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Vista Is Not Microsoft's Last Big Operating System

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Strange Anti-Microsoft Bedfellows
2. Today's Top Story
    - Ballmer: Vista Is Not Microsoft's Last Big Operating System
    Related Stories:
    - Microsoft's Vista Had Major Mac Envy, Company E-Mails Reveal
    - EU Examines Vista Complaint
    - Vista Is Ready For Consumers, But Businesses Key
3. Breaking News
    - Broadcom Unveils Chipsets For Bluetooth Headsets
    - Symantec To Strengthen NAC Strategy Through Altiris Acquisition
    - Sony To Launch Flash-Based Mini-Vaio
    - Bomb-Sniffing Robots Are On The Way To The Troops In Iraq
    - HP, SAP Expand Their SOA Bond
    - Survey: The Demise Of Unix Is Exaggerated
    - Security Experts Strategize At Microsoft HQ
    - Spam Made Up 94% Of All E-mail In December
    - 3Com Launches Open Platform For Service Providers
    - Lenovo Unveils Slim Desktop
    - Fast Challenges Data Warehouses By Combining Search And Real-Time BI
    - Web Retailer Apologizes After Employee's Anti-War Comment Stirs Controversy
4. In Depth
    - Stock Exchanges Create Trade Reporting Facilities To Earn Market Data Fees From Internalized Trades
    - The Rise Of The Business Analyst And Other Emerging IT Roles
    - Consumers Favor Cards For Payments In Increasing Numbers
    - Take Risk Management And Compliance To The Next Level
5. Voice Of Authority
    - Get Me The Geeks? Oh, Please!
6. White Papers
    - Virtualization In A Nutshell
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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1. Editor's Note: Strange Anti-Microsoft Bedfellows

The here-we-go-again saga of whether Microsoft is violating the European Commission's 2004 decision that its bundling of operating system and applications is anti-competitive was news again last week. A group called the European Committee for Interoperable Standards demanded that the European Commission make a rapid decision on its complaint—filed in February 2006—that Microsoft is trying to expand, not pull back, on its monopolistic practices.

Meanwhile, things continue to heat up on the Great Plains, as last week thousands of pieces of evidence that purport to show the world that Microsoft deserves to pay Iowa consumers for overcharging were posted to the Web. The Iowa lawsuit was filed on behalf of all state citizens who bought Microsoft software between 1994 and 2006, and claims that those purchases resulted in a cumulative $300 million overpayment.

Although a different kind of lawsuit—as Microsoft's Jack Evans helpfully points out—the suit in Iowa is a private one—the European Commission has been extremely aggressive in its attempts to restrain Microsoft from what it says is blatant anti-competitive behavior. In July, the commission fined Microsoft $1.9 million a day retroactive from December 2005 through June 2006. Microsoft has appealed.

Still, what these ongoing actions have in common is a desire to take aggressive action against a perceived abuse of power. Whether they're fighting the good fight or are gadflies that could impede market dynamics that reward innovation continues to be a matter of global debate.

The market doesn't appear to be taking these actions terribly seriously, as Microsoft stock increased by 31 cents Friday. The most probable reason for this: People are so accustomed to these accusations—and so mesmerized, for good or for ill, by Vista—that they just dismiss it all as white noise.

What do you think? Do these antitrust actions against Microsoft matter? How likely is it that Microsoft will cease in its aggressive stance? Let us know what you think by responding to the InformationWeek Blog.

Alice LaPlante
Alice.laplante@gmail.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Ballmer: Vista Is Not Microsoft's Last Big Operating System
More than 2,500 products bearing the Certified for Windows Vista seal will be available when the product officially launches at midnight.

Related Stories:

Microsoft's Vista Had Major Mac Envy, Company E-Mails Reveal
Microsoft executives in 2004 were awed by Apple's just-added desktop search and acknowledged that what they did in Windows Vista would be directly compared with Mac OS X.

EU Examines Vista Complaint
The European Commission is looking into complaints filed by Microsoft's rivals, a spokesman says, but he won't reveal any more than that.

Vista Is Ready For Consumers, But Businesses Key
After more than five years of development, more than 50 million lines of software code, a $6 billion investment, and a few headaches, Microsoft's Windows Vista finally reaches consumers this week.


3. Breaking News

Broadcom Unveils Chipsets For Bluetooth Headsets
The technology is also used to exchange information among laptops, PCs, printers, digital cameras, and video game consoles.

Symantec To Strengthen NAC Strategy Through Altiris Acquisition
Symantec can now either profit from Altiris' relationship with Cisco or take away Cisco's access to Altiris software.

Sony To Launch Flash-Based Mini-Vaio
The handheld device is pricey but will run Vista and include a 4.5-inch screen, a keyboard, and wireless capabilities.

Bomb-Sniffing Robots Are On The Way To The Troops In Iraq
More than 100 PackBot robots provided by iRobot Corp. will be fitted with the sniffing technology.

HP, SAP Expand Their SOA Bond
The PC maker launches services for NetWeaver Portal, Exchange Infrastructure, and Business Intelligence.

Survey: The Demise Of Unix Is Exaggerated
A new study from the Gabriel Consulting Group shows that use of Unix, particularly in high-end systems, is on the rise in the enterprise.

Security Experts Strategize At Microsoft HQ
Among the approximately 200 who attended were representatives from Microsoft, Symantec, Cisco, the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and the Secret Service.

Spam Made Up 94% Of All E-Mail In December
The Postini report says the rise of botnets and image spam is causing e-mail systems at some companies to melt down.

3Com Launches Open Platform For Service Providers
Early partners include VMware, Converged Access, Vericept, and Q1 Labs.

Lenovo Unveils Slim Desktop
The new ThinkCentre A55 is 64% smaller than Lenovo's traditional desktop tower.

Fast Challenges Data Warehouses By Combining Search And Real-Time BI
Fast says the new software will let users build in days reports that previously took weeks to create from traditional data warehouse and BI technologies.

Web Retailer Apologizes After Employee's Anti-War Comment Stirs Controversy
Discount-mats.com says it fired the employee who made the anti-war comment and disagrees with the views he expressed.

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4. In Depth

Stock Exchanges Create Trade Reporting Facilities To Earn Market Data Fees From Internalized Trades
With the number of dark books and alternative trading systems proliferating, stock exchanges are venturing into the trade reporting business to earn market data fees from reporting off-exchange trades.

The Rise Of The Business Analyst And Other Emerging IT Roles
Emerging roles at banks put business and IT on the same page.

Consumers Favor Cards For Payments In Increasing Numbers
Card payments are method of choice for growing segment of people.

Take Risk Management And Compliance To The Next Level
A seemingly never-ending wave of new compliance directives is perplexing insurance companies around the world regarding how they should respond. Vincent Oliva of Gartner's Industry Advisory Services offers some guidance.


5. Voice Of Authority

Get Me The Geeks? Oh, Please!
Alex Wolfe gets grumpy about a 60 Minutes segment devoted to how technically inept our society is.


6. White Papers

Virtualization In A Nutshell
Virtualization helps organizations utilize their IT infrastructures more cost effectively, respond swiftly to competitive challenges with new business initiatives, and flexibly adapt to changing market conditions.


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