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.
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.
System requirements proving hard to nail down; breakthroughs for some scenarios.
Patching your servers is an art that takes time to master. Here's a paint-by-numbers kit to help you get started.
Besides Web conferencing, readers have found many other uses for Microsoft's NetMeeting.
Several popular Linux distributions are poised to take on Windows on the corporate desktop.
Microsoft is battling the perception that there's little to get excited about in the long-awaited and much-ballyhooed Longhorn.
Free assessments, e-learning packages for developers to understand their abilities with new Microsoft software to be released in November.
If information posted on a testing provider's Web site is correct, Microsoft Partner competency exams will feature Office exams.
From the business wires this week: a Cisco VPN client for mobile devices, Windows-to-Mac porting software and a USB authentication token.
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.
Microsoft to delay simulations for 70-293, 70-294 to work on smoother rollout for international language versions.
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.
Update: Dozens of newly minted Microsoft Certified Architects announced as program begins "pilot phase."
New tools for Exchange, GPO management, and storage among IT-leaning products showcased on TechEd exhibit floor.
From the business wires this week: software for keeping an eye on where and what your users are going and doing on their computers.
Ten years of verifiable experience is one of many challenges to face candidates who plan to tackle Microsoft's architecting certification.
The open standard for Web documents will be the default file format for the next version of Microsoft Office.
Microsoft extends "second-shot" exam promotion three more months.
Shavlik's Eric Schultze sounds off on WSUS, hackers and more.
From the fat bank account of a sworn enemy of Microsoft emerged a company that today is one of Redmond's best pals -- Vintela.
Windows servers now support up to 1TB of memory -- more than you're likely to need.