• July 21, 2011 21 Jul'11

    Microsoft focuses on virtualization with Windows Server 8

    The first public showing of Windows Server 8 indicates Microsoft plans to significantly pump up its virtualization capabilities, but it must avoid licensing landmines ala VMware.

  • June 20, 2011 20 Jun'11

    Will Microsoft's messaging monopoly devolve into a mere utility?

    Microsoft has an iron grip on the desktop and now the messaging-collaboration market, but its fortunes could fade if it can't generate new services based on those products.

  • June 14, 2011 14 Jun'11

    Microsoft’s June patches fix Windows Server 2008 flaws

    Windows administrators keep their jobs this month thanks to a hefty 34 security fixes to some mainstay products, including Windows Server 2008 and R2.

  • May 25, 2011 25 May'11

    Can Windows Server HPC broaden Azure's appeal?

    Microsoft's Azure platform has generally received good reviews from many IT shops and third party developers and appears to be gaining mindshare despite a band of fierce competitors including ...

  • May 19, 2011 19 May'11

    Data off premise no longer taboo for change averse Microsoft shops

    As Microsoft shops take their first steps toward the cloud, many feel more comfortable putting critical data in the hands of third party providers.

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  • May 17, 2011 17 May'11

    Can SCUPdates survive VMware's Shavlik buy?

    Though many IT shops use products from both VMware and Shavlik Technologies, some worry that VMware may not care to keep SCUPdates, a third-party patch tool that extends SCCM.

  • May 11, 2011 11 May'11

    IT pros seek details on Microsoft cloud computing strategy

    Windows managers want Microsoft to pull together its cloud story into a cohesive whole. The company is expected to flesh out its plans at this year’s TechEd conference.

  • May 02, 2011 02 May'11

    Microsoft hopes storage spec gets a boost under SCVMM 2012

    Microsoft believes its SMI-S specification can address the needs of Windows shops with multi-vendor storage needs, but it will need support from storage vendors to make it happen.

  • April 19, 2011 19 Apr'11

    Microsoft's next major threat could be its own cloud computing strategy

    We have heard this talk before, of course: Microsoft's power and influence has peaked and the company is on a slow slide into irrelevancy. The latest chatter about this started late last week with ...

  • March 09, 2011 09 Mar'11

    A few more Opalis tidbits before MMS 2011

    For a recent article on Opalis and third-party integration, I spoke with Microsoft director Robert Reynolds to learn about the company’s strategy for the automation technology going forward. The ...

  • March 07, 2011 07 Mar'11

    With Opalis, Microsoft bids for cross-platform credibility

    Big enterprises are not pure Windows shops. Microsoft hopes its investment in Opalis Software will extend its reach in systems management and boost integration across platforms.

  • March 01, 2011 01 Mar'11

    Windows Intune closes in on MMS 2011

    It sounds like Windows Intune is just about ready for prime time. Microsoft’s new technology which it describes as “an end-to-end Microsoft solution that brings together Windows cloud services for ...

  • February 04, 2011 04 Feb'11

    Quest CEO Doug Garn: “We love our logo!”

    You have to hand it to Quest Software CEO Doug Garn -- the guy is a great sport. Recently, my colleagues Brian Madden, Gabe Knuth and Bridget Botelho recorded a video for ...

  • February 03, 2011 03 Feb'11

    Microsoft, Google sweeten online service SLAs

    As Microsoft readies Office 365, the company tweaked its Online Services lifecycle policy. Google also improved its service-level agreements to cut planned downtime.

  • February 01, 2011 01 Feb'11

    Where the heck is SP1 for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2?

    UPDATE! 2/09/2011 It sounds like Microsoft is finally close to announcing RTM for both service packs soon, with MSDN availability set for Feb. 16, with a Feb. 22 release date for the Web. ORIGINAL ...