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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: FRIDAY OCTOBER 20, 2000

 

Bush - Adobe LiveMotion Free 1.02 Update

 
  • Adobe LiveMotion 1.02 Update Available!
    Time: 15:15 EST/20:15 GMT | News Source: ActiveNetwork | Posted By: Julien

    Adobe has just released a free update for its recently released LiveMotion software that is intended to create internet animations (Flash, etc). This Adobe LiveMotion 1.0.2 update features faster performance, improved sound support, better Import and Export capabilities, more efficient SWF compression, tighter integration between Adobe Illustrator® and Adobe Photoshop®, and updates to the object-based Timeline. If you're a registered user you can download the update right now for free (4.4Mb). Note that the update is available only in English for the moment but multi language updates should be released soon according to Adobe.

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  • Growth may be slowing, but MS magic kicks stock into life
    Time: 10:19 EST/15:19 GMT | News Source: The Register | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    There were some curious inconsistencies in the presentation of Microsoft's Q1 results this week. The income statement showed Q1 2001 income of $2.206 billion compared with $2.191 billion a year earlier - a very modest increase of just $15 million, or less than one per cent. But the press release claimed an 18 per cent increase because of an accounting change (SFAS 133) that Microsoft had to adopt because it is now required that all derivatives be recognised as assets or liabilities - and measured at fair value. Microsoft was not doing this, so took a hit of $375 million.

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  • Bush uses I-word, tilts towards Microsoft
    Time: 10:15 EST/15:15 GMT | News Source: The Register | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft's "freedom to innovate" slogan inflitrated the Bush campaign slightly last night, as George W fielded a question about the trial in a CNBC interview. He ducked, declining to talk about an ongoing case, but got the I-word into a brief answer, twice.

    The Candidate is obviously still kind of talking in code, but from Microsoft's point of view the right triggers were in what he said. "But I will tell you this, I have always stood on the side of innovation over litigation," he said in the more coded part.

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  • MS trial judges book themselves remedial tech class
    Time: 10:15 EST/15:15 GMT | News Source: The Register | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    The Court of Appeals judges who'll be dealing with the Microsoft case have decided to give themselves a basic (some might say remedial) computing class before they press on with the matter in hand. An order for a hearing on the subject for the Court says quaintly that it will focus on "basic concepts underlying the fundamentals of automation."

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: THURSDAY OCTOBER 19, 2000

 

MSB ( MS00-079 ) - Reviews

 
  • Microsoft Helps Drive Completion and Implementation of a New IP Standard
    Time: 17:11 EST/22:11 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is midway through an estimated 10-year effort to develop a new Internet Protocol (IP). The update is being driven primarily by the fact that the Internet, largely due to the explosion of non-PC devices in recent years, is running out of IP addresses -- the codes assigned to every Internet-enabled device, allowing connected systems to find each other.

    Although more than 4 billion IP addresses are possible under the current version of the Internet Protocol (IPv4, the network layer of the TCP/IP protocol suite), available addresses will be depleted within a few years if the IP addressing system is not revised. The new protocol, IPv6, will essentially remove the IP address ceiling by converting to 128-bit addresses, thereby freeing the industry to enable as many connected devices, or communication end points, as the market demands.

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  • New Nikon CoolPix Drivers for Windows Me
    Time: 14:07 EST/19:07 GMT | News Source: ActiveNetwork | Posted By: Julien

    Nikon CoolPix users don't wait anymore! Nikon has just released their Windows Me drivers for the CoolPix 700, 800, 880, 900, 950 & 990 digital cameras. With it you'll at last be able to hot plug your Nikon camera to your computer using an USB port. You can download it right now by clicking here (only 2.82Mb). 

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  • New Game Profiles for the SideWinder GameVoice
    Time: 14:07 EST/19:07 GMT | News Source: ActiveNetwork | Posted By: Julien

    Microsoft Corp. has just released a new game profile for its SideWinder GameVoice device. This profile adds support for the following games:

    • Asheron's Call
    • Earth 2125
    • Fly2k
    • Homeworld
    • No One Lives Forever
    • Starlancer

    You can download it right now by clicking here (only 40Kb). Attention: this profile will only work for US & English systems.

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  • Microsoft Jumps 16 Percent After Estimates
    Time: 12:25 EST/17:25 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft Corp. (NasdaqNM:MSFT - news) rose 16 percent and was the most active stock on the Nasdaq Stock Market on Thursday after the world's No. 1 software maker posted a fiscal first-quarter profit that easily beat Wall Street forecasts.

    Microsoft, rose $8-1/8 to $59-15/16 with some 53 million shares changing hands in the first 90 minutes of trading. As a component of the Dow Jones industrial average, Microsoft helped send the index into positive territory after two days of battering by nervous investors.

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  • ActiveWin2k: Microsoft Windows 2000 Critical Patches - Updated
    Time: 11:55 EST/16:55 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Robert Stein

    We have just posted Microsoft's latest list of critical patches for the Windows 2000 Operating System. This updated list also designates which prior patches are included in Service Pack 1. Check it out!

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  • ActiveWin2k: Microsoft Windows 2000 Hardware Compatibility List - Updated
    Time: 11:55 EST/16:55 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Robert Stein

    We have just posted Microsoft's latest update for the Windows 2000 Hardware Compatibility List. This text format list has all the different hardware by type and manufacturer that works on the Windows 2000 platform. It's a must have! 2.2 MB!

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  • A kinder, humbler Microsoft?
    Time: 10:53 EST/15:53 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Can a leopard change its spots? Maybe only if it's backed up against a wall in a cage, à la Microsoft.

    The siege mentality that many have ascribed to Microsoft Corp. as of late can be attributed to any number of factors: The fallout from the never-ending Department of Justice antitrust case; the continuing corporate brain drain; a stock price hovering at more than two-year low.

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  • ActiveWin.Com: Adobe GoLive 5.0 -- Review
    Time: 10:01 EST/15:01 GMT | News Source: ActiveNetwork | Posted By: Julien

    Adobe, the well known maker of PhotoShop has just released the new version of its web site designing software. To learn what's new in this release 5, be sure to read our review! Here is a snippet of the review:Reuters Photo

    In January 1999 Adobe bought CyberStudio their website design solution software named GoLive. This new buy brought to Adobe the control of the graphic chain from A to Z as they now offer a software solution for each need. Since they have bought this software they first adapted it to Windows with the fourth release, as it was originally Mac only software. Adobe now unveils its new release 5 of GoLive that comes with several new enhancements. The aim of Adobe is clear with this release: they want to have a high-end web design software able to compete with Macromedia DreamWeaver 3.0.

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  • ActiveWin.Com: Ahead Nero 5.0 -- Review
    Time: 07:09 EST/12:09 GMT | News Source: ActiveNetwork | Posted By: Julien

    Reuters PhotoAre you on the look out for a new burning software to burn in all piece of mind your CDR? If so be sure to take a look at our just posted review on the most complete burning software out on the market: Nero 5. Here is a snippet of the review:

    WSKA software sent us the latest release 5 of one of the most powerful burning software of the world for review. You’ll probably wonder why this software is called Nero? In fact long ago when the Roman Empire was dominating Europe, a mad Emperor called Nero decided to put fire to Rome just for its viewing pleasure. So this burning software is called that as it’s aimed to put fire to your CD when you burn them. This new release is intended for power users due to its relative complexity and comes with several enhancements.

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  • Microsoft Profit Tops Estimates
    Time: 06:55 EST/11:55 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Reuters PhotoMicrosoft Corp. (NasdaqNM:MSFT - news) on Wednesday posted a quarterly profit that soundly beat Wall Street estimates, saying performance was solid across all its businesses and that it was bullish about its key product, Windows 2000 (news - web sites).

    Microsoft, which makes the Windows operating system that runs most personal computers, said its net profit in its fiscal first quarter ended Sept. 30 rose 18 percent to $2.58 billion, or 46 cents a share, before including an accounting change, from $2.19 billion, or 40 cents a share, a year earlier.

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  • Whistler slipping to 2002?
    Time: 06:55 EST/11:55 GMT | News Source: The Register | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Does Gartner hold an internal contest for the best 'look at me' news hooks to be used for its annual Florida Symposium? If so, competition must have been pretty intense this year. But we think Tom Bittman with his combo 'Whistler will slip to 2002, Microsoft is derailing .NET by not dealing with the DoJ, Microsoft should agree a split into two companies' pitch probably clinched it.

    Still, Steve Ballmer's reprise of 'I'm a good sport because I keep coming to these things and they kick the crap out of me' deserves an honourable mention. But Bittman first.

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  • AskAW Questions Updated
    Time: 06:53 EST/11:53 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

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

    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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  • Gates Deflates Digital Dividend Moguls
    Time: 06:52 EST/11:52 GMT | News Source: TechWeb | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates challenged participants at the Creating Digital Dividends conference, saying that direct technology investments in developing countries might be useless if the population isn't healthy or literate.

    "Once you have solved these problems, then you have the chance to bring in the tools of new communication," said Gates, chairman and chief software architect of the world's largest maker of desktop software.

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  • Microsoft CFO: Euro, Economy Don't Have Us Down
    Time: 06:50 EST/11:50 GMT | News Source: TechWeb | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Rough global economic conditions and a bumpy tech sector have done little to cause Microsoft Corp. executives to dampen earnings expectations for the rest of the year.

    The Redmond, Wash., software maker, which beat Wall Street's expectations for its most recent quarterly earnings, says it is on track to complete its fiscal year according to plan.

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  • Microsoft eyes Palm handhelds for .Net-based applications
    Time: 06:46 EST/11:46 GMT | News Source: InfoWorld | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said here Wednesday that the software vendor, as part of its new Internet-based .Net computing services strategy, will try to put applications such as Word and Exchange on Palm's market-leading handheld computers and other mobile devices that compete with Microsoft's own Pocket PC technology.

    "No offense to the Pocket PC, but we might need to bring .Net services to Palm and other [handheld] devices," Ballmer said during a question-and-answer session in front of an audience of about 7,000 information technology managers at Gartner's Symposium/ITxpo 2000 conference.

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  • Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS00-079) - Patch Available for "HyperTerminal Buffer Overflow" Vulnerability
    Time: 05:47 EST/10:47 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Product Security| Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in the HyperTerminal application that ships with several Microsoft(r) operating systems. This vulnerability could, under certain circumstances, allow a malicious user to execute arbitrary code on another user's system.

    The HyperTerminal application is a utility that installs, by default, on all versions of Windows 98, 98SE, Windows ME, Windows NT, and Windows 2000. The product contains an unchecked buffer in a section of the code that processes Telnet URLs. If a user opened an HTML mail that contained a particularly malformed Telnet URL, it would result in a buffer overrun that could enable the creator of the mail to cause arbitrary code to run on the user's system. Please note that, although a Telnet URL is involved in this vulnerability, there is no relationship between this vulnerability and the "Windows 2000 Telnet Client NTLM Authentication" vulnerability discussed in MS00-067.

    HyperTerminal is the default Telnet client on Windows 98, 98SE and ME. However, it is not the default Telnet client on Windows 2000, and Windows 2000 users who have not taken steps to make it the default Telnet client would not be affected by the vulnerability.

    Although HyperTerminal ships as part of several Microsoft products, it was developed by a third party - Hilgraeve, Inc. Additional information on the vulnerability and a patch for their full version product, HyperTerminal Private Edition, is available from their web site at: http://www.hilgraeve.com

    Affected Software Versions: - Microsoft Windows 98 and Windows 98SE - Microsoft Windows Me - Microsoft Windows 2000

    Patch Availability
    - Windows 98 and 98SE: http://download.microsoft.com/download/win98/Update/12395/W98/EN-US/274548USA8.EXE
    - Windows Me: http://download.microsoft.com/download/winme/Update/12395/WinMe/EN-US/274548USAM.EXE
    - Windows 2000 (can be applied to both Gold and Service Pack 1): http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/release.asp?releaseid=25112

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 18, 2000

 

Via Update - Hot Windows Me fix - New Detonator 6.35 drivers

 
  • Microsoft Teams Up with HK Software Firm
    Time: 13:31 EST/18:31 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft Corp. and a unit of Hong Kong-listed Excel Technology International (Hong Kong) Ltd (8048.HK) said on Wednesday they would jointly develop Internet-based human resources software in Hong Kong.

    Microsoft would develop the product with i21 Ltd, a software joint venture in which Excel Technology has a stake, the companies said in a statement.

    The software can be used by corporations for the management of payrolls and Mandatory Provident Fund, a mandatory Hong Kong retirement fund scheme to be launched in December, the statement said.

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  • Microsoft Sees Continued Life For Office
    Time: 13:20 EST/18:20 GMT | News Source: TechWeb | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft Office, which dominates the desktop productivity market with more than 90 percent share, will continue to evolve and improve, said Microsoft president and CEO Steve Ballmer.

    Ballmer said the company can continue to add considerable value -- including instant messaging and collaboration -- to the venerable application suite to keep users coming back for more.

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  • New Nvidia Detonator 6.35 Drivers
    Time: 09:25 EST/14:25 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Julien

    New Nvidia Detonator Drivers 6.35 for Windows 9x and Windows Me have just leaked to the web. You can download them right now by clicking here.

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  • Hot New Fix for Windows Me users that have problems with PCHealth (Help & Support center)
    Time: 09:22 EST/14:22 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Julien

    If you cannot access anymore the Help & Support Center applet of Microsoft Windows Millennium as it says when you launch it: 'Unable to display page' we've got the solution! We've posted a reg file that will definitely fix the problem and repair your PCHealth so you'll be able to use it again. Click here to read the tip and download the file.

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  • VIA host controller software update
    Time: 06:15 EST/11:15 GMT | News Source: Microsoft | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    If your computer has a VIA USB host controller, the Force Feedback 2 is incompatible with the USB chip and will not work. A software update is available to correct this incompatibility. NOTE: Computers without the VIA USB chip will not benefit from this software update.

    This software update supports Windows 98, Windows 98SE, Windows Millenium, and Windows 2000.

    Select a language to download the software update:

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: TUESDAY OCTOBER 17, 2000

 

Microsoft Links LS 2001 went Gold! - MSB ( MS00-078 )

 
  • ActiveWin.com: Microsoft Upcoming Games List - Updated
    Time: 13:44 EST/18:44 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Robert Stein

    I have updated our list of upcoming Microsoft games which will be released later this year or next year. If you heard about a game and want to know it's release date, website and more be sure to check it out!

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  • Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS00-078) - Patch Available for "Web Server Folder Traversal" Vulnerability
    Time: 13:00 EST/18:00 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Product Security| Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in Microsoft(r) IIS 4.0 and 5.0. The vulnerability could potentially allow a visitor to a web site to take a wide range of destructive actions against it, including running programs on it.
    This vulnerability is eliminated by the patch that accompanied Microsoft Security Bulletin MS00-057. Customers who have applied that patch are already protected against the vulnerability and do not need to take additional action. Microsoft strongly urges all customers using IIS 4.0 and 5.0 who have not already done so to apply the patch immediately.

    Due to a canonicalization error in IIS 4.0 and 5.0, a particular type of malformed URL could be used to access files and folders that lie anywhere on the logical drive that contains the web folders. This would potentially enable a malicious user who visited the web site to gain additional privileges on the machine - specifically, it could be used to gain privileges commensurate with those of a locally logged-on user. Gaining these permissions would enable the malicious user to add, change or delete data, run code already on the server, or upload new code to the server and run it.

    The request would be processed under the security context of the IUSR_machinename account, which is the anonymous user account for IIS. Within the web folders, this account has only privileges that are appropriate for untrusted users. However, it is a member of the Everyone and Users groups and, as a result, the ability of the malicious user to access files outside the web folders becomes particularly significant. By default, these groups have execute permissions to most operating system commands, and this would give the malicious user the ability to cause widespread damage. Customers who have proactively removed the Everyone and Users groups from permissions on the server, or who are hosting the web folders on a different drive from the operating system, would be at significantly less risk from the vulnerability.

    Microsoft strongly recommends that all customers running IIS 4.0 or 5.0 immediately apply the patch for this vulnerability. This patch was originally released in August 2000 as a fix for a completely different vulnerability (discussed in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS00-057), and customers who have already applied it do not need to take any additional action.

    Affected Software Versions: - Microsoft IIS 4.0  - Microsoft IIS 5.0

    - Microsoft IIS 4.0: http://www.microsoft.com/ntserver/nts/downloads/critical/q269862
    - Microsoft IIS 5.0: http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/downloads/critical/q269862

    Note: The IIS 4.0 patch can be installed on systems running Windows NT(r) 4.0 Service Packs 5 and 6a. It will be included in Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 7. The IIS 5.0 patch can be installed on systems running either Windows(r) 2000 Gold or Service Pack 1. It will be included in Windows 2000 Service Pack 2.
    Note: The Download Center pages discussed above may, for the next several days, only reference the "File Permissions Canonicalization" vulnerability. However, we are updating the pages to state that it applies to both that vulnerability and this one.

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  • EU gives Microsoft extra time to answer charges
    Time: 10:02 EST/15:02 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    The European Commission said on Tuesday it had given U.S. software giant Microsoft Corp (NasdaqNM:MSFT - news) extra time to answer charges it is abusing its power to gain an edge in the global market for server software.

    The Commission, the antitrust watchdog for the 15-nation European Union, in August sent Microsoft a legal warning ``for allegedly abusing its dominant position in the market for personal computer operating systems software by leveraging this power into the market for server software''. It initially gave Microsoft two months to respond, but has now extended that deadline, a spokeswoman said.

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  • Goldman says Microsoft may rally
    Time: 10:02 EST/15:02 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Goldman Sachs analyst Rick Sherlund on Tuesday said shares of Microsoft Corp. (NasdaqNM:MSFT - news) may be due for a ``relief rally.'' Sherlund said Microsoft may bounce back from the new 52-week low of $49-9/16, touched on Monday, particularly if there is no bad news in its earnings report, expected after the stock market closes today, or in a subsequent conference call.

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  • MSN Mobile 3.0 Gives Users Easier Web Access from Mobile Devices
    Time: 08:58 EST/13:58 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Today’s busy consumers are demanding easier ways to access relevant information from the Web, regardless of their device or location, and MSN is meeting that demand. Today, at CTIA Wireless I.T. 2000, Microsoft released MSN Mobile 3.0, the newest version of the MSN wireless service. Launched in June 1999, MSN Mobile was the first major portal to provide wireless information delivery. New users, along with the 1.5 million unique users who already enjoy MSN Mobile, will now be able to access new integrated features and content. Recent agreements with the three leading U.S. carriers clearly mark MSN as a leading provider of content and services to the U.S. mobile market and highlight MSN's continued success in delivering content and services across a wide range of devices, giving consumers more opportunity to access MSN from the device that is best for them. PressPass spoke with Yusuf Mehdi, vice president of MSN at Microsoft, to talk about this milestone for MSN Mobile.

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  • MSN Leads Delivery of Wireless Web Content and Services
    Time: 08:55 EST/13:55 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. today released MSN® Mobile 3.0, the newest version of the MSN wireless service. MSN Mobile, launched in June 1999, was the first major portal to provide wireless information delivery. Since then, MSN Mobile has registered more than 1.5 million unique users and has relationships with carriers to be a featured part of the service on more Web-enabled phones in the United States and Canada than any other major portal. MSN Mobile content and services are featured on Web-enabled phones in the United States through its relationships with Nextel Communications, Sprint PCS and Verizon Wireless and will soon be available on over half a million Web-enabled phones in Canada through agreements with Bell Mobility, Clearnet Communications Inc. and Rogers AT&T Wireless.

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  • Microsoft, Infinite Mobility and Los Angeles Lakers See Future of Scouting In Pocket Hoops for the Pocket PC
    Time: 08:55 EST/13:55 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    As the 2000-2001 basketball season prepares for tipoff, Microsoft Corp. and Infinite Mobility Inc. today announced that the champion Los Angeles Lakers will standardize on a comprehensive digital scouting solution using Infinite Mobility's Pocket Hoops on Microsoft® Windows®-powered Pocket PC personal digital assistants (PDAs). Pocket Hoops, which takes advantage of the color, touch screen, voice recording and HTML-based Pocket Internet Explorer browser software capabilities of Pocket PCs, offers the Los Angeles Lakers' scouts an efficient way to track all necessary information for an unlimited number of players, including digitized shot-charts, drop-down ratings, voice recordings, notes and more.

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  • A fleeting chance to bid for an Xbox
    Time: 08:45 EST/13:45 GMT | News Source: News.com | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Although Microsoft's Xbox won't arrive until next fall, gamers have a brief opportunity to snag one in an online auction for charity. The Redmond, Wash.-based software giant has donated a half-dozen of the game consoles in an Amazon.com auction sponsored by a video-game trade association. The auction comes as bidders on eBay are offering nearly twice the asking price for this holiday season's hot item--Sony's PlayStation 2.

    Winners won't get the Xbox until it starts shipping next fall. But in the meantime, they will have a hand-signed certificate from Bill Gates assuring that they will be one of the first with the console.

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  • Microsoft Car.NET Connects Motorists to the Wireless Internet
    Time: 08:04 EST/13:04 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Today at Convergence 2000, the premier automotive electronics conference, Microsoft Corp. announced the introduction of its Car.NET platform, an advanced new generation of infrastructure technology that brings computing and communications to the automotive industry in a revolutionary way. Car.NET offers technology and service providers the tools for extending today's computing experience into the automobile - opening up the world of the wireless Internet to motorists in a safe and secure manner.

    Car.NET has its origins in the Microsoft® .NET initiative, which permits the creation of distributed Web services that will integrate and collaborate with a range of complementary services. These services, combined with in-vehicle electronics - audio and video, telephone, navigation and telematics (which integrates vehicle control and monitoring systems with location tracking and wireless communications) - will empower carmakers, automotive suppliers and service providers to make traveling easier, more entertaining, less stressful and safer. Car.NET envisions an end-to-end framework, which includes in-vehicle computing clients powered by Microsoft Windows® CE for Automotive and a server infrastructure based on Microsoft Mobile Information Server for Automotive.

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  • New Microsoft Windows CE for Automotive - Reliable, Flexible and Connected
    Time: 08:04 EST/13:04 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Today at Convergence 2000, the premier automotive electronics conference, Microsoft Corp. announced the introduction of the Microsoft® Windows® CE for Automotive v.3 operating system. It will enable system manufacturers to build next-generation, in-car computing systems that improve safety, communications, information and entertainment.

    "The market for in-car computing is poised to embark on an amazing journey," said Bob McKenzie, general manager of the Automotive Business Unit at Microsoft. "Safety and security services are among the most important criteria to motorists. They want access to Internet-based information such as news, traffic updates, instant messaging, navigation assistance and other services. They also have a keen interest in back-seat entertainment systems. Windows CE for Automotive is designed to provide these features and more by delivering state-of-the-art reliability, flexibility and connectivity."

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  • "Christian Bioethics" to Be Published as eBook for Microsoft Reader
    Time: 08:02 EST/13:02 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. today announced that "Christian Bioethics," the new book from H.E Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi, has been released as an eBook in the Microsoft® Reader format. Attending the event were Cardinal Tettamanzi, archbishop of Genoa; Dick Brass, vice president of technology development at Microsoft; Pietro Marietti, chief operating officer of Edizioni Piemme, publisher of Cardinal Tettamanzi's book; and several key members of the press.

    Publishing this dynamic work as an eBook will greatly improve access to this important topic, making it available to a larger audience, and helping to clarify the dialogue on this key topic that affects people all over the world. The eBook version of "Christian Bioethics" is available for download to PCs, laptops and Pocket PCs at http://www.bioeticacristiana.it/.

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  • It's tee time! Links 2001 goes gold!
    Time: 07:02 EST/12:02 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Julien

    Microsoft today announced that Links 2001, the most significant upgrade to the Links series in over a decade, has gone gold. This means that the product is completed and is expected to hit store shelves in the U.S. during the week of October 30. Links 2001 features an entirely new rendering engine that delivers unprecedented ball physics and graphics, as well as the Arnold Palmer Course Designer, which allows PC golfers to re-create their home courses with the same tools used by the Links 2001 team. Links 2001 offers gamers new tour players -- including Sergio Garcia, Arnold Palmer and Annika Sorenstam -- as well as new golfer animations and personalities, customizable club distances that allow for an even more accurate re-creation of a player's actual game, and faster and easier online play. The game also features courses such as the Four Seasons Resort Aviara in San Diego, Chateau Whistler in the Canadian Rockies, The Prince Course at the Princeville Resort in Kauai, Fred Couples' Westfields Golf Club in Virginia, and the newly created Mesa Roja located in the canyon lands of the southwestern United States. A perennial favorite, St Andrews Links Old Course, has also been enhanced for this version. The long-awaited Arnold Palmer Course Designer (APCD) makes its debut in Links 2001. The APCD provides users with the power and versatility to accurately recreate courses in a powerful, real-time 3D system. Players can tweak every inch of fairway with the APCD and create tunnels and arches with full control over each point on the course. A robust library of trees, shrubs and other vegetation allows players to sort for the climate and season that fit their home course, or they can import their own custom images. Links 2001 will be available for an anticipated street price of US$49.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: MONDAY OCTOBER 16, 2000

 

Microsoft Project 2000 Review & PowerQuest SecondChance 2.07 Review

 
  • PowerQuest to Release Free 2.07 Update for Second Chance users that run Windows Me
    Time: 10:15 EST/15:15 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Julien

    PowerQuest, the famous software maker of Partition Magic, has announced it'll release a free update 2.07 for its Second Chance software intended to work with Windows Me. Existing users of Second Chance will be able to update their software free of charge directly from the software using the online update feature. Multilanguage update should be available within the next few days. Be sure to read our review of SecondChance 2.07.

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  • ActiveWin: PowerQuest Second Chance 2.07 - Review
    Time: 10:15 EST/15:15 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Julien

    I've just updated my review of PowerQuest Second Chance 2.07 that is now compliant with Windows Me. Here is a snippet of it:

    Have you ever installed a software update that failed, erase a system file or get a virus that accidentally crashed your system? If so, you know that restoring to a healthy working system is painful and can be a chase just to find the origin of the failure and that is just the beginning of the problem. If you aren’t yet a Windows Me user, PowerQuest has got a software solution for you named Second Chance 2.0. As its name indicates, Second Chance 2 will give you a second chance to restore a working PC environment.

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  • OmniSky and Microsoft to Deliver Wireless Web and E-Mail Service To Pocket PC Platform
    Time: 08:58 EST/13:58 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Today at the CTIA Wireless IT show, OmniSky Corp. and Microsoft Corp. announced that OmniSky's award-winning wireless Internet and e-mail service will be extended to the Microsoft® Windows® Powered Pocket PC platform. This latest offering gives customers the first color mobile access to OmniSky's service and furthers OmniSky's strategy to support leading platforms, which allow the company to offer branded wireless Internet services across a range of mobile handheld devices.

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  • Telefónica Móviles and Microsoft Set Up Joint Executive Advisory Team To Develop New Mobile Products and Services
    Time: 08:58 EST/13:58 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Today, Luis Lada, president of Telefónica Móviles, and Paul Gross, senior vice president of Microsoft Corp.'s Mobility Group, extended their current agreement -- to deploy a new generation of mobile Internet services for corporate and consumer customers -- by establishing a joint executive advisory team to rigorously assess and plan new mobile products and services for Telefónica Móviles' corporate and consumer customers. The advisory team deepens the relationship between the two companies and creates the opportunity for senior representatives from both companies to work side by side on developing new and innovative services for Telefónica Móviles' customer base.

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  • ActiveWin: Microsoft Project 2000 - Review
    Time: 06:45 EST/11:45 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Julien

    I've just posted my in-depth review of Microsoft Project 2000, the project management software solution from Microsoft. Here is a snippet of it:

    Microsoft has released a few months after its new Office 2000 software suite, a new version of its brand new project management software. This new version was long awaited since the previous one was released in 1998. When Microsoft Corp. first introduced in 1990 Microsoft Project 1.0 for Windows, the software was one of the first of its race. Since then this kind of project management software has grown relatively fast and is now used by almost every person responsible who is in charge of a project in the computers and services business sectors. Microsoft Project 2000 is the sixth release of Project and is aimed to conquer even more users than the already existing 3 million. The basis of Microsoft Project 2000 is to provide workers management software that is easy to use and flexible to plan and track the evolution of their collaborative projects.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: SATURDAY OCTOBER 14, 2000

 

WEEKEND - MSB (MS 00-077)

 
  • Judge questions basis for Microsoft lawsuits
    Time: 15:08 EST/20:08 GMT | News Source: Seattle Times | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    A U.S. judge yesterday questioned how plaintiffs in 38 consumer lawsuits can claim Microsoft charged them illegally inflated monopoly prices if they didn't purchase the Windows operating system directly from the world's largest software maker.

    U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz's questions raised the specter that he might dismiss the largest block of consumer suits filed against Microsoft after another federal court found last year that the Redmond company illegally protected its Windows monopoly. The cases could be dismissed because the plaintiffs bought their software from computer makers or retailers, not Microsoft, the judge's questioning suggested.

    The lawsuits are among more than 125 filed against Microsoft, mostly since U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson in Washington ruled June 7 against the software giant in the landmark antitrust case brought by the U.S. Justice Department and 19 states. Microsoft is appealing Jackson's order that it be split into two companies to dispel its power to preserve its Windows monopoly.

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  • AskAW Questions Updated
    Time: 11:22 EST/16:22 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.

    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.Com: Microsoft TrackBall Optical -- Review
    Time: 11:00 EST/16:00 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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  • ActiveWin: Microsoft SideWinder Game Voice - Review
    Time: 10:59 EST/15:59 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Sidewinder Game VoiceWe have posted our review of Microsoft's recently released SideWinder Game Voice. Here is a snippet from the review:

    Once the driver installation is out of the way you are on to setting up the game voice hardware itself, again this just takes a couple of minutes as long as you read the instructions in the manual. Firstly you need to connect your desktop speakers to the cable hub on the game voice control pad, then the headset to the control pad and the control pad to your sound card (Making sense?) finally you just connect the control pad to the USB port on your PC and you are finally ready to go at least you will be once the software is installed you'll have to follow the steps of the audio wizard to ensure that the input volume of the micro is correct and that the output is sufficient. Once it's done you're ready to use your new device.

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  • ActiveWin: Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force - Review
    Time: 10:13 EST/15:13 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Cliff has posted his review of the recently release Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force game by Activision. Here is a snippet:

    Elite Force allows for both single-play and multiplayer modes, and they are both quite a treat. The single player game casts you as Alexander/Alexandria Munro (Raven included the ability to play either sex), a member of an elite security team aboard the U.S.S. Voyager, called the Hazard Team. If you nothing about Star Trek or Voyager, then all you really need to know is that the Voyager is a starship that was stranded roughly 70 years from Earth, and the primary goal of the series is to return to Earth. Of course, along the way they have met many alien species, some of them are good, while many others are quite evil and dangerous.

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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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  • New Compatibility Update For Windows 2000
    Time: 06:27 EST/11:27 GMT | News Source: E-Mail | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft has posted a new compatibility update for Windows 2000. The October 2000 package addresses the following software titles:

    Al Unser Jr. Arcade Racing v.1 (Mindscape)
    Bass Master’s Classic Tournament Edition v.1 (THQ Inc.)
    Cart Racing v.1 (Sierra On-Line)
    Civil War 2 Generals v.1 (Sierra On-Line)
    Crayola 3D Castle Creator v.2.1 (IBM Corporation)
    Descent II v.1.1 (Interplay Productions)
    Disney’s Villain’s Revenge (Disney)
    Driver’s Education 99 v.1 (Sierra On-Line)
    Dungeon Keeper: Gold Edition v.1 (Bullfrog Productions)
    Encyclopedia Britannica ’99 (Encyclopedia Brittanica)
    FIFA ’99 (Electronic Arts)
    Force 21 v.1 (Red Storm Entertainment)
    Heart of Darkness (Interplay Productions)
    Leap Ahead 2nd Grade v.1 (Mattel Interactive)
    Leap Ahead 3rd Grade v.1 (Mattel Interactive)
    Madeline Preschool (Mattel Interactive)
    PGA Championship Golf 1999 Edition v.1 (Sierra On-Line)
    Quicken Deluxe ’99 (Intuit)
    Quicken v.6 (Intuit)
    Soul Reaver: Legacy of Kain v.1 (Eidos Interactive)
    South Park v.1 (Acclaim Entertainment)
    The Baby-Sitters Club 4th Grade Learning Adventure v.1 (Mattel Interactive)
    The Clue Finders 3rd Grade Adventures (Mattel Interactive)
    The Clue Finders Adventures: Personalized Learning Center (Mattel
    Interactive)
    The Crystal Key (DreamCatcher Interactive)
    Triple Play ’99 v.1 (Electronic Arts)

    http://microsoft.com/windows2000/downloads/deployment/appcompat/default.asp

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  • Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS00-077) - Patch Available for "NetMeeting Desktop Sharing" Vulnerability
    Time: 05:00 EST/10:00 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Product Security| Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in NetMeeting, an application that ships with Microsoft(r) Windows 2000 and is also available as a separate download for Windows NT 4.0. The vulnerability could allow a malicious user to temporarily prevent an affected machine from providing any NetMeeting services and possibly consume 100% CPU utilization during an attack.

    A remote denial of service vulnerability has been discovered in a component of NetMeeting. The denial of service can occur when a malicious client sends a particular malformed string to a port which the NetMeeting service is listening on and with Remote Desktop Sharing enabled.

    Although the NetMeeting application is provided as part of Windows 2000 products, the application and affected component is not enabled by default, and customers who have not enabled it would not be at risk from this vulnerability.

    Affected Software Versions: NetMeeting Version 3.01 (4.4.3385) on Windows 2000 or Windows NT 4.0.

    Patch Availability:
    - Windows 2000 and Windows NT 4.0: http://www.microsoft.com/Downloads/Release.asp?ReleaseID=25029

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: FRIDAY OCTOBER 13, 2000

 

AskAW Updated - MSB (MS 00-075) - (MS 00-076)

 
  • Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS00-076) - Patch Available for "Cached Web Credentials" Vulnerability
    Time: 12:33 EST/17:33 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Product Security| Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in Microsoft(r) Internet Explorer. Under a daunting set of conditions, the vulnerability could enable a malicious user to obtain another user's userid and password to a web site.

    When a user authenticates to a secured web page via Basic Authentication, IE caches the userid and password that were used, in order to minimize the number of times the user must authenticate to the same site. By design, IE should only send the cached credentials to secured pages on the site. However, it will actually send them to non-secure pages on the site as well. If a malicious user had complete control of another user's network communications, he could wait until another user logged onto a secured site, then spoof a request for a non-secured page in order to collect the credentials.

    The vulnerability does not provide a means by which the malicious user could force the other user to log onto a secure page of his choice, and could only be used to reveal credentials that had been cached during the current IE session.

    Affected Software Versions:
    - Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.x
    - Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.x prior to version 5.5

    Note: Internet Explorer 5.5 is not affected by this vulnerability. Customers using IE 5.5 do not need to take any action.

    Patch Availability: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/download/critical/q273868.htm

    Note: The patch requires IE 5.01 SP1 to install. Customers who install this patch on other versions may receive a message reading "This update does not need to be installed on this system". This message is incorrect

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  • MSN Wireless Services Come to Canada
    Time: 10:55 EST/15:55 GMT | News Source: Internet News | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    MSN.CA launched MSN Mobile in Canada, using Internet enabled cellular telephones and wireless devices to bring its online services to Canadians. This roll out is a key component of the Microsoft .NET strategy.

    Bell Mobility, Clearnet and Rogers AT&T Wireless will make the wireless communication and information service available to their customers this quarter. These alliances will bring MSN.CA's services to users when they are away from their PCs, reaching the majority of Canadian Web-enabled mobile phones, pagers and other hand-held devices.

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  • Microsoft Opens Public Testing Lab
    Time: 08:08 EST/13:08 GMT | News Source: LasVegas Sun | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft Corp. opened a new technology center in Austin Thursday that will allow online retailers and other dot-coms to design and test a variety of tools.

    The 12,000-square-foot center will provide a demonstration platform for companies trying to decide between Microsoft-Intel offerings and competing strategies from Sun Microsystems, Oracle and Linux. The center, Microsoft's second site, will enable companies to accelerate product development and get products on the market rapidly.

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  • Gates says Microsoft will thrive
    Time: 07:08 EST/12:08 GMT | News Source: InfoWorld | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft's dominant position in software will hold steady even as PC-centered computing wanes, Bill Gates, the company's chairman and chief software architect said Thursday at an Intel-sponsored event.

    Gates predictably championed his company's Windows 2000 operating system and Microsoft's recently released line of enterprise servers as confirmation that the software maker will have a place in Internet-based enterprise computing. He also announced new management software called Microsoft Operations Manager, due out next year. The chairman then presented a series of standards-based management interfaces called .Net Management Services and a partner program called the Microsoft Management Alliance.

    According to Gates, NetIQ will provide its Operations Manager product to Microsoft for use in Windows 2000 and Microsoft server applications. Ching-Fa Hwang, CEO at NetIQ, joined Gates on stage to demonstrate some of his company's management tools, including automated and consolidated error fixes for servers. The NetIQ product could help large companies manage data when hundreds or even thousands of servers are in use.

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  • Microsoft To Ask Court To Dismiss 37 Class Action Cases
    Time: 07:00 EST/12:00 GMT | News Source: NewsBytes | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Attorneys for Microsoft Corp. [NASDAQ: MSFT] will head to the Federal District Court in Baltimore Friday to argue that 37 of the 63 consolidated lawsuits brought against the company for overcharging on its Windows operating system should be thrown out due to Supreme Court precedent.

    In addition to its battles with federal antitrust regulators and attorneys general from 19 states, Microsoft is fighting more than 130 class-action lawsuits from individuals claiming that the software giant used its monopoly power in the operating systems market to grossly overcharge for its Windows OS.

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  • New Compatibility Update For Windows 2000
    Time: 06:27 EST/11:27 GMT | News Source: E-Mail | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft has posted a new compatibility update for Windows 2000. The October 2000 package addresses the following software titles:

    Al Unser Jr. Arcade Racing v.1 (Mindscape)
    Bass Master’s Classic Tournament Edition v.1 (THQ Inc.)
    Cart Racing v.1 (Sierra On-Line)
    Civil War 2 Generals v.1 (Sierra On-Line)
    Crayola 3D Castle Creator v.2.1 (IBM Corporation)
    Descent II v.1.1 (Interplay Productions)
    Disney’s Villain’s Revenge (Disney)
    Driver’s Education 99 v.1 (Sierra On-Line)
    Dungeon Keeper: Gold Edition v.1 (Bullfrog Productions)
    Encyclopedia Britannica ’99 (Encyclopedia Brittanica)
    FIFA ’99 (Electronic Arts)
    Force 21 v.1 (Red Storm Entertainment)
    Heart of Darkness (Interplay Productions)
    Leap Ahead 2nd Grade v.1 (Mattel Interactive)
    Leap Ahead 3rd Grade v.1 (Mattel Interactive)
    Madeline Preschool (Mattel Interactive)
    PGA Championship Golf 1999 Edition v.1 (Sierra On-Line)
    Quicken Deluxe ’99 (Intuit)
    Quicken v.6 (Intuit)
    Soul Reaver: Legacy of Kain v.1 (Eidos Interactive)
    South Park v.1 (Acclaim Entertainment)
    The Baby-Sitters Club 4th Grade Learning Adventure v.1 (Mattel Interactive)
    The Clue Finders 3rd Grade Adventures (Mattel Interactive)
    The Clue Finders Adventures: Personalized Learning Center (Mattel
    Interactive)
    The Crystal Key (DreamCatcher Interactive)
    Triple Play ’99 v.1 (Electronic Arts)

    http://microsoft.com/windows2000/downloads/deployment/appcompat/default.asp

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  • Nite to Unite Auction: X-Box Super Package
    Time: 06:25 EST/11:25 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft has reminded us of the Nite to Unite Auction item they have up for bidding, the X-Box autographed Bill Gates leather coat.

    Current Bid:  $1,525.00
    Minimum Bid:  $1,550.00 plus $24.00 s&h fee

    Description:    Xbox Super Package - with Bill Gates' autographed leather coat! -- Be first on your block (and possibly first in your city or in... read more

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  • Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS00-075) - Patch Available for "Microsoft VM ActiveX Component" Vulnerability
    Time: 05:00 EST/10:00 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Product Security| Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in Microsoft(r) virtual machine (Microsoft VM). If a malicious web site operator were able to coax a user into visiting his site, the vulnerability could allow him to take any desired action on a visiting user's machine.

    The Microsoft VM is a virtual machine for the Win32(r) operating environment. It runs atop Microsoft(r) Windows 95, 98, Windows Me, Windows NT 4.0, or Windows 2000. It ships as part of each operating system, and also as part of Microsoft Internet Explorer. The version of the Microsoft VM that ships with Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.x and Internet Explorer 5.x contains a security vulnerability that could allow a Java applet, on a malicious web site to take any desired action on a visiting user's machine.

    The Microsoft virtual machine (Microsoft VM) contains functionality that allows ActiveX controls to be created and manipulated by Java applications or applets. This functionality is intended to only be available to stand-alone Java applications or digitally signed applets. However, this vulnerability allows ActiveX controls to be created and used from a web page, or from within a HTML based e-mail message, without requiring a signed applet. If a user visited a malicious web site that exploited this vulnerability, a Java applet on one of the web pages could run any desired ActiveX control, even ones that are marked as unsafe for scripting. This would enable the malicious web site operator to take any desired action on the user's machine. Web sites placed within the Restricted Sites zone in Internet Explorer will not be able to exploit this vulnerability.

    Versions of the Microsoft VM are identified by build numbers, which can be determined using the JVIEW tool, as discussed in the FAQ. The following builds of the Microsoft VM are affected:
    - All builds in the 2000 series.
    - All builds in the 3100 series.
    - All builds in the 3200 series.
    - All builds in the 3300 series.

    - 2000-series Microsoft VM customers will be provided with an update soon.
    - 3100-series Microsoft VM customers upgrade to build 3318 or later from: http://www.microsoft.com/java/vm/dl_vm40.htm
    - 3200-series Microsoft VM customers upgrade to build 3318 or later from: http://www.microsoft.com/java/vm/dl_vm40.htm
    - 3300-series Microsoft VM customers upgrade to build 3318 or later from: http://www.microsoft.com/java/vm/dl_vm40.htm

    This fix supersedes the patch supplied in MS00-059

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: THURSDAY OCTOBER 12, 2000

 

Game Voice Review - Live! Drivers For Me

 
  • ActiveWin: Microsoft SideWinder Game Voice - Review
    Time: 10:59 EST/15:59 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Sidewinder Game VoiceWe have posted our review of Microsoft's recently released SideWinder Game Voice. Here is a snippet from the review:

    Once the driver installation is out of the way you are on to setting up the game voice hardware itself, again this just takes a couple of minutes as long as you read the instructions in the manual. Firstly you need to connect your desktop speakers to the cable hub on the game voice control pad, then the headset to the control pad and the control pad to your sound card (Making sense?) finally you just connect the control pad to the USB port on your PC and you are finally ready to go at least you will be once the software is installed you'll have to follow the steps of the audio wizard to ensure that the input volume of the micro is correct and that the output is sufficient. Once it's done you're ready to use your new device.

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  • Microsoft Introduces New Development, Marketing Resources for Management Software Partners
    Time: 10:08 EST/15:08 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Most companies today run their businesses on not just one computer system but rather with an assortment of desktop applications, email programs, Internet servers, databases and other specialized technology. What’s more, users are tapping into these increasingly complex networks through multiple entry points ranging from personal computers to Web-enabled, handheld devices.

    The challenge of keeping these interconnected systems running smoothly has produced an entire industry of management software vendors, with products designed to manage each piece of a company’s technology network and prevent critical breakdowns, such as employees getting cut off from email or customers being unable to place orders on the corporate Web site. But these management tools must be able to communicate with the systems they are supposed to monitor and with each other, which has often required developers to write special interfaces or protocols for integrating their management products with each different application on the market.

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  • Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS00-074) - Patch Available for "WebTV for Windows Denial of Service" Vulnerability
    Time: 05:00:EST/10:00 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Product Security | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in Microsoft(r) WebTV for Windows. The vulnerability could allow a malicious user to remotely crash systems running WebTV for Windows.

    There is a denial of service vulnerability in WebTV for Windows that may allow a malicious user to remotely crash either the WebTV for Windows application and/or the computer system running WebTV for Windows. Restarting the application and/or system will return the system to its normal state.

    Although the WebTV for Windows application ships with Windows 98, 98SE and Windows Me products, the application is not installed by default, and customers who have not installed it would not be at risk.

    Affected Software Versions: Microsoft WebTV for Windows on Windows 98, Windows 98SE, and Windows Me

    Patch Availability: Microsoft Windows 98 / 98 SE -
    http://download.microsoft.com/download/win98SE/Update/12278/W98/EN-US/274113USA8.EXE
    Patch Availability: Microsoft Windows Me-
    http://download.microsoft.com/download/winme/Update/12278/WinMe/EN-US/274113USAM.EXE

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  • LiveWare! 3.0 For Windows Me Released
    Time: 05:40 EST/10:40 GMT | News Source: E-Mail | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Live!Ware 3.0 for Windows Millennium Edition Software Bundle Live!Ware 3.0 for Windows Me comes complete with compelling and useful software applications which will enhance your total PC experience. Check out the listing below for the complete software package:

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 11, 2000

 

Star Trek Review - MSB (MS00-072)- (MS00-073)

 
  • Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS00-073) -Patch Available for "Malformed IPX NMPI Packet" Vulnerability
    Time: 17:22 EST/22:22 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Product Security | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in Microsoft(r) Windows 95, Windows 98, 98 Second Edition and Windows Me. The vulnerability could be used to cause an affected system to fail, and depending on the number of affected machines on a network, potentially could be used to flood the network with superfluous data. The affected system component normally is present only if it has been deliberately installed.

    The Microsoft IPX/SPX protocol implementation (NWLink) includes an NMPI (Name Management Protocol on IPX) listener that will reply to any requesting network address. The NMPI listener software does not filter the requesting computer's network address correctly, and will therefore reply to a network broadcast address. Such a reply would in turn cause other IPX NMPI listener programs to also reply. This sequence of broadcast replies could generate a large amount of unnecessary network traffic. A machine that crashed due to this vulnerability could be put back into service by rebooting.

    Only share level access permissions are vulnerable. If a Windows 9x or Windows Me machine were part of a Windows NT domain, user-level access controls could be enforced on file shares and passwords would not be needed to allow access to those shares. Windows NT and Windows 2000 machines can only be setup with user-level file share access controls and are not susceptible to this vulnerability.

    Affected Software Versions:
    Microsoft Windows 95
    Microsoft Windows 98
    Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition
    Microsoft Windows Me

    Patch Availability: Microsoft Windows 95 -
    http://download.microsoft.com/download/win95/Update/11974/W95/EN-US/273727USA5.EXE
    Patch Availability: Microsoft Windows 98 / 98 SE -
    http://download.microsoft.com/download/win98SE/Update/11974/W98/EN-US/273727USA8.EXE
    Patch Availability: Microsoft Windows Me-
    http://download.microsoft.com/download/winme/Update/11974/WinMe/EN-US/273727USAM.EXE

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  • Microsoft Office 2001 for Mac Available Nationwide
    Time: 10:15 EST/15:15 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Today at the CompUSA store in San Francisco, Microsoft Corp. will officially launch Microsoft® Office 2001 for Mac, with strong industry support from Apple Computer Inc., FileMaker Inc. and CompUSA Inc. Office 2001 includes updated versions of Word, Excel and the PowerPoint® 2001 presentation graphics program, as well as Entourage™ 2001, a new version of the e-mail and personal information manager. Entourage 2001 e-mail and personal information manager helps people communicate and take control of personal information through effortless e-mail management tools and a tightly integrated personal calendar and comprehensive address book that synchronize with Palm OS handheld devices so customers on the go can access all their personal information.

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  • Microsoft Unveils Beta Version of Windows Media Player 7 for Mac
    Time: 10:15 EST/15:15 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. today unveiled the beta version of Windows Media™ Player 7 for Mac, which offers Macintosh users improved functionality, Windows Media 7 audio and video playback, MP3 playback, greater ease of use, and access to audio and video content encoded with the latest versions of the industry-leading Windows Media Format codecs. The new player, announced today at Streaming Media Europe in London, will be available for download next Friday, Oct. 20, at http://windowsmedia.com/.

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  • Microsoft Announces New Relationships to Extend Digital Media Leadership Throughout Europe
    Time: 10:15 EST/15:15 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Today at the Streaming Media Europe 2000 conference, Microsoft Corp. unveiled key new relationships with a broad set of leading European and multinational music labels, content delivery networks and content providers. Today's announcements reinforce the unique advantages of Windows Media™ Technologies' unmatched localization for European customers and demonstrate the burgeoning interest in Europe for the industry-leading scalability, reliability, and audio and video quality of Windows Media.

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  • Microsoft to Hold World Introduction of New Automotive Software Platform At Convergence 2000
    Time: 10:14 EST/15:14 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. will introduce its newest automotive software platform -- part of its Car.NET Framework -- at Convergence 2000, the world's premier automotive electronics conference, in Detroit on Oct. 15. With this announcement, Microsoft will reveal its strategy for the next generation of telematics. Microsoft will provide the software technology and development tools that will lead to a new, connected, in-vehicle experience for consumers.

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  • Sony Music Europe Teams With Microsoft to Roll Out European Music Video Programming Using Windows Media
    Time: 10:14 EST/15:14 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Sony Music Entertainment Europe and Microsoft Corp. today announced they will be cooperating for the first time on a European music video channel that will feature localized programming highlighting Sony Music artists. The music videos will be streamed in the Microsoft® Windows Media™ Format, providing high-quality audio and video for both dial-up and broadband connections, and they will be featured prominently on localized portals of the MSN® network of Internet services and Sony Music sites. The as-yet-unnamed channel is scheduled to be launched in November.

    The two initial services will feature programs in German tailored to music fans in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, and in Swedish for audiences in Sweden. Music videos will be featured in new weekly programs that will also offer interviews and background information on a mix of local and international artists. They will be offered at bit rates suitable for dial-up users as well as broadband users, who can experience near-VHS quality with a 300Kbps version. There are plans to add programs customized for other European countries in coming weeks.

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  • ActiveWin: Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force - Review
    Time: 10:13 EST/15:13 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Cliff has posted his review of the recently release Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force game by Activision. Here is a snippet:

    Elite Force allows for both single-play and multiplayer modes, and they are both quite a treat. The single player game casts you as Alexander/Alexandria Munro (Raven included the ability to play either sex), a member of an elite security team aboard the U.S.S. Voyager, called the Hazard Team. If you nothing about Star Trek or Voyager, then all you really need to know is that the Voyager is a starship that was stranded roughly 70 years from Earth, and the primary goal of the series is to return to Earth. Of course, along the way they have met many alien species, some of them are good, while many others are quite evil and dangerous.

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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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  • Western Digital To Supply Hard Drives For Microsoft's XBox Game Console
    Time: 06:22 EST/11:22 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) has been awarded a multi-year contract with Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) to supply hard drives for its forthcoming Xbox;™ future-generation video game console, which is expected to begin shipping to retail outlets worldwide during the third quarter of 2001.

    Microsoft's selection of Western Digital for its much-anticipated video game console underscores Western Digital's commitment to providing its multiple markets with a cost-effective hard drive platform. The company's first value-platform product is WD Protégé™, a single-platter hard drive designed for cost-sensitive personal entertainment and PC markets.

    "Our vision to include a hard drive in Xbox is to allow game developers to advance gameplay in new ways that we can only begin to imagine," said Todd Holmdahl, general manager of Xbox hardware. "We selected Western Digital because they understand the consumer electronics and personal entertainment marketplaces from technological, quality and customer-service perspectives."

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  • Beta Patch for Force Feedback 2 and VIA Chip Set Released
    Time: 06:07 EST/11:07 GMT | News Source: Microsoft | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    If your computer has a VIA USB host controller, the Force Feedback 2 is incompatible with the USB chip and will not work. A software update is available to correct this incompatibility. NOTE: Computers without the VIA USB chip will not benefit from this software update.

    Important: This software update is currently a BETA release, and should be used with caution. We will be releasing a final version on 17 October 2000.

    Installing the software update on Windows® 2000
    This SideWinder Force Feedback 2 software update is intended for computers running Windows 98, Windows 98SE and Windows Millennium only. Future releases of this SideWinder Force Feedback 2 software update will be available for Windows 2000.

    Installing the software update on non-English versions of Windows
    This SideWinder Force Feedback 2 software update is currently only in English. You can still install this update on non-English versions of Windows, but all dialogs and error messages are available in English only and do not support non-ANSI characters. Future releases of this software update will be available for additional languages.

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  • Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS00-072) - Patch Available for "Share Level Password" Vulnerability
    Time: 05:22 EST/10:22 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Product Security | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in Microsoft(r) Windows 95, 98, 98SE, and Windows Me. The vulnerability could allow a malicious user to programmatically access a Windows 9x/ME file share without knowing the entire password assigned to that share.

    Microsoft Windows 9x/Me provides a password protection feature referred to as (share level access) for the File and Print Sharing service. However, due to the way the password feature is currently implemented, a file share could be compromised, by a malicious user who used a special client utility, without that user knowing the entire password required to access that share.

    Only share level access permissions are vulnerable. If a Windows 9x or Windows Me machine were part of a Windows NT domain, user-level access controls could be enforced on file shares and passwords would not be needed to allow access to those shares. Windows NT and Windows 2000 machines can only be setup with user-level file share access controls and are not susceptible to this vulnerability.

    Affected Software Versions:
    Microsoft Windows 95
    Microsoft Windows 98
    Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition
    Microsoft Windows Me

    Patch Availability: Microsoft Windows 95 -Patch available shortly
    Patch Availability: Microsoft Windows 98 / 98 SE -
    http://download.microsoft.com/download/win98SE/Update/11958/W98/EN-US/273991USA8.EXE
    Patch Availability: Microsoft Windows Me-
    http://download.microsoft.com/download/winme/Update/11958/WinMe/EN-US/273991USAM.EXE

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