The Ultimate Office

Office fans, have we got a deal for you. While your friends and co-workers pound away on Office Standard or Office Professional, you'll be on top of the heap, owner of Office Ultimate. That's right campers, for only $679 you'll get Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Groove and InfoPath (and you know how popular that is).

Microsoft and eBay: Buy It Now?
Reports are surfacing that Microsoft may be trying to buy eBay. If true, I'd imagine the price tag would be a whopper -- the auction site's market cap is around $50 billion. Microsoft has bought a lot of companies, but I can't remember anything near that large. My prediction: It'll never happen.

The Anti-Virus Virus
I'm sure Symantec used to laugh every month when Microsoft's security bulletins came out describing flaws that let hackers take over our machines. The anti-virus leader isn't chuckling now that hackers found a way to use the software that is supposed to protect as a launch pad for attacks. Oops!

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Word Wide Open
Now there is another reason to hate Word. I get angry every time Word decides it knows how to format better than me, or crashes mid-document (I see the recovered files panel more than I see my kids sometimes). But if hackers exploit a recently found Word flaw on my machine, I'll be more than peeved -- they'll be walking on the fightin' side of me! This hole allows attacks to be carried out through e-mail attachments, and Symantec (makers of the less than foolproof anti-virus software discussed above) is telling users to be careful when opening Word attachments, and that IT should quarantine these attachments for up to a half a day. A patch from Microsoft is on fast forward, set for release well before the next Patch Tuesday.

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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