May 2006 - SQL Server 2005 Is a Winner

Redmond magazine's 2006 Readers' Choice Awards; Part II of Tour de SQL -- administrative features; 20 portable apps; Microsoft Live report card; and more.


The Best of the Best: Redmond's 2006 Readers' Choice Awards

Find out how your favorite tools fared in more than 40 categories.

SQL Server 2005 Is the One to Beat

Super-fast performance, robust toolset and better security options make Microsoft's latest database management system a must for most shops.

Productivity on the Go

Never install software again! We look at 20 top portable apps, from office suites to IP scanners.

Tour de SQL Part II: Administrative Features

Every year, the Tour de France is won or lost in the mountains. In this stage of our tour of SQL Server 2005, we look at the critical administrative features that make or break the new database.

Exam Reviews

70-443: New Generation, New Database Designer

You'll need to come fully prepared to take on exam 70-443, both as a developer and as a database designer. This one is tough.

Product Reviews

Still Beating

Neverfail can keep your Exchange server running through just about any disaster.

Barney's Rubble

Computers Make You Stupid

Do we rely on our electronic counterparts too much?

Beta Man

Exchange 12: Unified Messaging Rules

Check all your voice, text and fax messages through Exchange 12.

Foley on Microsoft

Microsoft Live: A Six-Month Report Card

Mary Jo explains what the Live services are all about and how she rates their success so far.

Letters to Redmond

Letters@Redmondmag.com: May 2006

Windows alternatives, Vista beta testing, and more.

Mr. Roboto

Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

Use this script to find out which time zones your computers are in.

Never Again

Out of Control

Hell hath no fury like two employees scorned.

Security Advisor

Microsoft at Your Service

Joern takes a look at Microsoft's new Live security services.

Windows Insider

Extending Security

Secure non-Microsoft server apps with your own SCW extensions.


Microsoft Expands Local Search Into U.K.

Microsoft Corp. is expanding its local, photo-based search service into the United Kingdom, and adding traffic information for the U.S. service.

InfoUSA Licenses Database to Microsoft

Microsoft has agreed to license infoUSA's business listings database to beef up the software company's online local search offerings.

BlackBerry Coming to China

The company behind the BlackBerry on Thursday said it will launch its mobile e-mail service in China, where it already has homegrown competition: the Redberry.

Google Shows Off "Co-op"

Google Inc. on Wednesday fired another salvo aimed at maintaining the lead in Internet search while making its software more accessible outside Web browsers in its ongoing duel with rivals Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc.

Hasta La Vista

Is the latest Vista slip a disaster or just a distraction?

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