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Symantec Sues Microsoft, Seeks To Block Distribution Of Windows

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Microsoft's Not The Only Game In Town
2. Today's Top Story
    - Symantec Sues Microsoft, Seeks To Block Distribution Of Windows Vista
    Related Stories:
    - Microsoft Finally Spells Out Vista's Hardware Specs
    - Microsoft Plans To Acquire Whale Communications To Improve Security And Access
    - Gates: Rivals Can't Match Search Integration With Microsoft Platform, Services
3. Breaking News
    - Patent Office To Review Legitimacy Of Amazon's One-Click Shopping Patent
    - DHS Privacy Office Bashes RFID Technology To Track People
    - Dell Finally Confirms Its Use Of AMD Processors
    - Google, King Of Ajax, Makes Ajax Tools Available
    - Don't Ignore The Vital Soft Skills In Career Management
    - SAP Debuts New ERP Apps, Web Services
    - Attorney: RIAA Suit Against XM Is All About Control
    - Analysis: IBM Takes Dead Aim At Microsoft Office With New Notes Version
    - Feds Indict Fugitive Online Betting Operators
    - Vendors Open BI To Google Enterprise Search
4. Grab Bag
    - College Cheats Shift To Higher Tech (The New York Times - reg. required)
    - Raising Your House's IQ (BusinessWeek)
    - The Eternal Value Of Privacy (Wired News)
5. In Depth: Reviews And Personal Tech
    - Kicking The Microsoft Habit
    - PODCAST: A Few More Questions About Vista
    - Review: Windows Media Player 11
    - Review: Apple iPod Hi-Fi
    - Review: Mio C310 Portable Car Navigation System
    - Review: Sony SDM-S205 LCD Monitor
6. Voice Of Authority
    - Keylogger Killer, Or Just More Klogging Up My Komputer?
7. White Papers
    - Deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 On HP BladeSystem
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"We don't have a monopoly. We have market share." -- Steve Ballmer

1. Editor's Note: Microsoft's Not The Only Game In Town

If you're like me, you use several Microsoft products every day: Windows, for starters. Word. Excel. PowerPoint. Windows Media Player. Huge numbers of you use Outlook for E-mail, contacts, and calendaring. Even if you've switched to Firefox or Opera, you probably use Internet Explorer for certain sites, such as corporate tools, that won't support other browsers.

Microsoft software is everywhere on both corporate and home desktops. We use it all the time without even thinking about it. We may even like it. But is it wise to cede control of so much of our computing lives to one company? Deep down, I think even the most contented Microsoft users are curious about the alternatives, as shown by the runaway success of Firefox.

Beyond curiosity, there are practical reasons to investigate other options, chiefly security and cost. Microsoft products are the favorite target of hackers and identity thieves. And you have to pay through the nose for Microsoft Office, even though equally powerful yet much less expensive alternatives exist.

In our story, "Kicking The Microsoft Habit," writer David Haskin set out to purge his desktop of Microsoft products. He explored several different options in the realms of office suites, E-mail and personal information managers, Internet tools, and multimedia apps. He had excellent results in certain areas—alternatives to Office, for instance—and mixed results in others. And he found himself unwilling to give up Windows: He's addicted to music services that simply won't run on Linux, and he wasn't about to fork over the cash for a new Mac.

But the point is he tried. While he wasn't successful in breaking free from Microsoft entirely, he's now leading a relatively Microsoft-free life. Maybe that's not for all of us, but we should at least explore our options. If you can't experiment on your work PC, there's always your home computer. Go on, give OpenOffice a try. Or Thunderbird, Google Calendar, or WinAmp. Break out of the Microsoft rut. You'll never know how refreshing it feels until you try.

Of course, our story only scratches the surface of the alternatives to Microsoft software that are out there. What are your favorite Microsoft substitutes? Add your picks to my blog entry.

Valerie Potter
vpotter@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Symantec Sues Microsoft, Seeks To Block Distribution Of Windows Vista
Symantec claims Microsoft improperly included its intellectual property in Windows Vista and wants to block distribution until Microsoft changes the software. Microsoft denies the charges.

Related Stories:
Microsoft Finally Spells Out Vista's Hardware Specs
A new section of the Vista Web site, dubbed "Get Ready," outlines two programs that spell out what it will take to really run the new operating system.

Microsoft Plans To Acquire Whale Communications To Improve Security And Access
Microsoft hopes to harpoon Whale to help enterprises beef up security for Web applications and mobile devices.

Gates: Rivals Can't Match Search Integration With Microsoft Platform, Services
Microsoft's CEO hinted to attendees at his annual CEO Summit that the company would "crush" Google in much the same way it did Netscape. Microsoft's counterattack includes plans for a broad enterprise information management platform, anchored by search and web services.


3. Breaking News

Patent Office To Review Legitimacy Of Amazon's One-Click Shopping Patent
A government examiner agreed evidence provided by a New Zealand actor warrants a re-examination of the patent.

DHS Privacy Office Bashes RFID Technology To Track People
The privacy office says the technology offers little performance benefit for identification purposes when compared with other methods.

Dell Finally Confirms Its Use Of AMD Processors
Dell plans to support Opteron processors in its servers by the end of the year.

Google, King Of Ajax, Makes Ajax Tools Available
Google is letting developers everywhere get access to the toolkit it used to create the user interface for Google Maps, Gmail, and other interactive Web apps.

Don't Ignore The Vital Soft Skills In Career Management
Whether it's moving up in management or over into new business divisions, your focus should be on shoring up vital soft skills that many don't realize are critical when it comes to job advancement.

SAP Debuts New ERP Apps, Web Services
The ERP-related announcements, made at the Sapphire trade show this week, are the latest steps along SAP's bid to rebuild its products around a service-oriented architecture.

Attorney: RIAA Suit Against XM Is All About Control
An intellectual property attorney says that despite the recording industry's claims of copyright infringement, the real issue is how much control new digital technology gives to consumers.

Analysis: IBM Takes Dead Aim At Microsoft Office With New Notes Version
Microsoft has good reason to be concerned: The new version of Notes will include a built-in office suite complete with a word processor, spreadsheet, and graphics program.

Feds Indict Fugitive Online Betting Operators
The Department of Justice has filed a dozen money-laundering charges against the fugitive owners of an online gambling Web site.

Vendors Open BI To Google Enterprise Search
The moves by Business Objects and Information Builders reflect the trend in connecting BI products to search engines in order to make the content available to more people in an organization.

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John Soat With 'Maybe, Maybe Not'
BellSouth and Verizon deny handing over records to the NSA, Bill Gates shows off Windows Live Search, and Central Park will get a Wi-Fi network.

'Opening Up Network Management'
GroundWork Open Source Inc. explains open-source monitoring.

Laurie Sullivan With 'Oracle Loves Linux'
Linux is important to Oracle's future, says one Oracle engineer.


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4. Grab Bag

College Cheats Shift To Higher Tech (The New York Times - reg. required)
With their arsenal of electronic gadgets, inventive students these days find it easier to cheat.

Raising Your House's IQ (BusinessWeek)
A new breed of automation devices can provide homeowners with increased security, convenience, and energy efficiency—at a price.

The Eternal Value Of Privacy (Wired News)
Supporters of wholesale government surveillance are fond of saying that only the guilty should be worried about spying. Let's put that spurious argument out to pasture once and for all, says Bruce Schneier.


5. In Depth: Reviews And Personal Tech

Kicking The Microsoft Habit
Tired of the cost and security concerns that result from using Microsoft products? Not to worry—solid alternatives abound.

PODCAST: A Few More Questions About Vista
In this podcast, InformationWeek's Valerie Potter asks Preston Gralla, author of our earlier feature "20 Questions About Windows Vista," some burning questions about Microsoft's next operating system release. What features don't work in the current Vista beta? Should you wait until Vista is released to buy a new PC? Listen to find out.

Review: Windows Media Player 11
Microsoft's music and video player is dramatically improved in this beta version.

Review: Apple iPod Hi-Fi
Apple's largest-yet iPod accessory is a mixed bag. It's easy to use and sounds pretty good, but a lack of features and its premium price makes this boom box a mediocre offering.

Review: Mio C310 Portable Car Navigation System
This generic yet full-featured GPS won't win design awards, but it costs only $650.

Review: Sony SDM-S205 LCD Monitor
This 20.1-inch LCD display is big and bright enough for presentations and DVDs, but beware—some assembly is required.


6. Voice Of Authority

Keylogger Killer, Or Just More Klogging Up My Komputer?
A new tool purportedly runs IE in a "sandbox" to keep keyloggers at bay. Great idea, says Gregg Keizer, but what about the glut of software we have to install on our machines to keep them safe?


7. White Papers

Deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 On HP BladeSystem
Microsoft Exchange is a mission-critical application for many organizations and demands a highly available, high-performing, and secure messaging infrastructure. Find out the benefits of deploying Exchange on the HP BladeSystem environment, including architecture flexibility, increased agility, centralized management and deployment, data center consolidation and cable reduction, and lower hardware acquisition costs.


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