Software

SAP claims French robo minnow Contextor slurp will slash clicks needed in its ERP software

Tue, 2018-11-20 12:10
Automated mercy for those knobbly pointers

SAP has snaffled automation minnow Contextor, claiming it will automate half the business processes supported by its ERP software in the next three years.…

Windows 10 goes into the Light and Cortana MIA as Microsoft buys chatbot bods XOXCO

Tue, 2018-11-20 09:15
Plus: Battery-powered Azure Sphere, Razor support in Visual Studio Core

Roundup  This week Microsoft saw the light in Windows 10 and returned to the realm of chatbots, among plenty of other things notwithstanding the flashing of a surprise ad in an Insider build.…

OpenStack 2018: Mark Shuttleworth chats to <i>The Reg</i> about 10-year support plans, Linus Torvalds and Russian rockets

Mon, 2018-11-19 09:16
Like Ubuntu, hate upgrading? Canonical founder has good news. And a mighty, mighty beard

Interview  Mark Shuttleworth delivered an unashamed plug for Ubuntu while cheerfully throwing a little shade on the competition at the OpenStack Berlin 2018 summit last week.…

Microsoft slips ads into Windows 10 Mail client – then U-turns so hard, it warps fabric of reality

Sat, 2018-11-17 01:03
We never meant to make that widely public which is why we made a public FAQ for it

Microsoft was, and maybe still is, considering injecting targeted adverts into the Windows 10 Mail app.…

Microsoft slammed in Europe for 'large scale and covert' gathering of people's info via Office

Fri, 2018-11-16 20:17
You've broken the GDPR, baby, Dutch govt eggheads reckon

Microsoft carried out "large scale and covert" gathering of private data through its Office subscriptions.…

Visual Studio 2017 15.9 is here! Fire up your Windows on Arm laptops. All four of you

Fri, 2018-11-16 19:23
Final update of beloved development adding ARM64

Microsoft devs rejoice! A new version of Visual Studio 2017 has arrived replete with fixes, tweaks and ARM64 support.…

If at first or second you don't succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update

Fri, 2018-11-16 06:56
Six weeks after first release f build 1809, and Redmond still can't get it right

The 1809 build of Windows 10 and Windows Server is fast becoming infamous, after Redmond pulled it shortly after release when it started deleting people's files and stumbling in other ways. Redmond reissued the software on Tuesday, and today it's clear you shouldn't rush into deploying it, if installing it at all, in its present state.…

Don't cross the Application Streams! Actually, maybe you can now in RHEL 8 beta

Thu, 2018-11-15 20:26
Allows updating user space without breaking everything

Hot on the heels of its OpenStack Platform 14, Red Hat has announced the beta of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.…

Just one Corretto, give it to me... AWS brews its own blend of Java with free long-term support

Thu, 2018-11-15 07:56
Post boasts cloud host's utmost roast

Amazon may be working to rid itself of Oracle database software, but the box-and-bit shifting biz can't get enough of Oracle's coffee-themed programming technology, Java.…

Microsoft lobs Windows 10, Server October 2018 update at world, minus its file-nuking 'feature', after actually doing some testing

Tue, 2018-11-13 20:11
Wow, what a novel concept: 'Extensive internal validation'

Is the Windows October 2018 update here again? Or did it never exist previously? Are we all in a feverish dream where the latest version, build 1809, is stable and fit for purpose, and Patch Tuesday was totally uneventful? Our finger hovers over the "no" button, but we live in hope of someone one day fitted a "yes" key.…

SAP can claim to change its culture, but can it convince customers?

Tue, 2018-11-13 17:29
Brit user group presses for info and tools amid licensing fudge

SAP has used its annual British user shindig to big up reforms to internal structures and licensing – but customers wary over indirect access won't be won over easily.…

Michael Howard: Embrace of open source is destroying 'artificial definitions' of legacy vendors

Tue, 2018-11-13 09:04
MariaDB boss says IPO is part of his 3-year plan

Interview  Michael Howard, Berkley grad and alumnus of Oracle and EMC, took the helm at open-source biz MariaDB almost three years ago. Reflecting on how things have changed, he reckons the biggest shift is in how both investors and enterprise have embrace open-source. Now, he has an IPO on his mind.…

Just a little heads up: Google is still trying to convince everyone that web apps don't suck

Tue, 2018-11-13 02:56
Chrome Web Summit finds web apps still struggling next to shiny native counterparts

If insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, Google's Chrome team might be a candidate for involuntary commitment.…

Sudden Windows 10 licence downgrades to forced Xcode upgrades: The week at Microsoft

Mon, 2018-11-12 17:04
Plus: Warehouse security, Alexa for all, and more

Roundup  Aside from the hoo-ha around Windows 10 licences suddenly being downgraded amid an Insider build update, last week brought Row-Level Security to Azure warehouses, Alexa's tanks rolled onto Cortana's lawn and Microsoft prepared to drop support for old versions of Xcode.…

Stay classy: Amazon's Jassy gets sassy with Larry

Mon, 2018-11-12 15:49
AWS boss claims consumer division has switched off Oracle data warehouse

Amazon’s consumer business has switched off its Oracle data warehouse and will be almost Big Red-free by Christmas – at least according to AWS boss Andy Jassy.…

Palliative care for Windows 10 Mobile like a Crimean field hospital, but with even less effort

Mon, 2018-11-12 13:28
Dying OS abandoned by carers

Comment  Although Microsoft officially supports Windows 10 Mobile, each update breaks new things – and it has reached comical proportions. Or tragic, if you're still using it.…

SAP slurps up Qualtrics for a cool $8bn, persuades firm not to IPO

Mon, 2018-11-12 12:30
As UK and Ireland user survey suggests awareness of 4-year-old S/4HANA finally on the up

German giant SAP has slurped up "experience management" biz Qualtrics for a cool €8bn cash after reportedly persuading the firm not to IPO.…

Junior dev decides to clear space for brewing boss, doesn't know what 'LDF' is, sooo...

Mon, 2018-11-12 09:06
Probably the best database recovery in the world

Who, Me?  The days are drawing in and the mornings are getting darker – so why not take a dose of Who, Me? to help lighten up your day.…

An Oracle botherer always pays its debts: Rimini Street reports $48.4m net losses

Fri, 2018-11-09 21:48
Big Red sends its regards

Support biz Rimini Street's net losses have skyrocketed to $48.4m in the latest quarter as a result of debt payoffs.…

That amazing Microsoft software quality, part 97: Windows Phone update kills Outlook, Calendar

Fri, 2018-11-09 20:28
Tens of users inconvenienced

Microsoft has thrown gasoline on its quality-assurance dumpster fire by disabling the Mail and Calendar apps on some of its Lumia Windows 10 Phone devices.…