Source: CNet News
Microsoft began notifying Passport users Monday night of changes that would give them more control over their accounts and increased privacy and security.
The changes could eliminate two of the biggest customer gripes against Passport: That users can create accounts using bogus e-mail addresses and that users cannot easily cancel accounts they no longer wish to keep.
Microsoft Corp. is expected to release the first service pack for Windows XP sometime next week. Sources close to the Redmond, Wash., software company told eWEEK on Wednesday that SP1 could be made available as early as next Tuesday, immediately after the Labor Day weekend. The service pack, which has been in beta since June, will include all the security fixes, application compatibility updates and updated drivers released since the launch of the product last October.
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.