• October 21, 2013 21 Oct'13

    Interesting Post-Win8.1 GA IE Shenanigans and Other Complaints

    I've upgraded three machines to the Windows 8.1 GA release now, including my primary production machine (I reported on an in-place upgrade on this machine from Windows 7 SP1 to Windows 8 on October ...

  • October 18, 2013 18 Oct'13

    Win8.1 Rollup Installs Quickly, Easily

    Having deliberately installed the Windows 8.1 RTM version on my primary Windows 8 test machine recently, I was naturally eager to jump all over the promised "Update Rollup" yesterday when it ...

  • 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 17, 2013 17 Oct'13

    PC downturn be damned, new crop of Windows 8.1 notebooks about to ship

    Despite the decrease in worldwide PC adoption, vendors are readying enterprise-level Windows 8.1 notebooks for Q4. Here's what's coming.

  • October 16, 2013 16 Oct'13

    Dell endpoint management tools arrive for iOS, Android

    Dell's new endpoint management tools will let IT admins do more from their mobile devices, but the company has yet to fully integrate these products.

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  • October 16, 2013 16 Oct'13

    Education IT shares lessons learned from Windows 8 tablet deployments

    Windows 8 tablet and virtualization deployments in educational IT echo enterprise challenges, giving IT admins lessons from their school counterparts.

  • 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 16, 2013 16 Oct'13

    Windows 8.1 biometrics support increases security, but do you need it?

    The Windows 8.1 Preview features more biometrics support, such as built-in fingerprint authentication, which could be useful for mobile security.

  • October 14, 2013 14 Oct'13

    New Windows 8.1 features can boost mobile device management

    Among its new Windows 8.1 features, Microsoft has added mobile device management tools, such as Open MDM, strengthening the case for Windows 8.1 BYOD.

  • October 14, 2013 14 Oct'13

    Mechanics of the Upcoming Win8.1 Upgrade

    I found a fascinating article on 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, ...