Shane O'Neill

Shane O'Neill is the assistant managing editor for CIO.com

Last Words Before Closing Eye on Microsoft

With Rumored Reorg, Microsoft Tries to Simplify

With Rumored Reorg, Microsoft Tries to Simplify

The mounting pressure on Steve Ballmer to streamline Microsoft is finally leading to some action.

What You Need to Know About the New Lync and Skype Integration

What You Need to Know About the New Lync and Skype Integration

Audio calls and instant messaging are officially integrated between Lync and Skype, but no video connectivity yet. Here are some key points for users and IT admins about the new Lync-Skype connection.

Microsoft Should Leave the Competition Out of Ads

Microsoft Should Leave the Competition Out of Ads

Microsoft is in no position to disparage Google and Apple in TV ads, yet it keeps doing it. A new ad for Microsoft Surface turns inward and gets it right.

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...

How Long Can Windows RT Go on Like This?

How Long Can Windows RT Go on Like This?

Analysts question Microsoft's commitment. OEMs are slashing prices. Consumers are just confused. Times are tough for the poorly-marketed Windows RT and Surface RT tablets.

Windows Blue Officially Named Windows 8.1, Will Be Free

Windows Blue Officially Named Windows 8.1, Will Be Free

Microsoft is quickly moving forward with its Windows 8 update, now officially named Windows 8.1, and it has wisely decided not to charge users for the upgrade.

Gates Puts on the Blinders to Praise Windows 8, Surface

Gates Puts on the Blinders to Praise Windows 8, Surface

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is having a hard time accepting that people don't want their tablet to act like a PC, at least according to his responses in a CNBC interview.

Microsoft Execs Offer Windows Blue Preview Date, But Few Details

Microsoft Execs Offer Windows Blue Preview Date, But Few Details

Windows executive Tami Reller did the media rounds to discuss Windows 8 and upcoming update, Windows Blue. While her comments offered little substance, she made it clear that Windows Blue will address user complaints. But is that...

When Tech Titans Fall from Grace

When Tech Titans Fall from Grace

Here's our list of 14 once-elite tech companies that fell off their pedestals due to unforeseen circumstances, arrogance, ineptitude, or all of the above.

IDC Tablet Report Casts Shadow Over Windows 8 Tablet Hopes

IDC Tablet Report Casts Shadow Over Windows 8 Tablet Hopes

The overall tablet market is exploding, with year-over-year growth of 142 percent, according to IDC. But it's an Android and iOS world, and Microsoft has been all but shut out.

Microsoft Mocks Rivals (Again) with Windows Phone Wedding Brawl Ad

Microsoft Mocks Rivals (Again) with Windows Phone Wedding Brawl Ad

A funny new Microsoft Windows Phone commercial crashes a wild wedding, but bashes dominant foes Apple and Samsung instead of selling viewers a phone.

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