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Microsoft app analyzes your busy schedule

In an effort to demonstrate the versatility of its PowerPivot business intelligence technology, Microsoft has released a free add-on application to Microsoft Office that analyzes the contents of a user's Microsoft Exchange calendar.

Oracle hedging its vulnerability reports?

Oracle may be subtly misleading customers about the severity of some of the vulnerabilities found in its database software, according to researchers from database security software provider Application Security (AppSec).

Dell Boomi connects the cloud to the enterprise

Dell has updated its Boomi software to make it easier to exchange data between public cloud services and on-premise applications, in anticipation of greater use of public clouds by large organizations.

Another Windows 8 pre-beta surfaces

While Microsoft has not announced the release date, or even the official name, of its follow-up to Windows 7, an early pre-beta version of the OS has surfaced on the Internet, the second version to appear within a month.

IBM tailors BPM for small business

IBM has customized its new BPM (business process management) software to help small and midsized organizations set up their own automated workflows just like big businesses do.

Ubuntu Server geared for future clouds

The next version of Canonical's Ubuntu Server, version 11.04, due out April 28, will set the stage for the open-source operating system's greater usage in the enterprise cloud, company officials said.

Fedora dons the new Gnome

The next version of Fedora will be the first major Linux distribution to use the radically updated GNOME as its default desktop interface.

New NetBeans offers Java 7

Developers will be able to test-drive the next generation Java programming language by using the new version of Oracle's NetBeans IDE (integrated developer environment), released Wednesday.

Oracle eases Coherence use

Faced with an increasingly competitive market for large-scale distributed data caches, Oracle has endeavored to make its own Coherence data grid software sprightlier and simpler to use.

Red Hat cache move sparks standards spat

By introducing a Java specification for its own Infinispan data grid technology, open-source software provider Red Hat has generated a lively debate within the ranks of the JCP (Java Community Process) over the best way to add distributed caching to ...

Apache Camel gets a GUI

Potentially making a lightweight enterprise integration tool even easier to use, FuseSource has released a GUI for the Apache Camel messaging framework.

Cloudera expands Hadoop ecosystem

With the new release of its Hadoop distribution, Cloudera has radically expanded the set of supporting tools for the data processing framework.

BMC supercharges IBM DB2 for mainframes

Exploiting recent hardware enhancements that IBM added into its System z mainframe servers, enterprise software provider BMC has updated its line of performance tuning products to help customers get more from the latest version of the DB2 database.

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