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  • ActiveX bugs pose threat to Vista, Microsoft reports

    Posted November 3, 2008 - 3:57 pm

    Although computers running Windows Vista are significantly less likely to be infected with attack code than machines running Windows XP, the newer operating system continues to be threatened by Microsoft's own ActiveX browser plug-in technology.
  • New worm exploits critical Windows bug

    Posted November 3, 2008 - 3:38 pm

    A worm that exploits the bug Microsoft Corp. patched in an emergency update 11 days ago is actively attacking systems.
  • Windows 7 leaks to Web, pirates downloading

    Posted November 3, 2008 - 3:05 pm

    Leaked copies of Windows 7 hit the Internet only hours after Microsoft Corp. handed out a preview build to developers last week.
  • Terminal Services and CAD

    Posted November 3, 2008 - 11:25 am

    Ever experienced the frustation of running a Computer-Assisted Design application off of a terminal server? Here are some tips to improve the user experience in this scenario.
  • Microsoft: Data shows Vista more secure than XP

    Posted November 3, 2008 - 10:42 am

    Microsoft's latest security report shows the number of vulnerabilities found in its software fell for the first half of the year.
  • Microsoft warns of another update to Windows Update

    Posted October 31, 2008 - 2:26 pm

    For the second time in three months, Microsoft Corp. Friday again warned it would upgrade Windows Update, the service most users rely on to download patches and other fixes.
  • Ozzie points to slimmer future for Windows client

    Posted October 30, 2008 - 8:56 pm

    Microsoft is putting the Windows client OS on a diet as a way to bring the PC OS into the age of cloud computing.
  • How to set up a cross-platform network

    Posted October 30, 2008 - 2:54 pm

    Linux, Mac OS, and Windows can communicate and coexist on a single network. By using suitable off-the-shelf networking equipment and the various operating systems' built-in tools, you can connect your heterogeneous hardware to the universe in short order.
  • Video

    Microsoft Details More Windows 7 Vaporware

    Posted October 29, 2008 - 11:02 am

    Computerworld plays Microsoft fanboy in “Opinion: 10 Best Features in Windows 7 for IT Professionals.” The Windows developer conference underway now will generate a tidal wave of “inside information” which is Microsoft PR speak for “vague promises” with little connection to reality.
  • Review

    Windows 7 first look: A big fix for Vista

    Posted October 29, 2008 - 10:40 am

    What if Microsoft waved a magic wand and everything people hated about Windows Vista went away? That's what Microsoft appears to be striving for with Windows 7.
  • ITunes 8 to Vista: Give me a B, an S, an OD

    Posted October 29, 2008 - 10:19 am

    But recent glitches in the new iTunes 8 bring an unwelcome blast from the past to Microsoft's latest operating system. Connect an iPhone or iPod, and some Vista PCs either crash with the dreaded Blue Screen of Death or spontaneously restart.
  • Hackers publish attack code for last week's Windows bug

    Posted October 29, 2008 - 10:06 am

    Just a day after downplaying the vulnerability that caused it to issue an out-of-cycle patch last week, Microsoft Corp. late Monday warned customers that exploit code had gone public and is being used in additional attacks.
  • Microsoft slates Windows 7 public beta for early 2009

    Posted October 28, 2008 - 3:46 pm

    Microsoft Tuesday said that it would expand testing of Windows 7 to the general public in early 2009.
  • 10 best features in Windows 7 for IT professionals

    Posted October 28, 2008 - 3:32 pm

    Tuesday, Microsoft unveiled its work on Windows 7, the successor to Vista, to a crowd at the Professional Developers Conference that was salivating for information on what's new in the updated operating system. Here are the 10 best Windows 7 features for IT pros.
  • Microsoft vows Windows 7 will fix Vista mistakes

    Posted October 28, 2008 - 3:20 pm

    Microsoft on Tuesday for the first time publicly demonstrated Windows 7, the next major release of its OS for PCs that Microsoft insists will reflect lessons learned from the widely panned Windows Vista.
  • Ray Ozzie steers Microsoft into the cloud

    Posted October 28, 2008 - 2:28 pm

    In this interview following Monday's keynote speech at Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles, Ray Ozzie discusses Azure, cloud computing and the future of the Windows OS.
  • Microsoft previews Windows 7 client OS

    Posted October 28, 2008 - 1:24 pm

    Microsoft touts the five themes of the upcoming Windows 7 client OS and made a pre-release version of the software available for developers at the company's Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles.
  • More Messaging Moves to the Cloud

    Posted October 28, 2008 - 12:06 pm

    E-mail lends itself well to hosted services providing services to users across the Internet. All the early free e-mail services, like Yahoo and Hotmail used the hosted model.
  • Should I use Windows' built-in encryption?

    Posted October 27, 2008 - 8:05 pm

    Windows 2000, XP Office, Vista Office, and Vista Ultimate all come with the Encrypting File System (EFS), an integrated file and folder encryption system that integrates seamlessly into the operating system. I don't recommend it.
  • New Windows bug differs from 2006 flaw, Microsoft says

    Posted October 27, 2008 - 4:34 pm

    Contrary to speculation, the bug Microsoft patched unexpectedly last week is not closely related to one the company fixed more than two years ago, a company security expert said Monday.
  • Forecast has Office, Vista going in opposite directions

    Posted October 27, 2008 - 3:05 pm

    Microsoft's quarterly call with Wall Street on Thursday told the tale of two software franchises and their diverging financial fortunes
  • Economy, more than Apple, leads to Windows laptop price drops

    Posted October 27, 2008 - 2:55 pm

    The dream of an $800 Mac notebook has been deferred. So what are Windows manufacturers going to do about it? Industry watchers predict they will keep cutting prices, but Apple is only part of the reason.
  • Can the New Ubuntu Save You Money?

    Posted October 27, 2008 - 1:01 pm

    If you're a fan of desktop Linux distributions, as I am, you're probably waiting for Ubuntu 8.10 to be released on Thursday, October 30th. This blog entry is being written on a Ubuntu desktop, as is 90 percent of all the work I have done for the last two years.
  • Microsoft's secret weapon against Google

    Posted October 27, 2008 - 10:40 am

    With the first public alpha release of Windows 7 due Monday at the Microsoft PDC2008 conference, the outline of the new operating system is taking shape. What you won't see when that alpha comes out is the way that Microsoft will try to use Windows 7 as a Trojan horse in its war against Google.
  • 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.
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