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Chinese Opera Takeover Fails

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Chinese Opera Takeover Fails

Back in February Opera announced it received a $1.2 billion buyout offer from a Chinese consortium-- but it failed to get regulatory approval, leading to a partial acquisition of the company.

Dubbed the Kunqi Consortium, the buyer-to-be includes ISP mobile games distributor Beijing Kunlun Tech and billionaire Zhou Hongyi, owner of security and search company Qihoo 360.

According to Reuters, "U.S. privacy concerns would have led to an investigation into some of Opera's products that risked delaying the acquisition for up to a year." As a result, the involved parties to bypass regulatory issues by buying parts of Opera-- specifically its mobile phone and desktop computer browser business, performance and privacy apps division, technology licensing business and a stake in Chinese joint venture nHorizon-- for $500 million.

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Bloomberg: HPE Considers Selling "Some" Software Assets

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Bloomberg: HPE Considers Selling

HPE plans to sell off "some" of its software assets, Bloomberg reports-- all in the name of further streamlining its operations.

Said assets come from the portfolio of acquisitions the company has made over the last decade, including the likes of Autonomy, Mercury Interactive and Vertica Systems. An anonymous source claims the sales process is still in the "preliminary stages," and as such no deal may actually happen.

Such a shedding of businesses would arguably be consistent with HPE's recent size reduction efforts. After all, last May saw the company spin off and merge its business-service division with Computer Sciences Corp in a deal worth $8.5 billion.

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Gartner: CRM Software on the Up

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Gartner: CRM Software on the Up

According to Gartner the global customer relationship management (CRM) software market totals $26.3 billion in 2015, a 12.3% increase from $23.4bn in 2014.

"The merger and acquisition activity that began flowing through the market in 2009 continued in 2015, with more than 30 notable acquisitions," the analyst says. "This has resulted in increased competition at the top end of the CRM market, with the continued focus of global vendors' sales forces driving good growth worldwide in all CRM subsegments but only for cloud or software as a service (SaaS) applications."

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Microsoft: New Processors Will Only Run Windows 10

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Microsoft: New Processors Will Only Run Windows 10

In way of pushing Windows 10 upgrades Microsoft announces Windows 7 or 8.1 will not run on PCs based on upcoming Intel and AMD CPUs-- essentially ending the company's longstanding support policy.

Historically Microsoft offered 10 years of support for each Windows release. However the policy change dictates "new silicon generations [...] require the latest Windows platform at that time for support." These include the upcoming Intel "Kaby Lake," Qualcomm "8996" and AMD "Bristol Ridge" chipsets.

In the future Microsoft will specify a number of 6th generation Skylake CPUs able to run Windows 7 and 8.1-- a strategy the company claims "ensures customers can upgrade now to new devices their employees will love while preparing for a Windows 10 upgrade." Such systems get guaranteed Windows 7 and 8.1 support through 17 July 2017, providing customers an 18-month grace period to upgrade to modern hardware.

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Gartner: Win 10 Migration is "Fastest Yet"

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Gartner: Win 10 Migration is

Windows 10 will be the most widely installed version of Windows, Gartner reports-- according to the analyst 50% of enterprises will be running Windows 10 deployments by 2017.

"In the consumer market, a free upgrade coupled with broad legacy device support and automatic over-the-air upgrades ensures that there will be tens of millions of users familiar with the OS before the end of 2015," Gartner says. "For enterprises, we expect that implementation will be significantly more rapid than that seen with Windows 7 six years ago."

Several factors drive migration-- awareness of the January 2020 end of Windows 7 support, strong Windows 7 application and devices compatibility, and tablet/2-in-1 device rollout demand. Gartner expects enterprises to start Windows 10 pilots on H1 2016, before broadening deployments on H2 2016.

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