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  • Microsoft runs cannibalization risk with low-end server push

    Posted April 30, 2009 - 9:31 am

    Microsoft runs the risk of cannibalizing some server sales with the release of Windows Server 2008 Foundation Edition, a low-end version of the server operating system that will ship installed on servers that cost as little as $500.
  • Microsoft asks for oral hearing in latest EU antitrust case

    Posted April 29, 2009 - 4:41 pm

    Microsoft has asked the European Commission for an oral hearing with the regulator in order to defend itself against antitrust charges that it is illegally tying its Internet browser to the Windows operating system.
  • Microsoft infrastructure stack takes to the clouds

    Posted April 29, 2009 - 4:27 pm

    Six months after launching its Azure cloud OS, Microsoft is using the same cloud terminology to describe its stack of data center infrastructure software.
  • Microsoft: No Vista SP2 for you yet

    Posted April 29, 2009 - 2:41 pm

    Microsoft Corp. Tuesday announced it had wrapped up work on Windows Vista Service Pack 2, but said it could be months before users get their hands on the upgrade to the problem-plagued operating system.
  • Vista tip: Delete the Contents of a Folder Without Even Opening It

    Posted April 29, 2009 - 11:08 am

    Monday you learned how to turn a folder into a "favorite" for quick and easy access. Okay, but what if you want a quick and easy way to clear out a folder while leaving the folder itself intact?
  • Eight Reasons Your Next Computer Should Be a PC

    Posted April 28, 2009 - 9:35 pm

    Here's my list of the eight most compelling reasons to buy a Windows machine. I've ranked them in order of importance as I see it. But as always with anything relating to technology, your priorities are almost certainly at least somewhat different than mine.
  • Microsoft targets Windows, Linux management

    Posted April 28, 2009 - 5:17 pm

    Microsoft Tuesday opened its annual management confab saying it would ship the next version of Operations Manager by the end of June and laying out its efforts to manage data centers and virtualized environments.
  • Review

    Windows 7 RC1 adds speed, UI improvements

    Posted April 28, 2009 - 4:32 pm

    Windows 7 Release Candidate 1 (RC1), prematurely available on BitTorrent file-sharing sites and due to be more widely available on May 5, is a polished piece of work, ready for prime time. This hotly anticipated version arrives with a variety of nifty new changes to the interface and some important refinements under the hood.
  • BitLocker, TPM won't defend all PCs against VBootkit 2.0

    Posted April 28, 2009 - 3:30 pm

    TPM and BitLocker can protect Windows 7 computers against a bootkit attack unveiled last week but these technologies won't be available on many computers.
  • Turn Vista Folders Into Fast-Access 'Favorites'

    Posted April 28, 2009 - 9:58 am

    If you're anything like me, you routinely access the same handful of folders: one containing your family photos, another with work documents, a third with MP3s, and so on. Of course, it's not uncommon for those well-worn folders to be scattered across your hard drive, which makes finding them a slow and inconvenient process. Enter "favorites," Vista's way of putting designated folders at your fingertips. Here's how to create one:
  • Windows 7's virtual 'XP mode' could mean support nightmares

    Posted April 27, 2009 - 8:33 pm

    Microsoft Corp.'s decision to give some Windows 7 users a tool to run Windows XP applications in a virtual machine may have been necessary to convince people to upgrade, but it could create support nightmares, analysts said today.
  • Microsoft Is Doing Something Half Right

    Posted April 27, 2009 - 1:42 pm

  • Windows 7 gets virtual 'XP mode'

    Posted April 27, 2009 - 11:30 am

    Microsoft Corp. will unveil an add-on to Windows 7 that lets users run applications designed for Windows XP in a virtual machine, the company confirmed Friday -- the first time Microsoft has relied on virtualization to provide backward compatibility.
  • Microsoft sets May 5 date for Windows 7 RC public release

    Posted April 27, 2009 - 11:27 am

    Microsoft Corp. confirmed Friday that it will make Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) available to the general public on May 5, a date that had leaked last weekend when a company site briefly published details about the upcoming milestone.
  • 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.
  • Developers to get Windows 7 RC next week

    Posted April 25, 2009 - 8:40 pm

    Some Microsoft developers will be able to download a near-final version of the company's Windows 7 operating system next week, Microsoft said Friday.
  • Leaked Windows 7 Release Candidate hits the Web

    Posted April 24, 2009 - 1:21 pm

    Pirated copies of the Windows 7 Release Candidate have leaked to file-sharing sites, according to several reports on the Internet and searches of BitTorrent trackers.
  • Microsoft's Windows, Office profits slip again

    Posted April 24, 2009 - 11:00 am

    Microsoft Corp.'s profits from its Windows operating system fell for the third quarter in the row, the company reported on Thursday, while profits from its Office productivity suite fell for the second straight quarter.
  • Netbooks hammer Windows revenues for second straight quarter

    Posted April 24, 2009 - 10:58 am

    Netbooks, the small, cheap laptops that are gaining popularity, hurt Microsoft Corp.'s Windows revenues for the second quarter in a row, company executives said Thursday.
  • Review

    Running Windows 7 on a netbook

    Posted April 24, 2009 - 10:45 am

    Microsoft has said that any version of Windows 7 will run on a netbook. We try it with Windows 7 Ultimate.
  • Windows bugs never really die

    Posted April 24, 2009 - 10:06 am

    Hackers can successfully attack Windows PCs months -- even years -- after Microsoft Corp. fixes a flaw, a security expert said Thursday, because there's always a pool of unpatched systems.
  • Rigged Word docs exploit 2008 bug, say researchers

    Posted April 23, 2009 - 1:45 pm

    Attackers, probably based in China, are exploiting a December bug in Microsoft Word to hijack Windows PCs, Vietnamese security researchers warned Thursday.
  • Researchers show how to take control of Windows 7

    Posted April 23, 2009 - 9:44 am

    Researchers demonstrated how to take control of computers running Microsoft's upcoming Windows 7 operating system at the Hack In The Box Security Conference in Dubai.
  • Don't worry, Microsoft. 2009 won't be the year of the Linux desktop... nor will 2010, 2011, etc.

    Posted April 22, 2009 - 9:30 pm

    For years, pundits have written about the demise of Windows and the rise of Linux on the desktop. For years, Windows has avoided being pounded into oblivion by the open source movement. Although Windows has lost a little market share in recent years, it's far from a has-been and, I predict, will continue to dominate for years to come... I also predict that Linux at the desktop level will not gain the major traction that many would like to see.
  • Is Windows 7 for Netbooks a Non-Starter?

    Posted April 20, 2009 - 5:22 pm

    Microsoft plans to offer a low powered OS, called Starter, as a viable competitor in the netbook market, while also giving netbook customers the option to upgrade to a complete version of Windows 7 if they want to.
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