March 2006 - Get Ready for Software as a Service

Microsoft's roadmap for 2006, Software Asset Management, landing great customer references, more.


IT Weekly Roundup, March 31

From the business wires this week: Idera gets Front Runner status, BizTalk and NAP supporters, and recent Microsoft product delays.

Microsoft 'Optimistic' After Start of EU Trial

Microsoft lawyers maintain that company has complied more than necessary, but still faces major fines if found in violation of 2004 antitrust order.

Outside Programmers Fix Microsoft Flaws

Third-party vendors come to customers' rescue, but what are the risks of using a fix that isn't Microsoft approved?

2006 MCT Program Reg Opens April 3

Registration for Microsoft's 2006 MCT program opens up Monday, April 3.

EU Concerned Windows Vista Could Break Antitrust Rules

Investigation not pending, but commission wonders about integration of new features that can put Microsoft back into antitrust violation.

Report: U.S. Leads Global IT Rankings

Singapore slides from first to second in World Economic Forum's "network readiness index"

Eu Launches Online Debate On Bloc's Future

European Union turing to the Internet to get public debate rolling on defining EU's future direction.

High-Tech Lobby Hoping For Gains From Immigration Debate

Increase sought on H-1B visas for high-tech workers from cap of 65,000 per year to 115,000 per year.

Security Woes Hamper Microsoft Release

New innovations, Gates' trusted computing initiative of 2002 continue to keep Vista developers on their collective toes.

Microsoft Announces Windows Unit Shake-Up

Office biz exec Steve Sinofsky moved to Windows group.

Brown to Develop Handwriting Software

Microsoft Research puts $1.2 milion into project to develop software that can interpret signatures as well as produce 3-D drawings based on sketches.

Microsoft Delays Consumer Release of Windows Vista

The Redmond giant missing delivery by the holiday shopping season may benefit other parts of the consumer electronics industry, say analysts.

Hackers Get Windows XP Onto Apple Computers

With Intel-based Mac machines now widely available, hackers find a way to get it done. One site even offers contest with prize money.

IT Weekly Roundup, March 17

From the business wires this week: an Exchange search tool, Windows backup products, and SQL Server monitoring and managing tools.

Global Knowledge Expands Microsoft Training Network in Europe

The IT training provider deepens its European operations in 12 countries.

Gates Says Microsoft Committed To Bridging Digital Divide

Cell phones doing more; computer, TV technology converging closer, says Microsoft chairman

Music Web Site: Breach Exposed Accounts

Credit card data on Bananas.com music and gear Web site compromised, with several victims coming forward.

Exams 70-447, 70-536 Now Available

New exam provides MCDBAs with short path to MCITP; new developer exams for application developers now available

Computer Researchers Warn of Net Attacks

New Internet attacks targeting computers that manage global Internet traffic has potential to overwhelm popular Web sites and disrupt e-mails

IT Weekly Roundup, March 3

From the business wires this week: a file transfer client/server for heterogenous environments, SQL Server and Exchange backup solutions, and a site for SOA resources.

MCP Program Certifies 1.6 Million

Microsoft's Learning Group updates MCP numbers on its Web site; new titles are not included in MCP census.

IT Weekly Roundup, Feb. 24

From the business wires this week: an application deployer, a password recovery solution, Web content filter for Active Directory, more.

News Analysis: Certified Partners To Feel the Love in '06

Microsoft investing in phone system to reach out and touch more partners.

Microsoft Releases New Exams

Company plans crossover with partner program.

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