November 2005 - Software Crusades

When platfrom zealots attack, it can threaten everything from productivity to profits. Plus: 2005 Editors' Choice Awards where our experts pick their favorites; Microsoft gets carded; Beta Man explores password policy and more.


Diamond in the Rough

Office users say Microsoft's electronic forms tool is a hidden gem -- easy to use but lacking certain scanning, security and Web features.

Software Crusades

When platform zealots attack, it can threaten everything from productivity to profits.

Microsoft Employees Get Carded

Microsoft is betting big on smart cards for its own employees while working to make the technology more palatable for the masses.

Editors' Choice Awards: Thumbs Up!

Redmond's resident critics pick their favorites in this year's Editors' Choice Awards.

Exam Reviews

70-301: Project Management the Microsoft Way

This Microsoft Solutions Framework 3.0 exam is less technical, but requires some solid analytical thinking in order to pass. Even if you're an MSF practitioner, don't take this exam too lightly.

Product Reviews

Script-Free WMI

Remote system configuration gets visual with WMI Explorer.

Patch Possibilities

The latest version of Patch Manager is a solid performer with exquisite reporting capabilities.

Barney's Rubble

Redmond Reset

Doug Barney poses the question to Microsoft developers: Is bigger better?

Beta Man

Password Policy Done Right

Supplement Active Directory's weak password management tools with Specops' Password Policy.

Foley on Microsoft

Windows Lessons for the Office Team

Office Senior Vice President Steven Sinofsky and his troops could learn a thing or two from the Windows team about building software that can be tweaked quickly.

Letters to Redmond

Readers Respond November 2005

Suffering from PMS, Smokey Visions Everywhere and BSD=Best ROI?

Mr. Script

Automate This! Part 3

Do that thing you do.

Security Advisor

Time To Get Physical

If you're really concerned about securing your systems, start with the physical.


Reading the Tea Leaves

Microsoft executive shuffle has ramifications for customers.

Google Office Thrill Fizzle

At least Sun's Scott McNealy is back in the fray.

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