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
- 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
Quote of the day:
"More power than any good man should want, and more power than any other kind of man ought to have." -- Daniel O. Hastings
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 complaintfiled in February 2006that 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 lawsuitas Microsoft's Jack Evans helpfully points outthe suit in Iowa is a private onethe 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 accusationsand so mesmerized, for good or for ill, by Vistathat 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.
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.
Managing Security Complexity
Examine how more than 2,000 technology and security professionals are managing complexity and protecting mission-critical systems in the ninth annual Global Information Security Survey, a joint research project between InformationWeek Research and Accenture.
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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.
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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