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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: TUESDAY OCTOBER 10, 2000

 

Trackball Review

 
  • New Revamped Microsoft WebSite
    Time: 13:39 EST/18:39 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Julien

    Microsoft has just unveiled its new redesigned website frontpage! This new design features a more stylish layout along with a clearer organization for quick access to information. Visit it now!

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  • GTS Teams With Compaq and Microsoft To Launch Europe's Largest Streaming Media Service
    Time: 09:11 EST/14:11 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Global TeleSystems Inc. (GTS) (NYSE "GTS"; Easdaq "GTSG"; Frankfurt "GTS"), the leading provider of e*Business and borderless broadband services across Europe, today launched its new GTS Streaming Media Service with the support of Compaq Computer Corp. and Microsoft Corp. GTS brings together the industry-leading scalability and reliability of the Microsoft® Windows Media™ Services on Windows® 2000 Server, with the expansive network of GTS's eBone, a 10Gbps pan-European IP fiber-optic backbone, and Compaq's industry-leading server technology to create Europe's largest streaming media service. By leveraging the strengths of these two leading technology companies, GTS will create a turnkey digital media service for European media and entertainment businesses, and corporations that will span 20 countries and reach more than 56 European cities.

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  • ActiveWin.Com: Microsoft TrackBall Optical -- Review
    Time: 06:25 EST/11:25 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Julien

    I've just posted my review on the recently released Microsoft TrackBall Optical. Here is a snippet of the review:

    Every computer user knows that using a classic mouse is painful and can even causes wrist pain (after intensive hours of use) that imply some breaks needed to be taken: the exact opposite of productivity those today businesses need. Worst working with a classic mouse isn’t very accurate in terms of screen pointing when you have to edit, create or touch up pictures. Microsoft, probably one of the most innovative hardware suppliers of the world has just released a new pointing device named Microsoft TrackBall Optical. If the concept isn’t really new as TrackBall exists since a lot of years, the architecture of this new one is revolutionary and it obviously uses the new enhanced Microsoft IntelliEye patented technology. Best of all it comes with all the features that made the success of the Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer, such as the scrolling wheel and the two new customizable buttons. The TrackBall concept basis is to provide users with a fixed poiting device that they don’t need to move so they can save space on their desk. It’s really a relief for me to have at last a TrackBall that combines the best of today’s technology: optical sensor, and five buttons!

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: MONDAY OCTOBER 9, 2000

 

MSN - Forums - Jurassic Park Release

 
  • New MSN Explorer Provides the Most Accessible Online Experience
    Time: 09:11 EST/14:11 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Users with disabilities who have had difficulty accessing the Web or using the Internet now have a better option: MSN® Explorer is an ideal combination of integrated services and software with a new accessible interface that offers all users an easy and personal doorway to the Web. A portal and browser in one, the new Microsoft® Internet software provides consumers with a simple, integrated home on the Web that helps them get the most out of their time online and be more productive in life.

    Built from the ground up with accessibility in mind, MSN Explorer has several features designed specifically to help people with disabilities easily use and grow with the product. Unlike the software of several current Internet services, MSN Explorer is compatible with technology aids such as screen readers and screen enlargers.

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  • MSN and eMachines Unveil Low-Cost MSN Companion
    Time: 09:11 EST/14:11 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    MSN and eMachines™ Inc., the third-largest vendor of desktop PCs sold through U.S. retailers, today announced product specifications and retail information on the soon-to-be-available MSN® Companion by eMachines. To provide consumers with simple and affordable devices that facilitate getting online, MSN has joined forces with eMachines to deliver a low-cost MSN-based Internet appliance that enables consumers to connect more easily and communicate more clearly using leading services from the MSN network of Internet services such as the MSN Hotmail® Web-based e-mail service, MSN Search and the MoneyCentral™ online personal finance guide. With the addition of this product, MSN now offers one of the widest range of choices for consumers in the Internet appliance market.

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  • Someone Has Invented Better Mouse
    Time: 09:10 EST/14:10 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft can be a pain in the neck sometimes, but the Redmond, Wash., software giant has a new mouse that eases pains in the wrist - and looks way cool besides. The Trackball Explorer is big - about 7 inches long, 4 inches wide and 2 inches high. Its size and curvilinear shape make it much more conformable than the average mouse and allow you to make larger movements. That eases the wrist pain mouse-jockeying often inflicts upon those of us old enough to remember something called a manual typewriter.

    The trackball itself is a ruby red 2-inch ball surrounded by a glowing red ring. Although the ball feels smooth, below the surface is a pattern resembling little gears. That's a key to the optical technology used to monitor the trackball.

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  • Make MS happy: send in your hooky software
    Time: 06:58 EST/11:58 GMT | News Source: The Register | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft is launching another battlefront in its "war against piracy" which it hopes will bolster customer satisfaction and help it track down the counterfeiters at the same time.

    The idea is that people who think they've bought dodgy kit can send it in to Microsoft along with a signed statement of witness, available here, and proof of purchase. Microsoft promises to acknowledge receipt within two days, and will let the customer know whether the software is genuine or a fake.

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  • ActiveWin: Message Board & Community
    Time: 06:58 EST/11:58 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    The ActiveWin community based at http://communities.msn.com/ActiveWindows
    is going from strength to strength with even more things for you to see and do. The message board is well on the way to becoming one of the most popular ones on the MSN Communities website and has new posts daily so check it out.

    From the middle of this month we should be online with proper ActiveWin forums running directly off of our website instead of the MSN one. This will be inline with our slight redesign that incorporates our news engine.

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  • 'They could kick me off the case,' says MS trial judge
    Time: 06:58 EST/11:58 GMT | News Source: The Register | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft trial judge Thomas Penfield Jackson is accused by Microsoft of judicial misconduct for talking to the press, and it's becoming increasing obvious that this is one hell of an albatross around the good judge's neck. It seems to have become impossible for the press to come within a couple of streets of Jackson without them inducing him to, er, talk to them.

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  • Released This Week: Jurassic Park/The Lost World Collection (2-Disc Set)icon
    Time: 04:00 EST/09:00 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Jurassic Park (1993, 127 minutes) Multimillionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) has a plan for a spectacular new theme park: a secluded island where visitors can observe actual dinosaurs. With the latest development in DNA technology, scientists can clone brachiosaurs, tricerotops, velociraptors and a Tyrannosaurus Rex, using the blood preserved in amber from insects that bit the dinosaurs long ago.

    Paleontologists Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill), Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) are duly impressed with the living results during an advance visit. But when a devious employee tampers with the sophisticated security system, the dinosaurs escape, forcing the visitors to fight for their very survival.

    The Lost World (1997, 129 minutes, Deleted Scenes) The disaster that occurred at Jurassic Park is over. It's been four years since the genetically bred dinosaurs terrorized the scientists and visitors who had come to marvel at their existence. But Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) has just learned some very disturbing news: John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), the billionaire entrepreneur who funded the original Park, has been breeding more dinosaurs at a second, secret location. What's even more shocking to Dr. Malcolm is learning that his girlfriend, paleontologist Sarah Harding (Julianne Moore), is already at the site, studying the dinosaurs.

    Arriving at the island, Dr. Malcolm must not only avoid the dangerous velociraptors and Tyrannosaurus Rex, he must deal with a big game hunter who plans to bag the biggest trophy of his life, and John Hammond’s nephew, who plans to transport dinosaurs to the mainland. Is San Diego ready for dinosaurs roaming its streets?

    Special Features: Documentaries, Interactive Menus, Theatrical Trailer, DVD-ROM Features, Scene Access, Featurette, Cast/Crew Bios, Story Boards, Production Notes, Photo Gallery

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: SATURDAY OCTOBER 7, 2000

 

WEEK IN REVIEW ; New 6.34 Nvidia drivers

 
  • New NVidia Beta Drivers for Windows 9x, Me and Windows 2000
    Time: 14:54 EST/19:54 GMT | News Source: ActiveNetwork | Posted By: Julien

    Less than 24 hours after releasing the 6.32 final Detonator drivers, NVidia has just unleashed a new set of drivers for its whole range of 3d cards. They carry the 6.34 build number (but where the 6.33 release has gone?). You can download the 6.34 drivers directly by selecting the links:

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  • Whistler beta target blows by MS
    Time: 06:09 EST/11:09 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Already behind schedule, Beta 1 of Microsoft's next-generation Windows product, code-named Whistler, is scheduled to debut in late October. But testers of the latest alpha build say that date might be too soon, given the state of the user interface.

    Whistler build 2267, which a few Microsoft partners and testers have downloaded in the past couple of weeks, is slightly more stable than the 2257 alpha release, widely circulated in August. But 2267 is a far cry from even Beta 1 quality, testers said.

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  • ActiveWin.Com: Interview with Richard Seng, Product Manager of PC-Cillin 2000
    Time: 05:54 EST/10:54 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Julien

    We've just posted our interview with Richard Seng, the Product Manager of Trend PC-Cillin 2000, one of the greatest antivirus software available today on the market. Be sure to read it!

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  • AskAW Questions Updated
    Time: 05:53 EST/10:53 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Our AskAW Helpers have been busy answering your e-mail and we have just posted the most recent questions. My computer crashed last evening and twenty of the questions to be posted today were lost and will have to be re answered.  We should have these by the end of the week and I apologize for the trouble.

    We have an archive of questions you might want to search through located at: http://www.activewin.com/askaw/archive/index.shtml

    We seem to be back on track and are just about a week or so behind from when you send in you requests.  Anyone sending in a question will receive a follow-up e-mail stating that a response has been posted. If you have a question that you would like answered then just drop us an e-mail at: askaw@activewin.com.

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  • ActiveWin: Crimson Skies - Review
    Time: 05:52 EST/10:52 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Crimson SkiesI have posted up my review of Microsoft's/Zipper Games recently released flight sim come shoot-em-up Crimson Skies. Here is a snippet:

    The game begins in the sunny surroundings of Hawaii where you start out searching some old ruins for treasure before running into some British enemies. The game manages to take you through Hollywood, the Pacific Northwest and the dark streets of Manhattan in the conclusion to the game.

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  • ActiveWin.Com: Copernic 2000 Pro -- Review
    Time: 05:51 EST/10:51 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Julien

    I've just posted my review on the best internet searching software that exists as far as today: Copernic 2000 Pro. Here is a snippet of the review:

    Every experienced web surfer knows that finding specific information on the Internet is somewhat difficult and very hard sometimes… Using Internet search engines such as Yahoo or AltaVista is obviously helpful but doesn’t return the exact information you may be looking for or they can simply drown you in a vast ocean of answers (2000, 25000, etc.). By example you can try to search for the ‘computers’ word on every search engine of the world and you’ll get an incredible amount of possible results that are almost impossible to sort out. Although you can add to this dark picture, a searching engine only covers a small part of the Internet. To be sure to find the information you need on the Internet use the new release of Copernic 2000 Professional, which will help you and in the process become ultimate software for every serious Internet user. The goal of Copernic 2000, used by more than 7 millions of users worldwide, is to search multiple web engines (Copernic knows more than 600 search engines grouped by different categories) for a specified string at the same time that will be then organized, sorted and affined intelligently to best match your request. Copernic 2000 Professional comes with many useful features that’ll review below.

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  • ActiveWin.Com: Corel Print Office 2000 -- Review
    Time: 05:50 EST/10:50 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Julien

    We've just posted our review on Corel Print Office 2000: an affordable publishing solution software dedicated to home users and small businesses. Here is a snippet of the review:

    Corel, one of the biggest world software maker, has recently announced OEM agreements with various hardware manufacturers like HP to provide end users with a simple, intuitive and powerful software to create high impact documents, websites, photos and more with their new hardware. Here at ActiveWin.Com we decided to review Corel Print Office 2000 to see what users can really do with it. Corel Print Office 2000 is in fact a suit of Corel software, that includes: Corel Print Office 5, Corel Photo House 5, Corel WEB.DESIGNER 2 and Corel Central 9. Corel Print Office 2000 which is also available as a stand alone software, is a small business and home user dedicated software that fulfils users needs to make high impact and professional looking documents.

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  • Microsoft Age of Kings: Update 2.0a
    Time: 05:49 EST/10:49 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Julien

    For those of you who don't already know Microsoft has recently released an update for its best-seller game: Microsoft Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings. This new 2.0a Update many updates and fixes like:

    • The old AI Update.
    • Town Center changes.
    • Improved performance of single player campaign games.
    • Improved overall stability.
    • You can no longer use a fishing ship to build buildings other than a fish trap.
    • The cooperative farming bug has been fixed.
    • A number of computer player and scenario editor bugs have also been fixed.

    You can download multilingual updates by clicking here and selecting your language.

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  • ActiveWin Competition Winner
    Time: 05:45 EST/10:45 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    We officially have a winner in our Nec Competition.

    Glades Krause of the UK is our official winner and her NEC Computer is on it's way.  She has requested no further information to be given out and we shall respect this request.  Our hardy congratulations goes out to her and we thank you all for your entries.  Stayed tuned for further competitions to follow.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: FRIDAY OCTOBER 6, 2000

 

AskAW Questions Posted ; Corel Print Office 2000 Review

 
  • New NVidia Detonator 6.32 Drivers for Windows Me
    Time: 15:34 EST/20:34 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin Posted By: Julien

    NVidia has just released new Detonator 6.32 drivers for its 3d graphics card that are compliant with Windows Me and Windows 9x. This new set of drivers fixes several bugs and brings better support for dual screen feature on GeForce 2 MX boards along with new tweaking settings. Download it right now!

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  • Microsoft to hold Exchange 2000's coming-out party
    Time: 12:22 EST/17:22 GMT | News Source: InfoWorld Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    MICROSOFT'S WORLDWIDE LAUNCH of Exchange 2000 next week will feature a host of partners pledging support for the messaging and collaboration platform.

    Along with traditional Microsoft cronies such as Dell and Compaq, the Redmond, Wash., software giant will use the Microsoft Exchange Conference in Dallas to tout newcomers such as IT Factory, a collaborative applications vendor that until now has worked exclusively with the Lotus Notes platform.

    "Everybody uses Microsoft products like Office and knows what that's like," said Lars Johansen, IT Factory's founder, CEO, and president. "Getting on that familiar ground will make it easy for IT Factory to penetrate."

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  • Microsoft Plans MSN Blitz For Late October
    Time: 06:11 EST/11:11 GMT | News Source: Techweb | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    This is actually old news to readers of this website as we mentioned a few weeks ago that MSN Explorer final is due around October 16th:

    Microsoft Corp. has seen the enemy, and it is AOL. Microsoft (stock: MSFT), Redmond, Wash., plans to launch an array of MSN services later this month, as well as a global marketing and advertising campaign to promote them, according to an internal document reviewed by TechWeb.Leading the charge will be the new MSN Explorer client, to be officially unveiled that day, as well as high-speed DSL and satellite access service in the United States, according to the document. Microsoft and its partners plan to spend over a billion dollars in marketing on this project.

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  • ActiveWin.Com: Corel Print Office 2000 -- Review
    Time: 05:42 EST/10:42 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Julien

    We've just posted our review on Corel Print Office 2000: an affordable publishing solution software dedicated to home users and small businesses. Here is a snippet of the review:

    Corel, one of the biggest world software maker, has recently announced OEM agreements with various hardware manufacturers like HP to provide end users with a simple, intuitive and powerful software to create high impact documents, websites, photos and more with their new hardware. Here at ActiveWin.Com we decided to review Corel Print Office 2000 to see what users can really do with it. Corel Print Office 2000 is in fact a suit of Corel software, that includes: Corel Print Office 5, Corel Photo House 5, Corel WEB.DESIGNER 2 and Corel Central 9. Corel Print Office 2000 which is also available as a stand alone software, is a small business and home user dedicated software that fulfils users needs to make high impact and professional looking documents.

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  • ActiveWin.Com: Interview with Richard Seng, Product Manager of PC-Cillin 2000
    Time: 03:42 EST/08:42 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Julien

    We've just posted our interview with Richard Seng, the Product Manager of Trend PC-Cillin 2000, one of the greatest antivirus software available today on the market. Be sure to read it!

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  • AskAW Questions Updated
    Time: 01:58 EST/06:58 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Our AskAW Helpers have been busy answering your e-mail and we have just posted the most recent questions. My computer crashed last evening and twenty of the questions to be posted today were lost and will have to be re answered.  We should have these by the end of the week and I apologize for the trouble.

    We have an archive of questions you might want to search through located at: http://www.activewin.com/askaw/archive/index.shtml

    We seem to be back on track and are just about a week or so behind from when you send in you requests.  Anyone sending in a question will receive a follow-up e-mail stating that a response has been posted. If you have a question that you would like answered then just drop us an e-mail at: askaw@activewin.com.

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  • Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS00-071) - Patch Available for "Word Mail Merge" Vulnerability
    Time: 01:55 EST/06:55 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Product Security | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in Microsoft(r) Word 2000 and 97. The vulnerability could allow a malicious user to run arbitrary code on a victim's computer without their approval.

    OCX controls are containers that can hold multiple ActiveX controls. A particular OCX control, associated with Windows Media Player, could be used in a denial of service attack against RTF-enabled e-mail clients such as Outlook and Outlook Express. If the affected control were programmatically embedded into an RTF mail and then sent to another user, the user's mail client would fail when he closed the mail. The vulnerability would not cause any lasting effects. The user could resume normal operation by restarting the mail client and deleting the affected mail.

    If an Access database is specified as a data source via DDE in a Word mail merge document, macro code can run without the user's approval when the user opens that document.

    If a user could be enticed into opening a specially constructed mail merge Word document, which was provided either as an e-mail attachment or as a link hosted on a hostile web site, it would be possible to cause arbitrary code to run on the user's machine. For such an attack to succeed, the victim would also need the ability to reach the Access database via a UNC share or file:// protocol. If the user is behind a firewall and security best practices have been followed, the ports required to access the database would be blocked.

    Affected Software Versions - Microsoft Word 2000 - Microsoft Word 97

    Patch Availability: Microsoft Word 2000 - http://officeupdate.microsoft.com/2000/downloadDetails/wrdacc.htm

    Patch Availability: Microsoft Word 97 - Patch will be available shortly.

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  • Microsoft Blames Justice Department For Delays
    Time: 01:51 EST/06:51 GMT | News Source: TechWeb | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft Corp. accused the Justice Department of delaying resolution of the historic antitrust case by unsuccessfully seeking direct review to the Supreme Court, the company said Thursday in part of a battle over scheduling of upcoming courtroom showdowns.

    In its reply to the government's scheduling proposal, Microsoft (stock: MSFT) held steady to its original schedule, putting off courtroom arguments until sometime in spring. Microsoft and the Justice Department have also quibbled over the length of their appeal briefs and the time between them.

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  • Ex-employee accuses Microsoft of racial, gender bias
    Time: 01:49 EST/06:49 GMT | News Source: CNet | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft is being sued for allegedly using a subjective job evaluation process that discriminates against black and female employees.Microsoft "permits managers, who are predominantly white males, to rate employees based upon their own biases rather than based upon merit," Monique Donaldson, a former program manager at Microsoft, states in the suit.

    The twice-yearly evaluations are used to determine salaries, cash bonuses, stock-option awards and promotions, according to the suit, which seeks class-action status. Donaldson claims that more than half of the company's black salaried employees are paid at rates that place them in the lowest quarter of the pay scale.

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  • Bug hunter finds another hole in Microsoft IE browser
    Time: 01:48 EST/06:48 GMT | News Source:CNet | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Only a week has passed since the last time Bulgarian security expert Georgi Guninski exposed a potentially dangerous bug in Microsoft's software, and already he has stumbled upon another problem.

    Guninski's terse "high risk" advisory circulating on the Net this morning warned people using Microsoft's recently released Internet Explorer 5.5 of a security hole that could let a hacker enter their computers and tinker with files.

    An intruder "could not only read files but write and execute programs on a person's computer," said Elias Levy, a SecurityFocus.com analyst and moderator of Bugtraq, where the advisory was posted. "This hole allows someone to reach into the whole computer."

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: THURSDAY OCTOBER 5, 2000

 

MSN & Sprint

 
  • MSN and Sprint Bring Wireless Web to Millions of Users
    Time: 08:53 EST/13:53 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    MSN and Sprint PCS, the first portal to launch wireless services in July 1999, today announced a powerful relationship that bring content and services from MSN® to Internet-ready Sprint PCS Phones. Sprint PCS, the nation's largest 100-percent digital, 100-percent PCS nationwide wireless network, pioneered the wireless Internet as consumers know it today with the nationwide launch of the Sprint PCS Wireless Web last year. With this announcement, Sprint PCS customers will have access to leading services available on MSN, enabling them to stay connected to the people and information they care most about, now through the clarity of their Sprint PCS Internet-ready Phone.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 4, 2000

 

.NET ; Copernic 2000 Pro Review

 
  • ActiveWin.Com: Copernic 2000 Pro -- Review
    Time: 09:38 EST/14:38 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Julien

    I've just posted my review on the best internet searching software that exists as far as today: Copernic 2000 Pro. Here is a snippet of the review:

    Every experienced web surfer knows that finding specific information on the Internet is somewhat difficult and very hard sometimes… Using Internet search engines such as Yahoo or AltaVista is obviously helpful but doesn’t return the exact information you may be looking for or they can simply drown you in a vast ocean of answers (2000, 25000, etc.). By example you can try to search for the ‘computers’ word on every search engine of the world and you’ll get an incredible amount of possible results that are almost impossible to sort out. Although you can add to this dark picture, a searching engine only covers a small part of the Internet. To be sure to find the information you need on the Internet use the new release of Copernic 2000 Professional, which will help you and in the process become ultimate software for every serious Internet user. The goal of Copernic 2000, used by more than 7 millions of users worldwide, is to search multiple web engines (Copernic knows more than 600 search engines grouped by different categories) for a specified string at the same time that will be then organized, sorted and affined intelligently to best match your request. Copernic 2000 Professional comes with many useful features that’ll review below.

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  • States Will Continue Microsoft Suit
    Time: 08:23 EST/13:23 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    No matter what happens to the Microsoft antitrust case (news - web sites) in a future presidential administration, the state attorneys general say they will stand firm in their attempt to break Microsoft in two.

    Reacting to Microsoft's filing this week contesting much of the breakup order, the state law enforcement officials say they are as determined as at the start of their two-year effort to end what they call a monopoly by the world's largest software maker. ``The states are committed to litigate this to conclusion,'' Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said Tuesday. ``We're in for the long haul.''

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  • Govt. Seeks Speedy Microsoft Appeal
    Time: 08:23 EST/13:23 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    The Justice Department (news - web sites) asked an appeals court Tuesday to set a much faster schedule and limit the size of court briefs more than Microsoft wants in its bid to overturn a lower court order to split the software giant in two.

    To underline its argument that the nation's economy requires quick resolution of the case, the department took the rare step of filing its proposed schedule two days before it was due at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The government said the company should be able to reply before its Oct. 10 deadline.

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  • .NET for Healthcare Embraces New Internet Standards to Revolutionize Healthcare
    Time: 08:22 EST/13:22 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Sooner or later, everyone’s a consumer of healthcare. Whether it’s a broken bone, allergies, an irregular heartbeat or something more serious and potentially life threatening, our bodies will at some point require the care of a medical professional. While technology will never replace the expertise and compassion of a living and breathing doctor, it can -- and already does -- have a tremendous impact on the process.

    "We all have a vested interest in solving the problems on the healthcare continuum," says Davide Vigano, director of healthcare and public sector for the Enterprise Solutions Group at Microsoft, which is hosting Windows on Healthcare 2000, the annual meeting of the Microsoft Healthcare Users Group (MS-HUG) this week in Las Vegas. The annual conference draws a range of healthcare professionals -- from providers and payers to suppliers and application developers -- so that they can address the challenges and opportunities of the Internet and Web-enabled technologies for the healthcare industry.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: TUESDAY OCTOBER 3, 2000

 

Crimson Skies Review - Corel & MS

 
  • Microsoft Unveils Powerful New Interactive Learning Tools On Encarta Web Site
    Time: 15:57 EST/20:57 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    A trusted resource since its debut in 1993, the Microsoft® Encarta® encyclopedia, the No.1-selling multimedia encyclopedia brand, provides fast, trusted and dynamic interactive learning resources to users of all ages and interests. Microsoft Corp. today debuted a newly expanded Encarta.com Web site, which offers tools that can help the growing number of consumers who use the Internet to enhance their everyday lives. Encarta.com now features a search engine that recognizes natural language questions, access to distance learning and classroom-based courses, foreign-language learning content and tools, and a helpful section that explains how to do thousands of essential tasks.

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  • Microsoft Launches Encarta Bee Challenge for the 21st-Century Student
    Time: 15:56 EST/20:56 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Get ready, get set ... enter! Microsoft Corp. today kicked off the Encarta® Bee Challenge, a research skills tournament for students from age 13 to 18 that will award the winner a $50,000 scholarship and a once-in-a-lifetime vacation.

    The Encarta Bee Challenge was created to reward students for their ability to efficiently research, analyze and understand questions on history, geography, science and other topics. For a question such as "What sort of an animal is an ibex, known for its huge, back-curving horns?" the student's goal is to research the answer swiftly and give the correct answer, in this case, "a goat."

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  • ActiveWin: Crimson Skies - Review
    Time: 10:16 EST/15:16 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Crimson SkiesI have posted up my review of Microsoft's/Zipper Games recently released flight sim come shoot-em-up Crimson Skies. Here is a snippet:

    The game begins in the sunny surroundings of Hawaii where you start out searching some old ruins for treasure before running into some British enemies. The game manages to take you through Hollywood, the Pacific Northwest and the dark streets of Manhattan in the conclusion to the game.

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  • MS bids to stretch appeal to mid-2001, documentation to moon
    Time: 06:14 EST/11:14 GMT | News Source: The Register | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    "The scope of this case is monumental," Microsoft claimed while asking the court of appeals for a slow-track appeal process over five months. It also wants its principal brief to be 56,000 words - four times longer than is normally allowed - and for its reply brief to be 28,000 words, which is twice the normal length.

    Microsoft wants each side be given 60 days to prepare the initial briefs, and that Microsoft be given 30 days to reply. This would make it April or May before the oral hearing, for which Microsoft wants 90 minutes. An unusual feature of Microsoft's proposal is that it suggests that the court considers requesting supplemental briefs.

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  • Gates' stake in MS - 14 per cent and falling
    Time: 06:14 EST/11:14 GMT | News Source: The Register | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    According to Microsoft's proxy statement, as of 8 September Bill Gates' had only 13.7 per cent of Microsoft's shares (worth $43.9 billion at $60), and Steve Ballmer 4.5 per cent (worth $14.4 billion). The 31 executive officers and directors as a group control 18.8 per cent of the company. Mrs Gates has $12.9 million in shares in her own right.

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  • ActiveDVD News Poster
    Time: 06:02 EST/11:02 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Would you like to help work on some of the most popular websites on the internet? Would you like your work/experience and creative talent be shown to hundreds of thousands of people a month? Are you looking to take your intermediate talents to the professional level or work with some of the most skillful designers on the Internet today? If any of those questions sound good to you then you've found the right place.

    We are willing to provide 20 megabytes of dedicated web space & e-mail to those who decide to join the Active Network. Experience with Front Page 2000 is a must. Does that sound good to you? If you are interested please contact matt@activewin.com

    Note: This is a volunteer position only and you must be 17 years of age or older.

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  • DOJ, Microsoft Face Off on Appeal
    Time: 05:58 EST/10:58 GMT | News Source: Nando InfoTech Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Enumerating 19 separate issues it hopes to address, Microsoft Corp. asked an appeals court Monday for permission to file four times the amount of paperwork on its antitrust appeal. In its scheduling proposal, Microsoft asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to allow briefs of up to 56,000 words from both the software giant and the U.S. Justice Department, with responses of up to 28,000 words each.

    Microsoft also wants 60 days for each side to file their first briefs, and another 30 days for Microsoft to respond to the government's charges.

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  • Corel and Microsoft Announce Strategic Alliance
    Time: 05:50 EST/10:50 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Corel Corporation (NASDAQ: CORL, TSE: COR) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) today announced that they have formed a strategic alliance that will see the two companies expand their relationship to encompass projects related to Microsoft's new .NET initiative.

    As part of this expanded relationship, Microsoft has purchased 24 million non-voting convertible preferred shares at a purchase price of U.S.$5.625 per share or a total purchase price of U.S. $135 million. The companies will also work together to support the development, testing and marketing of new products related to the .NET platform. Joint-marketing initiatives will include participation in product launches and trade show events and representation on mutual Web sites. In addition, both companies have agreed to settle certain legal issues between Corel and Microsoft.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: MONDAY OCTOBER 2, 2000

 

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  • Campaign 2000: Bush, Gore Offer Ideas for Improving Public Education in Microsoft Classroom Teacher Network's Election Curriculum
    Time: 17:22 EST/22:22 GMT | News Source: Microsoft  Press Release | Posted By: Julien

    Imagine that U.S. presidential candidates Al Gore and George W. Bush offered to let you quiz them on their ideas for improving public education, with your questions and their answers beamed to a worldwide audience. What would you ask the nation’s next chief executive? Kathy Adkins, a teacher and instructional technology specialist at Midway Elementary School in Alpharetta, Ga., got that opportunity this summer through a project organized by the Microsoft Education Solutions Group to create innovative teaching materials focusing on the presidential election. Microsoft invited Adkins and nine other educators from around the country to submit a question about an education issue, and then sent the list to the Bush and Gore campaigns. Adkins, whose school has a large Hispanic population, asked Republican nominee Bush and Democratic nominee Gore how they plan to lower the dropout rate among minority and special education students. The responses -- including Bush’s call for larger investments in reading programs and Gore’s proposal of financial rewards for states that raise their graduation rates -- meshed with Adkins’ own belief that "we need more incentives for these students to stay in school and for teachers to work in programs that address these students’ special needs."

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  • ActiveWin Competition Winner
    Time: 16:47 EST/21:47 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    We officially have a winner in our Nec Competition.

    Glades Krause of the UK is our official winner and her NEC Computer is on it's way.  She has requested no further information to be given out and we shall respect this request.  Our hardy congratulations goes out to her and we thank you all for your entries.  Stayed tuned for further competitions to follow.

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  • AutoAlbum Makes It Easy to Organize and Store Digital Photos Automatically
    Time: 09:08 EST/14:08 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Over time, most families will accumulate a large collection of photos, and many of those shots will probably end up in a shoebox on a closet shelf. Today’s families use digital cameras to snap more than 1,000 photos each year, yet many people simply dump the shots into one directory, analogous to the "shoebox storage" method. Trying to find a photo in this directory is difficult -- typically, shots are named something utterly nonintuitive, such as P000006.JPG.

    At best, people go through a laborious process of setting up separate folders and trying to logically group their many shots. But help is on the way. John Platt, a member of the Microsoft Research (MSR) Signal Processing group, has devised AutoAlbum, a new user-interface technology that automatically compresses a collection of digital images into a series of albums.

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  • Microsoft Worldwide Marketing Goes Live With E.piphany
    Time: 08:53 EST/13:53 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Demonstrating the robustness of the E.piphany E.5(TM) system, E.piphany, Inc. (Nasdaq: EPNY - news) today announced that Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT - news) has gone live with their implementation of E.piphany software. Microsoft's internal Worldwide Marketing Database program is driving marketing campaigns off of an initial data set of 70 million customers and 20 million organizations using E.piphany software and SQL Server technology.

    ``E.piphany is providing us with a campaign management tool which is an important and critical component in our overall strategy of improving customer and partner loyalty,'' said Jeanne Lombardo, General Manager, WW Customer & Partner Loyalty.

    ``Our mission is to help the best companies in the world gain a single view of their customers to drive rich insight and take personalized actions across all touchpoints,'' said Roger Siboni, president and CEO of E.piphany. ``Microsoft represents the best of the best, and we are proud to provide a critical element of their global marketing strategy. This engagement demonstrates the scalability of our product, and underscores the commitment we make to every customer to deliver total satisfaction.''

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  • New Platform Is .Net - or Not
    Time: 06:40 EST/11:40 GMT | News Source: The Standard | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    For Microsoft, everything is .Net now. This week the company releases the Datacenter Server edition of Windows 2000, plus a line of seven enterprise application servers. Microsoft executives hope the new products will compete directly against database and application-server software from IBM and Oracle. The software giant touts the launch as "the first step in the release of Microsoft's .Net platform."

    That's marketing hype. Last June, when it announced the .Net strategy (which will shift the company's focus from PC client software to Internet services), Microsoft admitted it will take several years to retool its software products. Not all of the application servers on display this week (only two have been released) measure up to the new .Net standards. Compliance will gradually be added to these products. As Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has joked, the .Net suffix could stand for "not yet."

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