November 2005 - Software Crusades
When platfrom zealots attack, it can threaten everything from productivity to profits. Plus: 2005 Editors' Choice Awards where our experts pick their favorites; Microsoft gets carded; Beta Man explores password policy and more.
Microsoft is betting big on smart cards for its own employees while working to make the technology more palatable for the masses.
Office users say Microsoft's electronic forms tool is a hidden gem -- easy to use but lacking certain scanning, security and Web features.
When platform zealots attack, it can threaten everything from productivity to profits.
Redmond's resident critics pick their favorites in this year's Editors' Choice Awards.
This Microsoft Solutions Framework 3.0 exam is less technical, but requires some solid analytical thinking in order to pass. Even if you're an MSF practitioner, don't take this exam too lightly.
The latest version of Patch Manager is a solid performer with exquisite reporting capabilities.
Remote system configuration gets visual with WMI Explorer.
Doug Barney poses the question to Microsoft developers: Is bigger better?
Supplement Active Directory's weak password management tools with Specops' Password Policy.
Office Senior Vice President Steven Sinofsky and his troops could learn a thing or two from the Windows team about building software that can be tweaked quickly.
Suffering from PMS, Smokey Visions Everywhere and BSD=Best ROI?
If you're really concerned about securing your systems, start with the physical.
At least Sun's Scott McNealy is back in the fray.
Microsoft executive shuffle has ramifications for customers.