When Microsoft Corp. raises the curtain on the first piece of its Next-Generation Secure Computing Base for Windows technology this week, company executives said it will mark the beginning of a fundamental shift in the architecture of the PC and the way users interact with their machines.
Source: PC World
Microsoft this summer plans to reveal further details about the next version of its Passport e-business authentication service, although the company is not yet committing to a release date. One improvement planned for Passport is fitting it with Web services protocols such as WS-Security as a mechanism for federating with other authentication service providers, said Microsoft's Adam Sohn, product manager in the platform strategy group at the company, in Redmond, Washington.
How far will MSN go to get new subscribers? Apparently to the portable potty at your local summer concert or festival.
MSN UK is creating what Microsoft calls the world's first Internet outhouse, or iLoo, complete with flat-screen plasma display, wireless keyboard and broadband access. MSN UK spokesman Matthew Whittingham described the portable toilet as the first "WWW.C," referring to the term W.C., or water closet.
Source: Security Focus
Microsoft is considering an external testing programme to improve the quality of its security patches.
Difficulty in applying patches and instances where fixes fail to work properly - or cause unfortunate side effects - have long been an issue in Microsoft shops.
Craig Fiebig, general manager of the Secure Business Unit at Microsoft, acknowledges this is an issue and outlined some of the steps Microsoft is taking to address the problem in the next phase of its Trustworthy Computing push.
Source: The Inquirer
THERE ARE PLENTY of people who think that the MPAA is bad but, as the phrase goes, they ain't seen nuthin' yet. Microsoft had been floating around on the horizon off the California coastline watching Hollywood with interest. Now the Vole has parked a whacking great big battleship just offshore. It has announced its own DVD format and has backing from some insiders.