11/01/2007

November 2007 - The Odd Couple: Microsoft and Cisco

Two IT industry giants learn to live in a world of coopetition. Plus: exploring China's software piracy problem and the impact it has on partners; understanding intellectual property; securing Exchange.


News

Microsoft Starts Talking Up UC Tools Strategy

Microsoft has talked a ton about why Unified Communications can be a big value to users.


Exchange Server 2007 SP1 Coming Friday

Microsoft on Friday launches its first major Exchange Server 2007 update, pushing Service Pack 1 out the door.


With Windows 2008 Come New MCP Benefits

Microsoft Learning improves MCP benefits package with access to Microsoft Partner-level support articles and improved transcript and certification manager.


Microsoft Not Giving Thanks for Vulnerabilities

Microsoft finds itself continuing to fend off two security threats, both coming about during the Thanksgiving holiday.


Coming: Virtualization Validation Program From Microsoft

Microsoft hopes to have validation testing services available when its long-awaited Windows Server virtualization technology comes online next year.


Microsoft Releases Visual Studio 2008

Microsoft released Visual Studio 2008 to MSDN customers for downloading, making it the first of the "big three" platforms of the coming "Global Launch Wave."


Vista Still Getting Mixed Reviews

Windows Vista is now on the migration map for most enterprise customers, at least according to one researcher. But it's still getting hammered in the media.


Two Hotfixes for Patch Tuesday

In one of the least stress-inducing Patch Tuesdays in memory, Microsoft released just two security bulletins today, one "Critical" and one "Important."


Non-Security Vista Updates Released

Microsoft announced that it plans to release today three non-security updates to Windows Vista, which will coincide with Patch Tuesday.


Microsoft Details Windows Server 2008 Versions, Pricing

New server OS from Microsoft will come in eight different versions, including Web-specific server and server virtualization product.


Next SQL Server CTP Coming Soon

The next preview of SQL Server 2008 supports spatial data types and a new Resource Governor feature is slated to hit in a week or two.


Microsoft Server Virtualization Product Christened 'Hyper-V'

Microsoft has unveiled the official name of the server virtualization technology that will be included with Windows Server 2008 early next year: Hyper-V.


Microsoft Centro Redubbed Windows Essential Business Server

Microsoft's mid-market server bundle now has a name: Windows Essential Business Server, which is slated to hit beta two in 30 to 60 days.


Light 'Patch Tuesday' On Tap

November looks to be one of the thinnest patches releases of 2007 as Microsoft said it plans to release just two security bulletins.


Microsoft Gives Away Search Server 2008

Microsoft said that it's giving away Search Server 2008 Express in release candidate form to anyone who wants it, just by downloading it directly from Microsoft's Web site.


Visual Studio 2008 Available at End of November

The next version of Microsoft's development flagship product will include the latest version of the .NET Framework, iteration 3.5.


Microsoft Separates Sharepoint Services from Windows Server

Developers shrugged off Microsoft's decision this week to revert to a separate download deliverable of Windows Sharepoint Services.


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