Detractors worry about security threats and potential abuses that could result from Microsoft's sole control of the Passport database. Of even greater concern to some is the potential for identity theft if the Passport servers are compromised.
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Microsoft's .NET Passport, one of the largest online authentication services in operation, has more than 200 million active accounts and handles more than 4 billion authentications per month, Adam Sohn, product manager for the Platform Strategy Group at Microsoft, told TechNewsWorld. As a whole, Microsoft's .NET Passport service is a collection of Internet-based technologies designed to make accessing e-commerce Web sites easier, faster and, in theory, more secure. In addition, Microsoft has constructed the Passport service to make it relatively easy for developers to build in Passport authentication to XML Web services.
However, critics have faulted Microsoft's centralized identification model as being fraught with security risks, largely because all user data is stored in one place. In light of these risks, alternative services -- like the federated identity-authentication system developed by the Liberty Alliance Group -- could pose a threat to Microsoft's ability to expand its .NET user base. "This should not be viewed as Microsoft versus anybody else," Andrew Eliopoulos, senior director of network identity at Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq: SUNW) , told TechNewsWorld. A key player in the Liberty Alliance Group, Sun Microsystems has said that users will not be caught in a competition between opposing business models. "It is not an either-or confrontation," said Eliopoulos. "The marketplace is so large it will tolerate both the federated and the centralized concepts."
Microsoft Corp (MSFT) said on Thursday it would collaborate with a consortium that promotes an open operating system for consumer electronics called TRON, in a move aimed at making its software compatible with a system that operates nearly 60 percent of the world's microprocessorsTRON is distributed free of charge and is used in a wide range of products from digital cameras to car engines.
Microsoft aims to work with T-Engine Forum -- a group of nearly 250 companies, including Sony Corp (6758) and NTT DoCoMo Inc (9437), that promotes TRON -- to make its Windows CE .NET operating system compatible with the technology that is the defacto standard for Japanese microprocessors.A spokesman for Microsoft said the cooperation would bring together the networking strength of Windows CE .NET, a platform for digital consumer electronics, with the operating system that is used in three to four billion appliances worldwide.TRON, or the real-time operating system nucleus, is preferred in applications such as mobile phones, because of its fast processing speed. It is also free from "freezing", a bugbear of personal computer users.It is also "open source", which means the codes making up the programme can be obtained free of charge and allows engineers to modify the platforms according to individual needs.Microsoft charges customers to use its operating system.
One possible application from the cooperation could be in products such as car navigation systems.Microsoft can use TRON to operate the navigation system's television and other functions, while the Windows CE .NET platform would allow users to link up with their personal computers to check e-mail from the car.
OPINION: Prejudices and misconceptions about Microsoft make it hard to evalute the company's merits. The biggest myths about Microsoft are that its desktop products are overpriced, it doesn't respect its customers, and reliability and security are poor. And some think the company is downright evil.
In nearly two decades of studying Microsoft, I've been able to dig through the hype that the company generates, as well as the misconceptions its detractors create, to see more of the real company than most of you can ever experience.
It's handy to think of the other side as evil in business competition and litigation (as well as in war and religion). While this can be interesting and provide focus if you are in competition, it can also lead to costly mistakes, because you make assumptions about behavior that is based on a world that is largely fictional. I'm betting your perceptions of Microsoft are largely fictional, and while many of mine may be as well, I have spent more time than most people meeting with and drilling into the company.
What I'm going to attempt to do is provide a different perspective than the one you currently have, because I strongly believe that much of Microsoft's problem comes from a lack of effort by Microsoft in helping people get a balanced perspective. People will tolerate a lot from a company or a person that they believe is on their side. They won't tolerate even the existence of a company or person that they believe to be against them. And too many people clearly think that, whatever Microsoft is, it isn't on their side.
There are three key legs to the belief that Microsoft should be avoided: They charge too much, they don't respect their customers, and their products are unreliable and insecure. Of the three the first is, in my view, the most prevalent.
Richard Nolan, professor emeritus of the Harvard Business School, displayed his sense of humor and wit yesterday as he posed questions after being the first person named to the Philip M. Condit endowed chair at the University of Washington's school of business
Could Microsoft's very smart but undisciplined software geniuses build a 777? What about the more disciplined engineers who work at The Boeing could they build a Windows operating system?
He mentioned Windows 95 and the 777. Both are highly complex products, he said. In answer to his own questions, Nolan said that yes, Boeing probably could develop Windows 95.
"But it would probably be somewhat inflexible and would take a heck of a long time," he said.
Its engineers probably could develop the 777, Nolan said, then brought the room down in laughter when he added: "But would you really want to fly on release one?" referring to the initial version of a software product.
"But it would probably be somewhat inflexible and would take a heck of a long time," he said.
Microsoft and Monster, the leading global online careersproperty and flagship brand of Monster Worldwide Inc., today announced atechnology alliance designed to help job seekers build professional resumes.Through the alliance, Monster's downloadable Extensible Markup Language (XML)-enabled "smart" document templates can be seamlessly installed in Microsoft(R)Office Word 2003, enabling job seekers to upgrade the quality of their resume.The templates will be available via the Microsoft Office Online Web site,which is visited by nearly 25 million unique visitors per month.
The Microsoft-Monster alliance is designed to help job seekers create and submit professional-quality resumes easily using industry-standard XML. The resume templates, created in Word 2003, give job seekers the opportunity to build their resumes in a familiar format while incorporating expert resume advice from Monster, the leading provider of comprehensive career management products and services.
The advanced technology of Microsoft and Monster also allows job seekers to save their resume in Microsoft Word and promptly post it on the Monster Web site, making it readily viewable to thousands of leading employers nationwide.The use of XML enables the delivery of ready-to-use data to the Monster site, so that resumes can be instantly posted to an individual's My Monster account. Any Microsoft Office Word 2003 customer with an Internet connection will haveaccess to the Monster resume templates.
The combination of Monster resume templates and XML-enabled Microsoft Word is a natural fit that will offer great benefits to people who want to create an effective, professional resume," said Brian Farrey, president of Monster Technologies. "We are very excited about this relationship, which will provide quality Monster resume templates to the extensive Microsoft OfficeOnline audience. The alliance is also further confirmation of Monster's leadership position in providing job seekers the best technological tools and services by being the first career site to partner with Microsoft with this innovative integrated tool."
The resume templates will be available at http://www.office.microsoft.com early next year.
The 64-bit versions of the Windows Editions will be labeled by one of two tags to distinguish Microsoft 64-bit Windows versions from one another.
The two tags are:For 64-Bit Itanium-Based SystemsFor 64-bit Extended Systems
The term "64-bit Extended Systems" refers to processors that have added 64-bit extensions to the 32-bit instruction set, such as AMD Opteron and AMD Athlon64 processors.
Windows Server 2003 editions will use "64-bit Extended Systems" to denote offerings for 64-bit AMD processors instead of the terms x64, x86-64, or AMD64.
The 64 bit Windows will be named as the following:
Microsoft® Windows ServerTM 2003, Standard Edition For 64-Bit Extended Systems (will RTM with SP1)Microsoft® Windows ServerTM 2003, Enterprise Edition For 64-Bit Extended Systems (will RTM with SP1) Microsoft® Windows ServerTM 2003, Standard Edition For 64-Bit Itanium-Based Systems (will RTM with SP1) Microsoft® Windows ServerTM 2003, Enterprise Edition For 64-Bit Itanium-Based Systems (available today) Microsoft® Windows ServerTM 2003, Datacenter Edition For 64-Bit Itanium-Based Systems (available today) Microsoft® Windows® XP 64-Bit Edition For 64-Bit Extended Systems (will RTM with SP1) Microsoft® Windows® XP 64-Bit Edition For 64-Bit Itanium-Based Systems (available today)
Get ready to develop applications for Microsoft Windows Code-Named "Longhorn". Sign up for the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference 2003 (PDC), where you will get your first chance to look under the hood. "Longhorn" has to be seen to be believed.
But don’t stop there. On October 27, the day after the PDC starts, we will launch the "Longhorn" Developer Center on MSDN. Come here for feature articles and discussion groups to help you take full advantage of the next wave of the Windows operating system.
If titles like "NFL Fever 2003" and "Midtown Madness" don't excite you, how about "I Will Survive"?
As Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox enters its third holiday season, the company is hoping to broaden the appeal of its video-game console and online game service to customers by offering extras that have nothing to do with video gaming at all.
In addition to scores of new video game titles, Microsoft this fall will be selling "Music Mixer" - a package of software and a microphone that turns the Xbox console into a karaoke machine spouting the music of Gloria Gaynor and others.
The software also lets customers transfer their music files and digital photos to their Xbox consoles, which can play music and display photos on the TV screen.
"It starts to become more about a family purchase," said Cameron Ferroni, general manager of the Xbox Platform, as opposed to one just for hard-core gamers.
It's one way Microsoft is trying to gain more customers in the highly competitive video game industry, against the likes of Sony Computer Entertainment of America and Nintendo Corp. Microsoft has been spending billions of dollars building its Xbox video game console and Xbox Live online video game service, with the hope of a big payoff in the future.
Today, Microsoft announced that it is extending its 64-bit version of Windows XP to support AMD's new 64-bit microprocessor architecture, dubbed AMD64, and is publicly releasing a beta version of the OS. Windows XP 64-Bit Edition for 64-Bit Extended Systems, as the OS is called, targets AMD's Athlon 64 and Opteron processors, which support full 64-bit capabilities as well as full-speed backwards compatibility with 32-bit Intel x86-based chips, a feature Intel's 64-bit Itanium chips lack. AMD is launching the Athlon 64, a desktop chip, today as well. The other member of the AMD64 platform, the Opteron, is aimed at workstations and servers, the company says.
"This new 64 bit-Windows platform provides customers with new levels of compatibility and capability," a Microsoft representative told me late Monday. "Customers who invest in 64-bit technology with the AMD Athlon 64 or AMD Opteron processors can run their current 32-bit applications on the 64-bit operating system due to Microsoft’s Windows on Windows 64 (WOW64) emulation technology. The WOW64 architecture takes advantage of AMD's hardware architecture to ensure compatibility with 32-bit applications without a loss of performance, protecting customers' current and future technology investments."
XP 64-Bit Edition for 64-Bit Extended Systems, like the AMD64 systems on which it will run, is designed for high-performance computing scenarios, such as advanced gaming, digital content creation, video editing, engineering and scientific projects, financial services, online transaction processing, data warehousing, and computer-aided design (CAD). Because they support a 64-bit address space, systems based on these processors can use more than the 4 GB of RAM to which 32-bit systems are limited. But because they are also fully compatible with the 32-bit systems of the past, users can still run today's popular applications like Microsoft Office at full speed.
"Windows XP and AMD64 hold the promise of bringing 64-bit computing to a whole new set of computer users, delivering immersive, cinema-quality user experiences for gaming and working with digital media," says Dirk Meyer, the senior vice president of the Computation Products Group at AMD. "AMD and Microsoft have worked together to help ensure customers will be able to run both 32-bit and 64-bit applications on a single platform. They are able to invest in the future now."
XP 64-Bit Edition for 64-Bit Extended Systems is available now to MSDN subscribers, and Microsoft expects to release the final version of the product in the first half of 2004. Additionally, the company says it will finalize Windows Server 2003 64-Bit Edition for 64-Bit Extended Systems in the first half of 2004; the server version is aimed at the Opteron processor and is also available now in beta form.
When I attended TechED in Barcelona last July I reported of some upcoming tools, one of them was Ultrasound, and it is RTW (released to the web)
Ultrasound Ultrasound is a monitoring and troubleshooting tool for the File Replication service (FRS). FRS is used to replicate files and folders in the SYSVOL file share on domain controllers and files in Distributed File System (DFS) targets. Ultrasound is a powerful tool to measure the health of FRS replica sets by providing health ratings and historical information about replica sets. Ultrasound also allows administrators to monitor the progress of replication and detect problems that can cause replication to become backlogged or stopped. Ultrasound works by installing WMI providers on replica members in an organization. These providers gather FRS status information, which is polled and gathered by the Ultrasound controller. The controller is the service component of Ultrasound that collects data about monitored replica sets, pushes the information into the database, and analyzes the data to look for problems or other issues that require administrator notification or intervention. By using the user interface portion of Ultrasound, known as the console, administrators can configure Ultrasound to alert them via email of serious problems and use an incident log in Ultrasound to keep track of changes or tasks they performed in response to alerts. Download
It seems some sites go for easy headlines, like always posting when a security patch is released no matter how low the risk is, claiming how insecure Microsoft software is. There are also security issues on Unix and Linux, but then you don;t hear them. Last week 3 major security issues were discovered in widely used *nix software.
Open-SSH, Sendmail and IBM DB2, I don't see those get as many headlines as they deserve.
Another easy headline is claiming the next Windows is delayed.
Vnunet posted an article today that longhorn is delayed to 2006.
“Earlier this month Microsoft said it could no longer give a target date for Longhorn, the delayed successor to Windows 2000 that was initially due to ship this year. It now seems unlikely to arrive before 2006.”
Since when is Longhorn the successor to Windows 2000 ?? Anyway there isn't even a Beta yet of longhorn so there is no real schedule yet.
There was a good article on Longhorn schedule, read it here: A Longhorn Delay? Not Quite
Of course I'm exited about new OS stuff from MS, but those schedule articles seem useless at this stage.