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Microsoft to offer Family Pack for Windows 7

Microsoft to offer Family Pack for Windows 7 Ed Bott: Apple's defenders point to the OS X Family Pack as one of the biggest differentiators between their favorite OS and Windows. That difference is likely to go away when Windows 7 is released. The Proof: Text of a near-final license agreement for Windows 7 Home Premium.

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Robin Harris: Why Windows 7 should be free
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PC OEMs: Please cut the crap!

PC OEMs: Please cut the crap! Jason Perlow: Buying a new PC from one of the Tier 1 OEMs can often be a frustrating exercise in crapware removal. The operating system build on a brand new retail-purchased PC should not deviate tremendously from a retail DVD virgin install of Windows. But it always does.

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The New Adventures of Christine's Old PC
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Build it! Best PC components now available

Build it! Best PC components now available Adrian Kingsley-Hughes: My Hardware 2.0 "Very Best Kit List" -- updated and revamped for July/August -- includes the best high-end, mid-range and budget components currently available. If you're thinking of buying, building or even upgrading a PC, this list is a must-read.

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Put together a solid barebones system for $350
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes: When (and why) do you buy a new PC?
Building a "High Performance" Windows 7 PC
Extreme PCs and homebrew systems: Dead or alive?
Monster PC upgrades - Without the monster price tag

Apple forecast: 12% Mac sales growth quarter to quarter

Apple forecast: 12% Mac sales growth quarter to quarter Andrew Nusca: Apple will sell 2.5 million Macs in the second calendar quarter, a 12 percent increase and a marked uptick from the 4 percent decline last quarter, according to a new forecast issued by Morgan Stanley's Kathryn Huberty.

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Oracle's Fusion middleware master plan starts coming together

Oracle's Fusion middleware master plan starts coming together Larry Dignan: Oracle on Wednesday launched its Fusion 11g middleware family and the effort is aimed at linking the technological underpinnings of all of the company's acquired applications, owning the market, creating one fundamental software stack for the enterprise and laying the foundation for a cloud strategy.

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Dana Gardner: Oracle closes in on 'any'-ware with debut of middleware behemoth 11g suites family
Dennis Howlett: Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g: turkeys voting for Christmas?
Get ready for Oracle's 100 days of press releases aka innovation

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Why one CIO is migrating all Treos to iPhones

Why one CIO is migrating all Treos to iPhones Jason Hiner: A longtime friend recently admitted to me that his IT department is converting the entire organization over to iPhones. If CIOs like him are doing this, then it's a pretty good indicator that the iPhone is becoming a very viable and tempting option for a lot of companies out there.

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