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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: THURSDAY JULY 27, 2000

  SideWinder Game Voice Share Edition - MS Train Sim Shots  
  • Combat Flight Simulator 2: WWII Pacific theater storms EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh
    Time: 15:56 EST/20:56 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Julien

    Microsoft today announced that flight enthusiasts attending the Experimental Aircraft Associations's (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh 2000 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, will have the opportunity to test fly Combat Flight Simulator 2: WWII Pacific Theater three months before its scheduled release. Combat Flight Simulator 2 is available for demonstration now through August 2, 2000. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the world's premier recreation aviation event, annually drawing more than 800,000 people and 12,000 airplanes. For daily updates from the air show, gamers can tune into Zone.com (http://www.zone.com/flightsim2000/news.asp) for the latest news.

    Combat Flight Simulator 2 takes the excitement, realism and challenge of the best-selling Combat Flight Simulator from the skies over Europe to the South Pacific for one of the most fierce air battles of World War II. Amid the Pacific Theater of Operations (PTO) of 1941-43, players will start out as rookie ensigns and will be challenged to hone their skills to become ace of the skies by engaging in one thrilling air battle after another. Combat Flight Simulator 2 takes combat realism beyond the fighter plane to the pilots who fought in the fierce action. The story line unfolds in gritty realism as the war rages across the Solomon Islands. Players can fly for either the Japanese or U.S. Navy in more than 120 distinctly intense and taxing missions.

    Rendered in meticulous detail, the aircraft featured in Combat Flight Simulator 2 are four times more graphically detailed than those in the original game. Each aircraft featured in the game is based on extensive research and detailed models taken from Flight Simulator 2000, which was recently selected for a U.S. Navy training program for its unparalleled realism. Planes feature their own unique flight model, performance style and detailed cockpit. Players can even watch the Corsair's wings fold on the aircraft carrier pitching deck as they land with a bone-dry fuel tank. Combat Flight Simulator 2: WWII Pacific Theater will be available at retail locations throughout North America in October for an anticipated street price of US$49.99.

    For more information on EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2000, visit: http://www.airventure.org

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  • Microsoft, Compaq Re-establish Scale-Out Leadership of SQL Server 2000
    Time: 09:11 EST/14:11 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Like Sylvester Stallone in the next-to-last reel of a Rocky film, things didn’t look good for Microsoft SQL Server 2000. With great fanfare during the launch of Windows 2000 last February, Microsoft’s Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates announced world record-setting performance numbers for SQL Server 2000 running on Compaq hardware. But then, last month, the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC), which oversees the benchmarking process, determined that the results did not comply with one of its requirements and the results were disqualified.

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  • Microsoft, VerticalNet and Air Products Deliver "First of Its Kind" E-Business Solution
    Time: 09:10 EST/14:10 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp., VerticalNet Inc. and Air Products and Chemicals Inc. today announced their plan to launch a unique e-commerce pavilion based on the Microsoft® .NET Platform and designed to serve the worldwide gases and chemicals industry. The "first of its kind" solution will provide Air Products' sales network, including distributors, with a quick, convenient, consistent and cost-effective online vehicle to streamline sales and marketing efforts, generate sales leads and enable online transactions.

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  • New Matrox G400 Beta Drivers for Windows 9x & Windows 2000
    Time: 07:59 EST/12:59 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Julien

    Matrox has just released a new beta version 6.01.015 of their Windows 9x display drivers as well as a 5.11.17 Windows 2000 drivers beta release for the Millennium G400/G400Max series of graphic cards. Click the links below to download the drivers corresponding to your current OS:

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  • Microsoft Train Simulator Screenshots
    Time: 05:43 EST/10:43 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    We have posted up over thirty screenshots of Microsoft's upcoming (well next year) Train Simulator. These include shots never seen before. We will be posting an interview with the Train Simulator team in the next couple of weeks.

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  • Microsoft SideWinder Game Voice Share Edition to be released August 1st
    Time: 04:49 EST/09:49 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Julien

    A few weeks before the worldwide availability of the five new exciting Microsoft SideWinder game devices (Force Feedback 2, Strategic Commander, Game Voice, etc.) Microsoft will released on August 1st a new free software download called 'SideWinder Game Voice Share Edition' on their new gamevoice website that'll enable every one to speak within most of the actual games.

    • Free downloadable version of the Microsoft Game Voice software (that'll be provided with the Microsoft SideWinder GameVoice device)
    • Reduced size of 0.5 MB
    • Let's you talk up to 4 other gamers who downloaded the share version; every 5th person has to own the complete product (Full version supports up to 64 gamers at the same time).
    • It doesn't include speech recognition (full version is using the L&H speech engine), so no voice-commands unlike with the full software that'll be provided with the Microsoft SideWinder GameVoice device.
    • Let's you use your own headset / microphone (but there's no channel management functionality)

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  • Pentium III 1Ghz B & Intel VC820 -- Review
    Time: 05:48 EST/09:48 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Julien

    I've just posted our long awaited Intel Pentium III 1Ghz B and Intel VanCouver 820 motherboard review! Here is a snippet of the review:

    Intel, the Santa Clara's CPU giant, has provided us with a nice test system featuring its new top-notch high-end processor: the Pentium III 1Ghz B officially announced in march 2000, exactly two days after the AMD Athlon 1Ghz availability announcement. For the first time ever an intel processor reaches the 1Ghz barrier. Who would believe that, a few years ago when the most powerful CPU were only 16mhz ones? So once again the well-known Moore theorem is right. In this review we will see if the latest Intel's baby hold on its promises. When I unpacked the box I was only able to say 'Wahoooooo', because when Intel says that a PIII 1Ghz B bring power they surely mean it! Indeed the processor is surrounded by a big heatsink with two independent power supplied fans! This processor seems to heat enough to cook your eggs! ;-) Buying a new air-conditioning system will be soon imperative to use a computer safely.

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  • New Windows 2000 drivers for Creative 3d Blaster cards
    Time: 05:45 EST/09:45 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Julien

    Creative has just posted a new set of Windows 2000 drivers for its range of 3d blaster graphic cards. You can download them by clicking here.

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  • New Windows 2000 drivers for Agfa scanners
    Time: 05:40 EST/09:40 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Julien

    Agfa has finally released their final set of Windows 2000 compliant drivers, formerly named ScanWise 1.4 for their range of scanners. You can download the ScanWise drivers by clicking here.

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News Headlines For Friday 30th June 2000
Windows Me Review
  • Windows Me August Download For MSDN Subscribers
    Time: 21:06 EST/02:06 GMT | News Source: E-Mail | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Despite this week stating to developers that they would soon be able to download Windows Me gold from the MSDN subscribers site, Microsoft has tonight stated that the download will now not go live until sometime in early August, just one month before the public release.

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  • ActiveWin: Windows® Millennium Edition (Windows Me) Section
    Time: 16:40 EST/21:40 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    We have decided to launch our new Windows Me section to coincide with the review of the new MS operating system. The section contains, features, FAQ, tips and much more and will continue to grow as the public release date gets closer and closer.

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  • Microsoft and FutureLink in applications venture
    Time: 14:00 EST/19:00 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Software giant Microsoft Corp. (NasdaqNM:MSFT - news) said Friday it will make a $10 million equity investment in software-over-the-Internet company FutureLink Corp. (NasdaqNM:FTRL - news) and the two companies together will set up a research centre in Southern California. Microsoft is looking to become more of an Internet company, and has targeted FutureLink's application service provider industry, in which software is rented or subscribed to over the Internet, as an important strategic direction.

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  • Microsoft President and CEO Steve Ballmer Outlines Role for Smart Cards In Microsoft .NET Generation Software
    Time: 09:57 EST/14:57 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Yesterday at the second annual Smart Card Business Development Conference, Microsoft Corp. President and CEO Steve Ballmer addressed more than 400 smart card industry representatives, outlining the role that smart cards can play in Microsoft's .NET Platform.

    "As we move to a Web-based lifestyle, authentication and security become critical," Ballmer said. "Smart Cards are an enabling technology in the Microsoft® .NET vision, providing an affordable and effective way to increase the security of computing. We believe the demand for smart cards is just emerging and will grow exponentially."

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  • ActiveWin: Microsoft SideWinder Force Feedback Pro Joystick - Review
    Time: 06:43 EST/11:43 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    We have posted the review of the Microsoft SideWinder Force Feedback Pro Joystick. Here is a snippet of the review:

    Well it took some doing but I finally picked up Microsoft's SideWinder Force Feedback Pro Joystick. After all the hype and rave reviews I was set to see if this device lived up to all it has been made out to be.

    With its 16-bit onboard processor as well as Microsoft's digital-optical technology to add the sensation of touch to the game experience, this device provides true-to-life feedback right from subtle sensations to raw power forces. You experience multiple forces simultaneously and even feel which direction the forces come from. With over one million sold Microsoft has indeed taken serious gamers to a new level.

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  • ActiveWin: Windows Millennium Edition - Review
    Time: 05:43 EST/10:43 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Byron Hinson

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

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

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  • Patch Available for "Active Setup Download" Vulnerability
    Time: 02:29 EST/07:29 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Product Security | Posted By: Alex Harris

    Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in an ActiveX  control that ships with Microsoft(r) Internet Explorer. The vulnerability could be used to  overwrite files on the computer of a user who visited a malicious web site operator's  site. Frequently asked questions regarding this vulnerability and the patch can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/fq00-042.asp

    Issue
    The Active Setup Control allows .cab files to be downloaded to a user's computer as part  of the installation process for software updates. However, the control has two flaws.  First, it treats all Microsoft-signed .cab files as trusted, thereby allowing them to be installed without asking the user's approval. Second, it provides a method by which the  caller can specify a download location on the user's hard drive. In combination, these two  flaws would allow a malicious web site operator to download a Microsoft-signed .cab file as a means of overwriting a file on the user's machine. By overwriting system files, this  could allow the malicious user to render the machine unusable. It is important to note that there is no capability via this vulnerability to actually  install the software that has been downloaded - the vulnerability only allows files to be  overwritten, in a denial of service attack. System File Protection in Windows 2000 would  prevent an attack like this one from being used to overwrite system files.

    Patch Availability
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/download/critical/patch8.htm Note: The patch also will be available shortly on WindowsUpdate. When this happens, we  will modify this bulletin to provide specific information on obtaining it. Note: The patches require IE 4.01 Service Pack 2 or IE 5.01 to install. Customers using  versions prior to these may receive a message reading "This update does not need to be  installed on this system". This message is incorrect. More information is available in KB  article Q265258. Note Additional security patches are available at the Microsoft Download Center

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News Headlines For Thursday 29th June 2000
MSN - Asheron's Call Interview
  • THCG Announces Microsoft Israel Joins Zinook as Founding Sponsor
    Time: 11:05 EST/16:05 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    THCG, INC. (Nasdaq:THCG - news), a leading architect and builder of global Internet enterprises, today announced that Zinook, its global econet for seed stage companies, entrepreneurs, angel investors and service providers has entered into an agreement with Microsoft Israel (Nasdaq:MSFT - news; ``Microsoft'') in which Microsoft is to become a founding sponsor of Zinook. Zinook (www.zinook.com) brings simplicity, efficiency and speed to the process of seed investing on a global basis, combining the three critical elements of THCG's unique V3 concept: Venture Development, Venture Banking and Venture Funding. Together, Microsoft and Zinook will seek to accelerate the development of selected next generation Israeli technology successes.

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  • BioNetrix to Support Microsoft Windows for Smart Cards
    Time: 11:05 EST/16:05 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    In a move to capture a bigger share of the fast-growing authentication market, BioNetrix Systems Corporation, the leading provider of direct personal assurance products and services, today announced that it will support Microsoft Windows for Smart Cards in the company's flagship product, the BioNetrix Authentication Suite(TM). The combination of Microsoft Windows for Smart Cards and the BioNetrix Authentication Suite offers a robust platform for conclusively verifying users accessing critical business information and applications.

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  • Interview with Scott Herrington: Lead Producer on Asheron's Call
    Time: 06:07 EST/11:07 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    We have posted up our interview with the lead producer of Microsoft's massive online multiplayer game Asheron's Call. The interview features questions about spells, graphics, Asheron's Call 2 and the chances of seeing it on the X-Box.

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  • Ellison makes no apology to Microsoft
    Time: 04:24 EST/09:24 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Alex Harris

    Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison is making no apologies for funding an investigation of what he called "Microsoft's covert activities." At a pre-scheduled software strategy press conference at Oracle headquarters in Redwood Shores, Calif., Ellison said he was proud to inform the public about Microsoft's behavior because Microsoft's anti-competitive tactics are unparalleled in the high-tech industry.

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  • Emachines offers preview of MSN Internet appliance
    Time: 04:22 EST/09:22 GMT | News Source: CNet | Posted By: Alex Harris

    Emachines gave a sneak peek today at its upcoming low-cost Internet appliance, a version of the MSN Web Companion--but whether consumers will want the stripped-down PCs remains unclear.

    The MSN Web Companion that Emachines detailed today will have no CD-ROM, floppy or hard disk drive. Like other Microsoft Network-based devices being produced by PC makers and consumer electronics companies, Emachines' unit will use Microsoft's Windows CE operating system to connect directly to the Internet through Microsoft's MSN service. The device will hit shelves and Web sites this fall.

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  • Dell Announces MSN Plans, Audio Receiver
    Time: 04:20 EST/09:20 GMT | News Source: PC World | Posted By: Alex Harris

    In a continuing effort to make Dell PCs the center of a consumer's "Internet experience," the company announced here Tuesday plans to offer a special Dell/Microsoft MSN Internet service as well as a Dell-branded digital music receiver based on S3 technology.

    The PC will remain the predominant method for accessing the Internet, says Stephan Godevais, vice president and general manager of home and small-business products at Dell. Down the road, he sees the home PC as the hub that connects a network of household appliances to a broadband pipe running out to the Internet.

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News Headlines For Wednesday 28th June 2000
Windows 2000 Sales - Pentium 4
  • Intel Announces Pentium® 4 Brand Name For New Microprocessor
    Time: 15:18 EST/20:18 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Intel Corporation today announced the Intel® Pentium® 4 processor brand name for its new generation of desktop microprocessors (formerly code-named Willamette).

    The new Pentium 4 name builds upon one of the world's most recognized brands to convey the most powerful personal computing experience. Scheduled to be introduced in the second half of 2000, the new Pentium 4 processor is based on revolutionary technology designed to maximize performance today and in the future, keeping consumers on the cutting edge of the Internet.

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  • Microsoft Chooses Euroseek as Its Search Engine
    Time: 14:18 EST/19:18 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft and Euroseek have entered into a Nordic co-operation agreement which will provide access to Euroseek's search engine on Microsoft's MSN and Internet Explorer portals. The Swedish company Euroseek (www.euroseek.com), with Internet services such as portals, search engines, information, entertainment, e-commerce and wireless broadband access, has entered into a Nordic co-operation agreement with Microsoft in Kista. ``The co-operation agreement with Microsoft will result in more visitors to Euroseek's search engine and greater exposure for the Euroseek brand,'' says Catherine Sahlgren, Managing Director of Euroseek.

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  • Sun says C# is no Java killer
    Time: 14:13 EST/19:13 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    The first shots in the C# versus Java battle have been fired, with Sun claiming that Microsoft has submitted a confusing and incomplete technology to an inappropriate standards committee.

    Sun (Nasdaq: SUNW) engineers have been combing through technical information on C# since Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) released it on Monday and say it is no Java killer. They say that although they can't tell exactly what C# does because Microsoft's documentation is incomplete, they believe that C# is "the next revision of C or C++" tied back to the Windows platform.

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  • PFN Appoints Former Microsoft Network Architect As Chief Technology Officer
    Time: 14:13 EST/19:13 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Reaffirming the strength of its technology, business model and vision, PFN, Inc. announced today it has appointed Jeffrey Wheeler, the former Network Architect in Microsoft Corporation's Information Technology Group (ITG), as its Chief Technology Officer. In this role, Wheeler will institute and manage PFN's Research and Development and Interoperability facility where engineers will advance PFN's patented business communications network infrastructure technology and expand the Company's policy-based networking initiatives.

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  • Microsoft Releases Commerce Server 2000 Beta to Customers
    Time: 09:24 EST/14:24 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Today at PC EXPO 2000, Microsoft Corp. announced that the beta version of Microsoft® Commerce Server 2000 is now available for customers to test and evaluate. A major upgrade to Site Server 3.0 Commerce Edition, Commerce Server 2000 is designed to meet the challenges of next-generation e-business. In addition to the broad new functionality in Commerce Server 2000 for personalization, user and catalog management, and sophisticated business analytics, Microsoft and industry partners announced compatible products that build on and tightly integrate with Commerce Server 2000 in the areas of content management and business analytics. The final product release is scheduled for this fall.

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  • Microsoft and Interwoven Announce Content Express For Microsoft Commerce Server 2000
    Time: 09:24 EST/14:24 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Today at PC EXPO 2000, Microsoft Corp. and Interwoven Inc. (Nasdaq "IWOV"), the leading provider of enterprise-class content-management software, announced the beta release of Content Express for Microsoft® Commerce Server 2000. Microsoft and Interwoven worked together on Content Express, which is designed to enable business users to easily create and manage content for e-commerce solutions built using Microsoft Commerce Server 2000 and the Microsoft Windows® DNA 2000 platform. In a related announcement, Microsoft Commerce Server 2000 beta release was announced today. The Content Express beta release is available via the Interwoven Web site at http://www.interwoven.com/cs2000/.

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  • MSN and eMachines to Raise the Bar for Simplicity on the Internet
    Time: 09:23 EST/14:23 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    The MSN network of Internet services and eMachines Inc. (Nasdaq "EEEE") the third-largest vendor of desktop PCs sold through U.S. retailers, today announced they plan to work together to provide consumers with an MSN® Companion device later this year. Further delivering on the MSN vision of the Everyday Web, the new device, to be sold by eMachines, will be designed to make it simple for users to get online, surf the Internet and communicate with others.

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  • IBM, Microsoft and Champion Computer Corporation Team Up To Offer Integrated Solutions With BackOffice Server 4.5 on Select Netfinity Servers for Branch Offices and Medium-Sized Businesses
    Time: 09:23 EST/14:23 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    IBM, Microsoft Corp. and Champion Computer Corporation announced the Business Champions' Advantage, featuring Microsoft® BackOffice® Server running on solution-optimized IBM® Netfinity® servers, at the PC EXPO 2000 trade show today.

    The first of the Business Champions' Advantage program's two solutions features the Netfinity 5100 Server. It is designed to appeal to branch offices of larger companies seeking a turnkey solution to allow standardization on a common hardware and software configuration across the organization, and it is priced at $12,829.

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  • Demand for Windows 2000 Exceeds Expectations Backed by Unparalleled Customer and Industry Support
    Time: 04:45 EST/09:45 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Alex Harris

    Microsoft Corp. today announced reaching several milestones with the Microsoft® Windows® 2000 product line -- achievements that reflect momentous customer and industry support for the platform. Sales of the Windows 2000 operating system license are expected to exceed 3 million by June 30. The company exceeded its goal of obtaining at least 100 "Certified for Windows" applications while training more than 266,000 IT professionals on the platform to date. The expected summer release of Windows 2000 Service Pack 1 (SP1) remains on target, and is expected to further drive deployment of the business platform.

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  • SunGard, Intel, Microsoft collaborating on first 64-bit solutions for financial industry
    Time: 04:43 EST/09:43 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Daily News | Posted By: Alex Harris

    With the huge number of variables financial services companies track, it’s no surprise that they demand high-performance solutions.

    And Microsoft, Intel Corporation and SunGard are working together to provide those solutions. At the Securities Industry Association's Technology Management Conference and Exhibit last week, the three companies announced they are collaborating on the first 64-bit eProcessing solutions for the financial services industry to run on a 64-bit version of the Microsoft® Windows® operating system and 64-bit Intel® Architecture (IA-64) Intel Itanium™ processor-based systems. eProcessing refers to SunGard's solutions for online trading and account services that automate and integrate business-to-business processes.

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  • Microsoft announces BizTalk™ Framework 2.0 with SOAP support, reliable messaging
    Time: 04:39 EST/09:39 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Daily News | Posted By: Alex Harris

    A new framework from Microsoft will ease the exchange of business information over the Internet.

    Microsoft has released a draft of Microsoft® BizTalk™ Framework 2.0, which provides open specifications for the design and development of XML-based solutions that enable communication between applications and organizations. The new version is compliant with Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) 1.1 to increase interoperability across platforms and languages. Other enhancements include specifications for reliable server-to-server messaging that guarantees exactly-once delivery of business documents over the Internet, and the addition of Multi-Part MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) encoding guidelines.

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  • APIs: Microsoft's Hidden Full Nelson
    Time: 04:32 EST/09:32 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Alex Harris

    Want to know how Microsoft will try to take over the Web?

    They'll use the same bag of tricks they used to dominate the PC. And the most powerful trick is a morsel of computer knowledge well known to developers but obscure to almost everyone else: Application programming interfaces (APIs).

    APIs are functions that allow software applications to talk to one another. Control over them is a key weapon Microsoft wields to make sure its software works better on Windows -- which is just another software application -- than anybody else's. The judge in the Microsoft antitrust case ruled that Microsoft must make its APIs open and available and, of course, Microsoft has balked and appealed.

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  • Microsoft blasts Oracle's secret probe
    Time: 04:30 EST/09:30 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Alex Harris

    The years-long war of rhetoric between the software industry's leading rivals ratcheted up another rung late Tuesday after Oracle admitted it had hired a detective agency to investigate Microsoft's allies.

    In a prepared statement, Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL) acknowledged that it had hired the detective agency of Investigative Group International Inc. as part of a year-long effort to surface the relationship between Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) and lobbying and trade groups supporting the software giant during its antitrust fight with the government.

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  • Microsoft ships 3 million copies of Windows 2000
    Time: 04:26 EST/09:26 GMT | News Source: CNet | Posted By: Alex Harris

    Microsoft says that by Friday it expects to have shipped out more than 3 million copies of its most crucial new product: the Windows 2000 operating system for businesses.

    The company said Windows 2000 sales remain strong as computer makers ship PCs and servers, which run Internet sites and corporate networks, with the software installed. Yet analysts have said sales of Windows 2000 for servers, released in February, are slower than they expected.

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News Headlines For Tuesday 27th June 2000
Win Me
  • Microsoft Pocket PC Goes Wireless With Aether Systems
    Time: 09:22 EST/14:22 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Today at PC EXPO 2000 Microsoft Corp. and Aether Systems Inc. announced the launch of a simple and convenient integrated wireless solution for Microsoft® Windows®-powered Pocket PCs. Aether’s wireless Enterprise ISP service for Pocket PCs will provide a single point of purchase where businesses can obtain everything they need -- device, modem and service -- to get customers or employees up and running with a wireless Pocket PC.

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  • Microsoft Unveils BizTalk Framework 2.0
    Time: 09:22 EST/14:22 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Furthering its commitment to the Extensible Markup Language (XML) and open industry standards, Microsoft Corp. today released a draft of the MicrosoftÒ BizTalk™ Framework version 2.0. This newest version of the BizTalk Framework has been redefined to be SOAP 1.1 (Simple Object Access Protocol) compliant, thereby allowing BizTalk Framework XML documents to travel over a network in the form of SOAP messages. In addition, version 2.0 has been extended to include specifications for reliable server-to-server messaging, guaranteeing exactly-once delivery of business documents over the Internet. Multi-Part MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) encoding guidelines also have been added to the framework to support the inclusion of one or more non-XML attachments within a BizTalk message. Microsoft BizTalk Server 2000 will support BizTalk Framework 2.0 as the protocol for reliable interoperability over the Internet.

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  • Microsoft and Franklin Electronic Publishers Bring Microsoft Reader To Franklin’s eBookman
    Time: 09:22 EST/14:22 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Franklin Electronic Publishers Inc. (NYSE: FEP), a worldwide provider of handheld reading devices, and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq "MSFT") today announced that the two companies will work together to incorporate Microsoft® Reader into Franklin’s new line of next-generation multimedia eBook devices.

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  • New Way to Drive Net Content: DigitalDashboard
    Time: 06:05 EST/11:05 GMT | News Source: BetaNews | Posted By: Alex Harris

    Microsoft's Digital Dashboard Resource Kit 2.0 is now available, this resource kit is "Microsoft's Internet standards-based framework for creating Web Parts and customizable digital dashboards." You can download it to learn about the so called 'second-generation digital dashboards.' Digital Dashboards are customizable by end users, and are presented new way to distribute Web-based services to the desktop with 'Web Parts'. Check out the Digital Dashboard Site for more info.

    Or take a look at the Online Demo

    http://www.microsoft.com/solutions/km/DDdemo.htm

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  • Microsoft, Compaq, Intel announce program to speed time to market for Internet startups
    Time: 06:00 EST/11:00 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Daily News | Posted By: Alex Harris

    The sooner Internet startups get to market, the sooner they can start earning profits.

    Now they'll be able to get online faster—and with top-notch technology. Microsoft, Compaq and Intel have announced a new program called speedStart, which provides products, services and resources to help Internet startups rapidly deploy scalable, reliable business solutions that build on the Microsoft® Windows® DNA 2000 platform. Businesses can apply for membership and find more information at the speedStart portal.

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  • SunGard, Intel, Microsoft collaborating on first 64-bit solutions for financial industry
    Time: 05:58 EST/10:58 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Daily News | Posted By: Alex Harris

    With the huge number of variables financial services companies track, it’s no surprise that they demand high-performance solutions.

    And Microsoft, Intel Corporation and SunGard are working together to provide those solutions. At the Securities Industry Association's Technology Management Conference and Exhibit last week, the three companies announced they are collaborating on the first 64-bit eProcessing solutions for the financial services industry to run on a 64-bit version of the Microsoft® Windows® operating system and 64-bit Intel® Architecture (IA-64) Intel Itanium™ processor-based systems. eProcessing refers to SunGard's solutions for online trading and account services that automate and integrate business-to-business processes.

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  • It's An IE World (Wide Web)
    Time: 05:56 EST/10:56 GMT | News Source: Wired | Posted By: Alex Harris

    Microsoft has won the browser war.

    Over 86 percent of computers with Web browsers have Internet Explorer installed, according to the latest figures from research firm WebSideStory Inc.

    Netscape's once-dominant browser has slipped to an all-time low of just under 14 percent as of June 18, WebSideStory says.

    A remarkable jump of 20 percent in the last two months has cemented IE's position as market leader, and relegated the firm that popularized the Web browser and the Internet to a potential footnote in computing history.

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  • Allegiance Version 1.21 Live on Retail Servers and Readme file
    Time: 05:52 EST/10:52 GMT | News Source: Planet Allegiance | Posted By: Alex Harris

    I just read on Planet Allegiance that the latest Shadow Server version of Allegiance has been moved over to the Retail servers! This means that the Rixians should be available for Allegiance Zone subscribers. They have also posted the Readme file of what changes have been done with this patch. Here is a snippet of it, but for the full readme file head over to Planet Allegiance:

    • User interface changes:
      • If you have changes yout input configuration, you will need to remap your keys.
      • The pilots of a ship with turrets can "promote" a turret gunner: the pilot and gunner swap roles. Shift-Y, shift-U, shift-I & shift-O to promote turret 1 - 4.
      • Probes and minefields display a "time left" bar in the "all" radar mode.
      • The radar icons for treasures have changed slightly. In most radar modes:
        • Treasures that will, if recovered, give your side a new technology are shown with a 'T' icon.
        • Powerups are shown with a lightning bolt icon.
        • "Useful" treasures (e.g. missiles that your ship can launch, or ammo if you have a mounted weapon that uses ammo) are shown with a "+" icon.
      • If you are ripcording, the sector mini-map will display a red triangle in the sectors were you will ripcord to another ship and a red diamond in the sectors where you will ripcord to either a teleport probe or a teleport receiver.

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  • Windows 2000 Tweak Guide
    Time: 05:50 EST/10:50 GMT | News Source: 3DRage | Posted By: Alex Harris

    3DRage.com have posted a Windows 2000 Tweak Guide. Here is a snippet of it:

    Now that you've made the transition to the Windows 2000 environment, or just have it set up in a dual boot configuration as suggested in our Dual-Boot Win98/Win2k guide, it's about time to do a little tweaking in order to optimize your performance so that this operating system will become even more powerful than it already is. While Windows 2000 is a substantially more powerful operating system than Windows 98, there are still hundreds of tweaks than can be applied as a performance enhancer, or to make for easier accessibility to certain folders or items of the operating system(like the tweak to put the Control Panel on the Start Menu in Windows 98). This guide will be an on-going process to keep users up to date with the best tweaks for Windows 2000 as soon as they come to my attention.

    You can read more of the Tweak Guide here.

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  • Microsoft strikes at Sun's Java with new standard
    Time: 05:40 EST/10:40 GMT | News Source: CNet | Posted By: Alex Harris

    Microsoft today announced it has submitted a new Java-like software programming language to an industry standards group, hoping to succeed where rival and Java creator Sun Microsystems has failed.

    As reported earlier, Microsoft has proposed its new language, called C# (pronounced "see sharp") to an industry standards body called ECMA. As first reported by CNET News.com, with C#, Microsoft aims to make it easier and faster for software developers to build Web-based services and is part of the company's new software strategy, announced last week.

    Analysts say C# offers features that are similar to Java, a programming language that has long been considered a threat to Microsoft. Java is touted by Sun, IBM, Oracle and dozens of others as the language developers can use to write software that is compatible with all types of computers and operating systems. Microsoft has in the past steered developers to write software that runs only on Windows.

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  • Windows Me To MSDN Subscribers - Very Soon
    Time: 05:22 EST/10:22 GMT | News Source: E-Mail | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Received an e-mail from the MSDN mailing lists that states that Windows Me should appear on the subscribers download page any time now (So assume this week like the press get it)

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  • The .NET Future…
    Time: 05:22 EST/10:22 GMT | News Source: Brad Wardell | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Yesterday Microsoft outlined its .net strategy.There is a good article on it at ZDNet about it. http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/news/0,4586,2592779,00.html?chkpt=zdhpnews01

    Microsoft’s plan might seem foggy at first but what it essentially amounts to is switching the focus from buying products to subscribing to services. In a few years, a majority of the computing public will be wired to the Internet via a high speed connection.  This will transform the way we work and play on our computers.

    There will be services that allow you to get your daily work and play done (subscribing to access the latest/greatest word processors and games) which we’ll call “content services” and there will be a service underneath all this that connect you to all your devices and data seamlessly which we’ll call ROOT.NET.

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  • Server Change
    Time: 05:22 EST/10:22 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    A quick note to tell you that our server change over to an Windows 2000 machine should be happening any time in the next day or so (Just await the change as everything is on the new server already). There won't now be any downtime and updates will start to continue from today onwards. This means ASP pages, streaming Windows Media etc will start to be used on the site more and more.

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News Headlines For Monday 26th June 2000
Win Me
  • Microsoft Introduces Highly Productive .NET Programming Language: C#
    Time: 14:17 EST/19:17 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT - news) today announced Microsoft® C# (``C sharp''), a modern, object-oriented programming language built from the ground up to exploit the power of XML-based Web services on the .NET platform, which was announced last week at Forum 2000. With its Visual C++® development system heritage, C# will enable millions of C and C++ developers to use existing skills to rapidly build sophisticated XML-based .NET applications. To simplify integration and interoperability, Microsoft is working with ECMA, an international standards body, to create a standard for C#, enabling multiple vendors to deliver the language and supporting tools. Full details about C# and related technologies, as well as an early technical preview release, will be provided at the upcoming Professional Developers Conference (PDC), July 11, in Orlando, Fla.

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  • EU Officials Says Microsoft Pursuit Will Continue
    Time: 14:17 EST/19:17 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    European Competition Commissioner Mario Monti said Monday his agency will continue to investigate Microsoft Corp.'s (NasdaqNM:MSFT - news) alleged anti-competitive behavior in Europe, no matter what happens in a similar case in the United States or in the presidential race.

    Microsoft is appealing a landmark court ruling it abused monopoly power to prevent competitors from springing up to its Windows operating system. A U.S. judge this month ordered the company split in two to end the abuses, but delayed the break- up until appeals are completed.

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  • Microsoft Browser Share at an All-Time High
    Time: 10:07 EST/15:07 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    WebSideStory, Inc. (http://www.websidestory.com), a provider of real-time Internet intelligence and Web audience analysis, today reported that 86.08% of Internet surfers worldwide use Microsoft Internet Explorer. The figure, as reported at WebSideStory's StatMarket on June 18, 2000, represents an all-time high.

    StatMarket (www.statmarket.com) is an Internet intelligence service that gathers and reports data on global Internet user trends. StatMarket's statistics are collected from more than 50 million visitors a day to tens of thousands of Web sites using WebSideStory's HitBox Web audience analysis technology. StatMarket's information is gathered in real-time and reported daily.

    Usage of Internet Explorer has climbed steadily in the past 18 months, from 64.60% on Feb. 8,1999, StatMarket reported.

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  • Microsoft's Rob Green Joins MediaBay's Technology Advisory Board
    Time: 10:07 EST/15:07 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    MediaBay, Inc. (Nasdaq: MBAY - news), the leading provider of premium spoken word audio content and products in hard goods and digital download formats, announced today that Rob Green, Business Development Manager, Digital Media Division at Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT - news), has joined its Technology Advisory Board.

    ``Rob is a valuable addition to our Technology Advisory Board. He has a strong background in emerging technologies, business development and digital media. He also has significant experience working with numerous digital media and technology companies. We are confident that Rob will be an asset to our company as we continue to execute our strategy to maintain and extend our leadership position in the digital audio download space,'' said Michael Herrick, chief executive officer and president of MediaBay, Inc.

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  • The Windows Me Generation Is Here
    Time: 10:07 EST/15:07 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Justice Department lawyers might think it no coincidence that Microsoft has chosen Sept. 14 as the release date for Windows Me. On Sept. 14, 1901, President McKinley took his last gasp, eight days after being shot by Leon Czolgosz. And in Microsoft's case, Windows Me (Millennium Edition) will be the last gasp for Windows 98, which was supposed to have been replaced by Windows 2000 but will instead be replaced by something still in development, code-named Whistler. Meanwhile, Windows 2000 is the new name for Windows NT. Is that conspiracy, or what?

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News Headlines For Thursday 22nd June 2000
NGWS Visions - Win Me
  • Microsoft .NET: A Platform for the Next Generation Internet
    Time: 14:20 EST/19:20 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Forum 2000  HomeToday at Forum 2000, Microsoft announced a new generation of software, called Microsoft .NET, that will enable every developer, business and consumer to benefit from the powerful combination of a variety of new Internet devices and programmable Web services that characterize the Next Generation Internet. Melding the best of computing and communications, and based on Internet standards such as XML and SOAP, Microsoft .NET helps advance the Internet’s transformation from HTML-based presentation to programmable XML-based information. By giving customers the Web the way they want it, Microsoft .NET services, products and tools will give businesses the power to engage seamlessly and securely with customers and partners, and provide consumers with an integrated, secure and easy-to-use Internet experience.

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  • Microsoft Unveils Vision for Next Generation Internet
    Time: 14:20 EST/19:20 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Signaling a new era of personal empowerment and business opportunity for consumers, businesses and software developers, Microsoft Corp. today unveiled the vision and road map for its next generation of software and services, the Microsoft® .NET platform. Capitalizing on the explosion of Internet-based computing and communications, Microsoft .NET (pronounced "dot-net") will provide easier, more personalized and more productive Internet experiences by harnessing constellations of smart devices and Web sites with advanced software through Internet protocols and formats.

    This new family of Microsoft .NET products and technologies replaces the previous working title of Next Generation Windows Services (NGWS) and includes software for developers to build next-generation Internet experiences as well as power a new breed of smart Internet devices. Microsoft also announced plans for new products built on the .NET platform, including new generations of the Microsoft Windows® operating system, Windows DNA servers, Microsoft Office, the MSN™ network of Internet services and the Visual Studio® development system.

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  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01 SP1 Mess Up
    Time: 14:19 EST/19:19 GMT | News Source: E-Mail | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    For those who haven't noticed yet, Microsoft has removed the link relating to Internet Explorer 5.01 SP1 from there website. This is because for the 2nd week in a row the web publishers for Microsoft have posted about a product that wasn't supposed to be launched yet (They posted that Internet Explorer 5.5 final was out a week or so ago). We will post here as soon as either of them are available to download.

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  • Microsoft's NGWS: No easy answers
    Time: 11:07 EST/16:07 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Forget the possibility of company breakup. Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) officials and many market watchers have claimed that one of Microsoft’s biggest stumbling blocks, in terms of product development going forward, could be a court-mandated two-way breakup of the Redmond, Wash., juggernaut. In reality, Microsoft's biggest challenge in repositioning itself to sell software as a service will come from within, according to companies that already have taken the hosting and subscription-license plunges.

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  • Big Q denies W2k Alpha reports
    Time: 11:06 EST/16:06 GMT | News Source: The Register | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Compaq will not port Windows 2000 to the Alpha processor, it confirmed today. That follows a report in WinInfo, labelled exclusive, which suggested that the departure of senior VP Enrico Pesatori had led to the firm changing its mind about the platform. Richard George, marketing director of Compaq Europe, firmly squashed the reports this morning.

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  • Microsoft To Unveil Future Software
    Time: 05:53 EST/10:53 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft's new chief software architect, Bill Gates, will take the stage at the company's headquarters on Thursday and reveal what he's been up to since he stepped down as chief executive officer in January. According to analysts who watch the company, it had better be good.

    Microsoft is hosting a group of journalists and analysts to discuss the company's technological roadmap, gathered under the ungainly title of Next-Generation Windows Services. The company hopes to bring the popular features of Windows and its Microsoft Office software to the Internet, allowing customers to access them through a Web browser for a subscription fee, instead of purchasing the software all at once.

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  • Microsoft Soars After Judge Stays Restrictions
    Time: 05:53 EST/10:53 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Shares in Microsoft Corp. (NasdaqNM:MSFT - news), dogged in recent weeks by antitrust woes, jumped on Wednesday after the trial judge froze a set of tough restrictions on its operations. Microsoft opened about $2 a share higher and rose steadily to 80-11/16, up 5-3/4 on the Nasdaq. Volume was heavy, with 80.2 million shares trading compared with a daily average of 38.6 million shares. Microsoft was the most active stock on the exchange.

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  • Windows ME the last Win9x OS? Maybe not...
    Time: 05:52 EST/10:52 GMT | News Source: The Register | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Just when you're getting used to the idea that Windows ME really is the last of the Win9x line of operating systems, you get a hint that maybe it's not, after all. Once upon a time Win98 was officially the last of the Win9x line, but since then Microsoft has put out two more upgrades, Win98 SE last year and now Windows ME - the latter is almost certainly definitely the last, but if it is, what's Tiger?

    The Register has received information that bugs logged from the ME development programme have been sent to a mysterious new project, codenamed Tiger. Although we can't as yet confirm the truth of this, the information is claimed to have come from Microsoft developers who worked on Windows ME.

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News Headlines For Wednesday 21st June 2000
Case Goes To High Court
  • Internet Explorer 5.01 SP1 Released
    Time: 18:25 EST/23:25 GMT | News Source: E-Mail | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    For those of you who don't see a reason to wait for Internet Explorer 5.5 - Microsoft has today released service pack 1 for Internet Explorer 5.01. You can download it direct from the Microsoft Internet Explorer website.

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  • MS, Sun And Linux Sell Power Users
    Time: 17:59 EST/22:59 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft, Sun Microsystems and other operating system vendors will try to impress the high-powered financial services industry this week with top-of-the-line offerings.

    The companies are expected to claim ownership of the high-end crown at the Securities Industry Association show -- a showcase event for vendors, integrators and customers in the financial services market, where reliability and scalability are key requirements.

    Microsoft is slated to provide an update on one of its high-end operating system releases -- its 64-bit edition of Windows 2000, a product that has yet to go to beta test, but which company officials continue to promise will ship simultaneously with Intel's IA-64 processor family at the end of this year. Microsoft has offered a few previous sneak peaks of pre-alpha versions of this release, the latest at Networld+Interop in early May.

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  • Microsoft Soars After Judge Stays Restrictions
    Time: 17:59 EST/22:59 GMT | News Source: Yahoo | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Shares in Microsoft Corp., dogged in recent weeks by antitrust woes, rose 7 percent on Wednesday after the trial judge froze a set of tough restrictions on its operations.

    Microsoft opened about $2 a share higher and rose steadily to 81-3/4, up 6-13/16, by late afternoon on the Nasdaq, its highest level in two months. Volume was heavy, with 73.7 million shares trading compared with a daily average of 38.6 million shares.

    Microsoft's shares had tumbled from a 52-week high of 119-15/16 set last December, falling as low as 60-3/8 following the judge's April ruling against the company.

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  • Microsoft to take wraps off new Windows strategy
    Time: 17:40 EST/22:40 GMT | News Source: CNet | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft tomorrow plans to unveil its vision for Web-based computing, as a looming antitrust battle and tougher competition cloud the software giant's future.

    Microsoft is expected to disclose a new strategy to develop Internet-based software and services called Next Generation Windows Services (NGWS). Chairman Bill Gates, CEO Steve Ballmer and other executives are scheduled to announce the new initiative at company headquarters in Redmond, Wash.

    Along with fighting government officials intent on breaking up the company--and potentially derailing the new software strategy--Microsoft also is battling competitors. While the company is promoting the announcement as its biggest in five years, analysts say that other software makers are embarking on the same road and that Microsoft may be playing catch-up.

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  • MS, GE offer home networking protocol
    Time: 13:09 EST/18:09 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Alex Harris

    Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) is working with General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) to develop a standard for lightweight home-control networking. At the Home Automation Show and Conference in Chicago, Microsoft demonstrated a version of the Simple Control Protocol, a lightweight, royalty-free networking technology for devices such as smart appliances and home-control products. Microsoft said SCO is compatible with universal plug-and-play technology.

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  • Microsoft embraces tool to boost Web privacy
    Time: 13:09 EST/18:09 GMT | News Source: CNet | Posted By: Alex Harris

    Making good on an earlier promise, Microsoft said today it will add to its software a technology that controls how much information Web users reveal.

    Microsoft said it will include support for the Platform for Privacy Preferences (P3P) specification in its Windows operating system and Internet Explorer Web browser next year. The P3P support will be part of the next version of Windows, code-named Whistler. The new version will be based on Windows 2000 and targeted at both home and business users.

    P3P allows Web users to define what types of information they are willing to give, as well as whether they mind sharing that information with outside parties. Internet surfers will receive a warning before visiting sites that go beyond that level.

    Microsoft's embrace of P3P is expected to spur Web sites and other software companies to embrace the privacy technology. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an Internet standards group, is working to finish the P3P specification soon.

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  • HP improves security options for OmniBook mobile users with Windows 2000 and Smart Cards
    Time: 05:40 EST/10:40 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Daily News | Posted By: Alex Harris

    With more people storing sensitive files on notebook PCs, security is a growing concern.

    And in response, Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) has released a new product that builds on the features of Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Professional to protect the security of notebook PCs. The HP Mobile ProtectTools 2000 Smart Card security kit, an accessory available for all HP OmniBook notebook PCs running Windows 2000, capitalizes on key security features in the operating system to protect and authenticate sensitive user data and safeguards data in an encrypted, tamper-proof removable smart card.

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  • Win-win decision in Microsoft case
    Time: 05:35 EST/10:35 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Alex Harris

    In a split decision that awarded something to each side, the judge in the Microsoft antitrust case on Tuesday sent the software maker's appeal directly to the Supreme Court for consideration, acting under a special law that permits the judge to bypass an intermediate court.

    That was something that the government had urged upon U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson, who was considering Microsoft's request to send the case to the appellate court.

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  • Bungie CEO talks Microsoft deal
    Time: 05:33 EST/10:33 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Alex Harris

    Alexander Seropian, founder and CEO of game developer Bungie Software Products Corp., told MacCentral that its acquisition by Microsoft Corp. will stretch, not break, Bungie's current line of Mac and Windows titles.

    Seropian put an optomistic spin on the future of Bungie's products, its corporate culture and its employees. He also commented on the most pressing question many Mac gamers have -- the fate of the company's long-awaited Halo title.

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  • Microsoft Set to Make High-Stakes Internet Gamble
    Time: 05:15 EST/10:15 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. (NasdaqNM:MSFT - news) is set to unveil a sweeping plan to fuse its software with the Internet, even as it battles the U.S. government's antitrust suit stemming from its earlier attempt to do just that.

    Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates on Thursday is to reveal details of so-called Next Generation Windows Services, a strategy he has hammered out during the six months in his new job as the company's ``chief software architect''.

    The announcement is Microsoft's most significant since Gates' ``Pearl Harbor'' speech in December, 1995 that marked the company's assault on cyberspace and led to its Internet browser software that lies at the heart of its current antitrust woes.

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  • Judge Sends Microsoft Case to High Court
    Time: 05:14 EST/10:14 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    The judge in the Microsoft antitrust case sent the company's appeal directly to the Supreme Court, and suspended stringent business restrictions of the software giant he had ordered to take effect in September.

    If the Supreme Court decides to keep the case, a resolution of the landmark trial could come as soon as next year, as the government has urged. Alternatively, the high court could send it to the U.S. Court of Appeals to hear first, which Microsoft supports.

    U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ordered the break-up of the company June 7 to prevent future antitrust violations, but suspended the split until all appeals were finished. Jackson also ordered temporary business restrictions that were to take effect on Sept. 5.

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