IT Management


Windows 7 RC by Early May, Site Suggests

Microsoft again may have disclosed a hint about when the Release Candidate (RC) version of Windows 7 will be available -- possibly before May 5.

'Stirling' Beta 2 Unveiled for Enterprise Security

Microsoft announced the beta 2 release of "Stirling," which is the code name for an integrated suite of enterprise security solutions based on Forefront products.

Beta in May: Windows 7, Configuring Exam

Microsoft Learning to put Exam 70-680 through the proverbial wringer from May 5-18.

SP2 for Office 2007 and MOSS Arriving April 28

On April 28, Microsoft plans to release SP2 for Microsoft Office 2007, along with SP2 releases for some of its server products.

'Mainstream' Office 2003 Support Ends

Microsoft Office 2003 moved off "mainstream support" on April 14, which means that those seeking technical support for the product will have to pay for it.

April Patch Arrives, With Critical Fixes and More

Microsoft rolled out eight fixes in its monthly security release, addressing some 23 vulnerabilities.

IE Settings Can Enable Intranet Attacks, Report Says

Default security settings in Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser could open a company's intranet to hacking attacks, according to a recent security white paper.

Always On Our Minds

Yes, Conficker manages to remain in minds of IT security. Plus: tweeting birds get the worm and why security standards equal a bad idea.

Windows XP Free Support Ends April 14

Microsoft will end "mainstream support" of XP on April 14, 2009, meaning that there will be no more free per-incident support for that operating system.

US-CERT Warns of Conficker Variant

The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team warns that researchers on April 9 discovered a new variant of the Conficker worm that updates earlier infections via its peer-to-peer network.

Five 'Critical' Patches Planned for Tuesday

After some comparatively light patch rollouts in past months, Microsoft's April Patch Tuesday promises a fuller slate with eight security bulletins.

Microsoft Unveils MED-V 1.0

The first version of Microsoft's desktop virtualization tool was announced last week.

'Neeris' Worm Using Old Tricks on Windows PCs

While the IT security community waited anxiously to see what havoc the Conficker worm might bring to infected systems on April 1, another worm slithered into the picture and now has Microsoft's full attention.

Sun VirtualBox 2.2 Adds Open Virtualization Format Support

Sun Microsystems has released VirtualBox 2.2, an update to the company's free and open source desktop virtualization solution.

Microsoft Delays 'Stirling' Security Suite

Microsoft has delayed the release of an upcoming enterprise security suite that integrates Microsoft Forefront security solutions, the company announced late last week.

First Service Pack Released for SQL Server 2008

Microsoft on Tuesday released SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1, which provides updates to the relational database management system, but no new features.

Cost Replacing Functionality as Linux's Appeal

With a shrinking server market, financial services firms are porting more applications to Linux at the expense of Unix and other legacy platforms. While that has been an ongoing trend for many years, the motive has shifted in the past year from adding new functionality to reducing cost.

Conficker's Evil Twin

Plus: An un-'Stirling' roll-out; PCI Compliance is better than no compliance; more.

Windows 7 Will Have an XP Downgrade Option

Microsoft will permit Windows 7 Professional edition downgrades to Windows XP Professional, according a report by veteran Microsoft watcher Mary-Jo Foley published on Monday.

Zend Releasing Enterprise-Grade PHP Server

Zend Technologies will release its commercial-grade server for PHP applications on Tuesday.

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