Palm Teams With Microsoft for Smart Phone

WinmobilePalm Inc. is teaming up with Microsoft Corp. to launch a Windows-based version of the Treo smart phone, marking the first time the handheld computer pioneer will sell a device based on its former rival’s software.

The new Treo 700 will be offered through Verizon Wireless, according to market analyst Rob Enderle and other industry sources. Palm_windows_mobile

„In terms of the level of importance, this would be – in this space – the same thing as Apple announcing they were going to be using Intel processors,“ Enderle said.

The three companies have scheduled a press conference for Monday. Spokesmen for Palm, Verizon Wireless and Microsoft declined to comment.

The new device will run on Windows Mobile 5.0, the latest version of the operating system that has been challenging Palm OS for years.

Though the Palm OS dominated the industry, its lead has steadily lost ground to Microsoft’s offering, which is based on that company’s ubiquitous Windows desktop PC software and thus familiar to more people.

Users, especially in the corporate world, have been lured to Windows-based handhelds because they can run several programs at once and offer better support for documents created on Windows PCs and for Microsoft e-mail.

As well, the Palm operating system that Treos have until now run exclusively have more limited multitasking abilities.

In the third quarter of last year, devices running Microsoft’s software outsold those with Palm OS for the first time, according to the research firm Gartner Inc.

„No question that Microsoft has made significant inroads compared to where they were just a couple of years ago – which was no where,“ said Charles Golvin, analyst for Forrester Research.

Rumors have circulated for months that Palm was ready to embrace a Windows platform. Palm spent years trying to fend off Microsoft’s forays into the sector.

„Microsoft in the long term wants the kind of strong position in mobile devices that it has in PCs,“ Golvin said. „They would like to have 90-percent market share on PDAs, smart phones or cell phones.

Besides building handheld devices, Palm once produced its own software – Microsoft’s domain.

Two years ago, Palm, which was known as Palm Computing, spun off its software division to free it up to cut deals with handheld makers who may be competing with the hardware side of Palm. But in the meantime, such companies as Sony Corp. drop discontinued handhelds based on the Palm OS.

Before Japanese software company Access Co. agreed earlier this month to pay $324 million for it, PalmSource struggled as a standalone business.

As PalmSource’s troubles mounted, analysts began wondering when Palm Inc. might seek a more stable company to provide its operating system.

„Microsoft understands the back end and Palm understands the front end, and the two of them – if they can work together – they can do some incredible things,“ Enderle said.

По материал от www.forbes.com.

Повече информация www.palm.com.

Battling Google, Microsoft

AllchinJimJim Allchin, a senior Microsoft Corp. executive, walked into Bill Gates’s office here one day in July last year to deliver a bombshell about the next generation of Microsoft Windows.

„It’s not going to work,“ Mr. Allchin says he told the Microsoft chairman. The new version, code-named Longhorn, was so complex its writers would never be able to make it run properly.

The news got even worse: Longhorn was irredeemable because Microsoft engineers were building it just as they had always built software. Throughout its history, Microsoft had let thousands of programmers each produce their own piece of computer code, then stitched it together into one sprawling program. Now, Mr. Allchin argued, the jig was up. Microsoft needed to start over.

Mr. Gates resisted at first, pushing for Mr. Allchin’s group to take more time until everything worked. Over the next few months, Mr. Allchin and his deputies would also face protests from programmers who complained he was trying to impose bureaucracy and rob Microsoft of its creativity.

„There was some angst by everybody,“ says Mr. Gates of the period. „It’s obviously my role to ask people, ‘Hey, let’s not throw things out we shouldn’t throw out. Let’s keep things in that we can keep in.’ „

Ultimately, Mr. Allchin’s warning proved cathartic and led to what he and others call a transformation in Microsoft’s most important product. A key reason: the growing threat from rivals such as Google Inc., Apple Computer Inc. and makers of the free Linux operating system. In recent years these companies have been dashing out some software innovations faster than Microsoft. Google has grown particularly effective at introducing new programs such as email and instant messaging over the Internet, watching how they perform and regularly replacing them with improved versions.

Microsoft’s Windows can’t entirely replicate that approach, since the software is by its nature a massive program overseeing all of a computer’s functions. But Microsoft is now racing to move in that direction: developing a solid core for Windows onto which new features can be added one by one over time.

As always, Microsoft’s great fear is that it will lose its near-monopoly on computer operating systems and basic office software. In the short term, there is little danger of that. But the more Google and other software makers encroach on Microsoft’s turf, the greater the chance that someday computer users will wake up and find Microsoft Windows superfluous.

„What happened when the American car companies failed to update their manufacturing lines? There was a more efficient way to bring cars to market for a lower price and they lost their market,“ says Microsoft Vice President Chris Jones. „We’re in a little bit of a different industry but it’s the same thing.“

Microsoft’s holy grail is a system that cranks out a new, generally bug-free version of basic Windows every few years, with frequent updates in between to add enhancements or match a competitor’s offering.

The Longhorn crisis helps explain the sweeping restructuring that Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer announced this week to organize the company into three major business units. A key goal is to force Microsoft to be more nimble in producing and delivering software.

По материал от online.wsj.com.

Symantec предупрежвада че Mozilla е по-опасна от MS IE

Според доклад на антивирусната компания Symantec, браузърите на Mozilla са много по-податливи на атаки в сравнение с Internet Explorer на Microsoft. Въпреки това обаче в доклада се отбелязва, че усилията на хакерите са съсредоточени върху браузъра на Microsoft.

Според доклада, 25-те потвърдени от производителя пропуски в сигурността на браузърите на Mozilla, открити през първите шест месеца на 2005 г., са повече от колкото във всички проучвани браузъри. Голяма част 18 от тези пропуски, са определени като високорискови. За същия период производителите на IE от Microsoft са потвърдили 13 грешки, от които 8 са високорискови.

Има само един проблем! От Symantech зачитат само тези пропуски, които са официално признати от производителите. Според компанията, наблюдаваща сигурността Secunia, има 19 проблема, свързани със сигурността, пред които все още е изправен Microsoft и само три, касаещи Firefox.

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Интересен безплатен софтуер за поддържане на албуми

В днешно време кой не поддържа албум с любими снимки на компютъра си. Microsoft предлагат още едно решение за този проблем. При това презплатно!

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Аз самият използвам Adobe PhotoAlbum Starter Edition 3.0, но е възможно да се окаже че решението на MS е не по-малко сполучливо. Интересна е и тенденцията налагана от Sony – при нея се набляга не толкова на организирането на фотоалбуми, а на цялостно решение за „home entertainment“.

Update Rollup 1 for Windows 2000 SP4 (KB891861)

Вероятно някой от вас са се сблъсквали с проблеми, след като са инсталирали Update Rollup 1 for Windows 2000 SP4, но Microsoft твърдят че са отстранили всички ефекти предизвиквани от инсталацията на този пакет. Можете да изтеглите новата обновена версия от тук.

Обновяване на софтуера на K750i

Сони Ериксон решиха да се опитат да поправят грешките които имаха в софтуера на популярния си модел K750i.

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R1N035 – Released by SEUS Asia Pacific & the US on 12/9/05

  • Video bitrate improvements over R1L
  • Improvements to photo quality
  • Bluetooth stability fixes
  • Signal strength indicator shows extra bar / improved reception
  • JBenchmark 3D LQ – approx 204
  • JBenchmark 3D HQ – approx 123
  • Software versions: LCD 0
  • Camera 4.5
  • ITP CXC 125 932 R1E

Ето и информация за предишните версии:

R1A044 – First release (K750 only)

  • JBenchmark 1 – approx 3894
  •  JBenchmark 2 – approx 334
  • JBenchmark 3D LQ – approx 131
  • JBenchmark 3D HQ – approx 89
  • Software versions: LCD 0
  • Camera 3.8
  • ITP CXC 125 932 R1B

R1C004 – Vodafone specific (K750 only) – Released around 3/6/05 – No reported changes from R1A044

  • As is the case with the K700, Vodaphone’s R1C004 supports DRMed MP3s only. 
  •  Software versions: LCD 0
  • Camera 3.8
  • ITP CXC 125 932 R1B

R1J002 – Released on SEUS 13/6/05 – Standby crash fixed / improved.

  • Increased call and Media Player volume.
  • Games menu operates much more smoothly.
  • Smoother video playback
  • General UI performance improvements
  • Improvements and bug fixes to Bluetooth headset support.
  • The auto focus beep sound has been changed.
  • Saving a photo to the Memory Stick is now quicker.
  • New MP3 folder on Memory stick
  • Fixed the month names in the calendar for various european languages.
  • Camera sounds are muted when in silent mode in some firmware locales (EU_1 , but not EU_3).
  • Minimised Media Player icon changed.
  • SMS ‘to’ text now black (previously white).
  • A „Fully Charged“ message is now displayed on screen when the phone has finished charging.
  • * PROBLEM: GPRS comms has been broken on many O2 phones and some phones from other service providers.
  • * PROBLEM: Video recording quality (bitrate) has been reduced.
  • JBenchmark 1 – approx 3908
  • JBenchmark 2 – approx 344
  • JBenchmark 3D LQ – approx 205
  • JBenchmark 3D HQ – approx 114
  • Software versions: LCD 0
  • Camera 4.4
  • ITP CXC 125 932 R1B

R1K001 – W800 brown (pre-release) firmware

R1L002 – Released by DaVinci on 22/6/05 – Released on SEUS 30/6/05

  • Fixes the O2 GPRS issue introduced in R1J
  • Video recording quality as R1J (i.e. inferior to firmwares previous to R1J)
  • JBenchmark 1: 3880
  • JBenchmark 2: 335
  • JBenchmark 3D LQ – approx 201
  • JBenchmark 3D HQ – approx 121
  • Software versions: LCD 0
  • Camera 4.4
  • ITP CXC 125 932 R1B

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Windows Vista Editions Explained

WindowsVista-sWindows Vista Starter Edition: Aimed at beginner computer users in emerging markets who can only afford a low cost PC. As with the XP version, Windows Vista Starter Edition is a subset of Home Edition, and will ship in a 32-bit version only (no 64-bit x64 version). Starter Edition will allow only three applications (and/or three windows) to run simultaneously, will provide Internet connectivity but not incoming network communications, and will not provide for logon passwords or Fast User Switching (FUS). Windows Vista Starter Edition is analogous to XP Starter Edition. This version will only be sold in emerging markets.

Windows Vista Home Basic Edition: A simple version of Windows Vista that is aimed at single PC homes. Windows Vista Home Basic is the baseline version of Windows Vista, and the version that all other product editions will build from. It will include features such as Windows Firewall, Windows Security Center, secure wireless networking, parental controls, anti-spam/anti-virus/anti-spyware functionality, network map, Windows Search, the Aero user interface, Movie Maker, Photo Library, Windows Media Player, Outlook Express with RSS support, P2P Messenger, and more. Windows Vista Home Basic Edition is roughly analogous to Windows XP Home Edition. This version is aimed at general consumers, Windows 9x/XP Starter Edition upgraders, and price sensitive/first-time buyers.

Windows Vista Home Premium Edition: Whole home entertainment and personal productivity throughout the home and on the go. As a true superset of Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium Edition will include everything from Home Basic, as well as Media Center and Media Center Extender functionality (including Cable Card support), DVD video authoring and HDTV support, DVD ripping support (yes, you read that right), Tablet PC functionality, Mobility Center and other mobility and presentation features, auxiliary display support, P2P ad-hoc meeting capabilities, Wi-Fi auto-config and roaming, unified parental controls that work over multiple PCs, backup to network functionality, Internet File Sharing, Offline Folders, PC-to-PC sync, Sync Manager, and support for Quattro Home Server. Windows Vista Premium Edition is similar to XP Media Center Edition, except that it adds numerous other features and functionality, including Tablet PC support. My guess is that this will be the volume consumer offering in the Windows Vista timeframe (today, XP Pro is the dominant seller). This version is aimed at PC enthusiasts, multiple-PC homes, homes with kids, and notebook users.

Windows Vista Professional Edition: A powerful, reliable and secure OS for businesses of all sizes. Windows Vista Pro Edition will include domain join and management functionality, compatibility with non-Microsoft networking protocols (Netware, SNMP, etc.), Remote Desktop, IIS Web server, and Encrypted File System (EFS). Additionally, Pro Standard will include Tablet PC functio nality. Windows Vista Pro is roughly analogous to XP Pro today. This version is aimed at business decision makers and IT managers and generalists.

Windows Vista Small Business Edition: Designed for small businesses without IT staff. Small Business Edition is a superset of Vista Pro Standard Edition, and includes the following unique features: Backup and Shadow Copy support, Castle and server-join networking, and PC fax and scanning utility. Additionally, Microsoft is looking at including a number of other features, many of which might be cut: These include Small Business Edition guided tour, pre-paid access to the Windows Live! Small Business or Microsoft Office Live! subscription services, Multi-PC Health (a managed version of Microsoft One Care Live), and membership in the Microsoft Small Business Club online service. Microsoft will offer a Step-Up program for Small Business Edition that will allow customers to upgrade to Windows Vista Enterprise Edition (see below) or Windows Vista Ultimate Edition (see below) at a reduced cost. This SKU is new to Windows Vista; there is no XP Small Business Edition. This version is aimed at small business owners and managers.

Windows Vista Enterprise Edition. Optimized for the enterprise, this version will be a true superset of Windows Vista Pro Edition. It will also include unique features such as Virtual PC, the multi-language user interface (MUI), and the Secure Startup/full volume encryption security technologies („Cornerstone“). There is no analogous XP version for this product. This version is aimed at business decision makers, IT managers and decision makers, and information workers/general business users.

Windows Vista Ultimate Edition: The best operating system ever offered for a personal PC, optimized for the individual. Windows Vista Ultimate Edition is a superset of both Vista Home Premium and Vista Pro Edition, so it includes all of the features of both of those product versions, plus adds Game Performance Tweaker with integrated gaming experiences, a Podcast creation utility (under consideration, may be cut from product), and online „Club“ services (exclusive access to music, movies, services and preferred customer care) and other offerings (also under consideration, may be cut from product). Microsoft is still investigating how to position its most impressive Windows release yet, and is looking into offering Ultimate Edition owners such services as extended A1 subscriptions, free music downloads, free movie downloads, Online Spotlight and entertainment software, preferred product support, and custom themes. There is nothing like Vista Ultimate Edition today. This version is aimed at high-end PC users and technology influencers, gamers, digital media enthusiasts, and students.

Latest Windows Vista, Longhorn Server, WinFS, SQL Server 2005 Timelines Revealed

WindowsVista-sPaul Thurrott reports! According to very recent internal Microsoft documentation, the software giant is planning an aggressive release schedule for several products over the next year or so. Windows Vista ….Microsoft is planning to ship Windows Vista Beta 2 in late 2005, not in early 2006. According to internal documentation, Vista Beta 2 is scheduled to be „feature complete“ by September 29, 2005. Then, Vista Beta 2 will enter lockdown mode between October and November 9, 2005. After that date, Vista Beta 2 will be in escrow and will ship on December 7, 2005, about 3 weeks later. What about post-Beta 2? According to a second set of documentation viewed yesterday, Microsoft will ship Vista Release Candidate 0 (RC0) on April 19, 2006, and Windows Vista RC1 on June 28, 2006. Microsoft currently plans to release Vista to manufacturing on August 9, 2006, and make the product broadly available by November 15, 2006. Longhorn Server Except for the release to manufacturing (RTM) date, all the Vista dates apply to Longhorn Server as well. But once we reach summer 2006, Longhorn Server will fork from the Vista client release schedule. We’ll see an RC2 release of Longhorn Server on October 18, 2006, and the RTM release on January 10, 2007, according to the latest documentation. That’s a much earlier release date than previously anticipated. WinFS Microsoft surprised a lot of people by shipping WinFS Beta 1 yesterday (see more at source), and as it turns out, the project is suddenly well ahead of schedule. In the more recent schedule, WinFS Beta 1 will be followed by at least one Community Technology Preview (CTP) release, which is currently due February 15, 2006. Then, on May 1, 2006, Microsoft will release WinFS Beta 2. Beta 3 is currently scheduled for November 15, 2006, with a Beta 3 Refresh release expected in April 2007. WinFS is currently scheduled for RTM in third quarter 2007, well after Longhorn Server. SQL Server 2005 SQL Server 2005 will ship within months. On September 13, 2005, the first day of the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) 2005, Microsoft will announce that SQL Server 2005 has hit the RC1 milestone, and the company will place the code into escrow in anticipation of the final release. The English language version of SQL Server 2005 is currently expected to RTM on October 14, 2005, about 3 weeks before its public launch. Other language versions will ship in December 2005 and January 2006.

News Source: www.windowsitpro.com