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Seven Rules Of Web 2.0

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Get Your Wallet Out: App Upgrades And Music Fees
2. Today's Top Story
    - Shimmin On Software: Seven Rules Of Web 2.0 For The Enterprise
3. Breaking News
    - Intel's Otellini Says Vista Service Pack To Be Released October Or November
    - Ubuntu Linux Releases 'Feisty Fawn' Into The Wild
    - 'DVD Jon' Looking For DRM Code Breakers
    - Royal & SunAlliance Outsources Tech To IBM For 10 Years
    - Electronics Industry Backs More H-1B Visas
    - Microsoft's Patent Deal With Samsung Includes Linux Protection
    - Google Rebrands Froogle, Adds Personalization Features
    - CVS Charged With Exposing Customers To ID Theft
    - Mozilla Releases Thunderbird 2
    - Microsoft To Pay $180 Million To Settle Iowa Class Action
4. The Latest Microsoft Blog Posts
    - Microsoft To Pop The Top On PhizzPop
    - Microsoft On Its Internet Do Or Die
    - Can Microsoft Get Its Mojo Back?
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers
    - Turn Virtual Management Into Automated Best Practices
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music." -- George Eliot


1. Editor's Note: Get Your Wallet Out: App Upgrades And Music Fees

Whatever else Windows Vista does for your PC, it's not going to make the numbers on your budgetary spreadsheet any lower. Several software vendors have decided not to upgrade existing versions of their products to be Vista-compatible -- instead, they're going to reshape upcoming versions. So if you buy a Vista PC, you don't get to reinstall your existing application onto your new machine. Instead, prepare to fork out some additional cash to get the next iteration.

This is all laid out in Paul McDougall's article Mind The Vista Gap: Why Some Key Windows Apps Still Aren't Compatible, in which he tells how Adobe (maker of the very popular Creative Suite digital publishing products) has decided not to make its earlier Creative Suite 2 applications compatible with Vista. So if you own CS2, and you don't want to pay for a new version, you're going to have to put up with performance problems and irritating glitches. Not good.

The problem is that it's not easy to tweak applications so they'll play nicely with Vista. One of the main culprits is (not surprisingly) the User Account Control, which is supposed to encourage users to stay out of the administrative levels of Vista -- and can play havoc with existing apps. (For some ways around this problem, you may want to check out our recent article How To Manage Windows Vista Application Compatibility.)

You can't fault Microsoft for doing its best to correct the vast and very nasty security problems that plagued Windows XP (at least partially because of its popularity). But the question is now being asked: Is the cure turning out to be worse than the disease?

Incidentally, talking about cures and diseases -- the recording industry apparently feels that the cure for a less-than-desirable bottom line is to price Internet music-streaming and radio station sites out of existence by dramatically raising royalty rates. The result, unfortunately, will be that many listeners will lose some good free sources for finding new music. The sites are fighting back -- there's a petition set up on a site called SaveNetRadio.org -- but since the new rates are due to go into effect on May 15, we may soon see the disappearance of some of our more entertaining Internet services.

What do you think? Leave a comment at the InformationWeek Blog and let us know.

Barbara Krasnoff
bkrasnoff@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Shimmin On Software: Seven Rules Of Web 2.0 For The Enterprise
Before you infuse your ERP system with a well-meaning but uncontrollable wiki, consider the following advice -- the Seven Rules of Web 2.0 for the Enterprise.


3. Breaking News

Intel's Otellini Says Vista Service Pack To Be Released October Or November
Otellini told financial analysts that the first Windows Vista Service Pack is scheduled for release in the fourth quarter.

Ubuntu Linux Releases 'Feisty Fawn' Into The Wild
The 7.04 server and desktop edition includes a Java boost from Sun Microsystems and a vote of confidence from PC magnate Michael Dell.

'DVD Jon' Looking For DRM Code Breakers
DoubleTwist is working on interoperability technology that would make it possible to play music bought from Apple's iTunes store on any device.

Royal & SunAlliance Outsources Tech To IBM For 10 Years
IBM will operate and support Royal & SunAlliance's entire IT infrastructure, including its mainframe and midrange servers, desktop PCs, and electronic business systems.

Electronics Industry Backs More H-1B Visas
The industry group heralds the benefits of the revised SKIL bill and its potential impact on employment visa reform.

Microsoft's Patent Deal With Samsung Includes Linux Protection
The cross-licensing deal covers a wide variety of computer and digital media products.

Google Rebrands Froogle, Adds Personalization Features
Froogle has been losing traffic steadily for the last four months, so the company is rebranding it with the straightforward name Google Product Search.

CVS Charged With Exposing Customers To ID Theft
The pharmacy allegedly dumped documents containing critical customer information in a trash bin behind a Texas store.

Mozilla Releases Thunderbird 2
A new find-as-you-type feature in the free e-mail client winnows displayed messages on the fly, making searches faster.

Microsoft To Pay $180 Million To Settle Iowa Class Action
Iowans who purchased an operating system will be reimbursed $16, while application buyers will receive up to $29 for each product purchased.

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4. The Latest Microsoft Blog Posts
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Microsoft To Pop The Top On PhizzPop
Microsoft may not have been at the forefront of creating social networks, but the Windows company is ready to lift the lid on a conversation with the new architects of Web 2.0.

Microsoft On Its Internet Do Or Die
I'm out here at Microsoft's massive Redmond campus this week interviewing Microsoft executives about everything from newly announced Flash competitor Silverlight to what's on tap for Windows Server Longhorn.

Can Microsoft Get Its Mojo Back?
Developer Paul Graham argued that Microsoft is dead, killed by Web applications and buried by the Apple comeback. I do think there is some truth to Graham's essay -- but it's only part of the story.


5. Job Listings From TechCareers

Ernst and Young seeking Capacity Planning/Network Forecasting and Planning in Lyndhurst, NJ

Calypso Medical Technologies seeking Software Systems Manager in Seattle, WA

Ohio University seeking Information Security Director in Athens, OH

McCamish Systems seeking Documentation Imaging Analyst in Atlanta, GA

Ernst and Young seeking Associate Director Information Security Architecture in Lyndhurst, NJ

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


6. White Papers

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