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Microsoft Goes to 10 With Next Windows

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Microsoft Goes to 10 With Next Windows

Microsoft brings its counting skills into question as it announces the next version of the Windows operating system-- Windows 10 (not 9!), a version the company describes as nothing less than "the first step of a whole new generation of Windows."

Earlier rumours suggested the new Windows version was to be named "Threshold". Other supposed monickers include "TH", "X" and, as teased at one point by Microsoft operating systems chief Terry Myerson, "One".

Anyway, back to the actual OS. Windows 10 is designed run on just about every device under the sun, from the Internet of Things to enterprise servers, as well as PCs and tablets. As such, Microsoft insists the Windows 10 handle covers a product family (not a single OS), if one offering a single application platform for developers.

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Mainstream Win 7 Support Ends January 2015

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Mainstream Win 7 Support Ends January 2015

Microsoft announces several products are to reach the end of free mainstream support in 6 months, including all versions of Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Exchange Server 2010 and Dynamics C5 2010.

Free mainstream support for the above mentioned products ends on 13 January 2015, but the company promises to provide security patches until 2020.

Mainstream support for Windows 8.x ends on 9 January 2018, a hint that a next version of Windows might be coming sometime next year. Windows Phone 7.8 mainstream support ends even sooner-- on 9 September 2014.

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Windows 9 Morphs to Fit Different Devices?

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Windows 9 Morphs to Fit Different Devices?

The next major version of Windows (to be dubbed either 9 or "Threshold") will look and work differently depending on what hardware it is running on ZDNet reports.

Thus, in a bid to appease disgruntled Windows 8 users Threshold will reportedly run in Windows Desktop mode (via either SKU or version) on laptops or desktop PCs, tablets get a Metro-style UI and hybrid devices will be able to switch between Metro and Desktop modes depending on whether a keyboard is connected or not.

The desktop/laptop SKU should feature the customisable Mini-Start menu seen at BUILD 2014, and will be able to run Metro-style/Windows Store apps in windows on the desktop.

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Enterprise Warms Up to Apple

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Enterprise Warms Up to Apple

Apple device management solution developer Jamf Software says enterprise Apple adoption is on the up-- and according to a Dimensional Research survey of 300 US-based IT professionals the industry lacks tools to handle the iDevice influx.

The survey shows internal IT team support of iPhones and iPads at 91% and 89% respectively, while 78% of participants cite user preference as a main reason for supporting Apple.

Mac PC support stands at 60%.

Meanwhile 98% anticipate enterprise Apple device adoption to grow by "at least" 25% over the next 3 years, and such influx means more work for IT as according to 91% of surveyed professionals Apple device and enablement requires IT involvement.

As to cope for such growth, 40% will get additional IT budget and 20% will hire more staff-- although a good number (23%) of companies lack a solid plan to deal with the iDevice influx, and a far larger percentage (80%) lacks confidence in their management software of choice, mainly due to the use of Windows-based solutions to manage Apple devices.

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Wearable Enterprise Apps via Salesforce

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Wearable Enterprise Apps via Salesforce

Salesforce turns its attentions to wearable electronics and launches Salesforce Wear, an open source platform for developers wanting to the likes of Google Glass from consumer toys into enterprise tools.

The Wear platform counts Samsung, Philips and ARM as partners, and currently supports the Google Glass headset, the Samsung Gear 2 and Pebble smartwatches, the MYO gesture control armband, the Bionym Nymi (a heart beat-based authentication wristband) and devices running on the upcoming Android Wear.

To help developers wanting to take on the device category Salesforce provides what it calls the "Salesforce Wear Developer Pack"-- a collection of open source reference apps acting as an example of how Salesforce builds apps for such devices. In turn such apps connect to the Salesforce1 platform.

"Wearables are the next phase of the mobile revolution," Salesforce says before talking of the "massive opportunity these devices offer to connect with customers in new ways."

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