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Windows 10 Reaches Launch

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Windows 10 Reaches Launch

Microsoft says it is the start of a new era-- one where customers put Windows 8 firmly behind-- as Windows 10 reaches official launch, with celebrations taking place in 13 different countries.

The OS is available as a free update to Windows 7 and 8 users in 190 countries. In addition a new Windows Store is open, and developers get a companion Windows Software Development Kit.

Windows 10 promises to combine the best of Windows 7 and 8, with the Start button, taskbar and desktop modes of the former and the touch-friendly UI features of the latter. Microsoft also says it is the most secure version of the OS yet (with enhanced Windows Defender and Smart Screen), while switching between different devices should be smoother through the Continuum feature.

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SAP Adds to Hana, Predictive Analytics

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SAP Adds to Hana, Predictive Analytics

SAP rolls out Hana service pack 10 (SPS10), with means to handle enterprise-scale Internet of Things (IoT) and big data management, together with Predictive Analytics 2.2, now able to handle ultra-wide data sets.

Described as the biggest Hana update since its 2010 launch, SPS10 features a data-synchronisation feature for customers wanting to synch data between enterprise and remote locations at the edge of the network via SAP SQL Anywhere embeddable database technology. The result allows the secure capture of data from remote locations for feeding into Hana for analysis.

The update also features data-integration support for the latest Hadoop distributions from Cloudera and Hortonworks, as well as faster Spark SQL data transfers, rules-based data movement among multiple storage tiers and a web-based development workbench.

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Who Are the Best (and Worst) Software Vendors?

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Who Are the Best (and Worst) Software Vendors?

Flexera Software and IDC collate the opinions of 147 enterprises on the state of their commercial software vendor of choice-- opinions resellers and vendors should do well to take note of.

The survey covers some of the largest industry players around, namely Adobe, CA, Citrix, EMC, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, Salesforce.com, Symantec and VMWare, who together represent 50% of the enterprise software market and over $200 billion in software spending. It consists of ratings across 8 categories, such as ease of product use, whether the vendor is easy to work with and the friendliness (or lack thereof) of the vendor's licensing regime.

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Windows 10: The Last Version of Windows?

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Windows 10: The Last Version of Windows?

Microsoft describes Windows 10 as "the last version of Windows" at its Ignite conference. How come? Mainly because Microsoft wants to move the OS to an "as a service" model fed with constant updates.

One way this is possible is the way Windows 10 is built-- the OS is split into multiple components, such as Start Menu or built-in apps. Each component can be updated independently of the core Windows OS, allowing for more agile patching instead of big updates.

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Cisco Presents Software Partner Program

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Cisco Presents Software Partner Program

Cisco announces a partner program addition at the Cisco Partner Summit 2015 with the Software Partner Program-- one that, as the company itself admits, might not be relevant for all partners.

The Software Partner Program features a number of new roles, namely Software Lifecycle Advisor (helps customers understand how to adopt, use, and manage software and services), Software Consultant (helps maximise value from Cisco software) and Software Integrator (builds custom solutions using Cisco software, 3rd party software and partner IP).

However, as the company later said at the Q&A session following the announcement, not every small and mid-size partner can participate in the program-- but then again not every reseller has to say yes to "everything."

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