Articles by Stuart J. Johnston 

GridIron Systems Reveals a Big Data TurboCharger

The new TurboCharger is a SAN-attached data acceleration appliance that fits transparently into the network.

Microsoft Begins Beta Test of Next Intune Release

One sleeper at the company's partner conference was the announcement that a significant update to Microsoft's Intune PC management service just entered beta.

Microsoft's Biggest Buy: Skype for $8.5 Billion

Microsoft is betting the billions it's spending to get Skype will translate into billions of users down the line.

ViVu HD Video Service for Microsoft Lync Debuts

ViVu offers inexpensive, high-definition video teleconferencing services meant to enhance Microsoft's Office Communications Server and its successor, Lync.

Microsoft: 'Video Kinect' to Tie Gesture UI to Lync

Microsoft execs say Kinect for Lync will marry unified communications with gesture recognition – some time soon.

Microsoft Lync Server to Ship on Dec. 1

With its rebranded unified communications server, Microsoft takes aim at "legacy" PBXs.

Microsoft Readies Lync for November Launch

With Lync's release to manufacturing done and the formal launch scheduled for mid-November, Microsoft gets ready to re-introduce its unified communications solution.

Nearly a Third Will Update to Lync 2010: Survey

A new survey indicates Microsoft's upcoming unified communications platform will likely see quick adoption.

Microsoft Unveils Pricing for Lync Offerings

As Microsoft prepares to ship Lync 2010, the company has some good news about the unified communications package for price-conscious IT buyers.

Microsoft Inches Ahead with Rebranded 'Lync' Unified Communication Server

Formerly known as Microsoft Communications Server, a renamed Office Communications Server 14 is making its way toward release.

Polycom Teams With Microsoft for Unified Communications

Collaboration will let customers tie Polycom's conferencing products with Microsoft's Unified Communications tools.

Microsoft Rushes Out an Out-of-Band Patch

Attacks targeting the way Windows processes shortcuts to local files are already in the wild as Microsoft rushes out an unscheduled patch.

LifeSize Announces Enhancements to Its HD Video Conferencing Offerings

Latest system software allows exchange of data files during video conferences -- without cable swapping.

Three Critical Holes in Patch Tuesday Crosshairs

Next Tuesday's batch of patches from Microsoft won't land as hard as June's, but eSecurityPlanet reports that three critical holes will be dealt with, making quick deployment a necessity.

Microsoft Tilts From Net Neutrality in FCC Filing

As comment period expires, Microsoft submits its own thoughts on how best to protect innovation on the Internet, warning against "insufficiently tailored regulations."

Microsoft Demos Office Communications Server '14'

Claiming double-digit growth over the past three years, a Microsoft vice president says its unified communications product will help usher in his view of a world of "connected communications."

Verizon Certified as SIP Trunk Provider for Microsoft UC

Partnership opens the door for Microsoft Office Communications Server users to take advantage of Verizon's VoIP services.

Microsoft, Verizon Get Cozy on VoIP, Unified Communications

Microsoft's unified communications initiative certifies Verizon Business' IP trunking to work with its Office Communications Server 2007 Release 2.

88 Percent of Corporate PCs Win7 Ready Says Study

Up from half of most corporate fleets when Vista launched.

Will Windows 7 Spur an IT Upgrade Cycle?

One analyst says it will.

Microsoft Rushes Out Patch to IIS Exploit

The FTP server opens a hole that could lead to administrator compromise.

Windows 7 No Enterprise IT Shoo-In

Uptake may be more aggressive than Vista in the long run, but at the moment IT managers aren't committing.

Windows 7 May Be Closer Than Thought

Microsoft can't seem to get Vista behind it fast enough.

More IT Shops Plan to Wait for Windows 7

Despite cheery statements about increasing adoptions, new surveys show IT is still skeptical about deploying Vista in the enterprise.

Is Vista Still a Flop With IT?

New reports indicate Vista may still not be kick-starting large-scale deployments in IT shops.

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