September 2006 - Don't Be Afraid of Microsoft Consulting

SVP Rick Devenuti explains how partners can work with Microsoft's consulting services. Also: Selling supply chain services, Q&A with Robert Deshaies, luring venture capital your way, Small Business Acccounting, more.


Sony Urges More Companies to Recall Batteries

Battery headaches grow as more recalls announced from Dell, Toshiba and Fujitsu

IBM Recalls 526,000 Sony Laptop Batteries

IBM Corp. is recalling 526,000 laptop batteries worldwide made by Sony Corp.

Symantec to EU: Microsoft Trying To Shut Out Security Rivals

Symantec Corp. accused Microsoft Corp. of abusing its monopoly in deciding which security products can run on its upcoming operating system.

CA Launches Warranty for Consumer Security Products

CA Inc. is so confident in its products, it is offering up to $1,500 for computer repairs should users of its anti-virus software get infected.

New Office, Vista To Feature Improved Disability Access

An overhaul of how Microsoft deals with disability access technologies will take form in the next generation of the company's flagship programs.

Survey Shows Gap Between Developers, Corporate Security Priorities

Developers who build Web applications are more concerned about security, while corporate resources and processes that increase application security aren’t as forthcoming.

Microsoft Releases Out-of-Cycle Patch for VML Flaw

Microsoft Corp. released an out-of-cycle patch for a critical vulnerability in Windows and IE relating to Vector Markup Language.

Computer Virus Writers Plan Slow Spread

Most virus writers no longer seeking widespread fame but money and maintaining anonymity in the process of obtaining it via botnets, says security vendor.

Toshiba To Recall Notebook Batteries

Japanese electronics maker plans to recall 340,000 notebook computer batteries, some manufactured by Sony Corp.

White House Selects Cybersecurity Chief

The White House has chosen an industry information security specialist as its cybersecurity chief, filling a job that has had no permanent director for a year.

Microsoft Works to Close Hole in Windows Media

Microsoft scrambles to update Windows Media after a hacker released a program that circumvents a safeguard designed to prevent people from freely copying digital movies and songs.

Another Microsoft Exec Leaves

John Lauer, who headed Microsoft’s Small and Midsize Solutions & Partner Group, announced he is leaving the company to launch his own startup.

RSA Security Holders Approve Takeover

RSA Security Inc. said its shareholders approved the company's $2.1 billion acquisition by data storage provider EMC Corp.

Gates on Witness List in Iowa Antitrust Suit

One of the last remaining consumer class-action antitrust lawsuits filed against Microsoft Corp. in a state court is set to go to trial in November, and Bill Gates is on the witness list.

EU Warns Microsoft About Vista Security Market

European Union officials warned Microsoft not to shut out rivals in the security software market.

Microsoft To Unveil New Search Engine

Microsoft Corp. plans to officially launch its updated and renamed Internet search engine, the latest step in a massive effort to make headway against market leaders Yahoo and Google.

Microsoft to Rebrand Retail Management System to Dynamics RMS

Microsoft is rebranding its Retail Management System to become another offering in its line of Microsoft Dynamics business products.

Chip Fight: Sun, Unisys Sue Hynix

Sun Microsystems and Unisys have filed a lawsuit against Hynix Semiconductor in the United States, apparently seeking damages related to a federal probe into price-fixing of memory chips.

Quest Ships SharePoint Admin Tool

Quest Software announced it is shipping an administration tool designed to simplify management of sites based on Microsoft SharePoint technologies.

Microsoft Ships First Release Candidate of Vista

Microsoft will broaden distribution of the first "release candidate" of Windows Vista to as many as five million testers beginning this week, after sending initial versions out late last week.

Gateway Rejects Buyout Offer

Gateway has rejected an unsolicited $450 million bid for its retail business from eMachines founder Lap Shun Hui.

More Layoffs Expected with Intel Overhaul

Speculation is swirling that Intel will be cutting thousands of jobs in its latest restructuring effort.

Microsoft Awards Execs with Millions in Stock

Several Microsoft execs received millions of dollars in stock awards as part of compensation program that the company rejiggered several years ago.

GFI Looks to Channel to Sell SMB Products

GFI Software is looking to broaden its channel of Microsoft-focused value-added resellers and partners.

Anatomy of a Deal: Software ONE Inc. and Softwarepipeline AG

Licensing behemoth and VAR combine services.

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