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Microsoft licensing, iPhone vs BlackBerry and IT in the NHS

Stories of the month - July 2010

As we take our regular look back at the most popular stories of last month, it's no surprise to see Apple once again finding a place in the top 10 most read articles.

July saw the Mac maker making the headlines for the way it handled reception problems with the recently launched iPhone 4. A column from silicon.com's resident Apple watcher Seb Janacek argued that for a company that trades so much on its brand, Apple's strategy for dealing with the problem didn't exactly leave the company covered in glory. See: Apple Talk: Apple loses friends with iPhone PR blunders.

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Apple CEO Steve Jobs explains the iPhone 4 signal problems at a press event last month
(Photo credit: Josh Lowensohn/CNET)

silicon.com's senior reporter Natasha Lomas put the iPhone 4 through its paces last month in a face-off between the Apple device and the BlackBerry Bold to determine which was the ultimate work handset. To find out the results, read: iPhone 4 vs BlackBerry Bold: Which is the better work mobile?

The BlackBerry has long been the road warrior's weapon of choice but in recent times, its thunder has been stolen by the increasing popularity of the iPhone and Android devices. Last month silicon.com caught up with Alan Brenner, RIM's SVP of the BlackBerry platform, to find out how the company is planning its fight back. You can read the full story here: RIM on BlackBerry super apps, the Apple battle and that new OS.

To see how the mobile world as you know it is set to change over the coming years, read another of silicon.com's most popular pieces from last month: The future of mobile networks: How the comms tech you use will evolve.

Mobile networks weren't the only kind that silicon.com readers wanted to know more about: the perennial problem of how to close the gap between the UK's broadband haves and have-nots once again reared its head. Last month the coalition government revealed the first baby steps it is taking on the road to a superfast broadband Britain - and reiterated the message that it will be expecting industry to do the heavy lifting. Read the full story here: Superfast broadband: Whitehall tells ISPs to crack the rural problem.

With broadband networks continuing to offer more and more bandwidth, the move to using cloud software is becoming increasingly tempting for many businesses. To find out how the transition to software-as-a-service has affected the offerings of one of the world's biggest software houses, read: Microsoft licensing: How the cloud is changing your software options.

July was also the six-month anniversary of the completion of Oracle's acquisition of Sun. silicon.com took a look at how Sun has fared at its new home in an article entitled: How Oracle has made Sun rise again.

Another software giant on silicon.com readers' radar last month was EMC, as we published the latest in our series of company profiles exploring today's tech heavyweights. To find out everything you need to know about EMC, read: EMC company profile: Its tech, strategy and acquisitions.

If technology is so crucial to business success, why do IT projects so often fail? Last month silicon.com columnist Mark Samuels got to grips with the thorny issue of how to make technology projects work by picking the brains of several CIOs. To discover what he found out, read: Why there should be no such thing as an IT project.

One IT project that hasn't been short of a few failures is the £12.7bn scheme to revamp the technology used by the NHS, known as the NPfIT. July saw the coalition government signalling that the project could be in for a serious overhaul - find out more here: NHS IT revamp destined for major surgery?

About Jo Best

Jo Best has been covering IT for the best part of a decade for publications including silicon.com, Guardian Government Computing and ZDNet in both London and Sydney.

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