June 2005 - The Microsoft Survey

Our numbers chronicle your love/hate relationship; Plus: Patching for dummies; readers find unique uses for NetMeeting; Longhorn: Big hat, no cattle?; Linux desktop alternatives and more.


The Microsoft Survey

Love Microsoft? Hate it? Somewhere in between? It's all of the above in the Redmond magazine survey of your attitudes toward the world's most important computer company.

Enter the Longhorn PC

System requirements proving hard to nail down; breakthroughs for some scenarios.

Patching Made Simple

Patching your servers is an art that takes time to master. Here's a paint-by-numbers kit to help you get started.

NetMeeting: Still Going Strong

Besides Web conferencing, readers have found many other uses for Microsoft's NetMeeting.

Desktop Linux: Ready for Prime Time?

Several popular Linux distributions are poised to take on Windows on the corporate desktop.

Longhorn: Big Hat, No Cattle?

Microsoft is battling the perception that there's little to get excited about in the long-awaited and much-ballyhooed Longhorn.


Assessments, E-Learning for SQL Server, Visual Studio

Free assessments, e-learning packages for developers to understand their abilities with new Microsoft software to be released in November.

Partner Program Adds New Office Exams

If information posted on a testing provider's Web site is correct, Microsoft Partner competency exams will feature Office exams.

IT Weekly Roundup, June 24

From the business wires this week: a Cisco VPN client for mobile devices, Windows-to-Mac porting software and a USB authentication token.

IT Weekly Roundup, June 17

From the business wires this week: a centralized console for deploying security patches, solutions that notify users of vulnerabilities in need of patching, and automated inventory software.

70-293, 70-294 Simulation Exams Delayed to August

Microsoft to delay simulations for 70-293, 70-294 to work on smoother rollout for international language versions.

IT Weekly Roundup, June 10

From the business wires this week: a mail merge solution for Microsoft Outlook, a plug-in that can speed up file transfers, and network monitoring solutions.

Microsoft Certified Architect Program Ahead of Pace with New MCAs

Update: Dozens of newly minted Microsoft Certified Architects announced as program begins "pilot phase."

Field Report from Microsoft TechEd Orlando

New tools for Exchange, GPO management, and storage among IT-leaning products showcased on TechEd exhibit floor.

IT Weekly Roundup, June 3

From the business wires this week: software for keeping an eye on where and what your users are going and doing on their computers.

Architect Program Taking Shape

Ten years of verifiable experience is one of many challenges to face candidates who plan to tackle Microsoft's architecting certification.

Microsoft Adopts XML for Next Office

The open standard for Web documents will be the default file format for the next version of Microsoft Office.

Reprieve on MCP Retake Offer

Microsoft extends "second-shot" exam promotion three more months.

Meet the Patch Man

Shavlik's Eric Schultze sounds off on WSUS, hackers and more.

Vintela's Winding Road to Windows

From the fat bank account of a sworn enemy of Microsoft emerged a company that today is one of Redmond's best pals -- Vintela.

A Big, Beautiful Number

Windows servers now support up to 1TB of memory -- more than you're likely to need.

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