• June 02, 2014 02 Jun'14

    Thin Tablets and the "Gunslinger Syndrome"

    I'm reading some reports from CompuTex 2014 right now with a degree of bemusement. Among the slew of new product announcements typical of this event, there's news from Asus about a new convertible ...

  • May 26, 2014 26 May'14

    Windows with Bing IS for Real

    A few months back, I posted a whimsical post right here entitled "Windows 8.1 Bada Bing!?" (March 3, 2014). It not only reported on rumors of a low-cost/no-cost version of Windows 8.1 which turned ...

  • May 24, 2014 24 May'14

    SSD Breakthrough Speeds Writes, Saves Energy

    When I saw the headline at this morning, my first thought was "marketing/advertising spam!" But when I dug a bit more deeply into "SSD breakthrough makes drives 300 per cent faster ...

  • May 23, 2014 23 May'14

    Ponder This: The Pursuit of Perfection Is an Expensive Proposition

    In the wake of Microsoft's announcement of the new Surface Pro 3 earlier this week, and the blizzard of articles that have followed in its wake, I'm both amused and bemused to understand that ...

  • May 21, 2014 21 May'14

    Chinese Government Bans Windows 8 from Its PCs

    There's been quite a bit of coverage over the past few days about a recent announcement from the Chinese government that it will "ban the use of Microsoft's Windows 8 on its computers" (this ...

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  • May 19, 2014 19 May'14

    Surface Pro 3 Tomorrow? Could Be Interesting...

    For the past couple of weeks rumors have been flying thick and fast that MS will be introducing a new model of the Surface Pro on May 20, 2014, along with the long awaited Surface Mini. I finally ...

  • May 16, 2014 16 May'14

    TechEd 2014 disappoints IT pros

    By Diana Hwang Microsoft was all about the cloud at this year's TechEd North America 2014 but IT pros wanted something more down to earth: news and previews about the on-premises System Center ...

  • May 16, 2014 16 May'14

    Woody Gets Down and Dirty on KB 2919355 Problem Details

    Over the past six weeks, Windows watchers have tracked and pondered occasional but vexing issues for some Windows 8.1 users when it comes to applying a key update -- namely KB 2919355, originally ...

  • May 14, 2014 14 May'14

    Patch Tuesday Comes and Goes: So Far, So Good

    After much upset and considerable hoopla about potential issues with items in the May 13 Patch Tuesday updates -- a considerable collection of 9 separate Security Bulletin IDs in the May 2014 ...

  • May 13, 2014 13 May'14

    End users not ready to cut the cord, resist self-service IT

    Self-service IT administration could lighten the workload for IT admins, but it also raises security issues.

  • May 12, 2014 12 May'14

    New Post-Update Cleanup Technique for Windows 8.1 Update

    Thanks to inveterate Windows wizard and toolsmith Sergey Tkachenko, I learned about a new cleanup method for Windows 8.1 Update installs to purge no-longer needed files in the wake of successful ...

  • May 09, 2014 09 May'14

    Here comes trouble? Upcoming updates to test Win81 Update issues...

    In case you didn't already know, MS issued a security update in April, 2014 (KB 2919355) that *must* be installed on certain Windows 8.1 systems for them to continue to receive security updates ...

  • May 07, 2014 07 May'14

    Continuing Saga of KB2919355 Win81 Update

    There's been quite a bit of flap lately about the Windows 8.1 Update (as in the "quasi service pack", KB2919355) released in April, 2014. It seems that many systems encounter problems with its ...

  • May 05, 2014 05 May'14

    New Version of MDOP for 2014

    In MS-speak, MDOP stands for the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack. It's a collection of tools and facilities that MS makes available to its Software Assurance customers (a category that includes ...

  • May 02, 2014 02 May'14

    New application usage analysis tool helps IT lower Office license costs

    CloudIT's application usage analysis tool tracks how often users actively use apps like Office to help IT pros ditch unnecessary software licenses.