Stories by Oliver Rist

CES - Microsoft holds out on Home Server

For the second year in a row, I'm braving the wilds of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), now in its 40th straight year. Again, I'm doing it on my own dime because [IDG publication] InfoWorld enjoys torturing me just a little, which means I'm stayi...

Microsoft Collaboration 101

I spent my second holiday season in a row at Pebble Beach. I won't gloat too much about that, except to say that when you're standing on the 7th at Pebble, the word Vista takes on a whole new meaning. Everything was great until I got back to the hote...

Windows Server 2003 patch proves painless

Microsoft guys can't drink. I went boozing with a couple of the Windows Server guys this weekend and we had to scoop one of them out of his pancakes at around 3:00 a.m. Before they lost the ability to talk, however, I got some useful information. Fir...

One patch does not mend all

The Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle, female rejection, and Microsoft information dissemination. These are a few of the happy conundrums that can take up my weekend. And, like female rejection or the NYT crossword puzzle, Microsoft's strategy f...

Vista launch more whimper than bang for businesses

Thursday was finally Windows Vista launch day. But though banners were flying in downtown Manhattan on the big day, celebrating the launch of Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange 2007, CEO Steve Ballmer made it clear that the company is anxious to move on...

Vista's mobility features

Even though it's covered with snow, the Microsoft campus is bustling in anticipation of launching Vista today. I'm still running the thing on this fantastic HP DV9000 notebook that Microsoft's PR firm sent me. (Would it be wrong to assume it's a Chri...

Time to plug in to Wi-Fi

I love The Village. Where else can I work and sip a US$6 tea while watching: great-looking NYU girls who are too young for me; a guy jumping up every five minutes because he's got more gadgets on his belt than Batman and doesn't know which one is vib...

Out with Forefront security

It's good to hear people laugh. Like when I asked the InfoWorld editors if I could go to Barcelona to attend the Microsoft IT Forum that's going on there right now. At first, it felt good to give them some stress relief, but then they just kept chuck...

Office Live a smart move

Microsoft was handing out press accounts to Office Live Premium about a week ago, so we're tinkering with it. We'll do the hands-on part somewhere else, but it's worth discussing Microsoft's strategy here. Bottom line: This is the best New Economy, W...

Visiting Vista RC2, part 3

It's like I'm the producer of the Die Hard series -- or maybe Robert Jordan and the Wheel of Time and Endless Sequels -- you always need one more. My previous two columns focused on my own in-office experiences with Vista RC2. But naturally, because ...

Visiting Vista RC2, part two

I started a two-part series in my previous column on living in Vista RC2 for a week. I haven't stopped using it yet, so it's actually been two and a half weeks, but who's counting?

SMB - Visiting Vista RC2, part one

You know I had to do it. After the piece about my week using only browser-based "Web 2.0" office productivity applications, it just wouldn't have been fair not to do one on a week in Office 2007 Beta. And I figured while I was at it, I'd run the new ...

RSS can boost collaboration

Blogs, blogs, bloggity blog blog. In the midst of your daily IT grind, the constant blog babble may sound tedious. But while they are the latest way for employees to waste time using IT resources, blogging technology also has real potential to help y...

Security solutions compete

Aside from a flurry of beta releases, security updates, and the usual E.U. he said/she said dance, it's been a pretty quiet week in Redmond. In case you're wondering which betas to watch for (past, present, and near-immediate future), the list includ...

10 rules for OS upgrades

Looks like Vista may actually arrive near to Microsoft's most recent release announcement: November 2006 for business editions, and January 2007 for the consumer edition. That means it's time to start thinking about your desktop upgrade plan before y...

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