Stories by J. Peter Bruzzese

10 third-party tools to suit your Office 365 needs

Office 365 is a rich solution, offering a bevy of built-in communication, collaboration, and productivity features. But the idea that Office 365 offers everything you might need, leaving nothing for third-party partners to add, is far from the truth. As with every other Microsoft product, a supportive ecosystem surrounds Office 365, providing meaningful and often customized ways to improve the overall Office 365 experience.

Ransomware takes malware from bad to worse

Targeted email attacks (called <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/article/2608694/phishing/state-of-the-art-spear-phishing-and-defenses.html">spear phishing</a>) with harmful links or attachments containing malware are an ever-increasing threat. These attacks are part social networking and part sophisticated technical effort to penetrate companies' defense systems. Traditional security deployments, in many cases, aren't prepared for these kinds of attacks.

10 major Office 365 migration gotchas to avoid

Migrating to Office 365 is becoming increasingly popular among businesses both large and small. The upside of moving from an on-premises environment to one hosted online by Microsoft offers compelling benefits. But switcher beware: Early Office 365 adopters have come back from their migration path battle-worn by a slew of unexpected perils they encountered along the way.

15 essential open source tools for Windows admins

You might imagine that the best place to go for improving your Microsoft server-side experience is to the mothership itself. In many cases, you would be right. But the truth is there are a meaningful number of open source tools that go above and beyond what Microsoft has to offer in support of Windows Server, Exchange, SQL, and SharePoint. Many of these alternatives provide -- for free -- more powerful capabilities than what you'd get with third-party retail products.

Microsoft to end support for Windows 2000, XP SP2 on July 13

Microsoft offers support for its products for five years and extended support for another five years. That time will soon be up for Windows 2000 (desktop and server) and Windows XP SP2: July 13 is the last day that extended support will be available.

Is Microsoft following GM's road map?

It's always shocking when a stalwart of any industry topples. It makes people pause and lay blame in a variety of directions. Some may be slightly confused that GM is not going out of business, as the taxpayers are going to now have a 60 percent stake in the company. However, many different brands we have known for years (Saturn, Pontiac, Saab, and others) will be cut loose.

Enough snap judgements about Windows 7

Much like the political advertisements that have finally stopped invading our homes, the constant argument over whether Vista is good or bad is over. Is that because a final determination has been reached? Hardly. It’s because the Microsoft lovers have a new candidate to extol -- and the Microsoft haters have a new target to fire upon, thanks to Windows 7.

Vista is alive and kicking

Microsoft has kindly extended its XP "downgrade" program for OEMs by another six months. Rather than appreciating the extension, some people have chosen to mock Microsoft and call for the curtain to close on Windows Vista once and for all.

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