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  • McAfee cries foul over Vista security features

    Posted October 4, 2006 - 9:35 am

    McAfee Inc. top executives went on the offensive Monday against Microsoft Corp., saying Vista will be even less secure for customers than previous versions of Windows.
  • Microsoft bullish on Vista business adoption

    Posted September 29, 2006 - 5:10 pm

    In the first year of its release, Microsoft Corp. is expecting businesses to adopt Windows Vista twice as fast as any other version of Windows, with 10 times as many Vista business seats deployed at launch than any previous release of the OS.
  • Windows Tip: Locking a desktop at logon

    Posted September 29, 2006 - 2:39 pm

    Can you configure Windows XP so that it logs on automatically but into a locked state?
  • Windows Tip: File sharing in Windows Vista

    Posted September 22, 2006 - 1:35 pm

    One of the biggest gripes over the years about file sharing on Microsoft Windows platforms is that users can see files and folders on a network share even if they don't have permission to open those folders or read the files. Since business environments often give files and folders meaningful names like StrategiesForBustingTheUnion or DoNotLetAuditorsSeeThisSpreadsheet.xls or QuickSellYourStockOurCEOisLeaving.doc, this limitation allowed a degree of information leakage that most companies would rather (cough cough) not allow to happen.The good news is that with Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2003, a new feature called Access-Based Enumeration (ABE) has been added to how file sharing works on Windows platforms.
  • Symantec, Adobe lobby E.U. over Vista features

    Posted September 21, 2006 - 3:58 pm

    Two engineers at the computer security firm Symantec Corp. are coming to Brussels next week to discuss the antitrust threat posed to their company by the upcoming version of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows, dubbed Vista, a Symantec spokesman said Thursday.
  • Microsoft to ease Vista upgrades with one-DVD plan

    Posted September 20, 2006 - 9:23 am

    In an effort to simplify the distribution of Windows Vista and make it easier for customers to upgrade, Microsoft Corp. will include the various retail versions of the OS on one DVD instead of having separate DVDs for each Vista edition.
  • Windows Tip: Resolving IP address conflicts

    Posted September 15, 2006 - 3:53 pm

    A basic but often hard to troubleshoot issue that can arise on a TCP/IP network is an IP address conflict. This occurs when two computers on a network are assigned the same IP address, and this situation can arise in three different ways. Clear thinking and sharp eyesight can help your troubleshoot various situations.
  • Microsoft tries to dazzle EU with Vista benefits

    Posted September 14, 2006 - 9:55 am

    Microsoft Corp. tried to dazzle the antitrust regulators in Brussels on Thursday with new research that illustrates how immense the effect of Windows Vista will be next year on Europe's IT industry and the broader economy.
  • E.U. to M.S.: Don't shut out security rivals

    Posted September 12, 2006 - 4:02 pm

    Any attempt to incorporate its own security software in Windows Vista, Microsoft Corp.'s next generation operating system, could spark a new antitrust spat with Europe's top regulator, the European Commission, spokesman Jonathan Todd warned Tuesday.
  • Windows Tip: Remotely changing the default script host

    Posted September 8, 2006 - 2:04 pm

    By default, Windows computers have Wscript.exe configured as their default script host instead of Cscript. The difference between these two script hosts is mainly evident when your script generates some kind of output. For example, if Wscript.exe is your default host, then your script output is windowed and is displayed as a series of popup dialog boxes. But if Cscript.exe is your default host, then your script output is displayed within the command prompt window in which your script is running. Now if you are an enterprise admin who has started developing your logon scripts using VBScript (.vbs files) instead of the old batch language (.bat files) you must pay attention to this matter of which default script host is configured on your users' computers. For example, say you write the following simple logon script that maps a drive:
  • Testers: Vista appears stable in RC1 release

    Posted September 6, 2006 - 10:32 am

    Early feedback from testers already using Windows Vista Release Candidate 1 (RC1) report that the OS is more stable than expected, which bodes well for Microsoft Corp.'s plan to have Vista out according to its current schedule.
  • Microsoft sets Vista pricing, expands tester base

    Posted September 5, 2006 - 1:41 pm

    Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday released the pricing for Windows Vista, about a week after online retailer Amazon.com disclosed the OS's pricing on its Web site. The company also expanded the tester base of Vista to about 5 million users as it begins gearing up for Windows Vista's widespread release, which is scheduled for early next year.
  • Microsoft releases Windows Vista RC1

    Posted September 1, 2006 - 10:23 pm

    After several delays, it appears Microsoft Corp. may get the next version of its Windows client operating system to customers according to its current schedule.
  • In mixup, CA antivirus flags Windows component

    Posted September 1, 2006 - 10:13 pm

    CA Inc. caused some headaches this week after its antivirus software inadvertently flagged part of the Windows OS as malware.
  • Windows goes Bolivian

    Posted August 30, 2006 - 9:45 am

    Microsoft has released an update giving Windows an interface in the Quechua language, descended from the tongue of South America's ancient Incas.
  • Is Vista RC1 milestone around the corner?

    Posted August 29, 2006 - 12:17 pm

    Reviewers will soon be getting their hands on the first release candidate of Windows Vista, which means Microsoft Corp. could be on target to deliver the OS to business customers according to schedule before the end of the year.
  • Microsoft leaks Vista pricing on Web site

    Posted August 29, 2006 - 11:56 am

    Microsoft Corp. on Monday accidentally listed the pricing of the high-end consumer versions of Windows Vista on its Canadian Web site.
  • Windows Tip: Scripting multiple Outlook windows

    Posted August 25, 2006 - 2:01 pm

    I wondered the other day if it might be possible to write a script that will open multiple Outlook windows with the focus on specific folders and arrange these windows on my desktop for easy viewing. After some research, I found that outlook.exe has a number of command-line options. One of these is the /select option, which lets you open Outlook with the focus on the folder you specify. A little VBScript does the rest.
  • Partners encourage Microsoft to ease Vista transition

    Posted August 23, 2006 - 9:22 am

    Microsoft Corp. partners are asking the software vendor to do whatever it takes to make the transition to Windows Vista easier, including offering discount coupons for upgrading to Vista to customers who purchase PCs during the busy November-December holiday shopping season.
  • Windows Live makes test debut in Vista

    Posted August 17, 2006 - 2:06 pm

    Microsoft Corp. has begun showing how it will integrate its Windows Live online services into Windows Vista in recent test builds of the operating system, according to sources familiar with the company's plans.
  • Windows Tip: Launching a low priority process

    Posted August 11, 2006 - 2:28 pm

    A friend of mine who is a petroleum engineer recently told me about a problem he was having. He was launching a series of batch jobs (big simulation jobs) on his Windows XP workstation from the command line by running a batch file that contained a series of commands like job5.exe -i input.dat, and his problem was that these jobs were hogging so much of his machine's processing power that foreground tasks became unresponsive. Once these processes were running however, he could open Task Manager and change their priority to Low, and then he could work normally on the machine while the jobs ran in the background. He was wondering if there was a way to start an application with Low priority instead of Normal. It turns out there are several solutions to this problem.
  • Microsoft Vista upgrade coupon rumor spreads

    Posted August 11, 2006 - 8:18 am

    Unusual patterns in demand for motherboards lend weight to reports that well-known PC vendors will ship computers with free upgrade coupons for the Windows Vista OS (operating system) in the fourth quarter, say analysts. But the truth remains elusive.
  • Symantec identifies Vista weaknesses

    Posted August 10, 2006 - 1:11 pm

    Symantec has released a report outlining some weaknesses in the kernel protection mechanisms built into a beta version of Windows Live. The report found several potential weaknesses -- among them the tight integration of content copy protection (known as digital rights management, or DRM) into the operating system.
  • Windows Tip: Using remote assistance in the enterprise

    Posted July 28, 2006 - 12:59 pm

    Have you ever been asked a computer question from a friend or family member who is located miles away? Wouldn't it be great if you could see what they were trying to describe to you and show them how to fix the problem remotely? Remote Assistance, a feature of Windows XP, is a great idea for troubleshooting issues that are hard to explain or which require a complicated series of steps to fix. Remote Assistance can be used to help users with simple problems like "How do I format this document?" and also more complicated ones like "I need to download and install a new driver and synchronize with my new handheld device, what do I do?"
  • Microsoft: Vista will ship when it's ready

    Posted July 27, 2006 - 4:10 pm

    Microsoft Corp. continues to give itself room to further delay the release of Windows Vista. At its annual Financial Analyst Meeting on Thursday, Kevin Johnson, co-president of Microsoft's Platforms & Services Division, said that while Vista development remains on track for now, Microsoft won't ship the OS until the company thinks it's ready.

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