Reorg Augments Ozzie Authority
It seems like every week I'm writing about power being given to Microsoft
Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie. The
most recent reorg
has more top-tier execs reporting directly to Ray, including
Dave Cutler (considered the father of NT). Ozzie not only has new ideas about
software, but he also has very strong philosophies
about how to manage developers
where he uses his influence, rather than
a big stick, to get programmers to see things his way. I think that with Ozzie
in charge, Microsoft's best software is yet to come.
A 12-Pack of Patches
Today could be a busy day for IT folks as Microsoft is sending out a half
a case of patches, most of which are for Windows. Besides downloading these
fixes, you might want to install the latest rev of the free Windows Malicious
Software removal tool.
Symantec Surveys the Black Hatters
At last week's Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, Symantec
surveyed some 400 attendees about their fears and plans. Security researchers
will be spending a lot of time looking at Vista, and when not beating on the
beta for flaws, will be thinking about mobile and Web services security, the
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Microsoft To Hackers: Crack Vista If You Can!
Microsoft is issuing a challenge
to hackers -- try to bust open Vista now so we can fix whatever you find
before this puppy ships (remember Microsoft's latest promise: to ship Vista
when it's available!).
To make it convenient for the security community, Redmond shipped out copies
to some 3,000 security pros. Have at it guys!
More Deets on Windows Server 2003 SP2
service pack for Windows Server will roll up pretty much all previous security
fixes, include special support for Vista application deployment, a new management
console. Also on tap is better Wi-Fi security. Look for this must-have upgrade
by year's end.
Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.