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October 03, 2014
Microsoft previews Windows 10 with more enterprise controls, but IT pros need more details before considering a migration.
June 05, 2014
Large organizations across multiple industries committed to Surface Pro 3 for their mobile workers.
March 25, 2014
Dell will launch the KACE K1000 v6.0 endpoint systems management appliance in May with a sleeker look, enhanced security and IT controls.
January 16, 2014
Microsoft will reportedly lay out its vision for Windows 9, but is IT ready for yet another operating system when Windows 8.1 has yet to make a dent?
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Although the open source Songbird music player was discontinued, there are Windows 8 open source alternatives, such as Nightingale. Continue Reading
We wrap up our look at Mac OS tips for Windows desktop admins with the command prompt, fixes for corrupted apps and more troubleshooting functions. Continue Reading
Desktop admins may have to support Mac OS in addition to Windows machines, so here are some Mac tips to help make your life easier. Continue Reading