Cisco, the networking and IT giant, posted a healthy 14.5 percent increase in net income for the first quarter of 2013. Cisco CEO John Chambers said Cisco is "starting to see some good signs in the U.S. and other parts of the world which are encouraging."
As smartphones and tablets gain popularity, PC sales continue their steep decline. The latest example is the 20.5 percent year-over-year drop in PC shipments across Western Europe in the first quarter, the worst decline since Gartner began tracking PC shipments in the region.
Research firm IDC has lowered its estimate for 2013 worldwide IT spending growth to 4.6 percent from a previous 5.5 percent. IDC cited economic uncertainty caused by the U.S. government sequester, the ongoing European debt crisis and China's weakening GDP as the reasons for the adjustment.
Microsoft this week announced plans to roll out Skype for Outlook.com, which will enable Outlook users to make and receive Skype voice and video calls from their Outlook inbox. A preview version of Skype for Outlook.com, the email service from Microsoft that replaced Hotmail, is being offered in the U.K. this week.
Google is making its Cloud Platform available to any business or developer, the company announced on Wednesday. With this week's cloud announcements, Google appears to be taking aim at Amazon Web Services. Increased competition in the cloud space can only be beneficial for enterprises and individual users.
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A full 82 percent of business leaders surveyed by Forbes Insights said cloud-based collaboration tools help businesses execute faster by shortening time to market, quickening product upgrade cycles and enabling faster responses to competitive challenges.
Cloud and mobility deals continue to drive high-tech mergers and acquisitions (M&A), according to quarterly stats compiled by accounting firm Ernst & Young.
Microsoft posted robust 16.1 percent year-over-year revenue growth in the IT operations management (ITOM) software market last year, closing in on markets leaders IBM, CA Technologies and BMC Software, which all had lackluster performances in 2012, according to Gartner.
On the last day of Chairman Julius Genachowski's tenure, the Federal Communications Commission voted to lift 126 outdated telecom rules.
Dell's special committee needs more information from Carl Icahn and Southeastern Asset Management to decide if their takeover proposal is credible, according to a report by Fox Business.
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Accellion, a provider of mobile file sharing products, and copier and printer maker Ricoh have team to provide enterprises with a secure mobile printing product with the need for a virtual private network connection.