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posted in June 2006
The new beta of IE7 for Windows XP features changes to the user interface and RSS reader, along with tabbed browsing.
The service is designed to detect pirated versions of Windows running on users' desktops and check periodically to make sure the running version is legal.
Quentin Clark, WinFS product unit manager for SQL Server, said in a blog that many end-user features of the much-anticipated WinFS file system for Windows weren't ready and that the project has been shelved once again.
Microsoft will require volume-licensed customers of Vista and Longhorn server to register their keys within 30 days of installation and update the license count on a regular basis.
New Novell CEO Ronald Hovsepian said he intends to launch a major Linux push among the company's VAR partners, including simplified pricing models and rebates.
Bill Hilf, general manager of competitive strategy at Microsoft, says Linux won’t gain traction on the desktop due to the complexity involved in delivering a tightly integrated and tested desktop product.
Bill Gates was already distracted from Microsoft by his work with his charitable foundation, says one partner.
Customers running Windows XP SP1 must migrate to Windows XP SP2 over the next three months, or they'll lose incident support as of Oct. 10. Microsoft also said it won't release any more security updates for SP1 after that date.
Among the points in Microsoft's sales pitch: security, improved networking, and expanded support for Linux and Unix.
System Center Essentials is aimed at customers with 50 to 500 desktops and will be built into Small Business Server 2007.
The company also announced availability of a beta version of its SMS OS Deployment Feature Pack with support for the 64-bit versions of Windows XP and Vista.
The Microsoft CEO says the company is ready to beat Linux in its core high-performance computing market base and that Linux has "peaked" as a competitive threat to Windows in the server market. One open-source consultant says Microsoft is whistling past the graveyard as it struggles to get Vista out the door.
R2 offers automated network patch and update management, a new Green Check feature that yields security information, and support for 75 Gbytes of e-mail. The Premium Edition also includes SQL Server 2005 Workgroup Edition.
As Microsoft is making its bid for the virtualization market, established player VMware is more concerned that the interfaces between operating system and related software pieces remain open, according to VMware's CEO.
JBoss former chief Marc Fleury--now senior VP of Red Hat's JBoss division--discusses the impact of the deal on the company's existing partnerships and customers, future coopetition with IBM, and pact with Microsoft.