December 2007 - The List Issue

Our editors voice their choices for their favorites, least favorites and the most unusual in this eclectic set of categories. Also in this issue: SQL closes in on Oracle, the top 5 tricks for Excel and Outlook, Microsoft MapPoint takes on Virtual Earth, and much more.


Above the Rest: Windows 2008's Terminal Services Client

One shining gem you can't ignore in the new Windows Server 2008 OS -- one which might compel you to upgrade -- is the implementation of Terminal Services.

SQL Closes the Distance

Redmond is gaining, but when will it -- or can it -- overtake longtime market leader Oracle?

The List Issue

Our staff picks out the best, the worst and the most unusual in this eclectic set of categories.

Top 5 Tricks for Excel and Outlook

Like their Office 2007 brethren Word and PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook have some snazzy new features as well.

Excel 2007: New Features Outweigh Upgrade Hassles

Although most users still struggle with the new ribbon interface, many say Excel 2007's new features make it a worthwhile upgrade.

Microsoft MapPoint vs. Virtual Earth

Packaged software or Web service for running mapping applications?


Microsoft Launches New Security Blog

Patch Tuesday releases promise be a lot more interesting in 2008.

Microsoft Unveils Vision and Roadmap

The company aims to simplify SOA and Web services.

Q&A: Burley Kawasaki

Connected systems division director lays out the company's 'Oslo' plans.

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