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  • Windows service pack tool draws early praise

    Windows customers say they were pleased to learn that they can now use Software Update Services (SUS) to distribute service packs, but many say they wish Microsoft had given them advance notice of the new capabilities. 

  • Microsoft tool learns new patching trick

    Microsoft on Wednesday gave IT managers a speedier way to get their patches installed by making it possible to use an existing Windows utility to deliver and deploy service packs. 

  • Jury still out on Microsoft's data center impact

    Two years after the introduction of a version of Windows for the data center, it is difficult to assess the impact it is having on a market dominated by Unix. 

  • Licensing 6.0 and Software Assurance: Who should renew?

    It's decision time for many companies wondering whether to renew their volume-licensing agreements with Microsoft. 

  • Office Live Meeting goes live

    Microsoft today is releasing the first version of its Web conferencing software since acquiring the technology when it purchased PlaceWare earlier this year. 

  • Windows research lacks credibility

    To update 19th century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli's oft-quoted line, there are lies, damn lies and sponsored research reports. Microsoft's sponsorship of a new report comparing Windows and Linux costs stretches the bounds of credibility... 

  • True IT rebuttals: DOS, we hardly knew ye

    When we published the seemingly silly, yet ultimately controversial, "Oops! True IT blooper #97: DOS, we hardly knew ye", we could have never anticipated the onslaught of user responses it would generate. We've listed some of our favorites in this co... 

  • Children's Hospital makes quick recovery from RPC worm

    An e-mail from Microsoft to the CIO of Children's Hospital, and fast-patching network administrators, prevented the Boston medical facility from becoming a casualty of the recent Blaster worm. 

  • An obsession with release dates

    Sometimes journalists get so wrapped up in the heat of competition that we lose sight of what's important to our readers. Take product release dates for example. The media are keenly focused on being the first to report when software is coming out -&... 

  • 'Script kiddies' need to get a life

    Fans of Saturday Night Live may recall a skit a few years back in which host William Shatner urged Trekkies at a convention to move out of their parents' basements and get a life. Maybe hacker-turned-security-consultant Kevin Mitnick can convi...