Microsoft To Issue Seven Security Patches On Tuesday
In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Want Free Business Software? Just Look At The Ads
2. Today's Top Story
- Microsoft To Issue Seven Security Patches On Tuesday
- Microsoft Acquires Mobile Software Maker
- Judge Approves $1.53 Billion Verdict Against Microsoft
3. Breaking News
- Digg Rebellion Shows That Crowd Is Law
- IBM Expects Big Growth From Small Businesses
- Carl Icahn's Battle With Motorola Turns Insulting
- Intel's Otellini Promises More Innovation, Lower Costs
- Consumers Demand Greener Products, And Tech Companies Are Responding
- GSA Awards SATCOM II Contracts To Firms Big And Small
- T-Mobile And Apple Prepare For Wi-Fi Cell Phone Battle
- Financial Markets Prepared For Disasters, But Not Pandemics
- Cisco Courting Hollywood Content Providers As Next Big Customers
- Intel Sees '07-'08 Profit Growth Outpacing Revenue
- Skype Cuts SMS Fees In Half
- RIM Courts Broader Market With BlackBerry Curve
- IBM Uses Self-Assembling Material In Chip Advance
- AMD On Track For Summer Launch Of Barcelona Quad-Core
4. The Latest Personal Tech Blog Posts
- AMD Bolsters Its Mobile Strategy
- Cellular Companies Want To Have Cake, Eat It, Too
- The Muppets' Cookie Monster Eats A Computer In A 1971 Video
- It's Important To Ridicule The Things That Don't Interest Us On The Internet
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers
- The Buyer's Guide For Network Behavior Analysis And Response
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1. Editor's Note: Want Free Business Software? Just Look At The Ads
Forget the mantra of Salesforce.com's Marc Benioff and a handful of other industry chatterbugs that "Software is dead," and consider an even more radical concept: Paying for software is dead.
An increasing number of small companies are using free business software from Microsoft, Google, Spiceworks, and other vendors that's paid for by advertisers. I'm not talking about things like Google or Yahoo e-mail that are popular among consumers. With Microsoft Office Live Basic, for example, you can get a hosted Web site, 25 e-mail accounts, and 500 Mbytes of Web site storage -- as long as you'll subject yourself to ads by Best Buy, American Express, and others.
And guess what? More businesses want ad-supported software. Research will be released next week by consulting company McKinsey & Co. and venture capital firm Sand Hill Group, based on a survey of 475 IT and business executives, that shows one in three respondents plan to use ad-based software within two years. Pretty amazing, isn't it? The research will be presented at the Software 2007 conference (sponsored by CMP, InformationWeek's parent company) in Santa Clara, Calif., next week.
But will free, ad-supported software work for anything other than a small business? Good question. One in three IT executives may want it, but the targeted advertising model gets muddled once the user base expands. As Spiceworks co-founder Jay Hallberg notes, "You won't find people dancing about low mortgage rates on our software." Since Spiceworks went beta last July and released version 1.0 of its IT network management software in January, it has gained 80,000 users of its software and big-name advertisers, including Hewlett-Packard and McAfee.
Baris Cetinok, director of project management and marketing of Microsoft Office Live, notes that large businesses aren't as interested in free software because they realize there are a lot of other costs associated with maintenance, support, and training. (Cetinok doesn't mention that other problem, too, that free software for big business could eat into Microsoft's current user base.)
So would you use ad-supported software? Does it make sense beyond the mom-and-pop Web site or small business? Share your thoughts on the InformationWeek Blog, and look for more coverage on this topic at InformationWeek.com over the next few days.
RIM Courts Broader Market With BlackBerry Curve
Research In Motion is rolling out the smallest and lightest full-keyboard BlackBerry smartphone yet, a new multimedia-laden device aimed at broadening the market that it seeks to conquer.
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Cellular Companies Want To Have Cake, Eat It, Too
The net neutrality debate took an entertaining turn this week when several cellular carriers responded to a petition by VoIP provider Skype asking the Federal Communications Commission to extend its consumer broadband principles to the wireless industry. What we got was a sideshow performance by Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and a sock puppet "industry association," the CTIA. It appeared that after years of aggressively marketing broadband services, the wireless industry suddenly realized its network performance was inadequate for services like Skype's. At least that's the way I read it.
The Muppets' Cookie Monster Eats A Computer In A 1971 Video
Well, actually, it's not the Cookie Monster, but a precursor. The Muppets created the skit for an IBM training video and later performed a version on the Ed Sullivan Show, says Boing Boing, which also links to a Wikipedia entry about Cookie Monster. There's a Wikipedia entry about Cookie Monster?
It's Important To Ridicule The Things That Don't Interest Us On The Internet
I think it's important to ridicule new things on the Internet that don't interest us. When people come up with a new service or tool like Twitter or Second Life, it's very important that we announce that it's just silly; it appeals only to self-centered losers, perverts, and criminals; and it's a big waste of time. We must let it be known that we ourselves are too busy, and our lives are too full of children, mortgage payments, and work, to get involved in such nonsense. And we must make these proclamations on our blogs, without any trace of being aware of the irony.
The Buyer's Guide For Network Behavior Analysis And Response
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