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Redmond's 2011 Windows IT Salary Survey: Bigger Bucks

Our 16th annual salary survey shows that compensation for Windows IT pros has gone up and raises and bonuses made a comeback after a mostly flat year in 2010.

11 Great iPhone/iPad Apps for Windows IT Pros

From monitoring SQL Server to remote-access tools to cloud synching to Cisco security, here's 11 apps that any Windows techie with an iPhone or iPad will want to check out.

Office 365 Reader Review: Testers Reveal Secrets

IT pros weigh in on Microsoft's ambitious plans to deliver everyday productivity to the cloud.

Tips for Troubleshooting Physical Hardware Problems in a Virtual Datacenter

Virtualization complicates the process of finding and remedying hardware problems, but a few techniques and tools can make the process more manageable.

Sorting Out Microsoft's Mixed-Up Enterprise Search Strategy

Bing, SharePoint, Search Server and FAST: Redmond's hodgepodge of search solutions lacks a cohesive strategy, observers say, leaving enterprises confused and competitors primed to take advantage.

Windows 8: Analysts on UI, HTML 5 Controversy, x86 vs. ARM, More

Analysts took time to comment on "Windows 8," Microsoft's newest operating system under development.

IT Loves the iPad: Apple's iPad in the Windows Enterprise

The iPad was designed for and sold to consumers. But savvy IT pros and more than a handful of third parties are making the device a true enterprise force.

Microsoft Looks for Management Dominance with System Center 2012

Microsoft is opening its management suite, already hugely popular in Microsoft shops, to handle third-party applications. The company hopes its huge customer base and the newfound flexibility of System Center will put the hurt on a raft of smaller competitors in the application-management market.

Microsoft Plays the Underdog Role in CRM

A dominant player in many categories of enterprise software, Microsoft is the scrappy little guy in a CRM market filled with big-name vendors. But the company is looking to scare its more established competitors by offering IT a set of enhanced applications.

Q&A: Microsoft's Jared Spataro Talks First 10 Years of SharePoint

Microsoft's SharePoint director of product management talks with us about how the platform has evolved and what's in store for the future.

Top 4 Mistakes Sony Made with Its Network Outage

Sony is showing competing technology companies how not to handle an outage.

Top 19 Third-party Execs To Keep an Eye On

Check out who we think are the top leaders in the IT world (that aren't located in Redmond).

The Cloud vs. IT: Is Your Job in Jeopardy?

Everyone is pushing the cloud. But there's a raging debate as to whether the cloud is good or bad for IT. We talked to readers and analysts and other industry experts to find out what the cloud may really mean for your future, plus other implications of this emerging technology.

How-To: Performance Tuning Tips for a Windows Virtualized Environment

Virtualization has brought the lost art of performance tuning back into the datacenter. Here's how to tune your VMs and hypervisor, and optimize CPU resources and memory to get the most out of your virtual servers.

A Hyper-V Admin's Guide to VMware

IT professionals who work with Hyper-V on a regular basis might feel lost in a VMware environment, but some key similarities between the two offerings can provide a welcome sense of familiarity.

Top 7 Work-Related Windows Phone 7 Apps

So far, useful apps are hard to come by on Windows Phone 7 devices. But that doesn't mean there aren't any. Check out what apps we think are worth your time in the operating system's infancy.

10 Most Outrageous Steve Ballmer Performances: A Video Round-Up

Check out these videos highlighting Microsoft CEO's larger-than-life personality.

Unified Communications: Windows IT Pros Speak Out on Bringing It All Together

How hard is it to execute UC? Our readers who've done it share their take and offer tips for others trying to bring together voice with Microsoft Exchange, Office, OCS, Lync and more.

Q&A: Unified Communications Guru Joe Schurman

This Microsoft MVP talks all aspects of UC, from Microsoft's offerings like Lync to those of its competitors, plus cost considerations, team organization and more.

The Disappearing Windows Server GUI: The PowerShell Takeover

Knowing Windows PowerShell is no longer a bonus for IT professionals who work with Windows Server -- it's a requirement. As Windows PowerShell becomes more prominent, the Windows Server GUI is fading away.

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