Microsoft Security Essentials - Never Pay For Anti-Virus Software Again

When Microsoft announced the death of OneCare, I had a pretty good suspicion that wasn't the last we'd heard from Microsoft about anti-virus software. Microsoft doesn't just suddenly for no reason drop out of markets. Rather they...

Is A Ballot Screen For Choosing Your Browser Really Fair?

Microsoft's proposing to use something called a "ballot screen" that would require users chose which browser they would like to use. It's something akin to the default search engine chooser you're presented with the first time IE8...

Google Eating The Chrome Off Of IE8, Firefox Drinks Ribbon Menu Kool-Aid

It was mid last week when I installed the Google plugin for IE8 that replaces the web rendering and JavaScript engine with Google Chrome's WebKit and V8 engine respectively. Since I blogged about this last week, Microsoft's fired...

Microsoft: All I Have To Say Is 'Fix Your Browser'

The issue of Google's gutsy move to step in and solve IE8's performance problem is pretty short and sweet from my perspective. If IE8 wasn't such a slow pig of a brower, there wouldn't be an opportunity for Google to fix it by using...

Microsoft "Courier" Tablet: The Right Stuff To Compete Against The Apple Tablet?

More than just photos are leaking out about Courier, Microsoft's booklet sized tablet currently in development. Gizmodo has a video showing the Courier's user interface in action. The Gizmodo video is on YouTube (see below) and you...

Microsoft Fix It. Where Is "Harry Tuttle" When We Need Him?

The current Server Message Block (SMB) vulnerability we're experiencing caused me to go out and run Microsoft's Fix It application. It reported that the fix doesn't apply to the Windows 7 RTM I'm running. I hope that's because this...

Podcast: If You Like Xobni, You'll Love Gist

I mean it. If you like Xobni, the very popular Microsoft Outlook plugin that mines information buried within your inbox, you'll love Gist. Here's why. Gist is like an older brother to Xobni, because it not only analyzes your inbox...

Laptop Hunters Didn't Know They Were In A Commercial

Wondered what really was happening in those Microsoft Windows PC "laptop hunter" commercials? Are those people real? Why were they so surprised when they got the money at the end of the commercial after selecting a Windows PC? Didn't...

Number 1 Thing To Make Windows 7 Installs Easy

I'd hate to think exactly how many times I've installed some version of Windows 7 since its debut back at Microsoft PDC 2008. There was the Windows 7 pre-public beta (that didn't have the new UI and menu bar), the Windows 7 public...

Podcast: Are you doing what it takes to succeed at implementing SharePoint?

I talked with Dux Raymond Sy, author of O'Reilly's SharePoint for Project Management and Innovative-E SharePoint consultant, on this week's podcast about what we can learn from successful and failed SharePoint projects. Both of us...

Netbooks: Popular but will you buy a Netbook next time?

I've carried an ultraportable Sony VAIO laptop with me now for two years and so far I've resisted all temptations to buy a netbook. I carry my VAIO laptop with me everywhere, .. I mean everywhere.., so much so that my laptop backpack...

My 15 favorite smartphone apps - From TweetDeck to Math Blaster

I love gadgets, smartphones among them. The best part of today's mobile phones are all the cool apps. Here is my list of the smartphone apps that I can't live without. Have you got a favorite not on this list? Drop me comment or a...

Podcast: Virtual Machine Manager + Hyper-V Live Migration = Enterprise Ready

Hard to believe it's only been a few years since Microsoft launched Hyper-V. Even more amazing is the progress it has made in that short period of time. With the Windows Server 2008 R2 update we're seeing not just an improved...

The Curse of the Ribbon Menu

Everyone wants to take their shot at what's wrong with Microsoft these days so here's mine. Ribbon menus. I've long detested Microsoft's ribbon menu user interface. The biggest issue is what you once knew how to do, you now have to...

Windows 7 Feature Focus: Libraries

Every new release of an OS like Windows has it's nuggets and one of Windows 7's is the new Library feature. If you don't know about Libraries, and I'm guessing you haven't had a chance to try it, you'll want to check it out. One of...

Virtualization Day: Virtual Machine Manager R2 RTM and Windows 7 XP Mode

It must be Virtualization Day at my office as right in the middle of test out XP Mode on Windows 7 with some VoIP software, Microsoft announces System Center Virtual Machine Manager R2 is RTM (released to manufacturing). We have a...

My 15 favorite smartphone apps

I love gadgets, smartphones among them. The best part of today's mobile phones are all the cool apps. Here is my list of the smartphone apps that I can't live without. Have you got a favorite not on this list? Drop me comment or a...

5 Reasons Macs Can't Claim They're Better than Windows 7

I regularly use both Windows and Mac PCs, so any comments that I've never used a Mac are bunk. I've been using Windows 7 since before its public beta release at the first of this year. I use my Mac for video editing,...

Podcast: Essential Steps For Securing Hyper-V

During this week's Converging on Microsoft podcast interview with Mike Schutz, Director of Product Management for the Microsoft Windows Server Division, we discuss the relevant steps necessary to secure servers running Hyper-V....

Microsoft Nokia Good Deal For SharePoint and Exchange

Reactions to yesterday's Microsoft / Nokia are interesting, ranging from Microsoft's given up on Windows Mobile to Blackberries have much the same features today. Here are some more salient views by Gartner's Nick Jones. But the real...

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