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News from Microsoft TechEd 2005

TechEd, Microsoft's annual showcase event for enterprise IT professionals and application developers, was sold out this year. Find out what topics were the talk of TechEd.

TechEd, Microsoft's annual showcase event for enterprise IT professionals and application developers, was sold out this year. Find out what topics were the talk of TechEd.

Low-end Exchange storage boosted
Microsoft plans to increase the individual mailbox store size for a version of Exchange Server 2003 favored by SMBs.

Security threats becoming broader, Microsoft says
IT will have to focus on more than virus and worm defense in the future, according to a top Microsoft executive. Senior vice president Bob Muglia says new challenges are emerging, but he pointed to the progress on security that has been made in the past year.

Microsoft rethinks virtual machine pricing
A senior executive pledged that changes in the way Microsoft licenses virtualization technology across its product line will benefit customers.

Microsoft expands reach of best practices tool
Free software that checks the configuration and general health of Windows Server System products will be modeled on the Exchange Best Practices Analyzer.

XML file format switch generates Office 12 buzz
IT professionals at TechEd 2005 say the storage benefits from Microsoft's planned move to new default file formats should help IT managers justify a move to the next version of Office.

Microsoft's directory service will be the focus of a next-generation server operating system that will have security policies at its core, says Microsoft senior vice president Bob Muglia.

While announcing when SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 will ship, Microsoft senior vice president Paul Flessner also outlined plans for tools, previews and editions of the company's database management platform.

While Microsoft addresses team development issues in Visual Studio, third parties are forced to improve their offerings.

Outlook support due for VSTO
Programmability of Microsoft Office apps took a leap forward when VSTO added support for Outlook.

IT professionals at Microsoft's TechEd conference say they are still scrambling to keep their Windows systems one step ahead of vulnerabilities, despite the steady stream of new products designed to ease their burden.

Microsoft fires up a RIM shot
Exchange Server will soon include software to manage mobile devices such as RIM's BlackBerry, a feature RIM charges extra for, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says.

The key issues for Microsoft's .NET software framework are related to deployment, CEO Steve Ballmer says. New tools such as VSTO will help make Outlook a more effective platform, he said, and new wireless apps are a main target for the software company.

The company brings its Storage Foundation High Availability product in line with the next version of Microsoft's Windows and offers new tools to manage the .NET Framework and SQL Server 2005.

In addition to providing more information about its new database software and developer suite, Microsoft is expected to release its WSUS patch management tool and offer greater detail on plans for the Exchange messaging platform.

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