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  • Report: Microsoft plans Windows 7 release candidate for May

    Posted March 16, 2009 - 4:06 pm

    Microsoft will deliver a release candidate of Windows 7 to the public in late May, according to a report from a noted Windows Web site.
  • In Microsoft's Windows 7, IE On-Off Option a Win for Users

    Posted March 16, 2009 - 10:48 am

    Leaked post-beta versions of Windows 7 and watchful bloggers let an interesting cat out of the bag: Microsoft is allowing users to remove Internet Explorer 8 and other applications from Windows 7.
  • Survey: IT Managers Face Mac-Windows Challenges

    Posted March 16, 2009 - 10:22 am

    Bringing OS X into a Windows environment isn't easy. The top three issues of importance: Active Directory integration, client management for inventory, patches and compliance, and file sharing across operating systems.
  • New Windows 7 build leaks to Web, may be RC

    Posted March 14, 2009 - 8:28 pm

    A Windows 7 build that may be the first release candidate has leaked to the Internet, according to several file-sharing sites.
  • Microsoft disputes attempt to reinstate class in Vista suit

    Posted March 14, 2009 - 8:08 pm

    Microsoft is disputing an attempt to reinstate class-action status to an ongoing lawsuit against its Windows Vista Capable sticker program.
  • 3 reasons Microsoft shouldn't port Windows to ARM processor

    Posted March 13, 2009 - 3:54 pm

    Microsoft is facing increasing pressure to bring its mainstream Windows operating system to the ARM mobile CPU. But analysts say the company should take a different route.
  • Symantec Show Wrapup

    Posted March 13, 2009 - 12:32 pm

    Now that I'm back from Las Vegas to a last-gasp March cold snap in Texas, it's time to wrap up my days at the last ever ManageFusion, the Altiris user group conference. Next year, ManageFusion and the Altiris products will be part of the Symantec Vision conference. Let's hope the high energy level and enthusiasm of ManageFusion carries over to the combined events. A keynote with a live band onstage tells you right away this is no boring PowerPoint overloaded snoozefest with suited VPs droning on.
  • Windows 7: A chance for IT to be the heroes

    Posted March 12, 2009 - 8:42 pm

    Windows 7 is likely to go Gold Master later this spring, giving IT departments an unprecedented opportunity. By skipping Vista altogether, they can use the interim to get their houses in order in preparation for Windows 7. They'd be IT heroes who were smart enough to skip a costly Vista migration while they could still get life out of XP.
  • Hardware makers get ready for Windows 7

    Posted March 12, 2009 - 8:31 pm

    New laptop and desktop designs are on tap as PC and hardware makers start tweaking components to take advantage of Windows 7.
  • Microsoft patches first critical bug in Windows 7 beta

    Posted March 11, 2009 - 4:28 pm

    Microsoft patched the first critical vulnerability in Windows 7 as it rolled out an update that fixes three flaws in the new operating system's kernel.
  • Looks or brains -- Windows 7 and Apple's Snow Leopard

    Posted March 11, 2009 - 8:44 am

    As Microsoft is busy prepping Windows 7 -- and making a splash, as it did in January by releasing a public beta -- Apple is quietly developing Mac OS X 10.6, a.k.a. Snow Leopard. Like Windows 7, Snow Leopard will be more about refinement -- and less about revolution.
  • Microsoft patches Windows DNS, kernel flaws

    Posted March 10, 2009 - 3:46 pm

    Microsoft has released software patches fixing a handful of critical bugs in the Windows kernel, as well as flaws in the Windows Directory Name System and SChannel security software.
  • App-compatibility toolkit for Windows 7 due in April

    Posted March 10, 2009 - 2:43 pm

    Microsoft next month plans to release a toolkit to help business customers begin testing their existing applications for compatibility with Windows 7.
  • Otellini: Windows 7 upgrade for netbooks 'going to be tough'

    Posted March 9, 2009 - 8:53 pm

    Microsoft has a challenge: Sell a Windows 7 upgrade as a way to save money.
  • Past was guide for changes to Windows development

    Posted March 9, 2009 - 8:26 pm

    About a year ago on its Redmond, Washington, campus, a member of Microsoft's Windows Vista team met with a group of journalists to face some tough questions about the OS.
  • Excel Bug Will Be Ignored on Patch Tuesday

    Posted March 9, 2009 - 11:28 am

    Microsoft will release three Windows security updates, including one rated "critical," but won't deliver a fix for an Excel flaw that attackers are now exploiting.
  • Microsoft's Biggest Enemy Now: Apple, Linux or Itself?

    Posted March 9, 2009 - 10:27 am

    In a meeting with financial analysts last week, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer laid out who he thinks are the biggest threats today to Windows on the client side. Surprisingly, Apple wasn't number one. It wasn't number two or three either.
  • Vista downgrade lawsuit revised; MS accused of price-gouging

    Posted March 6, 2009 - 4:09 pm

    The California woman suing Microsoft Corp. over Windows Vista's downgrade rights revised her lawsuit Thursday to focus her charges on the requirement that users buy the most expensive versions of Vista if they want to replace that OS with Windows XP.
  • Microsoft confirms IE8 kill switch in Windows 7

    Posted March 6, 2009 - 1:21 pm

    Microsoft Friday confirmed that users will be able to remove Internet Explorer 8 (IE8), as well as several other integrated applications, from Windows 7.
  • Microsoft: No patch for Excel zero-day flaw next week

    Posted March 5, 2009 - 4:40 pm

    Microsoft Corp. Thursday said it will deliver three security updates on Tuesday, one of them marked "critical," but will not fix an Excel flaw that attackers are now exploiting.
  • Windows 7 leaks continue as new build hits BitTorrent

    Posted March 5, 2009 - 4:04 pm

    A second post-beta build of Windows 7 has leaked to file-sharing sites on the Web, according to searches at BitTorrent trackers.
  • Windows security patches coming next week

    Posted March 5, 2009 - 3:34 pm

    Microsoft will release three sets of security updates next Tuesday, fixing at least one critical bug in its Windows operating system.
  • Reports: Microsoft lets users yank IE8 from Windows 7

    Posted March 4, 2009 - 6:02 pm

    A just-leaked build of Windows 7 lets users remove Internet Explorer, the first time that Microsoft has offered the option since it integrated the browser with Windows in 1997, two bloggers reported Wednesday.
  • Microsoft releases Vista SP2 RC to public

    Posted March 4, 2009 - 3:20 pm

    Microsoft Corp. Tuesday quietly launched the release candidate of Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) to the general public, making good on a promise from last week.
  • Microsoft makes its case for Windows 7 in the enterprise

    Posted March 4, 2009 - 3:15 pm

    Weeks after making its case for why enterprises should dump Windows XP for Windows Vista, Microsoft Corp. talked up the merits of its upcoming operating system, Windows 7, for large businesses.
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