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Win - MS: NT4 users face upgrade dilemma as Microsoft finally ends support
Windows Hundreds of IT departments are considering their options as Microsoft finally withdraws mainstream support from its NT4 server at the end of this month.

Those still running NT4 face the choice of migrating to alternative operating systems or running the server unsupported. Although datacentre and mission-critical systems are likely to have been migrated already, analyst firm Gartner estimates that 35% of users will still have an NT4 server running in their businesses.
Published Dec 07, 2004 - 01:34 PM
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Win - MS: Holes found in Microsoft browser client context tool
IE Secunia alerted users to three holes in the Microsoft Browser Client Tool, which has the less sexy cognomen of w3who.dll.

The firm said the holes, discovered by Nicolas Gregoire, allow wicked people to conduct cross site scripting attacks or to compromise vulnerable systems.
Published Dec 07, 2004 - 01:25 PM
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Win - MS: Microsoft goes to pieces
Windows Having survived efforts to break up its Windows monopoly, Microsoft is now leading the charge to break up the very operating system it defended. With the release of Longhorn in 2007, the company has said it will offer "role-based" versions of Windows in which only the code needed to perform a given function will be included in a particular build of the operating system. It seems that the monolithic, one-size-fits-all approach to Windows may finally be reaching the end of the road.
Published Dec 07, 2004 - 10:03 AM
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Win - MS: Internet Explorer market share drops below 90 percent in Europe
IE Firefox accelerates its pace to make inroads on the Internet Explorer (IE). According to the report from Adtech, shares of all IE versions are retreating. IE 6.x checked in at 79.62 percent or 1.61 percentage points less than at the end of August of this year. Version 5.5 lost in the same time frame 1.21 points and now stands at 5.15 percent while IE 5.x 0.69 points and lists at 4.7 percent.
Published Dec 03, 2004 - 03:03 PM
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Win - MS: Microsoft sues eight resellers over dodgy stickers
Microsoft Law Microsoft has announced it's suing eight PC resellers over claims they have been attaching Certificates of Authenticity (COA) to non-genuine Microsoft products.

The COAs are usually labels which come attached to a PC or piece of software to indicate it's a real Microsoft product. Following a sting operation, Redmond found several resellers attaching the COAs to counterfeit products or using counterfeit COAs.
Published Dec 02, 2004 - 11:37 AM
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Win - MS: Microsoft Unveils New Communication, Blog Tools
Microsoft Microsoft Corp. unveiled on Wednesday a new set of Web-based services allowing users of its MSN service to publish and track each other's blogs, or online journals.

The new free blogging service, called MSN Spaces, was launched as a preliminary test service along with newly updated online software for swapping instant messages and sharing photos, the world's largest software maker said.
Published Dec 02, 2004 - 11:00 AM
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Win - MS: Windows XP SP2 flaw complex but dangerous
Windows Security experts have identified a modified exploit that can target computers running Windows XP SP2. Although the exploit is tricky to perform, it combines two vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer 6 with a series of ActiveX exploits to break security settings in computers running SP2. It runs when a user moves a file or an image from one part of a Web page to another, but in the process the exploit downloads code to machines that circumnavigates Local Computer security settings in SP2
Published Dec 01, 2004 - 09:42 AM
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Win - MS: Microsoft Cans Windows 2000 SP5
Windows Microsoft has dumped the idea of releasing a fifth service pack for the enterprise-popular Windows 2000, and, instead, plans to produce an "update rollup" in the middle of next year as its last security patch for the OS.

According to a posting on Microsoft's Web site, the Update Rollup for Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 (SP4) will include all the security-related updates produced for the operating system between SP4's release in November, 2003, and when the Redmond, Wash.-based developer finalizes the rollup's contents.
Published Nov 30, 2004 - 11:19 AM
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Win - MS: Microsoft Volume Deals Drag Out
Microsoft The company's field sales force no longer is being told to push new Enterprise Agreements (EAs)—typically three-year volume deals—but rather to stem the bleeding, sources said.

It doesn't help that customers keep using Linux and OpenOffice as a stick to beat down Microsoft pricing. "We're being squeezed hard by every customer. Very few actually plan to use [Linux] but they're using the threat for price leverage," one Microsoft source said.
Published Nov 29, 2004 - 06:34 PM
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Win - MS: Is Microsoft creating tomorrow's IE security holes today?
IE I wonder what measures they have in place to prevent future problems. Will they take a step back and instead of fixing a specific URL spoofing vulnerability ask themselves why it is even possible to spoof a URL in the first place? Or will they question the strategy of such tight OS integration?

Will the code they write today stand up to the threats of tomorrow and beyond, the threats that we cannot even imagine today? I'll put up with the IE flaws for now, but show me you are planting the right seeds for the future.
Published Nov 29, 2004 - 12:49 PM
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Win - MS: Microsoft, EU see pre-Christmas antitrust ruling
Microsoft Law Microsoft Corp., which was ruled an illegal monopolist by the European Union in March, will learn next month whether it can wait years before complying with an EU order to sell a stripped-down version of Windows and disclose information on the operating system to competitors.

Judge Bo Vesterdorf is expected to decide by Dec. 20 whether to suspend the EU order for Microsoft to change business practices and pay a $646 million fine, lawyers said.
Published Nov 28, 2004 - 05:12 PM
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Win - MS: Microsoft critic received $9.75m after antitrust settlement
MS Law Puppet The landmark antitrust settlement this month between Microsoft and the Computer and Communications Industry Association, one of its oldest adversaries, resulted in a $9.75m payment to the CCIA's top official, according to confidential documents seen by the FT.

Ed Black, CCIA president and for years one of Microsoft's fiercest opponents in antitrust investigations, netted almost half the $19.75m total payment Microsoft paid the association.
Published Nov 25, 2004 - 02:04 PM
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Win - MS: EU MS Antitrust Judge to keep testimoney from former allies
Microsoft Law A European Union judge said Thursday he will continue to take into account testimony from the EU's biggest former allies in its antitrust case against Microsoft Corp., an indication their desertion would not affect the case.

At the closed-door meeting, Judge Bo Vesterdorf said he would render a decision on whether to suspend the EU order for Microsoft to change it business practices as well as pay a $646 million fine by Christmas, likely between Dec. 18-20, officials said.
Published Nov 25, 2004 - 10:15 AM
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Win - MS: Microsoft emphasises security problems
Security The head of Microsoft Australia has labelled security "the biggest threat to the growth of our company and our industry overall" amid a raft of indications the software heavyweight is struggling to stay on top of the area.

Steve Vamos told attendees at an Australian Information Industry Association event in Adelaide yesterday the security issue was "essentially... the only thing that can stop us, in terms of really getting back on track in terms of driving growth in the industry".
Published Nov 24, 2004 - 01:14 PM
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Win - MS: Get free copy of XP from Microsoft - if you have a pirate version
Windows Microsoft has announced what it hopes will be a new attack on piracy - the Redmond-based giant has decided to give away free software to those who bought machines with fake copies pre-installed.

Microsoft will be offering anyone who's "unsure" about whether they've got dodgy software the chance to have it checked out by Microsoft, with the promise that if it does turn out to be counterfeit, they'll replace it.
Published Nov 24, 2004 - 01:12 PM
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Win - MS: EU Say Microsoft Case Remains Intact
Microsoft Law The European Union insisted Wednesday its antitrust case against Microsoft Corp. remains intact despite a surprise meeting called by the judge following the desertion of two of the EU's biggest allies.

"Just the fact that certain parties have withdrawn from the proceedings doesn't change the facts of the case at all," said EU antitrust spokesman Jonathan Todd. "Hence the proceedings will follow their normal course at the court."
Published Nov 24, 2004 - 11:22 AM
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Win - MS: MS uses Firefox screenshot (not IE) in PR, then denies it
Microsoft This is funny. It would seem that Microsoft's PR firm uses Firefox rather than IE. The company recently provided the press with a screenshot of MSN Search displayed on the open source browser.

An Alert reader of the Seattle Post Intelligencer read a review of the new MSN Search and noticed something strange about the screenshot in the article, found a larger version of it and was surprised to find out that while the OS was Windows XP, the browser used was Firefox. Moving into damage control mode, Microsoft's PR firm denied using Firefox for any of MSN Search's screenshots.
Published Nov 23, 2004 - 06:07 PM
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Win - MS: EU Judge sets Thursday meeting in Microsoft antitrust matter
Microsoft Law Judge Bo Vesterdorf, presiding over Microsoft's request to the European Court of First Instance, set a closed meeting for Thursday to discuss "procedural matters," court spokesman Christopher Fretwell said.

The court president's call for a meeting comes just a few weeks after Novell and the Computer and Communications Industry Association reached settlements with Microsoft. As part of the settlements, Novell and the industry trade group withdrew their assistance in the EU's case.
Published Nov 23, 2004 - 03:11 PM
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Win - MS: Microsoft attempts to clarify Linux patent issue
Microsoft A Microsoft spokesperson said that in the presentation Ballmer had merely passed on the information from a study carried out by a pro-Linux third party.

"The reporter got it wrong. This was not a Microsoft report nor is this a Microsoft 'warning'," said the spokesperson. "Steve [Ballmer] was referring to a study done by the Linux community group Open Source Risk Management (OSRM), a pro-free and open-source software organisation."
Published Nov 23, 2004 - 03:05 PM
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Win - MS: Microsoft issues 'Excel' trademark challenge
MS Law Puppet Savvysoft, a US-based financial software company, said that it is facing a trademark infringement challenge by Microsoft over the use of the term 'Excel'.

Rich Tanenbaum, founder of Savvysoft, claimed that Microsoft has never been granted a registered trademark on Excel, and that the legal challenge against Savvysoft's TurboExcel spreadsheet acceleration and migration tool is invalid.
Published Nov 22, 2004 - 04:01 PM
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