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[News] [Rival] Loads of "Critical" New Flaws in Microsoft's Blobs

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Microsoft delivers mega PowerPoint patch

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| As expected, Microsoft Corp. today patched a six-week-old critical 
| vulnerability in PowerPoint using a single security update. 


The US army is willing to build Windows botnets now:

Cyber attack could bring US military response

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| The United States' top commanding officer for the space and cyber domains 
| told reporters last week that a cyber attack could merit a more conventional 
| military response.  
| [...]
| Following numerous attacks on Pentagon networks, with adversaries copying 
| terabytes of military data, the United States has increased its focus on 
| locking down its networks and formulating a military doctrine for cyberspace. 
| Many of the attacks on US networks are launched from servers in the People's 
| Republic of China, leading officials to blame Chinese government-funded 
| hackers for the attacks.     



April a big month for Microsoft security updates

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| It's a busy month for Windows administrators, as Microsoft has released eight
| security bulletins addressing more than 20 vulnerabilities. Five of the
| bulletins are rated 'critical'.


Excel bulletin stars in Microsoft patch batch

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| Missing from the list is relief for a zero-day vulnerability in PowerPoint,
| actively targeted by hackers since last month.


Microsoft patches 23 vulnerabilities



More than half of Microsoft Vista needs re-writing

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| "Up to 60% of the code in the new consumer version of Microsoft new Vista
| operating system is set to be rewritten..."


Microsoft cuts Windows virtualization features

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| The company is changing three key features of the hypervisor
| technology to try to stick to its schedule of releasing the
| technology within 180 days of completing its Windows Server
| "Longhorn" operating system, due to be finalized before the
| end of the year.


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| "In the long years since XP was launched, Apple have come out with five
| major upgrades to OS X, upgrades which (dare I say it?) install with about
| as much effort as it takes to brush your teeth in the morning. No nightmare
| calls to tech-support, no sudden hardware incompatibilities, no hassle. Why
| hasn't Microsoft kept up? Unmaintainable"
| "Right now, Microsoft has nowhere to run, and nowhere to hide. After all
| the hype surrounding Vista, the Emperor has finally been revealed in all
| his naked glory. Some folks have been predicting the demise of Microsoft. I
| wouldn't go that far, but I am wondering how we?re ever going to take
| Microsoft seriously again?"


Windows Fiji: Now second half of 2008?

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| Because Microsoft won’t comment officially on “Fiji,” the expected,
| standalone update to Windows Media Center, it’s tough to confirm a date slip.
| But Chris Lanier, a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in
| the digital media arena, is predicting that Fiji won’t debut in 2007,
| as Microsoft and other interested parties had been predicting.


A history of Microsoft Windows - the inside story exposed

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| 2004: (...)
| THE MANAGEMENT: "What do you mean it still doesn't work? Try
| harder!"
| 2005: (...)
| "MAKE IT WORK! FOR GOD'S SAKE, MAKE IT WORK! Well, throw it away
| and use the server version then, that seems all right. Look, they
| won't know the difference, drop the database stuff, nobody remembers
| what we said in 1995 now! That was ten years ago! "Apple has what?
| 3D acceleration? So, we have DirectX. What, in the desktop? Really?
| What, even Stallman's beardie-weirdies have it? Oh hell. Right, you
| lot, make it look like this!"
| 2006: Windows Vista
| THE MANAGEMENT: "Look, if we trickle it out to those mugs, I mean,
| valued customers who've already paid, we can say we released it this
| year and it'll buy us some more time..."
| 2007: No, really Windows Vista, honest
| MARKETING DEPT: "Never mind the features, look at it! Isn't it shiny?
| Yes! Pretty!"


Microsoft admits Vista screwed - report

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| Vista SP1 is code named "Fiji", presumably after a pretty looking
| island which is paralysed by coups.
| In a statement regarding the service pack Microsoft admits that
| Vista has "high impact" problems.


MS Insider: The Office Crew Isn't Smart Enough to Supplant Real Windows

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| "With Alchin retiring, MarkL and MarkZ, two of the most talented
| architects in MS already having left, the picture gets really
| ugly for the Windows division," my friend claimed, and the BV's
| core team members, Ian McDonald, Jack Mayo, Todd Wanke, Clyde
| Rodriguez and others are starting to connect the dots.
| [...]
| He concluded ominously. "A trainwreck of biblical proportions looms.
| Pick a good seat on the sidelines, trainwrecks this large take
| awhile to complete. Vista may be the last MS OS for some time to
| come, especially if Cutler decides to play hardball."

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