After a quarter-century, Windows has gone from a long-awaited experiment to the dominant software product in the world. But the operating system's past isn't necessarily a prologue for what could be an uncertain future.
- By Jeffrey Schwartz, Lee Pender
Microsoft is working hard to turn around its flagging mobile business, but success is far from guaranteed for Windows Phone 7.
- By Paul Korzeniowski
The beta of IE 9 is more than just a browser for Microsoft -- it's a direct shot in its war against Google, and it shows.
As companies prepare to migrate to Windows 7, IT professionals can implement new virtualization capabilities provided in the new desktop operating system. We offer a primer on the various options now available.
- By J. Peter Bruzzese, Lee Owens
A new component in SQL Server 2008 R2 gives users the autonomy to set up business intelligence functionality in Excel without taking control of the process away from IT.
- By Andrew J. Brust
Software piracy is big business and bad for IT as a whole, so someone has to police it. But when the piracy police overstep their bounds, companies suffer needlessly. Here, Redmond explores the most harrowing tales of software audits and how companies should respond if the piracy cops come knocking.
Exec oversees "dog-fooding" of Redmond's new technology and migration to the cloud.
- By Jeffrey Schwartz
This week marks Windows 95's birthday, with the venerable operating system turning 15 years old.
This month, Internet Explorer turns 15 years old. Happy birthday, IE!
These roducts aren't really alive, but they're not quite extinct, either. They're the walking dead of Microsoft product lines, and it's best to avoid them -- if you can.
- By John K. Waters
In the 15th year of Redmond magazine's annual salary survey, IT salaries generally remained flat, but some respondents got raises -- giving rise to general optimism about salaries next year.
- By Michael Domingo
The green trap is real. Going green with your IT environment requires a clear set of goals, target metrics and execution.
- By Ric Merrifield
Take a good look at your organizations’ priorities and policies, and you may discover you’re going green just by trying to save some green.
The question isn't whether the cloud is secure, but whether your provider can show you what's behind the curtain.
- By Jeffrey Schwartz
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.
IE9 promises native support for video and scalable vector graphics, but IT organizations likely will depend on Flash and Silverlight in the near term.
How to use SQL Server to build a business intelligence (BI) platform without getting your organization's top brass involved.
- By Andrew Peterson
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.
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.
- By Alan Maddison
Readers share their tales of woe, survival and redemption from the great recession.