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  • Flame war: The great Windows 7 debate

    Posted December 2, 2008 - 12:15 pm

    Not a day goes by in which InfoWorld fails to receive a flaming comment or e-mail attacking blogger Randall C. Kennedy and his recent analysis of the pre-beta version of Windows 7. Several of Randall's detractors have pointed to a critique written by Thom Holwerda, managing editor of OSNews. It was held up as a smackdown and, as it turned out, it was also well written. So what else could we do but invite Thom to debate Randall one on one?
  • Windows 7 Taskbar: Most Interesting Part of New OS?

    Posted December 2, 2008 - 10:49 am

    More taskbar details emerged late last week on Microsoft's Engineering Windows 7 blog. Despite some criticism that the Windows 7 taskbar looks too visually similar to the Mac OS X dock, Microsoft does seem to be trying to break new ground with the look, feel and functionality of the Windows 7 taskbar.
  • Windows market share dives below 90% for first time

    Posted December 1, 2008 - 6:24 pm

    Microsoft's Windows OS last month took its biggest market share dive in the last two years, an Internet measurement company reported Monday, erasing gains made in two of the last three months and sending the operating system's share under 90% for the first time.
  • New Windows worm builds massive botnet

    Posted December 1, 2008 - 6:02 pm

    The worm exploiting a critical Windows bug that Microsoft Corp. patched with an emergency fix in late October is being used to build a new botnet, a security researcher said Monday.
  • Vista SP2 due next April, says report

    Posted November 30, 2008 - 1:14 pm

    Microsoft will deliver Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) to manufacturing in April 2009, two months after it issues a final test version to users, according to a Web site that accurately predicted several Windows ship dates in 2008.
  • Used PCs sought for Windows XP

    Posted November 26, 2008 - 8:47 pm

    Some used PCs are being purchased not just for the hardware, but also because it's a cheap way to acquire Windows XP, analysts said.
  • Used PCs sought for Windows XP

    Posted November 26, 2008 - 8:44 pm

    Some used PCs are being purchased not just for the hardware, but also because it's a cheap way to acquire Windows XP, analysts said.
  • Microsoft warns of new Windows attacks

    Posted November 26, 2008 - 1:49 pm

    Security researchers at Microsoft Tuesday warned of a significant climb in exploits of a Windows bug it patched with an emergency fix last month, confirming earlier reports by Symantec.
  • Five tips for Windows administrators

    Posted November 24, 2008 - 6:19 pm

    Here are a few useful Windows tips.
  • Windows tip: Understanding Group Policy Event Logs in Vista

    Posted November 24, 2008 - 6:15 pm

    How logging of Group Policy events and debug info has changed in Windows Vista compared with previous versions of Microsoft Windows.
  • Windows tip: Working with GPLogView

    Posted November 24, 2008 - 6:11 pm

    How to use GPLogView.exe to troubleshoot Group Policy processing in Windows Vista and later.
  • Windows tip: How to troubleshoot Group Policy issues

    Posted November 24, 2008 - 6:09 pm

    Here's a systematic procedure you can follow when troubleshooting Group Policy processing issues in Windows Vista and later.
  • Windows tip: Extend the life of SSD and USB flash drives

    Posted November 24, 2008 - 6:02 pm

    A tip on extending the life of SSD and USB flash drives, plus an update to a previous tip published a few weeks ago.
  • Why I didn't skip Microsoft Vista: Security

    Posted November 24, 2008 - 4:00 pm

    It's been a hard road for Vista, but even though negative perceptions have followed the OS since its release, IT professionals who have upgraded or are upgrading to Vista point to the OS's security as a major plus as compared to Windows XP.
  • PowerPoint deck cleanup

    Posted November 24, 2008 - 10:57 am

    Here's a tip on how to clean up your PowerPoint presentations so you can safely distribute them to customers after having removed sensitive information.
  • Windows 7: The Five Most Talked-About Features

    Posted November 24, 2008 - 10:49 am

    Certain interface features in Windows 7, the successor to Windows Vista, have been mostly applauded by experts who have tested the pre-beta. Which features are the most interesting and controversial? Here are five that deserve your attention.
  • Researchers find vulnerability in Windows Vista

    Posted November 20, 2008 - 11:31 am

    An Austrian security vendor has found a vulnerability in Windows Vista that could possibly allow an attacker to run unauthorized code on a PC.
  • Microsoft dissed chipset before 'Vista Capable' changes

    Posted November 20, 2008 - 11:23 am

    Months before it bowed to pressure from Intel and relaxed the requirements for its " Vista Capable" marketing program, Microsoft published an article on its TechNet Web site recommending that users avoid Intel's 915 graphics chipset if they planned on upgrading to Vista.
  • Microsoft drops OneCare antivirus product

    Posted November 18, 2008 - 9:51 pm

    Two years after trying to build a consumer antivirus business, Microsoft has decided to throw in the towel.
  • Microsoft e-mails detail internal fight on 'Vista Capable'

    Posted November 18, 2008 - 10:55 am

    Numerous Microsoft employees, including some top executives, urged their company to hold the line on the graphics requirements for the " Vista Capable " marketing campaign, both before and after the decision was made to loosen the rules, according to insider e-mails recently unsealed by a federal judge.
  • Does Microsoft Need to Ship Windows 7 in 2009?

    Posted November 17, 2008 - 11:39 am

    Microsoft officially says it will ship the Windows 7 operating system within three years of the January 2007 consumer release of Windows Vista. But speculation abounds that the software giant is gunning to ship halfway through 2009 to be on machines for the back-to-school and holiday seasons.
  • Nesting Organizational Units Too Deeply

    Posted November 17, 2008 - 7:00 am

    On why nesting organizational unitess too deeply can lead to grief in an Active Directory environment.
  • Microsoft explains seven-year-old patch delay

    Posted November 12, 2008 - 5:33 pm

    Microsoft Tuesday explained why it had been unable to patch a seven-year-old bug until recently, saying that it was only in the last year that it figured out how to fix the flaw without breaking most network-based applications.
  • Review

    Windows 7: This time Microsoft gets it right

    Posted November 12, 2008 - 10:51 am

    Microsoft may call the newest version of its operating system Windows 7, but you may want to think of it as Windows 6.5. In overall look and feel, it mimics Vista, although there are enough changes to make it far more than just a juiced-up service pack.
  • Programmer unlocks hidden Windows 7 features

    Posted November 12, 2008 - 10:21 am

    A programmer has unlocked several still-unfinished features of Windows 7 that Microsoft Corp. has hidden from users who received the alpha build at two recent developer conferences.
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