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Posted by inet on 2005-10-20       Article Source : COMPUTERWORLD

Deploying a new operating system to desktops across an organization can be a time-consuming, expensive and painful process, especially if it means physically commandeering every employee's workstation. That's why most companies try to milk their existing investments as long as possible -- and the reason IT pros might have winced at news of Vista and the thought of rolling it out.

Fortunately, many third-party tools from companies like Symantec Corp. and Altiris Inc. do a good job of automating desktop migration --

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-20   

The Pune-based Compulink Systems today announced its collaboration with Microsoft Corporation India Private Limited for creating a powerful enterprise application ''Whizible EPM'' for the professional services and engineering Industry.

The jointly developed product would be released in the next quarter, an official release said here.

The services execution management solution would help automate key business processes of enterprises in the services sector so that they could manage various aspects of service delivery -- resources, projects, customers communication, timesheets, among others in

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-19   

Microsoft is simplifying its Windows Server System licensing in a move it said would make it cheaper for users to adopt Windows virtualisation on their networks.

The change is designed to promote the take up of network virtualisation technology, which enables multiple images of an operating system or other software to run in a virtual machine on a server, with only one actual copy of the software being used.

The product allows firms to consolidate the number of servers and back-up

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-19       Article Source : Xinhuanet

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will donate 15 million US dollars to the Computer History Museum in California, the San Francisco Business Times reported on Monday.

The Computer History Museum, which keeps computers and other information technology artifacts, is seeking to raise a total of 125 million dollars for its endowment, the paper announced on its website.

The gift from the Gates Foundation is the largest donation in the museum's history. Its largest previous gift was 10 million dollars from

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-19       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

Microsoft Corp. has released a new version of its Windows Vista beta code that sheds some light on how the software vendor plans to improve networking and PC manageability in the next major release of the Windows operating system. The new release also gives testers an early look at some important new features for Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7.0 browser.

The Vista beta software was released to Microsoft's Technology Adoption Program customers last Thursday. A broader Community Technology Preview (CTP) release of the

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-18       Article Source : NewsFactor

Microsoft announced a new software update for its Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, but did not issue a complete operating-system overhaul as the company has done for the past few upgrades.
The company unveiled the changes, called "Update Rollup 2" at the DigitalLife conference in New York. Analysts already have noted that the update is fairly minor despite a few compelling new features.

The most notable upgrade -- a link to the forthcoming Xbox 360 video-game console --

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-18       Article Source : COMPUTERWORLD

The availability of code capable of exploiting a critical vulnerability in Windows 2000—just one day after the flaw was disclosed as part of Microsoft Corp.'s monthly security updates last Tuesday—lent urgency to efforts by IT managers to patch their systems as quickly as possible.

For instance, the American Red Cross, which in August saw traffic on its networks become saturated by the Zotob worm, was already deploying Microsoft's latest patches last week, according to Ron Baklarz, chief information security officer at the

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-18       Article Source : COMPUTERWORLD

Microsoft last week released a total of nine security updates with fixes for 14 separate vulnerabilities, four of which were given "critical" severity ratings by the software vendor.

Among the critical flaws, the ones that evoked the most concern among security analysts were the vulnerability in MSDTC, which is used by Windows to manage database, messaging and file-system transactions, and a hole in the COM+ service that's built into the operating system to handle resource management tasks.

The two flaws

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-17       Article Source : AP

The move by Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. to make their instant messaging programs work together comes just as the popular communications tool is beginning to expand into such fields as video chatting and Internet telephone functions.

But for now at least, the two companies said their partnership announced Wednesday will focus on traditional instant messaging, allowing people with either system to send lightning-fast messages to each other. That is expected to be in place by June 2006.

Eventually, the companies said,

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-17       Article Source : The Canadian Press

Software guru Bill Gates made an exclusive Canadian visit Thursday to entice university students into the profession that made him the richest man in the world with a speech laden with product placement.

The appeal for the best and brightest minds to create the next generation of computer software came complete with previews of new Microsoft products and a spoof of the popular film Napoleon Dynamite. Gates also served the death notice on CDs and DVDs, telling a University of Waterloo audience

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-16       Article Source : InfoWorld

If there's one thing I learned from my recent sojourn into the depths of Microsoft Corp.'s future vision, it's that the concept and popularity of open-source software has shaken Redmond to its core. Much of this new vision is the direct result of how Linux and open-source have galvanized the company's management team. This is why Microsoft has upped the feature ante on so many systems at once: to overwhelm customers with new technologies you simply can't get from open-source.

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-16   

Amazon posts warnings on the Xbox 360 pre-order pages that orders might not be filled on release day in Europe (December 2nd). Additionally Amazon has stopped to take pre-orders of Microsoft Xbox 360 bundles in the United States.

See the Xbox 360 order page on Amazon UK and the order page on Amazon Germany for the warning:
"We have been informed that the Xbox 360 will be in short supply on the day of release, and, unfortunately, this means we

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-15   

Microsoft has announced an anti-fraud partnership with Nigeria, the country of origin for some of the Internet's most notorious email scams.
Microsoft, which has been working to improve security and reliability amid an onslaught of malicious software targeting weakness in Windows and other Microsoft software, signed a memorandum of understanding with the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday.

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-15   

Some users are apparently running into problems with a Microsoft Corp. patch issued earlier this week to fix a critical hole in the Windows 2000 operating system, according to an alert posted on the SANS Internet Storm Center (ISC) Web site this morning.
The patch in question is detailed in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS05-051 and is designed to address a total of four separate vulnerabilities -- two of which are rated as "critical" by Microsoft.

One of the critical flaws

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-14   

Microsoft on Friday is set to deliver new software that will more closely link its forthcoming Xbox 360 gaming console into the company's plans for delivering digital entertainment.

The company said that as part of an update to its Media Center Edition of Windows, it will add the capability to stream digital media--music, videos, photos television and movies--from Media Center PCs to any television or device via Xbox 360. The move has been expected. Company executives discussed plans to build the software

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