Running Windows desktops from the cloud instead of your data center opens more possibilities for managing distributed users
Stories by J. Peter Bruzzese
The on-premises collaboration server will increasingly rely on, or encourage the use of, cloud services
Office 365 is a rich solution, offering a bevy of built-in communication, collaboration, and productivity features. But the idea that Office 365 offers everything you might need, leaving nothing for third-party partners to add, is far from the truth. As with every other Microsoft product, a supportive ecosystem surrounds Office 365, providing meaningful and often customized ways to improve the overall Office 365 experience.
We mined Microsoft's CodePlex repository to unearth 15 invaluable Windows admin tools -- and they're all free
Targeted email attacks (called <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/article/2608694/phishing/state-of-the-art-spear-phishing-and-defenses.html">spear phishing</a>) with harmful links or attachments containing malware are an ever-increasing threat. These attacks are part social networking and part sophisticated technical effort to penetrate companies' defense systems. Traditional security deployments, in many cases, aren't prepared for these kinds of attacks.
Migrating to Office 365 is becoming increasingly popular among businesses both large and small. The upside of moving from an on-premises environment to one hosted online by Microsoft offers compelling benefits. But switcher beware: Early Office 365 adopters have come back from their migration path battle-worn by a slew of unexpected perils they encountered along the way.
We mined Microsoft’s open source hosting repository to unearth 12 invaluable Windows admin tools -- and they're all free
Configuring, deploying, and maintaining Exchange just got a little easier thanks to these 12 essential free tools
From Metro Start to reduced hardware requirements, here is a look at the best new features Windows 8 users will love
From Windows Server 8 to Office 15, Microsoft is overhauling its IT portfolio. Here's what to expect
You might imagine that the best place to go for improving your Microsoft server-side experience is to the mothership itself. In many cases, you would be right. But the truth is there are a meaningful number of open source tools that go above and beyond what Microsoft has to offer in support of Windows Server, Exchange, SQL, and SharePoint. Many of these alternatives provide -- for free -- more powerful capabilities than what you'd get with third-party retail products.
Microsoft offers support for its products for five years and extended support for another five years. That time will soon be up for Windows 2000 (desktop and server) and Windows XP SP2: July 13 is the last day that extended support will be available.
Windows 7 is right around the corner. The official release date is Oct. 22, but some PC makers will ship it before then.
I've been running Type 2 hypervisor apps for years, and whether it's VMware Workstation, Virtual PC, or Parallels, each has proved vital in allowing me to test and run a wider array of applications and OSes off my client machines. But what of the notion of running a bare-metal hypervisor on the client? What benefits might that bring?
It's always shocking when a stalwart of any industry topples. It makes people pause and lay blame in a variety of directions. Some may be slightly confused that GM is not going out of business, as the taxpayers are going to now have a 60 percent stake in the company. However, many different brands we have known for years (Saturn, Pontiac, Saab, and others) will be cut loose.
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