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The Planning Begins For Windows Vista

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
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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"Silent gratitude isn't very much use to anyone." -- Gertrude Stein


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 availability.

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 suite.

For a review of Vista, see Scot Finnie's "Windows Vista Beta 1: A Guided Tour."

John Foley
jpfoley@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Attacks Target Windows Vulnerability In Just Five Days
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.

Veritas Patches Zero-Day Bug
Veritas patched the zero-day vulnerability in its Backup Exec software two days after the bug surfaced.

Warning To IT Security Pros: It's August--On Guard!
August has traditionally been a rough month for IT security pros, an antivirus vendor warned last week as it told users to keep alert even as business slows down.


3. Breaking News

Intel Ramps Up Schedule To Ship Dual-Core Xeon Server Chips This Year
Intel will ship its first full-featured dual-core processors for servers as it anticipates the majority of shipments moving to dual-core by late 2006.

Survey: The Blogs Are Growing! The Blogs Are Growing!
A survey released Monday by Nielsen/NetRatings finds that blog sites have grown more than 30% since January, and nearly 20% of active Internet users visit blogs regularly.

Video-Surveillance Software Seen As Weapon Against Terrorists
Initially installed as a defense against routine law-enforcement violations, video surveillance has become a key weapon against terrorism, according to a new report.

Online Shoppers Growing Wary Of Sharing Data
Most consumers want a personalized online experience, yet 63% are concerned that the personal data they provide may not be secure, according to a recent ChoiceStream survey.

Video Downloads Make Up 61% Of All File-Sharing Traffic: Survey
Study also finds that only 11% of file-sharing traffic is music, and eDonkey is most popular network.

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.

Critics Say Open-Source Ratings Don't Measure Up
Carnegie Mellon and partners have a template for evaluating the business readiness of open-source applications. But be wary of making any decisions based solely on it.

SPSS Expands Predictive-Analytics Offering
SPSS 14.0 provides new analysis functions and better data-management capabilities.

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.

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RFID Struggles
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.

Business-Process Transformation: Using IT To Reinvigorate Competitive Advantage
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4. In Depth: Celebrity IT

Donald Trump Launches Blog As Latest Media Venture
Add online blogger to the list of media ventures on the resume of real-estate mogul and reality-TV star Donald Trump.

Ex-FCC Head Powell Joins Private-Equity Firm
The former FCC chairman will advise the company on technology and regulatory issues in the media, communications, and information industries.

Hiro Moriyasu, Early PC Inventor, Dies
In 1973, his PC model prompted IBM to take one of its desktop systems off the market.

Supreme Court Nominee Once Tussled With Microsoft
President Bush's nominee for Supreme Court justice may have a better grasp than most on the court when it comes to technology issues, sources say.

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.


5. Voice Of Authority

Business Technology: Phone Service Rings Up Customer Loyalty
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?


6. White Papers

Secure Scanning For Microsoft Exchange
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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