Business Technology Perspectives Blog en Windows IT Pro Authors Speaking at TechEd <div class="node-body blog-body">Finding the best sessions can sometimes take some work, so I thought I’d take some of the guesswork out of your TechEd session selection by pointing out the sessions that are being presented or co-presented by Windows IT Pro editors, freelancers, and contributing editors.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> #msteched Brett Hill J. Peter Bruzzese Mark Minasi Mark Russinovich Microsoft News TechEd Tim Huckaby Windows 8 Windows Client Windows Server Windows Server 2012 Business Technology Perspectives Blog Thu, 07 Jun 2012 19:51:36 +0000 41459 at The Windows IT Pro Guide to Microsoft TechEd 2012 <div class="node-body blog-body">This year's TechEd is less than a week away, and a team of editors from Windows IT Pro will be covering the event live from Orlando, FL. Getting the most out of TechEd can sometimes be a challenge, so I've put together some tips and advice for IT pros visiting the show that may be useful.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Management & Mobility Windows 8 Facebook Florida Jeff James Michael Otey Microsoft News Orlando Paul Thurrott Sean Deuby TechEd Twitter Windows 8 Windows 8 Windows Client Windows Server Windows Server 2012 Windows Server 2012 Business Technology Perspectives Blog Tue, 05 Jun 2012 18:05:01 +0000 41505 at Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate Now Available <div class="node-body blog-body">While the newly-announced Windows 8 Release Preview has been getting the bulk of tech press attention over the last few days, Microsoft has also reached a significant milestone in the development of Windows Server 2012 (formerly known as Windows Server 8), announcing yesterday that the Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate is now available for download. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Management & Mobility Windows 8 Jeff James Jeffrey Snover Michael Otey News Paul Thurrott Rod Trent Samara Lynn Windows 8 Windows 8 Windows Client Windows Server Windows Server 2012 Windows Server 2012 Windows Server 8 Business Technology Perspectives Blog Fri, 01 Jun 2012 18:48:00 +0000 41560 at Microsoft Revamps Bing with Social Search, Updated UI <div class="node-body blog-body">Google is the undisputed king of internet search, but Microsoft has been a distant (albeit tenacious) competitor. Microsoft hopes to change that situation with some forthcoming updates to the Bing service. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Windows 8 Bing bing Facebook Google Google search Google+ Internet search engines LinkedIn News Search Engine Social Media social media TweetDeck Twitter Twitter Yahoo! Business Technology Perspectives Blog Fri, 11 May 2012 20:33:15 +0000 57603 at Is the Kindle Fire Gaining Traction in the Enterprise? <div class="node-body blog-body">While the iPad makes up the lion's share of tablet devices, Amazon's Kindle Fire is starting to gain traction in the consumer space, and some early signs indicate that the Kindle Fire may find some success in the corporate environment as well.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cloud & Data Center Windows 8 Mobile Device Management Amazon Kindle Cloud Computing cloud storage Cortado Workplace Fiberlink File sharing Jeff James Kindle Fire Mobile Cloud Services News Public Cloud Smartphones Software as a Service (SaaS) Business Technology Perspectives Blog Tue, 21 Feb 2012 18:43:57 +0000 57223 at Microsoft Financing Looks to Help Cash-Strapped IT Departments <div class="node-body blog-body">With the global economy still in the doldrums, beleaguered IT professionals and IT managers are struggling to do more with less. Part of their strategy for staying afloat revolves around sticking with legacy software that is still getting the job done, like the legion of IT departments that are opting to stay with Windows XP rather than upgrade to Windows 7. Computer hardware is also cheaper and more powerful than ever, a situation that leads many businesses to solider on with older equipment that is still getting the job done. Yet not every IT department can afford to stay with legacy hardware and software systems, and sometimes -- for the sake of ensuring critical business tasks or functions – new investments must be made in IT resources. Recognizing that businesses may need help in financing new software and hardware purchases, Microsoft has ramped up promotion of their Microsoft Financing arm that provides a number of financial services for Microsoft customers. To get the latest on what Microsoft Financing can offer customers, I recently spoke with Seth Eisner, general manager of Microsoft Financing. Eisner mentioned that Microsoft Financing generally helps customers with three different financial scenarios. &quot;We can help customers map their payments to deployments, or help them align financing around their budget cycles,&quot; Eisner said. &quot;We also help customers with periodic payments that work [more effectively] with their cash flow situation...our financing options allow us to help customers buy more, buy better, buy bigger, and buy more often.&quot; In a statement included in a news release as part of the renewed publicity push for Microsoft Financing, Microsoft partner Steria -- a provider of IT business services in Europe -- said that Microsoft Financing has helped them streamline their IT operations. &quot;We’ve known about financing but not for software,&quot; says Phillip Cournot, purchasing officer at Steria. &quot;We’ve used other sourc</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cloud & Data Center Windows 8 Cloud Computing HTML Microsoft Microsoft Windows News Technology_Internet Windows 7 Windows IT Pro Windows XP Business Technology Perspectives Blog Thu, 05 Jan 2012 19:44:55 +0000 57288 at IT Pro Holiday Gift Guide <div class="node-body blog-body">In the interest of helping readers with their Christmas shopping--and with tongue partially planted in cheek--I’d like to present this gift guide of both serious (and not-so-serious) holiday gifts for your favorite IT pros. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Windows 8 Christmas gadget gifts gift guide Milton Waddams New Products News Paul Thurrott presents Tech gifts Video Games Business Technology Perspectives Blog Wed, 14 Dec 2011 17:45:06 +0000 57817 at Tablets in the Office: What's Your Take? - 06 Dec 2011 <div class="node-body blog-body">Tablets have been a hot topic in the news these days, from the iPad's dominance of the tablet market to the recent surge of interest in (and impressive sales for) the new Amazon Kindle Fire. I recently purchased a Kindle Fire for my own use, and I should have more thoughts to share on my experience with the device soon. (In the interim check out Paul Thurrott's review of the Kindle Fire.) All of this naturally leads to a discussion about whether Windows IT Pro readers are adopting tablets for personal use and/or office duty. We recently launched an online survey about tablet usage, and some of the early feedback (based on more than 100 responses) is that many IT professionals are already adopting and supporting tablets in the workplace. &#160; While the results of this survey are interesting so far, I'd love to hear directly from IT professionals about what tablets your company is adopting, and why they're adopting them. It's a well-documented fact that the iPad has started to find its way into the workplace, including a commanding position as the tablet of choice for the healthcare industry. Windows 8 tablets will join the Kindle Fire and iPad in late 2012, and will surely help drive even more tablets into small businesses and enterprises everywhere. So what is your organization currently doing with tablets? Are you evaluating them as part of a test period, or are you and your co-workers already using tablets to get your daily business done? Add a comment to this blog post, take a few minutes to complete our tablet survey (and get a chance to win a $200 pre-paid VISA card), or start up a discussion about tablets in the workplace on Twitter. Follow Jeff James on Twitter at @jeffjames3 – Google+ add Jeff to your circles Follow Windows IT Pro on Twitter at @windowsitpro </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Windows 8 Mobile Device Management Amazon Kindle Computing HTML element Hyperlink iPhone iPhone iPod News Paul Thurrott User interface Windows 8 Business Technology Perspectives Blog Tue, 06 Dec 2011 19:39:26 +0000 57064 at How Apple's Bets on Siri (and C3 Technologies) Could Pay Big Dividends <div class="node-body blog-body">Over the last decade, Apple has grown into a company that excels at making smart acquisitions, taking risky bets on emerging technologies, and then refining those acquisitions and technology into compelling consumer products. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Windows 8 Mobile Device Management 3D mapping services 3D mapping technology Apple Apple Apple Inc. C3 Technologies cross-browser 3D globe technology iPhone iPhone iPhone 4S IPod News Siri Inc. Steve Jobs Business Technology Perspectives Blog Fri, 11 Nov 2011 15:52:10 +0000 57445 at Ten Reasons why the iPhone 4S is Selling Like Crazy <div class="node-body blog-body">As of this writing, the iPhone 4S has officially sold more than 4 million units in 3 days, and is on track to become the best-selling iPhone ever. It's also arguably the most popular smartphone in the world at the moment, based on individual hardware sales (not OS market share, a metric that Android still owns).</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Windows 8 Mobile Device Management Apple Apple Apple Inc. AT&amp;T Computing iOS iPhone iPhone IPhone iPhone 4S ITunes Mobile operating system Multi-touch News Siri Smartphones Sprint Verizon Business Technology Perspectives Blog Tue, 08 Nov 2011 16:00:00 +0000 57111 at GM Moving 100,000 Employees to Google Apps? <div class="node-body blog-body">The ongoing war between Microsoft and Google over cloud-based email and collaboration tools just got kicked up a notch thanks to a recent story by the Wall Street Journal that indicates Google has signed a tentative agreement with automotive supergiant General Motors to move 100,000 employees to Google &quot;email and online-collaboration software.&quot; Google and Microsoft have been locked in a bitter struggle over cloud-based email and office productivity tools for the last year or so, with Google leveraging Gmail and Google Apps to slowly gain ground against Microsoft's still-overwhelming dominance in the office email and productivity application space, anchored by Exchange and Office, respectively. Microsoft ratcheted up the pressure on Google earlier this year when it rolled out Office 365, its largely cloud-based answer to Gmail and Google Apps. (Note: See our Office 365 vs. Google Apps webinar for multiple perspectives on both solutions.) The Wall Street Journal also references unnamed sources familiar with the deal that said the contract requires &quot;Google to meet certain requirements before GM makes a final decision to deploy the software.&quot; If Google does manage to win a contact with GM, it would be one of the largest Google Apps business deployments to date, and serves as a counterpoint to Google's recent difficulties delivering on promises made in a contract with the City of Los Angeles that it was awarded two years ago. Competition is always good for the consumer, so the aggressive back and forth between Microsoft and Google over their competing cloud offerings makes for better products and provides better value for customers. It’s also makes for a very entertaining spectator sport. Popcorn, anyone? Follow Jeff James on Twitter at @jeffjames3 – Google+ add Jeff to your circles Follow Windows IT Pro on Twitter at @windowsitpro </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cloud & Data Center Microsoft Exchange Windows 8 Office 365 Cloud applications Cloud Computing Computing Cross-platform software Exchange Server Gmail Google Google Apps News Office Office 365 Technology_Internet Web 2.0 World Wide Web Business Technology Perspectives Blog Fri, 04 Nov 2011 17:48:51 +0000 57936 at HP Reverses Course, Decides to Stay in PC Business <div class="node-body blog-body">HP issued a statement earlier today indicating that it had reversed course on the controversial decision -- made by ex-CEO Leo Apotheker -- to exit the personal computer business. The decision to keep the personal systems group (PSG) is the first major decision by new HP CEO Meg Whitman, who joined HP less than a month ago, soon after Apotheker was ousted by the HP board of directors. &quot;HP objectively evaluated the strategic, financial and operational impact of spinning off PSG. It’s clear after our analysis that keeping PSG within HP is right for customers and partners, right for shareholders, and right for employees,” Whitman said in a prepared statement. &quot;HP is committed to PSG, and together we are stronger.&quot; Apotheker's decision to exit the PC business and shutter HP's newly-acquired WebOS device business generated a storm of controversy, created uncertainty about HP's future product efforts, and helped hasten the departure of Apotheker, who was working to transform HP into an enterprise software and services business in the same mold as IBM. Hired in September 2010, Apotheker only lasted 11 months at HP, and was replaced by Whitman in late September 2011. HP's statement indicated that a &quot;data-driven evaluation&quot; was used to determine the value of PSG to the company, and that the cost to create a stand-alone PC business was prohibitive and &quot;outweighed any benefits of separation.&quot; It's unclear how much money HP lost in the period after it announced its decision to spin off its PC business, but the confusion generated by the decision likely led many IT purchasing managers to consider other hardware vendors for system upgrades. Who wants to buy PCs from a company that has announced it plans to exit the PC business? A webcast and some additional information about the reversal are located at HP's PSG Decision info page. What are your thoughts about HP's change of heart in the PC business? Let me know what you think by adding a co</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Management & Mobility Windows 8 Business_Finance Computing Hardware Hewlett-Packard Léo Apotheker News Technology_Internet Business Technology Perspectives Blog Thu, 27 Oct 2011 22:14:48 +0000 57355 at MC Hammer Plans to Launch Search Engine <div class="node-body blog-body">MC Hammer (born Stanley Kirk Burrell) was a staple of the rap music scene back in the 1980's and early 1990's. Now he's launching WireDoo, a new venture that enters the search market currently dominated by the likes of Google and Microsoft's Bing. Hammer announced the new service this week at O’Reilly Media’s Web 2.0 conference. The service is still in beta (register at the the WireDoo beta signup page) but Hammer hopes to have WireDoo provide a more context-aware approach to search. During his presentation at Web 2.0, Hammer suggested that WireDoo would focus on “relationship search” and attempt to do a better job of surfacing related content to internet searches. An example: Providing information on car loans and car safety ratings for someone searching for a car. You have to get the former rap superstar credit for going toe-to-toe (or algorithm to algorithm) against Microsoft and Google, but the search engine graveyard is filled with the bones of competitors who couldn’t differentiate themselves from the aforementioned search titans. While we wish Hammer luck on his endeavor, we also couldn’t help putting together some potential SIri-like phrases that a WireDoo search app could utter when people are using it, all pulled from Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This” lyrics: Search for diets: “Dance to this and you’re gonna get thinner.” Search for school schedules: “Ring the bell, school’s back in.” Search for MC Hammer: “You talkin’ about the Hammer, you talkin’ about a show.” Search for dating site: “Get a fly girl and catch this beat.” Search taking too long? “Makin’ ‘em sweat, that’s what I’m given’ em!” And, of course, when a search fails: “You can’t touch this.” Follow Jeff James on Twitter at @jeffjames3 – Google+ add Jeff to your circles Follow Windows IT Pro on Twitter at @windowsitpro</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Windows 8 HTML element MC Hammer News Technology_Internet Business Technology Perspectives Blog Fri, 21 Oct 2011 20:47:36 +0000 57897 at Microsoft Reveals More Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Details <div class="node-body blog-body">Microsoft took the wraps off Windows Server 8 at their BUILD conference last month, and additional product details are continuing to trickle out from Redmond. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Virtualization Windows 8 Hyper-V Microsoft Servers Mike Neil News Quality of Service Virtualization Virtualization Virtualization virtualization Windows IT Pro Windows NT windows server Windows Server 2012 Windows Server 8 Business Technology Perspectives Blog Thu, 13 Oct 2011 17:05:32 +0000 41500 at Update: Windows 8 Security Features <div class="node-body blog-body">There haven't been too many other details come to light about what new security features Windows 8 may include, but there has been enough news and rumors in certain areas to lead us to speculate a bit.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Windows 8 Security Jeff James malware Microsoft News PDF picture password Security Security Security security smartscreen UEFI Windows 8 Windows Defender Windows7 Windows8 Business Technology Perspectives Blog Thu, 29 Sep 2011 15:00:00 +0000 41549 at