Vista Flaw Found, No Surprise There

The report read like the hundreds I've read about XP: There is a flaw that could let a hacker take complete control of your machine (I'm envious as I've never had complete control of any of my machines).

The "stop the presses" news is that the flaw is within Vista, the supposedly bullet-proof new OS.

The press would have you believe that Microsoft completely messed up, that Vista can't be trusted and that the sky is indeed falling.

One flaw does not a disaster make, and it's too early to tell just how secure Vista will be. If you have any thoughts, send 'em our way at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Microsoft Is in Full Listening Mode
I spent a few solid weeks talking to over a dozen customers about Visual Studio, and then reported these findings to Microsoft. The VS product managers were all ears. In the developer space, I found a healthy and active dialogue between customers and Redmond.

The same now seems true for Windows clients, as Microsoft is asking beta testers for advice on the next version of Windows. Now that's how you build software!

The two-part story will be up on http://reddevnews.com soon!

Outsourcing the Next Bill Gates
I consider Ray Ozzie to be the next Bill Gates since Ray will ultimately drive software strategy for Microsoft. Pollsters at Zogby have a different view -- to them, the next Bill Gates is the man or woman that drives the next generation of technology. And that person doesn't wave the stars and stripes, most Americans believe. Instead, the next Bill G. will hail from Asia, either Japan or China, or perhaps India.

But Zogby didn't call up hundreds of Americans just to ask about Gates. While interrupting all these dinners, Zobgy also found that Americans believe that kids know more about the Internet than congressmen -- though Sen. Ted Stevens from Alaska did nail it when he defined the 'Net as a series of tubes. That was as insightful as George W. talking about "The Google."

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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