There's really been one story this week -- Licensing 6.0. It's going over like New Coke, or maybe that post-disgrace Milli Vanilli album on which they proved that they really could sing. Also this week in Windows, the release of Windows 2000 SP3, or "Tripp" as we like to call it.
LAMENTING LICENSING 6.0
SearchWin2000 poll: Most customers deep six Licensing 6.0
July 31, 2002 has come and gone. Licensing 6.0 has officially kicked in -- like it or not. Count most SearchWin2000 readers in the "not" category. Let's just say no one is really celebrating the occasion, except maybe Microsoft -- and the celebration may be short-lived according to some analysts.
Channel reports rush to Microsoft license deals as midnight deadline looms
Despite the results of SearchWin2000's poll, which show a surge of inertia, several software firms reported a surge of last-minute activity as customers rushed to sign the dotted line before the licensing deadline. One company, ASAP Software, threw out words like "big numbers" and "unprecedented" to describe what happened. Another firm, Synnex, used the word "swamped."
Corel happy to step into Microsoft's shoes
If Licensing 6.0 has turned Microsoft's name to mud, then Corel is trying to turn mud into money. The company is hoping disgruntled Windows customers will show their disdain by buying Corel's WordPerfect suite of applications. The product offers MS Office-like apps without volume licensing commitments and without an annual upgrade fee.
SEALING THOSE WINDOWS
Windows 2000 fixes at your service pack
Here's some good news, especially for those of you lamenting Licensing 6.0. Windows 2000 SP3 is ready. This version is stuffed with previous fixes, security updates created since "Trustworthy Computing" kicked in, as well as a middleware control that reflects the antitrust settlement. The pack was the most anxiously-awaited Microsoft product according to a recent SearchWin2000 poll.
Microsoft to boost security response
Microsoft is working on a process to get patches to customers quicker and make it easier for researchers to report vulnerabilities. Microsoft announced it is changing its independent testing process for its patches where it will send fixes to the individual researchers who discovered the vulnerabilities to verify that they actually fix the issue at hand. Also, Microsoft has created a Web-based form for submitting vulnerability information.
Microsoft serves up Palladium details
Microsoft's Palladium security initiative has been short on details and long on nebulous thus far, but this week the company let a few details out of the bag. We now know, for instance, that Palladium means a "trusted space" in a PC that's separate from the OS. A select group of applications and operations can run in that space. It will need a security chip and software rewritten to work with the chip. Palladium will NOT be open source, but shared source, according to MS. Critics suspect Palladium is another game piece in Microsoft's monopoly.
Microsoft, other IT vendors to unveil W2k deployment blueprints
Dell, Unisys, Brocade, EMC and several other firms plan to join Microsoft in an effort to create datacenter products that are based on the Windows 2000 Server platform. The companies want to make datacenter stuff that will trim deployment time and costs and will reportedly unfurl server and storage blueprints detailing their plans.
Analysts question mass move to .NET Server
Are you wild or mild over the prospects of .NET Server? Analysts say you're probably leaning towards mild. They claim delays in the operating system's release have stymied enthusiasm in a number of ways. Current NT4 customers especially, they say, seem to be leaning toward a Win2k migration, and Win2k users seem content to stay their current course.
Microsoft backs away from InfiniBand
Remember something about Microsoft putting support for InfiniBand in Windows .NET Server? Well, forget about it. Microsoft is pulling the plug on that idea. InfiniBand is high-speed networking technology -- Microsoft says most customers would rather go with their current Ethernet networking.
I'LL SHOW YOU MINE IF...
Code swap a boon for Microsoft software
Barney the purple dinosaur sure is right -- it's good to share! Microsoft said this week that sharing its code with academia is paying technological dividends. Bill Gates pointed to a collaborative project with Lancaster University in the U.K. as an example. The school helped MS work a new set of standards into the next upgrade of Windows CE.
Microsoft bares more code with new CE .NET
The latest version of Windows CE .NET is ready to go. Version 4.1 not only packs a bundle of enhancements, it also shows more code so developers can test-drive devices and applications that run on the OS.