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  • Just when you've gotten used to Windows 8, get ready for yet another version of the operating system: After a public preview this fall, Microsoft anticipates releasing Windows 10 in mid-2015. It's expected to serve as the most enterprise-focused version yet, with a lot of emphasis on productivity-boosting business features. As a multiplatform product, it will run on PCs, tablets, Windows Phones and eventually the Xbox. Many users will be happy to learn that the original Start button and Menu are coming back. (Microsoft ditched both with Windows 8.) And the new version won't abruptly switch you from a traditional Windows layout to that funky app interface, because all programs will appear in the customary Windows setting we're all used to. You may wonder why Windows 10 isn't named "Windows 9." (Did Microsoft think we wouldn't notice?) Promising to transform the brand to align with the fast pace of consumer-driven technology changes, Microsoft points out that the number "10" represents "a whole new generation of Windows." So you can expect quicker, more incremental Windows releases now—instead of grand debuts—to mirror the way mobile apps get updated. Given the interest in this operating system, we're presenting the following 11 fascinating facts about the long line of Windows products—facts that were compiled from news accounts and online resources.

  • IT professionals should benefit significantly from a surge in job creation over the next few years, according to research published by Modis IT Staffing. The accompanying report, the "2015 Salary Guide for IT Professionals," predicts that the growth of new technology jobs being created will rise at a far higher rate than overall employment growth. In addition, women will account for a greater share of the overall IT workforce. It's also encouraging to learn that a significant number of U.S. men and women serving overseas consider technology the top vocational choice for their post-military careers, according to the survey. The guide breaks out a number of key IT niches for job growth—along with average salary figures within each niche—and we're presenting some of those statistics in the slideshow below. As a bonus, we're also including best practices for getting that perfect and well-paying tech job. Modis has based its findings on information obtained through a partnership with CareerBliss and its internal data, as well as that from local clients and IT professionals in the market.

  • Do you ever feel like you're drowning in a sea of overused buzzwords and phrases at work? That's not surprising: These hackneyed terms are constantly dropped both in one-on-one conversations and large meetings, essentially serving as verbal crutches for professionals who don't feel comfortable using simpler, more direct terms. While using business and technology jargon may make you feel smarter or "in the know," the constant use of these words quickly wears thin on listeners, who may decide to tune you out. With this in mind, Accountemps has come up with the following list of the most annoying workplace buzzwords and phrases, taken from a recent survey the company published. We're sure you've heard these terms before—probably far too often—but it's important to recognize these conversational clunkers so you can avoid using them in the future. "Clarity is still king when communicating in the workplace," says Bill Driscoll, New England district president of Accountemps. "Jargon tends to confuse, not clarify. It's generally best to avoid the tired clichés and trendy buzzwords in favor of clear, straightforward language." More than 600 human resources managers in the United States and Canada took part in the research. Feel free to add your hated buzzwords in our Comments section at the bottom of this page.

  • While most employees surveyed said their company does recognize good work, loyalty and other accomplishments, they are not happy about how their organization handles recognition and rewards, according to a recent survey from the American Psychological Association's Center for Organizational Excellence. Only a minority of workers think recognition is applied fairly. And most feel that their employer falls short on rewards that really matter, such as fair compensation, raises, bonuses and career advancement. Managers should pay attention to these issues because research shows that engaged employees are more committed and productive. "Today, business success depends on sustainable workplace practices and a healthy, high-performing workforce," says Norman Anderson, CEO of the American Psychological Association. "Part of promoting employee well-being is demonstrating how their efforts contribute to the organization's success and recognizing them for their good work." On the encouraging side of the survey findings, most participants said these factors aren't crushing their morale, and they are generally satisfied with their job and are motivated to do their best. More than 880 workers took part in the research.

  • One of the biggest business and technology challenges facing enterprises that are attempting to batten down the security hatches is the ongoing peril of insider threats. In some cases, these breaches occur inadvertently, when employees engage in risky or negligent behavior without realizing the damage it can cause. But threats also take place due to intentional fraud, hacking or intellectual property (IP) theft. And the nature of insider threats—an authorized person misusing or abusing access to systems and data—makes it extremely difficult to detect such attacks and protect against them. A recent survey of 355 security professionals conducted by mobile software firm Spectorsoft offers insights into the problem, which, according to industry estimates, amounts to approximately $40 billion a year in losses in the United States alone and about $2.9 trillion globally. Among other things, the survey found that while executives across a wide swath of industries acknowledge the problem and the risks, companies are largely unable to deter insider threats—and the problem is getting worse.

  • You may not think of your day-to-day work life as an inspiration for great cinema, but it's actually not a big stretch. Filmmakers have constantly explored IT innovation in creative and often compelling ways. The resulting movies have challenged our world view of technology and its impact on society, while still providing vastly entertaining popcorn fare. With this in mind, we've come up with the following list of must-see movies about technology. They obviously include some sci-fi classics, but there are also films that reflect real-life applications of technology. In fact, three of them are considered nonfiction. Combined, these films present an eclectic array of the possibilities of computer-driven advances—from virtual worlds to artificial intelligence to social media-fueled entrepreneurialism to insider cyber-security threats. And we've even included a couple that are strictly for laughs. (If we can't occasionally chuckle about what we do, then what's the point?) Because our list is completely subjective—mixing classics with more recent releases—you may disagree with our selection. If so, please feel free to suggest your own picks in our comments section at the bottom of the page.

  • Professionals need to mind their manners in the workplace because behavior really does make a difference in a career, according to a survey from Accountemps. This can be challenging, especially when working in cramped cubicles and collaborative open spaces. "Workplace etiquette is about being aware of how your actions affect those around you," says Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of Managing Your Career For Dummies (John Wiley & Sons/available now). "Time constraints and external pressures aren't excuses for bad behavior. While it takes more than just good manners to rise through the ranks, displaying professional courtesy will help your career." As part of its research, Accountemps has compiled the following top office etiquette breaches. We've also included selected best practices for workplace decorum that were provided by the Columbia University Center for Career Education. More than 450 U.S. employees took part in the Accountemps research.

  • Almost all workers occasionally complain about their jobs, but a recently released survey conducted by the Harris Poll for Spherion reports that an overwhelming majority of employees are at least somewhat happy at work. Whether motivated by money or rewarding, interesting roles and responsibilities, many employees are finding ways to achieve career contentment. That's encouraging, especially since a significant number of them describe their organizations as stressful environments. Surprisingly, when accepting a new job, many workers are willing to give up a lot for the sake of being happier in their career. For example, some are willing to sacrifice schedule flexibility, office privacy, and a lower position or job title. "[Workers] will go to extreme lengths and make sacrifices for the sake of finding job happiness," says Sandy Mazur, division president at Spherion. "Employers have a unique opportunity to capitalize on these findings and offer small, but meaningful, opportunities that can help workers be happy in their current roles. And that can pay big dividends for the employee and the employer." More than 2,015 workers took part in the research.

  • With the rise of digital currencies like Bitcoin, anonymity and speed are increasingly attractive, but these features have drawn the attention of lawbreakers.

  • IT professionals, we want to share some important information with you. Remember how hard you worked to get into a good college and earn your degree? Well, guess what? It may not help you land that perfect tech job. At least, that's the impression given by a recent survey from Robert Half Technology. The findings reveal that the vast majority of CIOs value skills and experience more than the college degree earned, and a notable share say they care very little about the name recognition of the university an applicant attended. "A quality education provides the foundation, but IT employers want to see evidence of practical application of that knowledge," says John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology. "Job candidates with real-world IT experience can jump in and start contributing without a long ramp-up period, making them appealing to employers." To shed more insight on the topic, we're also including a list of best practices (also from Robert Half) for impressing a CIO during the recruitment process. More than 2,400 U.S. CIOs took part in the research.