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Microsoft plans to go "light" to bring its desktop management technology to the outer reaches of the enterprise.

Microsoft will continue to provide "basic" patch management for free, Windows Server executive Steve Anderson says. In an interview, Anderson describes what customers get gratis.

In an interview, a Microsoft executive outlines the software maker's plans to make Windows Update Services -- the patch-management utility formerly called Software Update Services -- an integrated piece of Windows Server.

Client and server administrators will continue to have independent management options, says Microsoft manageability executive Kirill Tatarinov.

Windows Server executive Bob Muglia has provided some limited details about Microsoft's new management-software initiative. It appears that several products in the revamped lineup will be put on hold until 2005.

The idea of managing desktops and servers from a single console has some Windows administrators a bit leery. Microsoft plans to address those concerns.

Specialists in Windows manageability technology explain why they are banding together as they prepare for the Microsoft Management Summit.

Expect Redmond to have plenty to say about the patching and management of its products at Microsoft Management Summit 2004. People close to the software maker have already provided some key details.

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