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News Date: Thursday 20th January 2000
Today's Top Headlines:
 Site Name Change
  • Site News: Site name change update & the legal stuff
    Time: 21:11 EST/02:11 GMT News Source: Active Network Posted By: Active Network

    As you can already probably tell - we have decided to change our name. A few sites are going to be posting about what Microsoft asked us to do later so we thought we would give you a heads up on what this was really about. Again you can post a comment about it by mailing us or posting a note in our community message board.

    Below is the letter we received from the Microsoft legal department...We would like to make it clear that we did reply to Microsoft's original letter (and to this one) despite what it says here, they were actually the ones who did not get back to us, not the other way around. We agreed that they were right about the logo....not necessarily right about the name. We would also like to press the fact that we have been called ActiveWindows for almost two years, we are also a Microsoft MVP resource site and have had no problems until recently when we were wrongly accused by a beta coordinator at Microsoft for posting Millennium beta screenshots on our site (Something which we have always strongly denied) which readers of our site would know has never been so, after this happened - the coordinator sent all our site details to Microsoft's legal team. The problem there was that we had no one to complain about the false accusations so we were stuck with it.

    As a final note We have decided we now have to change the name because we can't compete with the money Microsoft has

    Re: Microsoft Corporation

    Misuse of WINDOWS Trademark www. activewin.com

    Our Reference:

    Dear Mr. Stein:

    We have not received a response to our November 2, 1999, letter (copy enclosed for your reference).

    A review of your web site confirms that Microsoft's Flag Logo has been removed. Thank you for your cooperation in making this change. We must also ask that your web site be revised to remove all prominent, trademark-type references to "ACTIVEWINDOWS." We have enclosed a copy of one of your web pages with the objectionable uses highlighted. A suitable alternate term would be "ACTIVEWIN.COM." Once these changes have been confirmed, we will consider this matter resolved.

    Very truly yours,

    November 2, 1999

    Re: www.activewin.com

    Misuse of WINDOWS' Trademark and Logo

    Dear Mr. Stein:

    We represent Microsoft Corporation in trademark and unfair competition matters. Your use of the "WINDOWS" trademark and the Windows Flag Logo in the title of your "activewin.com" web site has recently come to our attention. Enclosed is a copy of your web site's title page showing this use. We are writing to request that you correct this misuse of Microsoft's trademarks for "WINDOWS" and the Flag Logo and cease using "ActiveWindows" as a trade name and service mark.

    As you may know, Microsoft has been using the trademark "WINDOWS" since .1983 in connection with its computer software products. Microsoft has spent over $220 million to advertise and promote products sold under its "WINDOWS" trademark. Over 105 million copies of Microsoft's "WINDOWS" products have been distributed throughout the world. As a result of this extensive use and advertisement, the "WINDOWS" mark has gained strong consumer recognition and become one of Microsoft's most valuable assets. The "WINDOWS" trademark and the Windows Flag Logo are protected by trademark registrations around the world, including U.S. Trademark Registration Nos. 097,935, 1,872,264 and 1,875,069.

    While we appreciate your enthusiasm and support for Microsoft's products, the use of "WINDOWS" and the Windows Flag Logo conflicts with Microsoft's trademark rights. As a trademark owner, Microsoft must take reasonable efforts to police misuse of its marks. We ask that you change the title of your web site to remove both "WINDOWS" and the Windows Flag Logo.

    We are interested in resolving this matter amicably and would appreciate your cooperation in correcting this misuse. Please call me or of our office after you have had an opportunity to review this letter.

    Very truly yours,

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  • Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS00-002) - Patch Available for "Malformed Conversion Data" Vulnerability
    Time: 16:56 EST/21:56 GMT News Source: Microsoft Product Security Posted By: Alex Harris

    Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in a utility that converts Japanese, Korean and Chinese Microsoft(r) Word(r) 5 documents to more-recent formats. The primary shipment vehicles for the utility are the Japanese, Korean and Chinese (both Simplified and Traditional) versions of Word and PowerPoint(r) for Windows. (A comprehensive listing of affected products is provided below) The vulnerability could allow arbitrary code to be executed on a machine that opened a specially-modified Word 5 document using an affected version of the utility.

    Read more here.

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  • Microsoft Offers a Hand With Taxes
    Time: 12:32 EST/17:32 GMT News Source: PC World Posted By: Alex Harris

    You have only 89 days until the taxman cometh. This year, Microsoft wants to come to your rescue. No, Bill Gates won't pay your taxes, but he might have tools to help you tackle them. While you'll probably never feel comfortable shelling out hard-earned cash to Uncle Sam (unless you're a multibillionaire), starting on Wednesday Microsoft is bringing TaxSaver software online, and is adding other tools to its MoneyCentral site, to help you with the process.

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  • Intel, memory makers form DRAM alliance
    Time: 12:24 EST/17:24 GMT News Source: InfoWorld Posted By: Alex Harris

    Five memory chip makers, which between them account for more than 80 percent of the global dynamic memory market, aligned with Intel this week to cooperatively develop the next generation of Advanced DRAM Technology (ADT), according to Intel officials.

    Hyundai MicroElecronics, Infineon, Micron, NEC, and Samsung will work with Intel to assess all existing memory technology applications and co-develop a unified ADT expected to come to market sometime in 2003.

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  • Microsoft Ventures
    Time: 12:24 EST/17:24 GMT News Source: Upside Today Posted By: Alex Harris

    On January 13th, USA Today reported that an inside source at the US Department of Justice was leaning toward a breakup of Microsoft. Later that same day, Microsoft announced that Bill Gates was giving up the CEO position to Steve Ballmer. And all of this a mere two days after the announcement of AOL's merger with Time Warner.

    The timing of these events was probably just an odd coincidence. But one thing is certain. Bill Gates stepping down as CEO of Microsoft is a major milestone in the high technology industry. Gates is without doubt high-tech's greatest titan. A move of this magnitude indicates not only major change at Microsoft, but also a huge sea change for the industry.

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  • Microsoft Donates $344 Million in Software To Worldwide Initiative to Train 400,000 Teachers
    Time: 12:22 EST/17:22 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Alex Harris

    Microsoft Corp. today announced a $344 million donation of software (estimated retail value) and program support to a worldwide industry initiative to train more than 400,000 classroom teachers to use technology to improve teaching and learning. This support for the newly announced Intel Teach to the Future program is the single largest software donation in the company's history and builds on Microsoft's longtime commitment to teacher training.

    Today's announcement is in response to the ongoing worldwide focus on improving teacher quality, particularly in the area of technology skills. In the United States, a recent Department of Education report found that four out of five classroom teachers do not feel prepared to use technology as part of daily instruction.

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  • IBM offers ThinkPads for -- $1?
    Time: 12:18 EST/17:18 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Alex Harris

    Things you can buy for one dollar: a bottle of soda, two cans of tuna fish, an IBM laptop computer. Or so said IBM's (NYSE: IBM) Web site, which for "a couple of hours" on Tuesday erroneously offered ThinkPad i Series models 1421 and 1441 laptop computers for $1.00. The models normally list for $1,499 and $1,899.

    The company, which has been aggressively marketing its Global Services electronic commerce consulting business, said the error occurred Tuesday morning when an upgrade of the Web site (www.ibm.com) resulted in what a company spokesman called "a bad data feed," which caused the deep discount to be displayed for "a couple of hours."

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  • Gates holds stake in gas and electricity concern
    Time: 12:17 EST/17:17 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Alex Harris

    Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Chairman Bill Gates said on Thursday he holds a 5.01 percent interest in Avista Corp., a provider of electricity and natural gas in the Northwestern United States. Gates, the world's richest man, disclosed in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that he holds 1,787,500 common shares in Avista.

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  • Diamond branching into Web tablets
    Time: 12:15 EST/17:15 GMT News Source: CNet News Posted By: Alex Harris

    One day after Transmeta came out of hiding, the company's first partner is set to follow. Diamond Multimedia will announce a "Web pad" device using Transmeta's Crusoe chip today, people familiar with the company's plans said at an event here yesterday. Diamond, which makes such hardware as modems and video acceleration chips, recently began manufacturing a portable MP3 player and has previously flirted with tablet-sized computers.

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  • Intel seeks to ban import of Via chipsets
    Time: 12:13 EST/17:13 GMT News Source: CNet News Posted By: Alex Harris

    Intel has filed yet another complaint against chipmaker Via Technologies, this time asking a government agency to bar the Taiwanese company from importing products to the United States. The giant chipmaker has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission to bar Via from importing, among other products, its Apollo Pro chipsets, which work with Intel's Celeron and Pentium III processors, said Chuck Mulloy, an Intel spokesman.

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  • Possibility Of Microsoft Settlement Improves
    Time: 05:57 EST/10:57 GMT News Source: TechWeb Posted By: Alex Harris

    The possibility of settlement in the Microsoft antitrust suit has improved despite speculation that the government is calling for a breakup of the software giant, antitrust case watchers said Tuesday.

    Rumors were rife last week that the Department of Justice and 19 states had agreed to break up the company as a condition to settle. The DOJ hedged, Microsoft was indignant. "Such a strategy enhances settlement," said Hillard Sterling, an antitrust attorney at Gordon & Glickson in Chicago. "It's a solid strategy to begin with pie-in-the-sky demands and then negotiate downward."

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  • RealNetworks wins ban on 'streaming VCR'
    Time: 05:41 EST/10:41 GMT News Source: The Register Posted By: Alex Harris

    RealNetworks has won the latest round in its legal tussle with streaming media 'video recorder' software specialist Streambox. Following a setback ten days ago, when US District Judge Marsha J Pechman refused to grant RealNetworks a preliminary injunction against Streambox products on the grounds she needed more time to decide the issue, RealNetworks has now been granted that injunction.

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  • Microsoft Launches Free Electronic Forms To Help Schools Streamline Workflow and Increase Collaboration
    Time: 05:29 EST/10:29 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Alex Harris

    When Kim Greer, senior Internet administrator at the Spring Branch Independent School District in Houston, gets a written note reading "My computer doesn't work," it can take as many as two visits and four phone calls before she has the information she needs to fix the problem. "I lose a lot of time before I can start troubleshooting," Greer said. She is one of a team of educators working with Microsoft to help schools better manage information and streamline administration processes with easy-to-use, customizable electronic forms.

    The new Education E-mail and Collaboration Forms, which are built on the Microsoft® Outlook® messaging and collaboration client and Microsoft Exchange Server, help schools manage a wide range of information, including requests for maintenance service, absence reports, school facility scheduling and substitute teachers. The forms are free, downloadable from the Microsoft Education Web site and easy for schools to customize (connect-time charges may apply).

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  • Steve Jobs receives $1B in stock options -- and a jet
    Time: 05:27 EST/10:27 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Alex Harris

    Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) said it is rewarding CEO Steve Jobs with stock options to purchase 10 million shares of Apple common stock and a Gulfstream V airplane. At current market prices, the stock option would be worth about $1 billion. "Apple's market cap has risen from less than $2 billion to over $16 billion under Steve's leadership since his return to the Company two and a half years ago," said Apple Board member Ed Woolard. "Steve has taken no compensation thus far, and we are therefore delighted to give him this airplane in appreciation of the great job he has done for our shareholders during this period." Jobs' salary will remain $1 a year.

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  • Sun-Netscape Alliance readies enterprise server upgrade
    Time: 05:24 EST/10:24 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Alex Harris

    The Sun-Netscape Alliance announced Wednesday it will release in early March the iPlanet Web Server, Enterprise Edition 4.1, formerly the Netscape Enterprise Server. The latest upgrade includes support for the Java 2 platform (including JavaServer Pages 1.1 and Java Servlets 2.2) and the Linux operating system. The server, which does not include Enterprise JavaBean support, competes with Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Information Server and the open-source Apache server. Many experts recommend using a Web server to deliver pages containing static information. However, JSP and servlet support provides capabilities for lower-level dynamic content.

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  • MapQuest Investors Eye AOL Warily
    Time: 05:22 EST/10:22 GMT News Source: Washington Post Posted By: Alex Harris

    America Online Inc. soon will face the first test of investor confidence in its recently announced marriage to Time Warner Inc. As AOL stock continues to swoon while shareholders remain jittery and unsure about how to value the merger--shares have fallen about 18 percent since Jan. 10--some investors of MapQuest.com Inc. are watching with trepidation.

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  • Chairman role has new meaning in tech industry
    Time: 05:14 EST/10:14 GMT News Source: CNet News Posted By: Alex Harris

    Faster, quicker, younger. Like many things related to technology, the pace at which chief executives pass the baton to new torchbearers is accelerating. Tech CEOs typically started their companies, reaching the corporate peak at an early stage in a company's life, as well as their own. As a result, when they step away from the day-to-day CEO tasks to become chairman, they're far more active in setting long-term strategy and less inclined to be mere advisers.

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News Date: Wednesday 19th January 2000
Today's Top Headlines:
 Site News - Win 2k Final On MSDN
  • Site News: Microsoft Request Us To Stop Using The Name "ActiveWindows"
    Time: 15:24 EST/20:24 GMT News Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Well now, we've had more fun with Microsoft's Legal department today. You may remember a couple of months back we were forced to change our logo because Microsoft said it was against their logo program, although it was a bit of an annoyance, we didn't mind changing it as we always planned to at some point anyway. Well today we get another call and letter from Microsoft's Legal department saying thanks for changing the logo but can you now cease from using the name "ActiveWindows" as they say it is misusing the Windows trademark and giving Windows a bad name somehow.

    We would like you to comment about this either by e-mailing us or by writing a message on our message board so Microsoft can see it. We doubt it'll make a difference but anyway.

    We would also like to publicly state that we are having our lawyers look into it and a decision will be made early next month, oh and one last thing - we know who made the complaint about this, just like she did for the logo but we're used to that windows badly coordinated beta department being (how do we put this) difficult so we're used to it.

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  • February Training Month for Microsoft Windows 2000 Further Prepares IT Work Force for Final Release of Product
    Time: 15:36 EST/20:36 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. today announced that it anticipates more than 30,000 additional IT professionals worldwide will be trained on the Microsoft® Windows® 2000 operating system as part of February Training Month, designed to prepare the industry and ready customers for the release of the final Windows 2000 product. Microsoft has been preparing IT professionals for the business operating system's release since April 1999. Highlights of February Training Month include discounted, one-day hands-on Microsoft Official Curriculum (MOC) training courses delivered by the Microsoft Certified Technical Education Center (Microsoft CTEC) channel; Technology Week, a one-week event providing professional trainers with information on Microsoft Windows 2000 and other related sessions; and four new TechNet briefing sessions to optimize IT professionals' solutions based on the Microsoft Windows 2000 operating system.

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  • Microsoft Provides Two Comprehensive Tax Resources To Ease the Pain of Tax Season
    Time: 15:35 EST/20:35 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Just in time for Americans to open the W-2 forms that are landing in their mailboxes, Microsoft Corp. today announced that its comprehensive tax resources are now available to help consumers reduce the hassle, pain and anxiety associated with preparing and filing their taxes this season. Consumers who prefer a CD-based product can choose the new Microsoft® TaxSaver™ tax preparation software that arrived on store shelves last month. TaxSaver offers an easy, step-by-step method for preparing and filing accurate returns. For consumers interested in an online solution, the MSN™ MoneyCentral™ online personal finance service offers a wide range of tax resources on the Internet, including free online filing for 1040EZ tax forms. Consumers can take advantage of the award-winning online personal finance resource to easily research, prepare and file their taxes from beginning to end, or as an online companion to TaxSaver.

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  • Microsoft TechNet Offers New and Unique Resources to IT Professionals
    Time: 15:34 EST/20:34 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. today announced the redesign and immediate availability of the TechNet Web site for IT professionals at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/. In addition to the Web site redesign, Microsoft will offer a Windows® 2000 Discussion Forum and 15 new TechNet sessions, nine of which are focused on the Microsoft® Windows 2000 operating system.

    "IT professionals have told us they want one location where they can find the latest technical information about Microsoft products and solutions as well as a better way to plug into the Microsoft peer network to discuss current technical issues and share information," said Rosa Garcia, director of TechNet at Microsoft. "Microsoft is committed to providing innovative, all-inclusive resources to IT professionals through the TechNet program, and the new redesign of the TechNet Web site offers customers a flexible, powerful knowledge source that can be customized to address their specific organizational needs and provide a launch pad for peer-to-peer interaction."

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  • Lotus lashes out over MS Exchange v Domino test
    Time: 14:59 EST/19:59 GMT News Source: The Register Posted By: Byron Hinson

    What had been a little local skirmish between Microsoft and Lotus over Notes may be escalating into a war, despite the fixed smiles of chumminess following Lotus' decision this week to offer MS Outlook with Notes.

    Microsoft had of course hoped that Notes would fall to Exchange as had 1-2-3 fallen to Excel many years earlier, but it didn't happen. From time to time, Microsoft ran a campaign to show that "independent research" purported to prove that Exchange Server was "preferred by IT administrators", was "easier, faster than Lotus Domino" or that it "outperformed" Domino. The skirmishes were punctuated by announcements that Lotus and Microsoft would "promote interoperability on the Web" with IE4 (July 1997), or integrate Windows Media Technologies into Lotus Notes and Domino" (last September). The recent trouble started on 10 January when Microsoft announced that "an independent laboratory test" showed that "Exchange leads in email performance". It turned out that the lab was ZD Labs.

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  • Transmeta chips to run Linux, Windows, attack Intel x86
    Time: 14:57 EST/19:57 GMT News Source: The Register Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Just hours before the big gig where Transmeta's super-secret was due to be revealed, company CEO Dave Ditzel blew it by spilling his guts to Dow Jones Newswires. We shouldn't be too hard on the lad, as spinmeisters and top flight execs alike generally melt when confronted by the Mighty Dow, but even so - Transmeta was supposed to be the big secret, and it's a bit careless of the boss to spoil the party. But it's happened now. There are two chips initially, the 400MHz 3120, aimed at appliances running Linux, among other things, and the 5400, running at 700MHz and aimed at Windows portables.

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  • Palm loses ground to WinCE over Xmas
    Time: 14:55 EST/19:55 GMT News Source: The Register Posted By: Byron Hinson

    The Palm handheld platform continued to maintain a strong lead over Windows CE in the US last month, according to the latest data from market researcher NPD Intelect. Palm Computing ended the year with a marketshare of 73.6 per cent, up 8.1 per cent on December 1998. Windows CE took around 25 per cent, divided between products from Casio, Sharp, Hewlett-Packard and Compaq.

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  • Microsoft Beefs up Security Center
    Time: 04:42 EST/09:42 GMT News Source: PC World Posted By: Alex Harris

    Microsoft plans to keep your information safe and secure and educate you in the process, a company executive declares.

    Part of that vision involves re-launching the company's around-the-clock Security Response Center, for which Microsoft promises a 24-hour response time to every customer report. Brian Valentine, Microsoft's senior vice president of Windows, described the company's plans in a keynote at the RSA Data Security Conference here this week.

    On Microsoft's security Web site, you'll find information on security, cryptography, and firewalls, as well as products. The site also provides patches or work-around solutions, and posts bulletins.

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  • ValiCert digital certificate validation enhances Windows 2000 e-commerce security
    Time: 04:27 EST/09:27 GMT News Source: Microsoft Daily News Posted By: Alex Harris

    With Microsoft® Windows® 2000, validating a digital certificate can be as easy as verifying a credit card.

    ValiCert Inc., a leading provider of electronic transaction solutions, has announced that its Global VA Service root keys will be embedded in Windows 2000. The solution enables any secure Windows 2000-based application to automatically verify all digital certificates before trusting them for Internet transactions, resulting in improved e-commerce security.

    "Microsoft is pleased to be able to offer its customers the enhanced security made possible through the inclusion of the ValiCert root keys in Windows 2000," said Brian Valentine, senior vice president of the Windows Division at Microsoft. "Certificate validation is truly a critical requirement to ensure trust in e-business transactions, and we look forward to continuing our ongoing relationship with ValiCert."

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  • HP quietly adopts AMD's Athlon chip
    Time: 04:25 EST/09:25 GMT News Source: CNet News Posted By: Alex Harris

    True to its button-down culture, Hewlett-Packard has been quietly shipping consumer PCs using AMD's Athlon processor to some retail outlets and will likely begin to sell them on the Web by early March.

    Since the beginning of the month, Hewlett-Packard has been selling Athlon-based Pavilion models in Sam's Clubs and Costco stores, an HP spokesman confirmed. The PC maker is expected to start selling them on its Web site by late February or early March, sources have said. Although wider distribution is likely, the decision to sell the Athlon systems online may not yet be final, the spokesman said.

    With HP adopting the chip, AMD has persuaded four out of the top five PC makers to manufacture Athlon consumer systems. Dell remains the holdout. Gateway said it would start using Athlon chips earlier this month, after deciding to not release an Athlon PC last year. AMD could not be reached for comment.

    HP's use of the chip is the latest victory for AMD, which will announce earnings for the fourth quarter tomorrow after the market closes. AMD is expected to report earnings of 1 cent a share for the quarter, according to a consensus of analysts compiled by First Call. Although this will amount to a profit of around $1.5 million, AMD hasn't posted a profit since the fourth quarter of 1998. The company is expected to report losses for 1999 in the range of $350 million.

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  • Excite@Home Usenet death penalty lifted
    Time: 04:23 EST/09:23 GMT News Source: CNet News Posted By: Alex Harris

    Excite@Home averted a Usenet "death penalty" today by reducing an excessive amount of newsgroup postings emanating from spammers.

    The self-appointed administrators of Usenet, a computer bulletin board system containing topic-specific messages, have agreed to lift a proposed measure that would have blocked many newsgroup postings originating from Excite@Home servers.

    The Redwood City, Calif., company said the unwanted messages have stemmed from spammers taking advantage of misconfigured software used by some subscribers. As a result, some spam, or junk email, appears to be originating from Excite@Home users but is actually generated by another source.

    "Because of the rapid and positive response from the people at Excite@Home Network, the Usenet Death Penalty originally announced to go into effect at the close of business (Tuesday) has been lifted," Usenet spam tracker David Ritz wrote today in an email.

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  • Microsoft: We didn't break the law
    Time: 04:21 EST/09:21 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Alex Harris

    Microsoft Corp. stood its ground against government trustbusters Tuesday with its latest legal filing to U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson.

     Citing copyright laws, a 1998 appeals court ruling and Jackson's findings of fact, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) claimed it is not a monopoly and did not break federal antitrust laws by tying Internet Explorer to Windows or striking exclusionary agreements with its partners.

    In a 70-page filing, Microsoft responded to charges by the U.S. Department of Justice and 19 state attorneys general that the company violated both sections of the Sherman Antitrust Act in at least four ways.

    Tuesday's filing follows Jackson's Nov. 5 findings of fact, which declared Microsoft a predatory monopolist.

    In Microsoft's filing, the company argued that, even based on Jackson's findings, it didn't break the law. "Needless to say, Microsoft respectfully disagrees with many of the Court's findings of fact and believes that they are unsupported by the record," the filing stated.

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  • Windows 2000 Final Now Available On MSDN
    Time: 03:43 EST/08:43 GMT News Source: E-Mail Posted By: Byron Hinson

    As expected, Microsoft yesterday released the final version of Windows 2000 to MSDN subscribers a couple of days early. So for those lucky enough to have a subscription, what are you waiting for?

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/subscriptions/resources/subdwnld.asp

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News Date: Tuesday 18th January 2000
Today's Top Headlines:
 Win 2k & 128 Bit Encryption - The Haunting Review - Flink Ink - CorelDraw 9 Review
  • Supreme Court lets domain fees stand
    Time: 17:28 EST/22:28 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Alex Harris

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday let stand a ruling that the fees charged by Network Solutions Inc. for registration and renewal of Internet addresses do not represent unconstitutional, unauthorized taxes, as Congress approved their collection.

    The high court, without any comment or dissent, rejected an appeal by a group of nine individuals or companies that sued Network Solutions (Nasdaq: NSOL) and the National Science Foundation, a federally financed agency that had a cooperative agreement with the company.

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  • Lotus to allow Domino access from Microsoft Outlook
    Time: 17:27 EST/22:27 GMT News Source: CNet News Posted By: Alex Harris

    While Lotus says it is not ceding victory to archrival Microsoft in a long-running messaging software market war, it is certainly extending an olive branch.

    At its annual user conference here, the company is set to announce today that it will allow users of Microsoft's Outlook client software to link to its Domino Web server software across corporate networks. The move is significant, since for years Lotus and Microsoft have fiercely defended their proprietary messaging products.

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  • Microsoft beats estimates with another big quarter
    Time: 17:25 EST/22:25 GMT News Source: CNet News Posted By: Alex Harris

    Although much of the focus on Microsoft lately has been on lawsuits and executives switches, the company today got back to its strong suit--profits--by reporting higher than expected quarterly earnings of 47 cents a share, excluding extraordinary charges.

    Benefiting from growing demand for PCs loaded with Microsoft operating systems and software, the company reported earnings of 47 cents per share, on revenues of $6.11 billion. This is up from split-adjusted earnings of 36 cents per share for the same period last year and revenues of $5.2 billion. First Call analysts expected the company to report earnings of 42 cents per share.

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  • Microsoft scoffs at government findings
    Time: 17:23 EST/22:23 GMT News Source: CNet News Posted By: Alex Harris

    Microsoft today disagreed with a federal judge's findings that strongly suggest the software maker violated U.S. antitrust law.

    As reported earlier, Microsoft filed proposed "conclusions of law" today in its landmark antitrust case with the Justice Department and 19 states. The government filed a similar document--but one that supported U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's findings of fact--on Dec. 6.

    Microsoft took the offense early in the filing, relying on more than 20 years of precedents to show that, in legal terms, it did not violate two sections of the Sherman Act.

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  • Intel Delivers Trusted Network Security Solutions With New Family of Adapters
    Time: 17:21 EST/22:21 GMT News Source: Yahoo! News Posted By: Alex Harris

    Intel Corporation today announced, during the ninth annual RSA Conference, its new family of Intel® PRO/100 S network security-enabled adapters, which help accelerate network security over the local area network (LAN) and are designed for today's e-business network environment. In addition, Greg Lang, vice president and general manager, Intel's Network Interface Division, will deliver a keynote presentation during the conference on Jan. 19 entitled, ``Security Building Blocks for e-business.''(b)

    Featuring an on-board network encryption co-processor, the Intel® PRO/100 S Management Adapter and the Intel® PRO/100 S Server Adapter help enable higher performance and end-to-end security within the LAN to safeguard continuously the confidentiality and integrity of data that flows between the personal computer (PC) and the network server.

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  • Zero-Knowledge hires Mozilla's "international incident"
    Time: 16:57 EST/21:57 GMT News Source: CNet News Posted By: Alex Harris

    A company devoted to keeping Net users' identities under wraps is planning to take its software out in the open.

    Zero-Knowledge Systems, a Canadian firm whose Freedom software lets users conceal their identities online, today said it had hired Mike Shaver, who is currently winding up his short tenure heading developer relations and evangelism for America Online's open source browser development group, Mozilla.org.

    The Canadian Shaver, whose whimsical title at Mozilla was "international incident," will be chief software officer at Zero-Knowledge.

    Hiring Shaver signals the company's plans to move its software into open source development, in which the underlying source code is published, volunteer developers can work on it, and people and companies can use it under the terms of a public license.

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  • CorelDRAW 9 Review
    Time: 16:57 EST/21:57 GMT News Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Alex Harris

    Garrett has posted his review of CorelDraw 9. Here is a snippet of the review:

    Corel doesn't just want you to be able to edit some images or fool around with a print-shop knock off. They want to give you the best of all graphics worlds, and package them all together, in one box. They want to call it CorelDRAW 9. And they have.

    The box weighs at least 5lbs, and it contained tons of stuff. I must admit, it frightened me to see not one, but three user's guides, three discs (not including the CorelSTUDIO demo that is included), and 35 pages of a feature list. That's a lot of stuff. But, there are a lot of features too.

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  • Flink Ink: Embedded Linux Strategies
    Time: 16:53 EST/21:53 GMT News Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Alex Harris

    As an old (junior-grade) UNIX™ guru, I'm well aware of the (pre-) history of Linux and the Open Source movement. Spare me a few moments while I describe the first UNIX wave and draw some parallels with the current explosion of interest in Linux. If Windows is your thing, don't turn away! It doesn't matter which side of the fence you stand on, the fence will still be there! ....besides, the grass is always greener on the other side, right?!

    Part of the success of UNIX was timing. This portable, cheap, and very coherent OS appeared at just the right time to catch the introduction of the minicomputer. The "mini" meant an order-of-magnitude drop in the cost of computing. It also meant there wasn't enough profit in computer sales to support a proprietary operating system from each vendor. Every vendor's OS development shop was under pressure to match the hardware scale-change with operating software for one-tenth the cost of the prior generation. Further, the customers were suffering out-of-control training costs as more and more relatively inexpensive minicomputers with incompatible operating systems made there way into the organization. A major change was required. A portable, vendor independent OS was just the ticket.

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  • Flink Ink: Thunder in the Clouds: AOL-TW, DoJ & Microsoft
    Time: 16:51 EST/21:51 GMT News Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Alex Harris

    The gods on mount Olympus have seriously rearranged the furniture this week! The news the first week of Y2K was how quietly the year passed. Apparently the gods had been hunkered down in their bunkers waiting for the predicted disasters to strike. In stunning contrast, this week they came out with lightening bolts and thunder galore!

    As everyone on the planet knows by now, AOL and Time-Warner have agreed to merge in a stock swap with AOL's Steve Case leading the combined company. Though the merger of Internet with the mainstream media has been talked about for years (e.g. Web TV, Interactive Television, Cable Modems, etc.) nothing so bold was expected so quickly. This truly is a Y2K-class event, a deal for the new millennium! In this editorial I'll try to summarize why this is such a stunning move and analyze a bit of the fall out from the perspective of us "e-Developers".

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  • Windows 2000 to Deliver 128-Bit Encryption Abroad
    Time: 16:41 EST/21:41 GMT News Source: Yahoo! News Posted By: Alex Harris

    News we posted about last month but no one took any notice of it - anyway, here is the PR:

    Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT - news) today announced that the Windows® 2000 operating system will be the first platform with 128-bit encryption to be shipped internationally under the federal regulations on encryption exports announced Jan. 14, 2000. Microsoft worked closely with U.S. government regulators to obtain the necessary approvals to ship Windows 2000 with strong encryption to worldwide customers, irrespective of industry or application.

    Previously, international customers with increased security needs had to buy additional software and add on strong encryption. International customers will now be able to benefit from built-in 128-bit encryption in Microsoft® Windows 2000 when it ships. This eliminates delays and restrictions associated with individual export licenses.

    ``Windows 2000 will be the most secure operating system Microsoft has ever shipped, and we are excited to be able to further extend this security for our international customers via 128-bit encryption,'' said Brian Valentine, senior vice-president of the Windows Division at Microsoft. ``In addition, we are pleased to have worked so closely with the federal government in developing a security solution that benefits all international computer users.''

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  • Digital receipts for brick-and-mortar sales?
    Time: 16:39 EST/21:39 GMT News Source: ComputerWorld Posted By: Alex Harris

    Within a year to 18 months, shoppers could be able to opt for an XML-based digital receipt that can be viewed through their Web browsers under a proposed standard NCR Corp. unveiled last night in conjunction with Visa International Inc., Office Depot Inc. and several major high-tech vendors.

    Backers said consumers no longer would have to worry about losing receipts, since they'd have an always-available record that could be used for warranty and potentially even tax purposes. The digital receipts also could benefit businesses that want to better manage and track employee purchases made with procurement cards, proponents said.

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  • Athlon 1GHz Review Part 2: Synthetic Benchmarks
    Time: 16:25 EST/21:25 GMT News Source: CPU Review Posted By: Alex Harris

    CPU Review have posted part two of their 1Ghz Athlon review. This part covers synthetic benchmarks; and includes results from:

    - Final Reality 
    - 3DMark 99 Max 
    - 3DMark 2000 
    - Indy3D 
    - RC5 client 
    - Pov-Ray 
    - Sandra 99

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  • Camera Connect Pro Review
    Time: 16:21 EST/21:21 GMT News Source: CPU Review Posted By: Alex Harris

    CPU Review have posted a review of the Camera Connect Pro. Here is a snippet of the review:

    Digital cameras are fantastic, but don't you just HATE downloading images from your camera? I've been getting REAL tired of downloading 24Mb at 115.2kbps (or hooking up my laptop to the network and using a CompactFlash to PCMCIA converter). Quite frankly the hassle of downloading pictures from my "workhorse" camera (a Kodak DC200) has limited how much I use it.

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  • Crusoe Processor News
    Time: 16:16 EST/21:16 GMT News Source: Betafiles.com Posted By: Alex Harris

    Introducing the Crusoe Processor from Transmeta, a brand new architecture, a new rival in today's world of limited choice, this could be big, this could be huge. This project has the backing of Linux, lets just hope that Microsoft follow suit. This processor appears to be a new mobile processor, able to run under ANY architecture that is currently available. More news as it breaks. The processor is going to be launched on January 19th at 9am PST (12 midday EST) (5pm GMT), with the website going live 3 hours later.

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  • Win2K RAM Requirements and Pagefile Size
    Time: 16:11 EST/21:11 GMT News Source: Windows NT Magazine Posted By: Alex Harris

    Last week, Microsoft advised editors reviewing Windows 2000 Server (Win2K Server) and Windows 2000 Advanced Server (Win2K AS) that the reviewers guide for Win2K Server and Win2K AS contained incorrect information about system requirements; the system requirements appear to have grown since the last time Microsoft told us about them. The new figures for Win2K Server are:

    • CPU: 133MHz or faster Pentium-compatible
    • RAM: 256MB recommended minimum (though Microsoft will support 128MB)
    • HD: 2GB with a minimum of 1GB free (you'll need more free space for network install and for pagefile space—see note below)

    Win2K AS has the same minimum requirements, but it supports up to eight CPUs in a multiprocessor configuration (Win2K Server tops out at four), and up to 8GB of RAM (Win2K Server tops out at 4GB). What's striking about this change is that the memory requirement has doubled. Although Microsoft will support users running Win2K Server or Win2K AS with 128MB of RAM, the company no longer recommends it. That echoes my experience with Win2K Pro, which really needs more than the required 64MB to minimize disk swapping. Remember that Win2K is built on the Windows NT kernel, and NT has always benefited from extra RAM—so do yourself a favor, and don't skimp on memory.

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  • New CEO could change Microsoft's image
    Time: 16:07 EST/21:07 GMT News Source: USA Today Posted By: Alex Harris

    Bill Gates' decision to step down as CEO is an opening for Microsoft to change its image, branding experts say. And they warn it's an opportunity not to be squandered.

    Can Microsoft's new CEO Steve Ballmer breathe new life into the software giant's image? (AP) "We live in an era of CEO brands," says Sam Hill, president of Helios Consulting. "You have Larry Ellison, Richard Branson, Bill Gates. One way to move a company's brand image is to change the CEO."

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  • Goodbye, or hello, to Gates?
    Time: 16:00 EST/21:00 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Alex Harris

    So Bill Gates is stepping down and passing the baton of CEO to his long-time friend, confidante, and coworker Steve Ballmer. Ostensibly Gates is going to focus on making great software and great development tools and will leave the business aspects of running Microsoft to Steve. Why did he do this? There are a number of theories.

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  • AOL-Time Warner could be trouble for Road Runner
    Time: 15:55 EST/20:55 GMT News Source: CNet News Posted By: Alex Harris

    While striking his own multibillion-dollar deal, America Online's chief executive Steve Case may have decided the future of Net-over-cable firm Road Runner. When Case agreed to acquire media giant Time Warner for $160 billion in stock last week, he may have set in motion a series of events that could spell the end of Road Runner.

    Many believe privately held Road Runner has huge potential in growing market for high-speed Net services, but it hasn’t yet successfully capitalized on its position. Owned by Time Warner and cable operator MediaOne Group, among others, Road Runner trails only Excite@Home in the market in terms of subscribers. Yet it doesn’t carry nearly the same clout in the financial markets as does Excite@Home, often a closely watched metric of the recent Net stock phenomenon.

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  • Former MS prosecutor joins New York law firm
    Time: 15:34 EST/20:34 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Alex Harris

    Stephen Houck, who helped prosecute the government's case in the Microsoft antitrust case has joined the New York law firm of Reboul, MacMurray, Hewitt, Maynard & Kristol as a partner. Houck, who was the lead trial counsel for the 19 states participating in the landmark antitrust trial, will focus on antitrust and commercial litigation. Houck had previously worked as chief of the New York State Attorney General's antitrust bureau.

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  • Intel unveils 'SpeedStep' Pentiums
    Time: 15:32 EST/20:32 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Alex Harris

    As expected, the Santa Clara Calif., company Tuesday introduced two mobile Pentium III processors, running at 600MHz and 650MHz. Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) also reduced prices on its stable of existing mobile chips.

    The chips are the first to offer Intel's SpeedStep technology. The design allows notebooks to power down from 600MHz or 650MHz to 500MHz when running on battery power.

    SpeedStep arose as a response to some of the power-management compromises that notebook PCs present. Intel's research showed that most notebook users spend the majority of their computing time plugged in, so SpeedStep is focused on providing notebooks with maximum performance while plugged in and maximum battery life while not.

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  • All eyes on new Lotus CEO
    Time: 15:30 EST/20:30 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Alex Harris

    Don't come to the feel-good home of Walt Disney World looking for negative vibes about Lotus Development Corp. Kicking off the annual Lotusphere conference here Monday, Lotus executives painted an extremely positive picture of the IBM subsidiary's current success and future prospects.

    "We're at the absolute peak of product and business strength as we enter the new millennium," said Jeff Papows, making what could be his last public appearance as Lotus' president and CEO. Papows, who announced earlier this month he was resigning as of Feb. 1, says he's leaving on a high note, with Lotus coming off its "greatest period of revenue growth in many years" in 1999.

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  • PC surge expected to boost Microsoft earnings
    Time: 15:28 EST/20:28 GMT News Source: CNet News Posted By: Alex Harris

    Microsoft will report higher fiscal second-quarter earnings today as sales of personal computers boosted demand for its software, analysts said. Microsoft is expected to report that its earnings for the period ended Dec. 31 rose to 42 cents a share from a split-adjusted 36 cents a year ago, according to analysts polled by First Call/Thomson Financial. Revenue rose to $6.2 billion from $5.2 billion, analysts forecast. The company has beaten earnings forecasts for the past eight quarters, and unofficial "whisper" estimates run as high as 47 cents a share.

    Microsoft benefited from strong sales of personal computers during the holiday season, boosting sales of its Windows operating system and application programs such as its Office products, analysts said. Microsoft's Windows software runs on more than 90 percent of PCs sold in the U.S. today.

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  • Microsoft antitrust response due today
    Time: 15:26 EST/20:26 GMT News Source: CNet News Posted By: Alex Harris

    A battered but confident Microsoft today for the first time will officially respond to harsh antitrust findings issued by a federal judge.

    Microsoft will present its proposed conclusions of law later today to U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson in the landmark antitrust case brought by the U.S. Justice Department and 19 states.

    In November Jackson concluded in his findings that Microsoft wielded immense monopoly power and had illegally acted to preserve it. The findings are not a final ruling in the case.

    The government filed a similar brief last month where it concluded Microsoft violated two sections of the Sherman Act.

    Microsoft must base its brief on the findings of fact Jackson issued on Nov. 5. While on the surface Jackson's findings appear to have delivered the government a great victory, the findings leave plenty of wiggle room for Microsoft to turn near-certain defeat into a quasi draw, said legal experts.

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  • The Haunting: DVD - Review
    Time: 13:26 EST/18:26 GMT News Source: ActiveDVD Posted By: Byron Hinson

    The Haunting: ReviewI have posted my review of Dreamworks, The Haunting directed by Jan De Bont of Speed fame. I have also redesigned the review pages to include more information about the DVD and to improve the look. Here is a snippet from the review:

    I'll get the basic story out of the way first so I can talk about the actual DVD content. The movie is based on the old story "The Haunting Of Hill House" and features the excellent Lili Taylor as Nell, a shy woman who has been looking after her sick mother so long she has started to lose her mind and has trouble sleeping, next up we have Theo played badly by Catherine Zeta-Jones a bisexual woman who is also having trouble sleeping...Finally we have Liam Neeson who takes the part of Dr. Marrow and Owen Wilson who plays another sleep deprived character called Luke.

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  • Microsoft check auctioned on eBay
    Time: 10:43 EDT/15:43 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Byron Hinson

    A man who helped Microsoft Corp. out of a jam with its e-mail service is auctioning off the company's reward check on eBay. Michael Chaney received a $500 check from Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) after he helped the company get its Hotmail free e-mail service back on track.

    The service had been shut down over Christmas weekend after a billing mix-up with Network Solutions Inc. over the passport.com domain. Chaney noticed the problem and paid the $35 fee to get the service up and running again. As a reward, Microsoft sent Chaney the check and some software. Chaney is auctioning the check off on eBay and says he will match up to $2,000 of the winning bid and donate the proceeds to charity.

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  • Be to offer free version of its latest OS
    Time: 10:42 EDT/15:42 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Be Inc. said today that will offer the newest version of its operating system for free later this quarter. Version 5 for the desktop will be available for download to pre-registered individuals. Be (Nasdaq:BEOS) will also work with publishers and other partners to distribute the software.

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  • Gates lacks golden touch with $5bn investment portfolio
    Time: 07:28 EDT/12:28 GMT News Source: The Register Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Bill Gates has around $5 billion in private investments outside his $100 billion Microsoft holding, but he seems to have been losing on many of the quoted stocks in his portfolio over the past few months. That's quite hard to do in a bull market. He doesn't seem to possess any magic touch so far as his investments go, and has chosen some sectors that are seriously under performing the market.

    Gates' precise private holdings are shrouded in secrecy, because Michael Larsen, his investment manager who runs the investment vehicle Cascade Investments on his behalf, has successfully invoked a confidentiality provision in the SEC rules to keep his acquisitions and sales secret for around a year, unless Gates accumulates more than 5 per cent of a company.

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  • Microsoft and CyberSafe Extend Windows 2000 Security Across the Enterprise
    Time: 07:26 EDT/12:26 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. and CyberSafe Corp., a leading provider of enterprise network security solutions, today announced they have collaborated to extend Microsoft® Windows® 2000-Kerberos interoperability to enterprise customers operating mixed-system environments. Based on cooperative efforts with mutual customers such as Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and Co., this announcement validates the interoperability of Kerberos v5 in the Windows 2000 operating system, with other Kerberos implementations in real-world, customer environments, bringing to the enterprise heightened security as well as the flexibility to continue utilizing existing infrastructure investments.

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News Date: Monday 17th January 2000
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 Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS00-005) - Wheel of Time Review
  • Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS00-005)
    Time: 19:59 EDT/00:59 GMT News Source: E-mail Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in the Rich Text Format (RTF) reader that ships as part of Microsoft(r) Windows(r) 95 and 98, and Windows NT(r) 4.0. Under certain conditions, the vulnerability could be used to cause email programs to crash.

    RTF files consist of text and control information. The control information is specified via directives called control words. The default RTF reader that ships as part of many Windows platforms has an unchecked buffer in the portion of the reader that parses control words. If an RTF file contains a specially-malformed control word, it could cause the application to crash.

    Microsoft believes that this is a denial of service vulnerability only, and that there is no capability to use this vulnerability to run arbitrary code. The most serious risk from this vulnerability would result if a user had preview mode enabled on a mail program like Outlook, and received an email that exploited the vulnerability. Because preview mode causes the mail to be parsed without user assent, the mail program would continue to crash until a subsequent mail was received or the mail program was started with preview mode disabled.

    Read more

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  • Windows 2000 vs Win98SE in Games and Windows
    Time: 19:45 EST/00:45 GMT News Source: PC Gunk Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    The people over at PC Gunk have posted an interesting article comparing games run on Windows 98SE with the same games running on Windows 2000.

    All benchmarks were performed on a clean install of Windows98/Windows2000.

    Read More

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  • Public Invitation to Millennium Install Fair
    Time: 19:25 EST/00:25 GMT News Source: E-Mail Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    This advertisement was found in the Seattle Times Sunday paper in the Personal Technology section by one of our readers.

    View The Advertisement

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  • Windows 2000 Professional Wins Popular Mechanics' "Design & Engineering Award"
    Time: 18:49 EST/23:49 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Windows 2000 Professional, which becomes available to consumers on Feb. 17, has earned Popular Mechanics magazine’s prestigious Design & Engineering Award for technology.

    The magazine announced its year 2000 award winners in its December 1999 issue. The awards recognize innovative design and engineering quality in new products in five major categories -- automotive, home improvement, science, technology, and outdoors.

    In honoring Windows 2000 Professional, the magazine called Microsoft’s new client operating system "the ticket to turn your computer into a powerhouse."

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  • Oxygen Media Announces Online Advertising Agreement With MSN Hotmail
    Time: 18:43 EST/23:43 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Oxygen's Popular Women's Health and Fitness and Soon-to-Be-Launched Teen Sites Will Provide Content to MSN Web Courier Newsletters, Reaching 45 Million Subscribers.

    Oxygen Media and Microsoft Corp. today announced that Oxygen Media has entered into an advertising agreement with the MSN™ Hotmail™ Web-based e-mail service. This agreement was announced by Sarah Bartlett, Oxygen's editor in chief, and Jim Kinsella, general manager of MSN sales and marketing at Microsoft and president and CEO of MSNBC.

    Under this agreement, Oxygen will have premier placement in the Hotmail Women's newsletter and will be an anchor tenant within its Health and Fitness and Teen categories. Among others, Oxygen Media's popular online properties Girls On , Moms Online , Breakup Girl , Oprah.com , Thriveonline, and the soon-to-be-launched sports site We Sweat will supply content for the Hotmail Web Courier, which distributes free online newsletters three times each week to 45 million subscribers to Hotmail. Further, Oxygen expects to see a significant increase in traffic to its online site, Oxygen.com.

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  • Lotus Agrees With Microsoft
    Time: 17:58 EST/22:58 GMT News Source: TechWeb Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Lotus has reached an agreement with Microsoft to allow Outlook as an alternative integrated platform for Domino, the president of Lotus said.

    Jeff Papows, speaking at the company's Lotusphere conference, said the collaboration with Microsoft was not admitting defeat but acknowledging that companies have to work together to give customers all the options.

    "We must collaborate with other companies," Papows said, "even those we compete with. We have not conceded the client market here, not 1 inch. We have a superior offering. But Microsoft Office is a good product."

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  • MS preparing to make more antitrust filings
    Time: 16:55 EST/21:55 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Byron Hinson

    After a heady week that included the America Online-Time Warner merger announcement, a settlement with Caldera Systems, Steve Ballmer's promotion and truculent leaks from the Department of Justice, Microsoft attorneys are scheduled to file Proposed Conclusions of Law on Tuesday as part of the next phase in the company's ongoing antitrust trial. In the document, Microsoft will try to create doubt about key DOJ allegations in the government's case and attempt to soften the blow of November's scathing Findings of Fact, which tagged the company a monopoly.

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  • The race is on: Linux vs Windows
    Time: 16:55 EST/21:55 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Byron Hinson

    With a month to go until Microsoft Corp. officially launches Windows 2000, some Linux stalwarts are realizing there's not much time left to capitalize on a golden PR opportunity.

    Linux enthusiast Deepak Saxena is attempting to rally the troops to create some alternative publicity on or around Microsoft's Feb. 17 launch date. Saxena has created a Web site where corporate sponsors, Linux User Groups and other interested parties can link up and organize.

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  • Microsoft Joins Cisco Security Associate Program
    Time: 16:52 EST/21:52 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Today at the RSA Conference 2000 in San Jose, Microsoft Corp. announced that it has joined Cisco Systems Inc.'s Security Associate Program, demonstrating commitment for interoperability of the Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Professional and Server operating systems with Cisco Secure network security solutions.

    Customers benefit from the security innovations that Microsoft has built into Windows 2000, including native Kerberos implementation, an encrypting file system, an easy-to-manage public key infrastructure (PKI), extensible authentication device support, encrypted end-to-end communications and secure virtual private networking (VPN). Joining the Cisco Security Associate Program is a natural extension of Microsoft's commitment to security, which is embodied in the features of its highly anticipated operating system. The objective of the Cisco Security Associate Program is to ease deployment for customers of third-party security products by fully testing and verifying them for complete interoperation with Cisco Secure offerings.

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  • Wheel of Time Review
    Time: 13:38 EST/18:38 GMT News Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Alex Harris

    I have posted my GT Interactive/Legend Wheel of Time review. Here is a snippet from it:

    The Wheel of Time books have spawned a generation of followers, which I am one of them. I was so pleased when I heard that they were going to make a game of this wonderful series of books. But the only thing that I was worried about was that the images I had created in my mind for what the characters would be completely different from the game. But now onto the features.

    Wheel of Time uses an enhanced version of the Unreal engine to bring Robert Jordan's world to life. In addition to the Unreal engine's core capabilities like 24-bit color (with MMX), multiple dynamic (and colored) light sources, complex geometry, smooth character animation, real moving/rotating brushes, seamless level transition, and a powerful scripting language, they have endowed the engine with a host of WoT-specific effects. The particle system they created for Wheel of Time makes for some of the coolest explosions and smoke effects you've ever seen. In addition, they went in and provided support for weather effects like rain, snow and wind.

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  • Crusoe chip mystery to be revealed
    Time: 04:58 EST/09:58 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Transmeta Corp. has been secretive about its new Crusoe processor, but the veil will be lifted -- partly -- in the coming week.

    Can the world's most secretive technology company change the world? The folks at Transmeta Corp. think they can.

    But they're not talking. At least until Wednesday, when the company will lift its veil of secrecy at an event in Silicon Valley and reveal details behind its mysterious new processor named Crusoe.

    The biggest mystery, however, is how Transmeta's new technology will change the landscape of computing -- although it is safe to say Transmeta intends to shake things up.

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  • Ballmer As CEO May Help Microsoft
    Time: 04:48 EST/09:48 GMT News Source: Yahoo! News Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Steve Ballmer, the back-slapping, boisterous salesman who became Microsoft's chief executive last week, is giving the company a friendlier public face for its stare-off against the government. But will the switch from a more-aloof Bill Gates, whom he replaces, really make a difference in the antitrust case? It depends on whom you ask.

    As Microsoft Corp. moves through a critical stage of antitrust settlement talks with U.S. prosecutors, the watershed management change has triggered speculation that Microsoft may show new flexibility in the negotiations, helping to bridge diametrically opposed views.

    Known as a friendly guy who promotes smooth relationships with customers, Ballmer's personality contrasts sharply with the arrogant and distant image perpetuated by Gates during his testimony at the antitrust trial. Gates' fumbling videotaped deposition last year was criticized by U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson, who ultimately agreed with the government's contention that Microsoft is a monopolistic high-tech bully.

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  • Microsoft Earnings Seen Showing Strong Gains
    Time: 04:05 EST/09:05 GMT News Source: Yahoo! News Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Despite its dramatic reshuffling at the top and signs that the ``post-PC era'' has Microsoft Corp. (NasdaqNM:MSFT - news ) in a quandry, look for the software giant to report strong earnings on Tuesday.

    The reason: The Wintel world is still alive and kicking up strong earnings, fueled by the growth of the Internet that eventually is supposed to make Microsoft's packaged software obsolete.

    Not yet though. Results next week will show strong double-digit earnings growth, with most analysts expecting a 16 to 17 percent gain. The consensus earnings per share forecast is 42 cents a share, up from 36 cents a year ago.

    Those results, too, come ahead of the anticipated February release of the Windows 2000 operating system that will update Windows NT to make it a stronger player in the booming Internet server market. The new system will sustain, and perhaps accelerate, the growth rate through the year, analysts said.

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  • MS settlement chances even more remote
    Time: 04:00 EST/09:00 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    The plot thickens. More papers are to be filed Tuesday, as the software giant and DOJ sling charges of media leaks and reckless remedies. And was the Gates-Ballmer CEO shuffle a smoke screen?

    Chances of a settlement in the Microsoft Corp. antitrust case were never very good, but after a week of raucous public debate over breaking up the company the possibility of a deal seemed more remote than ever.

    Both sides had promised Judge Richard Posner -- the chief of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit acting as a private mediator in the case -- to stay quiet during the talks

    The quiet lasted from late last year until last week, when USA Today reported the government was going to propose breaking the company into two parts.

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News Date: Saturday 15th January 2000
Today's Top Headlines:
 X-Box

News Date: Friday 14th January 2000
Today's Top Headlines:
 MS Stocks - Washing Windows
  • Site News: Job Opportunity
    Time: 19:44 EST/00:44 GMT News Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Graphic Artist - We are looking for a  new graphic artist to help enhance our range of sites, if you are interested in this position then please apply to us with links to examples of your work.

    Payment details via e-mail to: byron@activeie.com

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  • Microsoft: Win2K will play nice in security world
    Time: 19:42 EST/00:42 GMT News Source: PC Week Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft Corp. is standing on its head to convince other vendors that Windows 2000 won't turn the security market on its ear.

    At the RSA Conference 2000 in San Jose, Calif., next week, Microsoft will conduct interoperability demonstrations with Entrust Technologies Inc. and CyberSafe Corp. The point, according to officials at the three companies, will be to prove that Microsoft can play nice in the security world.

    That's been a concern to some. Windows 2000 comes with built-in security, including PKI (public-key infrastructure) and Kerberos authentication, which has long been a popular means of authenticating users in Unix environments.

    Companies such as Entrust, which builds software for running a PKI rather than running an outsourcing service, appear to have the most to lose when Microsoft, of Redmond, Wash., embeds similar technology in its operating system. But the signals coming from Entrust so far are positive.

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  • Windows 2000 systems to debut three weeks early
    Time: 15:48 EST/20:48 GMT News Source: News.com Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Major PC makers will begin selling Windows 2000 systems on Jan. 24, nearly three weeks before Microsoft formally unveils the new operating system. Compaq Computer, Dell Computer and IBM are among the PC manufacturers that will be offering PCs, notebooks and servers before Feb. 17, the official launch date for Windows 2000.

    After several delays, the software giant recently completed writing, testing and revising the code for the operating system, widely thought to be the most important software development project in the company's history. Windows 2000 will also be the centerpiece of Microsoft's overall strategy going forward, designed to power, enhance and augment all of the company's other software and Internet offerings.

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  • Site News: New Sites & Community Information
    Time: 15:23 EST/20:23 GMT News Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Byron Hinson

    We have decided to delay the launch of our news engine indefinitely - we expect it early this year if all goes to plan, this is due to a slight redesign of all our sites expected to come online February 2000 along with a few new sites around the same time as the new design.

    As most of you already know, we plan to launch http://www.activelinux.net at some point next month. The site will contain all of the news, reviews and tips that you expect from us. We have begun our regular daily updates of ActiveSci-Fi, so those of you who are interested in science fiction - check it out. As you know we take your feedback seriously here - so if you have any comments on the Sci-Fi site just let me know.

    As usual it is also time to mention our MSN Community, we are currently still the leading Operating System community on MSN and we are yet again the main site featured in the Windows 95/98/NT/2000 area, so make sure you check us out - our next chat will be early next year. Here is a list of our upcoming reviews:

    Hardware: Microsoft Force Feedback Steering Wheel, Microsoft Force Feedback Joystick
    Software: Tomb Raider 4, Quake 3, Gabriel Knight 3, SWAT 3, Interstate 82, Star Trek: Hidden Evil, Ultima 9, Asheron's Call (Ongoing Monthly), Unreal Tournament, Wheel Of Time (Sometime this week), Delta Force 2, Flight Simulator 2000 (Next week), Encarta Africana
    Applications: Corel Suite 9, Vizact 2000
    DVD's: Inspector Gadget, The Last Broadcast, The Iron Giant, Wild Wild West, The Haunting, The Thin Red Line

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  • Microsoft Realigns Mobile Product Group
    Time: 15:21 EST/20:21 GMT News Source: TechWeb Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft has created a mobile device division and named a vice president to oversee development of handheld devices, pocket PCs, and telephone devices. The organizational refinement comes about a week after the Consumer Electronics Show, which was dominated by a plethora of non-PC mobile devices.

    Microsoft named Ben Waldman, formerly general manager of the company's Macintosh business unit, to run the mobile division, which falls within the business productivity group. Headed by Bob Muglia, group vice president, the productivity group targets so-called knowledge workers, the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant said this week.

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  • Microsoft stock remains steady
    Time: 09:59 EST/14:59 GMT News Source: Red Herring Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Following the announcement Thursday that Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Chairman and CEO Bill Gates would relinquish his CEO title to Microsoft President Steve Ballmer, Wall Street appeared to receive the news calmly, and Microsoft stock was not expected to be exceptionally volatile in trading on Friday.

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  • "Microsoft will not lose a step"
    Time: 09:59 EST/14:59 GMT News Source: Red Herring Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) will not lose a step. That's the conclusion of about a dozen industry watchers -- from VCs to CEOs to analysts -- about Bill Gates's announcement Thursday that he will step down as the company's chief executive officer. Even once-fierce competitors said they do not expect Microsoft to stumble.

    Some made light of the news. "I wonder if he's interested in being a CEO of another company -- if he goes to a startup, I wouldn't mind investing in it," said Marc Andreessen, cofounder of Netscape and chairman and cofounder of stealth Internet startup Loudcloud. Other vocal Microsoft critics were notably silent: Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL) chairman and CEO Larry Ellison had "no comment."

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  • Microsoft's New CEO Will Wash Windows
    Time: 09:56 EST/14:56 GMT News Source: PC World Posted By: Byron Hinson

    As Bill Gates steps down as Microsoft's chief executive officer and dons a new hat as its chief software architect (while still remaining chair), he'll help carry out the new vision of Windows touted by Steve Ballmer, now CEO as well as president.

    Ballmer promises a new user interface, a new file system, and a natural-language capability in the Next Generation Windows Services. The technology builds on the current Windows operating system, but Microsoft officials describe it as a drastic change equivalent to Windows' effect on the text-based DOS world of 1985, when the graphical operating system first shipped.

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  • Bill's big adventure: Windows as universal Web platform
    Time: 09:52 EST/14:52 GMT News Source: The Register Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Yet another version of Windows? Unsurprisingly the Next Generation Windows Services plan (strategy is too strong a word, as yet) Microsoft unveiled yesterday as Bill Gates cashed his chips went largely unnoticed. But an examination of the admittedly small quantity of information Microsoft has released so far reveals something rather larger than some vague vision intended to justify Gates' new "software architect" role -- this could turn out to be bigger than anything Microsoft has done so far.

    Point number one is that NGWS is not going to be an operating system, but is instead being prepared as a universal and unifying services platform. It's Windows, Jim, but not as we know it. Point number two is that, although the tag isn't one anybody has heard of previously, NGWS is more than just slideware, because many of its components already exist, or are at least undergoing development. To some extent it's the next stage in the Microsoft software services strategy that Microsoft now claims Bill first unveiled in September, but which was in fact rolled out by minions, including new company boss Steve Ballmer, rather earlier last year, at the time of WinHEC.

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  • Windows skin site re-posts MacOS X desktop theme
    Time: 09:50 EST/14:50 GMT News Source: The Register Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Windows-modification site Skinz.org yesterday re-posted, albeit with minor modifications, software that makes Windows look like Aqua, Apple's upcoming user interface for MacOS X, according to MacWeek.com.

    The move follows demands from Apple lawyers earlier this week that the site remove the WinAqua 'skin' or face a world of legal pain. The Mac-maker alleged the skin was an infringement of its copyrights.

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News Date: Thursday 13th January 2000
Today's Top Headlines:
 Gates Quits - Internet Keyboard Pro
  • Top Story
    PR: Bill Gates Promotes Steve Ballmer to President and CEO; Gates Creates New Role as Chairman and Chief Software Architect

    Time: 17:35 EST/22:35 GMT News Source: MS Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Steve BallmerAccelerating the company's major strategy initiative, Microsoft Corp. today announced that its co-founder, Bill Gates, has created a new role for himself -- Chairman and Chief Software Architect -- so that he can dedicate all of his time to helping drive the next generation Windows Internet platform and services. Microsoft announced that Steve Ballmer becomes president and CEO, and will take over management of the company.

    These changes were announced following the release of Microsoft® Windows® 2000, which the company said is a crucial building block of its strategy to focus on software services -- a major technology shift that will transform the industry in the way the Graphical User Interface (GUI) and the Internet did. Driving this major shift is the need for a better Internet User Experience to enable businesses, consumers and developers to better personalize and tailor the services they use, and to store and share the information they need -- any time, any place and on any device.

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  • Top Story
    Gates To Step Down From Microsoft Helm

    Time: 17:30 EST/22:30 GMT News Source: MS Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Bills Gates has said he is to step down as chief executive officer of US software giant Microsoft after 25 years. Mr. Gates, who has held the post since co-founding the firm in the mid-1970's, will take on a new role as its chief software architect and remain chairman.

    Billionaire Mr. Gates said he wanted to "return to what I love most - focusing on technologies for the future" Company president Steve Ballmer will take over as chief Executive.

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  • Exclusive: Microsoft Internet Keyboard Pro - Preview
    Time: 12:43 EST/17:43 GMT News Source: ActiveWindows Exclusive Posted By: Robert Stein

    We have posted our Exclusive preview of the Microsoft Internet Keyboard Pro. Here is a snippet from the preview:

    Don't feel like bending over to plug in USB devices or wasting time looking for Internet or multimedia buttons? With the latest keyboard coming out of Redmond it looks like now you don't have to. With customer concerns addressed, this newest keyboard is a beauty. Comfort, Design, and Timesaving elements are just a few of the things the tech savvy engineers at Microsoft implemented with this keyboard debut. And to top it off, they even made sleep mode at the touch of a button. Along with the new programmable mice, life couldn't be any easier. The Microsoft® Internet® Keyboard Pro is Microsoft Corp.’s most technologically advanced standard-geometry keyboard to date, offering 19 timesaving hot keys and a pair of USB ports. The Internet Keyboard Pro preset controls make PCs easier for novices to use and allow experienced PC users take their systems to new levels of customization.

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  • Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS00-003) - Patch Available for "Spoofed LPC Port Request" Vulnerability
    Time: 16:50 EST/21:50 GMT News Source: Microsoft Security Posted By: Alex Harris

    Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in Microsoft(r) Windows NT(r) 4.0. The vulnerability could allow a user logged onto a Windows NT 4.0 machine from the keyboard to become an administrator on the machine.

    Issue

    LPC Ports is a facility that allows LPC calls on a machine. One of the functions in the LPC Ports API set enables, by design, a server thread to impersonate a client thread on the same machine. However, a flaw in the validation portion of the function would allow a malicious user to create both the client and server threads, and manipulate the impersonation request to allow it to run in the context of any desired user on the local machine, including the System itself. The primary risk from this vulnerability is that a malicious user could exploit this vulnerability to gain additional privileges on the local machine. However, it also could be used to cause audit logs to indicate that certain actions were taken by another user. A malicious user would require the ability to log onto the target machine interactively and run arbitrary programs in order to exploit this vulnerability, and as a result, workstations and terminal servers would be at greatest risk. 

    Affected Software Versions
     - Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Workstation 
    - Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Server - Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Server, Enterprise Edition 
    - Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Server, Terminal Server Edition

     
  • ActiveWindows listed on TechNet
    Time: 16:45 EST/21:45 GMT News Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Alex Harris

    I thought our readers would be interested by the fact that ActiveWindows has been listed on Microsoft's TechNet site in the website section for Windows 98/95 and Windows 2000. To see the site listed then check out these websites:

    Windows 2000 Technology Centers site - http://www.microsoft.com/technet/win2000/websites.htm 
    Windows 98/95 Technology Center site - http://www.microsoft.com/technet/win98/websites.htm 

     

  • Testing Of Windows 2000 Apps Raises Questions
    Time: 16:40 EST/21:40 GMT News Source: TechWeb Posted By: Alex Harris

    When Microsoft's long-awaited Windows 2000 ships next month, it may be more stable and easier to manage than prior versions of NT, but it remains to be seen how well older applications work with the new OS.

    For its part, Microsoft officials insist that 7,000 applications are "Windows 2000-ready." But that doesn't mean they will work well.

    In an effort to address lingering concerns by IT managers about how stable applications will be on the new system, Microsoft said it plans to offer a more rigorous certification program next month. By certifying an application, Microsoft said it wants to assure IT managers that the application doesn't just run on Windows 2000 -- it runs well. A certified application is one thatdoesn't make illegal system calls and get into conflicts with other applications that frequently crash the operating system, according to Microsoft officials.

    But with only 40 applications to be certified as Windows 2000-ready when the operating system becomes available on Feb. 17, one analyst questioned whether the certification program will be too little, too late.

    "One of the things that Microsoft realized is that if it wanted to be a member of the enterprise software club, it needed to produce an environment that was reliable, consistent, and manageable," said Dan Kusnetzky, an analyst at International Data Corp.

     
  • Rumors of Microsoft breakup proposal not surprising
    Time: 16:27 EST/21:27 GMT News Source: News.com Posted By: Alex Harris

    Legal experts today said they are not surprised by reports that government lawyers are proposing a breakup of software giant Microsoft and that news of the plan yesterday was most likely leaked to accelerate settlement discussions.

    Reports yesterday indicated that the Justice Department and 19 states have proposed to break Microsoft up into two or three smaller companies. Under a breakup, one company would likely take over operating systems, while a second company would be in charge of applications. A third would own Microsoft's Web properties. A breakup on lines like this have been suggested earlier by antitrust experts and others.

    That the government--or for that matter, Microsoft--would make such a proposal is no revelation, said legal experts. However, until now, both sides have kept secret ongoing negotiations with Judge Richard Posner, who heads the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Both the government and Microsoft have repeatedly refused to comment on settlement talks.

    Legal experts speculate that if there was an intentional leak, it may have come from the states.

    Justice Department spokeswoman Gina Talamona reaffirmed federal trustbusters are respecting the secrecy of settlement talks.

     
  • Athlon/Pentium 3 Price Comparison
    Time: 16:23 EST/21:23 GMT News Source: E-Mail Posted By: Alex Harris

    CPU Review have updated their comparison with new pricing information from PriceWatch from January 12, 2000. To read more of the article then click here.

     
  • Windows 2000 Compatibility Program released
    Time: 16:21 EST/21:21 GMT News Source: E-Mail Posted By: Alex Harris

    Microsoft have released a program that you can download that will check your hardware to make sure it is compatible with Windows 2000. You can download the program from the following page:

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/upgrade/compat/default.asp

     

  • StarNet's X-Win32 Review
    Time: 16:17 EST/21:17 GMT News Source: E-Mail Posted By: Alex Harris

    CPU Review has posted a review of StarNet's X-Win32 for Windows 95/98/NT; it lets you run X applications on a Unix / Linux computer and display its desktop on your Windows box. To read the review click here.

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  • Windows 2000 virus detected
    Time: 15:28 EST/20:28 GMT News Source: News.com Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Windows 2000 won't come out for another month, but anti-virus software makers say they've found the first virus that targets Microsoft's forthcoming business operating system. The virus, known as the Win2000.Install or W2K.Installer virus, inflicts no damage, but can potentially point out conceptual vulnerabilities for future virus authors, said researchers at anti-virus software makers Symantec and F-Secure. So far, Win2000.Install has not been released in the "wild," or infected users at large.

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  • WindowBlinds 1.1 - Released
    Time: 15:25 EST/20:25 GMT News Source: E-Mail Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Finally after FOUR months, the longest time between public updates ever, Stardock has released WindowBlinds 1.1 to the general public. The new version adds a host of new features including Start bar and Start button skinning, support for creating scrollbars, progress bars, and notebook skins, and much more.

    The update supports numerous performance enhancing features that skin authors can use to speed WindowBlinds up to 40% over the previous version. Over 4 months of testing and effort went into making v1.1 far more compatible and stable on a wide variety of machines.

    Stardock has also created v1.1 Enhanced for registered users which enables scrollbar, progress bar, notebook, and tab skinning. WindowBlinds is a program that allows people to completely change the look and feel of Windows to however they want it to look like.

    A screenshot is available at:
    http://www.stardock.com/products/windowblinds/wb-jan00.jpg

    Users can download it at:
    http://www.stardock.com/products/windowblinds/download.html

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  • Customers Choose Windows 2000 As Foundation for the Business Internet
    Time: 15:23 EST/20:23 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. today announced that companies such as Alibre Inc., Commerce One Inc., Data Return Corp., Dell Computer Corp., Getronics NV, Prologic Corp., PublicHost Corp. and Trilogy Corp. are using the Microsoft® Windows® 2000 operating system as the cornerstone of their Business Internet solution, which provides customers with scalable, reliable and highly manageable solutions. These companies are experiencing phenomenal benefits in a wide range of scenarios, because of the Internet-enabling capabilities of Windows 2000.

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  • Flink Ink: Who do YOU trust? ....Insure to Assure
    Time: 15:19 EST/20:19 GMT News Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Charles has posted his latest editorial called Who do YOU trust? ....Insure to Assure. Here is a snippet:

    According to Merriam-Webster, the words ensure, insure, and assure are "interchangeable in many contexts" with assure stressing the removal of doubt and suspense from a person's mind, while insure stresses taking action beforehand to guarantee a certain outcome. In our brave new e-World, we want to be assured that we can trust our fellow e-Citizens, but for many of us, that time won't come until we can be insured against losses. How can we go about this?

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  • Windows 2000 Hardware Compatability List Updated
    Time: 12:47 EST/17:47 GMT News Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Robert Stein

    We have added Microsoft's update of the Windows 2000 Hardware Compatability List to the Windows 2000 section. Very handy document, however be careful as it is about 500 KB.

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  • ZD Labs Proves Windows Media Sounds More Like CD-Quality Music at Half the Size of MP3
    Time: 11:29 EST/16:29 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. announced today a new consumer study that proves digital music in the Microsoft® Windows Media™ Format sounds more like CD-quality audio in half the size of MP3. ZD Labs conducted a study that compared Windows Media- and MP3-formatted content to original CD recordings. The study found that when compared to the CD-quality originals, nearly 90 percent of consumers tested preferred or could not tell the difference in quality between music in the Windows Media Format and songs in the MP3 format that were twice the size. In addition, this study revealed that consumers overwhelmingly chose the quality of Windows Media for live streaming of audio at 32k bps and at 64k bps over MP3.

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  • Sporting goods maker scores high in collaboration, productivity with Office 2000
    Time: 03:09 EST/08:09 GMT News Source: Microsoft Daily News Posted By: Alex Harris

    For sporting goods maker Lifetime Products, work is a team effort. And Microsoft® Office 2000 helps make teamwork possible. Employees at Lifetime, which manufactures portable basketball and table tennis equipment, can easily share information and collaborate on documents now that the company has upgraded to Office 2000. The move to Office 2000 also reduced the workload for IT staff because the suite can be deployed more quickly and requires less support than the company's former system.

    "Office 2000 lets us deliver rock-solid, lightning-fast desktops," said John Bowden, director of Information Systems at Lifetime. "And it makes the jobs of the IT department easier and provides our end users with the tools they need to make the best business decisions fast."

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  • Microsoft licenses FastLane technology to speed NetWare-to-Windows 2000 migration
    Time: 03:07 EST/08:07 GMT News Source: Microsoft Daily News Posted By: Alex Harris

    Upgrading to a new operating system can be intimidating, but new tools from Microsoft are helping to ease the move to Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Server.

    Microsoft has licensed technology from FastLane Technologies designed to speed and simplify the migration from Novell NetWare to Windows 2000 Server. The technology helps administrators move large numbers of files to Windows 2000 while maintaining directory structures and security permissions. It also allows employees to access their data while administrators migrate the files.

    Microsoft will release the technology in the Microsoft File Migration Utility (MSFMU) component of Services for NetWare version 5. A collection of tools and services to help organizations migrate from NetWare to Windows 2000 Server, Microsoft Services for NetWare is expected to be available soon after the launch of Windows 2000.

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News Date: Wednesday 12th January 2000
Today's Top Headlines:
 W2K
  • More X-Box Information
    Time: 17:56 EST/22:56 GMT News Source: E-Mail Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft will finalize hardware and first and third party development plans by January 15th, 2000. The current plan is to have the X-Box technology finalized and in the factory by April 2001. This will allow Microsoft to realize the company's target fourth quarter 2001 release. Microsoft planned to have a fifty percent share of the PC market by now, but has only managed to achieve a twenty-percent share to date. The X-Box is seen as a fresh start by Microsoft.

    There are around twenty-five first party titles to be released per year for the X-Box. Microsoft expects to capture a thirty to thirty five percent market share. Microsoft is also pursuing top third party companies to develop for the X-Box. Before major third parties will commit, Microsoft needs to build and test a new Operating System for the unit.

    The confirmed X-Box titles from Microsoft so far are:  Age Of Empires III (a 3D version of the original Age Of Empires), Black Pearl, Cartoon Mayhem and Links PGA Golf.

    Oh and one last thing - the hardware features (Graphics etc) have not been finalized.

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  • X-Box: Officially Non Official
    Time: 17:46 EST/22:46 GMT News Source: IGN Posted By: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2000/Jan00/ZDLabspr.asp

    According to at least one developer, the X-Box was officially signed off on by Microsoft last year, and is ready to do battle with Sony this year with a 100% PC compatible system. IGNPC has spoken with a developer who has confirmed that Bill Gates signed off on the X-Box on the 21st of December, making the product official with publishers who have been rumored to be working on upcoming projects with Microsoft. Though the hardware has not been confirmed by the company officially, the word is that higher-level publishers have been given the green light in regards to developing for the system.

    The developer went on to say that Microsoft is touting the system as 100% compatible with all current PC titles, giving it an advantage over the Windows CE-ready Dreamcast. Sony, however, is the companies' main concern, and the console is to be Microsoft's attempt to stop Sony's control of the console marketplace, says the developer, an arena that Microsoft (at least up until now) has yet to step into. With Microsoft on the verge of making an official announcement regarding the system, perhaps we won't have to wait until E3 to find out what the software companies' release dates and specs are regarding its big console venture (GeForce, anyone?).

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  • Downloadable Allegiance Beta To Begin Friday
    Time: 17:43 EST/22:43 GMT News Source: E-Mail Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft announced today that on Friday, January 14, the gaming public at-large will be able to download Allegiance, an online space-action game, and participate in the game's open beta program. Coming to stores in March, Allegiance will be playable on the MSN Gaming Zone as well as independent game servers worldwide. Allegiance combines furious space combat with the social challenge of squadron-based combat in a stunning 3D universe.

    To participate in the Allegiance open beta, gamers must visit the official site this Friday at http://www.microsoft.com/games/allegiance/. The site will feature details on where to download Allegiance and how to begin playing with thousands of other gamers from around the globe.

    In Allegiance, players can pilot and customize many different classes of ships; from scouts and fighters to battle cruisers. They also have the ability to switch between a variety of combat roles, including pilot, turret gunner or base commander. Hundreds of players can engage each other in death-match style arenas or in cooperative play. Gamers will be able to represent their identity, through recorded accomplishments and medals, giving combatants the chance to become part of an ongoing, dynamic universe. Allegiance also features rich strategic elements such as controllable assets, researchable technology and command features.

    Planets, novas, nebulae, black holes, asteroids, naturally occurring wormholes, and over 36 user-controllable spacecraft are rendered in amazing graphic detail. Unique digitized sounds delivered in 3D stereo accompany conditions ranging from the thud of asteroid impact to the scream of failing shields.

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  • Microsoft Exchange Server Gains Momentum With Leading Application Service Providers
    Time: 15:23 EST/20:23 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. today announced that a growing list of leading application service providers (ASPs) have committed to using Microsoft® Exchange Server as the foundation of their managed corporate messaging and collaboration offerings. The growing availability of managed Exchange services will enable customers to deploy messaging and collaboration more quickly, and potentially reduce total cost of ownership by outsourcing hardware, network and application management to an ASP.

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  • Report: Gov't wants Microsoft breakup
    Time: 10:31 EST/15:31 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Government prosecutors reportedly appear to have reached a consensus that would punish Microsoft Corp. for anticompetitive behavior by splitting the software giant into separate companies.

    According to a report in USA Today, which quoted unnamed sources, government lawyers favor splitting Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) into two companies - one for its Windows operating system, and a second for software such as word processing.

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  • IBM Joins Global Launch Effort for Microsoft Windows 2000
    Time: 09:03 EST/14:03 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. today announced that IBM Corp. has joined Adobe Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., Commerce One Inc., Compaq Computer Corp., Dell Computer Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., i2 Technologies Inc., Intel Corp., SAP AG, Toshiba Corp. and Unisys Corp. as a Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Global Launch Partner. These industry leaders are showcasing significant investment in the Microsoft Windows 2000 operating system through solutions, services and support.

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  • Windows 2000 - More Tips & Tricks
    Time: 05:40 EST/10:40 GMT News Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Byron Hinson

    We have added four more Windows 2000 tips and tricks to the Windows 2000 tips section, we will be adding four tips each day as we have quite a lot to post. So keep checking back daily for more updates.

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News Date: Tuesday 11th January 2000
Today's Top Headlines:
 W2K
  • MSN Calendar Beta
    Time: 19:18 EST/00:18 GMT News Source: E-Mail Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft today released a beta version of its MSN Calendar service. The service features appointment tracking, tasks, reminders and notes all viewable via the web. The service also allows you to print off your calendar dates via various printing options.

    MSN Calendar

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  • Microsoft Appoints New Vice President of Mobile Devices Division
    Time: 15:29 EST/20:29 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. today announced the appointment of Ben Waldman, 32, as vice president of the Mobile Devices Division in Microsoft's Business Productivity Group. Effective immediately, Waldman will report to Microsoft Group Vice President Bob Muglia to lead the design, development and marketing of software for mobile devices such as Pocket PCs, Handheld PCs and mobile phone products.

    "In his more than 10 years at Microsoft, Ben has led several teams in the development of highly innovative products that have delighted customers and won numerous awards," said Bob Muglia, group vice president of Microsoft's Business and Productivity Group. "I believe his talent and creativity, applied to this exciting and emerging business, will help us develop and ship a new generation of intelligent, connected devices that further Microsoft's vision of empowering people through great software any time, any place and on any device."

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  • Windows 2000 - More Tips & Tricks
    Time: 15:23 EST/20:23 GMT News Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Byron Hinson

    We have added four more Windows 2000 tips and tricks to the Windows 2000 tips section, we will be adding four tips each day as we have quite a lot to post. So keep checking back daily for more updates.

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  • Matrox G400 Windows 9* DirectX 7 Beta Drivers
    Time: 15:20 EST/20:20 GMT News Source: E-Mail Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Matrox has released a beta set of DirectX 7 drivers for Windows 9*. These are version 5.50.005 (Similar to the beta drivers for Windows 2000).

    http://www.matrox.com/mga/drivers/files/w9x_550.htm

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  • Windows 2000 Evaluation Edition is now available from MSDN
    Time: 04:38 EST/09:38 GMT News Source: E-Mail Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Important: Please note that the Evaluation Edition of Windows 2000 will expire 120 after installation. Please be sure to upgrade your installation to the retail version of Windows 2000, available from this site on January 20th, 2000.

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  • Microsoft, Caldera settle long-standing lawsuit
    Time: 04:38 EST/09:38 GMT News Source: News.com Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft and Caldera announced that they have settled a long-standing lawsuit between the two companies, just weeks before a trial was supposed to begin.

    In a statement, both firms announced they had reached a "mutually agreeable settlement" of the suit filed by Caldera against Microsoft in July 1996.

    As part of the announcement, Microsoft said it will record a one-time charge against earnings for the quarter ending March 31, which will cut earnings per share by about three cents. This could mean that the settlement could cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $150 million, based on one analyst's estimate, although the actual settlement could be higher. Caldera had been expected to ask for at least $400 million, according to another observer.

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  • Merger drops a bomb on Microsoft
    Time: 04:35 EST/09:35 GMT News Source: News.com Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    America Online's surprise acquisition of Time Warner was a frontal assault on Microsoft's ambitions to become a major content player, capping a year-long series of battles between the two technology companies.

    By enlisting Time Warner's vast arsenal of assets, AOL has gained a commanding lead in the race to deliver content across an array of media. Analysts say the move may further weaken Microsoft's already-wavering commitment to content and hasten the company's to return to its software roots.

    "AOL is a content company, and Microsoft is a software company," said Jon Puricelli, an analyst with A.G. Edwards. "This solidifies it. Microsoft shouldn't try to be a content company; these two companies shouldn't be competing in the least bit.

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