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Microsoft Vs. Google: Beauty In The Eye Of The Beholder

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Microsoft Vs. Google: Beauty In The Eye Of The Beholder
2. Today's Top Story: Linux
    - Coming Next Year: The First 'Trusted' Linux Operating System
    Related Stories:
    - Linux RealPlayer Could Face Zero-Day Attack
    - Sun Updates StarOffice; Touts Open Document Advantage Over Microsoft
3. Breaking News
    - Microsoft Makes Re-Installing Software Easier
    - Google Declares Victory in Search Index Size
    - Microsoft And JBoss Strike Development Deal
    - OQO Updates Handheld Computer Running Windows XP
    - Intel, Microsoft Support HD DVD Standard
    - Apple Customers Complain Of Faulty iPod Nano
    - Google Offering Video Streaming Of Prime-Time TV
    - Online Ad Revenue Reaches Record Level
    - Mobile Users Are Lax On Security: Survey
    - Group Developing Standards For Secure Cell-Phone Hardware
    - Microsoft To Launch U.S. Pilot Of Paid-Search Service Next Month
    - Intel, RIM Chip Deal Seen Benefiting Both
4. In Depth: Open Source In Corporations
    - Open Source Goes Corporate
    - Case Closed: When Open Didn't Work
    - Check Out These Open-Source Web Sites
    - Get Your Free Copy Of InformationWeek's Linux Outlook research report
    - Take Our Online Poll: How Are You Deploying Open Source?
    - Blog: Why In The World Would Big Companies Use Open Source?
5. Voice Of Authority: Editor's Note: InformationWeek Gets A Makeover
6. White Papers: The Impact of Regulations On E-Mail Archiving Requirements
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quotes of the day: Welcome, Autumn!

"Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles, watching the birds change color and fall from the trees." -- David Letterman

"If winter is slumber, and spring is birth, and summer is life, then autumn rounds out to be reflection. It's a time of year when the leaves are down and the harvest is in and the perennials are gone. Mother Earth just closed up the drapes on another year and it's time to reflect on what's come before." -- Mitchell Burgess

"It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life." -- P.D. James


1. Editor's Note: Microsoft Vs. Google: Beauty In The Eye Of The Beholder

Microsoft's big organizational shakeup, in which the company meshed several business units into three divisions, can be partly explained in one word: Google. There are other rationales for the changes announced last week by Steve Ballmer in an E-mail to Microsoft employees, but there's little doubt that Ballmer and other senior managers felt the need to respond to Google's continuing push into Microsoft's domain.

A lot has been said about the escalating competition between the two companies, some of it right here in InformationWeek's Windows Weblog. In a column last month ("Microsoft Vs. Google: A Rorschach Test"), I compared Microsoft and Google across a number of areas, including earth databases, operating systems, customer focus, and innovation. On the subject of user interfaces, I gave the advantage to Google, citing its "no nonsense" home page. I think of Microsoft's interfaces as being feature rich but not especially intuitive or user friendly. But not everyone agrees that Google does a better job.

At least two readers thought I missed the boat, especially when it comes to comparing Google's interfaces with Microsoft's "professional and useful" interfaces and design. To read more about what they had to say, and my response, you can go to my blog. This is a debate that will go on for some time, so what's your view? Which company is smarter about the way they use that precious real estate on the PC screen to meet your needs?

John Foley
JFoley@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story: Linux

Coming Next Year: The First 'Trusted' Linux Operating System
Red Hat, with help from IBM and Trusted Computing Solutions, plans to put its operating system through the paces of the National Information Assurance Partnership's Common Criteria evaluation program to create the first "trusted" Linux operating system.

Related Stories:
Linux RealPlayer Under Zero-Day Attack

The Linux versions of the RealPlayer and Helix Player have a zero-day vulnerability that could allow attackers to execute commands remotely.

Sun Updates StarOffice; Touts Open Document Advantage Over Microsoft
StarOffice 8, which runs on Windows, Linux, and Solaris, supports the Open Document Format. ODF, which is not supported by Microsoft, was recently embraced by Massachusetts as a standard for government purchasing, and other government agencies are expected to follow.


3. Breaking News

Microsoft Makes Re-Installing Software Easier
"Digital Locker" saves your rights management keys for downloaded software so you don't have to. That allows users to re-install purchased programs without needing to search for authorization codes.

Google Declares Victory In Search Index Size
Rather than saying how many pages it indexes, Google now simply says its index is "more than 3 times larger than any other search engine."

Microsoft And JBoss Strike Development Deal
Improving the performance of JBoss on Microsoft software will help both companies compete against IBM.

OQO Updates Handheld Computer Running Windows XP
The new version bulks up on disk storage, but not on size.

Intel, Microsoft Support HD DVD Standard
Upcoming products from the vendors, including the Vista operating system, will support the format at the expense of the competing Blu-Ray Disc specification backed by Apple and Dell, among others.

Apple Customers Complain Of Faulty iPod Nano
Customers complain that the LCD screens are too easily cracked and scratched.

Google Offering Video Streaming Of Prime-Time TV
The company will start by streamcasting the new Chris Rock sitcom "Everybody Hates Chris." Google wants to demonstrate that its beta Google Video service has commercial potential, and is more than just a collection of home videos.

Online Ad Revenue Reaches Record Level
Marketers seen shifting more of their total advertising budgets to online.

Mobile Users Are Lax On Security: Survey
Even savvy mobile telecommunications users have been slow to use security technologies on their mobile devices, according to a survey of attendees at a trade show this week.

Group Developing Standards For Secure Cell Phone Hardware
The Trusted Computing Group plans to deliver a spec before June for functions such as device authentication, third-party digital rights management and software downloads.

Microsoft To Launch U.S. Pilot Of Paid-Search Service Next Month
Microsoft has launched its paid-search service in Singapore and France, with AdCenter soon to launch in the U.S. with many more advertisers.

Intel, RIM Chip Deal Seen Benefiting Both
Intel and Research In Motion, maker of the business-friendly BlackBerry handheld, say the next generation of the device will run on an Intel cellular processor.

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Alex Wolfe with "Windows In The Palm Of Your Hand"

Stephanie Stahl with "Intelligent Question"

Lori MacVittie with "War Craft"


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4. In Depth: Open Source In Corporations

Open Source Goes Corporate
Big business has opened its doors to the Linux software stack.

Case Closed: When Open Didn't Work
Linux didn't work out for movie-theater chain the Regal Entertainment Group; it switched to Windows.

Check Out These Open-Source Web Sites
Here's a list of Web sites that are useful and interesting for businesses looking to begin or expand their use of open-source software.

Get Your Free Copy Of InformationWeek's Linux Outlook research report
Learn how companies are dealing with legal issues, PC and server migration, and corporate culture clashes.

Take Our Online Poll: How Are You Deploying Open Source

Blog: Why In The World Would Big Companies Use Open Source?
Larry Greenemeier set out to research a story on big companies using open source by asking himself why they would. But then he started seeing so many advantages to open source that he started to ask himself why big companies wouldn't use it.


5. Voice Of Authority

Editor's Note: InformationWeek Gets A Makeover
Editor-in-chief Stephanie Stahl talks about InformationWeek magazines' new look and feel, what's behind the redesign and the new sections and services you'll find inside. The publication was redesigned with the goal of providing readers with a filter for industry news, a guide to relevant information in other formats, and an authoritative voice for what it all means to your business, your career, and your lifestyle.


6. White Papers

The Impact Of Regulations On Email Archiving Requirements
As dependence on E-mail and its use have grown, so has the governmental and legal scrutiny regarding E-mail. E-mail is now just as admissible in court, and just as critical for an enterprise to maintain, as are its paper-based records. This paper defines the issues surrounding E-mail archiving and how to successfully implement a compliant solution.


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