Since last Thursday, I was ordered under strict nondisclosure to keep my mouth shut. And that was really hard for me to do because I could barely contain my enthusiasm for what is probably the most significant server operating system release that Microsoft has ever planned to roll out. Nothing from Microsoft, and I mean literally nothing has ever been this ambitious or has tried to achieve so much in a single server product release since Windows 2000, when Active Directory was first introduced. Last week, a group of about 30 computer journalists were invited to Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond to get an exclusive two-day preview of what is tentatively being referred to as "Windows Server 8". So much was covered over the course of those two days that the caffeine-fueled and sleep-deprived audience was sucking feature and functionality improvements through a proverbial fire-hose. We weren't given any PowerPoints or code to take home -- that material will be reserved for after the … [Read more...] about Windows Server 8: The Ultimate Cloud OS?
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Microsoft Mobile Information 2001 Server Enterprise Edition, or MIS ($15 per client), makes corporate data accessible to wireless devices. Microsoft is stressing the practical advantage of using MIS with Microsoft Outlook Mobile Access Client ($75 per user) to bring Microsoft Exchange to PDAs and cell phone users. MIS clearly sets the stage for wireless Windows, implementing security and user management through Active Directory and Microsoft Management Console (MMC). Upgrading an existing Windows organization to MIS, however, requires planning. The installation needs the latest Microsoft servers, including Windows 2000 with SPI (or later) and Exchange 2000 with SPI, and modifies Active Directory domains to include new options for mobile users. It took many manual steps to configure MIS for our small test-bed. When installed, the product inserts a new tab, called Mobility Users, to the MMC and Active Directory. You can use this tab to add and manage mobile devices. MIS securely sends … [Read more...] about Microsoft Mobile Information 2001 Server Enterprise Edition
Windows Vista may be the rock star that dominates discussion of the near-term future of Windows, but Microsoft is also moving forward with its Windows Server line and with improvements to Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player. Here's a glimpse at what the future holds for these products. Internet Explorer 7 Having decisively triumphed in its browser wars with Netscape, Microsoft hasn't released a major new version of Internet Explorer since IE6 shipped in 2001. But the popularity of competing browsers like Firefox and the increasing threat from malware and similar Internet-borne scams have pushed the company to start developing a successor to IE6. The tangible results of that effort are beginning to appear: The first beta of IE7 became available to developers (through MSDN, the Microsoft Developer Network) and to Windows Vista Beta 1 users in the summer of 2005. IE7's Beta 2 is due later this year. IE7, which will be the default browser in Vista, will also be available for … [Read more...] about Coming Attractions: Inside the Next Browser, Media Player, and Server