100 Things You Must Know About Microsoft's Most Important Product Launch Ever
In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Microsoft's Big Day
2. Today's Top Story
- Consumer Security Fears Cost E-Commerce $2 Billion
- Online Retail Visits Jump Sharply Before Black Friday, Hitwise Says
- Some Shopping Sites Crashed On Friday; Will Cyber Monday Be Any Better?
3. Breaking News
- Review: Three Security Suites For The Less-Than-Technical
- Five Questions For Dr. Mark Allen, CEO Of Corticon Technologies
- Shift To Large TVs Favors LCD Over Plasma
- 2007 Is Looking Like The Year Cell Phone Banking Gets Started
- Software Will Let Users Dodge Government Internet Censorship
- Dell Opts To Drop Most Rebates
- TCS To Raise Outsourcing Prices
- HP Donates $2.8 Million To Increase Number Of High-Tech Grads
- Black Friday Bolsters Apple's Bottom Line
- Japanese Chip Can Stop PC Viruses, But Cost Is A Hurdle
- CIOs Uncensored: HP's Mott Goes For Broke, Seeks 80/20 Reversal
- Making The Best Of Both Worlds
4. Grab Bag
- The Air Is Free, And Sometimes So Are The Phone Calls That Borrow It (NY Timesreg. required)
- Online Video 'Eroding TV Viewing' (BBC)
- The Soul Of A New Microsoft (BusinessWeek)
5. In Depth
- 100 Things You Must Know About Microsoft's Most Important Product Launch Ever
- Vital Stats About Vista
- No Surprises With VistaThankfully
- Vista's Security Challenge
- Office 2007: Bells And Whistles
- A Look At Exchange 2007
- Steve Ballmer's Own Top 10 List
- Competitors' Take On Vista
- Vista Timeline
- Our Guide To The Guides
- InformationWeek's Roundup Of Microsoft Announcement Coverage
6. Voice Of Authority
- Put Up Or Shut Up, Microsoft
7. White Papers
- A Guide For Selecting An Enterprise Network Management Solution
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"We are always readyeven eagerto discover, from the announcement of a new product, what we have all along wanted without really knowing it." Daniel J. Boorstin
1. Editor's Note: Microsoft's Big Day
Gentlemen and gentlewomen, start your engines.
The next generation of Microsoft's flagship operating system (Vista), office productivity suite (Office 2007), and e-mail platform (Exchange 2007) will be officially unveiled this week. The event is hugely significant for Microsoft; its desktop and server products accounted for 82% of the company's $44.3 billion revenue last year. That's one big cash cow.
Will Microsoft be able to keep a'milking its beast? Or will youthe IT professionalbegin leading it slowly toward the slaughterhouse?
There have been more polls on the subject of Vista adoption and Office and Exchange upgrades than the sum of all milk money of all schoolchildren in the country (OK, that metaphor has been stretched to its limit, I'll abandon it now). And they've come up with a bewildering number of answers. Yes. No. Maybe.
The latest survey found that 86% of IT managers expect to implement Vista sooner or laterbut only 26% have an actual Vista implementation plan in place, according to CDW. In fact, this probably-but-later response has been the only thing that IT folks seem to agree on. Pretty much all of themwith the exception of an extreme minoritysay they'll wait until there have been some real-world implementations by their more intrepid colleagues before attempting their own implementations.
To hear what our experts think of the almost-final versions of these long-awaited productsour reviewers took the very latest builds, which are expected to closely resemble the final retail releasescheck out our pieces on Vista,
Office 2007, and Exchange 2007 in order to establish an independent baseline before all the Microsoft-sponsored hoopla begins.
And just in case that's not enough, Mitch Wagner pulled together a list of the best Web resources covering Microsoft's enormous product push that provide you with even more resourcesmost of them by trusted independent industry observersto investigate as you try to sort through the upcoming informational deluge.
What do you think? Whenif everwill you be buying these latest Microsoft products? Will you support or abandon the Microsoft product dynasty? Join the discussion by responding to my blog entry at the InformationWeek Weblog.
Consumer Security Fears Cost E-Commerce $2 Billion
About $913 million was lost because consumers scaled back online buying over security worries, and another $1 billion in lost revenue was "credited" to shoppers who refused to shop online because of security concerns.
Shift To Large TVs Favors LCD Over Plasma
Plasma TV suppliers such as Panasonic, already outnumbered by the rival LCD camp, are expected to lose further ground as LCD TVs encroach on the 40-inch-class market, a plasma stronghold.
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The Soul Of A New Microsoft (BusinessWeek)
Microsoft faces its biggest market challenges ever with the rise of open source, software as a service, and other new ways to deliver technology to consumers and businesses alike. What's next for the software giant?
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