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Microsoft: About To Be KO'd In Security?

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In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Microsoft: About To Be KO'd In Security?
2. Today's Top Story
    - Reporter's Notebook: Google Casts Shadow Over Demo
    Related Stories:
    - Demo Gets An Earful Of VoIP Add-Ons
    - Furby Creator Develops Robotic Dinosaur
3. Breaking News
    - EU Commission Denies Microsoft Deadline Extension ...
    - ... As Microsoft Reveals Two New Bugs
    - Firefox Exploit Emerges
    - GM To Upgrade OnStar
    - MIT Preps Wireless Network For Cambridge
    - Defense Spending Helps Boost CSC's Third Quarter
    - Competing On Analytics
    - Get Ready For Rebuilds
    - Linux Creator Calls GPLv3 'Crusade'
    - Homeland Security Readies International Cyber-War Game
    - Vonage Files For IPO
    - Google: Gmail Chat Users Should Disable Firefox AdBlock
4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web
    - Downloads Make Singles A Hit Again
    - IBM Adopts High-Performance 'Cell' Chip
    - Super Vision Sans Bionics
5. In Depth: Health Care IT
    - Boston Hospitals' Patient Information Saved From Lockdown
    - Pharmaceutical Adoption Of RFID Slower Than Expected: Report
    - New Technology Could Head Off Bird Flu
    - Medical Center And IT Vendor Revamp Health-Care Industry Purchasing Models
    - Profile: Joe Taylor, Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Texas
6. Voice Of Authority
    - Marketing In Death Online
7. White Papers
    - An Introduction To iSeries High Availability
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1. Editor's Note: Microsoft: About To Be KO'd In Security?

It's been awhile since the industry has seen a good David-vs.-Goliath fight, but you might want to line up for a ringside seat at this one. Microsoft is taking on Symantec and others in the security realm, but the interesting thing is it's not clear who the giant is in this fight--nor is it necessarily a given which will win.

In the consumer space, Microsoft arguably has some momentum through name recognition by consumers and deals with resellers. (Symantec's certainly got a few of those deals, too, so I'm not willing to put any money on this one.) It also doesn't hurt that Microsoft's OneCare Live subscription service allows users to protect up to three home computers for one flat annual fee of $49.95. Perhaps Symantec will see the wisdom in changing its licensing policies to compete more aggressively on this front.

Symantec is certainly battling back, with its own consumer security service due to launch in September, a couple of months after Microsoft's. Details of Symantec's offering haven't been announced.

Nor has Microsoft let on much about what it's doing in the enterprise security area, although it's planning something, initially in the antivirus space. Here, though, I think Symantec and McAfee are going to give Microsoft a good run for its money. Security pros know and trust these longtime vendors, and the products work. Making an ROI case for replacing a core enterprise software package "just because" is not a good way of endearing oneself to the boss.

Most important, perhaps, is that these third-party apps are agnostic. They run across multiple operating environments and hardware platforms, and they work with other vendors of related ecosystems. Microsoft has been notorious for its stubbornness to play nicely outside its own servers and software, one reason most shops of any size can't seriously consider Windows to, say, run their data centers. It's a multivendor world, and that's why enterprise systems management and, yes, security, remain enigmas to Microsoft.

"Live," aka hosted, software isn't going to help here, either. Too many large companies run their own software, and switching will require too huge a change in their IT model, and it will be many years before that happens. I don't think it will, not with IT playing the central and core role it does in many large companies. Hosted software also doesn't address the integration and multivendor issues.

What do you think? Does Microsoft stand a chance in the security market? To read more, or to comment, check out my blog entry.

Johanna Ambrosio
jambrosio@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Reporter's Notebook: Google Casts Shadow Over Demo
Of more than 30 startups making their debut Tuesday at the showcase for new technologies, about a third positioned Google's search results as the problem and their products as the solution.

Related Stories:

Demo Gets An Earful Of VoIP Add-Ons
Voice over IP isn't new. But the service is gaining momentum as more companies introduce add-ons to complement the basic voice offerings from companies such as Skype and Vonage.

Furby Creator Develops Robotic Dinosaur
Pleo, a "life form" robotic toy, is the latest big idea from the man who brought the world Furby in 1998. Pleo senses "pain" and yelps if stepped on.


3. Breaking News

EU Commission Denies Microsoft Deadline Extension ...
The rebuff, which also rejected Microsoft's request for access to correspondence involving technical experts advising the commission, moves the company closer to a daily fine of up to $2.4 million for noncompliance with the EU's antitrust remedies.

... As Microsoft Reveals Two New Bugs
Microsoft owns up to two new security problems, one of which is yet another issue with Windows Meta File images.

Firefox Exploit Emerges
An exploit that takes advantage of a recently patched bug in Mozilla Corp.'s Firefox browser has gone public.

GM To Upgrade OnStar
The in-car safety and navigation system is getting some new options, 10 years after its introduction.

MIT Preps Wireless Network For Cambridge
MIT researchers and volunteers are rolling out a municipal wireless network that will, at least initially, be free for low-income residents.

Defense Spending Helps Boost CSC's Third Quarter
The nation's third-largest outsourcer said revenue rose 2.5% while net income jumped 29%.

Competing On Analytics
You're no match for contenders if your business data is tied up in knots.

Get Ready For Rebuilds
Got a crashed system on your hands? Or one that simply needs a power boost? Here's everything you'll need to rebuild systems profitably.

Linux Creator Calls GPLv3 'Crusade'
In his latest protest against the new version of the General Public License, Linux creator Linus Torvalds wrote, "We do not--as software developers--have the moral right to enforce our rules on hardware manufacturers. We are not crusaders."

Homeland Security Readies International Cyber-War Game
The international test of cyber-readiness is part of larger homeland defense plans and was ordered by a presidential directive.

Vonage Files For IPO
Vonage Holdings Corp. filed for an initial public offering of $250 million and appointed a new chief executive.

Google: Gmail Chat Users Should Disable Firefox AdBlock
The company said AdBlock, which is used to block advertising on Web pages, often interferes with Gmail's chat features, causing Firefox to crash.

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4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web

Downloads Make Singles A Hit Again (Washington Post--reg. required)
But the popularity of MP3s has a flip side: fewer album sales.

IBM Adopts High-Performance 'Cell' Chip (AP)
A highly touted microprocessor designed to provide hyper-realistic imagery in video games is making its first appearance in a computing system made by the chip's leading designer, IBM.

Super Vision Sans Bionics (Wired News)
PixelOptics just won a $3.5 million Department of Defense grant to refine its "supervision" technology, which the company claims could double the quality of a person's eyesight.


5. In Depth: Health Care IT

Boston Hospitals' Patient Information Saved From Lockdown
CareGroup Healthcare utilizes latest release of Symantec's i3 to ensure access to data.

Pharmaceutical Adoption Of RFID Slower Than Expected: Report
Cost and uncertainty over the status of legislation will limit the number of medications tagged on a large scale to 10 this year.

New Technology Could Head Off Bird Flu
A new microarray can, within hours, pinpoint pathogens that can infect humans. The technology is widely available to researchers for free.

Medical Center And IT Vendor Revamp Health-Care Industry Purchasing Models
New CombineMed joint venture will provide computerized sourcing services for the health-care sector.

Profile: Joe Taylor, Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Texas
After seeing the chaos wrought by Hurricane Katrina, Joe Taylor and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas' IT department identified 830,000 subscribers most likely to be affected by Hurricane Rita and generated health-care records for them based on three years of claims data--months ahead of the insurer's planned move to E-records. Doctors were able to retrieve records from a call center or online.


6. Voice Of Authority

Marketing In Death Online
A paid link resulting from a Google search ties roadside memorials for victims of traffic fatalities to an ad marketing travel services. Eric Chabrow explains.


7. White Papers

An Introduction To iSeries High Availability
The purpose of this white paper is to provide an introduction to iSeries high availability for companies that want to understand this technology and evaluate whether such a solution can become a cost-justifiable component of their backup and recovery strategy.


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