Industry Resources

About six months after retiring as CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer has relinquished his seat on the company's board of directors effective immediately, citing a busy schedule and confidence in the company's current and future financial performance.

| 19 August 2014, 7 pm

C++14, the newest draft standard for the C++ language, has been approved and is now set to be published later this year.

| 19 August 2014, 6 pm

Microsoft drove out Linux as the platform of choice during the netbook craze, and now the Windows maker is hoping it can do the same to the latest PC upstart, the Chromebook.

| 19 August 2014, 4 pm

Venture capital fundraising has picked up steam in the U.S., with cloud computing, mobile technology, and robotics getting solid backing.

U.S. technology companies are looking at a strong investment climate with global investor confidence in U.S. companies up significantly for the third year in a row, according to the 2014 Global Venture Capital Confidence Survey released by consulting...

| 19 August 2014, 4 pm

Microsoft has tweaked the controls in SharePoint Online to let administrators make better use of storage resources allocated to SharePoint websites.

The changes seek to make processes more automated, and to add some flexibility in how storage for SharePoint Online is managed within the Office 365 suite.

| 19 August 2014, 11 am

Oracle has made it possible to run a much older but still widely used version of its database software on Exadata, in a move that could make heretofore reluctant buyers pull the trigger on a purchase of the data-processing appliance.

Customers who are running Grid Infrastructure version 12.1.0.2 or later can now use Oracle's ACFS (Automated Storage Management Cluster File System) on...

| 18 August 2014, 7 pm

Oracle has made it possible to run a much older but still widely used version of its database software on Exadata, in a move that could make heretofore reluctant buyers pull the trigger on a purchase of the data-processing appliance.

Customers who are running Grid Infrastructure version 12.1.0.2 or later can now use Oracle's ACFS (Automated Storage Management Cluster File System) on...

| 18 August 2014, 7 pm

Microsoft has developed a document management add-on for Office 365 intended for lawyers, signaling a possible interest by the company in creating vertical-industry tools for the suite.

Microsoft announced the product, called Matter Center for Office 365, Monday, saying it's in limited preview and available via a beta program to which customers can...

| 18 August 2014, 5 pm

Google has acquired Jetpac, known for image recognition and processing.

Jetpac wrote on its website that it's joining Google, and would be removing its app from the App Store in the coming days. The company will stop offering support on Sept. 15, it said. Google confirmed the deal but had nothing to add to what Jetpac wrote, a...

| 18 August 2014, 2 pm

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has extended a deadline for comments on its proposed Net neutrality rules to Sept. 15, giving members of the public more time to weigh in on how the government should regulate Web traffic.

| 18 August 2014, 12 pm