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Trading Up To Vista

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Trading Up To Vista
2. Today's Top Story
    - Thieves Busted By GPS-Enabled Booty
3. Breaking News
    - Consumers Like Online Video, But Business Model Still Evolving
    - Virtualization, Solaris Win In Sun, Intel Pact
    - Cisco Fixing Noncompliant iPhone
    - Nokia Lands High-Speed Wireless Contract From U.S. Army
    - MySpace.com Sues Alleged Spammer
    - Minor Google Security Lapse Obscures Ongoing Online Data Risk
    - 'Storm' Spam Surges, Infections Climb
    - Two-Pronged Initiative At Motorola
    - NewsGator Ships On-Demand RSS Reader For SMBs
4. In Depth: Microsoft
    - How To Consolidate Servers With Virtualization
    - Microsoft Re-Ups On Domino Migration Tools
    - IBM Renews Microsoft Rivalry With Social-Networking Software
    - Microsoft-Nortel Take Aim At The Muddle That's 'Unified Communication'
5. Voice Of Authority
    - 5 Free Security Betas You Can Download For Windows Vista
6. White Papers
    - Virtualization In A Nutshell—A Virtualization Overview
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
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Quote of the day:
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." -- Arthur C. Clarke


1. Editor's Note: Trading Up To Vista

Apparently, CompUSA has decided it's time you got serious about cleaning out your closets and is giving the packrats among us some incentive to let go of old computer equipment. Today, as part of its Vista announcements, the company revealed its Trade-Up Notebook Program.

Of course, the notebook needs to be working to qualify, but that appears to be the only hurdle to eligibility. Once you've plugged it in and got it running, pack it in the car and head to the nearest CompUSA. The company says that your notebook's value will be determined based on its condition, specifications, and age, and will be assessed by a Web-based tool provided by a certified technology recycling company. Barring a long line of other computer purgers, you should be able to accomplish this whole endeavor on your lunch hour and still have time to eat. In return for your "treasure," you'll get a store credit in the amount of the value of your notebook that you can then use toward the purchase of a Windows Vista PC.

What if you aren't ready to part ways with your aging notebook—but aren't sure Vista will run on it? There's help for that, too. The retailer is offering a free evaluation service that will help you determine your next step.

The programs are clever in terms of marketing strategy: Often, people don't upgrade because they don't want to get stuck with incompatible software for old hardware. This attacks the problem on two fronts: First, it verifies for consumers they can use Vista on their machines. Second, if their PCs cannot use the software for compatibility reasons, the retailer gives them an attractive offer to upgrade both hardware and, consequently, software. Clearly, CompUSA has taken a "No excuses!" stance on upgrading to Vista.

But just because you can upgrade, does that mean you should? If you are one of those trading in a notebook that is in its death throes, then check out a MacBook before writing a check to Microsoft again. One reviewer found Mac OS X is still a champ on many fronts. However, another noted it's unfair to turn the differences between the two into a virtual horserace, adding that both have compelling buying propositions.

Whichever way you go, you're bound to be happier with a machine that runs efficiently and isn't just staring at you every time you open that closet door.

Jennifer Bosavage
jbosavage@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Thieves Busted By GPS-Enabled Booty
Three none-too-savvy criminals were arrested after police tracked them to 14 stolen cell phones equipped with global-positioning technology.


3. Breaking News

Consumers Like Online Video, But Business Model Still Evolving
Revenue from Internet video services is expected to grow from $1 billion in 2006 to $7 billion in 2010.

Virtualization, Solaris Win In Sun, Intel Pact
Telcos and financial services businesses running custom Solaris programs are expected to benefit the most.

Cisco Fixing Noncompliant iPhone
Company had not published all of the source code for the Linux-based phone.

Nokia Lands High-Speed Wireless Contract From U.S. Army
The Army will evaluate High Speed Downlink Packet Access for potential defense purposes.

MySpace.com Sues Alleged Spammer
Lawsuit seeks monetary damages and a permanent injunction barring Scott Richter from the online community.

Minor Google Security Lapse Obscures Ongoing Online Data Risk
Finjan confirmed earlier reports that Google's anti-phishing blacklist, containing private user names and passwords, was accessible without protection on Google's servers.

'Storm' Spam Surges, Infections Climb
Newer versions of the spam dumped more infected messages into in-boxes and duped an increasing number of users to launch the files and thus compromise their computers.

Two-Pronged Initiative At Motorola: Layoffs And Better Smartphones
News was delivered to Wall Street analysts in the wake of reporting a 48% drop in profits Friday.

NewsGator Ships On-Demand RSS Reader For SMBs
Product allows smaller companies to automatically distribute info to employees without the cost of deploying and maintaining in-house software.

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4. In Depth: Microsoft

How To Consolidate Servers With Virtualization
Using Microsoft's Virtual Server 2005 R2 Standard Edition lets system builders create virtual servers that better use high-power hardware, save customers money, and run multiple operating systems.

Microsoft Re-Ups On Domino Migration Tools
Microsoft launched its habitual pre-emptive strike at Lotusphere with updated tools it says will ease migration from Domino/Notes to Exchange Server/SharePoint.

IBM Renews Microsoft Rivalry With Social-Networking Software
IBM's Lotus unit will introduce a set of social networking services that functions like a MySpace for office workers.

Microsoft-Nortel Take Aim At The Muddle That's 'Unified Communication'
They've got new products and a clear road map. But Cisco and other formidable rivals are also on the path.


5. Voice Of Authority

5 Free Security Betas You Can Download For Windows Vista
Given the torrent of criticism Microsoft has taken for Windows Vista's inelegant User Account Controls, one couldn't be blamed for assuming that the operating system is handicapped when it comes to security. But one would be wrong—very wrong.


6. White Papers

Virtualization In A Nutshell—A Virtualization Overview
Among the leading business challenges confronting IT managers today are cost-effective utilization of IT infrastructure, responsiveness in supporting new business initiatives, and flexibility in adapting to organizational changes. Read how virtualization allows skilled IT managers to deploy creative solutions to such business challenges.


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