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Partners Most Important Reason Apple on Intel not a Threat

In an interview published Monday with the Seattle Times, Microsoft co-president Jim Allchin cited partners as the most important reason he thinks Microsoft has little to fear from Apple's move to Intel processors.

"And most important, we're super proud of the fact that we're a partnership-level company where we're working with ISVs [independent software vendors] and IHVs [independent hardware vendors] and we're not trying to do it all ourselves. There's a fundamental difference of perspective there," Allchin told the Seattle Times.

Allchin said Microsoft has no plans to provide a version of Windows Vista for the Apple Macintosh. Other points Allchin offered to support his argument that Microsoft will maintain its market share:

  • Microsoft's installed base on the corporate desktop (read: inertia)
  • Business savings, presumably from the imaging and deployment improvements in Vista
  • Information worker improvements
  • TV integration and gaming improvements for the home

On other topics, Allchin said the Community Technology Preview coming this quarter will be feature complete, and he confirmed that Windows Vista is still on track for holiday 2006. Allchin plans to retire once Vista ships.

Raikes Picks Up Exchange
In the ongoing shuffle of departments and businesses that started with the big Microsoft reorganization of September, Jeff Raikes acquired another huge business.

The Exchange Group and the Real-Time Collaboration (RTC) Group are now merged to form the Unified Communications Group, Microsoft announced today. Exchange moves from the Platform Products and Services Division run by Kevin Johnson and Jim Allchin to the Microsoft Business Division led by Jeff Raikes. Raikes, Johnson, Allchin and Robbie Bach are all presidents at Microsoft. Anoop Gupta will lead the combined group, called the Unified Communications Group, under Raikes' supervision.

From a product standpoint, Exchange has been a toss-up for the last few years. It fell under the Server & Tools Division, but could have fit just as easily within the Microsoft Office System, formerly run by Raikes before his job was expanded to encompass both Information Worker and Microsoft Business Solutions. Now that unified communications -- bringing e-mail, voice mail and faxes into one inbox -- is a major focus of Exchange 12, the consolidation of Exchange with RTC makes more sense.

Exchange is one of the five Microsoft products worth a billion dollars a year. The others are the Windows desktop, Office, Windows Server and SQL Server.

Click here for a Microsoft PressPass interview with Gupta.

Computer Skills Plus No Brain Equals 2-Year Jail Term
What do you get when you take some computer skills and combine it with no brain? Two years in jail in the case of William Genovese Jr.

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The 29-year-old Connecticut hacker, known as "illwill," was sentenced by a federal judge Friday to two years in prison for selling source code for Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000. He pleaded guilty last year.

An Ars Technica article does a nice job of drilling down to the core pathos of the case. No, Genovese isn't the one who cracked, stole or even found the incomplete Windows source code. He just looked at it once it was circulating. Instead of letting it rest there like many other people who aren't currently in jail, Genovese posted the code on his own little e-commerce site and charged $20 for it.

Microsoft bought a copy just to check, then pointed the FBI in Genovese's direction. So, $40 in sales gets you two years in jail.

Posted by Scott Bekker on January 30, 2006