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Stories by Paul Rubens

How to downgrade from Windows 8

For a variety of reasons, some businesses are looking to downgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 7. The good news is that Microsoft's business licenses come with downgrade rights, but the catch is that the rules can be tricky and compliance could become an issue. Here are some clarifications on your rights when downgrading from Windows 8 or standardising on earlier Microsoft operating systems.

Written by Paul Rubens14 March 13 20:20

Are Windows 8 tablets racing to enterprise success?

Enterprise developers are seeing demand for Windows 8 line of business apps on mobile devices. However, the applications--while impressive--are speeding along mostly in vertical markets for very specific needs.

Written by Paul Rubens25 Feb. 13 14:55

6 Reasons to Pay for Open Source Software

Open source software is free to download, modify and use, but that doesn't mean it's not worth paying for sometimes. If you're using open source software in a commercial, enterprise capacity, here are six reasons why you should pay for free software.

Written by Paul Rubens13 Feb. 13 22:00

How Smart Wi-Fi Improves Wireless Network Performance

If poor Wi-Fi performance in your busy office is a problem for your organization, smart Wi-Fi is worth investigating. Here's why one company ripped out it Cisco wireless network gear and went with a new hardware-and-software-based Wi-Fi approach.

Written by Paul Rubens02 Jan. 13 14:24

How to Use Facebook's Open Sourced Data Center Design to Cut Costs

When Facebook open sourced its data center and server specifications it paved the way for enterprises of all sizes to save money by following the social network's radical hardware designs. The Open Compute Project Foundation has formalized Facebook's designs into specs, which are freely available. Here are tips for implementing them.

Written by Paul Rubens01 Nov. 12 16:35

Office 365 Earns High Marks in Education, Struggles in Enterprise

Office 365 celebrated its first birthday in July, and the cloud service has attracted an impressive list of educational customers over the last year. But when it comes to gaining traction in the enterprise, the picture is far less encouraging for Microsoft.

Written by Paul Rubens28 Aug. 12 16:55

Why Microsoft really bought Yammer

What made Microsoft want to spend more than $1 billion for the social networking company? It could be because Yammer successfully marketed its business virally, offering a basic service for free and then convincing customers to pay for additional features.

Written by Paul Rubens02 Aug. 12 20:52