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  • Why the Office 2013 suite still beats Microsoft Office alternatives

    Today's organizations constantly are looking for ways to improve efficiency while keeping a lid on IT costs. But factors such as feature sets, usability, availability and effort of support can a big part in the overall cost of any enterprise...

  • Windows XP migration tools help IT ward off upgrade hassles

    The OS still has some hardcore supporters, but Windows XP migration tools can help pave the way for users to access legacy Web-based data and apps.

  • Watch Windows application compatibility when moving from Windows XP

    What's the top application-compatibility concern with moving from Windows XP?

    Moving off of Windows XP might just be the IT challenge of 2014. Should you stay? Should you go? Every vendor, researcher, analyst and consultant...

  • End of Windows XP support brings IT to a fork in the road

    Microsoft finally ended Windows XP support this week, putting to rest one of its most stable operating systems ever while delivering the Windows 8.1 Update.

    How IT shops get to the newer version of Windows depends on their needs, but one...

  • Will tablets with the Windows 8.1 update come to an office near you?

    Microsoft's Windows 8.1 update may improve the user experience with the operating system, but whether the new features are enough to spur IT to deploy Windows 8.1 tablets to mobile users remains to be seen.

    The majority of IT...

  • Are universal apps, Windows 8.1 updates enough to entice IT shops?

    Microsoft promised this week to deliver universal apps and highlighted new Windows enterprise features to entice IT into the Windows 8.1 camp.

    The software behemoth also offered developers at the Build 2014 conference a glimpse of...

  • 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...

  • Five Mac tips for Windows desktop admins straddling two OSes

    Desktop support techs are coming to grips with the fact that more and more Macs are showing up in the workplace and, even worse, on their service tickets. If the mental calisthenics of switching among Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8 weren't...

  • 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...

  • Where will XP stalwarts go after the end of Windows XP support?

    The end of official Windows XP support is not all bad news. Microsoft plans to provide signature updates for its anti-malware application for another year or so. But support for the operating system itself is going away, and enterprise desktops...

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