First Microsoft bet big on the Internet. Then it wagered on video games. Now, the software giant is going double-or-nothing on a combination of the two -- one it hopes will ultimately pay off in spades.
On Friday, Microsoft launched Xbox Live, an online gaming service with global aspirations that is part of the company's five-year, $2-billion strategy to make its video game console the center of a networked home entertainment system.
Source: Security Focus
Yesterday Microsoft senior VP and head trustworthy computing honcho Craig Mundie delivered his 'annual report' on the company's trustworthy computing initiative. He had much to say about the progress that has been made since Microsoft discovered security, but the bit that interested us was way down the bottom of this, where he explained why people are going to have to ditch their old MS stuff and buy lots of lovely new MS stuff instead.
Source: The Register
L33tdawg: "Bogus Boffins" -- I like that term *grin*
The professional engineers' association in Canada is dismayed that Microsoft Certified System Engineers (MCSEs) are calling themselves "engineers". Microsoft agreed to discourage the use of the term among MCSEs last year, but changed its mind in the summer.
Source: The Register
The Grand Old Duke of York is clearly in charge of Microsoft's operating systems roadmaps for, having marched Longhorn up to the top of a distant (2005, said his Billness) hill earlier this year, he has now marched it straight back down again. Longhorn, the next version of Windows XP, will not after all be a 2005 product, but will quite possibly be a next year product after all.
Source: PC Pro UK
Microsoft has alerted users to potentially 'critical' flaws in most flavours of Windows including Windows 98, ME, NT 4.0, 2000 and XP. This time Redmond says there are two problems found in Windows's HTML based Help systems.
The first issue concerns an Active X control within the HTML Help facility. An unchecked buffer in one of the control's functions could be exploited by a web page or an HTML email allowing the attacker to gain access to the system.