Stories by Oliver Rist

Surviving Web-based applications

Why do I always say yes to these things? "Live a week in a browser," my editor says. "It'll be fun," he says. No access to my Microsoft Office apps, just the Web 2.0 equivalents that seem to be popping up like gaffes at a Bush press conference.

Microsoft's one-stop management

It's beta-testing time for us systems managers. Microsoft has just made <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/sce/default.mspx" target="_blank">SCE (System Center Essentials) 2007 Beta 2</a> available as a public download; I think it's comin...

Longhorn: Serving up more than hype

Microsoft has been managing our expectations of Longhorn like a barker for Barnum & Bailey. What it has lacked in loud music and snarling 500-pound felines, it has made up for with lavish trade events, platform unveilings and the occasional banana-sn...

Office 2007 simplified

When Microsoft called to tell me that the Office user interface team wanted to meet, I figured that'd be fun. After all, I've often said that I consider Office, and especially its interface, to be a bigger success for Microsoft than Windows. And yet,...

Vista's not so revolutionary after all

I just finished previewing Vista Release Candidate 1 for the Test Center, and I suddenly realized I'm more underwhelmed than I anticipated. A few months ago, in this very <a href="index.php?id=1081380536">column</a>, I used the adjective revolutionar...

Vista RC1 has few new bells, whistles

As Microsoft's five-year-long development effort slouches toward completion, details began to emerge last week that showed the company is (finally) gearing up to release Windows Vista after the new year, as promised. Pricing information popped up on ...

The new Windows Marketplace

Congratulations to Microsoft for finally getting the new Windows Marketplace up and running. <a href="http://windowsmarketplace.com/" target="_blank">Windows Marketplace</a> has long been a site where Microsoft-certified ISVs could hawk their wares. ...

Microsoft strong on security

Microsoft's been up to several things in the past week or so. Not the least surprising was the company's invite to Mozilla developers to come up to Redmond and make sure that Firefox and Thunderbird run correctly on Vista. Microsoft also took Small ...

Easing network monitoring

The world doesn't revolve around IT. Consultants like yours truly sometimes have a hard time grasping that concept, because our lives really do revolve around IT. So when I walk into a site where we helped build the network three years ago to find th...

Microsoft reveals Photosynth

First, I'd like to thank those of you who wrote the e-mails supporting my decision not to write the two millionth nuke-Microsoft's12-step-Windows-dev-program. I basked in that glow all weekend. Well, that and the glow of the unbelievably hot sun that...

Exchange as a gateway?

Nobody with an ounce of security sense would plug a Web connection directly to an e-mail server behind the firewall. That's one reason why, around the time the firewall was invented, the DMZ was born. A DMZ is a network segment that sits between two ...

Microsoft targets AV vendors

I could do the Microsoft 12-step <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/newsroom/winxp/windowsprinciples.mspx">column</a> about Redmond's recently released "Twelve Tenets to Promote Competition", but that would be like being a comedian the week ...

Microsoft's delays cause more than just frowns

As soon as Tobey Maguire gets bit by that radioactive spider and starts swinging around on gross-looking web thingies, his uncle has that quote that defines his future: "With great power comes great responsibility." The big M needs to adopt that phil...

Microsoft kills WinFS

It was what Microsoft described as one of the "pillars" of the Vista/Longhorn platform. It had geeks excited because it was more than just a smarter version of FAT32 or NTFS -- it combined relational data technology with local and network operating s...

Microsoft virtualizes

I recently commented to a Microsoft technology manager, "Hey, we're thinking about doing a shootout-style lab test on something in virtualization." With neither blink nor breath, he came back with, "We're in."

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