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Last year, Microsoft introduced the Surface Pro 3, a thin and lightweight hybrid tablet-like device that the company famously claimed “could replace your laptop.” A lot has changed since then: Windows 8.1 has been put out to pasture, Microsoft has anointed Windows 10 as the one OS to run on all of its devices, and everyone from Apple to HP to Lenovo has trotted out their own light and powerful “lapblets.”
Microsoft has beefed up its Surface Pro tablet lineup to better compete with traditional laptops. The Surface Pro 4, unveiled Tuesday at Microsoft's Windows 10 event, has a 12.3-inch screen, only slightly larger than the 12-inch screen on the Surface Pro 3. The bezel is smaller, however, meaning there's more space for the screen itself. The screen, with a 2,736x1,824-pixel resolution, also sports 5 million pixels with 267 pixels per inch.
Along with a more-powerful version of its Surface Pro laptop/tablet hybrid, Microsoft unveiled a brand-new addition to the Surface lineup. Microsoft’s Panos Panay described it as the “ultimate laptop,” and the spec sheet, at least, seems to bear that out. It’s also the first time Microsoft has made a laptop on its own.
And spoiler alert: It also detaches from its keyboard to become a standalone Surface tablet.
HP is spearheading multivendor development of an open source network operating system for data centers in an effort to address scale, dynamic operation, and vendor independence.
The Strata+Hadoop World 2015 conference in New York this week was subtitled "Make Data Work," but given how Hadoop world's has evolved over the past year (even over the past six months) another apt subtitle might have been "See Hadoop Change."
Here are three of the most significant recent trends in Hadoop, as reflected by the show's roster of breakout sessions, vendors, and technologies.
Spark is leading Hadoop
Microsoft has been aggressively pushing its cloud services for applications such as email, but it also remains committed to selling software that customers run in their own data centers. That's why, on Thursday morning, the company released Exchange Server 2016.
IBM’s Bluemix development platform is already available in public and hosted private cloud versions. On Thursday, the company announced a third option for customers that need to build apps behind a firewall.
IBM and Box have started to deliver on a partnership they announced in June to help enterprises users share content and collaborate.
The companies want to combine IBM's back-end smarts with Box's user experience in new tools for both local and cloud data. The ultimate aim is to help usher enterprises into the cloud era of content management.
Google launched an updated version of its Sheets web app for spreadsheet editing, adding new capabilities that could help lure people away from Microsoft Excel.
Cisco this week announced intentions to acquire Piston Cloud Computing, its second OpenStack cloud computing buyout in less than a year.
Terms were not disclosed.