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  • Cloud Computing on Linux Has Microsoft Blogging

    Posted March 27, 2009 - 8:52 am

    The Cloud Manifesto, a collaborative document prepared jointly by Amazon, Google, IBM and others has apparently upset Microsoft.
  • Judge could cripple Vista Capable lawsuit next week

    Posted March 26, 2009 - 5:05 pm

    U.S. District Court Judge Marsha Pechman may issue a critical ruling in the two-year Vista Capable lawsuit as early as next week.
  • Microsoft slates May date for Windows 7 RC download

    Posted March 26, 2009 - 2:23 pm

    Microsoft will issue a public release candidate of Windows 7 in May, according to the company's Web site.
  • New ransomware holds Windows files hostage, demands $50

    Posted March 26, 2009 - 11:44 am

    Cybercrooks have hit on a new twist to their aggressive marketing of fake security software, and are duping users into downloading a file utility that holds users' data for ransom, security researchers warned Wednesday.
  • Microsoft updates WGA to find counterfeit Windows XP Pro

    Posted March 25, 2009 - 5:08 pm

    Microsoft Corp., tacitly acknowledging the continued popularity of Windows XP, said Tuesday it was updating the operating system's anti-piracy technology to detect illegal copies installed with newly-stolen or faked product keys, or with new activation cracks.
  • 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.
  • Review

    3 disk-cleaning apps declutter your PC's hard drive

    Posted March 24, 2009 - 4:18 pm

    It's no secret that computers slow down with age: Disks fill up with the detritus of use, browsers retain old images and cookies, and Windows itself scatters files in diverse places. Sure, there's a disk defragmenter and a disk cleanup utility built into Windows and your browser will clear out old Internet files. But to use these functions, you have to know that they exist, and you have to make the time to perform each task when you think it's needed. A more convenient solution is to use a package that does much of the thinking for you.
  • Restore the 'Run' Command to Vista's Start Menu

    Posted March 23, 2009 - 2:01 pm

  • Review

    Top 10 tiny, and awesome Windows utilities

    Posted March 23, 2009 - 12:43 pm

    It's the little things that make a Windows system great - like utilities that use less than 10MB of memory to make life easier. Here's a list of 10 from Lifehacker.
  • Microsoft proud of its first 'post-Gates' OS, Ballmer says

    Posted March 19, 2009 - 8:46 pm

    Windows 7 is the first Microsoft OS developed free from the watchful eye and input of Bill Gates, and company leaders had to make adjustments to develop it.
  • Judge denies judgment in Microsoft Vista Capable suit

    Posted March 19, 2009 - 3:39 pm

    A U.S. judge denied a request for judgment in the Microsoft Vista Capable suit, instead sending the case along to trial.
  • nCircle researcher: Microsoft patch leaves users vulnerable

    Posted March 16, 2009 - 8:27 pm

    One of the patches Microsoft Corp. issued last week is nothing of the sort, according to a researcher who Monday accused Microsoft of making functionality a higher priority than security.
  • Report: Microsoft plans Windows 7 release candidate for May

    Posted March 16, 2009 - 4:06 pm

    Microsoft will deliver a release candidate of Windows 7 to the public in late May, according to a report from a noted Windows Web site.
  • In Microsoft's Windows 7, IE On-Off Option a Win for Users

    Posted March 16, 2009 - 10:48 am

    Leaked post-beta versions of Windows 7 and watchful bloggers let an interesting cat out of the bag: Microsoft is allowing users to remove Internet Explorer 8 and other applications from Windows 7.
  • Survey: IT Managers Face Mac-Windows Challenges

    Posted March 16, 2009 - 10:22 am

    Bringing OS X into a Windows environment isn't easy. The top three issues of importance: Active Directory integration, client management for inventory, patches and compliance, and file sharing across operating systems.
  • New Windows 7 build leaks to Web, may be RC

    Posted March 14, 2009 - 8:28 pm

    A Windows 7 build that may be the first release candidate has leaked to the Internet, according to several file-sharing sites.
  • Microsoft disputes attempt to reinstate class in Vista suit

    Posted March 14, 2009 - 8:08 pm

    Microsoft is disputing an attempt to reinstate class-action status to an ongoing lawsuit against its Windows Vista Capable sticker program.
  • 3 reasons Microsoft shouldn't port Windows to ARM processor

    Posted March 13, 2009 - 3:54 pm

    Microsoft is facing increasing pressure to bring its mainstream Windows operating system to the ARM mobile CPU. But analysts say the company should take a different route.
  • Symantec Show Wrapup

    Posted March 13, 2009 - 12:32 pm

    Now that I'm back from Las Vegas to a last-gasp March cold snap in Texas, it's time to wrap up my days at the last ever ManageFusion, the Altiris user group conference. Next year, ManageFusion and the Altiris products will be part of the Symantec Vision conference. Let's hope the high energy level and enthusiasm of ManageFusion carries over to the combined events. A keynote with a live band onstage tells you right away this is no boring PowerPoint overloaded snoozefest with suited VPs droning on.
  • Windows 7: A chance for IT to be the heroes

    Posted March 12, 2009 - 8:42 pm

    Windows 7 is likely to go Gold Master later this spring, giving IT departments an unprecedented opportunity. By skipping Vista altogether, they can use the interim to get their houses in order in preparation for Windows 7. They'd be IT heroes who were smart enough to skip a costly Vista migration while they could still get life out of XP.
  • Hardware makers get ready for Windows 7

    Posted March 12, 2009 - 8:31 pm

    New laptop and desktop designs are on tap as PC and hardware makers start tweaking components to take advantage of Windows 7.
  • Microsoft patches first critical bug in Windows 7 beta

    Posted March 11, 2009 - 4:28 pm

    Microsoft patched the first critical vulnerability in Windows 7 as it rolled out an update that fixes three flaws in the new operating system's kernel.
  • Looks or brains -- Windows 7 and Apple's Snow Leopard

    Posted March 11, 2009 - 8:44 am

    As Microsoft is busy prepping Windows 7 -- and making a splash, as it did in January by releasing a public beta -- Apple is quietly developing Mac OS X 10.6, a.k.a. Snow Leopard. Like Windows 7, Snow Leopard will be more about refinement -- and less about revolution.
  • Microsoft patches Windows DNS, kernel flaws

    Posted March 10, 2009 - 3:46 pm

    Microsoft has released software patches fixing a handful of critical bugs in the Windows kernel, as well as flaws in the Windows Directory Name System and SChannel security software.
  • App-compatibility toolkit for Windows 7 due in April

    Posted March 10, 2009 - 2:43 pm

    Microsoft next month plans to release a toolkit to help business customers begin testing their existing applications for compatibility with Windows 7.
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