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  • Give Vista a Windows 7 Makeover

    Posted February 5, 2009 - 11:55 am

    Don't feel like waiting until the end of 2009 to make the move to Windows 7? Luckily for you, developers have already started cranking out copycat tweaks for Windows Vista (and, in some cases, XP) so you can trick out your current version of Windows to look and act much like Windows 7.
  • Removing admin rights stymies 92% of Microsoft's bugs

    Posted February 4, 2009 - 11:06 am

    Nine of out 10 critical bugs reported by Microsoft last year could have been made moot, or at least made less dangerous, if people ran Windows without administrative rights, a developer of enterprise rights management software claimed Tuesday.
  • Completely skip Vista and move to Windows 7

    Posted February 4, 2009 - 12:47 am

    Forrester recently declared that Windows Vista has seen less than 10% uptake in the enterprise space. With hype over Windows 7 starting to approach "fervent" it's time to start thinking about what to do when it comes to desktop operating systems in your business. Windows XP will eventually go end-of-life meaning that an upgrade path must be determined. Should you move to Vista and see how Windows 7 works out or should you go right to Windows 7?
  • Microsoft to offer XP-to-Windows 7 upgrades

    Posted February 3, 2009 - 6:20 pm

    Microsoft Tuesday confirmed that it will sell what it calls "upgrades" for Windows 7 to users running the aged Windows XP operating system. Those users, however will have to do a "clean" installation of Windows 7, meaning that all data on the machine will be lost.
  • Windows 7 to be sold in six versions

    Posted February 3, 2009 - 6:17 pm

    Looking to answer complaints about the proliferation of Windows flavors, Microsoft said Tuesday that it will generally deploy two primary versions of Windows 7, although it will still offer six editions for sale.
  • Microsoft to shove XP toward retirement

    Posted February 3, 2009 - 4:35 pm

    In 10 weeks, Microsoft will begin to retire Windows XP by shifting the seven-year-old OS into a more limited support plan.
  • Vista Marketing Program Receives Big Complaints

    Posted February 3, 2009 - 3:35 pm

    Government antitrust attorneys are reportedly still receiving complaints from hardware makers and other companies about Microsoft business practices, even as the software giant has stepped up its efforts to cooperate with those state and federal authorities overseeing its antitrust consent decree.
  • Microsoft prepares for Windows 7, Windows Server upgrade

    Posted February 3, 2009 - 1:37 pm

    Looking to make partners ready for upcoming Windows client and server releases, Microsoft began on Monday its Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Ecosystem Readiness Program, featuring tools and resources to test existing applications, devices, and systems to ensure compatibility.
  • How To Make Valentine's Day Flash ECard

    Posted February 3, 2009 - 4:18 am

    Valentine's day is on the way. There are plenty of expectations placed on us by the people we love and who love us. Sending personalized Valentine's Day eCard is one of the best ways of saying you love someone. It may seem simple but sending a card with a message from you is enough to make those your care about feel special.

  • Gamers and enterprises saying yes to Windows Vista

    Posted February 2, 2009 - 5:53 pm

    The Internet's chattering classes may have already given up on Windows Vista, but two key segments of the PC population apparently haven't. More than a third of online gamers are running Windows Vista and almost one third of North American and European corporations have started deploying Vista.
  • Windows 7, Mac OS X gain market share

    Posted February 2, 2009 - 3:02 pm

    Although the beta of Windows 7 quickly grabbed one-tenth of 1% of the operating system market share last month, Microsoft's OS continued its downward trend, while Apple's Mac OS X posted gains for the third month in a row, edging even closer to a 10% share.
  • Microsoft denies Windows 7 UAC vulnerability

    Posted February 2, 2009 - 2:54 pm

    Microsoft is denying that there is a security hole in the User Account Control (UAC) feature of Windows 7 after a blogger reported it last week.
  • IT Managers: Microsoft Financial Woes Least of Our Concerns

    Posted February 2, 2009 - 10:38 am

    After announcing layoffs and poor earnings for Q2 2009, Microsoft has to worry more about how it is perceived by Wall Street, competitors, shareholders and the press. But what about the people in the trenches? What do IT managers think about Microsoft's economic woes?
  • UAC fix in Windows 7 creates security hole, blogger says

    Posted January 31, 2009 - 9:17 pm

    A change that Microsoft made in Windows 7 to improve its controversial User Account Control security feature has left the new OS less secure, according to a blogger who follows Microsoft closely.
  • Microsoft: Next step for Windows 7 is a release candidate

    Posted January 30, 2009 - 5:03 pm

    The head of Microsoft's Windows development confirmed that Windows 7 will take the unusual path of moving straight from a single beta, which was launched earlier this month, to a release candidate.
  • Vista, XP upgrade blockers will expire, Microsoft warns

    Posted January 30, 2009 - 4:32 pm

    Microsoft is warning customers that tools for blocking automatic upgrades to the newest service packs of Windows Vista and Windows XP will expire in the coming months.
  • Microsoft delivers Vista SP2 RC to testers, reports say

    Posted January 29, 2009 - 3:28 pm

    Microsoft has delivered a preliminary release candidate for Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) to testers and is again on track to offer another public preview next month, according to several reports on the Web.
  • Fan starts campaign for Windows 7's immediate release

    Posted January 29, 2009 - 1:22 pm

    A Windows enthusiast is calling for Microsoft to release Windows 7 now, only a few weeks after the company made available the software's first public test version.
  • How many flavors will Windows 7 come in?

    Posted January 29, 2009 - 11:36 am

    Windows Me may not have had much going for it, but it has one claim to fame: it was the last major release of Windows to come in a single edition, or SKU. In the ensuing decade, every major release of desktop Windows has come in a wide -- too wide, say many -- variety of flavors.
  • Windows 7 to be 'thoroughly' tested by antitrust regulators

    Posted January 27, 2009 - 6:22 pm

    Technical advisers to the antitrust regulators who monitor Microsoft Corp.'s compliance with a 2002 antitrust settlement will test Windows 7 "more thoroughly" than earlier versions of the operating system, according to a recently-released status report filed with the federal judge watching over the company.
  • Microsoft repeats IE8 lock-in warning for XP users with SP3

    Posted January 27, 2009 - 10:48 am

    Microsoft again warned users of Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) that they may not be able to uninstall either the service pack or Internet Explorer 8 (IE8).
  • Windows 7 beta availability extended

    Posted January 26, 2009 - 12:26 pm

    Microsoft has extended the general availability of the Windows 7 beta until Feb. 10.
  • Windows XP Upgrades: Why You Must Start Planning Now

    Posted January 26, 2009 - 11:46 am

    An XP-to-Vista migration may not be in the cards for everybody, but at this point, the jump to Windows 7 is inevitable for XP users.
  • 'Vista Capable' case could cost Microsoft $8.5B

    Posted January 23, 2009 - 12:22 pm

    Microsoft would have to come up with as much as $8.5 billion to settle accounts with the customers affected by its 2006 "Vista Capable" marketing program, according to documents unsealed by a federal court.
  • Cuts call for Microsoft to rethink Windows client

    Posted January 22, 2009 - 9:12 pm

    Microsoft's first-ever layoffs point to a need for the company to rethink its Windows client business, which is largely responsible for the disappointing financial results that led to thousands of Microsoft job cuts announced Thursday.
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