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  • Microsoft pressures testers after software leak

    Posted April 13, 2007 - 9:20 am

    Microsoft Corp. is taking tough measures to find out who leaked a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Windows Home Server to The blog after the software preview was posted on the site by a user named "Richard" soon after it was released to a small group of testers.
  • Time is running out for Windows XP

    Posted April 12, 2007 - 11:29 am

    Microsoft will force PC makers to stop selling machines running XP by the end of this year, despite ongoing compatibility problems and demand for XP from users.
  • Microsoft's top lawyer happy with Vista Ready info

    Posted April 12, 2007 - 9:21 am

    Microsoft Corp.'s top lawyer said Thursday that he is happy with the information the company provided about its Vista operating system, and its compatibility with existing PCs, ahead of the software's launch in January this year.
  • Microsoft: Vista Capable site description unchanged

    Posted April 11, 2007 - 9:27 am

    Despite reports to the contrary, Microsoft Corp. said Tuesday it has not changed wording at its Web site to explain more clearly how hardware with a "Windows Vista Capable" label will perform when running the OS, in light of a class-action lawsuit filed against the vendor last week.
  • Windows Tip: Troubleshooting Group Policy processing on terminal servers

    Posted April 6, 2007 - 3:57 pm

    Here's a tip concerning troubleshooting Group Policy application when you have Windows terminal servers on the back end of your Windows clients. User Configuration policy settings will usually be applied when a user logs on to a terminal server, with one main exception: when the terminal server is configured to use loopback processing with replace mode.
  • Retail stores report strong demand for Vista

    Posted April 4, 2007 - 1:56 pm

    Best Buy and Circuit City Wednesday both reported high demand for Windows Vista in their retail stores, though this demand had a different effect on each company's business.
  • Microsoft offers new Vista enterprise licenses

    Posted April 2, 2007 - 10:28 am

    Microsoft Corp. is offering two new licensing options for Windows Vista enterprise customers that want to take advantage of emerging scenarios for large data centers. The first gives enterprise users the ability to run the Windows Vista Enterprise client on a diskless computer. The second option, called the Vista Enterprise Centralized Desktop, lets users run a client version of Windows on servers in a data center so the OS can run locally via virtual machines.
  • Microsoft: Vista intro outsold XP

    Posted March 27, 2007 - 10:16 am

    Sales of Vista during the first month that the newest Windows operating system was available to consumers were more than double the sales that Windows XP racked up in twice the time, Microsoft Corp. said.
  • Windows Tip: Using FR and RUP in mixed environments

    Posted March 26, 2007 - 10:33 am

    Folder Redirection (FR) and Roaming User Profiles (RUP) are two separate but complementary methods for enabling users to roam between different computers on your network and access their desktop environments together with their personal data and settings. Here's a tip that provides recommendations on how to implement FR and/or RUP in mixed Vista/XP environments.
  • Compatibility woes make UK firms wary of using Vista

    Posted March 22, 2007 - 10:15 am

    U.K. firms show little enthusiasm for the Windows Vista operating system, with nearly six out of 10 businesses saying they have no plans to deploy it, research has revealed.
  • Oracle, Sun fixing J2SE bug with E-Business Suite

    Posted March 20, 2007 - 1:30 pm

    Oracle Corp. is working with Sun Microsystems Inc. to fix a bug affecting how the E-Business Suite runs on Windows Vista.
  • Vista's tunnelling protocol poses risk

    Posted March 20, 2007 - 10:46 am

    Windows Vista's implementation of a tunnelling protocol called Teredo can be added to the list of security problems posed by the operating system, according to recent research from Symantec Advanced Threat Research.
  • Apple, Microsoft working to add Vista support to iTunes

    Posted March 19, 2007 - 3:26 pm

    Apple has published an updated technical support document regarding iTunes compatibility with Windows Vista. The document confirms that the latest (7.1.1) version of iTunes does address a number of compatibility issues with Windows Vista, and is recommended for use with most editions of Microsoft's OS.
  • Windows Tip: Determine bandwidth using WMI script

    Posted March 16, 2007 - 1:17 pm

    To use this script, copy the text into Notepad (with Word Wrap turned off) and save it as ReportBandwidth.vbs. To run this script on a Windows Vista machine, open an elevated command prompt and type cscript reportbandwidth.vbs /? to view a list of different arguments you can use with this script. Here's the script, minus some comments at the beginning:
  • McAfee says Vista's StickyKeys could be misused

    Posted March 12, 2007 - 4:22 pm

    A Windows feature designed to simplify computing for disabled users could be misused in Vista, a McAfee Inc. researcher reported Monday.
  • Windows Tip: Managing Windows Firewall in mixed environments

    Posted March 12, 2007 - 10:46 am

    If you migrate all the desktops in a given organizational unit to Windows Vista, you can simply manage the firewall on these computers using the new Group Policy node found under Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Windows Firewall With Advanced Security. But what if your OU will contain a combination of Windows XP and Windows Vista computers? What's the best way to use Group Policy to manage the Windows Firewall on these computers? Here's a brief answer taken with permission from the soon-to-be-released Windows Vista Resource Kit.

  • Microsoft signs first E.U. protocol licensee

    Posted March 8, 2007 - 9:26 am

    Microsoft Corp. has signed up the first licensee for the workgroup server protocols the European Commission ordered it to open up to competitors in a 2004 antitrust ruling, it said Thursday.
  • DOJ, states concerned about Vista docs

    Posted March 7, 2007 - 3:55 pm

    The U.S. Department of Justice and state attorneys general are concerned that Microsoft Corp. is revising deadlines that it agreed to as part of its antitrust settlement. At issue are changes that Microsoft says it needs to make in the schedule for releasing documentation related to Vista, according to a court document filed Tuesday.
  • Microsoft, E.U. interoperability fight intensifies

    Posted March 1, 2007 - 3:15 pm

    No one used the 'L' word, but both sides in the Microsoft Corp. antitrust battle in Europe accused each other of lying about basic facts surrounding the latest twist in the long-running saga that emerged Thursday.
  • User-privilege flaw hits Vista

    Posted March 1, 2007 - 11:19 am

    A security firm has discovered one of the first security flaws to directly affect Windows Vista, a bug that it claims allows local users to escalate their privileges.
  • E.U. criticizes Microsoft interoperability efforts again

    Posted March 1, 2007 - 9:36 am

    The European Commission has again criticized Microsoft Corp.'s response to a 2004 antitrust ruling, opening up the possibility of further fines for the company. The regulator said that the software giant proposes overcharging for vital interoperability information needed by rival software makers to allow their products work properly with the Windows operating system.
  • Apps not 'certified' for Vista may still work on the OS

    Posted March 1, 2007 - 9:07 am

    Major applications from Symantec Corp., Adobe Systems Inc., Apple Inc. and IBM Corp. aren't included on an official Microsoft list of applications that qualify for a "Certified for Windows Vista" or "Works with Windows Vista" logo. However, chances are they could currently be involved in the testing process to achieve those logos, Microsoft and its partners said.
  • Symantec: Vista fairly secure but still full of holes

    Posted February 28, 2007 - 4:05 pm

    Windows Vista delivers on some of the security improvements Microsoft Corp. promised for it, but there are still a host of ways attackers can exploit the OS and leave users open to threats, according to findings by Symantec Corp.
  • Microsoft tackles 'false positives' in antipiracy tool

    Posted February 28, 2007 - 9:44 am

    Microsoft will start to give some customers the benefit of the doubt with an updated version of its software antipiracy tool, Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications. The company has added a new category to the tool, "indeterminate," for instances where it can't be sure whether the OS running on a user's PC is legitimate.
  • VMware attacks Microsoft licence changes

    Posted February 26, 2007 - 2:02 pm

    Virtualization leader VMware has published a white paper condemning what it calls Microsoft's moves to block competition in the virtualization market, the most public sign to date of the friction between the companies.
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