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  • Windows 7 Release: What Happens Between Now and Oct. 22

    Posted June 3, 2009 - 2:26 pm

    There are still plenty of things that will take place between now and October 22, when Microsoft releases Windows 7. Here's the breakdown of some key events and revelations leading up to the release.
  • Windows 7: Why I'm in No Rush to Adopt

    Posted June 1, 2009 - 9:20 am

    Aron Smetana, CIO of California-based mortgage lender Paul Financial, sums up in one sentence Microsoft's challenge as it prepares Windows 7 for enterprise adoption. "Microsoft has lost a lot of trust and no one wants to take any chances on a buggy or difficult-to-adopt operating system."
  • Windows 7: Why I'm Rolling It Out Early

    Posted May 26, 2009 - 9:14 am

    Despite the positive reception of Windows 7 thus far, many businesses still plan to ride out Windows XP as the economy slowly improves. But early adopters of Windows 7 are out there, eagerly planning to utilize the user interface enhancements and the "under the hood" networking features such as DirectAccess and BranchCache.
  • Windows 7 fire drill

    Posted May 22, 2009 - 10:09 am

    What really happens when Microsoft tests Windows 7 updates.

  • Will Windows 7 Really Run on a Netbook?

    Posted May 11, 2009 - 10:23 am

    After using the Windows 7 beta on a netbook for a few weeks, it appears that it is a workable OS for netbooks.
  • Five Windows 7 Features IT Must Prep For Now

    Posted April 27, 2009 - 10:53 am

    A recent Forrester report reiterates previous warnings about the perils of skipping Vista, but it is one of the first reports to highlight specific features within Windows 7. Here are the top five Windows 7 features that Forrester says IT managers need to understand now.
  • A Windows guru spends two weeks with a Mac

    Posted April 16, 2009 - 2:18 pm

    Windows expert Preston Gralla was challenged to work with Apple's MacBook Air for two weeks. Will he ever go back to a PC?
  • Windows Geeks Warm to Macs

    Posted March 30, 2009 - 11:37 am

    At Simply RFiD, a half-dozen software developers yearned for Macs at work. They liked the power and reliability of the Apple machines. Oddly, Simply RFiD made the switch to Mac Pros for its developers to write code for Windows computers.
  • Timeline: 40 years of OS milestones

    Posted March 25, 2009 - 4:09 pm

    Happy birthday, 40th birthday Unix -- you're looking great for your age. With your birth as our starting point, then, let's look at the biggest desktop OS milestones of the past 40 years.
  • Past was guide for changes to Windows development

    Posted March 9, 2009 - 8:26 pm

    About a year ago on its Redmond, Washington, campus, a member of Microsoft's Windows Vista team met with a group of journalists to face some tough questions about the OS.
  • The Windows-versus-Linux server face-off

    Posted February 25, 2009 - 10:44 am

    Gartner research published this month found the server OS market shaping up as a battle between Windows Server and Linux.
  • Five Ways to Curb Windows Upgrade Confusion

    Posted February 17, 2009 - 2:37 pm

    IT managers are facing a perfect storm of Windows upgrade options. Here are five points that enterprises must consider when making a Windows upgrade.
  • Hands-on video guide to Windows 7

    Posted January 21, 2009 - 11:21 am

    Curious about what's new and different in Windows 7 but not willing to risk your PC by installing a beta OS? Here are 10 video tours of Windows 7, explaining what's added, removed, and changed in areas that business users and IT care about.
  • Windows 7 on Netbooks: Does Linux Stand a Chance?

    Posted January 20, 2009 - 12:27 pm

    Possibly Microsoft's most important strategic goal for Windows 7, in addition to redeeming the brand damage done by Windows Vista, is to dominate netbooks, now the fastest selling segment of the PC market.
  • The Big Windows 7 Problem: XP Holdouts

    Posted January 20, 2009 - 11:53 am

    Microsoft hopes that the release of Windows 7 will solve problems ranging from desktop clutter to what Vista did to Microsoft's public reputation. But the toughest challenge may be to win over the group of people that arguably represent the software giant's biggest obstacle to success: Windows XP users.
  • Windows 7 Beta: Your Complete Resource Center to the OS

    Posted January 12, 2009 - 11:59 am

    Microsoft Windows 7 beta is now available for public download. Here's all the information you need to understand what's different with the Windows 7 beta and decide whether it's the right option for you.
  • The Top 10 stories of 2008: Not business as usual

    Posted December 14, 2008 - 4:06 pm

    What started out as a banking crisis became, in 2008, a story for everyone: retailers, consumers, auto workers -- and tech professionals. Though it wasn't business as usual, some big mergers -- like HP buying EDS -- were executed. Long-awaited products like the Android-based G1 "Google phone" were launched. Standards wars involving file formats like OOXML and hardware technology like Blu-Ray concluded. The battle against spam purveyors like McColo went on ... and on. Microsoft, moving into middle age and struggling to gain ascendance on the Web, was involved in many of the biggest stories of the year. The most influential entrepreneur of our time, Bill Gates, moved on to focus on philanthropy. Here, not necessarily in order of importance, is our pick for the top 10 technology stories of the year.
  • Windows 7 Taskbar: Most Interesting Part of New OS?

    Posted December 2, 2008 - 10:49 am

    More taskbar details emerged late last week on Microsoft's Engineering Windows 7 blog. Despite some criticism that the Windows 7 taskbar looks too visually similar to the Mac OS X dock, Microsoft does seem to be trying to break new ground with the look, feel and functionality of the Windows 7 taskbar.
  • Why I didn't skip Microsoft Vista: Security

    Posted November 24, 2008 - 4:00 pm

    It's been a hard road for Vista, but even though negative perceptions have followed the OS since its release, IT professionals who have upgraded or are upgrading to Vista point to the OS's security as a major plus as compared to Windows XP.
  • Windows 7: The Five Most Talked-About Features

    Posted November 24, 2008 - 10:49 am

    Certain interface features in Windows 7, the successor to Windows Vista, have been mostly applauded by experts who have tested the pre-beta. Which features are the most interesting and controversial? Here are five that deserve your attention.
  • Why I'm Skipping Windows Vista: IT Speaks Out

    Posted November 7, 2008 - 3:07 pm

    Despite warnings to businesses about the dangers of skipping Windows Vista, many IT managers and CIOs are willing to take the risk.
  • Economy, more than Apple, leads to Windows laptop price drops

    Posted October 27, 2008 - 2:55 pm

    The dream of an $800 Mac notebook has been deferred. So what are Windows manufacturers going to do about it? Industry watchers predict they will keep cutting prices, but Apple is only part of the reason.
  • Five reasons why skipping Windows Vista could backfire

    Posted October 27, 2008 - 10:16 am

    As organizations weigh what to do with Windows XP OS upgrades, the thought of leapfrogging the much-maligned Vista often comes to mind. But bypassing Vista and migrating directly from XP to the next release, Windows 7, could be a dicey proposition.
  • Microsoft sets the stage for Windows 7

    Posted October 27, 2008 - 10:11 am

    As users continue to grouse about Windows Vista nearly two years after its introduction, Microsoft appears relieved to turn its public focus on the next release of its flagship operating system: Windows 7.
  • Worst Windows flaws of the past decade

    Posted October 6, 2008 - 3:53 pm

    Though Microsoft and the entire software industry have labored tirelessly to handle zero-day exploits and to develop protocols for reporting potential security problems, we've seen and experienced several colossal security meltdowns thanks to the humble Windows bug. These errors, buried in millions of lines of code, have steered great corporations and turned the tide of fortunes. It's high time they got the credit they deserve. Here are the worst Windows flaws we've endured since the introduction of Windows 98.
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