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Microsoft: Future Windows To Be More Secure, Searchable, Mobile

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Simple Web Services Solve Simple Problems
2. Today's Top Story
    - Microsoft Document: Future Windows To Be More Secure, Searchable, Mobile
    - Gartner: PC Sales To Get A Minor Boost From Windows Vista This Year
3. Breaking News
    - Google Offers Pay-Per-Action Ads
    - Widescreen TV Solves One Company's March Madness Problems
    - Cognition Searches For Understanding
    - Cisco And IBM Intro Crisis Management Service
    - New UPS Technologies Aim To Speed Worldwide Package Delivery
    - First Line Of Defense: How Well Do Your Physical Locks Work?
    - 'Work Less!' Global Companies Tell Top Managers
    - Palm Takeover Expected This Week -- Report
    - Windows DRM Not Up To Snuff, Claims BitTorrent Founder
    - Apple TV Projected To Surpass TiVo And Netflix
    - Sun Hires Debian Project Leader As Operating Platforms Chief
    - Advertisers Corrupt Search, Microsoft Research Finds
    - Two Hackers Kick Off Month Of MySpace Bugs
    - Spam Scam Can Swamp Blogs With Porn Links
4. The Latest Mobile Blog Posts
    - Video: Grand Central Phone Service Explained
    - Yahoo Takes Mobile Search Wars One Step Further
    - Nokia Continues To Lead Worldwide Smartphone Market
    - Nokia And Motorola May Fight It Out For Palm
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers
    - Migrating From ERwin To PowerDesigner
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"Don't worry about people stealing an idea. If it's original, you will have to ram it down their throats." -- Howard Aiken


1. Editor's Note: Simple Web Services Solve Simple Problems

We've recently seen a few interesting Internet services focused on doing one thing -- one very small thing -- and striving to do it very, very well. These include the Twitter blogging service, Jott for recording 15-second voice messages and transcribing them using speech recognition, and Remember The Milk and Imified for to-do list management.

Twitter is a blogging service that does less. Blogging has become a pretty complicated affair nowadays, with fancy layout controls and RSS feeds and multimedia integration. Twitter is simple: You can post anything you like, so long as it's a text message and fits in 140 characters or less. No formatting, no layout, no multimedia, no RSS. You can post using a Web interface, by IM or text message, or by feeding messages into Twitter using an RSS feed. Similarly, you can read Twitter messages on the Web, by getting instant messages, cell phone text messages, or RSS feeds. And that's pretty much all there is to Twitter.

Twitter is sweeping the Internet, exploding in popularity. For an in-depth look at Twitter, see our recent article, which includes interviews with Twitter co-founder Evan Williams and several Twitter aficionados. And TechCrunch compares Twitter with a couple of similar services: Dodgeball and the Facebook status service

I tried Twitter myself for a couple of days last week. My wife pointed out later that most of my posts related to food -- I was thinking about eating, planning to eat, wishing I was eating, arranging to eat. I'm a man with powerful appetites.

Jott is a service designed to allow you to make notes to yourself even when your hands aren't free to write things down, such as when you're driving, walking through the airport, or fleeing in panic because you're on fire. You call Jott's toll-free number from your cell phone and leave a message up to 15 seconds. Jott transcribes the messages using speech recognition and e-mails the result back to you. For more on Jott, see our first-look review.

My colleague Barbara Krasnoff recommends two services. One, with the cute name Remember The Milk, allows you to create simple to-do lists and read them from e-mail, SMS, instant messenger, RSS, and more. Barbara likes the way it integrates with Google Calendar.

She also says Imified is worth looking at. It's a service that allows you to send reminders to yourself via instant message.

Know about any good, ultrasimple Internet services? What's your favorite? Leave a message on the InformationWeek Blog and let us know.

Mitch Wagner
mwagner@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Microsoft Document: Future Windows To Be More Secure, Searchable, Mobile
Though the plans are low on details, they give a sense of where future versions of the Windows operating system and new Windows features may be headed.

Related Stories:

Gartner: PC Sales To Get A Minor Boost From Windows Vista This Year
Microsoft's latest operating system doesn't have enough must-have appeal for SMBs, and larger companies must thoroughly test and validate the new operating system before committing to a massive buy, according to analysts.


3. Breaking News

Google Offers Pay-Per-Action Ads
The search engine addresses a new AdSense program that pays for completed actions that a subscriber defines.

Widescreen TV Solves One Company's March Madness Problems
One company takes an unusual approach to keeping workers on the job and -- well, mostly -- productive during the March Madness tournament.

Cognition Searches For Understanding
The company's alternative search engine to Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo aims to enable the Semantic Web.

Cisco And IBM Intro Crisis Management Service
The companies say they can equip a small fleet of emergency response vehicles with enough gear to quickly turn a regular field tent into a temporary command center.

New UPS Technologies Aim To Speed Worldwide Package Delivery
The company revamps its software with new versions of WorldShip, Quantum View Manage, and UPS Billing.

First Line Of Defense: How Well Do Your Physical Locks Work?
One security specialist is warning IT managers that their first line of defense is the locks on the doors. And they're not as secure as you think.

'Work Less!' Global Companies Tell Top Managers
A Harvard Business Review study found that half of male executives and 80% of female execs working 60 hours a week or more said they would not be able to keep it up for more than a year.

Palm Takeover Expected This Week -- Report
Palm Inc. could be sold for at least $20 per share this week and at least four bidders are interested, including private equity firm Texas Pacific Group, according to unnamed sources cited by technology news Web site Unstrung.com.

Windows DRM Not Up To Snuff, Claims BitTorrent Founder
"We are using Windows DRM because it is the only solution that has been vetted widely, but we are not happy with how it affects playback," says BitTorrent's Bram Cohen.

Apple TV Projected To Surpass TiVo And Netflix
Mixing Apple TV with iTunes could become a disruptive technology to legacy video purchase-and-consumption behavior, according to ThinkEquity Partners.

Sun Hires Debian Project Leader As Operating Platforms Chief
Ian Murdock is expected to help align Sun's position on open source operating systems.

Advertisers Corrupt Search, Microsoft Research Finds
A study with help from UC Davis suggests advertisers should closely scrutinize syndicators and traffic affiliates that are profiting from spam traffic.

Two Hackers Kick Off Month Of MySpace Bugs
Two anonymous hackers are launching the Month of MySpace Bugs in April.

Spam Scam Can Swamp Blogs With Porn Links
Spammers use blogs' trackback technology to post thousands of links to porn sites.

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----- The latest research, polls, and tools -----

IT Culture -- Open To Experimentation?
Are your IT professionals encouraged to experiment with new technology? Learn what more than 150 CIOs and VPs said about their companies' IT culture in this recent InformationWeek Research report, CIO Agenda: IT Culture. Use this report to evaluate your IT organization's culture and examine how you might become more aggressive in your quest for innovation.

Finding New Opportunities Poses A Challenge
IT professional John Elflein describes the challenges of looking for a new job after being downsized almost a year ago.

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4. The Latest Mobile Blog Posts
http://www.informationweek.com/blog/mobile/

Video: Grand Central Phone Service Explained
Mitch Wagner has been enthusiastically recommending the Grand Central phone service to anyone who listens. It provides you with a single number that you can give out to people, and when they call it rings your cell phone, office phone, home phone, and other phones -- whatever numbers you want it to ring. Grand Central has some other features as well, as David Pogue explains in this humorous video.

Yahoo Takes Mobile Search Wars One Step Further
Yahoo expanded the number of handsets that can use its oneSearch service to more than 85% of mobile phones in the United States. The search function is available on Yahoo's mobile Web page or through its Yahoo Go platform. Is it better than Google's mobile search?

Nokia Continues To Lead Worldwide Smartphone Market
Even though Nokia maintained its overall lead with 56.4% of the worldwide market for smartphones, ABI Research is predicting that the Symbian-based share of smartphones will decline in coming years.

Nokia And Motorola May Fight It Out For Palm
According to the Dan Jones over at Unstrung, Nokia and Motorola could be ready to rumble over smartphone maker Palm.


5. Job Listings From TechCareers

Deloitte Consulting seeking Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA

Toyota seeking Information Systems Specialist - Server Development and Support in Georgetown, KY

ITT Corporation seeking Sr. System Analyst in Fort Wayne, IN

Agilent seeking IT Manager MA&D Program Management in Santa Clara, CA

Agilent seeking IT Technical Support Specialist in Spokane, WA

For more great jobs, career-related news, features and services, please visit CMP Media's TechCareers.


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Migrating From ERwin To PowerDesigner
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