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The week in Windows: Aug. 26-30, 2002

Looking out the Windows this week, we see how a Swede's deed and an ActiveX flaw have Windows users feeling a little insecure.


ActiveX flaw could delete certificates

Microsoft warned Windows users of a flaw in ActiveX's Certificate Enrollment Control that controls Web-based certificate enrollments. Attackers could potentially exploit the flaw to delete certificates on remote systems.

Swede's deed calls MS Web server into question

A Swedish security expert showed how easily he got past Microsoft's Internet security measures and broke into three Swedish banks, and then showed how easy it was to cover his tracks. He exploited the Secure Socket Layer to get through the door. Microsoft officials in Sweden said there's no way he could have violated the SSL that way.


Microsoft must respond to Sun injunction request by Oct. 4

The next milestone date in the Microsoft/Sun scrap is Oct. 4. That's when Microsoft must respond to Sun's request for a federal court injunction that would require Java's integration into Windows. The hearing on Sun's request for a preliminary injunction, in which Sun is trying to block MS from distributing its Virtual Machine for Java in an unlicensed manner, is Dec. 3.

Microsoft discloses 289 Windows APIs

Microsoft has made not one, not two, but 289 application programming interfaces (APIs) available on its Developer Network Web site for the low low price of -- free. Chalk up this code coughing to the antitrust settlement.

Antitrust-friendlier XP is nigh

Microsoft's antitrust-friendlier version of XP should be ready within ten days, according to officials in Redmond. This is the version that will let computer makers and customers hide or display Microsoft programs like IE. Hardware vendors will be able to include other programs from AOL and RealNetworks.


Windows 2000 Server now .NET Server 2003

First, it was called "Whistler." Then "Windows 2002 Server." After that, "Windows .NET Server." And now, this product is called "Windows .NET Server 2003." Analysts think Microsoft's changing the name yet again means the product won't reach the majority of customers before early 2003.

Microsoft adds notification services to database

We are here to notify you that SQL Server Notification Services is here. Microsoft has released the platform -- it will give developers and customers a programming model for generating and formatting notifications based on personal subscriptions. It's built atop the .NET Framework, and is friendly to C#, VB.NET and Visual C#.NET. SQL Server Notification Services will be packed into Yukon next year.


Wake up and smell the backlash: Microsoft reacts to Licensing 6.0

Backlash from the unspeakably unpopular Licensing 6.0 has moved Microsoft to work on incentives for small-and-medium-sized businesses. That furious feedback has also prompted Microsoft to form a task force to try and salve what appears to be a very open, self-inflicted wound.


Microsoft Office gets HP heave-ho

HP is showing Office the door -- HP plans to pack Corel's WordPerfect Productivity Pack into Pavilion desktop PCs starting next month. Corel's product is akin to MS Office.

Microsoft, Siebel split on CRM

Great Plains and Siebel are getting divorced. The two firms couldn't work out an agreement to keep their Great Plains Siebel Front Office software deal going. Microsoft claims it and Siebel will honor support and enhancement contracts. Microsoft owns Great Plains, and it's likely Redmond's entry into the low-end CRM market didn't exactly sit well at Siebel.


Unix dominates Down Under

A recent survey of Australian tech execs shows most of them would like to have Unix on that deserted island. A poll asked them which server OS they would choose if they had the choice. Unix was number one, followed by Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Novell.

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