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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: MONDAY AUGUST 21, 2000

  Akili - Bridge Tourney - First Windows Me Update  
  • First Windows Me Update hits the web
    Time: 17:40 EST/22:40 GMT | News Source: BetaNews | Posted By: Julien

    The first Windows Me update has been posted to Windows Update. The patch fixes a few minor security vulnerabilities in the latest operating system, along with others running IE5. According to the description on the site, "This update resolves the "Scriptlet Rendering" and "Frame Domain Verification" security vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. Download now to prevent malicious Web site operators from reading your files when you visit their sites. These vulnerabilities do not give a malicious user the ability to add, change, or delete files on your computer. Visit Windows Update to download the patch.

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  • Two More Microsoft Lawsuits bite the dust!
    Time: 17:17 EST/22:17 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Julien

    Judges in Texas and Rhode Island dismissed two of the many private antitrust suits against Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) Monday, citing a federal doctrine that doesn't allow people to sue a company for antitrust violations unless they purchased a product directly from the firm. At least five such suits have been tossed out so far, including three in Iowa, Oregon and Nevada. -- Lisa M. Bowman, ZDNet News.

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  • Microsoft Names Akili As Solution Provider Partner
    Time: 12:43 EST/17:43 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Citing the company's commitment to providing comprehensive service and support on its key enterprise technologies, Microsoft has named Akili as one of only 19 Microsoft Certified Solution Providers (MCSPs) to achieve Partner status in the company's tri-state South Central District.

    Microsoft Certified Solution Providers are independent companies that provide IT products and services based on Microsoft technologies to corporate, government and small business customers. The MCSP program is designed to increase members' technical competency and business proficiency. Partner status is the highest level of recognition awarded to MCSP program participants.

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  • McGraw-Hill Releases U.S. v. Microsoft
    Time: 12:42 EST/17:42 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    McGraw-Hill will create an industry milestone on August 21--the one-day laydown date of the much-anticipated U.S. v. Microsoft: The Inside Story of the Landmark Case. This will be the first time a book of this magnitude will be available to consumers in both print and EBook format on the same street date. The book will release just eleven weeks after the final ruling was handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson to break Microsoft into separate businesses

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  • Gates Competes in Bridge Tournament
    Time: 12:42 EST/17:42 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft chairman Bill Gates may be king of software, but he'll need a bit more practice before ruling the world of bridge. Gates' four-member team finished 50th Sunday during the 52-team finals of the North American Bridge Championships. Despite the showing, Gates remained upbeat about his first appearance in the tournament, which included some of the top bridge players in the world.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: SATURDAY AUGUST 19, 2000

  Weekend  
  • Musical Interns Mock MS
    Time: 08:26 EST/13:26 GMT | News Source: Wired | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Rarely are employees celebrated for poking fun at the boss. But at Microsoft, a clever group of interns parodied their company leaders and were rewarded for their efforts.

    The .NUTs (pronounced dot-nuts) are an all-male a cappella group that sings Microsoft parody songs like "Sue Me Baby One More Time."

    They've been such a hit in Microsoft's hometown of Redmond, Washington, that the company paid for the group to cut a CD, expected to be made available to Microsoft employees next month. Proceeds will support music education in the community.

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  • ActiveWin Competition
    Time: 07:50 EST/12:50 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    A new silent revolution is hitting the streets right now: while actual PCs are now almost everywhere, power users start using various handheld PCs to help them stay organized & connected... Maybe some day these small new PCs will replace our cumbersome ones... Who knows?

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  • Norton Personal FireWall 2000 2.0 -- Review
    Time: 07:47 EST/12:47 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Julien

    I've just posted my review of the new Norton Personal FireWall 2000 2.0 software. Here is a snippet of the review:

    Every Internet user is aware that their Internet connection is a potential risk source that grows if he stays online a lot of time. That’s why Symantec released last year its Norton Internet Security range of software dedicated to protect every Internet user. Norton Personal Firewall 2000 2.0 is in fact a lighted version of Norton Internet Security 2000 and doesn’t include any account management feature to protect family members nor Norton AntiVirus. Norton Personal Firewall 2000 2.0 is –only- a software firewall based on the WRQ’s AtGuard software. The aim of Norton Personal Firewall 2000 2.0 is to protect users from every kind of internet threat: hackers, malicious activeX or Java code, cookies,…. So here’s my complete review of this great product that works at least with Winndows 2000.

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  • Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me) -- Review
    Time: 07:45 EST/12:45 GMT | News Source: ActiveNetwork | Posted By: Julien

    We have completed our in-depth review of the gold version of Microsoft's latest Windows release, Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me). The review features most of the new features a whole load of screenshots and a lot of information on whether it is worth buying come September. Here is a snippet from the review:

    The Millennium edition of Windows is aimed to help PC home users to enter into the next millennium with a big bang as Microsoft has focused its efforts to make Windows Me the user-friendliest, easy-to-use and multimedia-rich operating system of all the time. Windows Me has been developed and tested by Microsoft numerous months to ensure its reliability but does it have what it takes to make you want to pay out more money for a operating system that may well be too similar to Windows 98 and Windows 98 SE. Read on for our comprehensive review of this new operating system, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (WinMe).

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  • AskAW Questions Updated
    Time: 06:21 EST/11:21 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Our AskAW Helpers have been busy answering your e-mail and we have just posted the most recent questions.

    Our e-mail is still not working correctly for anyone who has tried to reach us.  If you have a question that you would like answered then just drop us an e-mail at: activewin2000@hotmail.com. We hope to have the e-mail up and running as soon as possible.

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  • PC makers get early crack at Windows Me
    Time: 05:13 EST/10:13 GMT | News Source: CNet | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    PC makers have started shipping the Windows Me system a month ahead of their scheduled release.

    Microsoft apparently gave PC makers permission to begin delivering Windows Me systems to consumers well in advance of the Sept. 14 date set for shrink-wrapped versions of the software to go on sale. The move is intended partly to drum up interest in the consumer operating system and to take advantage of the lucrative back-to-school selling season, sources said.

    "The advantage of making (available) Windows Me early this way is because it keeps people from delaying a purchase," PC Data analyst Stephen Baker said. "You are causing some (sales) dislocation during a busy time of the year, so any way you can minimize that is important. It's a tough time to manage this kind of transition."

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: FRIDAY AUGUST 18, 2000

  ActiveWin Competition  
  • Erratic Windows Me contest site irks Web surfers
    Time: 16:00 EST/21:00 GMT | News Source: CNet | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Whether caused by overwhelming traffic or a technical gaffe, Microsoft's Windows Me sweepstakes Web site has been plagued by a series of outages that has consumers irked.

    The latest outage occurred overnight, with the main Web page, WinMeSweeps.com, accessible, but none of the links for entering the sweepstakes functional. Though the site was up for a time this morning, problems have continued, making entering the sweepstakes virtually impossible. As of 10:55 a.m., the site could not be accessed at all.

    Windows Me product manager Art Pettigrue acknowledged there have been some problems.

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  • Microsoft Access Vulnerability Only Partially Patched
    Time: 15:25 EST/20:25 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Julien

    The recent patch from Microsoft doesn't go far enough to eliminate a security vulnerability in Access. Like a bandage that doesn't quite cover the entire open sore, so is Microsoft's recently released patch to fix an Access and Internet Explorer scriptlet rendering vulnerability. Last month, BugNet reported a bug in Internet Explorer that allows a malicious programmer to use Microsoft's Access to run arbitrary code on a victim's computer. At that time, the only workaround was to add an administrative password to Access. On August 9th, Microsoft issued a revised security bulletin and a patch to fix the bug. However, the scriplet rendering patch only fixes a very specific occurrence of the vulnerability and it still leaves a user's system vulnerable. So even though we recommend downloading this new patch, users are still going to need to lock down Access with a password to protect against the widest range of security vulnerabilities.

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  • People with Disabilities Take on All Comers With Computer Games Such As Microsoft Links LS
    Time: 15:23 EST/20:23 GMT | News Source: Microsft Press Release | Posted By: Julien

    When most of the golfers tee off today at the Real Abilities Charity Golf Tournament, they won't use golf clubs. They will study the fairway ahead of them, move their head slightly, and suck in one cheek or blow in a straw. And their ball will fly toward the flag on the first green. Real Abilities is like no golf tournament ever held. It is believed to be the first on an actual golf course that includes players with no use of their arms or legs. They will golf alongside non-disabled partners, using portable computers loaded with Microsoft's Links LS 2000 software and other assistive technology. The tournament, being held at the Pelican Hill Golf Course in Newport Beach, Calif., is just one example of how computer games are opening up new worlds for people with disabilities. These games provide an opportunity to play sports and adventure games against all comers on a level playing field. So level, in fact, that a Links player with multiple sclerosis has become the Tiger Woods of virtual golf, winning nearly every tournament he enters and leading the Virtual Golf Association (VGA) Tour, a Microsoft-sponsored simulation of the PGA tour that hosts more than 100,000 players daily. Though games such as Links are designed for all types of players, improving the lives of people with disabilities is a prime focus for Microsoft, said Gary Moulton, group product manager for Microsoft's Accessibility and Disabilities Group. Many of the company's leading products include features designed for people with disabilities. Most recently, Microsoft included a narrator, on-screen keyboard and text magnifier in Windows 2000 for those who don't have other accessibility software. Microsoft is also developing voice recognition software that allows computers to process spoken commands. "Microsoft understands that technology enables all individuals to do more, to be more productive and to have more fun -- whether the person is using Windows 2000 or Links LS," Moulton said. "Once a person with a disability has access to technology, everything else becomes less restrictive. If they can use a PC or get on the Web, who cares if they have an adaptive keyboard or mouse or if they can't see the screen?"

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  • Microsoft Denies 'Office for Linux' Rumors
    Time: 10:16 EST/15:16 GMT | News Source: PCWorld | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft on Thursday disputed a report that it has been working to port its Office productivity applications suite and other Windows applications to the open-source Linux platform.

    Doug Miller, group product manager for the Windows server group at Microsoft, says the report by Paul Thurrott, editor of the WinInfo newsletter, was "based on rumor" and "not true."

    WinInfo reported that developers from Microsoft and Mainsoft, a maker of Windows-to-Unix porting tools, have been working for more than a year to port Office and other Windows applications to Linux.

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  • Norton Personal FireWall 2000 2.0 -- Review
    Time: 08:01 EST/13:01 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Julien

    I've just posted my review of the new Norton Personal FireWall 2000 2.0 software. Here is a snippet of the review:

    Every Internet user is aware that their Internet connection is a potential risk source that grows if he stays online a lot of time. That’s why Symantec released last year its Norton Internet Security range of software dedicated to protect every Internet user. Norton Personal Firewall 2000 2.0 is in fact a lighted version of Norton Internet Security 2000 and doesn’t include any account management feature to protect family members nor Norton AntiVirus. Norton Personal Firewall 2000 2.0 is –only- a software firewall based on the WRQ’s AtGuard software. The aim of Norton Personal Firewall 2000 2.0 is to protect users from every kind of internet threat: hackers, malicious activeX or Java code, cookies,…. So here’s my complete review of this great product that works at least with Winndows 2000.

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  • IM standard: Ready, AIM? Fire!
    Time: 07:36 EST/12:36 GMT | News Source: MSNBC | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    IMUnified, the band of instant-messaging providers working to come up with a common protocol that enables their products to interoperate, is on schedule to have a standard published by the end of the month.

    “We’re moving along very well on the technical end of things,” said Ross Bagully, CEO of Tribal Voice Inc., one of the companies that helped form IMUnified. “We’re feeling very good about where things are.”

    The group, whose other members include Microsoft Corp.’s MSN, AT&T Corp. and Yahoo Inc., is working to publish a standard that would enable users of all of the companies’ various IM clients to communicate with one another. Currently, a few of the companies’ clients work together, but the new protocol is aimed at creating a huge network of IM users, regardless of which service they use.

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  • Windows 2000 Faces Little Fanfare
    Time: 07:31 EST/12:31 GMT | News Source: Las Vegas Sun | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft Corp. typically receives a jolt of revenues after upgrading its operating system for home users, but the release of Windows Millennium Edition on Sept. 14 is not expected to generate much of a surge.

    A significant, if highly technical, detail about the release of Millennium Edition, or Windows ME, is that it represents the beginning of the end for Microsoft's 20-year-old operating system architecture.

    By Microsoft's own admission, Windows ME isn't an upgrade on the scale of Windows 95 or 98. The company has done some fine tuning - adding a more streamlined error recovery system and speeding up the time it takes for Windows to start up. It has also added a suite of digital media systems, including digital music players and video editing.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: THURSDAY AUGUST 17, 2000

  Windows Millennium Review  
  • Judge Rules in DVD Case
    Time: 19:22 EST/00:22 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    A federal judge ruled Thursday in favor of the motion picture industry in its battle to protect DVDs from being copied on computers. U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan said it was ``a matter of First Amendment concern.''

    Kaplan rejected as baseless the argument by defense lawyers in a trial last month who said computer code is a free expression of speech entitled to maximum constitutional protection and that computer code essentially is exempt from government regulation. ``Computer code is not purely expressive any more than the assassination of a political figure is purely a political statement,'' he said.

    He added: ``Code causes computers to perform desired functions. Its expressive element no more immunizes its functional aspects from regulation than the expressive motives of an assassin immunize the assassin's action.'' The ruling came in a case in which eight leading Hollywood movie studios sued a Web site publisher to stop him from making available online, or posting links to, software that descrambles the code meant to prevent DVDs from being copied.

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  • Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me) -- Review
    Time: 18:53 EST/23:53 GMT | News Source: ActiveNetwork | Posted By:
    Julien

    We have completed our in-depth review of the gold version of Microsoft's latest Windows release, Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me). The review features most of the new features a whole load of screenshots and a lot of information on whether it is worth buying come September. Here is a snippet from the review:

    The Millennium edition of Windows is aimed to help PC home users to enter into the next millennium with a big bang as Microsoft has focused its efforts to make Windows Me the user-friendliest, easy-to-use and multimedia-rich operating system of all the time. Windows Me has been developed and tested by Microsoft numerous months to ensure its reliability but does it have what it takes to make you want to pay out more money for a operating system that may well be too similar to Windows 98 and Windows 98 SE. Read on for our comprehensive review of this new operating system, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (WinMe).

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  • Microsoft confirms TV Software Delay
    Time: 18:50 EST/23:50 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By:
    Julien

    U.S. software giant Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) confirmed on Thursday that its interactive TV software will not be ready for the planned October roll-out of Europe's largest cable operator United Pan-Europe Communications NV (UPC). "The software (called Microsoft TV), is not at a level of stability we would want for an initial rollout," Ed Graczyk, director of marketing for Microsoft TV told Reuters. UPC chairman Mark Schneider said on Tuesday that software from its 8 percent shareholder Microsoft was not ready, but that the October launch of set-top boxes in Amsterdam would not be postponed. He said UPC would shop around for other software if Microsoft did not deliver on time.

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  • Paul Allen unloads more Microsoft stocks
    Time: 18:45 EST/23:45 GMT | News Source: CNET | Posted By:
    Julien

    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who has sold 48.585 million Microsoft shares valued at about $4.2 billion since mid-February, plans to sell 2 million more common shares worth $140 million, according to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings.Allen, who owns professional sports teams and invests in technology and cable companies, has routinely sold Microsoft shares to diversify his portfolio, his spokeswoman has said. He filed with the SEC on Aug. 7 to unload the 2 million shares, which were part of founders stock he acquired in June 1981. The filing was publicly released by the SEC on Wednesday. Allen's most recent transactions included 3 million shares valued at more than $210 million that were sold on July 31.Microsoft's general counsel, William Neukom, made a filing on Aug. 8 to unload 100,000 shares valued at $7.2 million.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: WEDNESDAY AUGUST 16, 2000

  Order Windows Me now!  

NEWS HEADLINES FOR: TUESDAY AUGUST 15, 2000

  Microsoft BizTalk Server 2000 Enterprise Beta released  
  • TweakUi for Windows Me to be available on September 14th
    Time: 16:54 EST/21:54 GMT | News Source: Win98Central | Posted By:
    Julien

    Everyone knows that Microsoft is about to launch on September 14th its brand new operating system Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition, formerly named Windows Me. However if the old release of TweakUi works correctly on the OS, a new dedicated & Windows Me compliant release of TweakUi was claimed & expected by every power users. Hopefully it seems that Microsoft plan to release a new version of TweakUI, the famous powertoy, designed especially for Windows Me. TweakUi offers to every power users an easy way through various settings to customize Windows Me without the need to dig into the complex and touchy registry. TweakUi is the result of the baited work of Raymond Chen, a Microsoft employee that has updated it each time that a new version of Windows is unleashed. According to our  WinInsider colleagues Microsoft will release TweakUi 2000 for Windows Me on September 14th.

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  • DOJ: Supreme Court must hear MS case
    Time: 14:53 EST/19:53 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By:
    Julien

    The U.S. government on Tuesday urged the Supreme Court to consider Microsoft Corp.'s appeal of antitrust violations on an expedited basis, rather than have the case go first to a lower appeals court. The Justice Department said in a filing that the case had ''immense importance to our national economy'' and satisfied legislation allowing direct appeal of major antitrust cases. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson found in June that Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) had used its monopoly power in personal computer operating systems to compete illegally, and said the company should be split in two to prevent future violations. Last month, Microsoft urged the Supreme Court to let the case be heard first by the U.S. Court of Appeals, a court that ruled for the company in a related 1998 government-initiated antitrust case. The company said its appeal raised a "morass" of factual and legal issues best left to the U.S. Court of Appeals. But the Justice Department said Microsoft overstated the complexity of the case and that it should go straight to the Supreme Court on appeal. "It is especially important to the rapidly developing high-technology sectors, which need to know how they will be affected by the remedies resulting from this case ...," the government brief said. "This Court alone has the authority and therefore the responsibility, to ensure that the public interest is not harmed and that justice is not denied through delay."

    Microsoft has the option of filing a reply on Aug. 22. The Supreme Court would decide sometime after that whether to keep the case.

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  • MSN and Compaq Announce First MSN Companion Device
    Time: 14:28 EST/19:28 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By:
    Julien

    MSN® and Compaq Computer Corporation today announced the availability of the first MSN Companion device, the Compaq iPAQ Home Internet Appliance TM, to provide consumers an easy and affordable way to access the Internet and use email. The simplicity of the device provides a convenient and rich Internet experience that makes it easy for consumers to stay connected to the people and information they care most about.

    "Nearly half of the adults in the U.S. aren't connected to the Internet," said Yusuf Mehdi, vice president in the Consumer Group at Microsoft. "We've simplified the process of getting connected, so consumers can get on the Web literally within minutes using this simple, exciting new device."

    "With only two connections, a power cord and a phone cord, the iPAQ Home Internet Appliance with MSN Companion makes it easy for any user to access the power of the Internet -- from viewing new pictures of the grandkids to checking the current status of stocks," added Sean Burke, vice president, Consumer Products Division, Compaq Computer Corporation.

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  • Windows For The Me Generation
    Time: 09:36 EST/14:36 GMT | News Source: Forbes.com | Posted By:
    Byron Hinson

    Love it or hate it, Microsoft Windows is a fixture in the lives of just about everybody who uses a personal computer. So when a new version of Windows makes an appearance, you can bet it will be analyzed more closely than a black glove behind O.J.'s fence.

    A detailed examination of Windows Millennium Edition (Windows ME), which makes its debut next month, reveals a respectable upgrade of Windows 98 and Windows 95, the programs that set the tone for computing in the late '90s. But if you're expecting major improvements, you'll probably be disappointed.

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  • Was MS right about Linux after all?
    Time: 09:35 EST/14:35 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By:
    Byron Hinson

    If he could live out a fantasy, John Warden, Microsoft's lead lawyer in the company's antitrust trial, would surely love to parade around San Jose's convention center, hand-in-hand with Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson.

    "Your honor," Warden would say, sweeping his hand for emphasis. "You see before you the full expanse of a flourishing industry. Forget all that chatter about Linux being the software operating system that could. This is the operating system that will!"

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  • Microsoft Security Bulletin MS00-058: Patch Available for "Specialized Header"Vulnerability
    Time: 08:15 EST/14:15 GMT | News Source: ActiveNetwork | Posted By: Julien

    Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in Internet Information Server that ships with Microsoft® Windows 2000. Under certain conditions, the vulnerability could cause a web server to send the source code of certain types of web files to a visiting user.

    Frequently asked questions regarding this vulnerability and the patch can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/fq00-058.asp.

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  • Microsoft BizTalk Server 2000 Enterprise Beta Available for Download
    Time: 06:05 EST/11:05 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Julien

    Microsoft® BizTalk™ Server 2000 Enterprise Edition enables the development and management of business processes within and between organizations. Companies can easily build distributed business processes that integrate applications and partners, as well as quickly establish reliable, secure trading relationships with customers and key partners over the Internet. By supporting important Web technologies such as XML and SOAP, BizTalk Server 2000 allows an organization to leverage open standards and specifications in order to integrate disparate applications independent of operating system, programming model or programming language.

    The BizTalk Server 2000 Enterprise Beta, released today, features the following enhancements from the Technology Preview:

    • NEW! BizTalk Orchestration visual business process modeling environment, based on Microsoft Visio 2000.
    • NEW! BizTalk Orchestration business process execution engine, based on XLANG.
    • Easier to use management and configuration tools, including many new UI Wizards.
    • Support for BizTalk Framework v2.0 Draft Specification for reliable messaging.
    • Additional capabilities in BizTalk Mapper to enable more complex data transformations.

    Click here to download right now Microsoft BizTalk Server 2000 Enterprise Beta. Please notice that US, Canadian & International customers can order the Microsoft BizTalk Server 2000 Enterprise Beta Kit for $9,95 that contain: Microsoft® BizTalk Server 2000 Enterprise Edition Beta on CD, Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Standard Edition Beta 2 on CD & Microsoft Visio 2000 Standard SR1a 120-Day Evaluation Edition on CD.

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  • DOJ, Microsoft Face Off on Appeal
    Time: 05:15 EST/10:15 GMT | News Source: PCWorld | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    The U.S. Department of Justice and state officials are filing a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, rebutting Microsoft's argument that the antitrust case should move next to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

    The Justice Department and 19 U.S. states that were plaintiffs in the antitrust case want the next step to be the U.S. Supreme Court. Microsoft petitioned the Supreme Court in July to return the case to the appeals court. Microsoft contends an appeal is warranted because it claims the lawsuit was full of factual and legal errors.

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  • Microsoft takes direct control of WebTV businesses
    Time: 05:10 EST/10:10 GMT | News Source: CNet | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    A high-level reorganization has left Microsoft headquarters directly in charge of WebTV's most promising businesses, a move that sources say effectively takes much of the company's operations away from its co-founders for the first time since the subsidiary was purchased three years ago.

    Microsoft confirmed today that Jan DeVaan, senior vice president of the software giant's interactive television group, will personally manage WebTV's "platform" operation, also known as Microsoft TV. That operation has become increasingly important to Microsoft as it has intensified efforts to move into the nascent interactive TV market, while WebTV's original services have waned by comparison.

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  • Bug hunter spies holes in Windows, IE 5.x
    Time: 05:06 EST/10:06 GMT | News Source: CNet | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Noted bug hunter Georgi Guninski issued a security alert today warning that Microsoft Windows 2000 and later versions of Internet Explorer may be vulnerable to security problems planted in local and remote network folders.

    In a security advisory, Guninski said he identified a vulnerability triggered when folders accessed through Microsoft Networking are viewed as Web pages, which occurs in Windows 98 and is the default setting in Windows 2000.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: MONDAY AUGUST 14, 2000

  Money 2001  
  • AskAW Questions Updated
    Time: 17:28 EST/22:28 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Our AskAW Helpers have been busy answering your e-mail and we have just posted the most recent questions.

    Our e-mail is still not working correctly for anyone who has tried to reach us.  If you have a question that you would like answered then just drop us an e-mail at: activewin2000@hotmail.com. We hope to have the e-mail up and running as soon as possible.

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  • Microsoft Money 2001 released
    Time: 16:10 EST/21:10 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Julien

    Microsoft Corp. today announced the release of the newest version of its personal finance software, Microsoft Money 2001 Deluxe. Many enhancements in this release of the product are based on contributions from American Express, which has been providing financial planning expertise for Microsoft Money since 1998. Money 2001 Deluxe is the third release of the product to which American Express has contributed. Money 2001 is available right now in three different editions: Standard, Deluxe, Deluxe & Business that cover all the users finance needs. Many new features were added to Money, making it the ultimate personal finance management software. Here are the top 10  new features included in the Deluxe Edition of Money 2001 priced at $64,95:

    • Priorities: New Money Setup Assistant feature lets you choose the financial areas and goals you want to focus on. Based on these priorities, Money tailors your experience to your needs.
    • Feedback pane: Real-time feedback in the Account Register provides essential information to help monitor financial health, watch for financial opportunities and pitfalls, and do common tasks related to account and bills management.
    • Budget maintenance: Budget reallocation adjusts for financial changes or over- or under-spending. "Balance" overspending in one category by adjusting amounts in other categories or time periods.
    • Cash Flow Review: Cash flow projected based on forecasted bills and historical data from your Money file. Money analyzes past transactions to estimate cash flow even if you have not set up bills or created a budget.
    • 401(k) Manager: Creating and updating 401(k) and 403(b) accounts in Money is now simplified. Now you can download statements from participating plan providers, eliminating manual data entry.
    • Asset Allocation: Step-by-step wizard helps you learn about asset allocation and determine the best allocation for your portfolio and short- and long-term financial goals.
    • Tax Withholding Estimator: New Estimator helps determine the appropriate withholding amount for your particular situation and how many withholding exemptions you should claim.
    • Integration with Kiplinger TaxCut: Full integration with Kiplinger TaxCut lets you review or update your tax-related data and import the data directly into TaxCut tax preparation software.
    • Home Valuation: HomeAdvisorTM online real estate service provides quick access to home valuation data.
    • Baseline Plan Comparison: Baseline Plan Comparison chart lets you see how your Lifetime Plan has changed over time, identify patterns, and see how changes affect your plan.

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  • US Customs announced Local Software Counterfeiting Crackdown
    Time: 16:08 EST/21:08 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Julien

    Tomorrow, Aug. 15, at 10 a.m. from its Atlanta Office of the Special Agent in Charge, the U.S. Customs Service will announce criminal action against two Georgia-based businesses for the alleged distribution of counterfeit Microsoft® software. Customs will also display a large sampling of the counterfeit software seized from the two companies. A Microsoft corporate attorney will be present to talk about the impact of software piracy in Georgia and to announce the launch of a new statewide campaign by Microsoft intended to thwart piracy in the local area through consumer education and increased investigations and enforcement against illegal suppliers.

    In Georgia, the current piracy rate is nearly 26 percent, an increase from 24 percent in 1998. This means that more than one in four copies of software are pirated. In 1999 alone, the state lost more than $206 million in taxes and wages due to software piracy. Consumers who acquire counterfeit products have an increased potential for obtaining viruses, often find that their software is missing key elements, and are ineligible for valuable technical support, warranty protection and upgrades.

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  • Microsoft Announces Broad Support for BizTalk Server 2000
    Time: 16:07 EST/21:07 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Julien

    Continuing its commitment to partners and customers, Microsoft Corp. today announced broad support for Microsoft® BizTalk™ Server 2000 from leading application vendors and consulting partners such as Nortel Networks, Compaq Global services, Clarus corp., Navision software, Onyx software, etc. BizTalk Server 2000 is a comprehensive, open and standards-based platform upon which partners can develop e-business integration solutions.

    BizTalk Server 2000 will unite, in a single product, business process orchestration, secure and reliable delivery, routing and transformation of business documents, as well as development tools and application adapters to a wide range of applications. Microsoft is working with a variety of partner organizations to provide complementary product and service offerings to enable e-business integration solutions for customers. Concurrent with the broad availability of BizTalk Server 2000 beta, Microsoft is pleased to announce significant and building support from leading application vendors and consulting partners toward building and deploying e-business integration solutions for customers.

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  • BizTalk Server 2000: orchestrating the Next Phase of the Internet Revolution
    Time: 16:06 EST/21:06 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Julien

    With the rise of the digital economy and the advent of fantastic new technologies for sharing and processing information has come the promise of entirely new ways of doing business. The vision: seamless electronic networks that allow companies to manage the exchange of goods, services, and market intelligence automatically, not only within their own organization, but across their entire value chain of partners and suppliers. The result: a new kind of commerce characterized by once-unimaginable efficiency and transaction costs approaching zero.

    So far at least, the reality has failed to live up to the promise. The combination of faster, more powerful computers and the Internet has, of course, led to new opportunities for business through increased efficiency, greater speed, and the possibility of global reach. But the new technology has also introduced unprecedented challenges. The complexity and cost of sharing data over proprietary and private networks and across often-incompatible applications has made the kind of friction-free commerce businesses have long envisioned almost unachievable.

    That is about to change. A new product from Microsoft is about to deliver on this promise for companies of all sizes. Called Microsoft BizTalk Server 2000, and now available in beta release, it offers the tools and infrastructure needed to allow e-commerce business communities to integrate, manage, and automate business processes across boundaries that once seemed insurmountable.

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  • Paper Less Classroom
    Time: 16:05 EST/21:05 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Julien

    Imagine a classroom that's missing the one element long considered fundamental to reading, writing and arithmetic -- paper. No notebooks, no textbooks, no photocopied quiz sheets or wide-ruled tablets. Nor are there pencils, pencil sharpeners, paper clips or ink pens that seem to run out of ink at the critical moment. It's just such a vision that has driven and inspired middle-school teacher Stephanie Sorrell, who teaches language arts to seventh and eighth graders in the Eminence Independent Schools in Eminence, Ky.

    "You have to learn to dig in and not be frightened by technology," says Sorrell, 25, who is starting her fourth year of teaching. "The year before we started this project, we worked out of three-ring binders. Then we took our projects and moved them to personal digital assistants [PDAs], which eliminated the need for paper."

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  • Microsoft changes support policies for Windows, Office
    Time: 20:34 EST/01:34 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By:
    Matthew Sabean

    The Redmond, Wash.-based software giant today announced it will start to charge for some of the product support that, to date, has been free. Customers, for instance, will get free support with Microsoft Office for only two "incidents," or problems, starting Sept. 14. An incident can involve multiple phone calls. Currently, Microsoft gives Office customers unlimited free assistance.

    Consumers will also get only two free support incidents on Windows 98 or Windows 2000. Customers now get free, unlimited support for the first 90 days after installation. Windows 95, meanwhile, will move to a "paid-only assistance model," according to Microsoft.

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  • Microsoft Ships Windows 2000 Datacenter Server to Program Partners
    Time: 10:30 EST/15:30 GMT | News Source: CNet | Posted By:
    Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. today announced the release to manufacturing of the Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Datacenter Server, completing the product family for the Windows 2000 operating system. The Windows 2000 Datacenter Server and its complementary Windows Datacenter Program delivers today's enterprise a high level of reliability, scalability and serviceability for line-of-business, e-commerce solutions and hosting environments. Windows 2000 Datacenter Server provides businesses with the best business value for enterprise computing today and also provides a platform for tomorrow's .NET applications, which require the highest degrees of scalability and reliability, support for a wide range of devices, adherence to key standards like XML, and support for software as a Web service.

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  • Futuristic Windows version to control aircraft carrier
    Time: 10:29 EST/15:29 GMT | News Source: CNN | Posted By:
    Byron Hinson

    The Navy's next-generation aircraft carrier -- the symbol of American military might around the world -- will rely on a futuristic version of Microsoft's Windows operating system and other commercial technologies for command and control.

    Officials from Microsoft Federal Systems last week attended an initial design review of the Navy's future CVN-77 aircraft carrier. The company has been selected to lead information infrastructure development for the ship and to define the overall systems architecture for high- performance information exchange. Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics and Surveillance Systems (NESS) is the lead company, along with Newport News Shipbuilding.

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