In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Innovation In The Eye Of The Beholder?
2. Today's Top Story
- Symantec Sends AntiVirus 2006 Into Beta
- Sophos Is Latest Antivirus Vendor With Vulnerabilities
- Opera Fixes Bugs In 8.02
- Hackers Gather For Woodstock-Style Conference
- PGP Inventor Works To Encrypt VoIP Calls
- Investors Warned About Online Accounts
3. Breaking News
- Tibco Offers RFID Middleware
- Hollywood Studios Say 'Action!' To Digital Movie Standards
- Intel Server Road Map Emphasizes Performance Per Watt ...
- ... And, Despite Critics, Intel Says Itanium Chip Is Doing Just Fine
- Stopping Mobile Assets From Running Amuck
- Ballmer: Microsoft Poised To Compete In New Areas
- Microsoft's Growth Strategy Includes Premium-Priced Windows And Office Versions
- Teenagers Say IM's Cool, E-Mail's Square
- Dell Seeks To Migrate Exchange Users
- Mozilla Releases Preview Of Mobile-Phone Browser
- Oracle Bigwigs: Discounting No Big Deal
- CA To Shed 800 Employees As Profits Surge
- For Sale: Iraq's Cell-Phone Franchises
4. In Depth: Reviews And Personal Technology
- Installation Diaries: Wireless Range Extender
- New USB Flash Drive Delivers 'Linux On A Stick'
- Are Those Your Sunglasses I Hear Ringing?
- Supercharged Pointing, Clicking, And Tapping
5. Voice Of Authority
- Microsoft's Get-Out-Of-Jail Card
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- Best Practices For Sales Management
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1. Editor's Note: Innovation In The Eye Of The Beholder?
This week, much has been written about Microsoft's newest
operating system, Vista, and I'm curious: What will it take you,
the IT decision-makers and implementers, to decide to go this route?
Thus far, early opinions are decidedly mixed. True, the first beta has landed, and Microsoft is
touting the tabbed-browsing features of the new version of
Internet Explorer, as well as Vista's improved security and other
enhanced management features intended for IT users.
But some Microsoft partners are waiting until
the second beta hits -- and that's due in November -- before they
begin pitching it to customers. And our
poll, as of now, anyway, has around 40% of the respondents
saying they're not planning on installing Vista for at least two
years after it becomes generally available. (That's 2008, for
anyone who's counting.)
Michael Silver, Gartner's resident Microsoft expert, is advising
most enterprises to skip testing the first beta version
altogether, unless customers are planning on getting there from
Windows 2000. In that case, the more testing the better, he says.
And so the questions remain: What's your tipping point? What
makes you decide to go with a new operating system as opposed to
remaining with the old?
I'm hoping you'll check out my blog and weigh in with your two cents
(or even more) on this issue.
Opera Fixes Bugs In 8.02
Opera Software on Thursday updated its Windows browser to patch
three security vulnerabilities.
Hackers Gather For Woodstock-Style Conference
The security discussions are serious, though the confab's
organizers aren't taking themselves too seriously. In a nod to
the times, there's even a search-your-own-baggage checkpoint.
Investors Warned About Online Accounts
The National Association of Securities Dealers on Thursday warned
investors against using public Wi-Fi connections for accessing
online accounts, saying that they pose additional risks of
confidential information being stolen by cybercriminals.
Stopping Mobile Assets From Running Amuck
Sprint's Mobile Business Assessment service includes analysis of
existing mobile equipment and security procedures, software
audits, and access and policy evaluations.
Ballmer: Microsoft Poised To Compete In New Areas
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, speaking at the company's meeting
with financial analysts on Thursday, said the software company is
poised to compete in areas such as search and music delivery over
Dell Seeks To Migrate Exchange Users
Dell on Thursday debuted a turnkey package of hardware, software,
and services for enterprises that want to leave Microsoft
Exchange Server 5.5 before the aging mail server exits support at
the end of the year.
Oracle Bigwigs: Discounting No Big Deal
Oracle spent more than $10 billion big ones for a hunk of the
apps business, but it's unclear whether it will ever be as
lucrative as its bread-and-butter databases.
For Sale: Iraq's Cell-Phone Franchises
The contracts are lucrative but hazardous: Employees at the three
existing Iraq cell phone operations have been kidnapped, and U.S.
military forces have had to jam service to prevent insurgent cell
phones from detonating bombs.
The News Show's John Soat has his usual offbeat take on the
latest IT headlines. Watch The News Show
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Longhorn, a difficult-to-herd animal of the Nor'West, has been
roped, corralled, and rebranded as Vista. As you know, Charles
Babcock points out, a Vista is something placid you have outside
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