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  • Microsoft: 'Secret' updates were for Windows Update itself

    Posted September 13, 2007 - 2:27 pm

    Microsoft Corp. claims updates sent out to Windows XP and Vista machines without users knowing about them were for the Windows Update mechanism, though the company acknowledged it could have been more "transparent" before changing files on user computers.
  • Microsoft details Vista SP1 search changes

    Posted September 12, 2007 - 6:02 pm

    Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday released documents that detail changes it will make to its desktop search and indexing feature in Windows Vista that will be included as part of the Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) update.
  • Vista pirates safe from darkness, for now

    Posted September 12, 2007 - 2:22 pm

    Microsoft has denied it has switched on an anti-piracy measure in Windows Vista that would result in a "black screen of darkness" for unlicensed OEM copies of the operating system but the software giant did not rule out turning it on in the future.
  • Windows Tip: Defragmenting large volumes

    Posted September 10, 2007 - 3:15 pm

    Defragmenting disk volumes regularly is important for ensuring optimal performance of your storage subsystem, but what if your volumes are really large? Today, it's common for even desktop systems to have volumes that are hundreds of gigabytes in size, and volumes on servers can often run into the terabyte range. And if you have a storage area network (SAN), you may be dealing with even large volumes. Can the built-in Windows defragmenter handle such large volumes? In theory, probably, but in practice, maybe not.
  • Microsoft technology may help it compete with VMware

    Posted September 7, 2007 - 4:15 pm

    VMware Inc. may have the market share and, with its recent successful IPO, all the momentum. But the server virtualization leader lacks one thing that second banana Microsoft Corp. has as of Thursday: a system management platform that gives IT administrators a single simultaneous view of their physical and virtual servers.
  • Microsoft ties Windows Live services to OS in updates

    Posted September 5, 2007 - 1:44 pm

    Microsoft Corp. is using the same tactic for its online services that made its Internet Explorer browser ubiquitous among Internet users. With new beta technology it's releasing Wednesday, Microsoft is tying its Windows Live services directly to its Windows OS.
  • Microsoft sneaks Longhorn delay news in with SP1 details

    Posted August 31, 2007 - 9:27 am

    When Microsoft Corp. unveiled the long-awaited details of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 on Wednesday, the company also quietly pushed back the release date for another highly anticipated product, Windows Server 2008.
  • Sun seeks developer help to make Solaris ubiquitous

    Posted August 31, 2007 - 9:24 am

    Sun Microsystems Inc. has ambitious plans for the commercial and open-source versions of its Solaris operating system, hoping to achieve for Solaris the kind of ubiquity already enjoyed by Java. To come close to reaching that goal, Sun needs to reach out more to developers and endeavor to overcome some long-held prejudices against the OS.
  • Windows Tip: Rebuilding the Outlook search index

    Posted August 30, 2007 - 4:24 pm

    If you're using Outlook 2007, and searching for a contact in the Outlook Contacts list, and coming up empty, try rebuilding the index on your machine. It worked for me. Here's how.
  • Microsoft blames human error for WGA glitch

    Posted August 29, 2007 - 3:49 pm

    Microsoft Corp. blamed human error for a problem that identified legitimate Windows users as pirates last week.
  • Microsoft: Vista SP1 due in Q1 2008, beta in September

    Posted August 29, 2007 - 12:15 pm

    Microsoft Corp. has finally broken its silence on the timing of the release of the highly anticipated Windows Vista Service Pack 1, saying the software updates should be in final release in the first quarter of next year, with the company shipping off a beta next month to 10,000 to 15,000 testers.
  • Windows Tip: Building a supportable enterprise, part 4

    Posted August 27, 2007 - 2:25 pm

    By now you've probably learned at least one important thing about keeping your Windows infrastructure supportable, namely: leave well enough alone. Last time I touched on this topic, I highlighted the dangers of trying to "harden" your network by disabling so-called "unneeded" services. The result of doing this without a proper understanding of what Windows services actually do can lead to broken applications and other mysterious problems. Let's look at another common "hardening" technique that often has more downside than upside -- changing the Access Control Lists (ACLs) on your boot/system volume.
  • Microsoft revises anti-Linux campaign with new site

    Posted August 24, 2007 - 12:59 pm

    Microsoft Corp. has replaced its controversial anti-Linux "Get the Facts" Web site with a kinder, gentler site explaining how its Windows Server operating system compares to open-source Linux as well as other competitive OSes.
  • IBM extends support for Sun's Solaris

    Posted August 16, 2007 - 3:25 pm

    IBM Corp. is extending its support for Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Solaris operating system to cover more of its x86 servers and blades, the two vendors announced.
  • The upgrade you never want to do

    Posted August 16, 2007 - 2:44 pm

    Forrester Research has published an informal follow-up to an earlier study it conducted in May that showed limited adoption of Microsoft's latest operating system among big businesses. It's not that everyone was saying no, but 31 percent were putting it off for a few months and another 53 percent scheduling it sometime within the next two years. After checking in with 45 of those IT managers this summer, however, most of them are now waiting for Service Pack 1, which won't come out until early 2008.
  • SCO to partners, customers: It's business as usual

    Posted August 16, 2007 - 2:08 pm

    If The SCO Group Inc.'s future looks grim, CEO and President Darl McBride apparently hasn't gotten the memo. In a letter to partners and customers filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday, McBride said SCO is still committed to doing business as usual even after the company was dealt a crushing blow in its ongoing litigation over Unix copyrights.
  • Sun, IBM ink OS agreement

    Posted August 16, 2007 - 9:39 am

    Longtime rivals IBM Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc. have signed an agreement related to operating systems technologies, the two companies said Wednesday.
  • Windows Tip: Beyond the run box

    Posted August 13, 2007 - 5:09 pm

    I like to use the keyboard as much as possible and avoid using the mouse, but if I use my Run box for so many different purposes, my RunMRU key fills up with too many saved entries for me to make useful use of this feature. My main priority is for frequently-used UNC paths to be easily accessible from the Run box, so it would be nice if there was an alternative way for me to easily open Web site URLs by simply typing them.
  • SpikeSource CEO: Linux all grown up

    Posted August 13, 2007 - 10:40 am

    The recently concluded LinuxWorld Conference & Expo looked like any other big tech industry conference as the logos of HP, Intel, Dell, IBM and other big names filled the exhibit hall at San Francisco's Moscone Center. That's a change from LinuxWorld shows of a decade ago, when open source was a renegade, even subversive, concept. In this interview, Kim Polese, CEO of SpikeSource, talks about the open-source movement and new products SpikeSource introduced at LinuxWorld.
  • Windows Tip: Annotating web content

    Posted August 10, 2007 - 3:12 pm

    Now it's easy to annotate a Word doc with Ink, but what if I need to annotate a Web page? For example, say there's a long Microsoft Knowledge Base article I need to read through and annotate -- how I can I annotate a Web page? I've been doing it the hard way until I discovered this trick.
  • How to sneak Linux into your office

    Posted August 9, 2007 - 2:52 pm

    Now that Dell and Lenovo are running the distribution on some of its machines, and Novell is promoting a desktop version of Suse, the stage is set for a serious change in expectations. I'm actually beginning to picture a day when users start to ask their IT departments why they can't run Ubuntu Linux at work, the way they do at home.
  • LINUXWORLD: Dell offers virtual path to Linux on desktop

    Posted August 8, 2007 - 5:14 pm

    Dell Inc. hopes to push the open source Linux operating system into the corporate desktop environment using virtualization so alternative Linux operating systems can more easily be run alongside Windows systems from Microsoft Corp.
  • LINUXWORLD: Oracle opens up latest Linux enhancements

    Posted August 8, 2007 - 3:34 pm

    Oracle Corp. is busy at LinuxWorld, Wednesday opening up its latest work with the Linux community to improve the enterprise capabilities of the open-source operating system.
  • Vista, wireless kept off core Olympic IT roster

    Posted August 8, 2007 - 1:30 pm

    Microsoft Corp.'s newest OS, Vista, has been relegated to waterboy status at the 2008 Olympic Games, while wireless networking won't even play a supporting role in Beijing.
  • Microsoft releases service-pack previews for Vista, XP

    Posted August 7, 2007 - 5:19 pm

    Microsoft Corp. has quietly released pre-beta code to two forthcoming Windows service packs to testers in the past week, but the company continues to remain vague about when the final code for Windows XP Service Pack 3 and Windows Vista SP1 will make it to end users.
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