In-Depth Features


Cool Tools that Rule -- and They're Free!

Finding the right tool for the job can be difficult and finding it for free next to impossible. But standing next to impossible is the Redmond Free Top 25. We think it can make your search a lot easier.

VMware Workstation Is a Virtual Powerhouse

Readers say VMware's desktop virtualization tool, although pricier than Microsoft's free Virtual PC, is definitely worth the money.

Profile: NetManage Makes Connections Happen

A focus on application connectivity has put NetManage in the right place at the right time.

Making Sense of Microsoft Collaboration

The pieces are out there, but fitting them together has proven a long and confusing process.

The ABCs of IPv6

IP version 6 is poised to revolutionize networking. Here's why you should care and what you need to do to get ready.

Microsoft Gets a New Man at the Middle

As Burgum steps down and Nadella steps up, Microsoft continues its mid-market roll.

Should You Buy Microsoft Dynamics?

Microsoft is pushing Dynamics as one-stop shopping for midsize companies seeking ERP, and as an add-on and integration tool for large enterprises. Should you push for Dynamics in your shop?

Making the Jump to IT Consulting

Jumping ship from a career as a systems admin to that of an IT consultant can be stressful but ultimately rewarding. Some Redmond readers tell their tales of wonder and woe.

Microsoft Virtual PC: Good Enough -- for the Price

Virtual PC may be free, but its lack of key features makes its more expensive competitor increasingly attractive.

The SharePoint Diaries

Itching to deploy Microsoft's powerful new SharePoint portal server technology? Better know what you're getting yourself into first.

IT Gone Bad

Spying, blackmailing and thievery -- are there criminals in your IT shop?

Virtual Server Has Real Fans

Now that it's free and has "official" Linux support, users find Virtual Server 2005 R2 a more compelling option.

Server Core: Windows Without Windows

The new Server Core is a stripped-down, rock-solid version of Longhorn.

Cover Your Assets

Get a grip on your networked assets with the right asset management tool.

Cyberspace Battle Royale: Google vs. Microsoft

We put these rivals' tools to the test in a win, lose or draw contest. The overall winner just might surprise you.

The Attacker's Advantage

With Novell emerging as a Linux powerhouse, CEO Ron Hovsepian sets his sites on Microsoft.

11th Annual Salary Survey -- In the Money

Salaries have gone up for the third time in as many years, according to the 11th annual survey of compensation and benefits. So, are you getting what you deserve?

Robert C. Martin on Real-World Agile for .NET Developers

An interview with a leading proponent of Agile software development practices.

To Serve and to Virtualize

Virtualization on the server side can add up to big savings in hardware costs.

Second Time Around

Windows Server 2003 R2 and the new DFS.