Windows IT Pro UPDATE--December 5, 2006--Microsoft Launches Vista, Office 2007, Exchange 2007 to Businesses ... Sort of

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In This Issue * Microsoft Launches Vista, Office 2007, Exchange 2007 to Businesses ... Sort of * From Windows IT Pro: What is Microsoft System Center? * From the Community: Voice Recognition with an Aussie Accent * Remotely Access, Share, and Synchronize Your Files


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***Commentary: Microsoft Launches Vista, Office 2007, Exchange 2007 to Businesses ... Sort of
by Paul Thurrott, News Editor, [email protected]

Last week, in a surprisingly inauspicious event at NASDAQ in New York City, Microsoft finally launched its long-awaited Windows Vista OS, at least in versions suitable for volume-license customers. The software maker also shipped volume-license versions of Microsoft Office 2007 and pledged to ship the final version of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 in the coming weeks. So what's an over-stressed business to do?

Microsoft says the analysts are wrong about lagging business interest in these products. According to the company, business interest in Vista, Office 2007, and Exchange 2007 is much, much higher than expected, and the company is conservatively projecting that more than 200 million customers will be running one or more of those products by the end of 2007. My guess is that the number will actually be quite a bit higher than that. And I'm relying on you to make it happen.

OK, I'm just kidding about that last bit, but Vista, Office 2007, and Exchange 2007 are all extremely important updates that offer tremendous advantages over previous versions. Each, too, arrives with learning curves and other requirements that could, at least temporarily, raise the cost of migrating. Ultimately, I feel that doing so, in each case, will be well worth it.

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***From Windows IT Pro

FAQ: What is Microsoft System Center?
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***From the Community

Voice Recognition with an Aussie Accent
Windows Vista contains voice recognition capability out of the box. Orin Thomas discusses how far it has come in his Hyperbole, Embellishment, and Systems Administration blog.

Results of Previous Poll:
The voting has closed in Windows IT Pro's nonscientific Instant Poll for the question, "When will your organization deploy Vista?" Here are the results from the 400 votes:
- 12% Within 6 months
- 10% Within 12 months
- 16% Within 18 months
- 3% Already deployed it
- 60% No plans to deploy it

(Deviations from 100 percent are due to rounding error.)

New Instant Poll
The next Instant Poll question is, "How much of your holiday shopping do you plan to do online?" Go to the Windows IT Pro home page and submit your vote for a) Almost all of it, b) At least half of it, c) Some, but less than half of it, d) None.

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***New and Improved
by Blake Eno, [email protected]

Remotely Access, Share, and Synchronize Your Files
BeInSync announced BeInSync Pro 2.5, a tool that synchronizes files and folders among multiple PCs, provides remote access to your data from any Web browser, and lets you securely exchange and share your folders with others. When you share a folder with others, BeInSync Pro's Group Share Roles functionality lets you define rules and privileges. The new BeInSync Toolbar for Internet Explorer provides quick access to your files, and the "unread file indication" informs you when any files have been updated or not accessed. BeInSync Pro can also place your shared folders on an external or network drive. You can download a free, 30-day trial of BeInSync Pro from BeInSync's Web site. BeInSync Pro is available for $59.95 per year or $99.95 for two years.

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