October 2005 - Inside Microsoft Research

Rick Rashid heads the team this "advancing the state of the art"; Internet Explorer: The ultimate admin's guide and a look at the alternatives, plus Beta Man checks out Spotlight on AD and much more.


Test Drive a Better Browser

These alternatives to Microsoft's Internet Explorer can add Web-browsing muscle, but they're not without potential problems.

Get Serious About Securing IE

Internet Explorer is one of the most used products in nearly every environment, but most administrators know little about how to tune it for best performance and safety.

Smoke, but No Fire for TCO

Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is a concept touted by Microsoft and various Linux vendors as proof that their products are cheapest to run. But TCO claims aren't what they're cracked up to be, and most IT shops never use TCO, or just plain do it wrong.

Keep Data in Line, Most of the Time

For synchronizing data on PocketPCs and Smartphones, ActiveSync 3.8 is easy enough to use, but many users say OS and phone service issues can knock it off balance.

The Power Inside

As head of Microsoft Research, Rick Rashid leads a team that remains largely anonymous, but whose work finds its way into nearly every product Redmond ships.


IT Weekly Roundup, Oct. 28

From the business wires this week: a change auditing solution for Active Directory, an embedded SQL database engine and a simple file sharing program.

Exam Objective Guides for MCTS and MCPD Exams Now Available

MCTS exams 70-431, 70-431 and MCPD exam 70-441 to head to beta in November-December time frame, with live release in 1Q 2006.

MCP for the New Generation

Microsoft says new-gen program's aim is to simplify the cert process and reduce costs and training time.

IT Weekly Roundup, Oct. 21

From the business wires this week: grid computing software, NAC solutions, SATA RAID storage systems and a Windows XP Media Center.

Microsoft Learning, Microsoft Partners Coming Together

Two groups to become more closely aligned; new "blended training" tools also being added.

IT Weekly Roundup, Oct. 14

From the business wires this week: a patch management system, a software licensing solution and remote access software for help desk technicians.

MCT Program Re-Up Moved to April 2006

One other change: MCTs with tenure excused from meeting minimum training delivery requirements.

IT Weekly Roundup, Oct. 7

From the business wires this week: software for documenting your network’s assets and vulnerabilities, a solution for joining heterogeneous systems to Active Directory, and network time servers.

Live Date for 70-293/70-294 Sim Exams Delayed to 2006

Microsoft cites priority developing SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005 exams, as well as sim refinements based on testers' feedback.

Microsoft Maps Out Plan to Integrate Virtualization into Windows

Plan calls for support for Linux guest OSes and, eventually, use of hypervisor to incorporate virtualization into the OS.

WinFS Questions Persist

New beta includes only a client version, but sheds light on new details.

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