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  • Trade group: Stripping IE from Windows harms ISVs

    Posted May 25, 2009 - 8:06 pm

    The European Commission claims it is acting in the interests of consumers in pursuing an antitrust ruling against Microsoft for bundling Internet Explorer into the Windows OS, but unbundling them would be a nightmare for independent software developers, said Jonathan Zuck, president of the Association for Competitive Technology (ACT), on Monday.
  • Report: Microsoft sets specs for netbook-only Windows 7

    Posted May 25, 2009 - 9:59 am

    Microsoft will limit sales of some editions of Windows 7 to systems with screens no larger than 10.2 inches running a low-powered single-core processor running no faster than 2GHz, said last week.
  • Microsoft says “Kill Vista Plans”

    Posted May 22, 2009 - 2:34 pm

    I remain fascinated by the advice from Bill Veghte, Microsoft's senior vice president for Windows business, when he included the advice “If you're just starting your testing of Vista, with the [Windows 7] Release Candidate and the quality of that offering, I would switch over and do your testing on the Release Candidate and use that going forward,” during a speech. Yes, that's the quote from ComputerWorld' story “Microsoft, Analysts Tell Companies To Kill Vista Plans.

  • Windows 7 fire drill

    Posted May 22, 2009 - 10:09 am

    What really happens when Microsoft tests Windows 7 updates.

  • Your company's apps incompatible with Windows 7? Shim them, says Microsoft

    Posted May 21, 2009 - 2:10 pm

    Some of the application compatibility problems that plagued Vista users could also strike Windows 7 users, especially corporate workers. One solution is shims, which are to programming what jujitsu is to hand-to-hand combat.
  • Come Say Hello, Physically or Virtually

    Posted May 20, 2009 - 12:19 pm

    I enjoy talking to people working in small and medium businesses, IT and not, whenever possible. Comment fields here are good, but not as good as real conversations. So if you're in the Dallas or Indianapolis areas, or near a computer on May 28th in the early afternoon, we can connect a little more real time than through reply boxes.
  • Windows Server 2008 R2: 3 Key New Features

    Posted May 18, 2009 - 3:31 pm

    As part of an announcement at the TechEd show in Los Angeles, Microsoft said that Windows Server 2008 R2 RC is now available revealed three interesting features.
  • Three Ways to Install Windows 7 on a Netbook

    Posted May 18, 2009 - 2:14 pm

    By now you know that you can download the Windows 7 Release Candidate free of charge. Of course, the traditional method of installing the OS starts with burning the downloaded ISO file to a DVD, which would be fine if your netbook had a DVD drive.
  • Windows 7's market share gains start to slow

    Posted May 15, 2009 - 4:07 pm

    Just over a week after Microsoft handed Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) to the public, the new operating system's market share gains have started to slow, according to data from Web metrics vendor Net Applications.
  • Microsoft, analysts tell companies to kill Vista plans

    Posted May 15, 2009 - 3:54 pm

    The Microsoft executive in charge of Windows urged some companies this week to dump Vista deployment plans and shift to Windows 7
  • Linux vs Windows: The Netbook Question

    Posted May 15, 2009 - 12:32 pm

    Linux is smaller, faster, free, less prone to crashes, and much less likely to get infected with malware, but it also has a learning curve.
  • Is Your PC Ready for Windows 7? This Tool Lets You Know

    Posted May 13, 2009 - 10:22 am

    Microsoft has released the beta version of its Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor, a free utility that tells you if your PC is ready to run Windows 7. It scans your computer, checking internal components, external peripherals, and programs, and alerts you to potential compatibility issues. It also offers upgrade suggestions, such as which drivers to replace, should you make the move to Windows 7.
  • Pirated Windows 7 software part of criminal botnet

    Posted May 12, 2009 - 1:45 pm

    Microsoft Windows 7 pirated versions have been found with hard-to-detect trojans intended for cybercrime purposes, according to a security firm.
  • Microsoft urged to give Vista Ultimate users free Windows 7 upgrades

    Posted May 12, 2009 - 11:13 am

    "I'd like to see a free upgrade [to Windows 7] for Vista Ultimate users," said Michael Cherry, an analyst with Directions on Microsoft. "It would buy them a lot of good will, and I don't think it would cost them much."
  • Review

    Hands on: Windows XP Mode works -- but is it worth the trouble?

    Posted May 12, 2009 - 10:57 am

    Windows 7's much-touted XP Mode will let you run legacy apps, but only if you've got the right hardware and the patience to set it up.
  • Microsoft: Corporate Vista testers should switch to Win 7 RC

    Posted May 12, 2009 - 9:32 am

    Microsoft Monday said users testing Vista should abandon that effort for the Windows 7 RC candidate.
  • Windows 7 by the Holidays: Here is Microsoft's Game Plan

    Posted May 11, 2009 - 9:02 pm

    Windows 7 will be here by the holidays, Microsoft has revealed. And while the date may only be months away, for Microsoft engineers the work is far from finished. Here's a look at what'll happen behind-the-scenes between now and the release date, and what could still change within the Windows 7 software.
  • Microsoft: Windows 7 available in time for holidays

    Posted May 11, 2009 - 1:22 pm

    Microsoft will make Windows 7 available to businesses and consumers in time for the typically busy holiday shopping season in the fourth quarter of the year, according to company officials.
  • 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.
  • Windows 7 RC: Two New Features Worth a Look

    Posted May 11, 2009 - 10:04 am

    Windows 7 RC has two brand-new features that are generating buzz: Remote Media Streaming, which that lets users stream media to PCs outside of the home, and Windows XP Mode, a controversial add-on in Windows 7 that runs Windows XP applications in a virtual machine.
  • Microsoft plans 10 fake 'updates' for Windows 7

    Posted May 9, 2009 - 9:05 pm

    Microsoft plans to test Windows 7's update mechanism by feeding users of the just-issued Release Candidate as many as 10 fake updates in the coming week, the company said Friday.
  • Microsoft releases free beta for Windows 7 upgrade advisor

    Posted May 8, 2009 - 8:32 pm

    Microsoft Corp. on Thursday released the beta of a free app that helps users determine whether their PC is powerful enough to run the upcoming Windows 7 operating system, but it fails to tell users one potentially key thing.
  • Microsoft patches huge Windows 7 RC bug

    Posted May 8, 2009 - 8:28 pm

    Just days after it launched Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC), Microsoft has released a fix for a major flaw that slipped through testing.
  • Windows 7 usage jumps 22% after RC delivery

    Posted May 8, 2009 - 1:16 pm

    Microsoft's delivery of Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) earlier this week boosted use of the new operating system by 22% since Monday, according to data from Web measurement company Net Applications.
  • Security Risks on Your Macintosh

    Posted May 8, 2009 - 11:25 am

    Let's skip the jokes and snide comments about Mac users and the jokes and snide comments they make about Windows machines and security problems. Yes, Windows machines face the vast majority of security issues. However, Mac users should start feeling kinship, not contempt, for security plagued Windows users. And the first step for Mac users is to admit that their Mac has become a hacker target, and hackable as well. Not fun, but there it is.
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