7 Key Features of the Office 365 Beta

A first look at the public beta of the much-anticipated successor to the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite.

HP and Microsoft Roll Out Appliances

The two companies deliver on their $250 million, three-year pact to jointly develop integrated datacenter solutions.

HP Quietly Touts iPad Rival

HP Slate expected to be the first tablet-style device based on Windows 7.

Microsoft's 2009-2010 Roadmap

A raft of new products are in the queue for delivery during the second half of 2009 and into 2010.

Spies in Every Corner

These tools help eliminate spyware, keep your systems clean and running efficiently and—most importantly—protect vital information.

Spyware Meets Its Match -- Almost

Microsoft's anti-spyware tool works well enough, but some readers question its categorization and detection capabilities.

Reboot Insurance

BootBack's snapshot images help you keep systems running despite fatal crashes or other interruptions.

Remote Management Made Easy

NetSupport Manager gives you easy remote control access, plus a few other bells and whistles.

NetMeeting: Still Going Strong

Besides Web conferencing, readers have found many other uses for Microsoft's NetMeeting.

Desktop Linux: Ready for Prime Time?

Several popular Linux distributions are poised to take on Windows on the corporate desktop.

Extend Group Policy Further

The new PolicyMaker adds more extensions to give you greater control over your desktop landscape.

Scripting Without Really Scripting

Desktop Authority helps you automate desktop management, even if you don't know the finer points of scripting.

No Scripting Required

ADtoolkit enables anyone to perform Active Directory group edits.

Keep an Eye on Those Servers

The right server management tool closely monitors your network and offers proactive responses to most common problems.

Restore Those Lost E-Mails

Recovery Manager lets you do large-scale, store-level Exchange backups, while still helping locate and restore individual messages.

Many Files Through a Single View

StorageX takes a global approach to streamlining file management.

The Good and the Bad of MBSA

Microsoft's free vulnerability scanner works well—as long as you don't have to stretch it too far.

What You Got?

Asset Navigator helps you keep tabs on what you have and how it's being used.

MOM 2005 Feels the Love

Readers generally like what they see in the 2005 makeover of Microsoft Operations Manager, citing improved usability, better reporting and expanded monitoring.

Open 24 Hours: Load Balancing

The proper level of load balancing services can ensure consistent availability of Web services.