Lucas Mearian

Senior Reporter

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

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Google, others adding office space in anticipation of the great return

Google, others adding office space in anticipation of the great return

In an about-face from early in the pandemic, companies are buying and leasing more office space in anticipation of workers returning to their desks — at least on some days. But these spaces could look dramatically different than the...

Apple employees revolt against mandatory back-to-work policy

Apple employees revolt against mandatory back-to-work policy

A group calling itself Apple Together published an open letter to Apple executives calling on them to change the company's policy of requring workers to be in an office at least three days per week.

Microsoft Edge has edged out Apple's Safari in browser popularity

Microsoft Edge has edged out Apple's Safari in browser popularity

New data from one web analytics service indicates Microsoft Edge is now favored as a browser by more desktop users than Apple's Safari. Meanwhile, Firefox is falling even further behind.

Low-code tools can fill a void caused by the Great Resignation

Low-code tools can fill a void caused by the Great Resignation

With a dearth of skilled developers, more organizations are turning to low-code software development so enterprise users with little formal coding experience can build business apps. But the results aren't always the highest quality....

Q&A: The digital dollar — how would it work, what would it do?

Q&A: The digital dollar — how would it work, what would it do?

Any effort to create a digital dollar will involve far more than just technology. Privacy regulations, security protocols, and legal issues pose greater challenges than software and networks. With that in mind, eCurrency CEO Jonathan...

Planning a full return to the office? Beware 'a stampede of top talent'

Planning a full return to the office? Beware 'a stampede of top talent'

Though some knowledge-based companies are insisting workers return full time to offices, the practice could result in a major exodus of workers from those jobs seeking more flexible arrangements.

As biz travel slowly returns, some companies expect workers to pay their own way

As biz travel slowly returns, some companies expect workers to pay their own way

Business travel is still two years away from reaching pre-pandemic levels, according to Deloitte. But when it does bounce back, some companies expect remote workers to pay for trips back to the office.

Microsoft to kill Patch Tuesday for some enterprise users

Microsoft to kill Patch Tuesday for some enterprise users

The company plans to launch its Windows Autopatch service for enterprise users with Windows 10 or Windows 11 Enterprise E3 licenses; it will continuously deploy patches, eliminating the need for admins to manually deploy them.

More than half of PCs can't upgrade to Windows 11 — report

More than half of PCs can't upgrade to Windows 11 — report

New data from Lansweeper, an asset manager software provider, shows the uptake of Windows 11 at just 1.44% of all systems — the result of an inability to run the new OS.

For Gen Z, bank accounts and cash are out, mobile wallets are in

For Gen Z, bank accounts and cash are out, mobile wallets are in

Even as Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is saying a digital dollar could become as trusted as cash, surveys of Gen Z and Millennials show they're already well on their way to accepting crypto for purchases and investments. The shift...

Duckduckgo launches privacy browser beta for macOS

Duckduckgo launches privacy browser beta for macOS

The company said its browser will act like any other in its simplicity, but won't collect information about users and will not install cookies or tracking codes on devices. It can also block “hidden trackers” before they load.

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