In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: The Planning Begins For Windows Vista
2. Today's Top Story
- Attacks Target Windows Vulnerability In Just Five Days Related Stories:
- Hackers Said To Be Close To Windows 2000 Worm
- Veritas Patches Zero-Day Bug
- Warning To IT Security Pros: It's August--On Guard!
3. Breaking News
- Intel Ramps Up Schedule To Ship Dual-Core Xeon Server Chips This Year
- Survey: The Blogs Are Growing! The Blogs Are Growing!
- Video-Surveillance Software Seen As Weapon Against Terrorists
- Online Shoppers Growing Wary Of Sharing Data
- Video Downloads Make Up 61% Of All File-Sharing Traffic: Survey
- CPU Buyer's Guide
- UWB Group Gets Support In Standards Battle
- Critics Say Open-Source Ratings Don't Measure Up
- SPSS Expands Predictive-Analytics Offering
- Firefox's Market Share Slips; IE Rises
- U.S. Tech Trade Group Seeks Expansion Of H-1B Visas
4. In Depth: Celebrity IT
- Donald Trump Launches Blog As Latest Media Venture
- Ex-FCC Head Powell Joins Private-Equity Firm
- Hiro Moriyasu, Early PC Inventor, Dies
- Supreme Court Nominee Once Tussled With Microsoft
- Amazon, Wal-Mart E-Mails Worry Harry Potter Fans
5. Voice Of Authority: Phone Service Rings Up Customer Loyalty
6. White Papers: Secure Scanning For Microsoft Exchange
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1. Editor's Note: The Planning Begins For Windows Vista
Now that Microsoft has released its Windows Vista operating
system for beta testing, we decided to ask people when their
companies will begin to deploy the finished product. One key
finding: Only one in five respondents say they'll begin
implementing the operating system within 12 months of general
InformationWeek conducted an informal online poll the last
week of July, posing this question: "When will your company begin
implementing Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system, which is
in beta testing now and due in 2006?"
Of the 160 people who responded, 12% indicated they would begin a
Vista rollout within six months of availability, and another 8%
put the time frame at six to 12 months. A more sizable group,
24%, is aiming for somewhere between 12 months and 24 months. The
largest chunk, 33%, says it will be two years or longer after
release before they begin Vista upgrades. About a quarter of poll
takers (24%) have no plans for Vista.
Let's not draw too much from this early sampling. Vista isn't due
until the second half of next year, and our poll was a quick
snapshot, not an in-depth survey. It's reasonable to expect
attitudes to change as Vista's release date gets closer and we
learn more about it.
As always, financial analysts are paying close attention to
customers' plans for Windows upgrades. Merrill Lynch recently
reiterated a "neutral" rating on Microsoft's stock, citing, among
other things, "a still-evolving perspective on the slope of the
upgrade cycle" for Vista and the related Office 12 applications
Just five days after Microsoft divulged a critical vulnerability
in Windows 2000, several bot worms began attacking unpatched
systems using exploit code released by the same group responsible
for the code used to construct the Sasser worm.
Related Stories: Hackers Said To Be Close To Windows 2000 Worm
Exploit code for one of the most dangerous of the several
recently disclosed "critical vulnerabilities" in Windows is
already available on the Internet. Security firms warned Windows
users to patch ASAP and also revealed evidence that hackers are
trying to develop code that would successfully attack
less-vulnerable Windows XP SP1 machines.
CPU Buyer's Guide
A comprehensive buyer's guide to Intel's and AMD's lineups, from
performance processors to the high-end, midrange, and value categories.
We have specs, prices, and pertinent performance information.
UWB Group Gets Support In Standards Battle
One of the two groups in the standards battle over ultra-wideband
wireless technology said Monday that it will work with an
independent industry group to have its version of UWB adopted as
a worldwide standard.
Firefox's Market Share Slips; IE Rises
Firefox's share of the Web-browser market slipped a bit in July,
while Internet Explorer gained by an equal amount, a Web-site
analysis firm said Friday.
U.S. Tech Trade Group Seeks Expansion Of H-1B Visas
The American Electronic Association has called for expanding
beyond 65,000 the number of the H-1B visas due to be offered in
2006 to allow foreign-born engineers and programmers to take jobs
in the United States.
The cost of radio-frequency identification deployment is often
underestimated as hidden costs such as ERP and database upgrades
aren't accounted for. Examine this and other problems facing RFID
adopters in InformationWeek Research's report, RFID--Wisdom Of Pilots.
Amazon, Wal-Mart E-Mails Worry Harry Potter Fans
Amazon.com and Walmart.com customers eagerly awaiting the latest
"Harry Potter" book were as mad as a magician missing his rabbit
when they received E-mails saying that their pre-ordered copies
were going to be delayed.
One of the latest buzzwords is MVNO. Is it another silly acronym
or a bold new technology-based opportunity to enhance customer
experiences and increase revenue? Plus, Bob Evans asks, how do
you feel about men in capri pants?
This paper provides an overview of Microsoft Virus Scanning API,
Transport Scanning, Internet Message Filtering, Secure Confidence
Level, and other techniques used by McAfee Security GroupShield
for Microsoft Exchange to protect Microsoft Exchange 5.5, 2000,
and 2003 environments from viruses, inappropriate content, and spam.
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