Operating Systems News

From mobile and desktop, through to server and virtualisation, this is our ongoing news and analysis coverage of the business of operating systems.

Platform News: Google search engine

Android has a brand new taskbar and multi-window function

Google’s Android OS was originally designed for smartphones, but eventually found its way to tablets and notable other devices such as Smart TV’s and e-readers.

Google Android

New Google Messages functionality and features announced

Google has just announced a slew of new features that are either coming to coming to Google Messages, or already launched and available to some users.

Microsoft Corp

File Explorer tabs to return in Windows 11?

Over the years, power users of the Windows OS have long asked the Washington state-based tech titan to improve the File Explorer interface, prompting several to create concepts tha...

Platform News: Facebook and WhatsApp messaging service

WhatsApp to launch new group polling functionality

WhatsApp is reportedly working on new functionality that will allow its users to create polls in group chats.

Apple App Store

Advocacy group to challenge the iOS browser status quo

Apple is being challenged by a group of developers to end WebKit’s dominance and allow other browser engines on the tech titans iPhone and iPad devices, following accusations...

Platform News: EU European Commission antitrust regulators

Vestager says tech giants may prefer EU fines to compliance, cites Apple

Some US tech giants may prefer to pay a fine rather than comply with antitrust rules, the European Union’s antitrust chief said, and cited Apple’s fight with the Nether...

Platform News: Big Tech

Users should be allowed to sue US tech giants under EU rules, civil groups say

Individual users should be allowed to take US tech giants to court for breaching landmark EU rules aimed at curbing their power, Privacy International, pan-European consumer group ...

Platform News: Google

Top Apple executives likely to be deposed in US fight with Google

The Justice Department wants to depose some of Apple’s top executives as it prepares for a trial to determine if Alphabet’s Google broke antitrust law in how it runs it...

Platform News: Snap Inc

Snap recovers from Apple privacy changes, shares surge 50%

Snap Inc has said its advertising business bounced back from the effects of Apple Inc’s privacy changes faster than it expected, and shares of the company skyrocketed 50% as ...

Apple Google

Bill targeting Apple and Google approved by US Senate panel

The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to approve a bill that would rein in app stores of companies they said exert too much market control, particularly Apple and Google.

Platform News: Google

Alphabet eyes $2 trillion value after blowout results

Google parent company Alphabet advanced nearer to joining peers Apple and Microsoft in the elite $2 trillion market valuation club as the search giant’s shares surged more th...

Platform News: Google

Three US states, DC sue Google over location-tracking

Texas, Indiana, Washington State and the District of Columbia sued Alphabet Inc’s Google on Monday over what they called deceptive location-tracking practices that invade use...

Platform Industry: Google search engine

Google asks judge to dismiss most of Texas antitrust lawsuit

Google has asked a federal judge to dismiss the majority of an antitrust lawsuit filed by Texas and other states that accused the search giant of abusing its dominance of the onlin...

Platform Industry: Microsoft logo

Microsoft faces challenge cleaning up Activision Blizzard’s culture

The success of Microsoft’s biggest deal ever rides on rehabilitating Activision Blizzard’s culture, Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella declared after announcing the $69 billio...

Microsoft Corp

Microsoft to gobble up Activision in $69 billion metaverse bet

Microsoft Corp is buying “Call of Duty” maker Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion in the biggest gaming industry deal in history as global technology giants stake the...