MS Unveils Office Solution Accelerator Program Des

Posted by bink on September 22 2003, 11:29 PM. Posted in Office.

As part of its mission to deliver ongoing value to customers with the Office System, Microsoft Corp. today announced the Microsoft® Office Solution Accelerator program, a new set of offerings built on and designed for the Microsoft Office System. The accelerators are intended to help customers quickly realize more value from their Microsoft Office System software investments, and to assist industry partners in continuing to grow their businesses into new areas.

The Microsoft Office Solution Accelerators include an integrated set of software components, templates and Microsoft-authored architectural guidance. The first seven Office Solution Accelerators will begin to become available this fall and will continue their rollout into 2004. Initial packages are designed to accelerate the development of solutions for streamlining tasks in common organizational areas such as finance, operations, sales and human resources. Many more are expected as the Office Solution Accelerator program grows.

"Office Solution Accelerators are designed to help customers build on their software investments and drive higher return on their investment in Office and other enterprise applications," said Peter Rinearson, corporate vice president of the Information Worker New Markets Group at Microsoft. "By talking to customers about challenges they face, we discovered pain points our customers experience and that we can help eliminate through a combination of Microsoft Office System software and software components, templates and architectural guidance." Read full press release

Few celebrate this defeat for Microsoft

Posted by bink on September 22 2003, 11:01 PM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

Normally I don't post Microsoft issue's in US court (boring) but this one is different:

Some people are never satisfied. For years, the enemies of Microsoft Corp. have been praying that somebody, anybody, would finally pin the giant software company to the canvas. And now it's happened, at the hands of a tiny, hitherto unknown outfit in Wheaton, Ill. Yet hardly anyone is celebrating. You'd think the entire software industry, with a single voice, would sing hosannas to Mike Doyle, founder of Eolas Technologies Inc. In a federal court in Chicago last month, a jury ordered Microsoft to pay Eolas more than half a billion dollars in damages. Considering that Microsoft fought the entire US Justice Department and 20 state attorneys general to a draw in its antitrust case, Eolas's success is little less than astounding.

So why no ticker tape parade? Because this isn't an antitrust case; it's a patent dispute. Microsoft was found to have violated an Eolas patent governing the way Web browsers interact with Web pages that contain embedded software.

But other software products, including competing browsers like Opera and the new Safari browser from Apple Computer Inc., could also be in violation of the patent. Safari, by the way, is based on free browsing software created by the open-source programming community, and sure enough, these open-source products may also fall afoul of the Eolas patent. continue at boston.com

Mitac unveils world’s first MS Smartphone 2003

Posted by bink on September 22 2003, 10:56 PM. Posted in Windows Mobile.

Mitac International today debuted the world’s first smartphone running on Microsoft Smartphone 2003 OS at Computex Taipei 2003.

The Mio 8390 is the company’s second Microsoft Smartphone. The handset features a 200MHz Intel Dalhart processor, a 65,000-color TFT LCD panel, 40 polyphonic ring tones, MMS support, Java MIDP 2.0 support and a VGA CMOS built-in digital camera. For expansion, it has a slot for SD I/O~MMC Secure Digital (SD) cards.

It is unclear when the product will be available. The company said it is still discussing deals with mobile operators.

Mitac was the first company to launch a smartphone based on Intel’s XScale technology. It debuted the Mio 8380 in June and has been shipping the smartphone to mobile operators in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia. The company did not ship any handsets prior to the second quarter of 2003.

Mitac said it would possibly launch a third model by year-end. The company is evaluating other operating systems in addition to Microsoft’s. Sources estimate that Mitac will ship 80,000 smartphone units this year. Its Kunshan, Jiangsu Province (China) plant is handling all of its smartphone production.

Mio 8390 specifications

OS

Smartphone 2003

CPU

200MHz Intel Dalhart

Network

Tri-band (EGSM 900/1800/1900)

GPRS

Class 8

Dimensions

99×50.1×24.2mm (folded)

Weight

120-130 grams

Talk time

120-240 minutes

SBT time

100 hours

Source: company, compiled by DigiTimes, September 2003.

The Mio 8390 features the 200MHz Intel Dalhart processor and Microsoft Smartphone 2003 OS.

More on SUS's SP's

Posted by bink on September 20 2003, 8:00 PM. Posted in WSUS.

Without advance notice, Microsoft on Wednesday night made it possible for customers to use Software Update Services (SUS) to distribute service packs, instead of requiring a separate patch management system or Active Directory group policy. Customers who have checked their Windows updates since then have found they received copies of Service Pack 4 for Windows 2000 (news - web sites) and Service Pack 1 for XP.

For many, the ability to get service packs via SUS is a nice change. "Microsoft's original party line was you would have to use [Systems Management Server] to push out service packs or use Active Directory and group policy," said Jeremy Moskowitz, an independent consultant based in Wilmington, Del.

"The only thing it costs you is a little more disk space on the server," Moskowitz said. "But you don't have to approve the update."

Indeed, at least one customer learned about the changes when he observed that his company firewall experienced a substantial download Wednesday evening that contained Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 and XP Service Pack 1.

He said he wasn't told by Microsoft in advance that its policy was changing. "As the service pack size has an impact on the available disk space, it would have been nice," the customer said.

Another customer said he was irked about not being told of the changes.

"I would have preferred that Microsoft made more of an announcement, and made this an option," said Ian Hayes, a network manager at Bloodhound Inc., a Research Triangle Park, N.C.-based application service provider that processes health and insurance claims.

"It won't be too useful for us because I'm stuck on SP2 because of the in-house code, and with SUS, it's an all or nothing thing," Hayes said. "I'm not going to push service packs out with SUS because the amount of traffic I'd have to pass would be incredible. Windows SP4 is 125 megabytes."

Cottam said that downloading the service packs won't be fast, particularly on a slow connection. There won't be any way around the slow delivery for this version of SUS, but in the next version, customers will be able to identify exactly what content they want, so they don't have to receive what they don't need, he said.

whole article: Windows service pack tool draws early praise

Bart's PE builder growing....

Posted by bink on September 20 2003, 7:46 PM. Posted in Tools & Utils.

Bart developed PE builder for admin's and home hobbyists who can't get MS Windows PE. Now some admins who have the MS winPE switch to Bart's PE builder cause of the flexibility and easy config of PE builder.

New in build 3.0.12 Beta:

v3.0.12-BETA- Files in plugin folder can now also be "compressed". (ends with '_').- Added a ramdisk plugin, default drive is B:, default size 32MB.- Added a Nero Buring Rom plugin.  This is pretty cool. Burn/copy a CD/DVD from within WinPE.  You should not "boot" using your CD/DVD writer!  Boot from some other device.  The Nero cache will be set to the first found harddisk.

http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/

2 reviews

Posted by bink on September 20 2003, 7:37 PM. Posted in Live Meeting.

Office Live Meeting 2003 -  Office Live Meeting 2003 is essentially a Web conferencing service that allows you to hold meetings over the Internet. (biosmagazine.co.uk)

Office Live Meeting 2003 Web siteOffice Live Meeting 2003 Live demo

Microsoft Broadband Networking Wireless-G -  Microsoft this week released its second generation broadband networking products, which include Wireless-G products. (winsupersite.com)

MS Java Transition guide

Posted by bink on September 20 2003, 7:36 PM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

Due to a settlement agreement in January 2001 that resolved a legal dispute with Sun Microsystems, as of January 2004 Microsoft will no longer be authorized to support the Microsoft® Java Virtual Machine (MSJVM). Microsoft will not be able to address potential security issues, nor will the company be able to make any product enhancements. In preparation for this change, Microsoft began phasing out the MSJVM in its products after the settlement was reached. Going forward, the MSJVM will not be included in any future Microsoft products.

Minimizing Impact

Microsoft's top priority is to provide its customers a computing experience that is trustworthy. As part of that effort, the company is committed to helping customers end their MSJVM dependencies and move to alternate solutions.

Microsoft will offer customers running the MSJVM several tools and options for transition and migration. As those options are built, the primary focus will be minimizing customer inconvenience.

The transition and migration options Microsoft offers will be customized to address the needs and circumstances of different types of customers. Depending on the specific customer situation, recommended courses of action may range from doing nothing at this time to identifying and addressing a customer's MSJVM dependency.

Get the draft version of the MSJVM Transition Guide

Lotus creator may challenge MS browser ruling

Posted by bink on September 20 2003, 7:36 PM. Posted in Internet Explorer.

Ray Ozzie, the software designer who wrote the Lotus Notes program, may try to derail a $521 million verdict against Microsoft Corp. to help save the company from having to make changes to its Internet Explorer browser.

Microsoft last month was found to have violated a patent held by Eolas Technologies Inc. and the University of California. Lotus Notes used similar technology before Eolas applied for its patent, and that may clear Microsoft, Ozzie wrote on his Web site Saturday. He called on software writers to check their products for similar innovations, called prior art.

"It now seems that perhaps the browser itself and the browsing experience may have to be nontrivially modified as a result of the judgment," wrote Ozzie, whose company counts Microsoft as an investor. "If some of us perhaps dust off our old code, is there a chance that we could still save the browser through demonstration of clear prior art?"

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An opinion: How Netscape beat Microsoft

Posted by bink on September 20 2003, 6:53 PM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

Common wisdom is that Microsoft beat Netscape in what was commonly referred to as the "browser wars". On the surface, this certainly appears to be true - after all Microsoft has an overwhelming share of the browser market now, by some estimates greater than 90%.But what appears to have been a victory is actually a loss. Not only did Microsoft lose, they may have lost more than they bargained for.By now you are probably asking yourself "what am I drinking" or maybe even smoking. Netscape, the company, doesn't exist as an independent entity anymore. Heck, even AOL has stopped development of the Netscape browser. So surely MS must have won, right?Nope. What happened was Microsoft won the battle but lost the war. Looking at two key factors we can see how the MS "win" was actually a pyrrhic victory continue at linux universe

Windows to Power ATMs in 2005

Posted by bink on September 20 2003, 6:22 PM. Posted in Windows (general).

Within three years, most bank machines that dispense cash will run on the Windows operating system, according to a study published last week.

By 2005, 65 percent of bank ATMs (not including free-standing machines in places like convenience stores and casinos) in the United States will use a stripped-down version of Windows. About 12 percent of the machines will use the operating system by the end of this year, according to Gwenn Bezard, an analyst at market researcher Celent.

Bezard asked 20 of the top 60 banks in the country about their plans to upgrade ATMs. He also interviewed the top 10 ATM manufacturers and software vendors.

He concluded the banking industry is ready to scrap IBM's OS/2 operating system, which powers most ATMs today. They would prefer Windows, a platform they consider "open" in that it is compatible with their internal corporate networks. Also, it's so ubiquitous that they can add features to all their ATMs without having to write multiple pieces of code for different machines.

"Because we are seeing so many mergers and acquisitions in the last few years, you have large banks running a fleet of ATM hardware," Bezard said. "With open technologies it is easier to run different types of hardware on the same software."

While the infamous blue screen of death may haunt many desktop computer users, the banking industry and security experts dismiss the fear that someone will break into Windows-powered ATMs to empty bank accounts. For one, the ATMs will use a stripped-down version of Windows NT that is quite different from the software on desktop computers.

"What Microsoft actually sells to the banks for ATM use is a cut-down version of Windows that doesn't contain things like Web servers," said Ross Anderson, a researcher in Cambridge, England, and author of Security Engineering. "They have tried to cut out the unnecessary rubbish that clutters up the typical PC. How good a job they've done, I just don't know.... So we definitely can't rule out the possibility that someone in the future writes a Slammer-style worm that causes thousands of ATMs to start spewing out cash." Continue reading see source: Windows to Power ATMs in 2005