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  • Partners and retailers rally apps, support for Vista

    Posted January 25, 2007 - 9:56 am

    With the consumer launch of Windows Vista on the horizon, Microsoft Corp.'s software and retail partners are preparing for the launch with applications and support for the new OS.
  • Microsoft already gearing up for Vista service pack

    Posted January 24, 2007 - 11:00 am

    On the verge of the release of Windows Vista, Microsoft Corp. is already accepting orders for features to go in the OS's first service pack.
  • Migration, Productivity, and Sine Language

    Posted January 23, 2007 - 5:28 pm

    While at the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago, I had an opportunity to sit down and discuss with Microsoft some issues it faces as Vista and Office 2007 hit the streets just a few days from now. Though not much in the way of new information was imparted, I was impressed by a simple fact: Microsoft understands and has come to accept that customer acceptance will take time.
  • Microsoft offers Vista preview to fight piracy

    Posted January 22, 2007 - 10:08 am

    Microsoft Corp. is offering a free online "test drive" of its Windows Vista OS in its latest effort to fight software piracy and counterfeiting.
  • Microsoft pushes premium versions of Vista

    Posted January 18, 2007 - 10:27 am

    Microsoft Corp. wants to make sure consumers and small businesses know there are myriad ways they can acquire Windows Vista -- particularly in premium versions -- when it becomes generally available on Jan. 30.
  • Windows Tip: Troubleshooting group policy in Windows Vista

    Posted January 12, 2007 - 9:03 pm

    Group Policy is a key technology for managing computers on Windows-based networks where Active Directory is deployed. But Group Policy has been considerably enhanced in Windows Vista, and also in the soon-to-come Windows Server Code-Name "Longhorn." And of course, changes mean more learning for those who are going to administer these platforms, so this tip deals with one of these changes, namely how to troubleshooting Group Policy processing in Windows Vista.
  • Windows Tips: Deploying printers using Group Policy ... Microsoft Windows Vista Resource Kit - new book!

    Posted January 5, 2007 - 4:08 pm

    Here's one quick tip regarding using Windows Vista in the enterprise. Windows Server 2003 R2 introduced the capability of deploying printers using Group Policy, but to use it you first had to prepare your Windows XP client machines by deploying client software called pushprinterconnections.exe to each client using a startup script.
  • After one month, no rush to adopt Vista

    Posted December 27, 2006 - 3:47 pm

    Windows Vista has been on the market for nearly a month now, but enterprise users and industry experts agree that Microsoft's latest and greatest OS still isn't yet ready to replace XP.
  • Microsoft offers Vista free to CES exhibitors

    Posted December 22, 2006 - 10:02 am

    Looking to get some free advertising for Vista before the OS's official consumer release on Jan. 30, Microsoft is offering exhibitors at the annual Consumer Electronics Show free copies of Vista to run on computers they are using in their booths at the show.
  • Windows Tip: VPN and domain authentication

    Posted December 21, 2006 - 10:33 am

    If your enterprise has multiple small offices but only one domain controller at each office, how will users at one of your sites log on if their domain controller goes down? One common approach is to have users make a VPN connection to one of the other offices using PPPoE over DSL and authenticate with the domain controller there.
  • Windows Tip: Backup in Windows Vista

    Posted December 21, 2006 - 10:21 am

    A lot of people have been asking lately why the new Backup and Restore Center in Windows Vista can't back up files to tape drives the way the Backup Utility (ntbackup.exe) can in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. Yes it's true -- the Backup and Restore Center in Windows Vista lets you back up to hard drives (including removable drives), DVD media, even to shared folders on network file servers, but not to tape. Why?
  • Windows Tip: New book - Microsoft Windows Vista Resource Kit, and a Vista tip about deploying printers using Group Policy

    Posted December 19, 2006 - 11:05 pm

    Here's one quick tip regarding using Windows Vista in the enterprise. Windows Server 2003 R2 introduced the capability of deploying printers using Group Policy, but to use it you first had to prepare your Windows XP client machines by deploying client software called pushprinterconnections.exe to each client using a startup script. Windows Vista includes this client software by default, which means Windows Vista clients don't need any preparation before deploying printers to them. But you must make sure your Active Directory schema is upgraded to "R2" level before you can deploy printer connections to Vista machines using Group Policy.
  • A quick trip to Redmond

    Posted December 19, 2006 - 5:38 pm

    Heading up to Microsoft's Redmond, Wash. campus is always interesting. In the past, these trips were for big-time launch events, briefings for large groups of editors and analysts, product reviewers' workshops, or the occasional one-on-one interview for an executive profile piece. This time was different. Very different.
  • Free software body points finger at 'Bad Vista'

    Posted December 19, 2006 - 1:49 pm

    As Windows Vista begins rolling out to business customers, the Free Software Foundation has launched a website devoted to taking Microsoft's latest operating system down a peg.
  • Vista could sap notebook PC battery life

    Posted December 19, 2006 - 9:22 am

    Notebook PC users who upgrade to Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Vista may have to disable some of the new operating system's flashy graphics features to avoid seeing a decrease in battery life compared to Windows XP.
  • Microsoft updates Vista in latest piracy crackdown

    Posted December 15, 2006 - 9:57 am

    Microsoft Corp. Thursday released an update to Windows Vista that will shut down unauthorized versions of the OS that allow users to skip the product's activation system.
  • HP offers consumers free upgrades to Windows Vista

    Posted December 13, 2006 - 3:01 pm

    North American customers who purchase certain HP PCs can begin signing up Wednesday for free upgrades to Windows Vista once it is available on Jan. 30.
  • HP and Microsoft to unveil enterprise software deal

    Posted December 13, 2006 - 10:25 am

    Hewlett-Packard Co. and Microsoft Corp. will enter into a new enterprise software agreement to be detailed Wednesday.
  • Windows Tip: Listen to your users, multi-select files in Explorer

    Posted December 11, 2006 - 11:45 pm

    Ordinary users have the same needs as we geeks do -- keep my data safe, keep it available, make it easy to work with. Only they work with business data at a different level than administrators do, so the way they express their needs are different also. As administrators we need to listen to the needs of our users and see things from their perspective. What may seem like a trivial improvement to us may make life a lot easier at their end.
  • Vista to benefit partners more than Microsoft

    Posted December 11, 2006 - 10:22 am

    A new IDC report on the impact of Windows Vista on the industry claims Microsoft Corp.'s business partners stand to benefit more financially from the OS than Microsoft itself will in 2007.
  • Pirates work around Vista's activation feature

    Posted December 8, 2006 - 9:28 am

    Hackers are distributing a file that they say lets users of the corporate version of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Vista operating system get around the software's anti-piracy mechanisms.
  • 2007: IT predictions for the year ahead

    Posted December 7, 2006 - 11:02 pm

    As we gaze toward the vista of 2007, we find our e-mail inbox inundated with IT predictions for the new year from analysts, vendors and consultants. From those predictions and our own prognostications we present our forecast for the top IT stories in the year ahead.
  • The top 10 news stories of 2006

    Posted December 7, 2006 - 10:51 pm

    Megadeals signalled realignment in the IT industry and foreshadowed the Internet's multimedia future. A much-delayed Vista debuted amid speculation that it would be the last of the old-school, big-bang product launches. As software giants announced support for Linux, and manufacturers switched chip allegiances, the open-source and chip industries were thrown into turmoil. 2006 was a transition year, as IT giants positioned themselves for a new era of global competition in the post-PC era. Here, not necessarily in order of importance, are the top 10 news stories of the year.
  • Ballmer: Most Vista work came in last two years

    Posted November 30, 2006 - 4:19 pm

    While it's taken Microsoft Corp. half a decade to bring out a new version of its client operating system, the real development work on Windows Vista only took around two years, according to the head of the company.
  • Europe gets an extra version of Vista

    Posted November 30, 2006 - 9:29 am

    When Microsoft Corp. releases Windows Vista to business customers in Europe on Thursday, it will be offering an extra version of the OS to comply with the European Commission's antitrust ruling against the company.
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