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UPDATE: Hyper-V Needs SP1 for New Intel vPro Chips

Strictly speaking, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 can't perform server virtualization using Intel's new second-generation Core vPro processors.

Intel To Release Oak Trail Processors for Tablets

Specially designed for tablet and netbook PCs, Intel's upcoming processor, updated from a previous version of its Atom chip, claims to be 60 percent smaller than previous models.

Wake Up, Microsoft! Consumers Aren't Going To Wait for You...

Mary-Jo Foley calls to task those at Microsoft who still don't get that the company's slow roll-out pace for its consumer offerings, like WP7 OS updates and Windows tablets, will eventually leave it out of the race entirely.

IDC Predicts Windows Phones Will Be 2nd in Market by 2015

According to an IDC report released today, the worldwide smartphone market is set to ship more than 450 million units this year.

7 Amazing Microsoft Kinect Hacks

Microsoft's addon for the Xbox 360 isn't just for games. Check out what happens when the hardware falls into a modder's hands.

Microsoft Exec Slams Report of Zune Death

Microsoft has not issued any information on the purported demise of the hardware version of the Zune music player, according to a blog post attributed to Dave McLauchlan, a Microsoft program manager.

Kinect Crowned Fastest-Selling Consumer Device by Guinness

While Windows Phone 7 devices may not be flying off the shelf, the company has had monumental success with its other big-name consumer product released during the same time period -- the Microsoft Kinect.

Google's Mobile OS Takes Top Spot

The Android mobile OS has overtaken Research In Motion's BlackBerry OS to become the highest selling smartphone operating system in the U.S., According to a comScore report released yesterday.

Gartner: Tablets Expected To Slow PC Sales

Research firm Gartner Inc. slashed its forecast for worldwide PC shipments for the second quarter in a row.

Apple Unveils Dual-Core iPad 2 Running iOS 4.3

Apple today unveiled its next-generation mobile device, announcing that it plans to ship the new dual-core iPad 2 next week.

Report: Server Sales Increase for Q4 2010

IDC cited positive results for the global server market in last year's fourth quarter, based on data announced on Monday.

Microsoft Bullish on Thin Clients Using Windows Embedded

Microsoft sees next-generation thin clients making a comeback in the enterprise based on its Windows Embedded Standard 7 operating system.

Microsoft Unveils SQL Server Fast Track Data Warehouse 3.0

Microsoft on Monday announced a new set of reference architectures for partners building Fast Track data warehouse products.

Google Turns to High Schools To Test Chrome OS Laptops

Google delivered a truckload of free Cr-48 laptops to Astoria High School in Astoria, Ore. earlier this month

BlackBerry PlayBook To Come in all 4G Flavors

Research In Motion announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that its upcoming tablet PC, the PlayBook, will be be able to use cellular networks on HSPA+ and LTE standards, according to tech blog IntoMobile.

Microsoft and Nokia Ink Strategic Windows Phone Alliance

Microsoft and Nokia today announced a global strategic alliance on mobile smartphone technologies, centered on Windows phone.

10 Great Features in 10 Different OSes

If you were making the ultimate operating system, what features would you choose? Here's one take on the best of the best from Mac OS X, Ubuntu, Unix, iOS, Windows and more.

Microsoft Releases Security Update for Autorun Vulnerability

In an "important, non-security update" released on Tuesday, Microsoft is offering a more convenient way to plug an Autorun hole for Windows XP and Vista users.

Windows Embedded Compact 7 CTP Refresh Available

Microsoft is releasing a January refresh of its Windows Embedded Compact 7 community technology preview today.

Will ARM-Based Servers Lift Microsoft's Cloud?

Future ARM-based servers could reduce power costs in the datacenter, helping cloud service providers such as Microsoft.

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