Karen Forster


Karen Forster was formerly editorial and strategy director for Windows IT Pro. She is currently director of technical communications at Microsoft.

3 Costly IT Mistakes That Undermine Business Value
Karen Forster and Eric Zinn of Advaiya discuss the 3 most common mistakes that undermine IT's value to the business.
Is the World Ready for SQL Server 2008? - 12 Nov 2008

Executive Summary:

SQL Server 2008, the latest version of the Microsoft database platform, is due for release in second quarter 2008. Microsoft Corporate Vice President of the Data and Platform Storage Division, Ted Kummert, talks with Karen Forster, editorial strategy director of SQL Server Magazine, about key features of SQL Server 2008.

SBS 2008 and EBS 2008: The View from the Trenches
The wizard-based deployment and preinstallation tools that come with Small Business Server 2008 and Essential Business Server 2008 are a hit, but the cost and the migration process are less than ideal.
SBS 2008 and EBS 2008 Build on Knowledge Every IT Shop Needs
Microsoft's thorough research into what SMBs need in a network infrastructure led to easier installation and management for the latest version of Windows Small Business Server and the new Windows Essential Business Server.
Microsoft’s Evolution Toward Software Plus Services
Can Microsoft balance the push toward hosted services with its traditional software products business plan?
SFU in R2 - 08 Oct 2008

My husband gave me a new edition of Tracy Kidder's 1981 book, The Soul of a New Machine, for Christmas. When I first read it in the mid-80s, it helped me understand technology and the computing industry. The book is still a great read. One thing Kidder discusses is how IBM's failure to recognize market needs, demonstrated by its early decision to initially ignore the potential of minicomputers, provided opportunities for companies such as Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) and Data General to take the industry in new directions.

What Keeps IT Pros Awake at Night?
Microsoft’s Dynamic IT initiative is intended to increase efficiency. But will the end result be IT pros with more time to be strategic rather than reactive, or simply fewer IT positions?
Microsoft’s Take on SBS 2008 Pricing
Responding to concerns that SBS 2008 is priced too high, Microsoft says that customer feedback led to a higher price point for the software but a lower price for CALs, resulting in lover overall cost for most organizations.
Microsoft Responds to PolicyMaker Questions 4
Last may, reader Jeff Vandervoort wrote that Microsoft owes PolicyMaker users a migration plan. Now Microsoft has a response.
Microsoft’s SMB Products and Services 2
As IT spending in the SMB market increases, Microsoft focuses its efforts on related software and services, such as Windows Essential Business Server, Small Business Server, and Microsoft Online Services.
Recognizing Microsoft’s Fading Generation of Products
Karen acknowledges Server 2008, DPM 2007, and SCVMM 2008 for receiving Editors’ Best awards and examines Microsoft’s perspective on virtualization as it relates to a new generation of Web-integrated IT.
Making a Mesh of IT?
Find out how Live Mesh fits Microsoft’s Software Plus Services (S+S) strategy.
Tech Ed IT Pro Week Kicks Off with Dynamic IT
Tech Ed IT Pro week kicks off with Hyper-V and other announcements. But there are also mixed messages about IT pros and developers and about strategic vision, such as Dynamic IT, versus learning how to use Microsoft technology.
Microsoft Owes PolicyMaker Users a Migration Plan 8
In response to "RSAT: windows Server 2008 Remote Server Admin Tools," a reader expresses frustration with Microsoft's support for PolicyMaker customers.
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