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Role-Playing With Microsoft Exchange Server

At a major summit in September, Microsoft’s top executives announced a renewed emphasis on designing software that’s adaptable to individual job functions. That “role-based” administration is among the key features in a limited-release beta of Microsoft’s messaging server, which Microsoft planned to send to 1,400 customers and partners on Wednesday.

Don’t Wait: Fix IE Flaws Now
Microsoft issued a security bulletin this week addressing serious vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, rating the threat as “critical.” Scott Bekker explains why Microsoft customers should jump on that information immediately.

IM, I Said; IM, I Tried*
It’s all over the blogosphere this week: Microsoft is apparently soliciting testers to try out Windows Live Messenger, the upcoming new version of its popular IM software.

“It’s as fun and reliable as the Messenger you already know,” says an electronic invitation posted on several techie and user blogs. “Plus this new version has a fresh new look and feel, and [it] lets you do things you’ve never done with Messenger before,” including making inexpensive PC phone calls and providing special folders for off-line access.

*If you’re so young that you’re puzzled by this reference, Google “Neil Diamond lyrics.”

Dream Up a Name, Win a Gift Certificate
If your schedule has been anything like mine lately, you’ve been rushing all over town -- and all over the Internet -- in the annual dash to buy holiday gifts for everyone from your children to your co-workers to the neighbor kid who delivers your newspaper.

Here’s your chance to get a nifty gift for yourself, and it won’t cost you a cent. Just help us name -- or, more accurately, re-name -- the product-coverage department that runs in both the print and online versions of Redmond Channel Partner.

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Currently, this department is known as “Product Spotlight.” That moniker is more generic and less enticing than we’d like, and it’s a bit redundant as well: Another RCP department also goes by “Spotlight” (although in that case, it fits better).

So we’d like to come up with a jazzier title for our product corner. Or, more accurately, we’d like you to help us come up with a jazzier title by entering the first RCP Rebranding Contest.

Here’s how it works. Take a look at a few recent Product Spotlights in the magazine or online. Then dream up a dandy new title. E-mail it to me with “RCP Rebranding Contest” in the subject line. Our in-house judging panel will review all suggestions; the winning entry will earn its author a $50 gift certificate good for anything on

The rules:

  • Enter as many times as you like. Feel free to include multiple entries in a single e-mail message, if you wish.
  • E-mail entries to [email protected] by 6 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, Dec. 28.
  • Limit titles to 1-3 words. Don’t use the word “spotlight.”
  • Avoid suggesting titles that are already being used for similar departments in other publications.
  • Be sure to include full contact information, including your e-mail address and phone number.

We’ll announce the winning submission -- and credit its author -- in a future Redmond Partner Update. Meanwhile, put on your thinking caps!

Posted by Anne Stuart on December 14, 2005