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released a knowledge base article confirming a new Bug in IE6 SP1...
Under the status line ms says, this problem will be fixed in Internet Explorer 6 SP2. So perhaps MS will release a new version of the popular browser sooner than the next service pack for XP.
The third release and now MS has no problems with it so it now should be available longer then 1 day ;-)
Check www.nu2.nu after the weekend for download.
Last week Microsoft called webmasters of Msnfan.com, Msnbase.nl, Msn6.nl, Msnnamen.nl, Msntools.com and MSNshit.nl with the request to stop using domain names with MSN in it. Some of the sites have already changed the domain, some sites have not been contacted yet Msnskins.nl, Msnskins.com and Msndating.nl (last week).
You might remember the same thing happening to this site when it ran under the name www.WindowsXP.nu which is now owned by Microsoft.
Based on feedback from customers and partners Microsoft is committed to providing a 12 month roadmap of upcoming service packs and security rollup packages. The updated service pack roadmap chart details three key points:
Due to feedback and reviews of the feasibility and usability of the Windows Security Rollup Packages, Microsoft has decided that we will not be releasing any further updates for Windows NT Workstation and Windows NT Server 4.xx in the foreseeable future.
Windows XP (Professional and Home) Service Pack 2 will be released in mid-2004
The Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 release date has been moved from late-2003 to the first quarter of 2004.
UPDATE: Wininformant has more on this issue, it might be released earlier in Q1 2004:
interview with ComputerWorld, Microsoft group vice president Jim Allchin said
that Windows XP SP2 was still on track for early 2004. However, the company is
evaluating the schedule, making me wonder if all the pressure from users is
finally settling in over in
“Outlook mail counter” to place your outlook count on your desktop. With the recent beta of Outlook 2003 it looks like this utility isn’t going to be that useful since the new outlook does this on it’s own. One of the top requests the developer received was to allow people who didn’t use outlook but a web mail service like Yahoo or MSN to check their mail in a similar way. Now developed Pop mail counter for windows XP. This program talks directly to a POP mail server, counts your mail and places this information on your Windows XP welcome screen. Now currently running a public Beta.
Bear Paw is the codename of the next generation terminal services. It is first mentioned at the Microsoft Financial Analyst Meeting in a presentation by Eric Rudder.
Some curious engineers asked for more info at Microsoft, this was some of the reply:
made it very clear at this time, the specific features that will be included in
Bear Paw have not been confirmed.
Eric Rudder did reference Bear Paw and did imply that it is targeted for Microsoft FY04 (July - June 04.) release.
Eric Rudder's reference was pre-mature.
We have now been advised by Chandra Shekaran, the Terminal Server group manager, that Eric Rudder should not have mentioned Bear Paw! Bill Veghte has already spoken to him and advised him that at this stage Bear Paw is undefined re features or Release dates.
Microsoft public position on Bear paw at this time is - Bear Paw is the code name for the next release of Terminal Server. Its features set and release date are at this time undefined.
Chandra confirmed to me that Bear Paw will not be released on its own, it will either be part of a Service Pack or a major release. He specifically said that it could be part of win2k3 SP2 or Longhorn - but nothing is decided.
SmartBarXP is a bar
that runs down the side of your screen, and can be configured to display
interactive panes, display shortcuts to common locations, or even replace your
existing taskbar. A huge selection of panes are available to be added to the
bar, which range from media Players and a running slideshow pane, to live news,
weather and stock feeds, and much more.
To add to the incredible flexibility of functionality, SmartBarXP can be fully customized in almost every aspect you could think of. Every pane has extensive options where needed, and can be customized to function and look just the way you want it to. The bar itself can also be customized, with several options for positioning, auto hiding, pane scrolling, fading and translucency effects, changing the language and regional setting, and more. You can also select the theme the bar takes on; it can match your current Windows XP theme, the Classic Windows theme, or even use a third party SmartBarXP theme.
Services For Netware 5.02 Service Pack 2 (SP2) provides a cumulative roll up of
updates and services that have been offered since the release of Windows
Services For Netware 5.01 Service Pack 1.
The Windows Services For Netware 5.02 SP2 provides a cumulative roll up of updates and services that have been offered since the release of Windows Services For Netware 5.0. Windows Services For Netware SP2 offers substantial improvements to the Directory Synchronization and File Migration Utility since the initial release of the Microsoft Windows Services For Netware 5.0 software product.
The Windows Services for Netware SP2 offers two updates for download: MSDSSSP2 and FPNWSP2.
is a command-line diagnostics tool that allows administrators to view the contents
of master boot records, boot sectors, and IA64 GUID partition tables.
Additional features include creating hex dumps of binary files and
backup/restore of sector ranges.
Sector Inspector is a flexible diagnostics tool for safely collecting disk and file system-related data for offline analysis. Sector Inspector has additional features that allow backup and restore of sector ranges for use with other disk editing tools. Because low-level disk access is performed, administrator privileges are required to use most features of Sector Inspector.
resolves problems that were found in the Exchange 2000 since SP3 was released.
The September 2003 Exchange 2000 Server Post-Service Pack 3 Rollup supercedes the March 2003 Exchange 2000 Server Post-Service Pack 3 Rollup that was re-released on March 24, 2003. Earlier Rollup Patch released in March has build no. 06.00.01.6396 while the September roll up patch carries 06.00.01.6487.
This update requires Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server Service Pack 3.
The list of fixes that are contained in this rollup will be available shortly.
Download: Exchange 2000 Post-SP3 Rollup Patch 6487.1
View: More Info. about this download
View: March 2003 Exchange 2000 Server Post-SP 3 Rollup
A great tweakguide for Windows 2000 /XP in helpfile format, made by a Lex van der Horst (a Dutch MVP) Check it out now.
homepage of Lex van der Horst: http://windowsxp.homedns.org
The Live Meeting Web conferencing service helps you and your employees run and participate in interactive meetings around the world with remote teams, prospects, customers, partners, colleagues, and global audiences—in real time and at a moments notice. With everyone participating from their desktops, teams can swap ideas, share information, mark up files, collaborate with whiteboards, or negotiate deals—at a fraction of the cost of travel. Communicating with people more easily and quickly can help shorten sales cycles, increase productivity, and improve the bottom line.
View: Sign up for the free, 30-day Live Meeting trial
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View: Microsoft Office Live Meeting Overview
View: Experience a Live Meeting demonstration in real time
News source: www.iexbeta.com
release Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 late in calendar year 2003. In the
meantime, a 45-day free trial of the Connectix Virtual PC for Windows version
5, now from Microsoft, can be downloaded for evaluation purposes.
August 15th was the last day customers could purchase Virtual PC for Windows from Connectix. In late 2003, Microsoft will release a new version of Virtual PC (Microsoft Virtual PC 2004) which may have different features and may require migration from the current Connectix Virtual PC for Windows product. You can find more information about Microsoft's Virtual PC for Windows product plans and support options, and you can download a trial version of Virtual PC for Windows 5.2 at http://www.microsoft.com/virtualpc.
Currently, Microsoft has also made available the complete version of Virtual PC for Windows 5.2(43.6 Mb) for MSDN Subscribers at MSDN subscribers site.
Download: Microsoft Virtual PC for Windows 5.2 45-day Free Trial (23.34 Mb)
View: Microsoft Virtual PC for Windows 5.2 Trial Download Page
View: System Requirements & Serial No. for Trial Edition
View: Virtual PC for Windows Product Overview
View: Microsoft Virtual PC Homepage
What Will Be Available
Technology Guarantee. Acquire Microsoft Office XP or other Office
version 2002 programs and you may be eligible to receive a free upgrade to
the latest version when it becomes available. Learn more about the Microsoft
Office Technology Guarantee.
Availability to Volume License customers. Customers enrolled
in the Microsoft Select and Enterprise Agreement volume licensing programs
will begin receiving receive the new Microsoft Office System programs
(English only) in their October CD shipments. Learn more about Microsoft
October 21, 2003
Retail availability. The Microsoft Office System programs will
be available at retail and online outlets.
Last week the august cumulative patch for IE was released. This site claims there are still 22 unpatched security holes in IE
WORD DOCUMENT has escaped from its laboratories and found itself on the world
Dubbed "Hands on Lab", the lengthy document outlines a great many procedures when working with 32-bit and 64-bit AMD architecture.
As the article says, a 64-bit operating system supports far more physical memory than a 32-bit OS. Windows NT for the AMD64 platform supports 16 terabytes.
This, says Microsoft, has a number of benefits. More applications can support more users, each application has better peformance because it can be completely resident in the main memory, and wipes out the performance penalty of swapping pages to and from disk.
The document also claims AMD64 has benefits for businesses, including increased productivity, lower cost of ownership, and new application opportunities, particularly in graphics.
There is more, very much more, here, complete with revisions, corrections and a heap else.
Hi, I'm back
from a great holiday at
Microsoft moved its update server to linux according to this report, and so changed IP to AKAMAI one of the largest hosting companies (which MS invested in too)
But maybe it is a linux device in front if the server to protect the server from attack.
My windowsupdate does not work on my laptop after I did a clean install, when I do scan for updates, it immediately states 100% scanned and no updates available. Anybody have a clue? please email me bink at bink.nu, thanx
UPDATE: Thanx Michael for the
suggestion, in IE I had no Languages defined, I added
for Microsoft Operating Systems
Phase 6 Service Release 1, Public Edition
This is Phase 6 Service Release 1 of the Support Tools for Microsoft Operating System. Support Tools for Microsoft Operating Systems are provided as troubleshooting tools for those working with Microsoft Windows Server 2003.
Support Tools for Microsoft Operating Systems Phase 6 provides the following two tools to increase supportability of Windows Server 2003. These tools are intended for Microsoft partners such as OEM and Systems Integrator, who need to troubleshoot enterprise customer's problems such as system crash or other system problems.
Kernel Memory Space Analyzer (also called Kanalyze):
Kanalyze is a crash dump analysis tool. It automatically analyzes crash dumps, locates various kernel data objects, and identifies anomalous conditions of data items in kernel memory space.
User Mode Process Dump (also called Userdump):
Userdump is a troubleshooting tool for user mode problems. It allows dumping running Win32 processes on the fly, or automatically dumps monitored processes when an exception occurred.
Download details Support Tools for Microsoft Operating Systems, Phase 6 Service Release 1 (SR1)
Related: Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 OEM Support Tools
Today Office 2003 will officially RTM. I also heard it will be in MSDN today!
author Karl Moore has landed a top award from software giant Microsoft.
Earlier this year the 23-year-old, of
Karl was up for the title of Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for his books on the Visual Basic programming language.
After two months of deliberation Karl was this week named Visual Basic (MVP).
Speaking from his publishers in
"It is a true surprise - I didn't even know I had been picked, never mind short listed."
Microsoft will now provide
As reported by the Courier last week, the self-taught
He has written two books, Karl Moore's Visual Basic.NET and the newly released follow-up, The Ultimate VB.NET Code Book.
For more information visit www.karlmoore.com.
Bit late I must say, but today MS support released a scan tool to detect vulnerable systems on your network.
little report in the Wall Street Journal:
In order to compete with the Thai government's plan to sell a million cheapo Linux PCs, which we covered earlier, Microsoft did some fancy footwork on pricing. And on activation.
According to the Journal, Microsoft said it would sell WIndows XP and Office at a piffling $36 a PC.
And Microsoft also agreed to make specific Thai versions of Windows XP, IE and the Media Player.
But here's the real stunner, aside from the price. The Vole also removed the need for product activation for Windows XP in
So what gives?
If it can do all these marvelous things in
Microsoft agrees to remove XP activation, slashes price to bone
Well I signed up for the "European" MSN digital music portal which was launched today, MSN in my country doesn't have it yet, as always Dutch Microsoft sites are way behind, they are still promoting "Messenger 6 Preview" and were promoting win2k sp3 while sp4 was out for weeks. Anyway I signed up bought some credits and downloaded 2 songs from Beyonce (just for testing) 1 permanent which I can copy to CD and 1 temporary (just play and no copy, playback is allowed for 1 month.
As an audiophile I want the best quality, certainly when I pay for it, well the WMA files are encoded in WM8 !!! Why? They spend millions in developing and promoting WM9.
The tracks are 128 bit, I had no option to select better quality or switch to WM9, Album Art is not added or downloaded like other digital media I have. (please correct me if I got it all wrong)
So Microsoft nice try, but no thanks for now. I don't know if Apple's iTunes have these options, but I'm sure more music lovers would like to choose quality.
Comments from reader Mikael:
1. I agree,
they should have used WMA9
2. ...but remember that WMA at 128 equals (in quality) to MP3 at 160.
3. Apple uses also 128, and a lot worse format.
hopes to be ready when hundreds of thousands of computers infected with the
MSBlast worm start pelting its Windows Update service with data requests on
The company has taken steps to try to dodge the denial-of-service attack, but it's also begun educating Windows users about other ways to get updates and patches in the event that the update service is made unavailable.
"We are preparing," said Stephen Toulouse, security program manager for Microsoft's security research center. "We are working diligently to make sure that our customers can get the patch."
The primary payload of the MSBlast worm, which began infecting systems Monday, is a DoS attack against the service from which most Windows users get their updates. If successful, the maneuver would frustrate efforts to patch the Windows vulnerability the worm exploits. The strategy is also a way of simply harassing the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant; the worm's code contains a message for the company's founder: "billy gates why do you make this possible? Stop making money and fix your software!!"
Named after the msblast.exe file that contains the program, MSBlast continued to spread across the Net on Wednesday, infecting nearly 228,000 computers by midmorning, according to data gathered by security company Symantec.
Computers infected with the worm will start sending connection requests to the Windows Update service at midnight Friday, according to the clock on a given user's computer.
Lloyd Taylor, the vice president of technology and operations Keynote Systems, which evaluates network performance, said that Microsoft's service will likely fall victim to the attack.
"I don't think any network in the world would be accessible with the amount of traffic that is going to be thrown at it,"
In 2001, after Code Red infected some 350,000 computers, it aimed a similar DoS attack at whitehouse.gov. The network administrators were able to move the site from the targeted Internet address and sidestep the attack. Moreover, despite hundreds of thousands of PCs flooding the Internet with data, local network outages didn't happen.
Marc Maiffret, chief hacking officer for security software maker eEye Digital Security, said the amount of data sent from each infected computer would be small and that it would be unlikely to overwhelm any networks. Each compromised computer should send 50 packets of data every second--about 16kbps. That's quite low for such attacks.
"I doubt Windows Update will go down," Maiffret said. "They have a big network, and it's very distributed."
News Microsoft prepares to be Blasted
stolen a march on rival Apple by signing a deal with a digital music company
backed by singer Peter Gabriel to launch the first internet download service in
The new venture will be accessed through Microsoft's Windows Media Player software and will allow users to download songs from a choice of more than 200,000 by major artists.
Apple's iTunes service, which sold more than 6.5m tracks in three months since launching in the US, has been heralded as a success because it allows users to download tracks at a set price and then copy them to CDs or portable players.
OD2, Mr Gabriel's company, said single tracks would be available from about 75p each while albums would cost £7.99, considerably cheaper than their instore counterparts.
"For the first time, millions of music fans across
The five record groups, all of which have signed deals with OD2, have also promised to supply exclusive singles to the service before they are available in the shops.
They hope this will encourage fans to pay for the track rather than downloading it illegally from file sharing sites. A successful launch could assuage industry fears that fans are becoming bored with tracks before they hit the shelves.
There are also hopes that downloading could help revive flagging singles sales. Tracks bought through the service are expected to be eligible for the charts from later this year.
Media Player will link to either Microsoft's own MSN service or one operated by the Italian internet company Tiscali.
Charles Grimsdale, chief executive of OD2, said he expected to have at least 300,000 tracks available through the service within a matter of weeks.
With the might of Microsoft behind the launch, record companies are hoping that the service will turn the tide against illegal downloads.
"This is a significant step, the Windows Media Player is the dominant player in
Guardian Unlimited Special reports Microsoft beats Apple to the music
yesterday that it planned to change the way it distributes its flagship Windows
XP operating system software, in response to a malicious software
"worm" that has spread over the Internet in recent days attacking
tens of thousands of personal computers by exploiting vulnerabilities in
Dissemination of the worm, a viruslike program, slowed yesterday as network administrators and individual computer users around the world took steps to protect their machines, even as Microsoft's critics stepped up their complaints that the company's industry-dominant software puts its customers at risk of such outbreaks.
In at least a partial answer to its critics, Microsoft said that it would begin shipping the consumer and business versions of Windows XP with the protective network firewall completely activated, to make PCs less vulnerable to attacks.
As part of its so-called .NET strategy, the company has been selling Windows XP with the firewall only partially enabled, to make it easier for users to play games online and make use of various automated Web services -- such as programs that make it easier for consumers to link the information in their credit card accounts to their checking accounts online, for example. But critics have long said that such capabilities, which can make PCs more open to network attacks, should be chosen by the user, instead of being an automatic feature of the software.
Steve Lipner, Microsoft's director of security strategy, said yesterday that the company had been shipping the software without the full firewall protection turned on because customers had indicated that it was their preferred setting.
"Doing it the way we did was probably the right decision when we shipped XP," he said. "Obviously, times change, and the things we do to protect our customers change."
In the future, customers who chose to partly disable the firewall will be able to do so. The other main version of Windows now sold by Microsoft, Windows Server 2003, has already been sold with the firewall fully enabled; users can disable it if they choose.
Yet critics say that beyond the firewall setting, Microsoft continues to put its customers at risk by selling buggy software that must be fixed through periodically released software patches downloadable from its Web sites.
After a new Windows vulnerability was discovered in July, Microsoft created a software patch. But only a fraction of the users of the affected versions of Windows took that step, leading critics to warn that someone would inevitably create a worm or virus to exploit the weakness on the millions of unpatched computers. Indeed, the worm carries a message blaming Bill Gates, Microsoft's chairman, for the vulnerabilities in the company's software.
A modified version of the W32.Blaster worm is on the loose, according to advisories from two security firms. But users whose machines are patched against the original Blaster should be protected against the variant as well.
Labs, a security firm in
The only changes seem to be in the appearance of the new worm and a new text string abusing Microsoft Corp. and antivirus writers, according to the the Kaspersky alert.
The name of the worm file has been changed from MSBLAST.EXE to TEEKIDS.EXE, according to Steven Sundermeier, a vice president at Central Command Inc., a Medina, Ohio-based vendor of antivirus software. The variant also uses a different code-compression method than the original, he said.
the original worm still appears to be spreading, but at a slower pace. At
this point, "it's more of a slug than a worm really," said Russ
Cooper, an analyst at TruSecure Corp., a security vendor in
So far, TruSecure's servers have recorded attacks from about 471 unique Internet Protocol addresses -- or about 13 new ones every hour, Cooper said. About 88% of the attacks on TruSecure's servers are from new IP addresses.
CERT estimated the number of infected systems worldwide as being "in the low hundreds of thousands," Manion said.
on Aug. 18 it
will release to manufacturing one of the programs of the Microsoft® Office
System, Microsoft Office Project 2003. This milestone brings companies one step
closer to the features in Project 2003 that align resources and business
activities with strategic objectives, which can make the difference between
those organizations that achieve success and those that do not.
(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO )
Chris Capossela, general manager of the Microsoft Project Business Unit, announced the news during a presentation at the Silicon Valley Speaker Series, a monthly event held at the company's
Customers and Partners Reap Line of Business Benefits
Project 2003, with its Microsoft Office Enterprise Project Management (EPM) Solution, is being recognized by customers, independent software vendors and system implementers as a platform for scalable solutions that enable companies to maximize their efficiency by aligning their initiatives with business objectives. The Gear and Apparel group at Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) is using the Project 2003 beta to streamline the process of bringing new and revised REI-branded products to market. By blending its product development expertise with EPM practices, the Gear and Apparel group will be better positioned for continued growth.
Microsoft Office Project 2003 includes Project Professional 2003, Project Server 2003 and Project Web Access, which work together to create the EPM Solution. Also part of the Microsoft Office Project 2003 product lineup is Project Standard 2003, the version of Project designed for stand-alone use. Estimated retail pricing* will be $1,499 for Project Server 2003, $999 for Project Professional 2003 and $599 for Project Standard 2003.
Customers who acquire an earlier retail version of Microsoft Project between Aug. 15 and Nov. 30 may have the option to upgrade to Microsoft Office Project 2003. Additional information on the Microsoft Office System Retail Technology Guarantee will be available at http://www.microsoft.com/office/ on Aug. 15, 2003.
This self-contained 9 minute presentation shows a high-level overview of ADAM. Download
not trying to sidestep blame...
Microsoft has laid the blame for half of all Windows crashes on third-party code.
Scott Charney, chief security strategist at Microsoft, told developers at the TechEd 2003 conference in
Charney's comments come as the company highlights the rigour with which it tests its own products before release. Microsoft emphasised that products such as
The company is employing root cause analysis and event sequence analysis procedures to scrub out the creation of sloppy code. The result is that individual developers have a high degree of accountability for the code they produce, while the systems and processes associated with code development are rigorously monitored.
Root cause analysis enables the company to check closely the work of individual developers. “If a developer has written vulnerable code, then we look at what else that developer has written and check it,” Charney said.
Event sequence analysis takes this further, analysing the reasons why the vulnerable code was written. Charney said it was not necessarily so they can sack whoever is writing vulnerable code but to find out the reasons why and how Microsoft can improve its staff with training or more efficient processes.
As Charney made his remarks,
Charney also reinforced Microsoft's message to developers and network administrators that they need to build secure applications and networks "from the ground up".
The chief security strategist's remarks have come at an unfortunate time, as mainstream and niche media outlets produce heavy coverage of the impact of the MSBlast worm, which has infiltrated corporate and enterprise networks worldwide.
The worm that hit the internet yesterday infected over 100,000 windows computers, luckily you visit my site daily and you patched your system weeks ago. Others were not so lucky. So still spread the word to patch, the Blaster worm is a rather kind worm, another worm might be on the way making use of same open door and do more nasty stuff.
working to end the patch management nightmare by creating a new, centralized
patch-management architecture that it will use for all its products; this
infrastructure will be used by a new generation of services, such as Microsoft
Update, and tools, like the company's installer programs. This week, the
company issued its first beta of Microsoft Installer 3.0, one of two installer
programs Microsoft will support under the new patch management scheme. For
anyone supporting Microsoft's products, what was once a dream is suddenly
"Customers told us to reduce the vulnerabilities in our products before they ship, and to get fixes out before vulnerabilities are exploited," a Microsoft representative told me. "It's not easy delivering timely, high quality patches under our current system. So we need to simplify patch management, and create tools to do this effectively and consistently." Microsoft Installer 3.0, one of the two end-user patch installation technologies Microsoft will support under the new scheme should ship in early 2004, I've been told.
Microsoft has many goals for its next-generation installer technology. Hot-fixes, security patches, and other updates shouldn't require a reboot when possible, the company tells me. There should be a simpler and more consistent way to determine what patches are already installed and which critical updates need to be installed. Patches should be delivered as quickly as possible, reducing customers' exposure to problems. And of course, patches should work properly the first time and not introduce separate issues of their own.
Microsoft Installer 3.0 is only part of the answer. The company will shore up its patch infrastructure in the coming months and then update services like Windows Update and AutoUpdate to work off the new common back-end. Then, a wide-reaching service, currently known only as Microsoft Update, will arrive, providing updates for all of the company's applicable products. Other patch management-related products, such as Systems Management Server (SMS), the Microsoft Baseline Security Advisor, and Software Update Services (SUS) will also be updated to take advantage of the new infrastructure.
Installer Refresh First Step to Ending Patch Management Nightmare Microsoft's Plan to End the Patch Management Nightmare
It might be
the world's most widely distributed e-mail client, but Microsoft has confirmed
that it has no intention of further developing Outlook Express. "[Outlook
Express] just sits where it is," said Dan Leach, lead product manager for
Microsoft's information worker product management group. "The technology
doesn't go away, but no new work is being done. It is consumer e-mail in an
early iteration, and our investment in the consumer space is now focused around
Hotmail and MSN. That's where we're putting the emphasis in terms of new
investment and new development work."
While Outlook Express has always been most popular with individual consumers, many business users have also utilised it, in part because it is part of the default Windows install. Microsoft executives are hoping those users will now switch to the full-blown Outlook client (and pay for an Office licence in the process). "IMAP is just not a very rich protocol," Steve Conn, Exchange Server product manager, told ZDNet
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Microsoft prepares to launch Office 2003 this fall, it is readying a new
quality-first development process for Office 12.
The company is stepping up its quality assurance, stressing a new goal, called Milestone Q, of getting code clean and solid earlier in the development process, according to a Microsoft internal memo examined by CRN. Toward that end, the company will use more automated quality-assurance and testing tools such as Big Button and Buddy Web. Office 12 is also known internally as the Longhorn version of Office.
In the current Office development workflow, if a developer thinks a feature is done, he checks it into the system,often before his program manager or testers have worked with it. Going forward, the developer, tester and program manager all will work on the code before it is checked into the main source branch. Theoretically, that means it will be immediately ready for internal testing, also known as "dogfooding."
One solution provider, who requested anonymity, was glad to hear Microsoft is upping the ante on quality, "but this sort of begs the question with what happened in previous versions of Office."
Office, which has an estimated 90 percent of corporate desktops, is often beta-tested by solution providers.
Software development, especially for a product as feature-rich as Office, is a repetitive process comprising what can seem to be endless feedback loops and rework.
"We're trying to reduce the iteration of that cycle because it's extremely costly," said Steven Sinofsky, senior vice president of Microsoft's Information Worker Product Group. "We want to use our development resources more effectively, yielding higher-quality code and not iterating what customers never see," he said.
The Office 12 team will rely on new tools, including Buddy Web, a system developers can use to privately share releases, according to the memo, from Eric Fox, Office development manager at Microsoft. Buddy Web had previously been used by the Outlook team.
In addition, the Office group will have access to Big Button, a system that gives developers easy access to the appropriate set of tests for their code.
Automation has become a bigger factor in both internal and external testing. The use of the Watson tool in Office 2003 development led to more complete testing,including an additional beta round,and what Microsoft says is much better code. Watson automates the near-instantaneous transmission of crash reports and data to Microsoft over the Web.
Another tool, dubbed Service Quality Monitor (SQM), will also be used more widely. Watson reports system information about crash-related events, "where you were in the code, what was the state of Intel registers and key memory variables," Sinofsky said. "SQM, - pronounced 'skwim'- informs us of a sequence of events: 'Here you started Outlook, wrote a message, moved a message to the folder.' Each of these little pieces of data are piled up and sent occasionally, and we look at that data in aggregate."
The use of SQM and Watson is voluntary and anonymous, he added.
Over the past
couple of years, Microsoft's
However, other than the MS seal of approval and the confidence that imprimatur can bring to some parts of the market, what's the appeal to storage vendors? Could it be the very same things we customers look for in a technology supplier?
Microsoft next month will offer a wider variety of NAS to OEM partners starting with the launch of its next-generation design, dubbed Windows Storage Server 2003. The current list of NAS partners includes Coastline Micro Inc.,Dell Inc., EMC Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., and Iomega Corp.
Starting with WSS 2003, the group will offer seven different configuration to partners, according to Claude Lorenson, product manager with the Enterprise Storage Division. This is more than double the number offered under the current (and for all purposes now previous) Microsoft-powered NAS program. During our conversation, held across the street from last week's LinuxWorld show, he called them stock-keeping units (SKUs).
For the high-end SKUs, Microsoft will offer enterprise-level capabilities such as support for clustering, Fibre Channel, iSCSI and load balancing. These and other features improve performance when the NAS is used as a gateway to a storage area network. (Earlier this summer, Microsoft released its iSCSI driver package for Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000 (news - web sites), and Windows XP (news - web sites) Professional.)
At the entry-level part the SKU list is a configuration that supports only two hard disks, uses software RAID and removes support for Unix (news - web sites) NFS. "We're very conscious about differentiation. A small business environment won't have Unix servers. It's at a price that provides our OEMs the ability build a sub-$1,000 box and still make money," Lorenson said.
Another WSS 2003 SKU will add print server capabilities, useful in a small business or department environment. The feature had been requested by its OEM customers as well as from end users of the current versions.
"With WSS 2003 we have a real breadth of products, from a NAS box for $999 to a really high-end 48TB device, and all run by Windows," Lorenson said. "People are starting to realize that we can fine tune [NAS] for different environments. Before long, you're going to start seeing more focused offerings in every level."
In addition to the expanded SKUs, changes within Microsoft's storage group will boost the technical and marketing support available for partners selling their NAS solutions.
The Enterprise Storage Division will release its own updates separate from the general server releases, Lorenson said. "There will be a WSS 2004, that will be totally upgradeable from 2003, and so on into the future. We will do our own patches and QFEs [Quick Fix Engineering updates] directly. This is only possible because we have an organization surrounding the product."
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Intel and Microsoft Smartphone:
mobile phone designed by Microsoft Corp. and Intel Corp. is set to enter the
market this fall, marking the duo's first joint volley against established
Mitac, a Taiwan-based computer maker expanding into the handheld-device market, plans to start selling its new Mio8380 in
Besides voice calls, the handset, advertised on Mitac's web site, will be capable of playing music and video, sending e-mail, taking pictures and keeping a diary. The mobile phone will cost between $565 and $598 before subsidies.
The handset uses Microsoft's Smartphone 2002 operating system and Intel's PXA255 200MHz processor. The phone is based on a reference design that was first introduced to the industry in early 2002, rattling the nerves of established handset makers that fear Microsoft and Intel could use their considerable resources to dominate the market.
Microsoft and Intel have targeted the handset market to counter slowing sales for PCs, which remains a major source of revenue for both companies.
Because of established players' reluctance to work with Microsoft and Intel, the two companies have turned to Asian contractors like Mitac and High Tech Computer, which are anxious to enter the handheld market.
Techweb News Microsoft-Intel Phone Set To Hit The Market Microsoft-Intel Phone Set To Hit The Market August 12, 2003
Last night a
worm started to spread (MSBlaster) it infects vulnerable systems by randomly
scanning IP subnets, after august 15 till the end of the year it will start a
distributed DDOS attack on Windowsupdate.com. A message is placed in the
I just want to say LOVE YOU SAN!!
billy gates why do you make this possible ? Stop making money and fix your software!!
It also starts a remote command session and listens to port 4444.
Due to random methods of the worm it may cause the infected computer to crash/ reboot, see pic form ComputerAssociates--->
Luckily this worm does not harm your system that much, it might fill up your network though.
Don't think if you have a firewall that you are safe and dont have to patch, a collegua laptop might be infected at home and is plugging it in your network now!
Read the below message from MS and follow the links to AV sites, for more details and removal instructions:
Response Team Alert - New Virus: W32.Blaster.worm
SEVERITY: CRITICAL DATE: August 11, 2003
PRODUCTS AFFECTED: Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows NT 4.0, NT 4.0 Terminal Services Edition
WHAT IS IT?
The Microsoft Product Support Services Security Team is issuing this alert to inform customers about a new worm named W32.Blaster.Worm which is spreading in the wild. This virus is also known as: W32/Lovsan.worm (McAfee), WORM_MSBLAST.A (Trendmicro), Win32.Posa.Worm (Computer Associates). Best practices, such as applying security patch MS03-026 should prevent infection from this worm.
Customers that have previously applied the security patch MS03-026 before today are protected and no further action is required.
IMPACT OF ATTACK: Spread through open RPC ports. Customer's machine gets re-booted or has mblast.exe exists on customer's system.
TECHNICAL DETAILS: This worm scans a random IP range to look for vulnerable systems on TCP port 135. The worm attempts to exploit the DCOM RPC vulnerability patched by MS03-026.
Once the Exploit code is sent to a system, it downloads and executes the file MSBLAST.EXE from a remote system via TFTP. Once run, the worm creates the registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "windows auto update" = msblast.exe I just want to say LOVE YOU SAN!! bill
Symptoms of the virus: Some customer may not notice any symptoms at all. A typical symptom is the system is rebooting every few minutes without user input. Customers may also see:
- Presence of unusual TFTP* files
- Presence of the file msblast.exe in the WINDOWS SYSTEM32 directory
To detect this virus, search for msblast.exe in the WINDOWS SYSTEM32 directory or download the latest anti-virus software signature from your anti-virus vendor and scan your machine.
For additional details on this worm from anti-virus software vendors participating in the Microsoft Virus Information Alliance (VIA) please visit the following links:
Network Associates: http://us.mcafee.com/virusInfo/default.asp?id=description&virus_k=100547
Computer Associates: http://www3.ca.com/virusinfo/virus.aspx?ID=36265
For more information on Microsoft’s Virus Information Alliance please visit this link: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/virus/via.asp
PREVENTION: Turn on Internet Connection Firewall (Windows XP or Windows Server 2003) or use a third party firewall to block TCP ports 135, 139, 445 and 593; TCP ports 135, 139, 445 and 593; also UDP 69 (TFTP) for zombie bits download and TCP 4444 for remote command shell. To enable the Internet Connection Firewall in Windows: http://support.microsoft.com/?id=283673
1. In Control
Panel, double-click Networking and Internet Connections, and then click Network
2. Right-click the connection on which you would like to enable ICF, and then click Properties.
3. On the Advanced tab, click the box to select the option to Protect my computer or network.
This worm utilizes a previously-announced vulnerability as part of its infection method. Because of this, customers must ensure that their computers are patched for the vulnerability that is identified in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-026. http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS03-026.asp. Install the patch MS03-026 from Windows Update http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com
please make sure to use the latest Anti-Virus detection from your Anti-Virus
vendor to detect new viruses and their variants.
RECOVERY: Security best practices suggest that previously compromised machine be wiped and rebuilt to eliminate any undiscovered exploits that can lead to a future compromise. See Cert Advisory:
Steps for Recovering from a UNIX or NT System Compromise. http://www.cert.org/tech_tips/win-UNIX-system_compromise.html
information on recovering from this attack please contact your preferred
RELATED MICROSOFT SECURITY BULLETINS: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS03-026.asp
RELATED KB ARTICLES: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=826955
RELATED LINKS: http://www.microsoft.com/security/incident/blast.asp
As always please make sure to use the latest Anti-Virus detection from your Anti-Virus vendor to detect new viruses and their variants.
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