While the world has been distracted by HP's baffling $10.2 billion purchase of Autonomy and <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/subnets/microsoft/">Microsoft</a>'s surprising $9 billion buy of Skype, EMC/VMware and Google have been snapping up dozens of software companies throughout 2011.
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Debate rages among IT professionals over the value of certifications, but a survey of 700 network professionals jointly conducted by Network World and SolarWinds may help put that argument to rest. Among those who earned certifications, most saw a significant boost in their careers as a result.
Barnes & Noble has subpoenaed Nokia and its patent-enforcement agency, Mosaid Technologies, as it defends itself against Microsoft's Android patent infringement lawsuit, according to documents filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission.
Microsoft today released four patches as part of its regularly scheduled patch cycle, including a critical fix to a flaw that could allow attackers to launch a dangerous worm.
<a href="http://www.networkworld.com/subnets/microsoft/">Microsoft</a> has released a Fix-it tool to allow <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/topics/windows.html">Windows</a> users to manually patch their systems to thwart the Duqu Trojan: <a href="http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/advisory/2639658">Microsoft Security Advisory (2639658)</a>.
The big zero-day exploit on everyone's mind is Duqu, or "son of Stuxnet" - but researchers don't expect <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/subnets/microsoft/">Microsoft</a> to include a patch for it in next week's Patch Tuesday. Instead, a manual fix could be out as soon as this week.
Microsoft has rolled out a new mobile app for Bing built with HTML5 and available first only to iPhone and Android users, not to Windows Phone users. It may be another indication that Microsoft is turning its attention away from its home-baked development platforms .Net and Silverlight and toward the industry-standard HTML5.
After years of playing catch-up to VMware the upcoming version of Hyper-V is wowing the Microsoft faithful with unique new features -- and gaining the attention of VMware users, too, one consultant says.
Despite weak consumer demand for PCs, Microsoft posted record first quarter revenue of $17.37 billion for the period that ended Sept. 30. This beat analysts' reported expectations of $17.2 billion. Revenue increased 7% percent over the year-ago period. Microsoft credited the increase to enterprise demand for Office, server and development tools.
Hackers are in the midst of a massively successful SQL injection attack targeting websites built on Microsoft's ASP.Net platform. About 180,000 pages have been affected so far, <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/topics/security.html">security</a> researchers say.
After years of failing to get <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/subnets/microsoft/">Microsoft</a> to adopt a formal environmental sustainability policy, shareholders seem to have won: Microsoft will now insist its hardware suppliers comply with the company's social responsibility requirements.
Zero-day exploits are nerve-racking for IT professionals but are far less dangerous than unpatched older vulnerabilities for which fixes are available, Microsoft says.
Red Hat announced Tuesday that it is acquiring Gluster, which makes open-source software that clusters commodity SATA drives and NAS systems into massively scalable pools of storage, in a cash deal valued at about $136 million. Gluster is also a contributor to the OpenStack cloud project and Red Hat is promising this involvement will continue. Indeed, Red Hat is now uncharacteristically saying its support of OpenStack will grow even beyond Gluster to the next release of Fedora.
Chalk up another big partnership win for Microsoft's Hyper-V from the world of virtual, programmable switching. NEC's OpenFlow-based network fabric, ProgrammableFlow, will be integrated with Windows Server 8 and Hyper-V when Windows Server 8 becomes available, NEC says.
Lest we forget that Microsoft still insists Linux violates 235 of its patents, Microsoft issued a reminder today.
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