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Content tagged with Operating Systems posted in May 2008
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Microsoft Warns Of Security Vulnerability Arising From Apple's Safari
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Unless the default Safari download location is changed, an attacker could exploit the vulnerability by tricking a user into visiting a maliciously crafted Web site, Microsoft said.
Microsoft Office Standard Challenged By India, Brazil, South Africa
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Members of a Brazilian technical committee said the process that led to OOXML's ratification was flawed, in part because not all participants were given enough time to make their views heard.
No Answers Found In Search For Microsoft's Jim Gray
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Searches on and below the water have not solved the disappearance of the noted computer researcher and experienced sailor.
Dell Revenues, Earnings Up On Notebook Sales
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
However, the computer maker also reported that it saw "conservatism" in IT spending in the United States, which Dell expects to last through the summer.
Mozilla Aims For Firefox 3.0 Download Record
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
Given that there's no established Guinness World Record for software downloads, Mozilla is destined for the record book no matter what happens.
Yahoo CEO Yang: Microsoft Not Interested In Merger
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang says his company and Microsoft are exploring possible partnerships.
Apple Mac OS X 10.5.3 Fixes Flaws, Adds Google Sync
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
The patch includes a fix for the most serious of three iCal vulnerabilities disclosed by Core Security Technologies earlier this month.
Google's Developer Strategy Rests On The Cloud
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
Its new era of software development includes Google Gears, Android, Google App Engine, Google Web Toolkit, and OpenSocial API, the company revealed at its I/O conference.
IBM Unveils Three Rack Servers Powered By AMD
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
Designed around the "Barcelona" quad-core Opteron processor, IBM said its x3755 configuration can scale up to four sockets and provide up to 128 GB of memory.
Mac Clone Maker Psystar Offers 'Virtually Silent' Machines
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
The systems integrator continues to defy Apple's no-cloning rule, upgrading its Leopard-based knockoffs and ramping up production capabilities.
Debian Linux Suffers From 'Major Security Flaw,' Gartner Warns
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
The open source operating system is said to be vulnerable to hacks that could leave users' personal data exposed to identity thieves.
Microsoft Unveils Multi-Touch Technology For Windows 7
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
Multi-touch capabilities are expected to be part of the next Windows operating system when it is released in late 2009 or early 2010.
Facebook Says It Will 'Open-Source' Its Platform
News  |  5/27/2008  | 
Facebook's decision to open its platform comes less than two weeks after the social network began denying Google's Friend Connect.
Dell Committed Consumer Fraud, N.Y. Judge Rules
News  |  5/27/2008  | 
Customers lured into no-interest or no-payment financing were denied and offered high-interest loans that often exceeded 20% instead.
Chipmaker VIA Offers Reference Design For Mini-Notebooks
News  |  5/27/2008  | 
Competing with Intel's Atom, VIA's C7-M ULV processor line ranges in speed from 1.0 GHz to 1.6 GHz, and has maximum power use ranges between 3.5 watts and 8 watts.
Windows Mobile In Line For 50% Growth, Microsoft Says
News  |  5/27/2008  | 
Microsoft cites "increased market demand for phone-enabled devices and Windows Embedded operating systems" for the expected spike.
N.Y.'s CIO Urges Interoperable, Vendor-Neutral Document Format
News  |  5/23/2008  | 
The state report also advocates the creation of a cross-government Electronic Records Committee to address long-term concerns.
Microsoft Responds To GameStop Dropping Zune Sales
News  |  5/23/2008  | 
The software giant remains optimistic in the face of the latest obstacle to adoption of its portable media player.
Windows Home Server Bug Fix Available In Beta
News  |  5/23/2008  | 
Microsoft hopes to have a final version of Windows Home Server, Power Pack 1, available in early June, but cautions that testing may delay the launch.
Yahoo Delays Annual Meeting, Urges 'No' Vote On Icahn Slate
News  |  5/23/2008  | 
Yahoo delayed its annual meeting to gain more time to develop business alternatives that don't involve Microsoft to present to shareholders.
HP Beats IBM In Server Revenue
News  |  5/22/2008  | 
In surpassing IBM, HP had increases in both its ProLiant and HP Integrity brands, which offset some revenue declines in other brands, Gartner said.
SaaS Could Gum Up Open Source's Code-Sharing Model
News  |  5/22/2008  | 
Advocates are concerned SaaS providers will transform but not contribute their innovations back to the community.
Legg Mason Urges Microsoft-Yahoo Merger
News  |  5/22/2008  | 
Legg Mason funds manager Bill Miller says Microsoft should revive talks to acquire the Internet portal.
Europe Eyes Microsoft's ODF Pledge
News  |  5/22/2008  | 
European trustbusters want to see if Microsoft's vow to support the OpenDocument Format in its Office products will loosen the software maker's stranglehold on the desktop applications market.
Red Hat, Novell Suse Linux Get Upgrades
News  |  5/22/2008  | 
Both Red Hat and Novell says the upgrades cover things like virtualization, management, hardware support, and security.
Microsoft Office 2007 SP2 To Add ODF, PDF Support
News  |  5/21/2008  | 
Despite its recent ISO approval, however, Microsoft will not support the standardized version of its own Open XML format until the release of Office 14.
Xbox 360's Wii-Style Controller: First Pictures?
News  |  5/21/2008  | 
Previous Internet reports have suggested Microsoft is working on a Nintendo Wii-style controller for the Xbox 360 under a project code-named Newton.
How To Tame Microsoft Windows Vista's UAC
News  |  5/21/2008  | 
Are all those Windows Vista User Account Control warnings driving you nuts? Here are seven ways to make Vista's UAC less intrusive, while keeping legitimate security threats at bay.
Microsoft Offers Cash To Use Its Search Engine
News  |  5/21/2008  | 
Microsoft plans to entice advertisers and users of its search engine with savings on online purchases on a site called Live Search cashback.
No Further Yahoo Bid, Microsoft's Ballmer Reaffirms
News  |  5/21/2008  | 
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer also reiterated that the company is now seeking some form of partnership with Yahoo.
Despite Challenges, Microsoft Expects Broad Adoption Of Online Software Services
News  |  5/21/2008  | 
Microsoft expects half of all Exchange e-mail customers to subscribe to a software-as-a-service version within five years.
OLPC Reveals XO 2.0, The Sub-$100 Laptop
News  |  5/21/2008  | 
The XO 2.0, which could sell for as little as $75, is a highly slimmed-down version of OLPC's current XO model and is designed for students that, in some cases, must walk miles to and from school.
Open Source Quality Improving, But Development Assumptions Need Revising
News  |  5/20/2008  | 
Coverity is challenging long-held software development ideas after looking at 55 million lines of code in 250 open source projects.
HP Edges Up To Virtual Desktops With Mobile Thin Client
News  |  5/20/2008  | 
HP's 2533t is a mobile thin client with Windows XP Embedded and a gigabyte of flash memory inside.
Ericom Poses As Desktop Virtualization 'Alternative To Citrix'
News  |  5/20/2008  | 
Ericom's core product, PowerTerm WebConnect, ties end users into managed pools of virtual desktops or virtualized applications through Microsoft's Windows Terminal Services.
Wind River, Intel Partner For In-Vehicle Infotainment
News  |  5/20/2008  | 
The open source platform will be optimized to run on Intel's Atom processor, which the chipmaker introduced in April.
Microsoft Remains Mum On Yahoo Talks
News  |  5/20/2008  | 
The betting is that Microsoft is seeking a deal that would combine Yahoo's search operations with its own, while allowing Yahoo's portal and display advertising operations to remain independent.
Windows XP SP3 Chokes On ISP Versions Of Internet Explorer 7
News  |  5/20/2008  | 
Specifically, XP3 runs a version of an essential dynamic-link library file called XMLLite.dll that's not compatible with versions of IE7 released prior to October.
Microsoft, Citrix Push 'Branch Office In A Box'
News  |  5/20/2008  | 
The software is the latest in a recent push by vendors to simplify the increasingly complex IT infrastructure at many companies' branch offices with a do-it-all piece of hardware.
Citrix Shifts Virtualization Spotlight To Desktops
News  |  5/19/2008  | 
Citrix Systems is changing its emphasis to focus on delivering virtual services to user desktops, it will tell attendees at its Synergy 2008 user group meeting.
VMware, Sun Work To Virtualize Desktops
News  |  5/19/2008  | 
VMware will tap into Sun Microsystems' Appliance Link Protocol, which makes virtual machines perform faster.
Microsoft Eyes Yahoo Search Business?
News  |  5/19/2008  | 
Together, Microsoft and Yahoo would control about 31% of the search market, compared with Google's 60%, according to comScore.
Microsoft's Ballmer Escapes Egg Attack
News  |  5/19/2008  | 
A man upset with the Hungarian government's decision to sign a software and training deal with Microsoft threw three eggs at CEO Steve Ballmer -- and missed.
Computers With Next-Gen Itanium Expected Early Next Year
News  |  5/19/2008  | 
Tukwila, the first quad-core Itanium, will give a much-needed boost in performance against the Intel processor's biggest rival, IBM's Power6 processor.
Windows Vista Not Popular In Big Corporations, Symantec Says
News  |  5/19/2008  | 
Most of Symantec's enterprise customers continue to run their systems on the older Windows XP operating system because "they're not yet comfortable with Vista."
Microsoft's Johnson Outlines Online Ad Strategy In E-mail
News  |  5/19/2008  | 
Johnson's e-mail and the ad conference come as Microsoft expressed renewed interest in Yahoo on Sunday with an "alternative" deal, likely involving advertising.
Microsoft To Court Advertisers With Revised Search, Ad Plans
News  |  5/19/2008  | 
The company is now looking to make "small, targeted acquisitions" in search and advertising, and potentially in regional markets or "key geographies."
Windows XP SP3 Causes 'Blue Screen Of Death' On AMD-Based PCs
News  |  5/16/2008  | 
HP says the problem could occur because XP SP3 tries to place on computers a power management driver that's only supposed to run on PCs that use Intel chips.
Microsoft Open Source, Standards Chiefs Tout 'Openness'
News  |  5/16/2008  | 
Interviews with Sam Ramji and Tom Robertson reveal Microsoft is strong on building open source business models and community as well as interoperability and industry standards.
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