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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
Related Stories:
    - 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 Times˜reg. 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 Vista˜Thankfully
    - 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
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote Of The Day:
"We are always ready˜even eager˜to 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.

And it's also a huge event for Microsoft users. To help get you through the announcements, we offer 100 Things You Must Know About Microsoft's Most Important Product Launch Ever, including Vista's security challenge. You'll find links to the whole package, as well as updates throughout the week, here.

Will Microsoft be able to keep a'milking its beast? Or will you˜the IT professional˜begin 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 later˜but 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 them˜with the exception of an extreme minority˜say 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 products˜our reviewers took the very latest builds, which are expected to closely resemble the final retail releases˜check 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 resources˜most of them by trusted independent industry observers˜to investigate as you try to sort through the upcoming informational deluge.

What do you think? When˜if ever˜will 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.

Alice LaPlante
Alice.laplante@gmail.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

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.

Related Stories:

Online Retail Visits Jump Sharply Before Black Friday, Hitwise Says
Thanksgiving Day visits to online retail sites were up 11.8% this year compared with last year and 33.9% compared with 2004, according to online intelligence service Hitwise.

Some Shopping Sites Crashed On Friday; Will Cyber Monday Be Any Better?
Online spending on Black Friday jumped 42% this year over the previous year, with many shoppers lured to Web shopping by promotional deals.


3. Breaking News

Review: Three Security Suites For The Less-Than-Technical
If your users are not comfortable with computers, you want a security suite that will keep them safe without scaring them. Here's how McAfee's, Norton's, and Trend Micro's new applications stack up.

Five Questions For Dr. Mark Allen, CEO Of Corticon Technologies
A self-described "adrenaline junkie," Allen is a doctor who stopped practicing medicine so he could devote his time to helping the health care industry through the development of Corticon's decision-support software.

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.

2007 Is Looking Like The Year Cell Phone Banking Gets Started
Big banks aren't on board yet. But the infrastructure's being put in place, and Cingular is about to turn up the heat.

Software Will Let Users Dodge Government Internet Censorship
Developers from the University of Toronto this week plan to release software that will allow residents in restrictive countries to gain uncensored Internet access through friends' and family members' home computers.

Dell Opts To Drop Most Rebates
Shoppers heading to Dell's Web site this holiday season will see far fewer rebates on computers and consumer electronics, and instead will see lower prices.

TCS To Raise Outsourcing Prices
The company will hike prices on new contracts from 5% to 10% and will push for an increase of 3% to 5% on existing contracts that are up for renewal, a spokesman said.

HP Donates $2.8 Million To Increase Number Of High-Tech Grads
Hewlett-Packard's 2007 Technology for Teaching Grant initiative gives extra consideration to schools that focus on environmental engineering and "green" product design.

Black Friday Bolsters Apple's Bottom Line
Investment company says Apple may exceed its Apple Retail Store revenue estimate of $1.45 billion for fiscal 1Q07 by $55 million or more.

Japanese Chip Can Stop PC Viruses, But Cost Is A Hurdle
A researcher at Japan's government-funded National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology thinks putting an antivirus chip in a router is the best way to head off viruses.

CIOs Uncensored: HP's Mott Goes For Broke, Seeks 80/20 Reversal
Shifting more tech dollars to game-changing projects and products is on the to-do lists of most CIOs. But few are willing to put it in writing˜and even fewer are willing to go so far so fast.

Making The Best Of Both Worlds
Virtualization software brings the same management challenges as physical servers to virtual machines.

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4. Grab Bag

The Air Is Free, And Sometimes So Are The Phone Calls That Borrow It (NY Times˜reg. required)
Next-generation mobile phones can hone in on and take advantage of Wi-Fi hotspots, just like laptops have been able to do for years. But although such devices can therefore get a cheap and easy way to make phone calls over the Internet, a host of ethical and legal questions abound.

Online Video 'Eroding TV Viewing' (BBC)
A BBC survey found that almost half of people surveyed who watch video via the Internet watched broadcast TV and cable programming less.

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?


5. In Depth: Microsoft's Product Launch

100 Things You Must Know About Microsoft's Most Important Product Launch Ever
Can "software and service," promises of increased security, programmable mini-apps, improved search, and a powerful graphics engine get the company's vast installed base to upgrade to Windows Vista?

Vital Stats About Vista
An at-a-glance look at some of what Vista has to offer, from Gadgets to 3-D graphics.

No Surprises With Vista˜Thankfully
A report card on Build 6000, which Microsoft released to developers.

Vista's Security Challenge
Security features such as BitLocker, Network Access Protection, and reduced functionality mode help make this Microsoft's most-secure release.

Office 2007: Bells And Whistles
With 13 desktop apps and hundreds of new features, Office 2007 is more than Word. Then there's the promise of more integration to come.

A Look At Exchange 2007
A unified in-box, voice mail support, and an improved Outlook e-mail client are some of the changes.

Steve Ballmer's Own Top 10 List
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talks about Vista's highlights.

Competitors' Take On Vista
Options exist, from Google's spreadsheet to open source apps to Web services and Mac OS X.

Chart: Vista Timeline
Interactive graphics that give you a detailed picture of how Vista developed over time.

Our Guide To The Guides
A roundup of Web sites to go to for information about Windows Vista.

InformationWeek's Microsoft Announcement Roundup
Go here to find all our coverage of the Microsoft event˜updated throughout the week˜in one place.


6. Voice Of Authority

Put Up Or Shut Up, Microsoft
David DeJean can't decide whether Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has been acting on some carefully constructed business strategy or is just off his meds again.


7. White Papers

A Guide For Selecting An Enterprise Network Management Solution
To help global enterprises understand the value of implementing a network management solution, here's a roundup of the latest in network management strategies and high-performance tools.


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