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Ed Bott
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For the past decade, Munich has been the poster child for open-source advocates, who pointed to its successful migration from a Microsoft platform to one built on Linux and Office. Now, a newly elected government has called in experts to see whether it's time to switch back.

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How often do you see +Steven Vaughan-Nichols and me cooperating on a single post? (OK, +Larry Seltzer and +Jason Perlow contributed, too.) A broad range of technologies and products represented, including a few that might surprise you.

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This change in Google policy makes no sense at all at first reading. Why do they care if a developer combines two functions into a single extension? But you can figure out the real reason if you dig a little deeper.

Hint: The scumbags who invented adware have discovered Chrome.

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The clock is ticking. Support for Windows XP ends in less than six months. Is your business still struggling to move beyond XP? Maybe these suggestions will help.

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If you missed the OS Migration Hangout I was in this week, watch the replay here.
#hangoutsonairLillian Lack, Ed Bott, Margaret Walsh, Sébastien Poupart, Alec McMillan, and Eugenio Soltero

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Join me on October 2nd for a Google+ hangout to talk about OS migration. The event is sponsored by Dell, and I'll be joining Dell expert Margaret Walsh (@MargaretWatDell) for a discussion that should be of interest to anyone whose business runs on Windows.

If you're an IT pro, you know this is a time of great change, along with two things that always seem to stay the same: Your budget is never big enough, and you can't do anything that will break those legacy applications. Not to mention the cost of supporting hardware: all those notebooks your users are carrying around aren't getting lighter or faster with age - just the opposite, in fact..

Migrating to a new OS isn't all costs and headaches, though. It also brings improvements in security, manageability, and productivity. And given that more than 1 in 4 enterprise PCs are still running Windows XP, this isn't a question that can be avoided.

Should be an interesting discussion. Join the conversation on Dell’s Google+ page and on Twitter with #DellHangout to ask questions and share best practices for OS migration.

Register here: http://bit.ly/16ner1N

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If you're befuddled by some of the design choices Microsoft made in Windows 8, you're not alone. There's a steep learning curve, there are legitimate issues with discoverability, and some parts of the design are, frankly, unfinished. But the absence of a Start menu isn't the problem.

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You can quibble about the methodology in this report, to be sure. But it does provide an interesting perspective on PC reliability, and it brings some data to a discussion that's usually based only on anecdotal evidence. 

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As always, David Malki has the perfect perspective on the absurdity of the twice-annual ritual of Daylight Saving Time.

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Buying Motorola was Google's "Microsoft buying Yahoo!" moment except there was no act of God that prevented it from happening. 
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