DesktopStandard Bought by the Desktop Standard

When AutoProf renamed itself DesktopStandard Corp., the market and Microsoft took notice. There can only be one desktop standard, and now that Microsoft has bought the company (DesktopStandard Corp., if you are following my twisty train of thought), there really is only one standard.

In the process, Microsoft nabbed itself a new software architect, which is the new title for DesktopStandard Co-Founder and CTO Eric Voskuil.

DesktopStandard CEO John Moyer is not joining Microsoft, but is instead creating a brand new third party, BeyondTrust. Check it out here.

What If We All Knew Your Search History?
Web searches are a unique, individual thing that reveal our deepest, shallowest and most bizarre secrets and proclivities. So how would you feel if your boss, wife, children, parents or best friend knew exactly what you searched for? Even worse, what if a hacker knew all this and could use it against you? This is all possible based on a new exploit discovered by SPI Labs. Using JavaScript, a creep could pry into your search history and use it for identity theft, blackmail or just plain kicks.

Correct My Grammar Online
My grammar ain't always perfect. But thanks to attentive Redmond Report readers, I'm usually promptly and summarily corrected. Now, those without a hard copy of the Chicago Manual of Style (a bible for copy editors everywhere) can pinpoint my flaws through the Web. But it'll cost you. The regularly updated guide is $25 for the first year, and the price actually goes up to $30 the following year.

Should Apple Sue Cocoon?
Apple, which stole its name from the Apple recording company and then violated an agreement to stay out of the music biz, somehow thinks it completely owns the term "pod."

Just as Google doesn't want us to use its name to describe searching (it would beg us to stop talking about "Googling" if it weren't so solidly in first place), Apple doesn't like "podcasting" to be used unless it refers to its own proprietary products.

If Apple keeps pushing this, it must mean the band POD is out of line, as is the company that rents those moving containers it calls PODS.

Do You Use Visual Studio 2005 Team System?
When Microsoft released Visual Studio 2005 Team System, it was the first time the Redmond giant had attempted to deliver a complete development lifecycle suite. While Visual Studio itself has been enthusiastically accepted in the market, we want to know how the Team System functionality -- test, modeling, collaborative version control – stacks up.

If you've deployed Visual Studio Team System and have made use of its lifecycle management tools, we want to publish your opinions. Does Team System compare favorably to competing tools and components already on the market? What issues have you struggled with and what features have you gladly leveraged?

This is your chance to speak up and be heard! Let us know what has worked or failed with Visual Studio 2005 Team System. Your opinions could appear in a future issue of Redmond Developer News magazine. Contact me now and let me know what you think at

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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