Gates Lays Out Security Changes
Bill Gates gave the keynote at the RSA Conference 2006 in San
Jose, Calif., this week. Among the many topics he discussed were
changes to the Windows infrastructure to improve security. The Active
Directory in the Windows "Longhorn" Server is getting
an overhaul, which will include some security changes. Meanwhile,
a few new features of Internet Explorer 7.0 are supposed to improve
everyday browsing security.
See more about the Active Directory and IE changes here.
Leading up to the RSA conference, Microsoft revealed subscription
pricing and licensing for Windows OneCare Live, the beta for Internet
Security & Acceleration Server 2006, private beta availability
of Microsoft Client Protection and private beta availability of
To see the transcript of the Gates speech, click here.
Managed Services Survey
The MSP Alliance recently conducted an interesting survey of customers
who had purchased managed services. I'm not sure how large the contingent
of managed service providers is within the Microsoft Partner community,
but I suspect it's growing. The survey sample is small, about 50
customers, but it illuminates a few interesting industry directions
and surfaces a classic new market question -- are you best served
by cold calling leads or by raising awareness of your business model
and nailing the right trade shows and referrers?
See more about the survey here.
Yesterday was Microsoft Patch Tuesday, and it was a busy one. Microsoft
published seven security bulletins for flaws affecting Internet
Explorer, Windows and Office. Two of the bulletins patched critical
flaws that could allow an attacker to take complete control of your
system remotely over the Internet. One of those critical flaws only
affects systems running Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4. The other
critical bug, wriggling through Windows Media Player, affects everything
from Windows 98 on up to Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP with
Service Pack 2.
Find out more here.
IE7 -- Too Little Info, Then Too Much
It seems like it's always this way with Microsoft technologies.
There's an unsteady drip, drip of information until a certain point,
followed by a full fire hose of data. Too little, then more than
you can handle.
That's been the case with Internet Explorer 7.0. Since the browser
entered Beta 2 testing on Jan. 31, Microsoft has been fast and loose
with information. Since the beta release, the IE development team
posted more than 20 items explaining and promoting various features
on the IEBlog (http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/). Entry topics include
tabbed browsing, search, quick tabs, Protected Mode, Page Zoom,
Favorites Center, keyboard shortcuts and printing.
There's one entry that's definitely worth looking into if your
company's site includes an RSS feed. It describes how IE7 identifies
RSS feeds and alerts users that a feed is available on the
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The Business Software Alliance is offering up to $50,000 for people
who report software piracy before Feb. 28. Microsoft is a major
member of the BSA and arguably is the company that loses the most
money (theoretically at least) to piracy. If there's any doubt that
Microsoft is fully supportive of this BSA effort, if not the driver
behind it, see Eric Ligman's post on the Microsoft
Small Business Channel blog.
There's little doubt that partners are hurt when competitors sell
pirated software, undercutting legitimate partners' pricing and
creating false price gouging impressions in customers' minds. This
is a way to level the playing field and get rewarded for it at the
Posted by Scott Bekker on February 15, 2006 at 11:53 AM