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Federal Judge Rules Against NSA Phone Data Mining

Today's ruling may lead to the U.S. Supreme Court eventually taking up the case.

The Real Consumerization of IT, Part 2

Now that we've defined how the industry is changing, how does IT adapt?

2014 IT Security Predictions: Cloud Privacy and New Malware Targets To Dominate the Year

Cloud providers will look to answer for data privacy issues while attackers focus on Windows XP and non-traditional connected devices.

The Real Consumerization of IT, Part 1

Rising user tech IQ, easier-to-use gadgets and the transformation of users into consumers is changing the landscape of IT.

Troubleshoot Slow-Running Queries In SQL Server

Denny breaks down how to identify and fix speed issues in multiple versions of SQL Server.

Microsoft Targets 4 Zero-Day Flaws in December Patch

The company finishes 2013 with a total of 106 security bulletins.

Microsoft Joins Other Tech Firms in Public Snooping Denouncement

While the message sent by a coalition of online companies outlines changes needed to be made by the government, does it go far enough to address the issue?

Microsoft Will Finish 2013 with 5 'Critical' Fixes

Microsoft's December patch will also arrive with 6 "important" bulletin items.

Microsoft To Add Data Encryption in Response to Gov. Snooping

It will also make code more transparent in hopes to ease customers of fears of hidden backdoors.

China to Microsoft: Continue XP Support or See a Rise in Pirated Windows 8

Plus: Microsoft takes steps to stop government censorship of Skype calls in China.

Microsoft Meant Business With Azure in 2013

Nearly four years after launching Windows Azure, Microsoft's cloud service remains stuck in the shadows of Amazon Web Services.

Dealing with Negative Session ID Denials in SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server MVP Denny Cherry breaks down multiple ways on how to troubleshoot a type -2 blocking session ID error.

Windows 8.1 Users: Beware of SkyDrive's Auto Sync

Microsoft's decision to have SkyDrive's auto sync functions enabled as default and the lack of sync customization could lead to major headaches for IT.

Don't Buy Your Software, Rent It!

Not knowing how many licenses for a particular product you would need in the future is just one of the many reasons why you should go the lease route.

Office 365 Getting Encrypted Messaging in 2014

Microsoft on Thursday announced that Office 365 Message Encryption -- a service that will encrypt e-mails being sent to an outside source -- will go live early next year.

The Disappearing Windows Server GUI, Revisited

Brien retreads the idea of System Center taking over the role of Windows Server's GUI and explains how it can be used as the single window to a cluster of VMs.

Yahoo Announces Plans To Encrypt All User Data

Yahoo said that all data traveling through its datacenters will be encrypted by the end of the first quarter of 2014.

What To Do When Windows Identifies Disks Incorrectly

Brien walks you through how to get Windows to correctly distinguish between a hard drive and a solid-state drive.

Are the Days of the Microsoft IT Pro Numbered?

Mary Jo Foley discusses how recent Microsoft executive and service pricing changes may not be sitting well with many on-premises experts.

IE Fixes Are Top Priority for November's Patch Tuesday

Microsoft's monthly Security Update arrived today with three "critical" bulletin items and five "important" fixes -- all addressing 19 flaws in a number of Microsoft products and services.

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