Symantec blasts Microsoft over Vista anti-virus support

Symantec blasts Microsoft over Vista anti-virus support

Symantec has launched a blistering attack on Microsoft’s lack of support for third-party anti-virus updating their products for Vista. David Sykes Vice President Pacific for Symantec said Microsoft is using bully tactics to make implementing third-party antivirus software more difficult. “Microsoft is using its control over the operating system to force users to use only…

Topfield releases PVR with WiFi and EPG

Topfield releases PVR with WiFi and EPG

Topfield has released an update to its stalwart dual-tuner digital PVR adding WiFi connectivity and a 200GB hard drive. The company said the addition of wireless networking to the new TF6000PVRt would allow automatic updating of the EPG using the third-party IceTV service. The current model TF5000PVRt requires the rather inelegant solution of a standalone…

Less annoying: Longhorn Server

Less annoying: Longhorn Server

At Tech.Ed 2006 in Sydney last week I managed to corner Windows Server Senior Product Manager David Lowe to talk about what Microsoft is doing in Longhorn Server. He was surprisingly frank saying that IT professionals have been complaining to Microsoft constantly “why can’t I do this why can’t I do that this is always…

Please Bill, offer expert mode in Vista

Please Bill, offer expert mode in Vista

Will Vista’s new “easier to use” interface just annoy Windows experts and enthusiasts? That was the question on journalist Tim Dean’s mind yesterday at Microsoft’s press briefing when he asked this incredulous question to Windows Chief Jeff Putt:”can you turn all that stuff off?” The last thing any advanced user wants from their OS is…

World’s weirdest downloads discovered

World's weirdest downloads discovered

Most freeware companies churn out endless streams of code debuggers word processors defraggers – then there’s RB59.com. Obviously realising that they would never make a name for themselves with the same old freeware the RB59 crew have thrown caution to the wind and come up with a collection of the wackiest sounding software you could…

Is Vista beta 2 exposing your files?

Is Vista beta 2 exposing your files?

When I was investigating PC-to-PC Sync which now won’t be part of the final release but may well be available later down the line I stumbled across something interesting. Looking at the network shares open on my test machine I discovered a new share in addition to the standard admin shares – C:USERS. Initially I…

Vista trades wizards for better GUI

Vista trades wizards for better GUI

Windows Vista Beta 2 (build 5384) has got people talking with some big new features and eyecandy. But one of the real benefits might be less obvious: a move towards more “feature bundling”: when you perform a particular action in Windows it often presents related actions in the same spot. A good example is the…

Inside Vista Beta 2: screenshots

Inside Vista Beta 2: screenshots

I’ve been in Seattle for the past few days at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference 2006 first at the Windows Vista Reviewers’ Workshop (where Microsoft shows carefully crafted examples of the operating system working flawlessly) and then at the conference itself where Microsoft and hardware makers talk drivers architecture compatibility and so on. I’ve also…

Less 64-bit driver woes with Vista

Less 64-bit driver woes with Vista

Microsoft said today that it was aiming for parity between the number of drivers shipped in 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista. “Are we going to hit that goal? No we’re not going to hit that goal but we are working to get as many devices supported with 64-bit drivers as humanly possible” said…