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Getting off the Windows treadmill with Linux desktops

Instead of moving to Windows 8 or waiting for Windows 9, enterprises might consider Linux because of the open source operating system's flexibility.

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SaaS could affect choice between Office 365 and Office 2013

Software as a service may be one reason for choosing Office 365 over Office 2013, but licensing and update frequency are other considerations.

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Lock down workstations with Windows kiosk mode

Switching from the Windows Explorer shell to a particular app can be useful for single-purpose devices, but users can still foil Windows kiosk mode.

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Top patch management tools still have OS limitations

Despite the plethora of software updater products, desktop security is too important to leave to chance. Let's compare Windows patch management tools.

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    The number of endpoint security vulnerabilities is daunting, but endpoint admins should first focus on updating patches against Windows malware.

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    Microsoft Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE)

    The Microsoft Windows Recovery Environment, or Windows RE, is a simplified, scaled-back version of the Windows operating system that is used to boot the system when Windows 8.x, Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2 can't.

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    Apache OpenOffice

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    Windows 7 customers explore life after death

    Should IT pros stay with Windows 7 or leave now that mainstream support ends in January 2015? It might depend on which Windows OS you trust the most.

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    Can IT buck tradition with two-year PC refresh rate?

    IT pros debate whether companies should replace PCs every two years instead of following conventional wisdom of three to four years. In today's world, one size doesn't fit all, and a two-year cycle may work in some cases.

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    IT risks compromising data via outdated Web apps

    Microsoft is ending security and technical support for older versions of Internet Explorer running on Windows 7 PCs by Jan. 12, 2016. Web apps still running past the Internet Explorer 8 end of life deadline face compromising legacy data.

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