Windows Server 2008: The More Cores, the Better
I've long been concerned about XP's and Vista's inability to exploit multi-core
. Both generally do a good job of using dual-cores and, depending
on the apps, can gain some benefit from quad-cores.
Windows Server is different. The latest rev of Windows Server 2008 uses up
to 64 processors. R2, due out in the next year or two, promises to exploit as
many as 256. That could handle some mighty big databases, legions of mailboxes
and a fair share of SharePoint!
What is your biggest server and what does it do? Brag to me at email@example.com.
Yahoo Suddenly Cuckoo for Microsoft
Microsoft and Yahoo sometimes act more like dating teenagers than real grown-up
companies. First, Microsoft asked Yahoo to be its one and only with a multibillion-dollar
bid. Yahoo wanted to play the field, and said, "Thanks, but no thanks."
Then Microsoft, feeling snubbed, pulled back its affections -- just when Yahoo
was starting to get interested.
Now that Yahoo's relationship with Google to share ad revenue fell
apart, Yahoo is pining for good old Microsoft. In fact, last week, Yahoo's
Jerry Yang said Microsoft
would be well-served by buying his company. Alas, it appears that Steve
Ballmer has moved on.
A Nearly Patch-less Tuesday
Tomorrow, many (but not enough, in my opinion) will take the day off in honor
of Veterans Day. The only trouble for IT is tomorrow is also Patch Tuesday.
two patches are expected tomorrow. And only one of these patches, to fix
a remote code execution in Office and Windows, is deemed critical.
Are you taking off Veterans Day, and if so, why? Your opinions and beliefs
welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opening OpenOffice.org 3
I've been corresponding with a handful of Redmond Report readers about OpenOffice.org
3. I'm doing an article about this software and would love to talk to as many
users as possible. Shoot me a note at email@example.com
and I'll shoot you back a bunch of detailed questions. Don't be shy now!
Mailbag: Windows 7 vs. XP vs. Vista
Based on early demos, Windows
7 already looks much-improved compared to Vista. Doug asked readers how
they think the next OS will stack up to its predecessors:
Maybe Microsoft will get it right with Windows 7. I've said all along
that if Microsoft had an OS which was small and responsive, it would win over
many companies. If the price is right and the performance is better than XP
on our computers, we would switch to the new Vista.
Windows 7 was good to take out some of the driver loading. But I've seen
some of the videos of demos and they are ALL about appearance. Most of us
don't need fancy front-ends (many people rarely have more than one app running
at a time, possibly two if they are daft enough to monitor their e-mail).
They need something simpler, more stable and more secure.
I think Windows 7 is already competing more with Vista than it will with
XP. However, as I think of my recently bought laptop and the pain I went through
to get my apps working, I doubt that I will risk losing them by updating to
Windows 7. This is in spite of the good words about Win 7. There is peripheral
hardware involved and I am not confident the change would go well.
Windows XP can be a more effective OS, but it still lacks in operating
ability, troubleshooting techniques and user-friendliness. XP has been around
for about seven years, but it still doesn't meet today's customer expectations.
I think Microsoft should have developed and invested more on XP rather than
any other OS.
We have resisted using XP in our organisation for some time now since
upgrading from 2000. Because of the fact that XP is very stable (ironically,
not on my PC at home) and performs very well on our newer PCs, we have no
reason to use Vista. We will be keeping a keen eye on Win 7 as hopefully it
will fulfil the role Vista was supposed to.
I have used Vista a number of times and although the general look and
feel are OK and functional, it still seems overly heavy on hardware.
What do you think? Leave your comment below or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.