Jeff James


Jeff James is industry news analyst for Windows IT Pro. He was previously editor-in-chief of Microsoft's TechNet Magazine, was an editorial director at the LEGO Company, and has more than 15 years of experience as a technology writer and journalist.

Review: HP ProBook 5330m
Does the HP ProBook 5330m successfully combine style with function? Read Jeff's review to find out.
Will IT Departments Rush to (or Away from) Windows 8? 8
The most prominent aspect of Windows 8 is the new Metro UI design approach. Features in Windows 8 Enterprise Edition include the "boot from a USB stick" capability of Windows To Go, VDI enhancements, and updated Windows 8 app deployment and software assurance changes.
Buyer's Guide: Hardware Firewall Appliances for SMBs 1
A fundamental shift in what firewalls are expected to do has led to a new class of products known as Next Generation Firewalls and many new features.
Review: Samsung Galaxy S II
Find out how the Samsung Galaxy S II compares to Apple's iPhone 4S. If you're in the market for a good Android-powered smartphone, you can't go wrong with the Galaxy S II.
13 Free Security Tools and Resources 2
With the annual security circus known as the RSA Conference starting this week, I felt it would be appropriate to highlight some of the best free security tools and services that my fellow editors and external security experts have found invaluable to help them do their jobs. The result is this baker's dozen-sized list of free security tools, utilities, and resources that every system administrator may find useful.
Windows IT Pro Insider: Microsoft System Center 2012 and the Private Cloud
Microsoft hosted a hands-on workshop on System Center 2012 and the Private Cloud in mid-January. Windows IT Pro staffers Jeff James, Michael Otey, and Sean Deuby attended. They discuss their impressions of the licensing changes for System Center; the ability to create private clouds with Virtual Machine Manager (VMM); and new features and components such as App Controller for rolling out applications, Service Manager to create service requests, and Orchestrator for automating workflows.
Comparative Review: VMware Fusion 4.1 vs. Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac
The competition between VMware Fusion and Parallels Desktop has made both products better. Find out which one has the edge.
First Impressions: T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II 4G 1
We recently received a Samsung Galaxy S II Android phone (running on T-Mobile's 4G network) in for review at the Windows IT Pro editorial offices, so I decided to post some early photos and first impressions. We'll post our full review in the next week or two.
Sourcefire Takes Visual Approach to Malware Protection with FireAMP 4
Malware authors are constantly exploring new ways to get past security safeguards, and keeping track of the what, when, and how of malware attacks can be problematic, especially for organizations required to operate under restrictive auditing, compliance, and governance requirements. Security vendor Sourcefire thinks they have a solution to that problem with their new FireAMP product, which was announced earlier this week.
Ultrabooks in the Enterprise 1
Employees are shifting their workloads from traditional desktop and notebook PCs to ultralight notebooks, and at CES this year, the market blew wide open.
Trends in Mobile Device Security: 7 Tips to Protect Mobile Devices from Malware 1
As users flock to mobile devices, so too do malware authors. Seven simple tips can help you avoid the biggest risks.
Incapsula Touts Website Availability and Security Service
Whether you have a single-person blog or manage a sprawling web operation with dozens of contributors, keeping that website available for your readers and secure from hackers can sometimes be an arduous task. That's a problem that Incapsula and company co-founder Marc Gaffan hope to solve.
Long Live Windows XP 7
Microsoft's recent 10 year anniversary for Windows XP was a widely-heralded event, and accolades freely flowed for Microsoft's longest lived OS ever. Sadly, Microsoft's efforts at highlighting the commendable track record of XP were overshadowed by overly zealous efforts by various Microsoft spokespeople to drive customers off Windows XP and onto Windows 7.
Windows IT Pro Insider: Windows 8 on the Tablet
Paul Thurrott demonstrates Windows 8 on the tablet in this edition of Windows IT Pro Insider. Along with Sean Deuby, Michael Otey, and Jeff James, Paul walks through the touch-screen interface and the start menu.
iPhone 4S Unboxing Gallery
The new iPhone 4S started shipping in volume this week, and I was one of the customers who opted to upgrade to Apple's latest smartphone. I've been using an iPhone 3GS as a personal phone for several years, and also had been using a Motorola Droid X as my primary work phone. I thought it was time to upgrade, so I opted for the iPhone 4S.
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