Thursday, June 29, 2006

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Microsoft details unified communications road map

Main items include:
Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, which is Microsoft's new name for its Live Communications Server. It will include voice-over-IP call management, as well as audio-, video- and webconferencing and instant messaging communication with and across software applications and devices.

Microsoft plans to release its Office Communicator 2007, a unified communications client that works with Communications Server 2007 to provide enterprise VoIP through a softphone. Microsoft also announced Office Live Meeting, which includes audio and video capabilities for conferencing from a PC and is due out at about the same time.

A new product: Office RoundTable.

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 is also expected for release in late 2006 or early 2007, and Microsoft Speech Server 2007 will be available in late 2006

Partnerships with other communications vendors and includes plans for IP desktop phones that run Communicator software. The vendors named were Polycom Inc., LG-Nortel Co. Ltd. and Thomson Telecom. Microsoft also announced interoperability with or partnerships with Hewlett-Packard Co., Siemens AG and Motorola Inc.


Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Microsoft offers online tests of Office 2007

Microsoft for the first time allows you to test pre-release/beta software without you having to download it first :)

Office components offered include:
Microsoft Office Access 2007
Microsoft Office Excel 2007
Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007
Microsoft Office OneNote 2007
Microsoft Office Outlook 2007
Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 with Business Contact Manager
Microsoft Office Outlook Web Access
Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007
Microsoft Office Project Professional 2007
Microsoft Office Publisher 2007
Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007
Microsoft Office Visio 2007
Microsoft Office Word 2007
Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services
Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 (coming soon)
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007

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Sunday, June 25, 2006

Friday, June 16, 2006

Bill Gates: I salute you .

Analysis: Look for change at Microsoft after Gates

'You can't help but see some level of change,' says one analyst.

Microsoft outlines post-Gates transition plans

Gates will step aside in two years; Ray Ozzie named chief software architect

Reports of Excel 0-Day (NEW)

from SANS - Internet Storm Center - Cooperative Cyber Threat Monitor And Alert System.

Reports of Excel 0-Day (NEW)
Published: 2006-06-16,Last Updated: 2006-06-16 06:02:01 UTC by Scott Fendley (Version: 1)
Microsoft has received a report of a new 0-day vulnerability involving Excel. They are currently investigating this issue and will issue more information on workarounds as it becomes available. They are currently blogging about it at so check that site for more information as it becomes available.In the meantime, we continue to recommend the same defenses we recommended with the Word 0-day from last month located at These very general best practices should help alleviate the danger until Microsoft releases a patch or more specific workarounds.