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The industry's brainiest and most high-powered analysts and experts headline the Enterprise Windows Decisions conference in Chicago this week. They'll help you hone long-term IT strategies and resolve your toughest technical problems.

Are you getting everything you need from your Windows enterprise software?

There's no short supply of Windows experts on hand in Chicago this week at Enterprise Windows Decisions. They're ready to help IT executives face down all the challenges associated with running a large Windows network in today's soft economy.

Microsoft recently debuted a new version of its operating system platform, Windows Server 2003, and it has a few other major software releases in the pipeline for this year. There is Exchange 2003, the messaging platform, and the Real Time Communication Server, plus new releases of Sharepoint, Microsoft's collaboration platform. A trial version of the next generation database, code-named Yukon, is expected late in the year. Customers must weigh the benefits of the new while evaluating the cost benefits of keeping their existing Windows platforms.

Jim Hebert, general manager of the Windows Server product group, will be on hand to answer questions from Paul Gillin, TechTarget's editorial vice president. Other experts include John Enck, vice president and research director at Gartner, who will take a long view and discuss Microsoft's road map.

Also on hand are Mark Minasi, best selling author of Mastering Windows 2000 Server, and Roberta Bragg, another well-known author and information security consultant.

On Friday, Executive Technology Editor Dave Gabel and Senior Site Editor Marilyn Cohodas will reveal the results of its own Microsoft Report Card. The Report Card reflects the opinions of 1,000 site members who graded Microsoft on quality, security and support, among other things. Their answers may surprise you.

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