Shane O'Neill

, Assistant Managing Editor

SHANE O'NEILL Assistant Managing Editor Shane O'Neill divides his time between editing, site content strategy and writing news analysis stories and blog posts about Microsoft and its various products and competitors. Shane came to IDG Enterprise, publisher of CIO magazine and, after stints at TechTarget and Ziff Davis Media. He has also worked at and AOL and has written freelance stories for The Boston Globe and Commonwealth magazine. Shane resides in Boston.

How to Prepare for Windows 8 Even Though It's Not Coming to Enterprises

Windows 8 won't be adopted as a standard at your business anytime soon, according to a new Forrester report. But that doesn't mean IT shouldn't prepare for it to sneak through the BYOD side door. Here are five ways to be ready for Windows 8.

Windows 7, iOS, BYOD Redefine Enterprise OS Landscape

Led by Windows 7, Microsoft's operating systems still control the enterprise, but the software giant's days of dominance are waning. As a recent Forrester report highlights, mobile devices and BYOD have made the state of enterprise operating systems far more complex.

The How-To Guide to Windows 8

From a rundown of Windows 8 multi-touch interface features to enterprise upgrade challenges to Microsoft's homemade Surface Windows 8 devices,'s Ultimate Guide for Windows 8 covers it all. Our guide delivers expert reviews, advice on planning and rollout, opinion pieces and analysis of Microsoft's latest version of Windows.

Windows 8, Surface Tablets to Lead Microsoft's Fight for Relevance in 2013

Microsoft made big bets on Windows 8, Windows Phone and Surface tablets in 2012, and now it needs to make those bets pay off. As more consumers and businesses go mobile, 2013 will be Microsoft's most challenging year yet.

Top 12 Microsoft Stories of 2012

It was a challenging year for Microsoft as it continued to adapt to a mobile world and launched Windows 8. Here's a look back at the most popular stories and slideshows about Microsoft from 2012.

Mobile App Developers Speak: 'Stick to One Platform'

Shall it be iOS, Android or Windows 8? It's a tough choice these days for developers. Here are some words of advice from two in-demand developers. Key tip: Don't be a platform jumper.

Can Windows 8 Give Developers What iOS and Android Lack?

Microsoft's future hinges on attracting developers to build Windows 8 apps. But by offering financial incentives, supporting a range of programming languages and allowing developers to write code once for multiple devices, those developers may soon follow.

Windows 8 Challenge: Survive Growing Pains, Become a Mobile Player

Windows 8 faces skeptical IT customers and a hardware landscape dotted with iOS and Android mobile devices. The good news for Microsoft is that Windows 8 will gain market traction by 2014 and be a true tablet player by 2016, according to research firm Forrester.

Windows 8 Tablets in the Enterprise: The Pros and Cons

Windows 8 may conquer previous tablet limitations with larger screens, access to the full Office suite, more controlled security features and compatibility with legacy apps. However, there are also drawbacks, says research firm Gartner.

Enterprise Upgrades: Five Reasons to Focus on Windows 7 not Windows 8

Because the radically redesigned Windows 8 will struggle to gain acceptance with consumers and businesses, Windows XP shops should focus on Windows 7 upgrades now, and not wait for Windows 8 to mature, says research firm Gartner.