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Remote Connections: The Name of the King

Nov 06, 2017 by Cristian

Let’s have a look at the three most popular remote desktop applications, namely Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Connection, VNC Viewer and TeamViewer. We will compare these solutions in terms of features and speed. ... read more

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Microsoft Excel: a few handy tips

Apr 16, 2015 by AdrianC

Crucial to many people in their work, disliked by some, Microsoft Excel is one of the best software solutions, which hides many, many productivity secrets. Although I'm sure that many of you are acquainted with some of the "magic" that this software is capable of, becoming more proficient should be our target, that's why I think it's necessary to enhance our skills with some new Microsoft Excel tricks. ... read more

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Facebook and Google plan to provide Internet access all around the world

Jun 24, 2014 by BogdanZ

It's summer time in the Northern Hemisphere :), and we're getting ready for the holidays. So imagine that you have reached your dream destination (isolated island?), and at some point you take your phone out of your pocket and, guess what, you have Internet access. This seems to be the dream of Larry Page, CEO of Google, and Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook. ... read more

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The "other" products of the Microsoft Office Suite - Part 3

May 27, 2014 by BogdanZ

Another Microsoft strategy for keeping competition behind was to extend on Macintosh. Even if most people consider that Microsoft and Apple are archenemies, from time to time they join hands in the battle with another competitor: Google. So in this case, the Microsoft and Apple rivalry was left behind and the two companies started to collaborate. Some years ago, Microsoft invested $150 million dollars in Apple ... read more

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The "other" products of the Microsoft Office Suite - Part 2

May 20, 2014 by BogdanZ

Yammer was launched in 2008 as a freemium enterprise social network service and it was sold to Microsoft in 2012 for $1.2 billion dollars. Before it got sold, in 2010, the service was used by more than three million users and 80,000 companies worldwide. During this period, Yammer 2.0 was launched and it was quickly described as a "Facebook for business" by most users. ... read more

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The "other" products of the Microsoft Office Suite - Part 1

May 15, 2014 by BogdanZ

The Microsoft Office Suite continues to be the most popular choice for business and domestic users, when it comes to creating PowerPoint presentations, documents, spreadsheets etc., even if it has a lot of competitors out there: Apache OpenOffice, Libre Office, SSuite Office, Kingsoft Office, SoftMaker FreeOffice etc. And that's not all - all these competitor applications come for free. ... read more

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How to deal with MSSQL language portability issue in ASP.NET - Part 2

Apr 15, 2014 by Alexandra

If in Part 1 we've detailed what exactly generated a MS SQL Server language portability issue, now I'll detail the solution. [...] The fastest workaround for the MS SQL Server language portability issue (but still, not a perfect solution; for building a proper code, please see the "Best practices" detailed below) is to [...] ... read more

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How to deal with MS SQL language portability issue in ASP.NET - Part 1

Apr 10, 2014 by Alexandra

Let's say that you have a legacy project, or a project for which you want to upgrade the specifications of the environment on which it is deployed (and that the project relies on a Microsoft SQL Server database - MS SQL). Also, the previous MS SQL implementation used the "French" language, while the current one requires an English version of the database server. ... read more

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Microsoft Office 365 Message Encryption: send encrypted emails, regardless of the destination - Part 2

Mar 31, 2014 by BogdanZ

In the first part of the article we've noted that Microsoft Office 365 Message Encryption comes as an improvement to EHE (Exchange Hosted Encryption) in terms of security, and that it offers more business plans (depending on the size of the company), so now it's high time that we've talked about how this tool works ... read more

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Microsoft Office 365 Message Encryption: send encrypted emails, regardless of the destination - Part 1

Mar 13, 2014 by BogdanZ

In November 2013, Microsoft announced Office 365 Message Encryption, a new easy-to-set-and-use email service that allows sending encrypted mails. Microsoft Office 365 Message Encryption was released in the first quarter of this year (February 19) and it has brought a lot of security benefits, especially for companies, where this type of encryption not only that is essential for daily activity, but also it's a must for protecting the internal and customer data. ... read more

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What's new in Visual Studio 2013

Feb 10, 2014 by Adrian

Microsoft seems to be following a new trend of shorter time frames between its product releases, so only 1 year after the release of Visual Studio 2012, we now have the next version of this popular Integrated Development Environment (IDE).

So what's new in Visual Studio 2013? you may ask, well, keep on reading, as we're going to tell you all :) ... read more

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Windows Phone 8 - enterprise goes mobile, the Microsoft way

Nov 18, 2013 by Adrian

It's no secret that Microsoft has lost in the past the mobile battle against Apple and Google, and not only in the consumer market, but also in the enterprise market. However, things have started to (slowly) change when Windows Phone 7 came on the scene [...] With the arrival of Windows Phone 8, Microsoft started to be attractive for both businessmen and casual users, offering enough reasons to be a viable option to Android and iOS. ... read more

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Windows 8 - higher is better (?) - Part 4

Jun 09, 2013 by Adrian

This is the final part of my article and I will try to show what's "under the case" of Windows 8. It was very important for Microsoft that their new operating system was at least as fast as Windows 7, and I think that they’ve succeeded to deliver a fast and reliable product. ... read more

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Windows 8 - higher is better (?) - Part 3

May 23, 2013 by Adrian

Metro UI was the big announcement for Windows 8, however not so many received it with great delight (in fact, many don't like it at all). So what does Microsoft have in mind? ... read more

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Windows 8 - higher is better (?) - Part 2

May 10, 2013 by Adrian

In this second part I will present an important upgrade to Internet Explorer (Internet Explorer 10) and Windows To Go, a very interesting feature that will prove useful to all categories of users. ... read more

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Windows 8 - higher is better (?) - Part 1

Apr 28, 2013 by Adrian

It's the 8th month since the release of Windows 8, and with 40 mil copies sold in the first month, Windows 8 is a serious contender for the supremacy of Windows 7. Let's take a look at some of the key features that make this operating system a very good choice: ... read more

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IE 9 (RC): ups and downs

Mar 03, 2011 by Oana

Last month, on February 10, Microsoft has launched the release candidate (RC) for IE 9 browser. Theoretically this is the last phase of development before the RTM (ready to manufacturing) version, the company focusing on fixing the remaining bugs. ... read more

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Bill Gates pledges to give

Dec 17, 2010 by Oana

By now everybody knows that Bill Gates and his friend Warren Buffett have convinced many billionaires to donate most of their wealth to charity back in August. "The Giving Pledge" gathered more then 30 American billionaires such as: Michael Bloomberg (New York Mayor), Larry Ellison (Oracle co-founder), T. Boone Pickens, Ted Turner, David Rockefeller and Ronald Perelman to join their cause. ... read more

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Waiting for Google OS... should Windows watch its back?

Oct 23, 2010 by DanM

The rumor that Google is launching an operating system is no longer breaking news and almost everybody is waiting for the final release. At the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco (Nov. 2010), Google boss, Eric Schmidt, announced that the Google OS will be available “in the next few months". ... read more

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Photosynth: 3D art at your fingertips

Sep 17, 2010 by DanM

Photosynth is a piece of software created by Microsoft which allows users to recreate a 3D or a panoramic scene by using a series of flat photos of the same object or location. If you wonder how can this be possible, the answer is presented in this article.
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Can IE9 regain the lost market share?

Jul 23, 2010 by Andreea

With the release of the newest versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Safari forcing the boundaries of the web, Internet Explorer has lost plenty of market share. ... read more

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Microsoft's internal war: Windows 7 vs. Windows Vista

Jul 09, 2010 by DanM

When two important products of the same brand enter in competition with one another, the outcome, no matter the result, for sure will be satisfactory for the "mother company". ... read more

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Apple vs. Microsoft... or is it vs. Google?

Jun 25, 2010 by Oana

By now you've probably heard that Apple is the newest company to challenge the so called title "World's Biggest Tech Company", in the detriment of Microsoft. ... read more

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Google Chrome is GROWING

May 12, 2010 by DanM

Google Chrome is growing, and it's growing fast! Launched on September 2, 2008 as a beta version (the [last] stable version was released on April 27, 2010), Google Chrome didn't start as an eye catcher. ... read more

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Microsoft Office 2010: the suite which aims for Performance

Feb 14, 2010 by Oana

It took Microsoft more than three years of development, two software leaks (they sure don't have Apple's security) and many rumors to launch, on November 2009, the Beta version of their newest suite: Microsoft Office 2010. Meant to be more focused on the employee's needs, the successor of Office 2007 brings in more tools, a friendlier user experience and extended compatibility. ... read more

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The new Browser War: Google goes Machiavelli on Microsoft

Dec 11, 2009 by Oana

It's been a busy season for the major players on the web browser market, with Mozilla Corp. launching Firefox 3.5 on 30 June, and Microsoft releasing its 8th edition of IE in March. While the former included native integration of audio and video, more privacy features and an overall performance improvement, the latter added accelerators, improved privacy protection, and a compatibility mode for pages designed for earlier version of IE. Along came Google ... read more

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Crossing blades in cross-browser compatibility issues

Nov 12, 2009 by Doina

It's been only a couple of weeks since Google's last attempt at publicly admonishing (let's not use the harsher word "humiliate") Microsoft's baby, Internet Explorer. Well, as they say, all is fair in love and web. :) Since there is no "mommy" to go to when peers start hitting each other, the problem is left in the hands of players. And Microsoft is certainly an old player at this game. ... read more

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Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google. What's in it for each?

Sep 17, 2009 by Doina

Previous days have found the web filled with rumors, either reliable or not so truthful, about Microsoft finally having closed a partnership deal with Yahoo. Although everything has been confirmed by officials from both parties, the mystery still remains as everybody is now wondering ... read more

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.NET Framework 4 Beta 1 released

Aug 14, 2009 by Doina

Following the announcement of the first Beta version for the Microsoft development platform and tools, the new enhanced .NET Framework 4 Beta 1 is available for download from MSDN.

One of the exciting new features, though not sure to remain in the final release, is ... read more

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Aug 03, 2009 by Oana

For the uninitiated, the word above is an onomatopoeia - for the connoisseurs Bing is the new search engine from Microsoft. The word itself wants to stand out for a discovery or for a great idea. So, if Archimedes left us with the famous "Evrika", Microsoft is giving us "Bing". But, no matter the story (manufactured or not) for this name, Bing is Microsoft's attempt to conquer the search engine market. ... read more

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Silverlight 3 – Microsoft's Lancelot

Jul 10, 2009 by Doina

This month's MIX conference revealed a lot of "hot" stuff about the new MS products, and Silverlight 3, released yesterday, was one of the topics discussed. Fully supported by Visual Studio and Expression Blend, Silverlight 3 is hyped with: significant graphics improvements including 3D graphics support, out of browser support that allows Web applications to work on the desktop, important media enhancements, GPU acceleration and many other features that improve RIA development productivity. The future ... read more

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5 Years of waiting for Windows Server 2008 (2)

May 03, 2009 by Oana

The second release of Windows Server 2008, the R2 beta version, brings about a major change - it works only on 64-bit machines, and this alone triggers some important improvements. Besides that, the power consumption is cut through attentive monitoring and adjustment of the processors utilization levels. This way, the used power is limited to the actual needs of the workload.

Moreover, R2's "Hyper-V" provides better virtual machine management support, and is designed to provide Live Migration ... read more

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5 Years of waiting for Windows Server 2008 (1)

Apr 21, 2009 by Oana

After a 5-year period of waiting for the successor of Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 was released in February 2008. [...] Initially called "Windows Server Codename Longhorn", Windows Server 2008 is built on the same kernel as Vista (Windows NT 6.0 kernel), which means it has the same architecture and core functionality as Vista. Moreover, some of the technical, administrative and security features are similar to Vista. Among the new and improved features are  ... read more

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Windows 7 - a step towards "life without walls"

Apr 15, 2009 by Oana

After Microsoft's presentation in 2008, the world was once again divided between apple lovers (not the fruit lovers) and windows lovers. Such an outcome was triggered by the unveiling of the new operating system - Windows 7, which has the ambition to be an upgraded version of Vista with a new, user-friendly approach.

The main novelty brought about by the new operating system is ... read more

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Internet Explorer 8: the makeover!

Mar 26, 2009 by Oana

It was about time that Windows released a new and improved version of the Internet Explorer browser, taking into account the fact that Firefox and even Safari have taken big steps forward by now. [...] The beta version of Internet Explorer 8 was released in August 2008 and brings along new and very useful features such as: security and privacy, web slices, accelerators and much more ... read more

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Silverlight: made to light up the Web

Mar 09, 2009 by Oana

Exactly 2 years have passed from the initial release of Silverlight, in April 2007, and during this time period a number of definitions have appeared, trying to better explain what Silverlight is and what it actually does. Some say it is a web browser plugin, some view it as a new Microsoft technology that allows the development of RIA (Rich Internet Applications) and some just know that it is an alternative to Adobe's Flash. All of these definitions are quite true, but incomplete one without the other ... read more

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Office Web Applications and Azure - Microsoft's new bet

Feb 24, 2009 by Mihai

Microsoft has demonstrated in more than one occasion that they can take a raw idea and bring it to its maximum market potential. They did come up with quite a few great ideas themselves - but arguably the most impressive feature that Microsoft has illustrated over the years is the capacity to re-pack an already proven concept into a better shape, that ultimately wins the market. This happened with DOS, Office, Windows, Internet Explorer, XBOX - and might also happen with the new services that MS has recently launched: Office Web Applications and Azure. ... read more

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Microsoft: Antivirus or not?

Dec 09, 2008 by Doina

For the past few years, Microsoft has been subject to some pretty harsh comments and disputes over its embedded (or not) antivirus solution for Windows OS users. With several attempts throughout the years, consisting of the MSAV from the MS-DOS 6 (1993) until the forms of Windows Live OneCare, the Microsoft mogul didn't really enjoyed much appreciation from the public, as regards to antivirus facilities.

In 2003, after Microsoft acquired the intellectual property rights over the RAV Antivirus from the Romanian company GeCad, things started to spur once again. ... read more

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