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  • Chip vendors bring Windows 7 closer to netbooks

    Posted February 11, 2009 - 9:58 pm

    Chip vendors Qualcomm and Nvidia are throwing their support behind Windows 7 OS with hardware and drivers.
  • Microsoft: Windows 7 no 'magic bullet' for enterprises

    Posted February 11, 2009 - 9:25 pm

    Microsoft has warned businesses that the migration path from XP to Windows 7 won't be any easier than an upgrade to Vista.
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    It's Not Your &#%*@$ Computer!

    Posted February 11, 2009 - 1:21 pm

    If the company provides the computer, the company owns the computer and has the sole right to decide how the employee uses that computer and what software can be loaded. Locking down Windows-based systems stop a wide variety of security problems.
  • Microsoft shuts off Windows 7 beta downloads

    Posted February 10, 2009 - 3:30 pm

    Microsoft has shut off the Windows 7 beta spigot, but will allow users who have started the download process to wrap it up by Thursday.
  • Microsoft dumps Ultimate Extras from Windows 7

    Posted February 9, 2009 - 5:30 pm

    Microsoft will not offer "Ultimate Extras" in Window 7, the company has confirmed, saying it abandoned the heavily-criticized concept to focus on "existing features."
  • Ballmer: Enterprise XP Holdouts Will Get Hell from Consumers

    Posted February 9, 2009 - 10:51 am

    In setting the stage for the upcoming Windows 7 operating system, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer seems to be taking a cue from his rival Steve Jobs' playbook-counting on early-adopter consumers to urge their offices to use the technology they're already using at home.
  • Economy could slow enterprise adoption of Windows 7

    Posted February 7, 2009 - 5:24 pm

    The turbulent economy could hinder enterprise adoption of Windows 7, even though many companies opted to skip Windows Vista and are still running the outdated Windows XP OS, analysts said.
  • Intel employee warns on Windows 7 netbook pricing, SSDs

    Posted February 6, 2009 - 2:08 pm

    Intel blogger Josh Bancroft thinks Windows 7 "runs GREAT on netbooks," but he foresees several serious problems with pricing and storage.
  • Microsoft caves in, will change Windows 7 UAC

    Posted February 5, 2009 - 10:06 pm

    Reacting to intense criticism of an important security feature in Windows 7, Microsoft Corp. Thursday said it will change the behavior of User Account Control (UAC) in Windows 7's release candidate.
  • Windows 7 Editions That Microsoft Forgot

    Posted February 5, 2009 - 6:16 pm

    Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that Windows 7 would come in six editions. While it sounds like Microsoft will have an edition for everyone and anyone, we feel there are a good number of other Windows 7 editions Microsoft should consider. Here are some of them, listed in no particular order.
  • Microsoft cites 'click fatigue' for Windows 7 security change

    Posted February 5, 2009 - 6:06 pm

    Microsoft changed the default settings of one of its most important security features for Windows 7 because users balked at clicking more than two prompts a day, a company executive said Thursday.
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    Remove PC User Rights, Reduce Windows Bugs

    Posted February 5, 2009 - 1:13 pm

    When Windows users sign on as a user, not Administrator, your security improves greatly. Remember the company, not the user, owns the computer and decides how it's used.
  • Give Vista a Windows 7 Makeover

    Posted February 5, 2009 - 11:55 am

    Don't feel like waiting until the end of 2009 to make the move to Windows 7? Luckily for you, developers have already started cranking out copycat tweaks for Windows Vista (and, in some cases, XP) so you can trick out your current version of Windows to look and act much like Windows 7.
  • Removing admin rights stymies 92% of Microsoft's bugs

    Posted February 4, 2009 - 11:06 am

    Nine of out 10 critical bugs reported by Microsoft last year could have been made moot, or at least made less dangerous, if people ran Windows without administrative rights, a developer of enterprise rights management software claimed Tuesday.
  • Completely skip Vista and move to Windows 7

    Posted February 4, 2009 - 12:47 am

    Forrester recently declared that Windows Vista has seen less than 10% uptake in the enterprise space. With hype over Windows 7 starting to approach "fervent" it's time to start thinking about what to do when it comes to desktop operating systems in your business. Windows XP will eventually go end-of-life meaning that an upgrade path must be determined. Should you move to Vista and see how Windows 7 works out or should you go right to Windows 7?
  • Microsoft to offer XP-to-Windows 7 upgrades

    Posted February 3, 2009 - 6:20 pm

    Microsoft Tuesday confirmed that it will sell what it calls "upgrades" for Windows 7 to users running the aged Windows XP operating system. Those users, however will have to do a "clean" installation of Windows 7, meaning that all data on the machine will be lost.
  • Windows 7 to be sold in six versions

    Posted February 3, 2009 - 6:17 pm

    Looking to answer complaints about the proliferation of Windows flavors, Microsoft said Tuesday that it will generally deploy two primary versions of Windows 7, although it will still offer six editions for sale.
  • Microsoft to shove XP toward retirement

    Posted February 3, 2009 - 4:35 pm

    In 10 weeks, Microsoft will begin to retire Windows XP by shifting the seven-year-old OS into a more limited support plan.
  • Vista Marketing Program Receives Big Complaints

    Posted February 3, 2009 - 3:35 pm

    Government antitrust attorneys are reportedly still receiving complaints from hardware makers and other companies about Microsoft business practices, even as the software giant has stepped up its efforts to cooperate with those state and federal authorities overseeing its antitrust consent decree.
  • Microsoft prepares for Windows 7, Windows Server upgrade

    Posted February 3, 2009 - 1:37 pm

    Looking to make partners ready for upcoming Windows client and server releases, Microsoft began on Monday its Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Ecosystem Readiness Program, featuring tools and resources to test existing applications, devices, and systems to ensure compatibility.
  • How To Make Valentine's Day Flash ECard

    Posted February 3, 2009 - 4:18 am

    Valentine's day is on the way. There are plenty of expectations placed on us by the people we love and who love us. Sending personalized Valentine's Day eCard is one of the best ways of saying you love someone. It may seem simple but sending a card with a message from you is enough to make those your care about feel special.

  • Gamers and enterprises saying yes to Windows Vista

    Posted February 2, 2009 - 5:53 pm

    The Internet's chattering classes may have already given up on Windows Vista, but two key segments of the PC population apparently haven't. More than a third of online gamers are running Windows Vista and almost one third of North American and European corporations have started deploying Vista.
  • Windows 7, Mac OS X gain market share

    Posted February 2, 2009 - 3:02 pm

    Although the beta of Windows 7 quickly grabbed one-tenth of 1% of the operating system market share last month, Microsoft's OS continued its downward trend, while Apple's Mac OS X posted gains for the third month in a row, edging even closer to a 10% share.
  • Microsoft denies Windows 7 UAC vulnerability

    Posted February 2, 2009 - 2:54 pm

    Microsoft is denying that there is a security hole in the User Account Control (UAC) feature of Windows 7 after a blogger reported it last week.
  • IT Managers: Microsoft Financial Woes Least of Our Concerns

    Posted February 2, 2009 - 10:38 am

    After announcing layoffs and poor earnings for Q2 2009, Microsoft has to worry more about how it is perceived by Wall Street, competitors, shareholders and the press. But what about the people in the trenches? What do IT managers think about Microsoft's economic woes?
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