04/01/2009

April 2009 - The Strength to Endure

This month, we explore why Microsoft is going to beat the recession. Plus, how Windows 7 stacks up next to Vista; getting the most out of SharePoint using workflows; three can't-miss Exchange Server add-ons; and more.


In-Depth

A SharePoint Workflow Primer

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server is one of the hottest products in Redmond's arsenal and can provide a major productivity boost for companies. In this four-part guide, we detail how IT administrators can get the most out of SharePoint by effectively using workflows.


Microsoft: The Strength to Endure

Microsoft has the stuff to come out of this recession on top.


3 Exchange Server Add-ons You Don't Want to Miss

Mimosa, Quest and CA provide functionality that Microsoft hasn't added yet.


Windows 7: Already Better than Vista?

Early testers reveal a snappier, crisper and far more satisfying desktop effort.


Barney's Rubble

Microsoft on the Brain

We've got opinions, and we're not afraid to use 'em.


Foley on Microsoft

Will Azure Evolve Into Microsoft's Fifth Major Platform?

Microsoft's neither confirming nor denying, but Azure certainly has all the symptoms of a platform -- and developers should take note.


Mr. Roboto

Can You See Me Now?

Sometimes, all you want is a quick reassurance that your server farm is OK. Here's a script to give you some peace of mind.


Pop Quiz

Pop Quiz: Windows 2008 Clustering (Exam 70-646)

Figuring out quorum configuration.


Prof. Powershell

Prof. PowerShell: COM-munication

Some COM objects work just fine in PowerShell -- maybe better.


Security Advisor

Secure to the Core

Managing Server Core can be a challenge; here are some tips to help you keep it secure.


Windows Advisor

Windows Advisor: Who Took My IIS Manager?

How to find and protect it, in eight steps.


News

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.


Beta in May: Windows 7, Configuring Exam

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


Microsoft's 2010 Brand: Details on Office, SharePoint

Microsoft branded some of its best-selling products to come with the "2010" stamp, beginning with the debut of Exchange Server 2010 beta.


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.


'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.


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.


Survey: IT Pros 'Cautious' on Move to Windows 7

A survey of IT professionals conducted last month for systems management provider KACE found that a majority of respondents expect that they won't deploy Windows 7 in the next year.


Users Protest XP Support Deadline

Microsoft's decision to end support for Windows XP has IT pros worried.


First Look: KDE4.2 Windows Version

The desktop solution falters in its first Windows-based tests.


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