US Navy spends millions to stay low-tech

Brig_Niagara_full_sailWhile it is spending a fortune on new weaponry, the US Navy would rather pay millions in protection money to Microsoft to keep its ancient Windows XP machines running.

The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, which runs the Navy’s communications and information networks, signed a US$9.1 million contract earlier this month for continued access to security patches for Windows XP, Office 2003, Exchange 2003 and Windows Server 2003.… Read the rest

Adobe boosts Creative Cloud

Adobe HQ - Wikimedia CommonsSoftware firm Adobe said that it has released the 2015 version of its Creative Cloud tools and services, describing it as a milestone.

The release updates Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, Premiere Pro CC and InDesign CC as well as proving mobile apps for both the iOS and Android operating systems

Adobe also said it has introduced a better Creative Cloud product aimed at enterprises and that includes security, collaboration and publishing services for businesses and large organisations.… Read the rest

Artificial intelligence is good for jobs

EDSAC - Wikimedia CommonsA survey reveals that leaders in large enterprises think artificial intelligence (AI) is good for jobs and isn’t a force of darkness.

Narrative Science surveyed 200 CEOs, CTOs, and other senior directors across many Fortune 500 companies.

Eighty percent of the respondents believe that AI technologies create jobs and improve worker performance and efficiency.… Read the rest

Confusion reigns over Windows 10 licensing

windows-10-start-menu-customised-live-tilesWhile Microsoft has now confirmed that PC versions of Windows 10 will ship at the end of July, and versions for other machines later, there is considerable confusion in the market about how the firm will price up its offerings.

Windows 10 is being offered free to users of Windows 7 and the benighted Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 – but reports suggest that the picture is far from clear on how Microsoft will tackle the OEM end of the market.… Read the rest