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  • The Top 10 stories of 2008: Not business as usual

    Posted December 14, 2008 - 4:06 pm

    What started out as a banking crisis became, in 2008, a story for everyone: retailers, consumers, auto workers -- and tech professionals. Though it wasn't business as usual, some big mergers -- like HP buying EDS -- were executed. Long-awaited products like the Android-based G1 "Google phone" were launched. Standards wars involving file formats like OOXML and hardware technology like Blu-Ray concluded. The battle against spam purveyors like McColo went on ... and on. Microsoft, moving into middle age and struggling to gain ascendance on the Web, was involved in many of the biggest stories of the year. The most influential entrepreneur of our time, Bill Gates, moved on to focus on philanthropy. Here, not necessarily in order of importance, is our pick for the top 10 technology stories of the year.
  • Vista OOBE Part 1

    Posted December 11, 2008 - 3:08 pm

    I just unboxed and turned on my new (refurbished) HP 6560T PC running Vista Home Premium. Yes, I finally slowed down enough to let the Microsoft Vista steamroller catch me.
  • Another Microsoft bug revealed on huge patch day

    Posted December 10, 2008 - 10:34 am

    Along with its biggest patch release in five years, Microsoft warned on Tuesday of another potentially dangerous vulnerability in its software.
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    Windows Vista SP2: Second time's the charm

    Posted December 9, 2008 - 5:49 pm

    Good news, Vista users: Microsoft finally seems to be getting a handle on the Windows code base. First we learned that Windows 7 would not introduce any new performance hits. Now, preliminary testing shows that Vista is actually getting faster, courtesy of the upcoming Service Pack 2.
  • Vista SP2 Beta: More Efficient, But Not By Much

    Posted December 9, 2008 - 5:46 pm

    While toiling around with Windows Vista Service Pack 2 Beta, I took a look at a couple areas where Microsoft emphasizes better efficiency: The Service Pack Cleanup tool and a more efficient Sidebar. In my hands-on experience, I found improvements to be slight to the point of being almost unnoticeable.
  • Dell: We're not charging more for XP downgrades

    Posted December 9, 2008 - 5:33 pm

    Dell Tuesday denied that it has boosted the price of what it charges customers for "downgrading" to Windows XP from Vista when they purchase new desktops and laptops in the company's popular Inspiron consumer line.
  • Microsoft issues mammoth security update

    Posted December 9, 2008 - 5:30 pm

    Microsoft Corp. today patched 28 vulnerabilities, nearly all of them marked "critical," in the biggest update since it switched to a regular monthly update schedule more than five years ago.
  • Vista SP2 beta: Nothing obviously new has been added

    Posted December 8, 2008 - 2:38 pm

    If you install the beta of Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) expecting to see visible changes to your version of Vista, you'll be sorely disappointed. At least in this initial beta, all the changes are under the hood, and even they are far from earth-shaking.
  • Microsoft market share slip puts pressure on Windows 7, IE8

    Posted December 8, 2008 - 11:09 am

    The month of December has already been unkind to Microsoft: Windows and IE saw significant market share drops reported on back-to-back days and industry experts say these market share decreases will likely continue. So the pressure is on for Windows 7 and IE 8.
  • Dell triples charge to downgrade PCs to XP to $150

    Posted December 8, 2008 - 10:52 am

    More than five months after it stopped selling its popular Inspiron line of consumer desktop and laptop PCs with Windows XP , Dell Inc. is offering the systems with the aging operating system for a surcharge of US$150 over the newer Windows Vista.
  • Come See Me In Portland

    Posted December 5, 2008 - 5:11 pm

    I told you about my appearance at the first ITEC show of the season, so let me balance it out telling you about the last show this year. I'll be giving the keynote speech next Wednesday morning, December 10th, at the ITEC Portland conference. The pre-speech music starts at 8:45 AM, and the fun starts at 9:15 AM. Come see the (free) speech at the (free) conference. Admission? Free!
  • Microsoft slaps Vista SP2 beta on Windows Update

    Posted December 5, 2008 - 3:35 pm

    As expected, Microsoft launched the first public beta of Windows Vista SP2 late Thursday, making it available for download from both its Web site and through its update mechanism.
  • Microsoft slates 8 bug updates for last 2008 Patch Tuesday

    Posted December 4, 2008 - 5:58 pm

    Microsoft will deliver eight security updates next week, six of them marked "critical," to plug holes in Windows, Internet Explorer, Office and other products.
  • Vista SP2: Six Things You Need to Know

    Posted December 3, 2008 - 10:07 pm

    Windows Vista SP2 is set to be released as a public beta version Thursday on the Microsoft TechNet site. Here's what you need to know before making the upgrade.
  • Microsoft spells out Vista SP2 contents

    Posted December 3, 2008 - 4:18 pm

    Although Microsoft hasn't released a single, authoritative list of the contents of Vista SP2, which will publicly launch as a beta tomorrow, the company has scattered information about the new features and enhancements across its network of sites and bloggers.
  • Vista SP2 beta out this week, final release by June

    Posted December 2, 2008 - 10:03 pm

    Starting on Thursday, anyone can download the Service Pack 2 beta for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, Microsoft said on Tuesday.
  • 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.
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