Since the general beta release, Windows 7 has been through the testing ringer and has come out with mostly high marks for its speed, flexibility, user interface (UI) and networking features.
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Though eight years old, Windows XP still powers 71 percent of all PCs, according to a recent report from Forrester. That translates to millions of users that Microsoft must convince to upgrade to either Vista or the upcoming Windows 7.
Microsoft has released a public beta of the next iteration of Exchange, called Exchange Server 2010. This latest release of Microsoft's collaborative and messaging software, currently winning the market share battle with IBM's Lotus Notes, is the first out of the gate among Microsoft's upcoming Office-related products that include SharePoint 2010 and the rebranded Office 2010 (formerly referred to as Office 14). Exchange 2010 will become generally available in the second half of 2009.
Sales of lightweight, low-powered mini-laptops, widely known as netbooks, have been growing rapidly with consumers during the past six months and are predicted to stay on this path. And the tech industry can't seem to get enough of talking about netbooks these days; the hype meter has been clicking up steadily for months. But do these little engines really have a place in the enterprise?
IT managers are facing a perfect storm of Windows upgrade options.
With the just-released Windows 7 beta, Microsoft is touting the OS's ease of use and ability to run on all types of computers. But it's an open question whether Microsoft can convince its most skeptical critics: Windows XP holdouts.
Recent sales numbers for Windows Vista paint a somewhat dreary picture for the OS as consumers and enterprises try to save dollars in an economic downturn.