Here’s the takeaway from 2012’s big tech acquisitions: Founders must be lean

With the ever-shifting landscape of the acquisition market in the tech world of today, it seems at first like a bit of a fool’s errand to pick out any trends. This week’s purchase of Wildfire by Google, as well as buys by Salesforce, Oracle and Microsoft in recent months, point to a bullish environment. But, concerns abound over the Facebook IPO and whether that is having a pull-back effect on the rest of venture capital investing.

How Microsoft could completely change the BYOD game

The growing BYOD (“bring your own device”) trend, that’s seeing ever more businesspeople use their iPhones and iPads for work, has left IT managers scrambling to address the resulting security and support issues. But with Microsoft getting ready to launch Windows 8, the OS that will power Windows-based tablets such as Microsoft’s own Surface, that could soon change.