Source: ZDNet UK
The information is released as part of an as-yet-unapproved settlement to the company's antitrust case. Analysts are divided over how meaningful it may be
Microsoft on Tuesday disclosed technical information vital to allowing third-party developers to create software that works well with Windows.
Source: Financial Times
reaper: Glad someone has the stones to break away!
Microsoft, the world's biggest software group, on Monday suffered a blow to its most important business, when Hewlett-Packard, the world's largest personal computer company, selected a rival software package for its consumer PCs.
Source: Security Focus
Microsoft has released details of the changes being made in Windows Product Activation (WPA) with WinXP Service Pack 1. As expected, SP1 will fail to install if either of "two well-known pirated product keys" has previously been used to activate the system, and such systems will also be denied access to Windows Update. But the changes will have a far wider impact than this, as Microsoft appears to be trying to cover all currently known holes in WPA security.
Source: Business Week
L33tdawg: "... XP can be made secure. But Microsoft has left it up to you to make that happen." Considering the fact that the normal/average computer user has enough trouble trying to configure their dialup modems, I doubt they're going to take the time and effort to learn about securing their machines.