Stories by Oliver Rist

Windows Meeting Space is worthy of conversation

Living with Vista is an ongoing project, rife with application incompatibilities and instances of people checking out my Mac in Starbucks, then shooting me dirty looks when they spy the Vista logo. Hey, I like Office 2007, and Parallels rules, so bac...

A bullish outlook for Longhorn security

Vista's security advances may be ambitious, but they could seem ho-hum in comparison to those of Longhorn when the server OS stampedes onto the scene later this year. The last time we saw Longhorn it was still prebeta 3, but its security promise rema...

Protect mobile data

One of the most common stupid user tricks is to leave a company laptop in a cab or in some mugger's blood-stained fist. Maybe someday there'll be a guy known as Putz Ventura, Laptop Detective, but right now I just don't see it. Sure, folks keep losin...

Unraveling the Communications Server mystery

Certain things exist without explanation: Ben Affleck's career; the micro PC; Tofurky. For many, LCS (Live Communications Server) 2005 fell into this category. Is it IM? Is it voice over the network? Does it use Messenger or something else? Redmond h...

Office Live needs a makeover

First, I've got to do a quick correction on the Daylight Saving Time (DST) snafu I wrote about in my previous column -- even though by the time you read this, there's a good chance the whole mess is already over. It turns out that Redmond is trying...

Dark days before Daylight Savings

Guess this is the big week to write about the Daylight Savings Time snafu. For those who might have missed it, DST starts in the U.S. on March 11 this year -- three weeks earlier than usual -- and ends on November 4, a week later than usual. It's a m...

Wi-Fi and VOIP near full convergence

Don't know what it is, but nine times out of 10 when I somehow get roped into listening to some four-foot stage star with fiery curls and a voice like a prepubescent foghorn belt out "Tomorrow," I get a headache. Maybe I'm too close to the stage. Lik...

Upgrading to Vista? Proceed with caution

Certainly no coincidence, Microsoft has decked out its much-anticipated OS upgrade with beautiful landscape wallpapers -- vistas, to be exact. But, as calming as these background images may be for end-users getting acquainted with Vista, for IT direc...

Microsoft cures dysfunction

I don't ask much. If the Pats can't be in the Super Bowl, then the team to beat them out for the big spot needs to lose. I mean, that's practically etched in silicon by Stephen Hawking, right? Was it too much to ask? Apparently. For a while there, I ...

Ready or not, Vista's here

It's a couple of days after the Vista launch. I would like to say that it's been a non-stop party -- that I have no memory of Wednesday and simply woke up on Thursday in a motel bed filled with Brazilian women and day-old booze, my teeth fuzzy, a new...

Vista launch starts upgrade clock ticking

Moses crossing the desert. The Red Sox breaking the curse of the Bambino. Microsoft getting shrink-wrap around a Vista box. All involved more than their share of blood, sweat, toil, and tears. But for the folks out in Redmond, Washington, the day has...

Project Server 2007 pays off

Who was that little Dutch kid who kept sticking in fingers in the dam leaks? Trying to keep my reviews output in sync with Microsoft's product releases makes me feel a bit like that. Especially when it comes to new servers. You might think that Offic...

SharePoint a golden app?

Far more flexible and powerful than the our test centre anticipated when we first took it into the lab, MOSS (Microsoft Office SharePoint Server) 2007 oozes customization. With that name, you may be thinking basic Office extensions -- some networked ...

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