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  • Vista's flaws surface again on eve of Windows 7 beta

    Posted January 6, 2009 - 4:00 pm

    Conference attendees Tuesday were reminded of Vista's failings a day before the Windows 7 beta is expected to be publicly announced at CES.
  • Microsoft made $1.5B on 'Vista Capable' campaign

    Posted January 5, 2009 - 11:59 am

    Microsoft earned more than US$1.5 billion from the sale of PCs marked as "Vista Capable" in the months leading up to the 2007 debut of Windows Vista, according to an expert's estimate.
  • Downloads of pirated Windows 7 beta candidate soar

    Posted December 30, 2008 - 5:21 pm

    Downloads of a new build of Microsoft Corp.'s upcoming Windows 7 operating system have soared in the last two days, with thousands of systems now pulling pirated copies from BitTorrent sites.
  • Windows 7 takes shape

    Posted December 30, 2008 - 3:25 pm

    We all knew it was coming, but now it feels real. With its debut to select developers in November, Windows 7 is no longer just a label but a real OS. And the public beta is expected this spring.
  • Turn on Vista's hidden 'Checkboxes' feature

    Posted December 30, 2008 - 3:19 pm

    Most tech-savvy users know how to select multiple files: Hold down the Ctrl key while clicking each individual file. Of course, that can get a little tricky if you're working with a long list and/or a lot of files: It's too easy to mis-click and "lose" all your selections. That's why I'm loving an undocumented Vista feature: checkboxes.
  • Windows 7 may add spice to CES

    Posted December 30, 2008 - 10:24 am

    Software could overshadow gadgets at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show, with Microsoft expected to shed light on its upcoming Windows 7 OS.
  • Hacking Windows: Eavesdropping on Network Password Exchange

    Posted December 29, 2008 - 4:19 pm

    Password guessing is hard work. Why not just sniff credentials off the wire as users log in to a server and then replay them to gain access? If an attacker is able to eavesdrop on Windows login exchanges, this approach can spare a lot of random guesswork.
  • What future is in store for Microsoft?

    Posted December 29, 2008 - 1:00 pm

    Given the state of Microsoft and the clear trends emerging, InfoWorld has envisioned five futures for Microsoft, from worst to best, from the vantage point of 2018. See which you agree with:
  • Fast fixes for common PC problems

    Posted December 29, 2008 - 12:20 pm

    Every computer user hits a speed bump now and then. Whether the bump is a dead power supply, a slow-booting PC, a soaking-wet cell phone, or an e-mail attachment lost in cyberspace, sometimes technology seems more trouble than it's worth. But just as flat tires can be patched, most common PC problems can be fixed--and fast!
  • Windows Server 2008: Windows also rises

    Posted December 29, 2008 - 12:12 pm

    We suppose it happens in families too, where one twin seems charmed from the start while the other lives under a shadow. Certainly that's the case with Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista, the one almost universally heralded and the other widely snubbed.
  • Windows 7 beta leaks to Internet

    Posted December 29, 2008 - 10:16 am

    Pirated copies of a Windows 7 build pegged by many as the beta Microsoft Corp. will release next month have leaked to the Internet, according to searches at several BitTorrent sites.
  • Review

    Run Windows on a Mac with VMWare Fusion

    Posted December 26, 2008 - 10:18 am

    If you need or want to run Windows (or other operating systems) on your Intel-powered Mac, the leading products in the segment are Parallels Desktop for Mac and VMware Fusion (plus, there's also Sun Microsystems'

  • Secure Your Vista PC in 10 Easy Steps

    Posted December 25, 2008 - 6:10 pm

    While Windows Vista may be Microsoft's most secure operating system ever, it's far from completely secure. In its fresh-from-the-box configuration, Vista still leaves a chance for your personal data to leak out to the Web through Windows Firewall, or for some nefarious bot to tweak your browser settings without your knowing.
  • Microsoft may release Windows 7 beta at show

    Posted December 25, 2008 - 11:19 am

    Attendees at next month's annual Consumer Electronics Show could get the first public look at Windows 7.
  • OS shoot-out: Windows vs. Mac OS X vs. Linux

    Posted December 24, 2008 - 12:27 pm

    The Mac's been on a roll, both due to its highly regarded Mac OS X Leopard operating system and to an unhappy reception for Microsoft's Windows Vista. The result: For the first time in memory, the Mac's market share has hit 9.1 percent, according to IDC data, and Windows' market share has dipped below 90 percent.
  • Reinstall and Restore Your Windows PC in Seven Easy Steps

    Posted December 24, 2008 - 10:01 am

    Maybe your PC won't boot. Or it could be infected with some kind of persistent malware. Perhaps Windows puts up a Blue Screen of Death every time you type the word aardvark.
  • Microsoft extends XP shipments until May

    Posted December 22, 2008 - 3:47 pm

    Microsoft is giving system builders several more months to get Windows XP for their custom PCs.
  • The Vista follies: Windows' tortured 2008

    Posted December 22, 2008 - 3:35 pm

    As 2008 draws to a close, Vista has returned to being a quiet failure as the world waits for Windows 7.
  • Windows 7: The Linux killer

    Posted December 22, 2008 - 3:31 pm

    Microsoft is finally taking Linux seriously as a desktop operating system, and it has designed Windows 7 to kill it.
  • Microsoft's '08 Mistakes: The Software Giant's Three Errors

    Posted December 22, 2008 - 12:08 pm

    Even though Microsoft's finances are stable and its eyes are on the future, the company executed poorly in some major areas in 2008. Here are three Microsoft stumbles from the past year that will put more pressure on the company to survive and thrive in 2009.
  • Vista OOBE Part 4: Summary

    Posted December 19, 2008 - 1:00 pm

    Now that I've gotten the networking issue under control, if not exactly fixed (I still have to disable and enable the network connection a couple of times after every reboot), let me wrap up my initial experiences with Vista. Bottom line for me: little or no improvement over XP for my use.
  • Windows XP: The Microsoft OS That Just Won't Die

    Posted December 16, 2008 - 4:12 pm

    Phasing out an old operating system is nothing new for Microsoft, but Windows XP is unique in that it may be too good to die.
  • Windows tip: Re-using domain controller names

    Posted December 16, 2008 - 3:12 pm

    You have five domain controllers named SEA-DC1 thru SEA-DC5. The physical hardware for SEA-DC3 is getting kind of old, so you do the following:
  • Windows tip: Tracking changes to active directory

    Posted December 16, 2008 - 3:08 pm

    Do you have trouble sleeping at night, worrying that one of your admins or delegated users might change some aspect of your Active Directory environment?
  • Windows tip: Running virtual machines from a compressed host drive

    Posted December 16, 2008 - 3:05 pm

    Is it a good idea -- or a bad one -- to compress the drive on a host system used for running virtual machines?
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