Microsoft today released its October 2007 security bulletin, which includes six updates: four are designated as Critical by the software giant; two are deemed Important, and one previously announced patch was dropped. On the Windows side there is a cumulative update for Internet Explorer, a patch for Outlook/Windows Mail, and one for an RPC vulnerability. On the Microsoft Office side, there is a patch for SharePoint Server and one critical patch for Microsoft Office Word, including Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac. And one patch for the Kodak Image Viewer. All Microsoft security patches for Windows and Office software are … Read more
Update: I added more detail about Microsoft's schedule for SQL Server 2005 support for PHP and about the use of PHP on Windows vs. Linux.
BURLINGAME, Calif.--Microsoft may make a habit of attacking open-source programming, but don't make the mistake of assuming the company has a monolithic loathing for the collaborative programming movement.
On Tuesday, Microsoft revealed some fruits of a partnership that that was announced a year ago with Zend, which develops and commercializes the open-source PHP scripting language for creating dynamic Web pages. Bill Staples, a Microsoft product unit manager, announced four moves at … Read more
I feel for Bill Hilf. I really do. I like him immensely - he's a good, decent person. He's someone with whom I like to talk. He's intelligent, rational, and has a sense of humor.
He's going to need every one of those qualities as he takes on his added responsibility of Windows Server Marketing. Granted, Bill has already been at the forefront of Microsoft's marketing efforts if you define marketing as "PR."
If Zune owners are having problems making friends, perhaps they need to take more aggressive action--such as getting in their cars to find each other.
To that end, the "Car Pack FM Transmitter" will help make the new Zune more mobile while automatically choosing the clearest channel to use for playing your music on the car stereo. Gadgetell says it will also charge the media player at the same time while gripping the dashboard with so it won't go flying out the window.
Crave disclaimer: We offer no guarantee that your social life will improve significantly as … Read more
For the average user, this means a quicker installation time. CNET News.com is reporting that Microsoft's decision was because of enhanced security fixes that replace the need for the WGA. However, some have speculated that Redmond's reasoning may have less to do with consumer protection and more with program distribution: Mozilla's Firefox 2 has eaten somewhere between 10 and 20 percent of the browser market, depending on whose metrics you believe, and that has Microsoft's bigwigs deeply concerned. … Read more
Steve Ballmer apparently likes open source. Well, so long as it drives Windows revenue. And doesn't replace any. Ever. In fact, as he said at an event in Microsoft last week in London that he hopes to see all open-source innovation going to Windows, rather than Linux (more below).
His Q&A session is fascinating (you can watch it here), if for no other reason than to watch him slap around a strawman open-source competitor. I hardly recognized the open-source strawman he constructed, but he delighted in swatting its anti-commercial tendencies. I guess he has neglected to consider Red Hat, MySQL, SugarCRM, etc. etc. etc.
Among many others, Ballmer stated one absolutely dubious thing: "Our battle is not business model to business model, but rather product to product." If this were true (and if he actually believed it, which he doesn't), Microsoft could embrace open source. But since open source its very foundation, Microsoft has to fight it (which is one reason he couldn't avoid his patent canard.
[Update: Microsoft has now officially confirmed the pack-in games. The bundled systems ship at the end of the month, and will run at least through the holiday season.]
The Xbox 360 price cut wasn't enough for Microsoft, so now it's adding free games to the mix. According to Kotaku, Microsoft will start bundling Forza Motorsport 2 and Marvel Ultimate Alliance with all new Xbox 360 and Xbox 360 Elite systems.
I already reported that the Mac is on a massive ramp, but what about Linux? Well, according to this note on Slashdot, desktop Linux nearly doubled in the past year (to 0.81%). Nothing to write home about, perhaps, but still significant.
Vista may be cruising, but when you have the Mac and Linux growing at torrid paces, there's serious cause for Microsoft alarm. The world doesn't seem to want its online presence, where most of the action is. Microsoft continues to churn out monopoly rents on Office and Windows, but as the world moves online and open … Read more
Over at Micropersuasion, Steve Rubel is making a bold prediction: The portals will be big winners in the social-networking wars.
"Social networking is certainly rising and there seems to be no end in sight to the phenomenon. However, what I do know is that people will jump around from one Myfaceborkutspace to another and not all of them will win," Rubel wrote.
He is referring to Long Tail author Chris Anderson, who points out that all good web sites should have elements of social networking and therefore suggests that social networking is a "feature, not a destination.&… Read more