07 Nov 2012

Technology news this month

Windows 8 has finally arrived with over four million upgrades downloaded in the first few days alone. Australia is still lagging in broadband speed, according to Akamai’s most recent State of the Internet report, which puts it only just inside the top 40 companies. Gartner identified the Top 10 IT headaches that will cause challenges over the next five years, organisational entrenchment and disruption was number one. Yahoo! reported a modest rise in profits in its first results under new CEO Marissa Mayer, as ad revenue stabilised and started to improve. Microsoft is offering free upgrades to Office 2013 for Office 2010 users, and also revealed there will be an iOS version of Office from March next year. More product announcements from Apple, with the much anticipated mini iPad finally revealed. Apple also removed Oracle’s Java software from all its browsers: users will have to download it directly from Oracle if they want to use it in future. Meanwhile the worldwide smartphone user base has hit one billion: that took 16 years, but it’s expected to double to two billion in just another three years. And in Brennan IT news, Dave Stevens has just won special recognition in the NSW ICT Entrepreneur of the Year awards. Views from the blog On the Brennan IT blog this month, Scott Allen looks at Microsoft’s new server platform, Windows Server 2012, and the future release of Windows Azure, while Ken Jeffreys can’t wait for Windows 8. Samantha Poblete considers the $2.3 billion cost of pulling out of the NBN. And is the new Samsung Chromebook good value at US$249? And Robert Tinning plays with some top tech toys for business. Special promotions for November Get up to $200 cash back per license on Window Server 2012 and Office 2010. Great value hardware this month includes buy one, get one free on EMC’s VNXe drives, 45% off the Cisco Teleworker Solution, and 35% off the HP1910 Switch with free lifetime warranty. Some big screens at amazing value: 35% off LG’s 23″ LED widescreen monitor with VGA/VDI/HDMI inputs, and 45% off LG Commercial Video wall display bundles. Finally, enjoy 54% off Crystal Server 2011 NULs when purchased with Crystal Server 2011 CALs, and up to 30% off Canon and Epson high-speed A4/A3 document scanners. Why not jump on board and give us your thoughts, and stay up to date with all things Brennan IT via Twitter.