10/01/2007

October 2007 - Sowing the Seeds

Microsoft's bumper crop of software for 2008--how partners can profit. Plus: courting the small and midsized business segment; Systems Center Operations Manager 2007


News

20 U.S. Resellers Sued in Microsoft Piracy Crackdown

Microsoft filed federal lawsuits against 20 companies allegedly distributing "counterfeit or infringing" software.


Judge Extends Microsoft Timeframe

A federal judge extends timeframe for considering several states' arguments for five additional years of oversight of Microsoft's competitive practices.


Microsoft 1Q Profit Beats Street

The software giant attributes strong first quarter to sales of Halo 3, Windows and Office.


Windows Security Program Accused of Changing Update Settings

Windows Live OneCare could be among the root causes of Microsoft's ongoing problems with unwanted automatic updates.


Latest Microsoft Patent Protection Deal: Turbolinux

Microsoft has signed its first patent protection deal with a Linux vendor based in Asia.


Microsoft Adds Mobile Device Management to Lineup

Microsoft added a new server to its lineup today, this one aimed at the growing mobile technology market.


Microsoft Working Toward Less Complexity With New Kernel

Redmond reveals that it's working on a stripped-down version of the Windows kernel that would dramatically reduce its footprint.


Microsoft Cuts Royalties in Europe

Microsoft agreed to obey key parts of a 2004 antitrust ruling upheld by EU appeals court, cutting royalties and handing information over to open source developers.


4 More States Seek Microsoft Oversight

Four states press federal court to extend by five years oversight of the software company that began in 2002 as part of a landmark antitrust settlement.


Windows Auto Update Continues To Aggravate

The Windows Automatic Update might be a patch management and change control issue, observers say.


IT Must Tackle 5 Trends, Analyst Group Says

The points of change cited by the research firm include Web 2.0-style apps, SaaS, global-class computing, "consumerization" of IT and open source.


Windows 2008 Upgrade Exam Set for End of October

Upgrade exam for MCSEs contains material based on pre-release version of Windows 2008, according to Microsoft.


Court Continues Microsoft-Novell Antitrust Case

Two antitrust claims brought against Microsoft Corp. by Novell Inc. can proceed, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.


Microsoft Launches Communications Suite

Microsoft's "Unified Communications" suite of products aims to blur the distinction between electronic and voice communications.


Court Rejects Microsoft, Best Buy Appeal

The Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Microsoft and a unit of Best Buy to dismiss a lawsuit alleging violation of racketeering laws.


Security Flaw Affects XP, Windows Server 2003, IE7

Recently discovered security hole in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 uses Internet Explorer (IE) 7 as the attack vector; fix is coming.


Microsoft Pulls One Fix From 'Patch Tuesday'

Microsoft rolled out six security bulletins on its "Patch Tuesday" today, one fewer than expected.


Top 10 Overlooked Features of Windows Server 2008, Part 1

Windows Server 2008 is on its way. With the first release candidate in the pipeline, it shouldn't be long before release to manufacturing and general availability.


Seven Patches Coming From Microsoft

Microsoft expects to release seven security patches with four "Critical" and three "Important" bulletins as part of its upcoming Patch Tuesday release.


Microsoft Tries To Rope In Unlicensed XP

Microsoft yesterday announced the Get Genuine Windows Agreement.


New Microsoft Program Aims To Cut Piracy, Increase Profits

Microsoft's SLP Services suite of programs are meant to help software developers and vendors control illegal use of their software.


Microsoft RTMs New Phone System

Response Point is one of Microsoft's few hardware products, and is available only through OEMs


Microsoft Excel Fails Math Test

Microsoft Corp.'s Excel 2007 spreadsheet program is going to have to relearn part of its multiplication table.


Windows XP To Be Available Another 5 Months

Microsoft has decided to keep its forerunner, Windows XP, in sales and OEM channels for another five months.


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