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Windows 8 Sells 100 Million Licenses, But Faces Long Road Ahead

Windows 8 has sold 100 million licenses. That’s a solid number, but Microsoft needs it to climb much higher in months and years ahead. continue…

BYOD Will Dominate Companies by 2016: Gartner

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies will largely become the rule within the next few years, according to the firm. continue…

Data Analytics Remains Bright Spot in Slowing Software Market

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The overall software market might be experiencing slower growth, but data analytics platforms are bucking that trend. continue…

Tech Workers Wary, Industry Hopeful on H-1B Proposal

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Tech industry groups are cautiously optimistic and tech workers are wary of the immigration reform bill introduced in the U.S. Senate this week, which was released by its sponsoring “Gang of Eight” early Wednesday in all its 844-page glory. On Tuesday, Neil Ruiz, associate fellow and senior policy analyst at the Brookings Institution, told us prospects for the bill’s passage looked promising, though at that point he had seen only a 19-page summary of the legislation. Among the wide-ranging bill’s… continue…

Microsoft’s Xbox Studios: Old School or New?

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As Microsoft ramps up its Los Angeles-based Xbox Entertainment Studios, you have to wonder whether its goal is to bring innovative platforms to old-school media, or old-school media to innovative platforms. If the top-down hiring is any indication, it may be the latter. Yusuf Mehdl, senior vice president of Redmond’s interactive entertainment business, says that Xbox users are more interested in videos and music than those who play with other Internet-related consoles. In that context, hiring Nancy Tellem last September as… continue…

Is Windows 8 Failing?

Microsoft might insist the OS is selling well, but there are troubling signs. continue…

SXSW: Nate Silver Discusses Data Bias, Strangeness of Fame

Nate Silver, so famous for predicting political elections, talked about how we all tend to fail when it comes to absorbing data. continue…

How Sequestration Will Pinch IT

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Although the defense sector has been the focus of discussion on how sequestration will impact technology, the overall industry is sure to feel the pain as well. For those of you who haven’t looked at the news for the last six months or so, sequestration is the name given to the automatic spending cuts that began to slice into both domestic and defense programs on March 1. In California alone, a minimum of 5,000 tech jobs, excluding those in aerospace… continue…

Is Microsoft Screwing Up the Yammer Acquisition?

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Microsoft’s $1.2 billion purchase of Yammer last year generated a lot of excitement about integration of the company’s enterprise social networking integration with SharePoint, which is expected to happen later this year. Now, controversy’s brewing about how Microsoft is handling the acquisition. Many among Redmond’s enterprise clients, investors, shareholders and end-users were encouraged by the purchase. Social-media functionality has been a major gap in SharePoint, Microsoft’s dominant enterprise collaboration and portal platform. The move seemed to affirm the company’s stated intention to continue… continue…

Tech Venture Funding Rises 10 Percent

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The trends in venture funding last year were much like those in the job market: While overall numbers were down, those in tech were up. Overall venture funding in the U.S. fell 10 percent during 2012, to $26.5 billion. That’s the first decline in three years. On the other hand, the software industry — historically the largest investment segment for venture capital — posted a 10 percent increase over 2011 to $8.3 billion. A total of 1,266 software deals were… continue…