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  • October 18, 2013 18 Oct'13

    IT administrators gain more control with Windows 8.1

    Microsoft has made good on its promise to release its software at a faster cadence with the release of Windows 8.1 today with some features that may grab the attention of IT. This means you can now ...

  • October 16, 2013 16 Oct'13

    Leaving XP Behind, Climbing onto Windows 7, Just as 8.1 Looms Large

    I volunteer at my son's school, where one of my gigs involves assisting with a Wednesday morning programming class on Microsoft's SmallBasic, and another one has me helping out with a way-cool ...

  • October 14, 2013 14 Oct'13

    Mechanics of the Upcoming Win8.1 Upgrade

    I found a fascinating article on WinBeta.org this weekend. If you can get past its enormous title "Windows 8.1 'GA Rollup A' update will finalize the Windows 8.1 code, comes with fixes" there's ...

  • October 11, 2013 11 Oct'13

    One Week In, Windows 8 Upgrade Shows No Gotchas

    One week ago today, I reported on an upgrade install on my production PC from Windows 7 SP1 to the current version of Windows 8, as an experiment in anticipation of the GA release for Windows 8.1 ...

  • October 09, 2013 09 Oct'13

    Microsoft plays catch up yet again; this time, with Office for iPad

    Alas…Microsoft is playing catch up yet again. This time the industry buzz is about exiting CEO Steve Ballmer's keynote comments at this week's Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in which he finally ...

  • October 09, 2013 09 Oct'13

    OMG We're Up to a Full Decade of Patch Tuesdays!

    When I read Larry Seltzer's Zero Day blog post yesterday -- which appeared on a Patch Tuesday morning, by no coincidence whatsoever I'm sure -- I was both amazed and amused to realize that it has ...

  • October 07, 2013 07 Oct'13

    Interesting Poll Shows the Supreme Power of Self-Selection

    The first thing one should always ask when reviewing any kind of poll result is "Who's in the survey population?" I was forcibly -- and humorously -- reminded of this essential basis for analysis ...

  • October 04, 2013 04 Oct'13

    True Win7 to Win8 Upgrade Goes Surprisingly Well

    Almost forever, I've been a big proponent of the "clean install school" of Windows upgrade methodology. That is to say, rather than upgrading my systems from an older Windows version to a new one, ...

  • October 02, 2013 02 Oct'13

    A Return to the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant

    I'm facing an interesting issue that I'm sure is at least somewhere on the minds of fellow Windows-focused IT professionals -- namely, how well an upgrade might work from Windows 7 or Vista to ...

  • September 27, 2013 27 Sep'13

    More Windows 8 Weirdness: Fixing Flaky RDP

    I've got a total of 5 out of 8 PCs in my house running Windows 8 now, and every now and then I encounter some new form of wacky Windows behavior that requires certain shenanigans to fix. I stumbled ...

  • September 25, 2013 25 Sep'13

    Windows ADK for 8.1 Now Available

    As of the end of August, a new version of the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (aka the Windows ADK) is now available for Windows 8.1 (RTM version, which presumably means it will also work ...

  • September 22, 2013 22 Sep'13

    Automation Possibilities for VDI Are Endless

    Earlier this afternoon, I finished a story for SearchWindowsVirtualization.com that's currently entitled "Automation Technology in VDI Environments." Given that it usually takes a week or two ...

  • September 20, 2013 20 Sep'13

    Surface (Pro) 2 Launch on 9/23/2013 in NYC

    Microsoft is holding an invitation only press event next Monday, September 23, to announce its new generation of Surface tablets, currently known as Surface 2. Both the RT model (to which rumors ...

  • September 19, 2013 19 Sep'13

    Microsoft recalls Office 2013 update from September Patch Tuesday

    Microsoft’s monthly Patch Tuesday updates have started to resemble motor vehicle recalls as the company once again encounters problems after releasing a public patch update. In the September Patch ...

  • September 18, 2013 18 Sep'13

    Microsoft ships Windows 8.1 Enterprise RTM

    Microsoft is finally giving its bread and butter enterprise customers the ability to download Windows 8.1 Enterprise RTM through its TechNet and MSDN subscriptions. Volume licensing customers also ...

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