December 2007 - The List Issue

Our editors voice their choices for their favorites, least favorites and the most unusual in this eclectic set of categories. Also in this issue: SQL closes in on Oracle, the top 5 tricks for Excel and Outlook, Microsoft MapPoint takes on Virtual Earth, and much more.


Above the Rest: Windows 2008's Terminal Services Client

One shining gem you can't ignore in the new Windows Server 2008 OS -- one which might compel you to upgrade -- is the implementation of Terminal Services.

SQL Closes the Distance

Redmond is gaining, but when will it -- or can it -- overtake longtime market leader Oracle?

The List Issue

Our staff picks out the best, the worst and the most unusual in this eclectic set of categories.

Top 5 Tricks for Excel and Outlook

Like their Office 2007 brethren Word and PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook have some snazzy new features as well.

Excel 2007: New Features Outweigh Upgrade Hassles

Although most users still struggle with the new ribbon interface, many say Excel 2007's new features make it a worthwhile upgrade.

Microsoft MapPoint vs. Virtual Earth

Packaged software or Web service for running mapping applications?

Product Reviews

Mi5 Networks' Webgate Fills Security Holes

This Web security appliance can protect your network within an hour after unpacking the box.

Barney's Rubble

Barney's Lists

From the coolest recent invention to the biggest unsolved problem, here are Doug's picks.

Beta Man

SQL Server 2008: Administration Simplified

Policy-based management improves database performance.

Foley on Microsoft

2007: All About Windows Vista

Vista's debut year had mixed results.

Letters to Redmond

Playing Catch-Up

One reader thinks it's worth it to give Vista a little more time. Plus, readers tell us about their technology pet peeves.

Mr. Roboto

Membership Has Its Privileges

It's getting harder and harder to track who belongs to what group. Mr. Roboto's Group Auditor can help make membership management easier.

Security Advisor

The Weakest Link: Part II

Keeping your users informed and involved can save your network.

Windows Insider

The Password Drama Continues

Setting password policies is tricky enough. Now, throw Windows Server 2008 into the mix.


Microsoft Launches New Security Blog

Patch Tuesday releases promise be a lot more interesting in 2008.

Microsoft Unveils Vision and Roadmap

The company aims to simplify SOA and Web services.

Q&A: Burley Kawasaki

Connected systems division director lays out the company's 'Oslo' plans.

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