Enterprise application management

  • February 17, 2014 17 Feb'14

    Windows 9 Rumors Heating Up: RC this September?

    With Windows 8.1 Update 1 now confidently predicted for March/April of this year, the rumor mill is grinding ahead into the next major planned release for Windows. Usually called Windows 9, this ...

  • February 16, 2014 16 Feb'14

    Great Little Utility Backs Up Bootable UFDs

    USB Flash Drives -- aka UFDs -- represent one Windows install medium of choice nowadays, particularly on newer PCs with USB 3 ports when matched up with USB 3 rated flash drives. These speedy ...

  • February 12, 2014 12 Feb'14

    MS Posts Extensive 8.1 Compatibility Updates for Patch Tuesday

    OK, so yesterday was "Patch Tuesday," and MS posted a couple of interesting compatibility updates along with a number of security updates, and the latest version of the Malicious Software Removal ...

  • February 10, 2014 10 Feb'14

    Desktop Disappears: How to Recover the Desktop Tile in Windows 8.*

    A great recent post from Sergey Tkachenko over at WinAero explains how to recover the Desktop tile on the Modern UI Start screen for Windows 8 and 8.1, should it ever go missing. That post is ...

  • February 07, 2014 07 Feb'14

    Huh!? Web Application Firewall Blocks Access to Local School District Server

    My 10-year-old son is a cheerful and active computer user, and is already able to download and print homework assignments from the fourth grade pages on his school's website. He's also a pretty ...

  • February 05, 2014 05 Feb'14

    Getting Desktop Virtualization Right

    I recently wrote an article with my old buddy Earl Follis for SearchVirtualDesktop entitled "Vendor options for VDI deployment -- sans Microsoft." In response, Rick Mack, an SME at Dell based in ...

  • February 03, 2014 03 Feb'14

    Microsoft Store slashes prices on Windows 8.1 Tablets

    When I started seeing the news online this morning about recent discounts on various Windows 8.1 tablets, I couldn't take them seriously. But upon traipsing over to the Microsoft Store online (the ...

  • January 31, 2014 31 Jan'14

    New MS Theme Song: "Take the Long Way Home"

    OK, so the latest Windows 8.1 Update 1 rumors are out, and they're reporting something nearly everybody who's ever used a Windows 8 version of any kind on a PC already knew, be that version beta, ...

  • January 29, 2014 29 Jan'14

    Upcoming Win8.1 Update to Reduce Disk & Memory Footprint

    In the past 10 days, rumors about the upcoming Windows 8.1 update have started to circulate with some degree of urgency and plenty of frequency. There are two particularly interest elements in ...

  • January 27, 2014 27 Jan'14

    Interesting Win8.* Results for Endpoint Security Suites from AV-Test

    The latest results from AV-Test, an independent anti-malware and security software testing group based in Magdeburg, Germany, are out. In particular, results for what the site calls "Corporate ...

  • January 24, 2014 24 Jan'14

    Getting Desktops Ready for Windows 8(.*)

    I've just taken delivery of a new Fujitsu Q704 Tablet with a keyboard dock that turns it into a somewhat hefty (4 lbs 12 oz, or 2.175 kg, according to my digital office scale) notebook PC. Although ...

  • January 22, 2014 22 Jan'14

    MS Disk2vhd Gets an Update!

    Anybody who's been reading this blog for awhile knows I have a fondness for helpful Windows utilities of interest to admins, power users, and others who must make Windows behave properly on a ...

  • January 20, 2014 20 Jan'14

    Surface Pro 2 Firmware Updates Start Trickling Out Over Weekend

    Unusually attentive owners of Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 might have noticed a partial, out of band firmware update for the Surface Pro 2 this weekend (Saturday, January 18). Mary Jo Foley reports on ...

  • January 17, 2014 17 Jan'14

    What's Intel's Next Big Thing?

    Tablets, data centers, wearables and more are Intel’s Next Big Thing. In fact new technologies is where Intel intends to place more emphasis as it seeks to capture new sources of revenue and reduce ...

  • January 17, 2014 17 Jan'14

    Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack Streamlines Win8 Deployments

    Look no further than TechNet for some great input and advice from Microsoft on how to deploy Windows versions -- including Windows 8 or 8.1 -- to user desktops. This week, I re-read an article ...