Stories by Shane O'Neill

Windows 7 wanted at work: Consumer IT strikes again

If you are happy with Windows 7 on your personal laptop, but grumble every time Windows XP boots up on your work computer, it may be time to tap your company's IT pro on the shoulder and ask for Windows 7. You might be surprised at the response you get.

Windows Marketplace for Mobile makes early US entrance

Windows Mobile 6.5 doesn't officially launch until tomorrow, but according to well-known industry blog The Boy Genius Report, users running unofficial, pre-release versions of Windows Mobile 6.5 can now browse and buy applications at Windows Marketplace for Mobile, Microsoft's first mobile phone app store. But those running pre-release versions of WinMo 6.5 are not the only users who can tap into Windows Marketplace for Mobile. AT&T announced that it has started selling the HTC Pure and Tilt 2 smartphones running Windows Mobile 6.5 days before tomorrow's official launch of the OS.

Windows 7: The Five Most Talked-About Features

Windows 7 is proving a divisive subject even in its infancy. One example: Last week, reviews from's sister sites, Computerworld and InfoWorld, offered radically different opinions about what Microsoft has in store for the successor of Windows Vista, expected to ship in early 2010.

Windows 7 on Netbooks: Does Linux Stand a Chance?

Possibly <a href="">Microsoft</a>'s most important strategic goal for Windows 7, in addition to redeeming the brand damage done by <a href="">Windows Vista</a>, is to dominate netbooks, now the fastest selling segment of the PC market.

The Big Windows 7 Problem: XP Holdouts

With the just-released Windows 7 beta, Microsoft is touting the OS's ease of use and ability to run on all types of computers. But it's an open question whether Microsoft can convince its most skeptical critics: Windows XP holdouts.

Vista: the ship could be turning

It's been a hard road for Microsoft's Windows Vista, but even though negative perceptions have followed the operating system since its release, recent data and positive user feedback show a glimmer of hope for Microsoft that Vista's ship is turning around.

Microsoft takes heat for double talk on Windows 7

Microsoft's announcement last week that Windows 7 would be the official name for the next big OS after <a href="">Vista</a> was met with a curious combination of confusion and yawns.