Lucas Mearian

Senior Reporter

Senior Reporter Lucas Mearian covers Windows, Future of Work issues, mobile, Apple in the enterprise, and healthcare IT.

Microsoft beefs up Edge's security against zero-day attacks

Podcast: Microsoft’s Activision acquisition, explained

Podcast: Microsoft’s Activision acquisition, explained

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced plans to buy video game giant Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion. Microsoft branded the deal as a metaverse play, but some industry analysts see it as Microsoft capitalizing on Activision’s...

Talent war to push CIOs toward consultancies, managed services in '22

Talent war to push CIOs toward consultancies, managed services in '22

As organizations struggle to find IT talent to fill their needs, CIOs will find they have little choice but to outsource work, according to a new IT spending forecast. But they may be able to move past short-term goals and focus on...

Microsoft to buy video game maker Activision Blizzard for $68.7B

Microsoft to buy video game maker Activision Blizzard for $68.7B

Microsoft is acquiring Activision, the maker of "Call of Duty," "World of Warcraft," and "Candy Crush" for a record amount, putting the world's biggest software maker at the forefront of gaming — and possibly the virtual reality...

Supply chain, semi-conductor issues slam PC shipments

Supply chain, semi-conductor issues slam PC shipments

The same supply chain issues facing other industries slowed PC sales during the past two quarters, meaning enterprises can expect to wait up to a full quarter before receiving orders, according to research firm Gartner.

In IT, Boomers are out, raises are rising — and change is coming

In IT, Boomers are out, raises are rising — and change is coming

As Gen Xers and Yers take over key IT roles within enterprises, they're demanding not just higher pay, but better working conditions -- and more attentive managers.

Microsoft touts first PCs to ship natively with secure Pluton chip

Microsoft touts first PCs to ship natively with secure Pluton chip

Along with thwarting malware, the Pluton chip handles BitLocker, Windows Hello, and System Guard and might help prevent physical insider attacks. The technology is also being used in Azure Sphere in the cloud.

No end in sight for the Great Resignation; workers keep quitting for better pay, benefits

No end in sight for the Great Resignation; workers keep quitting for better pay, benefits

A record 4.5 million American workers quit their jobs in November, and a survey by a job search site found nearly three-quarters of full-time employees might follow suit over the next year seeking higher pay and better benefits.

The rise of digital bosses: They can hire you — and fire you

The rise of digital bosses: They can hire you — and fire you

Automated software programs that help hire employees and monitor their work are becoming more popular as companies grapple with how to manage a disparate, remote workforce.

Privacy-centric DuckDuckGo to release Mac desktop browser

Privacy-centric DuckDuckGo to release Mac desktop browser

DuckDuckGo said its new desktop browser app will act much like its mobile app, allowing users to perform internet searches without tracking or installing cookies on Apple devices. The company claimed the browser is cleaner, more...

The Great Resignation: Why workers quit (and how companies can respond)

The Great Resignation: Why workers quit (and how companies can respond)

A pandemic-driven exodus from the workforce has been marked by workers seeking more flexible working conditions, better pay and benefits, and career advancement. But companies can head off employee dissatisfaction — and boost...

Office going hybrid? How to think through the options

Office going hybrid? How to think through the options

As companies adjust to the reality of a hybrid workplace, a growing number of tools can enable better workflow, project planning, and communication. Knowing how to use those tools and engage employees remains a huge challenge.

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