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Microsoft's New Devices Put Windows 10 on Any Screen

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 unveils Surface Pro 4 tablet as latest laptop killer

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.

Microsoft's Surface Book Looks Like the Ultimate Hybrid PC


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.

2016: IT budgets to jump 2%, but still not enough, says Gartner

Budgets of IT departments have been flat to negative for the last five years despite the ever-increasing importance of technology for creating new products

IT budgets globally are due to grow by 2.2 percent in 2016, the largest jump in the last five years, according to Gartner's survey of nearly 3,000 CIOs globally. In the North America, the projection is 2.3 percent.

HP goes after Cisco, Arista with open source OS

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.

3 key ways Hadoop is evolving

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 stays in the on-premises email server game with launch of Exchange 2016

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.

Microsoft reshuffles into 3 businesses for financial reporting

Microsoft today changed how it will report its financial performance, reducing the number of operating divisions to three, in an effort to align with CEO Satya Nadella's emphasis on the cloud and productivity platforms, and opportunities to reap revenue from customers after they've moved to Windows 10.

The three operating segments -- Intelligent Cloud, Productivity and Business Processes and More Personal Computing -- replace six earlier divisions, which were roughly organized on a consumer versus commercial basis.

IBM brings Bluemix behind the firewall for sensitive workloads

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-Box enterprise deal yields new content tools


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 takes another swing at Excel with Sheets update

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.

Pilotage des fonctions fiscales : Cegid acquiert Altaven

Avec le rachat d’Alteven, l’éditeur lyonnais Cegid monte sur la verticale des métiers dédiés à la gestion de la fiscalité en entreprise.

Cegid procède à l’acquisition d’Altaven pour un montant non communiqué.

Ce qui permettra de renforcer son catalogue de solutions de gestion fiscale à destination des grandes entreprises et des groupes.

Apache Spark jumps on the R bandwag

Apache Spark, the big data processing technology for iterative workloads that is growing in popularity, is about to add capabilities for DataFrames and the R language as part of two upcoming upgrades.

Microsoft Finally Gets That It Won't Win the Smartphone War

On Wednesday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella emailed staffers to update them on a series of executive changes at the company—changes that seem to have been a long time coming.

Microsoft and Google in drive to boost Web app speed to that of native apps


The project, WebAssembly, aims to compile the source code for the programmatic parts of Web applications so they can be processed by the browser more quickly.

Cisco acquires OpenStack pioneer Piston Cloud

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.

Avaya acquired Esna Technologies

Avaya has acquired Esna Technologies in a move intended to facilitate easier user access to cloud-based, multi-vendor communications capabilities.

The acquisition will help Avaya deliver an Esna-enabled Avaya Communicator web client for both the Avaya IP Office and Avaya Aura platforms with out-of-the-box video and voice capabilities that can be embedded into public or private cloud-based business applications.

New IBM OpenStack services support hybrid cloud apps

Building on its support for the OpenStack open source cloud computing platform, IBM this week unveiled a new slate of IBM Cloud OpenStack Services intended to help clients and developers integrate applications and data across hybrid clouds — including public, private and local cloud environments.

Google cloud strategy focuses on analyzing big data

Google may not have caught up to Amazon in the cloud market, but that's OK, according to a Google executive. The company is heading in a slightly different direction with cloud computing that involves helping customers analyze their data.

Butler Industries veut redonner du souffle à NextiraOne

Connu pour ses opérations dites de retournement, Walter Butler veut reprendre en main NextiraOne, un intégrateur informatique et télécoms d’entreprise actuellement en redressement judiciaire.

« Sous réserve de l’accord du Tribunal de Commerce de Paris , qui devrait intervenir sous huitaine », précise le communiqué.

Intel to buy Altera for $16.7B, eyes IoT market

Pursuing opportunities in the Internet of Things market, Intel has sealed a deal to buy Altera in an all-cash transaction valued at about $16.7 billion, which would be Intel’s largest acquisition ever.

News reports that the companies were in talks first surfaced in late March. However, those negotiations reportedly broke down in early April because Altera considered Intel’s offer of $54 per share too low.

As collaboration tools multiply, here’s how to avoid overload

Collaboration is a way of life in The Vanguard Group's institutional investors unit. For one thing, it uses the agile software development method, which requires collaboration among self-organized cross-functional teams. Vanguard also employs the scrum product development methodology, where interaction over documentation is a founding principle.

LinkedIn atteint la barre des dix millions de membres en France

C’était prévisible : LinkedIn poursuit son ascension en France, en détrônant Viadeo dans le leadership des réseaux sociaux professionnels.

LinkedIn poursuit son ascension en France et passe le cap des 10 millions de membres en France. Sans préciser s’il s’agit de profils actifs ou non.

Salesforce wants enterprise big-data users to catch its Wave


With Wave for Big Data, Salesforce wants to keep a foothold in enterprises with interest in Hadoop. Last year, Salesforce showed off Wave, a way to pull data into Salesforce's cloud and generate business-friendly analytics from it.

At Google I/O, the Internet of things gets a new OS

Google is moving deeper into the world of the IoT (Internet of Things), announcing a new operating system -- Brillo -- as well as a communications layer at its Google I/O developer conference today.

Sundar Pichai, a senior vice president at Google, took the stage at the company's annual conference to talk about updates to the Android platform, like Android Auto and Android Wear. He then turned his attention to IoT and how Google plans to help users build their own smart homes.

Microsoft doubles down on Office apps, services for Android tablets

Microsoft is adding 20 more global and local device makers to the list of companies that are bundling Office apps and services with their Android devices.

The expanded list of companies signing pre-installation deals with Microsoft include LG and Sony, according to a blog post on Tuesday announcing the list.

2015 smartphone sales

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Samsung stumbles as Apple creeps up in smartphone game

Over 4 billion people still have no Internet connection

The number of people using the Internet is growing at a steady rate, but 4.2 billion out of 7.4 billion will still be offline by the end of the year.

Overall, 35.3 percent of people in developing countries will use the Internet, compared to 82.2 percent in developed countries, according to data from the ITU (International Telecommunication Union). People who live in the so-called least developed countries will the worst off by far: In those nations only 9.5 percent will be connected by the end of December.

2015: don't expect much change in the smartphone market over the coming years.

What will the smartphone pie look like for Google's Android and Apple's iOS in 2019? Pretty much the same as today, says research firm IDC.

The worldwide smartphone market in 2019 is expected to look awfully similar to today's smartphone market.

By the end of 2015, total smartphone shipments will hit 1.4 billion, according to new data from research firm IDC.

2015 Tablet sales.

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Tablettes : une affaire de professionnels en Europe ?

IDC estime que la demande en entreprise va relancer, sur le court terme, le marché des tablettes en Europe de l’Ouest.

Gartner: Cloud IaaS is a $16.5 billion market

Led by Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform, the market will grow 29% per year until 2019.


Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud computing is a fast growing market, leaping up 33% in 2015 to become an estimated $16.5 billion market, according to research firm Gartner.

The market shows no signs of slowing down, with a compound annual growth rate of 29.1% predicted for the next four years until 2019.

France. Tablettes, smartphones, PC… : le multi-terminal s’impose.

Selon une étude menée par Dell et Intel, les Français ont été bien rapides que la moyenne mondiale à délaisser leur PC de bureau comme outil unique de travail. Les salariés veulent désormais des terminaux spécifiques apportant la productivité adaptée à la tâche à accomplir.

2015 PC Sales

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Marché PC : pas d’exception française

GfK constate que le recul des ventes de PC en France s’est poursuivi au 1er trimestre 2015. Tous les segments du marché sont concernés.

Google launches a service for storing big data

Google finally opens up its speedy BigTable technology for third-party use.


Google has introduced a service for storing large amounts of data online, potentially enabling organizations to execute big data analysis as a cloud service.

Office 365 customers pay Microsoft up to 80% more over long haul

When Microsoft turns a customer into a subscriber, it gets 1.2 to 1.8 times the revenue compared to old-school licensing.


Moving a corporate customer from "transactional" purchases of Office -- the once-traditional practice of purchasing one-time, perpetual licenses that let workers use the suite as long as their firms want -- to Office 365 rent-not-buy subscriptions results in almost a doubling of revenue for Microsoft.

Samsung launches Artik chips for the Internet of Things

Samsung revealed a new chip family to power the Internet of Things, putting it in more direct competition with Intel, Qualcomm and others in the quest to connect everything.

Citrix launches Workspace Cloud with BYOD flexibility

Enterprises can deliver a customized IT environment for each user, combining resources on premises and in the cloud.

Life today is vastly more complicated for IT managers than it used to be, thanks in large part to two key trends: bring-your-own-device computing and the growing prevalence of mixed-infrastructure IT environments.

Aiming to ease some of the pressure on both ends, Citrix on Tuesday unveiled a new cloud offering designed to give enterprises maximum flexibility.

The backlash against Facebook’s project is growing.

65 advocacy organizations in 31 countries released an open letter to Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg protesting—an effort to bring free internet service to the developing world—saying the project “violates the principles of net neutrality, threatening freedom of expression, equality of opportunity, security, privacy, and innovation.”

Huawei's LiteOS looks to play central role in Internet of Things

China's Huawei Technologies is ramping up its claim on the Internet of Things market with a new operating system, the world's largest telecommunications equipment maker announced Wednesday.

Gartner shows two-horse race in IaaS cloud: AWS and Microsoft Azure

Research firm Gartner's annual report card on the public IaaS cloud computing market shows there is one clear leader -- Amazon Web Services -- and another clear challenger, Microsoft Azure. And then there is everyone else.