Fixes for Visual Studio, Windows Due Tomorrow

Tomorrow is Patch Tuesday, so it's no surprise that Windows is getting its share of fixes. But Visual Studio is also up for a plug for a "critical flaw." There are also updates to Malicious Software Removal Tool.

However, reports are starting to bubble that a fix for a show-stopping Word flaw may not make tomorrow's batch.

MS Bones Up on Business Intelligence
Microsoft is as serious about business intelligence (BI) as Einstein was about relativity. Not only does SQL Server 2005 have a heap of BI features, but the company is also building an array of separate tools such as the Office PerformancePoint Server 2007, now in beta test (oh, I mean in CTP, which is a fancy term for a specific type of beta, though I can't quite remember the difference). The new tool does business score-carding, and can work with an array of structured and unstructured data types.

This could actually be a pretty sweet fit with the Dynamics products, where ERP and supply chain whizzes need to understand what the numbers actually mean.

Whole Lot of Shipping Goin' On
Microsoft has been on a product shipping tear. Going after the Web development market (where Redmond essentially failed with FrontPage and Macromedia cleaned up with Dreamweaver), Microsoft just starting shipping pieces of its Expression Studio line of products.

First up is a tool that lets developers build sites that work with key standards (or at least Microsoft's take on what key standards are). Later, tools will let developers fancy up these sites and protect proprietary content.

Exchange 2007 (and its Add-On Security) Ships
Exchange 2007 didn't exactly live up to its name -- the darn thing just shipped and last time I checked, it's still 2006. To be fair, it was just released to manufacturing, which means it has to work its way through this process before you can actually start installing the finished goods.

Along with the messaging server, Microsoft is shipping a Forefront tool designed to protect Exchange from viruses, hackers and malware. This Forefront product is based on Sybari, a third party bought by Microsoft.

IM Looking for Help
Do you use any IM security tools, a private IM network, or have set end user policies for IM? Have you been hit by an IM virus, or had users abuse the systems?

If so, I want to talk to you! E-mail me at dbarney@redmondmag.com and give me the skinny.

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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