Microsoft Vs. Google: Beauty In The Eye Of The Beholder
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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
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- Case Closed: When Open Didn't Work
- Check Out These Open-Source Web Sites
- Get Your Free Copy Of InformationWeek's Linux
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- Blog: Why In The World Would Big Companies Use Open Source?
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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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Editor-in-chief Stephanie Stahl talks about InformationWeek
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governmental and legal scrutiny regarding E-mail. E-mail is now
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