• March 05, 2014 05 Mar'14

    Win8.1 Update 1 Released to Mfgrs (RTM)

    According to sources that include Mary Jo Foley, Paul Thurrott, and others, Windows 8.1 Update 1 has been released to OEMs, a milestone usually abbreviated as RTM (for "release to manufacturing" or ...

  • March 04, 2014 04 Mar'14

    Microsoft licensing changes with standalone Windows Enterprise upgrade

    Microsoft launched a standalone Windows Enterprise upgrade SKU, but is it a true value or simply a way to lure IT pros to Windows 8?

  • March 03, 2014 03 Mar'14

    Windows 8.1 Bada Bing!?

    The Web's been abuzz with rumors of a low-cost/no-cost version of Windows 8.1 that could be offered as an "upgrade" to Windows 7 users who might otherwise be disinclined to migrate to Windows' ...

  • February 28, 2014 28 Feb'14

    Resuscitating the Soul of an Old Machine on a Newer One

    As fate would have it, I was on an important conference call with clients yesterday at around 2:30 PM my time when I rebooted my machine after installing the recently-issued MS Office 2013 Service ...

  • February 27, 2014 27 Feb'14

    Microsoft Windows 8.1 updates to bring back familiar features

    Microsoft added more keyboard and mouse usability features for non-touch Windows 8 devices and enhanced compatibility for legacy IE 8 enterprise apps.

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  • February 21, 2014 21 Feb'14

    SkyDrive Is Now OneDrive

    The word has been out for a few days now that MS has refreshed (and renamed) its cloud storage offering. What was SkyDrive on Windows 8 devices may now be replaced with OneDrive instead (download ...

  • February 17, 2014 17 Feb'14

    Windows 9 Rumors Heating Up: RC this September?

    With Windows 8.1 Update 1 now confidently predicted for March/April of this year, the rumor mill is grinding ahead into the next major planned release for Windows. Usually called Windows 9, this ...

  • February 16, 2014 16 Feb'14

    Great Little Utility Backs Up Bootable UFDs

    USB Flash Drives -- aka UFDs -- represent one Windows install medium of choice nowadays, particularly on newer PCs with USB 3 ports when matched up with USB 3 rated flash drives. These speedy ...

  • February 12, 2014 12 Feb'14

    MS Posts Extensive 8.1 Compatibility Updates for Patch Tuesday

    OK, so yesterday was "Patch Tuesday," and MS posted a couple of interesting compatibility updates along with a number of security updates, and the latest version of the Malicious Software Removal ...

  • February 12, 2014 12 Feb'14

    Microsoft's cloud initiative, streamlined transition gives hope

    Microsoft's cloud transformation to a mobile and services company may be exciting, but can it retain its bread-and-butter enterprise IT customers?

  • February 12, 2014 12 Feb'14

    Microsoft mobile, cloud strategy hold key to transforming its future

    Microsoft is undergoing a transformation to focus on mobile and the cloud, but will the industry continue to stick with the software giant?

  • February 10, 2014 10 Feb'14

    Desktop Disappears: How to Recover the Desktop Tile in Windows 8.*

    A great recent post from Sergey Tkachenko over at WinAero explains how to recover the Desktop tile on the Modern UI Start screen for Windows 8 and 8.1, should it ever go missing. That post is ...

  • February 07, 2014 07 Feb'14

    Huh!? Web Application Firewall Blocks Access to Local School District Server

    My 10-year-old son is a cheerful and active computer user, and is already able to download and print homework assignments from the fourth grade pages on his school's website. He's also a pretty ...

  • February 05, 2014 05 Feb'14

    Getting Desktop Virtualization Right

    I recently wrote an article with my old buddy Earl Follis for SearchVirtualDesktop entitled "Vendor options for VDI deployment -- sans Microsoft." In response, Rick Mack, an SME at Dell based in ...

  • February 03, 2014 03 Feb'14

    Microsoft Store slashes prices on Windows 8.1 Tablets

    When I started seeing the news online this morning about recent discounts on various Windows 8.1 tablets, I couldn't take them seriously. But upon traipsing over to the Microsoft Store online (the ...