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Stories by Shane O'Neill

Should Microsoft buy Nokia? The pros and cons

A hot-button question lately in the rapidly-growing smartphone market: Can a company succeed at selling smartphones and tablets without owning the software and the hardware?

Written by Shane O'Neill26 Aug. 11 08:14

Browsing and privacy: How to not get tracked

If you're old enough to remember the Cold War, you know what an arms race is. One side comes up with a new weapon, the other side matches it, and then the first comes back with something even bigger and so on and so on. That also describes the ongoing battle between computer users who value their privacy and the Web sites and their advertisers that don't.

Written by Shane O'Neill23 Aug. 11 07:19

Why Microsoft won't buy hardware to compete with Googorola

Chances are Microsoft will not retaliate against Google's 12.5 billion purchase of Motorola by acquiring a phone maker of its own, say industry analysts, mainly because of the company's rich history developing and licensing software and building an ecosystem of hardware partners.

Written by Shane O'Neill18 Aug. 11 08:56

Bloomberg CIO deals with stock market data surge

Ever since Standard & Poor's downgraded the U.S. government's credit rating last week, the global financial markets have been on a wild ride.

Written by Shane O'Neill12 Aug. 11 03:36

7 worst tech mergers and acquisitions

We're all waiting to see if pending buyouts by AT&T (T-Mobile) and Microsoft (Skype) will succeed or fail, but many a tech deal over the past decade has been an epic fail. Let's take a look back at the worst murders and executions, er, I mean mergers and acquisitions in tech.

Written by Shane O'Neill30 July 11 00:00

IT spending: Bad news for Windows

Research firm IDC has tallied up PC sales for the second quarter of 2011, and the news is not good for Windows.

Written by Shane O'Neill15 July 11 09:05

Supporting Office 2010

At a time when Cloud computing services for productivity tools are gaining steam, you would think that desktop software like Office 2010 would be on a downslide.

Written by Shane O'Neill18 June 11 05:34

Four ways the Red Sox are scoring with SharePoint

The Boston Red Sox have many weapons to keep the team winning on the field: powerful hitters, a seasoned pitching rotation, and an experienced coaching staff.

Written by Shane O'Neill09 June 11 00:33

How Windows 8 will challenge enterprise IT

Microsoft has presented the Windows 8 user interface and displayed various devices on which the next version of Windows will run.

Written by Shane O'Neill04 June 11 02:58

Will Skype be another Microsoft license gotcha?

After Microsoft acquired Skype earlier this month for $8.5 billion, most of the questions revolved around how Skype's IM, voice and video calling features will fit into Microsoft enterprise products such as Outlook and Lync.

Written by Shane O'Neill24 May 11 06:39

Why we chose Exchange Online, not Google Apps

The City of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has never owned an Exchange server, but starting on Memorial Day it will roll out Exchange and Outlook e-mail for 2,700 of its workers.

Written by Shane O'Neill21 May 11 01:14

MS Office alternatives: Many are trying, few are buying

When it comes to deploying Microsoft Office alternatives such as Google Apps, Zoho or Lotus Symphony, enterprise IT managers are in a state of intense curiosity but are still not ready for widespread adoption, according to a new Forrester research report entitled "Market Update: Office Productivity Alternatives."

Written by Shane O'Neill13 May 11 05:18

Microsoft-Skype deal: Three ways it benefits enterprises

At first glance, Microsoft's whopping $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype may seem like a pure consumer play to bolster Windows Live, Windows Phone 7 and Xbox Kinect -- or an extremely expensive way to prevent Google from gobbling up Skype first.

Written by Shane O'Neill12 May 11 00:31