June 2005 - The Microsoft Survey
Our numbers chronicle your love/hate relationship; Plus: Patching for dummies; readers find unique uses for NetMeeting; Longhorn: Big hat, no cattle?; Linux desktop alternatives and more.
Love Microsoft? Hate it? Somewhere in between?
It's all of the above in the Redmond magazine survey of your attitudes
toward the world's most important computer company.
Microsoft is battling the perception that there's little to get excited about in the long-awaited and much-ballyhooed Longhorn.
Besides Web conferencing, readers have found many other uses for Microsoft's NetMeeting.
System requirements proving hard to nail down; breakthroughs for some scenarios.
Patching your servers is an art that takes time to master. Here's a paint-by-numbers kit to help you get started.
Several popular Linux distributions are poised to take on Windows on the corporate desktop.
The new PolicyMaker adds more extensions to give you greater control over your desktop landscape.
Desktop Authority helps you automate desktop management, even if you don't know the finer points of scripting.
Doug talks about this month's cover story, "The Microsoft Survey," and how Microsoft should interpret our readers' opinions.
While SecurityManager won't actively fix your problems for you, it does make finding them fairly simple.
Letters to Redmond
Agreement, appreciation and clarification -- readers remark on past issues.
More than just a browser, WMIX packs more bang than fluff.
Quick way to provide e-mail on your systems via scripting.
Protect your corporate network by controlling which users and computers can access it at all.
Perk-filled, dangerous and beyond the call of the duty -- how does your company match up?
With Windows 2003 SP1, you get a single, authoritative source of lockdown settings you can deploy with a single stroke that are fully supported by Microsoft.
Free assessments, e-learning packages for developers to understand their abilities with new Microsoft software to be released in November.
If information posted on a testing provider's Web site is correct, Microsoft Partner competency exams will feature Office exams.
From the business wires this week: a Cisco VPN client for mobile devices, Windows-to-Mac porting software and a USB authentication token.
From the business wires this week: a centralized console for deploying security patches, solutions that notify users of vulnerabilities in need of patching, and automated inventory software.
Microsoft to delay simulations for 70-293, 70-294 to work on smoother rollout for international language versions.
From the business wires this week: a mail merge solution for Microsoft Outlook, a plug-in that can speed up file transfers, and network monitoring solutions.
Update: Dozens of newly minted Microsoft Certified Architects announced as program begins "pilot phase."
New tools for Exchange, GPO management, and storage among IT-leaning products showcased on TechEd exhibit floor.
Ten years of verifiable experience is one of many challenges to face candidates who plan to tackle Microsoft's architecting certification.
From the business wires this week: software for keeping an eye on where and what your users are going and doing on their computers.
The open standard for Web documents will be the default file format for the next version of Microsoft Office.
Microsoft extends "second-shot" exam promotion three more months.
Shavlik's Eric Schultze sounds off on WSUS, hackers and more.
From the fat bank account of a sworn enemy of Microsoft emerged a company that today is one of Redmond's best pals -- Vintela.
Windows servers now support up to 1TB of memory -- more than you're likely to need.