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  • Google spurned offer to join Microsoft and Apple in bid for "bogus patents"

    To many people out there, the name Brad Smith might not be too familiar. He'sMicrosoft's general counsel and most of the time anyone would have come across his name in the past would probably have been in defending the software giant against anti-mon... 

  • Cloud computing is a lot of hot air (and it can heat your house)

    There's an intriguing paper published by Microsoft in which the authors argue that it could be possible to send servers used in cloud computing data centres to houses and office buildings and use them as a primary heat source. The Data Furnace: H... 

  • Thoughts on HP's MPS Confessions campaign: what kind of people have 'beloved' print devices?

    In case you missed it, HP has just launched its "MPS Confessions" campaign - no, not MPs Confessions (now that might be diverting) but MPS. For those of you who have been living in a desert outpost somewhere miles away from an internet... 

  • Is there more to Microsoft than Windows?

    Only the churlish would seek to dismiss a company reporting record revenue and profits, especially when that company is Microsoft, the biggest software business in the world. As I'm not churlish by disposition, I won't, although quite a few others ha... 

  • Apple may not be a computer company anymore but it's doing very nicely

    In January 2007, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced that the company was dropping the word "Computer" from its name to become "Apple Inc". As he pointed out at the time, only one product (the Mac) was a computer out of the four pr... 

  • Currency fluctuations can be good for your business, ask IBM

    Here's an interesting snippet of information: IBM's second quarter revenues were positively affected by currency fluctuations to the tune of 7% or around $1.6bn. In other words, without positive foreign exchange rates, IBM's revenues would have been ... 

  • Staff benefit from Softcat's "rubbish forecasting" with beer and cake

    When Softcat broke throughthe £200m revenue mark last week, managing director Martin Hellawell revealed that it would be celebrating with beer and cake for staff. "I never dreamt of getting to the £200m mark this financial year,&quo... 

  • Memo to Turner: You can run Windows 7 on an iMac. It's not a big deal

    Microsoft chief operating officer Kevin Turner was in combative mood at the vendor's Worldwide Partner Conference last week, taking jabs at all manner of rivals, including Google, IBM, Oracle, salesforce.com, VMware and Apple. On the latter, he m... 

  • Xerox covers all the bases with SME strategy

    Xerox has an interesting approach to the SME market which, at first sight, seems to be ever so slightly contradictory. Last week Douraid Zaghouani, president of indirect channels group at Xerox, revealed that it wanted to recruit partners that were s... 

  • Does privatisation plan for police IT cross the thin blue line?

    This has got to be one of the most bizarre ideas I've seen when it comes to a public service. We have become accustomed to the notion of private businesses being contracted to provide IT systems for public bodies but the suggestion that those compani...