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  • standard

    A standard is a generally agreed-upon technology, method or format for a given application. Official standards are overseen by one of a number of governing bodies that exist to promote their development and confirm...

  • Use Group Policy to provide users a standard Windows 8.1 Start screen

    One of the big problems with Windows 8 was that there was no easy way to enforce a consistent Start screen for end users. Microsoft has addressed this problem with the Windows 8.1 Start screen, and it is now possible to use Group Policy settings...

  • standards organization

    A standards organization, sometimes referred to as a standards body, is an organization with authority to endorse official standards for given applications.

  • Five laptop finder products offer security after a device loss

    Laptops get lost or stolen every day. But an organization can soften the blow by implementing a laptop tracking system before devices go missing. An effective laptop finder protects sensitive data and helps locate the device wherever it lands....

  • Windows Management Instrumentation Command line (WMIC)

    The Windows Management Instrumentation Command line (WMIC) is a software utility that allows users to performs Windows Management Instrumentation...

  • More Mac OS tips may remind desktop admins of Windows functions

    The Mac OS is on a small but significant number of desktops in the enterprise, and Macs are more common in education and where graphics-intensive applications are used. IT administrators who may be familiar with only Windows desktops have nothing...

  • Why was the Windows XP lifespan so long?

    Microsoft will cease providing technical assistance for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. Alas, the appetite for desktops has changed in favor of more portable, power-saving devices, perhaps with touchscreens. In addition, cloud computing and...

  • Dell KACE K1000 v6.0 to bring enhanced systems management controls

    Dell Software plans to release a major update to its KACE K1000 systems management appliance in May with a sleeker user interface and enhanced security and IT controls.

    Originally scheduled for release by the end of the first quarter of...

  • Microsoft tightens Windows 8 encryption with Windows 8.1 features

    In Windows 8.1, Microsoft has jumped on the encryption bandwagon, if not quite in reaction to the National Security Agency. As with with its Surface RT tablet line, Microsoft's Windows 8.1 automatically encrypts disk drives by default. This...

  • The Internet of Things provides an opportunity for the desktop admin

    In the past several years, the desktop admin has taken on responsibility for managing everything from the beige-box PC and laptops to all manner of bring your own device assets -- including hardware, software and data.

    Just over the...

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