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
- 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
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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 limitationstime, personpower, and IT budgetversus 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.
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.
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.
Can You Hear Me Now?
VoIP is rolling out in wide deployment in many companies. Learn what VoIP strategies are working and examine how security concerns may impact deployment in this recent report by InformationWeek Research. Use this report to evaluate your company's VoIP plans for 2007.
Do You Access Our Content From A BlackBerry Or Treo?
Many of our readers do, and we want to ensure that you get the best experience in using our content. So we've created a PDA-friendly version of our news content, with similarly streamlined content pages, that should make the PDA experience a good one.
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.
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.
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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