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  • Microsoft Risks Being Stuck in a Netbook Price War

    Posted April 6, 2009 - 10:48 am

    The netbook pricing game is getting complicated as OEMs try to simultaneously add features and keep prices down. The bad news for Microsoft? No matter whether the OEMs stick to $300 price points or push higher, Microsoft's overall profits are vulnerable, say industry analysts
  • Windows 7 Waiting Game: Reasons It Will Be Home for Holidays

    Posted April 6, 2009 - 9:49 am

    Will Windows 7 arrive this year or next? Last week's "accidental" Windows 7 Release Candidate download page, dated May 2009, and repeated leaks to the Web of Windows 7 builds are strong indications that we'll see the next manifestation of Windows in about two months.
  • Linux, Windows Server both hit by economy

    Posted April 3, 2009 - 12:21 pm

    Windows Server shipments slipped by a lower percentage than Linux shipments, but that's nothing to cheer about, analyst stresses.
  • Software Firewalls Continue to Protect

    Posted April 2, 2009 - 12:14 pm

    Kerio, a small software company specializing in e-mail servers and software firewalls, has been around for years and years. You probably don't know them, but your IT consultant or preferred reseller certainly should. Their new Kerio WinRoute Firewall 6.6 that just started shipping can do more than Windows ISA for less money, always a combination worth investigating.

  • How to build your own Windows Home Server rig

    Posted April 2, 2009 - 11:28 am

    Several manufacturers currently offer prebuilt servers based on Windows Home Server, but you can also buy the operating system by itself and easily build out your own server. We'll show you how.
  • Eliminate Double-Clicking from Windows Forever

    Posted April 2, 2009 - 9:28 am

    In today's Web-powered world, double-clicking is an anachronism, a vestige of old-school computing. So why don't we ditch it altogether? Here's how to make Vista a single-click OS:
  • Microsoft introduces Windows Server OS for small businesses

    Posted April 1, 2009 - 1:28 pm

    Microsoft introduces a version of its Windows Server OS for small businesses with 15 users or less, filling in what the company sees as a gap in its server offerings.
  • Windows 7 leaks to Web third time this month

    Posted March 30, 2009 - 3:19 pm

    Yet another Windows 7 build has leaked to the Web, turning recent appearances of pirated copies into a weekly event on file-sharing sites.
  • The 10 Worst Microsoft Product Names of All Time

    Posted March 30, 2009 - 1:38 pm

    Some Microsoft names sound clunky; some are confusing; some are undignified or overambitious. More than any other company in technology, the Redmond powerhouse loves to change product names--often replacing one lackluster label with an equally uninspired one. Microsoft has also been known to mess up some names that are actually perfectly good, such as Windows and Word, by needlessly tampering with them. Herewith, in chronological order, are ten Microsoft names that could have been a lot better.
  • Couple sues Acer over sluggish Vista performance

    Posted March 30, 2009 - 12:11 pm

    An Ohio couple has sued Acer America Corp., accusing the computer maker of deceiving customers by claiming that laptops with just 1GB of memory can run Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Vista, according to court documents.
  • Microsoft Rules Netbooks Now, But ARM/Linux Threat Grows

    Posted March 30, 2009 - 11:57 am

    Microsoft today sits comfortably atop the growing netbook market with Windows garnering 90 percent of netbook sales in November, December and January. But Linux netbooks may encroach on Microsoft's success in the near future.
  • Windows Geeks Warm to Macs

    Posted March 30, 2009 - 11:37 am

    At Simply RFiD, a half-dozen software developers yearned for Macs at work. They liked the power and reliability of the Apple machines. Oddly, Simply RFiD made the switch to Mac Pros for its developers to write code for Windows computers.
  • Analysts: Google Android Not a Netbook Threat to Windows 7

    Posted March 30, 2009 - 10:27 am

    Google's Linux-based Android operating system was designed for cellphones, but excitement is building about the prospect of Google running Android on low-power netbooks.
  • Windows 7 haste means mistakes

    Posted March 27, 2009 - 2:48 pm

    Microsoft is pulling out all the stops to get Windows 7 in people's hands as quickly as possible, after the disappointing response to the release of Windows Vista more than two years ago. Unfortunately for Microsoft, speed sometimes leads to errors.
  • Cloud Computing on Linux Has Microsoft Blogging

    Posted March 27, 2009 - 8:52 am

    The Cloud Manifesto, a collaborative document prepared jointly by Amazon, Google, IBM and others has apparently upset Microsoft.
  • Judge could cripple Vista Capable lawsuit next week

    Posted March 26, 2009 - 5:05 pm

    U.S. District Court Judge Marsha Pechman may issue a critical ruling in the two-year Vista Capable lawsuit as early as next week.
  • Microsoft slates May date for Windows 7 RC download

    Posted March 26, 2009 - 2:23 pm

    Microsoft will issue a public release candidate of Windows 7 in May, according to the company's Web site.
  • New ransomware holds Windows files hostage, demands $50

    Posted March 26, 2009 - 11:44 am

    Cybercrooks have hit on a new twist to their aggressive marketing of fake security software, and are duping users into downloading a file utility that holds users' data for ransom, security researchers warned Wednesday.
  • Microsoft updates WGA to find counterfeit Windows XP Pro

    Posted March 25, 2009 - 5:08 pm

    Microsoft Corp., tacitly acknowledging the continued popularity of Windows XP, said Tuesday it was updating the operating system's anti-piracy technology to detect illegal copies installed with newly-stolen or faked product keys, or with new activation cracks.
  • Timeline: 40 years of OS milestones

    Posted March 25, 2009 - 4:09 pm

    Happy birthday, 40th birthday Unix -- you're looking great for your age. With your birth as our starting point, then, let's look at the biggest desktop OS milestones of the past 40 years.
  • Review

    3 disk-cleaning apps declutter your PC's hard drive

    Posted March 24, 2009 - 4:18 pm

    It's no secret that computers slow down with age: Disks fill up with the detritus of use, browsers retain old images and cookies, and Windows itself scatters files in diverse places. Sure, there's a disk defragmenter and a disk cleanup utility built into Windows and your browser will clear out old Internet files. But to use these functions, you have to know that they exist, and you have to make the time to perform each task when you think it's needed. A more convenient solution is to use a package that does much of the thinking for you.
  • Restore the 'Run' Command to Vista's Start Menu

    Posted March 23, 2009 - 2:01 pm

  • Review

    Top 10 tiny, and awesome Windows utilities

    Posted March 23, 2009 - 12:43 pm

    It's the little things that make a Windows system great - like utilities that use less than 10MB of memory to make life easier. Here's a list of 10 from Lifehacker.
  • Microsoft proud of its first 'post-Gates' OS, Ballmer says

    Posted March 19, 2009 - 8:46 pm

    Windows 7 is the first Microsoft OS developed free from the watchful eye and input of Bill Gates, and company leaders had to make adjustments to develop it.
  • Judge denies judgment in Microsoft Vista Capable suit

    Posted March 19, 2009 - 3:39 pm

    A U.S. judge denied a request for judgment in the Microsoft Vista Capable suit, instead sending the case along to trial.
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