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  • 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.
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    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.
  • Microsoft security patch was seven years in the making

    Posted November 11, 2008 - 10:06 pm

    An SMB bug fixed by Microsoft Tuesday was publicly disclosed more than seven years ago.
  • Microsoft fixes critical Web bugs with security updates

    Posted November 11, 2008 - 3:45 pm

    Microsoft released two security updates for its Windows operating system Tuesday to patch flaws that could give attackers new ways to install malicious software on a victim's computer.
  • Flawed AVG antivirus update cripples Windows XP PCs

    Posted November 11, 2008 - 3:40 pm

    A flawed signature update to AVG Technologies' antivirus software over the weekend crippled some Windows XP PCs by mistakenly deleting a critical system file.
  • Colombia signs up for OLPC laptops with Windows

    Posted November 11, 2008 - 12:27 pm

    Colombia signed on as the second country to use OLPC laptops armed with Windows XP.
  • The Next Windows: 7Up or New Vista?

    Posted November 10, 2008 - 4:55 pm

    Running away as fast as it can from Vista, Microsoft rolled out an alpha version of Windows 7 at its recent Professional Developers Conference. But is Windows 7 going to be 7Up, the Un-Vista, or is it going to be (gag) New Vista?
  • Find out if your PC can run Windows 7

    Posted November 10, 2008 - 2:33 pm

    Windows 7 is coming. Will your PC be ready? InfoWorld's Windows 7 compatibility calculator, a feature in the free Windows Sentinel PC monitoring tool, will tell you.
  • Vista, SSDs and Disk Fragmentation

    Posted November 10, 2008 - 7:15 am

    Tips on how to get the most out of running Vista on laptops that have Solid State Disks (SSDs).
  • Why I'm Skipping Windows Vista: IT Speaks Out

    Posted November 7, 2008 - 3:07 pm

    Despite warnings to businesses about the dangers of skipping Windows Vista, many IT managers and CIOs are willing to take the risk.
  • Microsoft: Windows 7 will run on SSD netbooks

    Posted November 7, 2008 - 11:20 am

    Netbooks equipped with solid-state drives (SSD) sporting as little as 16GB of storage capacity will be able to comfortably run Windows 7, Microsoft says.
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 to support up to 256 CPU cores

    Posted November 6, 2008 - 4:52 pm

    Microsoft Thursday said the next upgrade of its Windows Server operating system will scale up to 256 logical processors.
  • Microsoft promises better battery life, boot times in Windows 7

    Posted November 5, 2008 - 10:04 pm

    Tackling customer complaints that Vista is sluggish and power-hungry, Microsoft Wednesday promised that Windows 7 will use less memory and power and cut start-up and shutdown times.
  • Microsoft: Moving to Windows 7 easy for device makers

    Posted November 5, 2008 - 9:54 pm

    Hardware makers that hadn't developed device drivers compatible with Vista shouldn't have the same problem with Windows 7, Microsoft said.
  • If Windows is a dead end, what's next?

    Posted November 5, 2008 - 3:20 pm

    The writing is on the wall. Despite a major push to sell the much-maligned Windows Vista, customers aren't buying. And if Windows 7 is more of the same, then maybe it's time to conclude that Windows is a technology dead end.
  • Microsoft discontinues Windows... 3.x

    Posted November 5, 2008 - 11:39 am

    If you're hurting that Microsoft will soon discontinue Windows XP, you may take heart in the fact that the company has only just put an end to Windows 3.x.
  • ActiveX bugs pose threat to Vista, Microsoft reports

    Posted November 3, 2008 - 3:57 pm

    Although computers running Windows Vista are significantly less likely to be infected with attack code than machines running Windows XP, the newer operating system continues to be threatened by Microsoft's own ActiveX browser plug-in technology.
  • New worm exploits critical Windows bug

    Posted November 3, 2008 - 3:38 pm

    A worm that exploits the bug Microsoft Corp. patched in an emergency update 11 days ago is actively attacking systems.
  • Windows 7 leaks to Web, pirates downloading

    Posted November 3, 2008 - 3:05 pm

    Leaked copies of Windows 7 hit the Internet only hours after Microsoft Corp. handed out a preview build to developers last week.
  • Terminal Services and CAD

    Posted November 3, 2008 - 11:25 am

    Ever experienced the frustation of running a Computer-Assisted Design application off of a terminal server? Here are some tips to improve the user experience in this scenario.
  • Microsoft: Data shows Vista more secure than XP

    Posted November 3, 2008 - 10:42 am

    Microsoft's latest security report shows the number of vulnerabilities found in its software fell for the first half of the year.
  • Microsoft warns of another update to Windows Update

    Posted October 31, 2008 - 2:26 pm

    For the second time in three months, Microsoft Corp. Friday again warned it would upgrade Windows Update, the service most users rely on to download patches and other fixes.
  • Ozzie points to slimmer future for Windows client

    Posted October 30, 2008 - 8:56 pm

    Microsoft is putting the Windows client OS on a diet as a way to bring the PC OS into the age of cloud computing.
  • How to set up a cross-platform network

    Posted October 30, 2008 - 2:54 pm

    Linux, Mac OS, and Windows can communicate and coexist on a single network. By using suitable off-the-shelf networking equipment and the various operating systems' built-in tools, you can connect your heterogeneous hardware to the universe in short order.

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