Lucas Mearian

Senior Reporter

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

Microsoft pumps the brakes on hiring

IT salaries aren't keeping up with inflation — but that may soon change

IT salaries aren't keeping up with inflation — but that may soon change

Pay for IT workers was generally slack in 2021 and the first quarter of 2022, according to surveys of large and mid-sized companies. But that trend is expected to turn around as CIOs face talent shortages and try to attract and retain...

Workers planning 'bleisure' trips this summer spur travel demand

Workers planning 'bleisure' trips this summer spur travel demand

A new study shows Americans plan to extend their summer vacations in order spend at least some of their time away working.

What Gen Z and millennials want from employers

What Gen Z and millennials want from employers

Young workers not only want better pay, they want previously less-popular benefits such as mental health care and four-day workweeks, according to three surveys by separate companies. And they want to work for a company that cares...

Apple backs off its return-to-work policy, cites virus resurgence

Apple backs off its return-to-work policy, cites virus resurgence

After telling employees they had to be in the office three days a week beginning May 23, Apple softened its position; it will continue a two-day-per-week office mandate as official hybrid policy. An Apple employee group said the...

Amid talent crunch, Microsoft looks to keep workers through pay hikes, bonuses

Amid talent crunch, Microsoft looks to keep workers through pay hikes, bonuses

Microsoft is scrambling to keep workers in the fold amid tempting wage increases from rivals as tech talent becomes harder to find. Among other things, it's increasing annual stock-based compensation by at least 25% for some mid- and...

No degree? No problem. Tech firms move away from college requirement for new hires

No degree? No problem. Tech firms move away from college requirement for new hires

With a 2% unemployment rate, the tech industry is rethinking what job applicants need to get hired. Skills-based hiring is on the rise, and 59% of employers are considering eliminating college degree requirements — changes that could...

How many jobs are available in technology?

How many jobs are available in technology?

IT hiring is on a record pace this year, but CIOs are under pressure to meet company goals to recruit talent related to security, blockchain processing, and cloud computing. Overall, the unemployment rate for tech jobs is 1.3%,...

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....

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