A wonderful widget to test your PC for Windows 7 compatibility

Windows 7 is coming. Will your PC be ready?It seems like a straightforward question. However, in the aftermath of the Vista debacle, where many systems that were certified as "Vista Capable" proved to

Published on: July 8th, 2008 Randall Kennedy

Windows Server 2008 outshines Vista

It may look like Windows Vista. It shares the same code base as Vista. It even rolls in Vista's first Service Pack. But in terms of customer adoption plans, Windows Server 2008 is

Published on: July 7th, 2008 Robert L. Mitchell

Why to use the Linux desktop for business and how to do it effectively

Today's IT managers face tough choices. PCs that run fine today have an uncertain upgrade path, now that Microsoft has chosen to discontinue Windows XP. Upgrade costs associated with Vista, coupled with the

Published on: July 4th, 2008 Neil McAllister

15 ways Microsoft can thrive in the years ahead

A computer on every desk and in every home, running Microsoft software. That, Bill Gates has often said, is the vision on which he and Paul Allen founded their software company in 1975.

Published on: July 2nd, 2008 Harry McCracken

Windows XP exit debate – sigh of relief or tears of regret?

The forced retirement of Microsoft's Windows XP is set – with some exceptions – for today. To quell XP separation anxiety and the rancor of seething Vista haters, Microsoft has agreed to offer Windows

Published on: June 30th, 2008 Computerworld Staff

Windows Search 4.0 morphs from monster to mild-mannered IT citizen

It's the feature everyone loves to hate. Windows Search, the busy little background service that chews up your CPU cycles and thrashes your hard disk, is alternately revered and reviled, yet it rarely

Published on: June 12th, 2008 Randall Kennedy

Loopholes to get Windows XP after the last call

It's last call for consumers to buy PCs pre-loaded with Windows XP.Most major PC makers and retailers will stop taking orders for consumer-oriented desktops and laptops with the older operating system by the

Published on: June 10th, 2008 Bill Snyder

Six surefire fixes to Vista and XP hassles

Had enough of Windows' shenanigans? I'll show you how to print elegant folder lists, dispatch Balloon Tips and annoying icon wizards, and copy files that won't copy. Plus, I debunk a performance hoax

Published on: June 9th, 2008 Steve Bass

Loopholes that let you get Windows XP after June 30

Windows XP is dead ... long live Windows XP. You may have heard that as of June 30, you're no longer able to buy the operating system or obtain support for it. But

Published on: June 6th, 2008 Preston Gralla

Windows XP deadline extended for low-cost desktop PCs

Microsoft has further extended the life of Windows XP so that computer makers can include the operating system on low-cost desktop PCs, the company announced at the Computex trade show on Tuesday. Keep

Published on: June 4th, 2008 James Niccolai

Microsoft warns users against using Apple Safari browser

In an unusual move, Microsoft Corp. last Friday warned Windows users to swear off Apple Inc. 's Safari Web browser until a patch is available that plugs holes that could let attackers to

Published on: June 3rd, 2008 Gregg Keizer

Here’s why developers are avoiding Vista

Windows developers are confirming the results of a surveyreleased last Thursday that found fewer than 1 in 12 programmers currently writing applications targeting Windows Vista. "None of our customers are saying, 'G******it, we

Published on: May 16th, 2008 Eric Lai

SP3 is out – consider upgrade to Vista, says analyst

With Microsoft releasing the final planned service pack for Windows XP it might be time for IT managers to once again consider making the inevitable migration to Windows Vista, says an analyst.Microsoft's week-long

Published on: May 8th, 2008 Brian Jackson

Everything you need to know before upgrading to Windows XP SP3

After a week-long delay to take care of a last-minute compatibility bug, Microsoft Tuesday gave the green light to Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3). The service pack, undoubtedly the last for the

Published on: May 8th, 2008 Gregg Keizer