Software & Systems


Exchange 2010 and Forefront Protection Released

Microsoft announced the public release of Exchange 2010 this week. The announcement came in a keynote speech by Stephen Elop, president of the Microsoft Business Division, at the company's Tech-Ed Europe event in Berlin. Elop also described the rollout of Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server, an enterprise security tool.

Hefty November Patch Adds to IT Woes

Microsoft rolled out six security fixes in its November patch Tuesday.



Purdue and SunGard Higher Ed To Launch Course Dashboard App

Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN will be working with SunGard Higher Education to convert the institution's student success software into a packaged product. Signals, developed by Purdue, monitors students' behavior patterns and academic performance to determine if they're at risk of earning a low grade and allows faculty to intervene with suggestions on actions they can take to help students improve their grades.

U Arts London Chooses A10 Appliances for Load Balancing Content Delivery

University of the Arts London recently selected and deployed four load balancer appliances from A10 Networks to create a new Web architecture that optimizes content delivery.

University of Utah Overhauls Retention Program

The University of Utah has implemented a Web-based academic planning tool from redLantern as part of a revamped graduation planning system.

Microsoft Opens Windows to Eclipse Developers

Microsoft this week said it will let developers who use Eclipse-based IDEs integrate their Java and PHP applications with the latest versions of Windows, Silverlight, and the forthcoming Azure cloud platform.

Moodlerooms Launches Data Exchange Tool and Cisco WebEx Integration

Moodlerooms, a Moodle service provider, has released a data exchange tool and announced two new programs: a partnership with the Cisco Entrepreneur Institute and a new partner program for the development of plugins.

SharePoint 2010: Beta Arriving This Fall

Microsoft representatives described additional details about the upcoming SharePoint Server 2010 product at the Microsoft SharePoint Conference, happening this week in Las Vegas.

Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4 Beta 2 Go Live

Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 became available to MSDN subscribers Monday, and general availability is expected Wednesday, Oct. 21. The Beta 2 release was announced during the kickoff keynote this week at the Microsoft SharePoint 2009 Conference in Las Vegas by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

Report: IT Should Plan for Windows 7 Now

Microsoft will hatch Windows 7 as a full-fledged commercial operating system this week, and IT professionals should be making plans for it. That's the main message from Forrester Research, which published its "Windows 7 Commercial Adoption Outlook" report last week.