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  • 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.
  • Windows Vista SP1's error-filled saga

    Posted February 25, 2008 - 2:57 pm

    The latest turn of events in Vista SP1's rocky ride to market -- and to be sure, this journey changes course daily -- has Microsoft recommending workarounds for rebooting issues caused by a recent Windows Vista update that was meant to prepare systems for SP1 -- which is supposed to happen in mid-March.
  • The Vista reviews are in, and they're about as pretty as the BSOD

    Posted February 5, 2007 - 12:30 pm

    A Microsoft devotee -- in fact, a self-described "Microsoft apologist" -- couldn't wait to get her hands on Vista. She writes that over the course of her 20-year love afair with Microsoft products she "insisted that MS-DOS wasn't hard to use (once you got used to it), that Windows 3.1 was the greatest innovation in desktop operating systems, that Word was in fact superior to WordPerfect, and that Windows XP was, quite simply, 'it.'"
  • Windows Tip: File and print sharing in Windows Vista

    Posted May 26, 2006 - 11:29 am

    This article examines how users can set up some share points of their own in Windows Vista.
  • Windows Media Center to go mainstream in Vista

    Posted January 10, 2006 - 11:20 am

    Windows XP Media Center Edition OS may not yet be the standard home entertainment hub that Microsoft hopes it will be, but analysts said that could all change once the company releases the next consumer client version of the Windows OS later this year.
  • Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 RC2

    Posted March 11, 2005 - 3:59 pm

    Microsoft Releases Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 RC2, offering a breadth of new enhancements.
  • Managing MS security patches

    Posted November 12, 2004 - 10:13 am

    Managing the influx of Microsoft security patches has become 'business as usual' work for most IT departments.
  • Windows Server 2003 - Automated Deployment Services

    Posted October 29, 2004 - 8:08 pm

    An introduction to Microsoft Windows Server 2003 - Automated Deployment Services (ADS).
  • Search utility possible solution for Longhorn's missing WinFS

    Posted September 17, 2004 - 1:04 pm

    X1 Search offers the ability to search everything on your system and may be a good stopgap for Longhorn's missing WinFS feature.
  • Books on building Win 2000 intranets

    Posted April 24, 2001 - 10:20 am

    Do you know of any books that will help us build an intranet with Windows 2000 Server? All I can find are books on building intranets with NT 4.0.

  • XP beta testers face incompatibility issue

    Posted April 16, 2001 - 12:50 pm

    Need for fix revealed when unauthorized beta installations cause outages at Xerox
  • The future of Windows

    Posted March 19, 2001 - 1:38 pm

    Will Microsoft conquer the corporate world with its new recipe for an enterprise application architecture? The answer depends on whether or not .Net is capable of competing with Java.
  • Rolling out Active Directory in an NT 4 domain environment

    Posted March 14, 2001 - 10:58 am

    Are you putting off that upgrade to Windows 2000 because you dread having to design an Active Directory structure to be migrated to from your far-flung NT 4 domain structure?
  • Use Windows 2000 on the desktop

    Posted March 8, 2001 - 5:46 pm

    For those of you who watched my recent appearance on John Gallant's 'Networked World,' rest assured that I do not advocate replacing NetWare with Windows 2000.
  • XP Aimed at Consumers

    Posted March 8, 2001 - 5:08 pm

    Although Windows XP will be a factor for IT, its owner is looking at consumers to buy it.
  • Microsoft ditches ClubWin

    Posted March 1, 2001 - 12:13 pm

    With the launch of Windows 95 a little more than five years ago, Microsoft assembled a group of beta testers into an organization called ClubWin, to evangelize the new operating system and act as volunteer support staff for the millions of users expected to flock to the 32-bit standard desktop system.
  • The year ahead

    Posted March 1, 2001 - 12:10 pm

    In the last two newsletters we looked back at how Windows networking and Microsoft fared during the year 2000. In this newsletter we'll look ahead and try to anticipate what the big stories of 2001 will be.
  • Windows XP not for businesses

    Posted March 1, 2001 - 10:45 am

    Everything I've seen and read about Windows XP leads me to one conclusion -- this is not for the office, either on the desktop or in the server room.
  • Betting on Win 2k

    Posted February 26, 2001 - 5:53 pm

    When FreeMarkets Inc.'s online exchange business surged, its IT infrastructure ran out of gas. Can its new system, based on Windows 2000 Datacenter Server and SQL Server 2000, deliver the level of uptime and scalability required?
  • Windows XP may not be what you thought

    Posted February 26, 2001 - 3:57 pm

    Windows XP, the Windows eXPerience (I thought that was what the "blue screen" was) will be coming soon to a retailer near you. Hopefully, though, it won
  • Big push to Win 2k expected in '01

    Posted February 21, 2001 - 2:15 pm

    Microsoft Corp. last week officially unveiled a new Windows operating system, but the majority of corporate users won't finish or even start the lengthy and complex adoption of the last one, Windows 2000, until later this year.
  • Windows 2000 at one year

    Posted February 21, 2001 - 1:36 pm

    On the operating system's first anniversary, IT managers agree that Microsoft has delivered on its long-overdue promise of reliability. After a year of tire-kicking, many IT managers are finally ready to begin production rollouts.
  • Windows in the Heart Of the Data Center

    Posted February 16, 2001 - 2:34 pm

    Microsoft's Datacenter Server enterprise operating system includes features that the vendor says make it worthy of hosting enterprise applications. But is Datacenter really ready for prime time? Computerworld spoke with Microsoft's Peter Conway to discuss the substance behind the specs.

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