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Inside IE 9: The Chrome Effect

The beta of IE 9 is more than just a browser for Microsoft -- it's a direct shot in its war against Google, and it shows.

An IT Pro's Guide to Virtualization and Windows 7

As companies prepare to migrate to Windows 7, IT professionals can implement new virtualization capabilities provided in the new desktop operating system. We offer a primer on the various options now available.

Microsoft PowerPivot: Making Excel Analytics Work

A new component in SQL Server 2008 R2 gives users the autonomy to set up business intelligence functionality in Excel without taking control of the process away from IT.

IT Software Audits Gone Bad: Beware the BSA

Software piracy is big business and bad for IT as a whole, so someone has to police it. But when the piracy police overstep their bounds, companies suffer needlessly. Here, Redmond explores the most harrowing tales of software audits and how companies should respond if the piracy cops come knocking.

Q&A: Microsoft CIO Tony Scott

Exec oversees "dog-fooding" of Redmond's new technology and migration to the cloud.

Windows 95 Reaches Its 15th Birthday

This week marks Windows 95's birthday, with the venerable operating system turning 15 years old.

IE Turns 15: The Birth and Life (So Far) of Internet Explorer

This month, Internet Explorer turns 15 years old. Happy birthday, IE!

15th Annual IT Salary Survey: Good Times Ahead?

In the 15th year of Redmond magazine's annual salary survey, IT salaries generally remained flat, but some respondents got raises -- giving rise to general optimism about salaries next year.

Redmond's Living Dead: Microsoft's 8 Most Popular 'Zombie Products'

These roducts aren't really alive, but they're not quite extinct, either. They're the walking dead of Microsoft product lines, and it's best to avoid them -- if you can.

Green IT: Going Green -- Does Your Company Care?

Take a good look at your organizations’ priorities and policies, and you may discover you’re going green just by trying to save some green.

Green IT: Is Greener Always Better?

The green trap is real. Going green with your IT environment requires a clear set of goals, target metrics and execution.

What Does Microsoft Know About You?

We take a look at all the various sources of data Microsoft collects from customers, how it stores and uses that data, and how its use of it stacks up against Google and other competitors.

Build Your Own 'Skunk Works' Business Intelligence Project with SQL

How to use SQL Server to build a business intelligence (BI) platform without getting your organization's top brass involved.

Cloud Visibility: Security Audit Demands for Your Cloud Vendor

The question isn't whether the cloud is secure, but whether your provider can show you what's behind the curtain.

What IT Can Expect with Internet Explorer 9

IE9 promises native support for video and scalable vector graphics, but IT organizations likely will depend on Flash and Silverlight in the near term.

6 Most Interesting Tech Announcements from E3

From glasses-less 3D to seriously compact hardware, even non-gamers can get excited about some of the technology announced this week at the video game industry's flagship conference.

Convergence in the Cloud: Dynamics, Azure and Going Hybrid

Microsoft might be "all in" for the cloud -- where it now has competition from Salesforce.com and VMware -- but its Dynamics applications will likely benefit most from a hybrid model.

Managing Your Virtual Network

Monitoring, migration and quality of service are some of the major challenges waiting in the world of virtual networking.

IT Hell: How the Recession Has Affected IT Jobs

Readers share their tales of woe, survival and redemption from the great recession.

ADFS 2.0 Opens Doors to the Cloud

The new Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services release promises to up the ante on cloud security.

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