March 2008 - Chasing Yahoo!

Will Microsoft's takeover bid for Yahoo be enough to challenge Google? Plus, we ask if Office PerformancePoint Server is worth the price; it's time to make peace with Windows firewall; we review some of the best project management software around; and much more.


Trustworthy Computing: Examining Trust

Microsoft's Trustworthy Academic Advisory Board has been keeping tabs on security issues -- external as well as internal -- that continue to challenge Microsoft's developers. Here's a peek into the board, which marks five years on watch.

Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007: BI Worth the Price?

At first glance, Redmond's new server looks like a solid solution for business intelligence.

Can MicroHoo Take On Google?

The time may be right for Redmond's acquisition, but there are planty of obstacles littering the road to a smooth technical merging of Microsoft and Yahoo.

The Windows Firewall: You Can Turn It on Now

Too intimidated to enable your Windows XP and Windows Vista Firewall? Be afraid no more.


IFrames Resurface as Popular Attack Vector for Hackers

Security experts warn of rise in "poisoning" of thousands of Web pages via iFrame exploit.

Windows XP SP3 RC2 Refresh: The Pause That Refreshes

Want Windows XP SP3 for real? You can't have it now, but there is a beta Refresh to play with in the mean time.

Worldwide PC Shipments Expected To Rise 10.9 Percent in 2008

Gartner predicted that worldwide PC shipments will be up 10.9 percent this year over last, although it also warned that strains on the economy could drop that number.

Analysts: Upgrading to Vista SP1 on Intel Chips? Proceed with Caution

PCs made by Hewlett-Packard, Gateway, China's Lenovo and others couldn't be upgraded to Vista Service Pack 1 if they were using certain Intel chipsets.

April Release for Windows XP SP3 RTM?

Windows XP service pack 3 will have its release-to-manufacturing debut in April of this year, according to the Tech ARP Web site.

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008 Launched

Microsoft last week made available its set of IT deployment tools and practices called Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2008.

Microsoft May Release Out-of-Cycle Patch for Word Flaw

Microsoft confirmed "very limited, targeted" attacks on an open Word security flaw. The company is researching a patch.

Microsoft Reissues Security Patch for Excel 2003

A calculation-error bug in Microsoft Office Excel 2003, which was acknowledged by Microsoft last Friday, has been resolved with a security update.

Vista SP1 Goes Live

Microsoft announced the availability of Windows Vista SP1 via Windows Update. The company has also posted the upgrade to its download site.

Vista SP1, Windows XP SP3 May Arrive This Week

According to numerous reports on the Web, Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Windows XP SP3 may both be released this week, possibly as soon as Tuesday.

Excel Patch Causing Calculation Errors

Microsoft admitted on Friday that a patch it released last week is causing Excel 2003 to make some incorrect calculations.

Microsoft Launches Accessibility Portal for Developers

Microsoft unveiled a new Web site yesterday that provides resources for developers to improve and test the accessibility of their applications.

Windows Home Server Data Corruption Fix Coming in June

A Windows Home Server bug that's corrupting some users' data won't be fixed until June, Microsoft announced this week.

Gates to Congress: Improve Math, Science Education

Microsoft chairman implored Congress and the President to "act decisively" to ensure that the country maintain global leadership in technology innovation.

Windows 2008 Exams Go Live

Microsoft releases three new exams for its newest network operating system in March.

Patch Tuesday Fixes Critical Excel, Outlook, Web Component and Office Flaws

Microsoft rolled out four "critical" security bulletins -- all with as many as 12 remote code execution (RCE) vulnerabilities, according to security experts.

Sun-Microsoft Collab Results in Interop Center

Sun, Microsoft are working together to develop a set of guidelines for implementing Exchange Server 2007 on Sun server and storage hardware.

Lawsuit May Have Driven Vista Virtualization

Court papers suggest that Microsoft's change of heart earlier this year to open up Windows Vista virtualization licensing may have been influenced by litigation.

Computer Science Enrollment Down, but Turnaround Expected

A computing research organization said that enrollments and degrees at United States-based computer science departments dropped further in 2006 and 2007.

Apple To Add Exchange Support to iPhones

Apple has announced a forthcoming update to its iPhone 2.0 software that will include built-in support for Microsoft's Exchange ActiveSync.

Microsoft To Release 4 Critical Office Patches Tuesday

Microsoft announced that it will be releasing four patches, all rated critical because they allow remote-code execution, and all involving Microsoft Office in some way.

Microsoft Creates IT Job Portal for Students

Microsoft's Students to Business portal pairs U.S. college students working toward IT careers with companies who are looking to fill entry-level IT positions.

MIX08 Kicks Off with First IE 8 and Silverlight 2 Betas

Microsoft ushered in two highly anticipated betas: the first public downloads of Internet Explorer 8 and Silverlight 2.

Microsoft Expands Office Live Workspace Beta Worldwide

After nearly three months of private beta testing, Microsoft Office Live Workspace is being rolled out worldwide as a full public beta.

Vista Pricing Cut Worldwide

Microsoft to cut prices on Windows Vista. The timing of the price cut would coincide with the retail availability of Vista Service Pack 1.

Microsoft Takes SharePoint and Exchange Servers Online

Microsoft's SaaS initiatives gets kickstarted with online betas of Exchange Server 2007 and Office SharePoint Server 2007.

E-Mails Tell Tale of Intel, HP and Microsoft's Vista Capable Logo

The company's "Vista Capable" standard appears to have been partially influenced by decision to help Intel sell components with lower graphic capabilities.

Exchange Server 2007 Encounters Leap Year-Related Error

A Microsoft blog post states that "some" Exchange 2007 administrators experienced an error processing the February 29 date.

Where Virtualization and Open Source Collide

Citrix's Peter Levine discusses the company's Windows and open source virtualization strategies, as well as coopetition with Microsoft.

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