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By Tim Torian, Torian Group, Inc. 


Windows Vista Service Pack 1 will be out in mid March. It will include improvements in compatibility and performance, and the elimination of some license registration issues that have annoyed users.  If you held off using Vista because of compatibility issues, you may want to take another look. It still will not run many older programs, and still doesn’t work with much of the older hardware. 

Windows XP will no longer be available with new computers after this June.  Many newer computers that come with Windows Vista will not run Windows XP – there are no XP drivers for the hardware.

If you are planning a server upgrade in the near future, you may want to wait for the new versions of Microsoft Windows Server that are coming out.

Microsoft is releasing Windows Server 2008 on Feb. 27th. If your company is running Windows Server, you will want to know about what’s new.  If not, you may want to skip this part. Server 2008 will include many enhancements for working remotely, including the ability to check home computers that connect to the office for minimum security requirements, such as antivirus and a firewall.  It will include a new web server, IIS7, with improvements in performance and security. It will have built in support for virtual machines, allowing you to run many copies of Windows Server on one physical server.   It will allow remote desktop sessions (terminal services) over a secure web connection (SSL), with dramatic improvements in printing and device support, including multiple monitors.  Terminal Services will allow users to run a single application remotely in a window (like Citrix).  There are also many enhancements in networking and management.

Windows 2008 Small Business Server is due out this summer, and will incorporate Windows 2008 Server, Exchange 2007 and SQL 2005, with SharePoint 3.0.  This is a compelling upgrade for most businesses using Small Business Server. It will require a 64 bit server, so you will be likely to need new server hardware for the upgrade.

SQL 2008 is also being released Feb 27th. This is a program for hosting databases. SQL is the back end for many accounting and larger vertical market programs.  Visual Studio 2008 was released in January – the latest version of the Microsoft Programming tools.

Microsoft Silverlight is a new web browser add-in similar to Java. You may see web sites prompting you to install it to view the page.  It will be offered as a Windows update as well. Some people have reported problems with trying to install it.

Keeping up with changes in computers can be a full time job by itself. Hopefully this will help you know what you need to get on with business.

Tim Torian has taught computer networking at the College of Sequoias and Cal Poly Extension. He has a BS in Computer Science, and has been consulting on computer networking for the past 30 Years. His industry certifications include: Cisco CCNA and CCNI, Microsoft MCSE. He was recognized as Entrepreneur of the year for 2008 by the Tulare County EDC. He is president of Torian Group, Inc. which provides a full range of Technology Consulting services to local business, including computer services, networking, web and custom software development. www.toriangroup.com


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