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  • McAfee says Vista's StickyKeys could be misused

    Posted March 12, 2007 - 4:22 pm

    A Windows feature designed to simplify computing for disabled users could be misused in Vista, a McAfee Inc. researcher reported Monday.
  • Windows Tip: Managing Windows Firewall in mixed environments

    Posted March 12, 2007 - 10:46 am

    If you migrate all the desktops in a given organizational unit to Windows Vista, you can simply manage the firewall on these computers using the new Group Policy node found under Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Windows Firewall With Advanced Security. But what if your OU will contain a combination of Windows XP and Windows Vista computers? What's the best way to use Group Policy to manage the Windows Firewall on these computers? Here's a brief answer taken with permission from the soon-to-be-released Windows Vista Resource Kit.

  • Microsoft signs first E.U. protocol licensee

    Posted March 8, 2007 - 9:26 am

    Microsoft Corp. has signed up the first licensee for the workgroup server protocols the European Commission ordered it to open up to competitors in a 2004 antitrust ruling, it said Thursday.
  • DOJ, states concerned about Vista docs

    Posted March 7, 2007 - 3:55 pm

    The U.S. Department of Justice and state attorneys general are concerned that Microsoft Corp. is revising deadlines that it agreed to as part of its antitrust settlement. At issue are changes that Microsoft says it needs to make in the schedule for releasing documentation related to Vista, according to a court document filed Tuesday.
  • Microsoft, E.U. interoperability fight intensifies

    Posted March 1, 2007 - 3:15 pm

    No one used the 'L' word, but both sides in the Microsoft Corp. antitrust battle in Europe accused each other of lying about basic facts surrounding the latest twist in the long-running saga that emerged Thursday.
  • User-privilege flaw hits Vista

    Posted March 1, 2007 - 11:19 am

    A security firm has discovered one of the first security flaws to directly affect Windows Vista, a bug that it claims allows local users to escalate their privileges.
  • E.U. criticizes Microsoft interoperability efforts again

    Posted March 1, 2007 - 9:36 am

    The European Commission has again criticized Microsoft Corp.'s response to a 2004 antitrust ruling, opening up the possibility of further fines for the company. The regulator said that the software giant proposes overcharging for vital interoperability information needed by rival software makers to allow their products work properly with the Windows operating system.
  • Apps not 'certified' for Vista may still work on the OS

    Posted March 1, 2007 - 9:07 am

    Major applications from Symantec Corp., Adobe Systems Inc., Apple Inc. and IBM Corp. aren't included on an official Microsoft list of applications that qualify for a "Certified for Windows Vista" or "Works with Windows Vista" logo. However, chances are they could currently be involved in the testing process to achieve those logos, Microsoft and its partners said.
  • Symantec: Vista fairly secure but still full of holes

    Posted February 28, 2007 - 4:05 pm

    Windows Vista delivers on some of the security improvements Microsoft Corp. promised for it, but there are still a host of ways attackers can exploit the OS and leave users open to threats, according to findings by Symantec Corp.
  • Microsoft tackles 'false positives' in antipiracy tool

    Posted February 28, 2007 - 9:44 am

    Microsoft will start to give some customers the benefit of the doubt with an updated version of its software antipiracy tool, Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications. The company has added a new category to the tool, "indeterminate," for instances where it can't be sure whether the OS running on a user's PC is legitimate.
  • VMware attacks Microsoft licence changes

    Posted February 26, 2007 - 2:02 pm

    Virtualization leader VMware has published a white paper condemning what it calls Microsoft's moves to block competition in the virtualization market, the most public sign to date of the friction between the companies.
  • Windows Tip: Two Vista tips and a story

    Posted February 23, 2007 - 5:00 pm

    This resource will help you determine which applications from third-party vendors have been certified by the Windows Logo Program as working with Windows Vista. What's really interesting is not which vendors' apps are on the list but which vendors aren't listed, such as Adobe, Symantec, McAfee, and so on.
  • Microsoft offers Vista deployment tools

    Posted February 20, 2007 - 2:07 pm

    Hoping to accelerate the adoption of Vista for businesses, Microsoft Tuesday unveiled tools to help companies deploy the new Windows client OS, including software that allows older versions of Windows to run virtually alongside Vista.
  • Windows Tip: Windows Vista and GPT disks

    Posted February 16, 2007 - 12:19 pm

    Windows Vista supports two types of disk partitioning: Master Boot Record (MBR) and Globally Unique Identifier Partition Table (GPT). GPT disks offer several advantages over MBR disks including more partitions (128 instead of 4) and larger partition sizes (theoretically up to 18 exabytes or about 18 million terabytes). But before you run out and get a zillion terabyte drive for your Vista workstation so you can store all your YouTube videos, you need to know the following.
  • Microsoft CEO dampens Vista sales forecast

    Posted February 16, 2007 - 9:34 am

    Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer believes that sales forecasts for its new Vista operating system may be "overly aggressive." In a conference call Thursday with financial analysts, Ballmer said lower selling prices, limited new corporate sales, and software piracy may combine to temper Vista sales.
  • Microsoft: UAC not a security feature

    Posted February 14, 2007 - 1:31 pm

    For those who thought the User Account Control (UAC) feature introduced in Windows Vista was intended to set security boundaries, Microsoft has made a clarification: it isn't.
  • Microsoft: Vista follow-up likely in 2009

    Posted February 9, 2007 - 3:20 pm

    With Vista just out the door, Microsoft Corp. is now drawing up plans to deliver its follow-up client operating system by the end of 2009, according to the executive in charge of building the product's core components.
  • Troubleshooting a USB flash drive

    Posted February 9, 2007 - 3:20 pm

    Don't toss that USB drive yet. If it doesn't work when you plug it in, doublecheck that the drive it's mapped to is unique.
  • Premium Vista PCs fare well in first week

    Posted February 9, 2007 - 10:37 am

    Microsoft Corp.'s wish that consumers purchase the premium versions of Windows Vista rather than the most basic version of the OS may be coming true, according to the findings of a research report released Thursday.
  • Apple's Windows applications aren't ready for Vista

    Posted February 8, 2007 - 12:30 pm

    An Apple technical support document confirms that none of the company's Windows applications are yet compatible with Windows Vista.
  • The Vista reviews are in, and they're about as pretty as the BSOD

    Posted February 5, 2007 - 12:30 pm

    A Microsoft devotee -- in fact, a self-described "Microsoft apologist" -- couldn't wait to get her hands on Vista. She writes that over the course of her 20-year love afair with Microsoft products she "insisted that MS-DOS wasn't hard to use (once you got used to it), that Windows 3.1 was the greatest innovation in desktop operating systems, that Word was in fact superior to WordPerfect, and that Windows XP was, quite simply, 'it.'"
  • Microsoft's top three Vista security features

    Posted February 1, 2007 - 9:29 am

    Microsoft Corp. finally rolled its Vista operating system out the door Tuesday, billing it as its most secure operating system ever. In this interview, Russ Humphries, a senior program manager with the Vista security team, lists the three Vista features that will have the biggest effect.
  • Microsoft will change Vista to meet E.U. requirements

    Posted January 30, 2007 - 4:40 pm

    As Windows Vista appeared in computer stores worldwide, Microsoft Corp. said Tuesday that part of the design of the new operating system is the work of the European Commission.
  • Microsoft talks up security at DC Vista launch

    Posted January 30, 2007 - 3:21 pm

    Windows Vista will be the most secure operating system that Microsoft Corp. has released, a company executive said Tuesday at a Vista launch event in Washington, D.C.
  • Ballmer dispels notion that Vista is last client OS

    Posted January 30, 2007 - 9:11 am

    Microsoft Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Steve Ballmer on Monday attempted to end rumors that Windows Vista will be the last Windows client OS, claiming that Microsoft has "plenty more where that came from" at a press event to mark the consumer launch of the new OS and Office 2007 in New York.
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