Software & Technology News
About the same time every year, software companies begin to release the newest versions of their security software, in order to arm customers against yet another year of viruses, hackers, rootkits, worms and slew of other nastiness from the deepest bowels of the internet. Right on schedule, BitDefender 2013 security products have been released and are available at SoftwareMedia.com.
Microsoft has released some long-awaited new products this month, and they are all now available through licensing at SoftwareMedia.com! Windows Server 2012, Visual Studio 2012 and, yes, even Windows 8 are available through the Microsoft Open License Program!
You read that right. As of September 1st, 2012, Microsoft will discontinue Windows Server 2008 R2, in the wake of the upcoming Windows Server 2012 release.
This development comes amidst a veritable torrent of new releases from Microsoft. Other anticipated …
Microsoft, this week, announced that the Windows Server 2012 official release date will come on September 4th, 2012. The software has already begun shipping to hardware and software vendors, and now all we have left to do is wait.
Microsoft has also announced that they will be hosting an online launch event on the same day, which will feature talks with various Microsoft developers, executives and other partners. Attendees will have the chance to learn more about the multitude of enhancements and new features that Windows Server 2012 offers, as well as the opportunity to win prizes.
The software licensing model offered by Symantec, makers of Backup Exec, has long included several maintenance and support options that customers could choose from. However, in an effort to simplify their licensing model, and improve their interactions with customers, Symantec has begun to consolidate their maintenance packages into a single, 24×7 support offering for all of their software products.
As of July 2, 2012, Symantec has simplified their support offerings by publishing only the Essential Support products to customers and partners, the goal being to reduce the complexity of their licensing program.
Yesterday, Symantec announced that Enrique Salem has stepped down as president and CEO of Symantec. In his stead, the board of directors has appointed Steve Bennett as Symantec’s president and CEO. Reports from Symantec state that the change wasn’t due to any single event or problem but instead from a long and considered debate from the board.
While these sort things happen daily in the corporate world, it is always difficult for a business of any size to handle. Consumer confidence always takes a hit when the top man gets the axe, and Symantec will no doubt face some turbulence in the following weeks and months. However, Symantec had reassured partners and consumers alike that it will be business as usual and that Symantec leadership is quite optimistic about the future of the company.
Last week, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced the release of the new Microsoft Office consumer preview, which you can download at office.com/preview. Designed specifically for compatibility with the upcoming Windows 8 (set to release in October), this newest edition of the world-class Office software sports a uniquely intuitive interface which focuses on stylus, touch and mouse input.
In addition to the touch/stylus centric interface, the new Microsoft Office is -unlike its predecessors- not designed as a traditional software application, and instead has been reincarnated as a continually updating cloud service.
Finally! After months of previews and sneak peeks, Microsoft has decided to stop toying with our fragile emotions, and announce the official release date for Microsoft Windows 8. At the Microsoft annual sales meeting last week, Steve Sinofsky proudly declared that October 26th, 2012 will be the official Windows 8 release date.
We’ve reported previously on the Windows 8 Developer Preview, and by now we all know about Windows 8 support for both ARM and x86 processors, as well as the redesigned “Metro” UI which we’ve already seen on the Windows Phone and XBOX 360. Now that a release date has been set, tech junkies the world over (ourselves included) are eager to see what the full, commercial edition of Windows 8 has to offer.
Recently Autodesk just announced that they acquired Vela Systems who specializes in field management software for the construction industry. Vela Systems combines mobile technologies and BIM (Building Information Modeling) at the point of construction to improve the quality, safety and profitability of projects and companies.
Combined with the Autodesk BIM portfolio, the Vela Systems software has already helped contractors, owners, architects and engineers accelerate project schedules, reduce project risk, and improve the flow of information, including key data and project photos, between project stakeholders. Autodesk users can now reduce reliance on manual processes to track progress, document work activities and resolve issues. With the Vela Systems integration, users can also visualize the as-designed building in the field to improve quality and fidelity to design intent; streamline reviews; save money with more efficient workflows by linking physical tasks to a virtual model; and capture critical data on materials, systems, and equipment.*