Source: PC MAGAZINE
We're coming up on the first anniversary of Microsoft Windows XP. I warned you at the outset to stay away from Windows XP Home Edition ("XP Home: Don't Go There," October 30, 2001; www.pcmag.com/machronexphome). Unfortunately, if you've bought a new PC recently, it's probably running Win XP Home.
Microsoft "may offer new security abilities on a paid basis," according to the company's chief technical officer Craig Mundie. The possibility is under consideration within Microsoft's security business unit, recently set up under its own vice president, Mike Nash.
The idea is still only hypothetical, but represents an acknowledgement that Microsoft sees security not just as a necessary condition to reassure existing and future customers, but also as a potential source of revenue.
Microsoft is putting the finishing touches on the second release candidate, or near-final testing version, of Windows .Net Server 2003, sources said.
The clock is ticking for Windows .Net Server 2003, an operating system that is used to run high-end computers that manage everything from checking passwords to keeping track of a corporate payroll. The new system is also the foundation of Microsoft's .Net Web services initiative, geared to power advanced Internet operations.
Source: CNet News
Microsoft appears to have shut down one of the world's largest distributors of "mod chips"--gray-market add-ons that allow Microsoft's Xbox and other video game consoles to play pirated games.
A representative in Microsoft's Australian subsidiary confirmed that the company has taken legal action against Hong Kong-based Lik Sang.
Lik Sang's Web site has been offline for nearly two weeks, with a notice on the site blaming a server outage.