Stories by Galen Gruman

Get on board for next-gen mobile

Apple iPhone, move over. At least, that's the hope of Google and Research in Motion as they ready the first serious competitors to the iPhone, in the 'mobile 2.0' market that Apple invented.

First look: InDesign CS4

The newest version of InDesign, expected to ship in October, is a nice update, but not an essential one. Much of what's new in this sixth version of the page-layout program is under the hood, with new underlying file formats based on the XML standard and programming hooks that over time should make it easier to use InDesign files and functionality in automated publishing environments. But those under-the-hood enhancements won't do anything for today's designers, so they're not reasons to get excited about the new version.

iPhone is now the top mobile browser

It's been on the market for just six months, and already the iPhone (plus its wi-fi-only variant, the iPod Touch) is the most used mobile browser for Internet access in the U.S., according to Irish researcher StatCounter. At No. 2 is the Symbian OS used in Nokia's devices. Globally, the two positions are reversed. In either case, Windows Mobile -- in all its versions -- is just a blip.

Vista tools ease deployment and management

For IT, perhaps the biggest advantage to deploying Windows Vista is its capability to create a unified installation image that selectively loads the needed drivers and applications onto users' computers -- saving IT from having to manage lots of install images as with Windows XP or to rely on the PC-model-specific OEM installations whose "bloatware" then needs to be removed from each system. Microsoft provides the Windows Automated Installation Kit as a free download to give IT that unified-image capability, so IT can use a single Vista installation image for all PCs, with drivers and applications loaded as needed for each user.

Vista deployment secrets

Vista adoption in business has been slow (and at this writing more than 75,000 people have signed InfoWorld's petition asking Microsoft to keep Windows XP available indefinitely). Nonetheless, thousands of businesses worldwide have already adopted Vista.

Microsoft's Yahoo bid is really about business apps

At first blush, Microsoft's proposed acquisition of Yahoo for US$46.6 billion is about growing its consumer advertising and portal business to better compete wit Google. And that's certainly part of the mix, but perhaps lost in the discussion is how such an acquisition could help Microsoft execute its software-plus-services strategy for delivering business apps over the Internet faster and better, said several analysts. That strategy could help Microsoft compete with Google's own business-apps initiative, they said.

Why save XP? Readers speak out

InfoWorld's <a href="http://www.savexp.com/">petition</a> asking Microsoft not to discontinue Windows XP after June 30 has garnered more than 65,000 signatures since Jan. 14. And with those signatures have come thousands of reader comments that reveal why many IT organizations are up in arms about the June 30 deadline to retire XP.

Why XP must be saved

<a href="http://weblog.infoworld.com/enterprisedesktop/archives/saveXP_header.swf">The clock is ticking</a>: Microsoft will end OEM and shrink-wrapped sales of Windows XP on June 30, 2008, forcing users to shift to Vista. (System builders, meaning those who do white-box PCs, can sell XP through December 31.) Don't let that happen!

How to do storage virtualisation right

When Roland Etcheverry joined chemical company Champion Technologies two years ago, he looked around and realised he needed to remake the company's storage environment. He had done this twice before at other companies, so he knew he wanted a storage area network (SAN) to tie the various locations to the corporate data centre, as well as to a separate disaster recovery site, each with about 7TB of capacity. He also knew he wanted to utilise storage virtualisation.