Windows Enterprise Desktop:

January, 2014


January 31, 2014  11:35 AM

New MS Theme Song: “Take the Long Way Home”

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

OK, so the latest Windows 8.1 Update 1 rumors are out, and they're reporting something nearly everybody who's ever used a Windows 8 version of any kind on a PC already knew, be that version beta, 8.0, 8.1, or whatever -- namely, that most users work from the desktop with a keyboard and a mouse, and...

January 29, 2014  10:33 AM

Upcoming Win8.1 Update to Reduce Disk & Memory Footprint

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

In the past 10 days, rumors about the upcoming Windows 8.1 update have started to circulate with some degree of urgency and plenty of frequency. There are two particularly interest elements in these rumors (see the end of this blog post for pointers to some particularly interesting sources for...


January 27, 2014  10:39 AM

Interesting Win8.* Results for Endpoint Security Suites from AV-Test

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

The latest results from AV-Test, an independent anti-malware and security software testing group based in Magdeburg, Germany, are out. In particular, results for what the site calls "Corporate Solutions" for Windows 8 versions -- namely

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January 24, 2014  11:16 AM

Getting Desktops Ready for Windows 8(.*)

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

I've just taken delivery of a new Fujitsu Q704 Tablet with a keyboard dock that turns it into a somewhat hefty (4 lbs 12 oz, or 2.175 kg, according to my digital office scale) notebook PC. Although I ordered a Windows 8.1 model, I was surprised to see the unit arrive running Windows 7 SP1 and to...


January 22, 2014  10:12 AM

MS Disk2vhd Gets an Update!

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

Anybody who's been reading this blog for awhile knows I have a fondness for helpful Windows utilities of interest to admins, power users, and others who must make Windows behave properly on a day-to-day basis. Ditto, long-time readers will know that I have great regard and respect for the former...


January 20, 2014  10:47 AM

Surface Pro 2 Firmware Updates Start Trickling Out Over Weekend

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

Unusually attentive owners of Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 might have noticed a partial, out of band firmware update for the Surface Pro 2 this weekend (Saturday, January 18). Mary Jo Foley reports on ZDnet that some users remarked on Twitter and the

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January 17, 2014  1:42 PM

What’s Intel’s Next Big Thing?

Diana Hwang Diana Hwang Profile: Diana Hwang

Tablets, data centers, wearables and more are Intel’s Next Big Thing. In fact new technologies is where Intel intends to place more emphasis as it seeks to capture new sources of revenue and reduce its reliance on a mature PC market. The company is...


January 17, 2014  10:14 AM

Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack Streamlines Win8 Deployments

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

Look no further than TechNet for some great input and advice from Microsoft on how to deploy Windows versions -- including Windows 8 or 8.1 -- to user desktops. This week, I re-read an article there entitled "Streamlining Windows 8 Deployment with the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack" (better...


January 15, 2014  11:01 AM

Google Bids for the Win8 Desktop in Latest Chrome Release

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

My eyebrows rose so far this morning, they almost left my forehead completely. That was my immediate reaction upon reading the headline of Ed Bott's latest opus for ZDnet entitled "

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January 13, 2014  5:45 PM

Best ways for managing Windows notebook battery life

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My son, Gregory, is in the fourth grade this year, so we're working on his first-ever science project for school. In collaboration with his science teacher, we selected a very interesting topic to help him develop testing, analysis, and reporting skills -- namely "Which Windows Power Plan setting...


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