Adobe Goes Open Source in a Flash

Pieces of Flash are now in the hands of the public thanks to a generous contribution from Adobe to the Mozilla Foundation. The scripting piece of Flash was handed over so that Flash can play a more integral part of Firefox.

I'm now using IE6 and Firefox 2, and although I browse for hours a day (all work-related, I can assure you!), neither bowls me over. What do you think? Let me know by posting below or e-mail me at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Office Live Going Live
Office Live, a set of services to manage contacts, build Web sites and more, will end its beta and actually go live (or is that Live?) on Nov. 15. If you can put up with a bunch of ads, the services are free. If you want more features and fewer intrusions, it'll cost you $20 a month -- still cheaper than HBO.

Vista Coupons Worth $1.5 Billion
The coupons and other guarantees given out to deal with a delayed Vista have forced Microsoft to defer $1.5 billion in revenue. That's pretty rough, until you realize that's about how much Redmond spends on Jolt Cola and pizza every year (and even with that, the software is still late!).

Good, Bad and Ugly 'Net Firm $30 Million Richer
Narus, a company that helps monitor Internet traffic, just got a big cash infusion. For companies protecting trade secrets and countries tracking terrorists, this technology can be a very good thing. But for those concerned with privacy, such spying is as distasteful as 10-year-old Moxie.

One of its bigger uses is to block Internet phone calls, something the phone companies just love!

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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