Stories by Michael Gartenberg

  • Google Chromebook: Bigger than a tablet, but less useful

    More than a year ago, Google announced an ambitious project to create a new class of device powered by an operating-system version of its Chrome browser . Many months of hyped expectations later, Google finally took the wraps off the first of its Chromebooks at its developer conference last week. While Google has delivered in some ways, the pricing of the Acer and Samsung Chromebooks relative to the functionality offered could spoil the party.

  • Five questions for IT from CES

    Didn't send anyone to CES? You probably should have. As I wrote last April, the Consumer Electronics Show may have "consumer" in its name, but it is more and more a place for IT to keep up to date with what will be happening in their companies soon. That's because users are increasingly having their say when it comes to the technologies they use.

  • And then there were three: A look at Chrome OS

    A year ago, Google began discussing the idea of offering a full operating system based on its Chrome browser. This month, Google revealed further details of its plans and began shipping a first run of test units so that developers, reporters and analysts could begin to evaluate Google's efforts. I've been testing one of these units over the last week or so, and I found Google's efforts impressive. The question is whether Google has created a new environment that will challenge more traditional PC operating systems such as Mac OS and Windows, or whether Chrome will be the latest challenger that ends up with niche success at best.

  • Is Apple gearing up to enter the enterprise?

    It could be that a real battle is brewing between operating systems. Apple will fire first by releasing Mac OS X 10.6, known as Snow Leopard, in September. Microsoft's response, Windows 7, will hit store shelves a few weeks later, on Oct. 22.

  • Windows Mobile: Alive and well -- and suitable for business

    Having discussed the progress of the iPhone in the enterprise last month, I thought that this month I would take a look at a longtime player, Windows Mobile, and see how it stacks up against the competition these days. And next month, I hope to have some comments on the new Palm Pre and how it fares for business use.

  • What's coming in 2009

    Well, it's that time of the year again. Time to enjoy the glow of a nice LED backlit display and huddle with the warmth that only an overclocked PC can produce. Yep, it's time to take a look at what's going to happen in technology in 2009. Here are my five predictions for the new year.

  • Linux still doesn't make it on desktop

    Back in the mid 1990s, my research focused on desktop operating systems. There was a plethora of options for IT organisations with Mac OS, Windows in the guise of NT and 95, and OS/2 Warp all vying for attention. Even Unix workstation vendors had thoughts of moving beyond scientific and engineering applications to mainstream knowledge worker desktops.

  • Leopard show provides glimpse of the future

    A few weeks ago, Apple Computer showed the world the next release of Max OS X, called Leopard. The company spent a lot of time talking about how well the current version of OS X stacks up against the unreleased next generation of Windows, called Vista, but the real story is Leopard itself.

  • Microsoft versus Google

    <b>Are Office Live and Windows Live Microsoft's response to Google?</b> Microsoft's announcement of these new online services was interesting and there are implications for IT folks.

  • MY SAY: Microsoft's problem: XP's good enough

    By my calendar, it's been nearly four years since I installed the first beta of Windows XP that I deemed good enough for production use, and other than that first beta, Windows XP has worked rather well for me. I would even say it's the best operating system Microsoft has ever shipped. With Longhorn still lurking somewhere out in the mists of the distant future, it's time to take a look at the Windows client platform and how well it's still meeting business needs relative to competing products.