Windows 7 May Ship Sooner Than Expected

The next Windows client will probably ship before most of you even move to Vista. Windows 7, as it's currently called, may ship late next year.

I'm hoping that Microsoft re-architects the Windows client to truly exploit multicore processors. The OS itself could be more multithreaded so operations are distributed against processors. It could make the multitasking -- instead of largely sharing a single processor -- work across the cores. And Microsoft could revamp the API to make it easier for developers to parallelize their apps.

What is your experience with dual and multicore desktops? Are you thrilled or disappointed in their performance? Let me know at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Heading On Up to Redmond
If you're one of Microsoft's largest customers or partners, you've probably been wined and dined on its campus, probably at the Executive Briefing Center. If you head up there again, you may find fancier digs. After a two-year makeover, that center is now 20,000 square feet larger.

So if you haven't been invited there yet, now might be a good time to drop a few hints.

Leopard Making Friends, Influencing Users
Redmond magazine just completed a major reader survey (thanks to all who took the time to answer our many questions!), and the news on Vista is not good. While there's massive excitement about Windows Server 2008, Vista adoption is anemic. Apple is taking full advantage of this in the consumer market, making millions with overpriced but solid and easy to use laptops and desktops.

Apple's laptop hardware, I've found, is as flaky as any HP or Dell I've ever owned, but the things never crash or get fatally infected with viruses. If you can afford to pay double or triple for the same amount of hardware, the Mac is the machine for you!

For many, the price is worth it. In fact, Leopard users tend to be a pretty happy lot, at least according to ChangeWave Research. Over 80 percent of Leopard users are "very satisfied." Roughly half of XP users are that happy. And Vista really took it on the chin -- only 15 percent of Vista Home Basic users are "very satisfied."

Ninja Made Easier
Sunbelt Software has long been a fixture in the Windows third-party market. Its crown jewel may well be Ninja, a suite of e-mail-centric security tools, which was recently well-reviewed by the experts at Redmond magazine.

Now, Sunbelt is making it easier to install this anti-virus, anti-spam, e-mail management tool in the form of the new Ninja Blade appliance. Based on Dell PowerEdge servers, the appliance is designed to drop into your network and start working.

Sick of Your Job?
Tired of IT? Worried about a recession? Or just hate your boss? Joanne Dustin may have the answer. No, she doesn't have a bunch of openings for Chippendale dancers or highly paid Hollywood assistants. Instead, she has a book that explains how she moved from IT to another career: writing about how she went from IT to a career writing and speaking about moving from IT!

The book is Life Beyond IT: Open the Door, Your Future is Waiting. You can find it on Amazon.com (or perhaps your co-worker's desk drawer!).

Even if you aren't considering a career change, I have a little advice: You should be a pro, not just an IT pro. That means acting like you deserve a job that's a level or two (or three) above where you are right now. Act like a pro, dress like a pro and -- without being arrogant or pushy -- be a leader in your group. Great jobs in IT and beyond may soon come your way. (Hmm, does that sound like I stole it from a fortune cookie?)

About the Author

Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.

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