Stories by Oliver Rist

MS builds a beta ISA 2006

Last week, I'm struggling for Redmond news; this week, it's like they have a volcano up there or something. SMS (Systems Management Server) 2003 R2, a Vista Community Technology Preview, Commerce Server 2006 Beta, new announcements about SharePoint ...

Microsoft extends SMS 2003's reach into Windows

Yeah, Windows Live is the popular talking-head topic, but I'm just too sick of it. Unproven software, unproven model, just not worth the type time until Redmond releases even a piece of it beyond beta. 'Nuff said. I like to stick to things I can see,...

Microsoft continues to nibble at security

We'll have to wait for any revolutionary product announcements out of Redmond, as now just isn't the time. But things rarely stand completely still in the rainy Northwest; each week Microsoft tends to announce tweaks to some portion of its product li...

WSS 2003 gets smart

Intelligent storage. It's golden if you've got it when you need it. But it's a pain if you're simply setting it up for that proverbial rainy day -- or on it. Like my rainy Friday, during which a static charge due to all this dry Northeastern weather ...

Microsoft, IBM duke it out

The past couple of weeks have shown Microsoft landing the first punch in what's bound to be a fun tussle between Redmond and Big Blue. Microsoft is looking to use a whole host of downloadable code freebies to woo customers away from IBM's Domino to E...

Windows XP SP3 delay

It's been a bang-up year already for Microsoft. Hot on the heels of its WMF disaster, Redmond announced that other vulnerabilities existed in Outlook and Exchange. (The company is working on those.) Then another spat erupted about a supposed wirele...

CES: Microsoft generates mild enterprise buzz

I'm still in bandages with several therapy sessions left to go, but I made it back from CES 2006 alive. For those who didn't go (and it seems like most of you did), the show was huge. Think Comdex during its heyday, just bigger. I went on the cut-rat...

Restock your IT toolbox

I've discovered my dream job: CIO of Pebble Beach Resorts. I spent all last week there with the mostly glam fam, and it's definitely the place for me. Even Honolulu didn't relax me that much. (Then again, I'm working when I'm in Honolulu, not golfing...

Microsoft's back office blitz

Microsoft stunned its customers this month with a swarm of product announcements at its Professional Developers Conference (PDC) and first-ever Business Summit. Add a huge company reorganization that consolidated six divisions into three (Platform Pr...

Microsoft serves miscellaneous morsels for May

Ever since I began paying taxes, April just hasn't been much fun. Everything comes due in April, making May a month dedicated to grumbling and reactionary belt-tightening. Seems Redmond feels similarly, because so far Microsoft hasn't made many waves...

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