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Do You Think Microsoft Will Win Or Lose The Trial?

News Date: Thursday 7th October 1999
Today's Top Headlines:
IntelliPoint 3 - Nino halted
  • ActiveWindows Community Reminder
    Time: 16:01 EDT/21:01 GMT Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Byron

    Just another reminder about signing up for our ActiveWindows Community on MSN. It allows you to chat with us in our chat room or via our message board, it also lets you post your own screensavers and backgrounds for other ActiveWindows readers to download.

  • IntelliPoint Version 3.00.307 Drivers Released
    Time: 15:13 EDT/20:13 GMT Source: E-Mail Posted By: Byron

    Microsoft has finally released IntelliPoint 3 drivers for everyone to download. The version that is available to download is version 3.00.307.

    To use the IntelliPoint software update you need: IntelliPoint 1.1 or later installed and one of the following: Windows95, Windows98, or Windows NT 4.0 SP3 or later operating systems, 13.5 MB of available hard-disk space, and a Microsoft Mouse or IntelliMouse.

  • Windows 2000 gets yet another beta
    Time: 12:34 EDT/16:34 GMT Source: CNN Posted By: Alex H

    Microsoft will lock down code for Windows 2000 later this month as it prepares the final version of the software that has been years in the making.

    Company officials have been coy as to whether a third release candidate of Beta 3 Windows 2000 would be released, but company officials yesterday confirmed there will indeed be a Release Candidate 3 (RC3).

    A release candidate is considered worthy of being final code and is sent to beta testers for evaluation. But Microsoft officials yesterday admitted to plans for an RC3 that will be sent to a reduced number of key beta testers. 

    The Release Candidate 2 software was sent to 650,000 beta testers on Sept. 15. Release Candidate 1 was shipped on July 1.

    Dave Thompson, director of Windows 2000 development at Microsoft, told attendees at the company's Exchange Conference '99 this week in Atlanta that Microsoft would release RC3 this month.

    "It is our escrow build," Thompson said. "There will be no more changes in the code." An escrow build, according to Microsoft sources, means code development is ceased as developers and beta testers hunt for recall class bugs. The escrow code is considered the release to manufacturing code.

    Thompson said the company is still targeting the year-end for release to manufacturing (RTM) of the software. With a Release Candidate 3, however, Microsoft is unlikely to ship the RTM until December. Microsoft reportedly hoped to make a big splash with the RTM at the Comdex trade show in mid-November.

  • Microsoft: Linux's Merits Are A Myth
    Time: 12:31 EDT/16:31 GMT Source: Techweb Posted By: Alex H

    An article, posted on the Windows NT section of Microsoft's website, takes Linux apart piece by piece, stating open source advocates are wrong to claim Linux is more reliable and offers higher performance.

    The document begins by criticizing Linux's aged roots: "Linux fundamentally relies on 30-year-old OS technology and architecture." It also went on to label the following statements as myths, "Linux performs better than Windows NT ... Linux is more reliable than Windows NT ... Linux is Free ... Linux is more secure than Windows NT" and "Linux can replace Windows on the desktop."

    The software behemoth concluded, "The Linux operating system is not suitable for mainstream usage by business or home users."

    Linux users were quick to rebut the criticisms.

  • Microsoft uses (some) Macs in Redmond
    Time: 12:29 EDT/16:29 GMT Source: The Register Posted By: Alex H

    For some important documents, like its Annual Report, Microsoft uses Macs.

    Kerry Leimer Jay used Word 98 for the Mac on his G3 system, and his file - with a path name that will be familiar to Mac users - was msft:ar99:downloads:ar99.doc. The discovery was made by Richard M Smith, a MacInTouch reader.

    The Word version of the Annual Report has the metadata that provides the proof. All you need is to download the .DOC file and put it though a utility to display the content.

    In July, The Register pointed out the perils of using Word if you want to keep any little secrets contained in so-called hidden text fields.

    Microsoft is aware of the problem, and has even produced a product support document "How to minimize metadata in Microsoft Word documents" that warns that Word documents "may contain content that you may not want to share with others when you distribute the document electronically".

  • Tailored Linux systems will supplant Windows, says Torvalds
    Time: 12:27 EDT/16:27 GMT Source: The Register Posted By: Alex H

    Monolithic operating systems consisting of "standard blocks" are on the way out, said Linus Torvalds yesterday, and they will be replaced by specially tailored and personalised systems. Torvalds was speaking at Internet World on the subject of Linux in business, and it appears he's now thinking about how the characteristics of open source software will give Linux an advantage over rival models.

    Open source allows rapid and varied development, and taking tow examples used by Torvalds yesterday, that means stripped-down versions can be produced quickly for, say set-top boxes, or at a more individual level companies can have their own tailored Web interface produced for their staff. As Linux was originally designed to run on pretty modest hardware anyway, it's also inherently easier to get it onto a diverse range of platforms, particularly because the vast majority of new (and high volume) platforms will be low resource.

  • Red Hat takes aim at Linux Web portal business
    Time: 04:08 EDT/09:08 GMT Source: The Register Posted By: Alex H

    Red Hat is planning a dramatic shift in the focus of its business by - effectively - betting it on the Web. Speaking to The Register earlier today company COO Tim Buckley said: "Our goal is to become the definitive site for Open Source software."

    Over three to five years, says Buckley, Red Hat intends its business to split as follows: 30 per cent product, 35 per cent services and 35 per cent portal (i.e., the Web bit). Those numbers may be more than a little understated: confronted with them chief marketing officer Tom Butta chirruped "80 per cent portal" before being gently countermanded by Buckley. But it's clear that Red Hat is seriously keen on switching the company focus to the Web. You can get some perspective on this by noting that currently Red Hat's business is 80 per cent product.

    The company has, says Buckley, been running the plan past analysts over the past few months, and the reasons for the move are pretty convincing. The product itself is free, so there's an imperative to derive revenues from support and services (which is the open source model anyway). But as bandwidth availability increases, "you can download in seconds rather than 36 hours" - the product becomes even less of an issue, because you can get it instantly, and the mechanism whereby you get it, and what you do along the way, becomes far more important.

  • MS-commissioned secret audit clears MS over Hotmail holes
    Time: 04:06 EDT/09:06 GMT Source: The Register Posted By: Alex H

    Microsoft has been entirely exonerated over the ghastly cock-up that opened up the email of 50 million Hotmail users to all and sundry. The exoneration comes in a secret report of an audit that was carried out by a "big five accounting" firm which Microsoft won't name.

    One might of course speculate that this is the sort of thing that will torpedo industry attempts to self-regulate over privacy. In the wake of the discovery of the Hotmail security hole Microsoft and Web privacy overseer TRUSTe announced that Hotmail would undergo a voluntary review by a major accounting firm, and that the firm would not be named. Microsoft is one of TRUSTe's major funding sources, but then as Microsoft is a big software company, it would be, wouldn't it? TRUSTe also gets a lot from IBM and Novell.


  • Feds say they spent $13.3 million in MS probe
    Time: 04:02 EDT/09:02 GMT Source: ZDNet Posted By: Alex H

    So how much has the Microsoft antitrust trial cost John Q. Public? Now we know. The Justice Department said Wednesday that its investigation and subsequent antitrust case against Microsoft Corp. cost $13.3 million. The information was made public after Slade Gorton, the Republican Senator from Microsoft's home state of Washington, requested the information.

  • Microsoft files five suits for software piracy
    Time: 03:54 EDT/08:54 GMT Source: Posted By: Alex H

    Microsoft filed five lawsuits in New York today, alleging Manhattan and Long Island firms have been distributing counterfeit Microsoft software and installing it in computers sold to consumers.

    One of the suits, which is against Alliance Technology of Manhattan, was filed in Manhattan federal court.

    The other four suits were filed in Brooklyn federal court against 1 Stop Camera and Computers of Great Neck, N.Y.; Core Computer of Cedarhurst, N.Y.; Distinctive Business Solutions of Great Neck, N.Y.; and Superior Computer Outlet of Hempstead, N.Y..

    Nick Psyhogeos, Microsoft attorney, told Reuters that although the Redmond, Washington, company had previously filed clusters of such suits in the New York area, pockets of illegal software distributors continued to surface.

    "Consumers need to be aware that if they see software offered at a price that seems too good to be true, it probably is," Psyhogeos said.

  • Torvalds sees future full of free operating systems
    Time: 03:52 EDT/08:52 GMT Source: Posted By: Alex H

    Operating systems and other "large blocks" of software will one day be free as a matter of course, Linux technical lead Linus Torvalds predicted today.

    Torvalds, employed by the top-secret start-up Transmeta, addressed several hundred attendees at the Internet World trade show today at a forum focused on the role of the Linux operating system in businesses. But his remarks covered a wide spectrum of topics, including the open-source operating system and his role in nurturing it.

    In an open-source project, software developers contribute code and fixes, often voluntarily. Typically, the resulting product is available to anyone for free, licensed use. Usually, a technical lead--in this case Torvalds--is responsible for managing the contributions.

    Torvalds predicted a future in which the market for what he called "standard blocks" of software, such as the operating system or the windowing system, will eventually dwindle.

    "What will drive the software industry is special software for special needs," Torvalds said. "Software companies make money off of personalization, ways for users to get their own Web interface."

  • NEC halts production of Rambus chips
    Time: 03:50 EDT/08:50 GMT Source: Posted By: Alex H

    NEC, Japan's largest chipmaker, said it will temporarily suspend production of Rambus chips after Intel delayed a product that works with the next-generation memory technology.

    NEC has already switched production lines in Southern Japan and Scotland to produce synchronous DRAM (dynamic random-access memory) chips rather than the Direct Rambus chips--which are capable of faster data transfer than conventional computer memory chips--they were making before, said a company spokesman who asked not to be named. The company had planned to ship about 2 million Rambus chips monthly to PC makers from March.

    NEC's decision comes after Intel, the world's No. 1 chipmaker, last month said it would delay for a second time a product that uses Rambus chips because of a technical problem, as previously reported by CNET

    The product, a chipset, is a group of chips that work with a microprocessor to form the main brain of a personal computer.


  • Philips pulls the plug on Nino handheld
    Time: 03:45 EDT/08:45 GMT Source: Posted By: Alex H

    Philips Electronics is discontinuing its Nino line of Windows CE-based handheld computers, another setback in Microsoft's battle to usurp the Palm Computing throne.

    After selling its remaining Nino 500 and 200 handheld PCs, Philips will exit the market for the Microsoft-based handhelds, the company said. Instead, it will refocus its resources on developing voice and data products, such as "smart" cell phones.

    Nino never gained much of a following, even among devices running Windows CE, Microsoft's scaled-down operating system. But Philips's decision to pull the plug on the product indicates the larger turmoil among Microsoft's Windows CE hardware partners, which have largely been stymied in their attempts to break Palm Computing's grip on the handheld market.

    "The market for handhelds, and in particular the stand-alone [Windows CE] palm-size PC, was smaller than Philips expected," said Marty Gordon, a spokesman for Philips Electronics, adding that the company will "continue to sell the Nino through the current life cycle until we sell out."

    Although handhelds like Palm Computing's PalmPilot and the Nino once were considered a niche market appealing only to hardcore techies, the devices have gained mass-market attention as the PC industry looks for new convenient methods of accessing the Internet and information services.

    Despite the growing interest, Philips's history in the Windows CE market has been marked by fits and starts: In early 1998, Philips introduced the Nino and the Velo, which was a larger Windows CE handheld in a clamshell design. Philips discontinued the Velo device shortly after it was introduced.

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