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  • Desktop discussions redux

    Posted May 2, 2005 - 9:49 am

    In a bizarre display of desktop one-upmanship against Apple, Microsoft herded some Longhorn news off the development ranch for their partners and programmers. Details are a mile wide but only an inch deep, as the goal of WinHEC seemed to be more about Longhorn headlines than Longhorn details. Only the most blatant Microsoftie claims Longhorn will see the light of day before 2007, but that didn't stop Bill and Company from trumpeting pseudo-details at high decibels.
  • Microsoft Data Protection Manager, part 2

    Posted April 29, 2005 - 3:34 pm

    Microsoft Data Protection Manager (DPM) is a software-based solution that can help with your disk-to-disk-to-tape backup needs.
  • China's biggest bank makes switch to Linux

    Posted April 29, 2005 - 9:27 am

    China's biggest bank plans to deploy Linux on servers across its network of 20,000 national branches in a project that may be the biggest Linux deployment yet seen in China, according to an executive involved with the deal.
  • Longhorn organizes against Google

    Posted April 29, 2005 - 9:24 am

    Microsoft Corp. may have a keen interest in search, but its next-generation Windows operating system looks to be more of a threat to super-organized executive assistants than to Google Inc.
  • Can Longhorn improve laptops?

    Posted April 28, 2005 - 9:02 am

    The Longhorn operating system will help improve notebook PC performance by extending battery life through power-reduction features, enabling central management of laptop settings through a "mobility center" feature, and easing data input through touchscreen capabilities, says Bill Mitchell, head of Microsoft's mobile PC group.
  • Longhorn will run on some older PCs too

    Posted April 28, 2005 - 9:01 am

    The new version of Windows, code-named Longhorn, will require new, souped-up PCs to operate as intended, but a Microsoft developer has revealed that the OS will function on older machines, as well; it will just look and feel distinctly different than on new-generation PCs.
  • WINHEC: Longhorn to support touch screens

    Posted April 27, 2005 - 10:00 am

    Microsoft Corp. plans to include touch screen functionality as a feature of the operating system in the next version of Windows, code-named Longhorn, the company said Tuesday.
  • Longhorn Repudiates All That Came Before; 15 Years After Windows 3.0

    Posted April 27, 2005 - 8:58 am

    Microsoft may be lousy when it comes to building secure software, but it's world-class when it comes to badmouthing products --- especially its own. And here we go again.
  • WINHEC: Microsoft slams XP in call for Longhorn support

    Posted April 26, 2005 - 5:06 pm

    Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday badmouthed its own work on networking and hardware support in Windows XP in order to sell hardware makers on new technologies it has planned for Longhorn, the next version of Windows due late next year.
  • Novell details next release of Open Enterprise Server

    Posted April 26, 2005 - 10:03 am

    Just one month after shipping its merged Linux/NetWare operating system, called Open Enterprise Server (OES), Novell Inc. is now planning a major update to the product, scheduled to be released by the first half of 2007.
  • WINHEC: 64-bit stop on the road to Longhorn

    Posted April 25, 2005 - 9:58 am

    Microsoft Corp. on Monday will ring in what it calls the third decade of Windows with the launch of 64-bit versions of the operating system (OS) for desktop computers and servers.
  • Microsoft Data Protection Manager (DPM)

    Posted April 22, 2005 - 11:17 am

    This week I want to introduce you to Microsoft Data Protection Manager 2006, which was released into public beta earlier this month.
  • Public Windows Server 2003 R2 beta set for next week

    Posted April 22, 2005 - 9:23 am

    Microsoft Corp. next week plans to publicly release the second beta test version of Windows Server 2003 R2, an update to Windows Server that the company expects to ship in the fourth quarter of this year.
  • Review: Linspire 5.0 - Linux made easy

    Posted April 21, 2005 - 4:02 pm

    Linspire started its life as Lindows and aimed to be an easy-to-use Windows clone that could easily steal users away from Redmond. Legal tussles led to the change of name - and now it seems that distro is drawing its inspiration from Mac OS X as much as from Windows.
  • Red Hat, MySQL partner on clustering

    Posted April 21, 2005 - 3:55 pm

    MySQL envisions a world where database users can scale up painlessly by adding commodity hardware into a cluster. It's teamed up with Red hat to make that vision a reality.
  • Still no clear case for Linux desktop

    Posted April 21, 2005 - 10:04 am

    Linux is ready for the desktop but enterprises aren't quite ready for Linux, some industry insiders say.
  • Top 5 benefits of Windows Server Update Services

    Posted April 15, 2005 - 1:39 pm

    Managing all of the updates that Microsoft constantly releases for its products can be a daunting task. With Windows Server Update Services, you can now take control of your system updates?
  • Popularity of non-commercial Linux distributions on the rise

    Posted April 15, 2005 - 11:49 am

    Commercial Linux companies like Red Hat and SuSE get much of the press when it comes to the open source operating system. But a recent report from Evans Data indicates that non-commercial, community-based distros, like Debian and Gentoo, are more popular among developers.
  • Microsoft more open about Longhorn features

    Posted April 15, 2005 - 8:59 am

    As Microsoft Corp. approaches a major milestone in the development of Longhorn, company executives are talking more about the features of the Windows XP successor, which they say will be easier to use, more secure and less costly to manage than earlier versions of Windows.
  • Munich chooses two local Linux suppliers

    Posted April 15, 2005 - 8:28 am

    The City of Munich has selected two local German software companies to equip all 14,000 computers in its public administration with Linux and other open source office applications.
  • Red Hat updates to support dual-core processors

    Posted April 14, 2005 - 12:00 pm

    Quickly on the heels of dual-core processors released by Intel and AMD, Red Hat has released updates to its enterprise Linux distro supporting the new hardware.
  • Taiwanese chip makers step up Linux support

    Posted April 14, 2005 - 9:55 am

    Two Taiwanese makers of graphics chips stepped up their support for Linux-based PCs this week by releasing the source code for some of their drivers to the open source community.
  • Service Pack 2 Day of Reckoning Is Upon Us

    Posted April 13, 2005 - 8:24 am

    Well, it's true. Microsoft put it rather succinctly: "The 'blocker' mechanism that temporarily disabled the delivery of Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) through Windows Update and Automatic Updates has expired and is no longer available."
  • Windows XP SP2 blocking tool expires

    Posted April 12, 2005 - 7:57 am

    A special tool that blocks the download of Service Pack 2 (SP2) on Windows XP PCs expires today, ending the last SP2 respite for users who rely on the Automatic Updates feature in Windows to keep their systems up to date.
  • Novell and Wincor Nixdorf partner on Linux POS systems

    Posted April 11, 2005 - 10:08 am

    Wincor Nixdorf AG, a supplier of IT systems for the banking and retail sectors, will install the open source Linux operating system in its check-out systems under an agreement announced Monday with Novell Inc.
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