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  • The Vista budget vacuum

    Posted October 4, 2006 - 3:02 pm

    Strange times indeed when the stock market analysts hope a new Microsoft operating system will counteract the declining housing market, but that's the hope of some for next fall. If your company plans to play the Vista game, start cooking your books now. I estimate each Vista user will cost your company between $3,250 and $5,000. That's each and every Vista user. Money will go to Microsoft for Vista and Office 2007, to hardware vendors for new PCs and components, and possibly a few bucks to Apple for those users jumping to a Mac. After all, if Apple's higher cost has been the factor keeping your company from trying a Mac, that factor just washed away.
  • Windows Vista, Longhorn to get new antipiracy measures

    Posted October 4, 2006 - 10:36 am

    With the upcoming Windows Vista and Windows Longhorn Server operating systems, Microsoft will introduce the Microsoft Software Protection Platform, a collection of technologies that aims to do better at detecting pirated versions of Windows, and will also force unauthorized versions of its software into a limited-functionality mode, encouraging users to obtain a legal copy.
  • 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.
  • Red Flag Linux may be next on IBM's agenda

    Posted September 22, 2006 - 11:24 am

    The next Linux distribution that IBM Corp. throws its weight behind is likely to be China's Red Flag Linux, suggesting that for businesses elsewhere in the world the Linux market will remain a two-horse race for the time being.
  • Blog Insights: What OS does your cell phone use?

    Posted September 21, 2006 - 4:39 pm

    I've never really thought about the operating system that runs mobile phones, and I would guess that most other people, even the ones that have more modern mobiles, also don't think about it. That's because unlike computers, where you actually have to install and launch programs, mobile phones come pre-programmed. The operating system is less visible. There has been some exciting news lately about mobile Linux platforms, and how they could change the very nature of mobile phones - but the short answer to the title of this article is, most people don't know, and don't care.
  • 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.
  • Munich begins Linux replacement of Windows

    Posted September 21, 2006 - 8:48 am

    Munich has begun its migration to Linux on the desktop, a year later than planned and nearly three years since the city announced its move to open source software.
  • 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.
  • Red Hat users invited to test RHEL 5

    Posted September 12, 2006 - 12:02 pm

    Red Hat Inc. has pushed out the first public beta of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, an upgrade to its operating system that includes virtualization technologies intended to help companies get more use from their hardware.
  • Windows will beat Linux threat, say academics

    Posted September 12, 2006 - 10:40 am

    Major customers such as governments and large corporations are critical if Linux is ever to knock out the Windows monopoly, according to an upcoming economic study authored by two Harvard faculty members.
  • 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.
  • DOS lives! Open source reinvents past

    Posted September 5, 2006 - 10:31 am

    Twelve years after Microsoft announced it would stop development of DOS, an open source replacement -- FreeDOS -- has hit its 1.0 release.
  • 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.
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