Viruses & Malware
Handing Microsoft a major victory in its antitrust case, a federal appeals court has vacated a lower court's ruling calling for the breakup of the software titan.
The decision comes almost exactly a year after a federal judge ruled that Microsoft violated antitrust laws by exploiting its monopoly in the market for operating systems to capture the market for Web browsers.
Beta testers and developers think so, saying there is growing evidence that the Redmond-based software giant may well ship a smaller version of its .Net common language runtime on operating systems other than Windows, including Linux and Unix.
While there has been much speculation around this on Internet chat groups for some time now, the second beta of Visual Studio .Net released last week contains hard evidence of this, testers told eWEEK.
If you, your company, or department, have standardised on Office
2000, and you're not keen on buying copies of Office XP for any new
machines, then you'd better stock up on packs of Office 2000 now.
Microsoft stopped selling volume licence copies of Office 2000 at
the end of May. Single licence copies will be removed from
Microsoft's price list at the end of July.
Word, like other members of the Office product family, provides a
security mechanism that requires the user's approval to run macros. By
design, any time a document is opened Word scans it for macros. If any
are found, they are handled in accordance with user's selected security
settings. By default in Word 2000 and 2002, only macros that are signed
by a trusted party are enabled; all others are disabled. In Word 97, if
the document contains macros, the user is prompted regarding whether to
enable them or disable them.
A FLAW IN Microsoft's Internet Information Server (IIS) versions 4 and 5 -- software used to run an estimated 6 million Web servers worldwide -- can let an attacker execute code of his choice on the server, the company said Friday. The security hole is the second found in IIS this week and at least the fourth identified since the beginning of May.