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Windows 7 services you may not need

Check these out; you might be able to disable services that you’ll never need: 10+ Windows 7 services you may not need | TechRepublic.

Tests show Windows 8 much faster than Windows 7

One thing you’ll like about Windows 8: Even though it’s only in its preview form, it’s already faster than Windows 7. And as development proceeds, it should only get even faster.

[PC World] ran Windows 7 and Windows 8 Consumer Preview on the same machine and found that Windows 8 was 14% faster than Windows 7 on the WorldBench 7, the magazine’s comprehensive performance benchmark. It also started up 35% faster, and was 50% faster when it comes to Web performance. Windows 8 lagged behind Windows 7 in an office productivity test by 8 percent, and was essentially tied with Windows 7 for a content creation test.

via Tests show Windows 8 Consumer Preview is much faster than Windows 7 – Computerworld Blogs.

Windows 8 to offer built-in malware protection

Microsoft is including a beefier version of its malware protection in Windows 8.

The company is tweaking its Windows Defender tool, which has been part of the last few versions of Windows, by essentially adding some of the more robust features from its free Security Essentials product. Launched in 2009, Security Essentials has garnered generally positive reviews but requires a separate download, while the built-in Windows Defender has lacked certain key elements as a defense against malware.

At a demo of Windows 8’s security at Microsoft’s Build conference on Tuesday posted by The Register, Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live division, said that “we’ve taken Defender, and we’ve actually built a whole new range of protection, all the way up through anti-malware, antivirus, all that is built into Defender.”

via Windows 8 to offer built-in malware protection | Security – CNET News.

Linux & Windows – coexisitng in a consolidating environ?

Bridging the Server Divide

Consolidating Linux and Windows servers may not be easy, but it may be best for the business.

Over the last several years, it has become very clear that the two dominant server operating system environments are Windows and Linux. In fact, it’s not at all uncommon to find both these environments running inside the same organization…

Most IT organizations chalk up the bickering between the Windows and Linux partisans to good-natured rivalry. But as the economy has taken what looks like an extended turn for the worse, the issue of costs associated with running both operating environments is starting to raise its ugly head.

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