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  • Analyst: Save millions, don't renew Microsoft Enterprise Agreements

    Renewing Microsoft enterprise agreements ? the contracts businesses sign for bulk licensing of Microsoft products ? may be an unnecessary ritual that costs businesses millions of pounds for products and services they likely won't need before the contracts run out, according to an expert who helps customers negotiate the agreements.

  • Five things Microsoft should fix in Windows 8 to prevent another 'Vista'

    Windows 8 marches on toward its inevitable release - not yet confirmed, but expected sometime in early fall. Judging by the Windows 8 Consumer Preview release, though, the latest version of Microsoft?s flagship operating system has some fatal flaws that could turn it into another ?Windows Vista? scenario, and cause users to cling to Windows 7 as they?ve clung to Windows XP.

  • Fifteen key points to remember about Microsoft Office 15

    The next version of Microsoft Office is expected to arrive later this year. We don't know for sure what new major features will be added to its individual applications (i.e. Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint, Word), but several tidbits about the overall suite have been subtly revealed or officially announced by Microsoft. Plus, there's been plenty of speculation by the tech news media.

  • Top Windows 8 features IT admins should be aware of

    Upgrades, system migration, support headaches; IT folks are probably dreading the next major Windows roll-out. Yet Windows 8, which is scheduled to move to the beta stage in late February and will likely launch in the autumn, does offer several compelling new features for both IT and end users.

  • How a nonprofit organisation switched from Microsoft Outlook to Google Apps

    Frustration with Microsoft Outlook and a free offer lured one nonprofit to Google Apps.

  • Office 365 is not for small business

    Now that the public beta has begun, I've had a little time to evaluate Office 365, and it's been an interesting experience. I run a small business and am already a Google Apps for Business user, so am I tempted to make the switch?

  • Best free server tools for Microsoft admins

    "Free" is a term rarely associated with Microsoft offerings, especially at the server end of the spectrum. Exchange Server, SQL Server, SharePoint, Hyper-V, IT admins know functionality comes at a price. More surprising, however, is the wealth of server tools Microsoft offers for free, some of which can, in the right contexts, provide an adequate substitute for the paid versions of Microsoft's more intriguing server products.

  • Seven reasons to care about SQL Server 2008 R2

    New BI and reporting features in SQL Server 2008 R2 hit the mark, but other additions leave SQL Server shops wanting more.

  • What desktop virtualisation really means

    Depending on whom you talk to, desktop virtualisation is either the hottest trend in IT or an expensive notion with limited appeal

  • Microsoft Office vs. Google Apps: The business brawl

    In the business battle to rule the enterprise office suite of the future, Microsoft and Google both must overcome significant problems.

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