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Vista Is Inescapable

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Vista Is Inescapable
2. Today's Top Story
    - Google To Acquire YouTube For $1.65 Billion In Stock
    Related Stories:
    - Google Sets Aside Copyright Concerns In YouTube Acquisition
    - Google, YouTube Set Up Streaming Music Videos
    - Web Video Search Site Blinkx Signs Microsoft Pact
3. Breaking News
    - First Look: Windows Vista RC2
    - Gartner: Microsoft Should Pay For Vista's Anti-Piracy Hassles
    - Ray Noorda, The CEO Who Led Novell To LAN Dominance, Dies At 82
    - IBM Cuts 400 Engineering Jobs At U.S. Development Centers
    - Microsoft's IE 7 May Beat Firefox 2.0 To Market
    - Apple Manages Options Probe Damage
    - Salesforce.com To Offer Programming Language For Building On-Demand Apps
    - India Tech Profits Up 30% But Squeeze Coming
    - Ex-HP Chair Dunn Says Charges She Led Spying A Lie
    - Microsoft Unveils OneCare Antivirus For Vista
    - Hackers Post Fake Notice On Google Blog
    - Virtualization Runs Into Some Potholes
    - Scientists Overcoming Quantum Encryption's Distance-Related Hurdles
4. Grab Bag
    - Microsoft Engaging With Hackers (BBC News)
    - Indie Bookstores Fight Chains, Internet (Associated Press)
    - First 50GB Blu-Ray Disc To Debut (BetaNews)
5. In Depth: Batteries
    - New Battery Technology Promises More Power And Mobility
    - Poll: How Is The Battery Recall Affecting You?
    - Battery Boasts USB Rechargeability
    - Sony Plans Global Battery Replacement Program
    - Vendors Aim To Set Battery Standard
    - Battery Maker Claims Safer Power Source For Laptops
6. Voice Of Authority
    - Europe Tough On U.S. Tech Powers
7. White Papers
    - A CIO's Playbook For Achieving Software Agility With Scrum
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"Just because everything is different doesn't mean anything has changed." -- Irene Peter


1. Editor's Note: Vista Is Inescapable

Vista is inevitable, just like generations of Windows upgrades before it, and so I confess I don't really understand what the gnashing of teeth has been all about. If it's delayed another six months, so what? As they always have, customers will implement new software when it makes financial sense for them to do so.

And if they need to wait because of a Microsoft delay, what choice do they really have anyway?

Every time a new Windows operating system is announced, the industry becomes hysterical. The hype is unbelievable. And yes, I realize that livelihoods are at stake here, especially for people who work at hardware and software vendors that plug into the Windows ecosystem.

But most of the hoopla, at its essence, has to do with when Microsoft will realize a return on its investment and when the company's shareholders will see a corresponding boost in the stock price.

That's not changed in 20 years, nor has the customer perspective: Users adopt software after balancing the usual limitations—time, personpower, and IT budget—versus whatever benefits they're expecting compared with the previous Windows version they already have installed. When the equation is right, they move.

A new InformationWeek survey of 672 tech professionals sheds more light on Vista adoption plans. Around 40% plan to install Vista within a year of its release, with another 26% saying they will implement the operating system at some point. When they do implement, most will transition up to a quarter of PCs to Vista the first year, up to half the second year, and the rest of their PCs in the third year.

For about two-thirds of companies, the move to Vista will involve a combination of PC upgrades and new PC purchases. A quarter of the respondents will bring in Vista mainly when they buy new PCs.

Nine in 10 companies plan to use Vista to replace Windows XP, and more than half will replace Windows NT or Windows 2000. Four out of five plan to purchase Windows Longhorn Server, due in the second half of 2007, and 43% say Office 2007 is somewhat or very important to their Vista purchasing plans.

Be all this as it may, I don't believe these plans are substantially different from Windows adoption scenarios of generations past.

What do you think? Is this round of Windows upgrades different because of the delays with Vista or because of other factors? Weigh in at my blog entry.

Johanna Ambrosio
jambrosio@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Google To Acquire YouTube For $1.65 Billion In Stock
After several days of rumors, the companies went public with the deal Monday. YouTube will keep its employees and operate independently.

Related Stories:
Google Sets Aside Copyright Concerns In YouTube Acquisition
Google's $1.65 billion YouTube acquisition would make it the owner of a company that observers predict is about to be hammered by a barrage of copyright-infringement lawsuits.

Google, YouTube Set Up Streaming Music Videos
Google plans to distribute songs from both Sony BMG and Warner Music Group. YouTube also will distribute content from Sony BMG, along with Universal Music Group.

Web Video Search Site Blinkx Signs Microsoft Pact
Instead of a cut of advertising revenue, Microsoft has agreed to pay Blinkx an outright licensing fee based on how much use visitors to Microsoft Web sites make of the Blinkx search system.


3. Breaking News

First Look: Windows Vista RC2
Release Candidate 2 is slated to be Microsoft's final interim version of Windows Vista before it's prepped for shipping. We put it through its paces to see if the operating system really is ready to roll.

Gartner: Microsoft Should Pay For Vista's Anti-Piracy Hassles
Enterprises should demand compensation for implementing new product validation and activation schemes baked into Windows Vista.

Ray Noorda, The CEO Who Led Novell To LAN Dominance, Dies At 82
Noorda led Novell from 17 employees to 12,000. But he failed in attempts to provide an alternative to Microsoft Office.

IBM Cuts 400 Engineering Jobs At U.S. Development Centers
The affected engineers are developing components for IBM's line of BladeCenter servers—one of the company's best-selling hardware products.

Microsoft's IE 7 May Beat Firefox 2.0 To Market
Firefox 2.0 RC2 went live late Friday, with the update pushed automatically to users of earlier editions of Firefox 2.0.

Apple Manages Options Probe Damage
A review by a special board committee found that Steve Jobs was aware in some cases that options had been backdated, but that he didn't benefit from these grants and was unaware of the accounting implications.

Salesforce.com To Offer Programming Language For Building On-Demand Apps
The move to host applications built using the Apex development environment expands Salesforce's bid to become an on-demand services company.

India Tech Profits Up 30% But Squeeze Coming
Indian outsourcing companies are expected to have to increase high-tech salaries to keep workers from straying.

Ex-HP Chair Dunn Says Charges She Led Spying A Lie
Patricia Dunn says former board member Thomas Perkins waged a campaign of "disinformation" against her.

Microsoft Unveils OneCare Antivirus For Vista
Improvements and additions to Windows Live OneCare Beta 1.5 include tighter integration with Microsoft's Windows Defender anti-spyware software.

Hackers Post Fake Notice On Google Blog
A bug enabled the fake notice to be posted. The bug was fixed and the notice was taken down a day after it went up.

Virtualization Runs Into Some Potholes
Virtual servers are going strong, but virtualized applications still need some help.

Scientists Overcoming Quantum Encryption's Distance-Related Hurdles
Scientists at NIST, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Albion College revealed last month that they generated and transmitted secret quantum keys over 184.6 kilometers of fiber-optic cable.

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4. Grab Bag

Microsoft Engaging With Hackers (BBC News)
Microsoft seeks the help of those who besiege Windows at the world's largest hacker conference.

Indie Bookstores Fight Chains, Internet (Associated Press)
Even as 200 to 300 independent bookstores close a year, the number of independent bookstores opening is creeping up.

First 50GB Blu-Ray Disc To Debut (BetaNews)
Sony Pictures plans to make available the first 50GB dual-layer Blu-ray disc today when it releases Adam Sandler's latest flick, "Click." Although Blu-ray movies have been available since June, none has employed a second layer of data, which doubles the disc's capacity.


5. In Depth: Batteries

New Battery Technology Promises More Power And Mobility
Researchers look to fuel cells, mini gas turbine engines, and new chemistry to provide more juice to mobile devices.

Poll: How Is The Battery Recall Affecting You?

Battery Boasts USB Rechargeability
The batteries, which recharge by plugging into a USB port, are already for sale in the United Kingdom and will be available soon in the United States.

Sony Plans Global Battery Replacement Program
The news comes after IBM and Lenovo announce that Sony-made ThinkPad batteries are being recalled.

Vendors Aim To Set Battery Standard
The first target could be defining how to test individual lithium-ion cells for contamination, the cause blamed for the recall of millions of Apple and Dell notebooks.

Battery Maker Claims Safer Power Source For Laptops
Lithium-ion batteries from Valence Technology use a phosphate-based cathode that makes them less likely than traditional batteries to ignite, the company says.


6. Voice Of Authority

Europe Tough On U.S. Tech Powers
Brussels is getting hip to the American way, Rob Preston says: Slow down the richest, most successful companies with legal and regulatory force.


7. White Papers

A CIO's Playbook For Achieving Software Agility With Scrum
Rally, Ken Schwaber, and the Scrum Alliance share their experiences on how executives can apply Scrum across large and distributed organizations. We include the challenges and the rewards and five proven plays for transitioning teams to agile programming methods.


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