Perfect for the Paranoid Boss…

I've got to get me some of these new RFID chips that you actually put in a worker's body. So far, they're reserved for high-security positions where it really does matter who comes and who goes. CityWatcher.com made news when it popped these puppies into two people that work with sensitive video footage: I'm thinking more of finding out if Redmond editors really are at the dentist, or if they're interviewing for some cushy P.R. job at Microsoft…nah! [Editor's note: Darn it! He's on to me…]

ISA 2006: Did You Really Say Beta?
ISA 2006 is now in its first beta. That's right -- it's not a Community Technology Preview or part of the Customer Preview Program. It's a good, old-fashioned beta!

Among other new features, ISA 2006 will support Windows Server 2003 R2.

Redmond Magazine Safe for 3 More Years
Some of our funnier readers continue to ask what we'll do if Microsoft moves its headquarters. If it goes north to Canada, for example, we might have to call our magazine Winnipeg, and our sister publication Winnipeg Channel Partner (the real pub is at http://rcpmag.com).

Luckily, we don't need to start trademark searches on "Winnipeg, The Independent Voice of the Microsoft IT Community" just yet. That's because Microsoft is plunking down a cool billion over the next three years to expand its Redmond campus to handle some 12,000 new employees.

As much as critics slam the company and competitors poke at it, Microsoft continues to grow steady and strong. Maybe I'll be able to put my kids through college after all.

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Microsoft Antitrust: America Happy While Europe Steams
To help satisfy the European Union, Microsoft recently released source code to help third parties hook into Windows Server networking features. But those pesky Euros scoffed. Meanwhile U.S. federal and state authorities are generally pleased, calling the Microsoft move "constructive."

I'm not sure if it's a more favorable political climate, a new tone from top Microsoft execs, or Bill Gate's remarkable philanthropy, but I believe the company's image has improved dramatically. Not that the company is Mother Theresa, but it ain't exactly Mahmoud Ahmadinejad either.

I like Microsoft with a few rough edges, but then again, I don't have to compete with it.

About the Author

Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.

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