Putting back doors into any software, even once, is just asking for trouble.
Stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
The real question to ask, though, is why this figure is so important to Microsoft.
Winston Churchill once said of Russia, "It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma." Now, I don't deal with international politics. I just write about technology. But when I've looked at HP lately I've been left thinking of its strategy as, well, "a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma."
So Apple and IBM are hooking up. It's a match made in enterprise heaven, bringing together BYOD favorites the iPhone and the iPad with enterprise apps and cloud services from IBM. It's a win for Apple, which finally gets some serious business software chops, and for IBM, which gets device sex appeal.
It's looking like Microsoft won't be bringing back the Start menu until 2015. Way to put the customer first, Microsoft!
DEK: Flop or not? Users will soon decide whether Office for the iPad is the greatest thing since Flappy Birds or the next Microsoft Kin. What's a Kin, you ask? Exactly.
OSs will still matter to developers and engineers, but ordinary users are going to be more and more in the cloud, where their OS doesn't matter at all.
More and more for Windows users, there's no OS like an old OS.
Microsoft appears to be backing off on its biggest user interface fiasco since Microsoft Bob: In the Windows 8.1 update, the desktop rather than Metro reportedly will be the default interface.
Yes, Windows 8's been a failure. It's been worse than Vista. But is the solution really to push out a new operating system in double-quick time?
What went wrong? The answer could keep your IT team from a similar design fiasco.
The Web browsing world is exciting again. <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9136345/Google_Update">Google</a>'s Chrome browser is <a href="http://blogs.computerworld.com/15343/chrome_linuxs_best_web_browser">faster than fast</a>and there's serious thought that Internet Explorer may actually lose its <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9143141/5_reasons_why_IE_will_lose_market_share_in_2010">top spot</a>in the browser market-share wars. But for all the excitement, it would be a real mistake to overlook Firefox; with the forthcoming release of Firefox 3.6, which is now available as a release candidate, Mozilla's flagship browser is looking better than ever.
The Mozilla Foundation is celebrating the arrival of Firefox 3 with a worldwide party -- and an attempt to set a new world record for the most downloads ever of a single software program. OK, so that's silly and extremely geekish, but what the heck? Why not kick up a fuss?