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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.

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.

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.

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.

Managing Your Virtual Network

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

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.

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.

Distributing and Optimizing SharePoint Workload

Solving bandwidth and latency issues and improving the performance of a SharePoint implementation can lead to better experiences for users and lower costs for IT.

Q&A: CIO Michele Norin

Split Decision: University of Arizona CIO explains why Google Apps was OK for students, while Microsoft BPOS was better-suited for faculty and employees.

My Story: How I Used Technology To Improve My Son's World

Read how IT pro Kirk Foutts used virtualization, Windows 7 and other technologies to create a reliable yet robust touchscreen device for his injured son.

Secrets of the Data Sync Masters: Your Guide To Data Sync Solutions

Most IT pros have multiple machines, but keeping files in sync can be a challenge.

Locating Documents in a SharePoint Library

Irrelevant SharePoint search results and lost documents can turn into a waste of time and money, but a few simple steps will help IT pros avoid these problems.

IT Cloud Survival Skills

Cloud computing may fundamentally change the way IT professionals do their jobs. Smart IT pros will be prepared for the upheaval to come.

Backup Basics in Windows Server 2008 R2

A free tool from Microsoft can make backing up data in Windows Server 2008 R2 efficient and almost hassle-free. Here's how to use it effectively.

Green IT: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

We talk with IBM Senior Fellow John Lamb about green IT's many benefits.

Green IT: More Data, Less Juice

As the cost of energy rises and budgets collapse, thinking green isn't just an option for IT -- it's a necessity. Fortunately, there are more options than ever to reduce your energy footprint, even as you add capacity.

Azure and BPOS: Clearing the Fog Around Microsoft's Cloud Computing Offerings

A closer look at the Windows Azure Platform and the Business Productivity Online Suite.

Virtualizing Your Exchange Environment

The decision to virtualize Exchange can be a difficult one, but it can also pay off for some organizations. Here's what to consider when looking at running Exchange in a virtual environment.

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