (view more)

Tue
14
May
Dennis Faas's picture

Google Now Offering 15GB Free Cloud Storage

Looking for more storage space in the cloud? Then look to Google Drive, which now offers 15 gigabytes (GB) for free. Until now, Google has been offering users of its Google Drive cloud storage service 5GB for free. However, the company now says it ... will combine its Google Drive service with Gmail and Google+ Photos and give users access to 15GB free storage. Google Drive director of product management Clay Bavor says that consumers will no longer have to stress about freeing up space for more files. "Use Your Storage The Way You Want" "With this new combined storage space, you won't ... (view more)

Wed
18
Jul
Dennis Faas's picture

New Microsoft Office Embraces Touch, Cloud Features

One of the most visible new additions to Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 operating system (OS) is expanded touchscreen functionality. But it's not just Windows that is getting the touchscreen overhaul, as the firm's Office software is also being ... updated to better accommodate navigation using fingers and styluses. Microsoft recently showed off these new features in a preview of its next version of Office. Touchscreens Supported by Word, PowerPoint, Excel The first thing that stands out about the new Office is the added ability to navigate any program with a touchscreen display. For example, the ... (view more)

Wed
22
Feb
Dennis Faas's picture

Microsoft SkyDrive Gets Major Overhaul

Microsoft's popular cloud computing service, SkyDrive, is reported to be getting a major overhaul soon. Included in the upgrade will be a number of visual improvements, the addition of a drag-and-drop feature, and a new tool that allows users to ... access files stored on their home computers from anywhere, securely, via the SkyDrive site. With about 17 million customers, Microsoft's SkyDrive service is one of the more popular cloud storage applications. However, that popularity hasn't discouraged Microsoft from giving the platform a major upgrade that it hopes will help drive the service to the ... (view more)

Thu
21
Apr
Dennis Faas's picture

Windows 8 to Run on Portable USB Drive: Report

Credible reports suggest Microsoft users will be able to carry a copy of Windows 8 in their pocket. It also appears personal settings can be synchronized to the web to allow remote access when on the move. The details come through leaked screenshots ... of what's formally known as Build 7850, but commonly referred to as Milestone 1: the first full-fledged developmental edition of Windows 8. Windows 8 Build 7850 was released to developers late last year but details have only just leaked. Of course, Microsoft is keeping quiet about whether the leaks are genuine, so there's no cast-iron guarantee ... (view more)

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