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
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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.
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.
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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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: 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.
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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