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  • 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.
  • Video

    Microsoft Details More Windows 7 Vaporware

    Posted October 29, 2008 - 11:02 am

    Computerworld plays Microsoft fanboy in “Opinion: 10 Best Features in Windows 7 for IT Professionals.” The Windows developer conference underway now will generate a tidal wave of “inside information” which is Microsoft PR speak for “vague promises” with little connection to reality.
  • Review

    Windows 7 first look: A big fix for Vista

    Posted October 29, 2008 - 10:40 am

    What if Microsoft waved a magic wand and everything people hated about Windows Vista went away? That's what Microsoft appears to be striving for with Windows 7.
  • ITunes 8 to Vista: Give me a B, an S, an OD

    Posted October 29, 2008 - 10:19 am

    But recent glitches in the new iTunes 8 bring an unwelcome blast from the past to Microsoft's latest operating system. Connect an iPhone or iPod, and some Vista PCs either crash with the dreaded Blue Screen of Death or spontaneously restart.
  • Hackers publish attack code for last week's Windows bug

    Posted October 29, 2008 - 10:06 am

    Just a day after downplaying the vulnerability that caused it to issue an out-of-cycle patch last week, Microsoft Corp. late Monday warned customers that exploit code had gone public and is being used in additional attacks.
  • Microsoft slates Windows 7 public beta for early 2009

    Posted October 28, 2008 - 3:46 pm

    Microsoft Tuesday said that it would expand testing of Windows 7 to the general public in early 2009.
  • 10 best features in Windows 7 for IT professionals

    Posted October 28, 2008 - 3:32 pm

    Tuesday, Microsoft unveiled its work on Windows 7, the successor to Vista, to a crowd at the Professional Developers Conference that was salivating for information on what's new in the updated operating system. Here are the 10 best Windows 7 features for IT pros.
  • Microsoft vows Windows 7 will fix Vista mistakes

    Posted October 28, 2008 - 3:20 pm

    Microsoft on Tuesday for the first time publicly demonstrated Windows 7, the next major release of its OS for PCs that Microsoft insists will reflect lessons learned from the widely panned Windows Vista.
  • Ray Ozzie steers Microsoft into the cloud

    Posted October 28, 2008 - 2:28 pm

    In this interview following Monday's keynote speech at Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles, Ray Ozzie discusses Azure, cloud computing and the future of the Windows OS.
  • Microsoft previews Windows 7 client OS

    Posted October 28, 2008 - 1:24 pm

    Microsoft touts the five themes of the upcoming Windows 7 client OS and made a pre-release version of the software available for developers at the company's Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles.
  • More Messaging Moves to the Cloud

    Posted October 28, 2008 - 12:06 pm

    E-mail lends itself well to hosted services providing services to users across the Internet. All the early free e-mail services, like Yahoo and Hotmail used the hosted model.
  • Should I use Windows' built-in encryption?

    Posted October 27, 2008 - 8:05 pm

    Windows 2000, XP Office, Vista Office, and Vista Ultimate all come with the Encrypting File System (EFS), an integrated file and folder encryption system that integrates seamlessly into the operating system. I don't recommend it.
  • New Windows bug differs from 2006 flaw, Microsoft says

    Posted October 27, 2008 - 4:34 pm

    Contrary to speculation, the bug Microsoft patched unexpectedly last week is not closely related to one the company fixed more than two years ago, a company security expert said Monday.
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