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  • Vista set to alienate business users

    Posted May 9, 2006 - 9:06 am

    Vista's new security features will make for such a disruptive user experience that business users might want to steer clear of the operating system for the time being, according to Yankee Group.
  • Windows Tip: Business-Driven Deployments

    Posted May 4, 2006 - 4:44 pm

    Deployments of new platforms and products should always be business-driven, not technology-driven. If your enterprise has a business need that can be realized by deploying a new version of Windows or Office, then do it. But how do you identify possible areas of business need? Vendors generally present you with a list of exciting new features for new versions of their products -- how do you match these features to the needs of your business? A good place to start is usually with your mobile workforce. That's because many of the advances in Windows and Office in recent years have been in the areas of security, recoverability, collaboration, and wireless networking -- all critical technologies from the point of view of mobile workers.
  • Gartner: Vista won't ship until Q2 2007

    Posted May 2, 2006 - 3:28 pm

    A research note released this week from Gartner Inc. predicts that Microsoft Corp. will miss its target to ship Windows Vista on PCs by January 2007. According to Gartner, Vista won't be broadly available to customers until the second quarter of 2007.
  • Blog posts bypass for new Windows antipiracy check

    Posted April 28, 2006 - 10:10 am

    Microsoft Corp.'s latest update to its built-in antipiracy checks for Windows XP has spurred someone to post a method for bypassing the system on a popular technology blog.
  • Windows Tip: Vista Pro and Con

    Posted April 27, 2006 - 4:11 pm

    Windows Vista is edging forward towards completion, and the big question facing enterprises is whether to deploy or wait once RTM arrives. I've been thinking about this a lot, and there are things I really like about Vista and things that still leave me concerned.
  • Windows Tips: Advice from Windows experts

    Posted April 19, 2006 - 11:46 am

    Systems administrators can never have enough short cuts or creative troubleshooting ideas. In this series, Mitch Tulloch, a well-known industry expert specializing in Windows server operating systems, provides advice for every day administration as well as more challenging problems.
  • Windows Tip: Laziness as a Virtue

    Posted April 19, 2006 - 11:26 am

    Laziness is defined as a disinclination to work or exert effort, and it's generally viewed as a negative character trait. But what appears on the surface to be laziness may actually be a sign of an energetic, vigorous personality who prefers to work hard and do what's needed and then later take a much-deserved break. What I'm talking about is proactive system administration -- putting in a concentrated effort to get your systems properly deployed and configured so they will run smoothly, then implementing a monitoring system that keeps your fingers on the pulse of your IT infrastructure. The moment something goes wrong, you know about it, and if you've done your homework ahead of time you also know how to deal with problems quickly and effectively when they arise.
  • Microsoft support for Windows 98, ME to end in July

    Posted April 13, 2006 - 4:02 pm

    Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition (SE) and Windows Millennium Edition (ME) are nearing the end of their support from Microsoft Corp.
  • Windows Tip: Romance Compliance Auditors with Security Templates

    Posted April 12, 2006 - 5:13 pm

    Are you prepared for an audit? Complying with SOX means enterprises need external auditors to sign off on their financial controls, and large companies have been getting socked in the wallet in their efforts to comply. But SOX and similar legislation also means that IT staff need to be ready at any time for having their own internal controls audited, and that adds a lot of pressure to an already stressful job. There are lots of recommendations out there for how to get your IT infrastructure ready for those pesky auditors, but here's one you may not have heard before: use security templates.
  • Windows Tip: Desktop refresh cycles return to front burner

    Posted April 4, 2006 - 3:45 pm

    I've heard from several quarters that desktop refresh cycles are returning to the front burner for many enterprises after being placed on hold during the recent economic downturn. Whether you're organization is contemplating a three- or four-year refresh cycle or a rolling replacement of a certain percentage of desktop computers each year, there's one thing you need to remember if you want to make the most of your IT hardware investment: buy only x64-capable machines from now on. This doesn't mean you have to think right away about deploying Windows XP Professional x64 Edition on your new desktops as third-party application support for this platform is still pretty slim (though this should change once Vista is released). Instead, install regular 32-bit Windows XP Professional on x64-capable systems and that way you can protect your hardware investment if you decide later on to switch to 64-bit Windows (XP or Vista).
  • Microsoft program may ease Vista delay fallout

    Posted March 31, 2006 - 6:01 pm

    Even though Windows Vista won't be available until next year, Microsoft Corp. is working with hardware partners to prepare customers for its release. Starting next month, PCs with stickers saying "Windows Vista Capable" will be in stores, letting customers know what hardware can be upgraded to Vista once it is available, the company said Friday.
  • Linux loses to Windows in ex-Unix shops

    Posted March 31, 2006 - 12:55 pm

    Where do Unix shops who want to migrate go next? You'd think they go for Linux. Or is it Windows? It depends who's asking. According Microsoft-commissioned research, more ex-Unix shops run Windows than Linux.
  • Configuring and Using DFS Replication

    Posted March 31, 2006 - 12:40 pm

    This article shows how businesses can use the new DFS Replication feature of Windows Server 2003 R2 to perform tasks like simplifying branch office backups and publishing content across an enterprise. Configuration options for DFS Replication are also discussed.
  • E.U. warns Microsoft over Vista features

    Posted March 29, 2006 - 9:57 am

    The European Commission has laid out specific antitrust concerns it has about Vista, Microsoft Corp.'s long awaited new operating system, Commission spokesman Jonathan Todd said Wednesday.
  • Vista problems might be bigger than Microsoft admits

    Posted March 24, 2006 - 6:24 pm

    More delays in the release schedule for Windows Vista revealed Friday hint that problems with getting the OS out the door may be broader than Microsoft Corp. has articulated.
  • Office consumer editions to follow Vista into 2007

    Posted March 24, 2006 - 10:25 am

    The delay in Windows Vista will affect the next version of Office, too. Microsoft Corp. said Thursday it will put off the consumer release of Office 2007 so it is in line with the new release schedule for Vista.
  • Vendors insist PC sales will survive Vista delay

    Posted March 22, 2006 - 3:05 pm

    PC vendors were putting on a brave face Wednesday in the wake of news from Microsoft Corp. that the consumer version of the Windows Vista operating system would not ship in time for pre-loaded machines to reach retail shelves in time for this year's holiday shopping boom.
  • Windows Vista release pushed back to January 2007

    Posted March 22, 2006 - 10:12 am

    The broad availability of the Windows Vista client OS has been pushed back to next year, Microsoft Corp. Co-President of the Platform and Services Division Jim Allchin announced Tuesday.
  • Microsoft's Ballmer talks up business tools

    Posted March 17, 2006 - 4:31 pm

    Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer Thursday showcased some of the software giant's forthcoming technologies for business users and kicked off a new marketing campaign at an event in New York.
  • Microsoft to offer more Windows Live details

    Posted March 17, 2006 - 4:24 pm

    Microsoft Corp. plans to announce details of its Internet communications plans for Windows Live on Thursday at the Spring 2006 VON Conference &Expo in San Jose, California, the company said.
  • Mac violated by Windows XP

    Posted March 17, 2006 - 4:18 pm

    The competition to persuade Windows XP to boot on an Intel-based Mac, something Apple hasn't expressly disabled but certainly has not made easy, has been won by a pair of anonymous Californians.
  • Microsoft 'supports and usurps' Unix

    Posted March 13, 2006 - 10:59 am

    Support and usurp. This appears to be Microsoft's Unix strategy as it launches the latest upgrade of its Windows Server operating system. At a recent media briefing in Singapore, David Lowe, senior product manager, Windows Server, Microsoft, cited interoperability with Unix as one of the key features of Windows Server 2003 R2.
  • Microsoft security exec promises a safer Vista

    Posted March 5, 2006 - 9:50 pm

    Microsoft Corp.'s business customers in Europe will get plenty of assistance to migrate from their current versions of Windows to Windows Vista when that operating system ships in the second half of 2006, according to Detlef Eckert, chief security advisor for Microsoft in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
  • Vista is a Little Closer on the Horizon

    Posted February 28, 2006 - 5:25 pm

    Bit by bit (and maybe even byte by byte), Microsoft's Windows Vista desktop operating system is starting to gel. The latest beta release is feature complete and performs better than its predecessor, good signs indeed.
  • Microsoft confirms Vista editions after leak

    Posted February 27, 2006 - 9:58 am

    Microsoft Corp. has officially verified the editions for Windows Vista a week after the information leaked when it prematurely appeared on the company's Web site.
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