Microsoft's retreat from its Longhorn ambitions and its decision to add several Longhorn technologies to Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 may rob the next Windows release of its glamor, but users and developers gain more than they lose, some observers said Friday.
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After a nine-day postponement, Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday plans to start pushing out Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) to PCs running Windows XP Professional Edition.
While users are testing Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows XP to prevent compatibility problems, hackers are picking apart the security-focused software update looking for vulnerabilities, security experts said.
"We will see new vulnerabilities discovered in SP2 over the next few weeks. Give it a month or two and we will also see worms that affect SP2," said Thor Larholm, senior security researcher at PivX Solutions LLC, a security services company in Newport Beach, California.
While developers at Microsoft may be celebrating that they finished work on Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows XP, IT departments around the world now face the question on whether they should update their systems, or not.
IBM, for one, is holding off on installing the security focused update for Windows XP. In a note headlined "To patch -- or not to patch" posted on its corporate intranet, IBM tells its employees not to download SP2 when it becomes available because of compatibility issues. A copy of the note was obtained by IDG News Service.
Microsoft Corp. has finished work on Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows XP, it said Friday. The software maker now begins the process of delivering the large, security-focused update to users.
Microsoft says it plans to hire as many as 7,000 people in its current fiscal year and increase spending on research and development. The software maker also said it is talking to potential buyers for Slate, its online magazine.
The new hires will fill both newly created positions and jobs vacated by others, Microsoft said in a statement. About 3,000 people are expected to be hired in the Puget Sound area of Washington state, the location of the company's headquarters, and slightly less than 3,000 internationally, Microsoft said.
Profiting from continued strength in the PC market, Microsoft Corp. on Thursday defied earnings misses by other software vendors and reported a 15 percent increase in revenue for the final quarter of its 2004 fiscal year.
Steve Ballmer rallied Microsoft Corp. partners in his trademark, high-energy style Tuesday morning, but not all partners got what they wanted from the software maker's chief executive officer (CEO).
The final witnesses were called Thursday in the U.S. government's case to block Oracle's hostile US$7.7 billion bid for rival PeopleSoft, ending a month-long trial that has revealed much about the mechanics of the enterprise software industry.
Oracle wants to buy PeopleSoft to survive in a consolidating and increasingly competitive business applications market, Oracle Chief Executive Officer Larry Ellison testified in the U.S. government's case to block the proposed US$7.7 billion merger.
The major changes to Windows XP brought by Service Pack 2 (SP2) are bound to cause support headaches. Analysts, users, PC makers and Microsoft Corp. all expect a spike in help desk calls.
Microsoft Corp. competes in the enterprise applications space, Oracle Corp. said in a white paper distributed one day before a top Microsoft executive is scheduled to testify to the contrary in the U.S. government's case to block Oracle's takeover of PeopleSoft Inc.
Skype Technologies made available a first test version of its Internet telephony application for Linux on Monday, 10 months and more than 14 million downloads after releasing the first version for Windows.
Microsoft next week plans to detail the next steps it is taking to extend Web services to devices such as printers, digital cameras and consumer electronics.
Microsoft on Monday said it acquired privately-held ActiveViews to improve its business intelligence offerings.