The Windows Server Notebook

Feb 2 2015   4:47PM GMT

The top Windows Server content of January 2015

Tayla Holman Tayla Holman Profile: Tayla Holman

In our monthly feature, we look at the most popular content on SearchWindowsServer.com.

Microsoft started off 2015 with a new notification process for Patch Tuesday, as well as plans to lure developers away from Android and Apple.

Can SharePoint keep up with collaboration competition?

Although SharePoint has long been a staple in enterprise collaboration, it faces stiff competition from Google Drive and Dropbox, among others. To regain its place in the market, Microsoft is strengthening SharePoint with hybrid-cloud functionality and social content.

Internal memo reveals plans to spur Windows app development

An internal memo sent by Steve Guggenheimer, corporate vice president and head of Microsoft’s Developer Experience (DX) team, revealed the company’s plans to reach out to a wider set of developers. The DX team will target startups, traditional client/server developers, developers transitioning to mobile and cloud platforms, and developers native to mobile and cloud platforms.

Small changes make a difference in PowerShell 5.0

PowerShell 5.0 will have several new features and capabilities, such as the remote file-editing feature and a new parameter for Desired State Configuration. Microsoft has also revised how copy and paste works and allows text wrapping withing a shrunken window.

Microsoft patches one critical flaw, rolls out new notification process

Microsoft began using the myBulletins program to deliver Patch Tuesday security bulletins last month, allowing customers to customize reports to their personal or organizational preferences. While Microsoft cited customers’ changing habits as the reason for the change, some admins felt the company should stick to sending advance notifications.

Monitoring devices for free with OpManager

Geared toward small organizations with limited budgets, ManageEngine’s OpManager Free Edition monitoring program can be licensed to manage up 10 devices. Admins can manually run workflows, set them to run on  a schedule or to respond to an alarm.

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