WinInfo Daily UPDATE, May 7, 2003

********************

WinInfo Daily UPDATE--brought to you by the Windows & .NET Magazine Network
http://www.winnetmag.net

********************

~~~~ THIS ISSUE SPONSORED BY ~~~~

Winternals Software
http://www.winternals.com/winnet04

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

~~~~ SPONSOR: WINTERNALS SOFTWARE ~~~~
If you're like most administrators, you can usually handle virus attacks, accidental damage from new software or upgrades, or the occasional corrupted registry. Each incident is unique, but you've been there before. But what if you're hit with two or three emergencies at once? And one of your emergencies involves mission-critical systems, like a Web or email server? There won't be time to experiment, re-image, or reload. You'll need ERD Commander 2002. With it, you can quickly boot dead or damaged systems to a convenient windowing interface stocked with powerful tools. Try it today--free!
http://www.winternals.com/winnet04

********************

May 7, 2003--In this issue:

1. NEWS AND VIEWS
- WinHEC 2003: Microsoft, HP Unveil Athens PC
- Massachusetts, West Virginia Seek Harsher Microsoft Penalties

2. ANNOUNCEMENTS
- Windows & .NET Magazine Connections: Win a Florida Vacation
- Get Windows & .NET Magazine at 25 Percent Off!

3. CONTACT US
See this section for a list of ways to contact us.

********************

1.

NEWS AND VIEWS


(contributed by Paul Thurrott, [email protected])

* WINHEC 2003: MICROSOFT, HP UNVEIL ATHENS PC
During his Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) 2003 keynote address yesterday morning, Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates unveiled the Athens PC, a joint hardware and software product his company is creating with Hewlett-Packard (HP). The Athens PC is designed for business users, not consumers, and features a striking high-definition wide-screen display, one cable running from the CPU to the screen, and a wireless keyboard, mouse, and phone handset, the latter of which mounts on the side of the display. The point of the prototype, Gates said, is to inspire hardware makers to create next-generation devices that marry collaboration and communications capabilities with the PC.

"The hardware industry and Microsoft are leading the next wave of PC development by creating unprecedented levels of synergy between hardware and software," Gates said. "The result will be innovative products that improve the way our customers work, communicate, learn and are entertained. The Athens PC prototype is just one example of the amazing things that are possible when hardware and software companies collaborate deeply on new designs."

At a demonstration of the Athens PC prototype during the Gates keynote, Chad Magendanz, lead program manager of Microsoft's Hardware Innovation Group, discussed the various hardware and software features that make this solution so compelling. A 20" version of Athens's wide-screen display, he said, might cost several thousand dollars now, but in mid-2004 such a display will retail for less than $400. The display features a mount for a Bluetooth handset, side-mounted ports, and three lights on the top that alert users when they have new voicemail or email messages or a pending appointment. The keyboard has buttons that launch software features such as voicemail.

Based on Longhorn, the next version of Windows, the Athens PC comes out of standby within 2 seconds and uses a USB flash card with security hardware and a thumbprint reader for user authentication. When you pick up the phone handset, the system displays your Microsoft Outlook contacts lists and Windows Messenger changes your presence information to "on the phone." When you make a call, Athens performs a reverse lookup on the person you called and gives you a list of the email and voicemail you've exchanged with that person, the documents you've collaborated on, and notes from previous meetings. "This functionality makes you more effective on the phone," Magendanz noted. Likewise, you can perform the electronic equivalent of closing your office door by marking your presence information as "do not disturb." In this setting, Athens automatically routes incoming calls to voicemail so that your workflow isn't interrupted. You can also answer voice messages by using email with a voice-based reply. "With Athens, voice is a first-class citizen," Magendanz said.

During his keynote, Gates also talked about other hardware-related technologies. Those technologies included 64-bit computing on AMD Athlon 64 and AMD Opteron chips and Itanium 2 chips; a new enterprise-operation-automation solution called Dynamic Systems Management; Trustworthy Computing; and Longhorn hardware innovations.

* MASSACHUSETTS, WEST VIRGINIA SEEK HARSHER MICROSOFT PENALTIES
The attorneys general from Massachusetts and West Virginia argued in a filing presented to a federal appellate court Monday that Microsoft should be forced to endure tougher sanctions for its antitrust violations than those Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly imposed late last year. "The district court's remedy will not restore competition, deny Microsoft the fruits of its illegal conduct or otherwise satisfy this court's remedial objectives," the attorneys general wrote in the filing, which noted that the settlement Microsoft reached with the federal government was "profoundly flawed." Massachusetts and West Virginia are the only 2 states of the 19 that originally joined the federal government's lawsuit against Microsoft not to support the company's settlement.

Microsoft will respond to the appeal request next month, but the company said this week that it believes the legal process is winding down. "The district court thoroughly reviewed these issues last year and issued comprehensive rulings that represent a fair resolution of this case," a Microsoft spokesperson said.

2.

ANNOUNCEMENTS


(brought to you by Windows & .NET Magazine and its partners)

* WINDOWS & .NET MAGAZINE CONNECTIONS: WIN A FLORIDA VACATION
Register now for this exclusive opportunity to learn in-person from your favorite writers you know and trust. All attendees will receive a free 1-year subscription to Windows & .NET Magazine, plus a chance to win a Florida vacation for two. Connections is simply the best lineup of technical training for today's Windows IT professional. Register now:
http://www.winconnections.com

* GET WINDOWS & .NET MAGAZINE AT 25 PERCENT OFF!
Every issue of Windows & .NET Magazine includes intelligent, impartial, and independent coverage of security, Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange Server, and much more. Our expert authors deliver content you simply won't find anywhere else. Subscribe today at 25 percent off, and find out what over 100,000 readers know that you don't!
http://www.winnetmag.com/rd.cfm?code=edwi203dup

3.

CONTACT US


Here's how to reach us with your comments and questions:

* ABOUT NEWS AND VIEWS -- [email protected]
* ABOUT THE NEWSLETTER IN GENERAL -- [email protected] (please mention the newsletter name in the subject line)
* TECHNICAL QUESTIONS -- http://www.winnetmag.net/forums
* PRODUCT NEWS -- [email protected]
* QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR WININFO DAILY UPDATE SUBSCRIPTION? Email Customer Support -- [email protected]
* WANT TO SPONSOR WININFO DAILY UPDATE? [email protected]

********************

This daily email newsletter is brought to you by Windows & .NET Magazine, the leading publication for Windows professionals who want to learn more and perform better. Subscribe today.
http://www.winnetmag.com/sub.cfm?code=wswi201x1z

Receive the latest information about the Windows and .NET topics of your choice. Subscribe to our other FREE email newsletters.
http://www.winnetmag.com/email

|-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-|

Thank you for reading WinInfo Daily UPDATE.
Copyright 2003, Penton Media, Inc.

********************

WinInfo Daily UPDATE--brought to you by the Windows & .NET Magazine Network http://www.winnetmag.net

********************

~~~~ THIS ISSUE SPONSORED BY ~~~~

Winternals Software http://www.winternals.com/winnet04

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

~~~~ SPONSOR: WINTERNALS SOFTWARE ~~~~ If you're like most administrators, you can usually handle virus attacks, accidental damage from new software or upgrades, or the occasional corrupted registry. Each incident is unique, but you've been there before. But what if you're hit with two or three emergencies at once? And one of your emergencies involves mission-critical systems, like a Web or email server? There won't be time to experiment, re-image, or reload. You'll need ERD Commander 2002. With it, you can quickly boot dead or damaged systems to a convenient windowing interface stocked with powerful tools. Try it today--free! http://www.winternals.com/winnet04

******************** May 7, 2003--In this issue:

1. NEWS AND VIEWS - WinHEC 2003: Microsoft, HP Unveil Athens PC - Massachusetts, West Virginia Seek Harsher Microsoft Penalties

2. ANNOUNCEMENTS - Windows & .NET Magazine Connections: Win a Florida Vacation - Get Windows & .NET Magazine at 25 Percent Off!

3. CONTACT US See this section for a list of ways to contact us.

********************

1.

NEWS AND VIEWS

(contributed by Paul Thurrott, [email protected])

* WINHEC 2003: MICROSOFT, HP UNVEIL ATHENS PC During his Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) 2003 keynote address yesterday morning, Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates unveiled the Athens PC, a joint hardware and software product his company is creating with Hewlett-Packard (HP). The Athens PC is designed for business users, not consumers, and features a striking high-definition wide-screen display, one cable running from the CPU to the screen, and a wireless keyboard, mouse, and phone handset, the latter of which mounts on the side of the display. The point of the prototype, Gates said, is to inspire hardware makers to create next-generation devices that marry collaboration and communications capabilities with the PC.

"The hardware industry and Microsoft are leading the next wave of PC development by creating unprecedented levels of synergy between hardware and software," Gates said. "The result will be innovative products that improve the way our customers work, communicate, learn and are entertained. The Athens PC prototype is just one example of the amazing things that are possible when hardware and software companies collaborate deeply on new designs."

At a demonstration of the Athens PC prototype during the Gates keynote, Chad Magendanz, lead program manager of Microsoft's Hardware Innovation Group, discussed the various hardware and software features that make this solution so compelling. A 20" version of Athens's wide-screen display, he said, might cost several thousand dollars now, but in mid-2004 such a display will retail for less than $400. The display features a mount for a Bluetooth handset, side-mounted ports, and three lights on the top that alert users when they have new voicemail or email messages or a pending appointment. The keyboard has buttons that launch software features such as voicemail.

Based on Longhorn, the next version of Windows, the Athens PC comes out of standby within 2 seconds and uses a USB flash card with security hardware and a thumbprint reader for user authentication. When you pick up the phone handset, the system displays your Microsoft Outlook contacts lists and Windows Messenger changes your presence information to "on the phone." When you make a call, Athens performs a reverse lookup on the person you called and gives you a list of the email and voicemail you've exchanged with that person, the documents you've collaborated on, and notes from previous meetings. "This functionality makes you more effective on the phone," Magendanz noted. Likewise, you can perform the electronic equivalent of closing your office door by marking your presence information as "do not disturb." In this setting, Athens automatically routes incoming calls to voicemail so that your workflow isn't interrupted. You can also answer voice messages by using email with a voice-based reply. "With Athens, voice is a first-class citizen," Magendanz said.

During his keynote, Gates also talked about other hardware-related technologies. Those technologies included 64-bit computing on AMD Athlon 64 and AMD Opteron chips and Itanium 2 chips; a new enterprise-operation-automation solution called Dynamic Systems Management; Trustworthy Computing; and Longhorn hardware innovations.

* MASSACHUSETTS, WEST VIRGINIA SEEK HARSHER MICROSOFT PENALTIES The attorneys general from Massachusetts and West Virginia argued in a filing presented to a federal appellate court Monday that Microsoft should be forced to endure tougher sanctions for its antitrust violations than those Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly imposed late last year. "The district court's remedy will not restore competition, deny Microsoft the fruits of its illegal conduct or otherwise satisfy this court's remedial objectives," the attorneys general wrote in the filing, which noted that the settlement Microsoft reached with the federal government was "profoundly flawed." Massachusetts and West Virginia are the only 2 states of the 19 that originally joined the federal government's lawsuit against Microsoft not to support the company's settlement.

Microsoft will respond to the appeal request next month, but the company said this week that it believes the legal process is winding down. "The district court thoroughly reviewed these issues last year and issued comprehensive rulings that represent a fair resolution of this case," a Microsoft spokesperson said.

2.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

(brought to you by Windows & .NET Magazine and its partners)

* WINDOWS & .NET MAGAZINE CONNECTIONS: WIN A FLORIDA VACATION Register now for this exclusive opportunity to learn in-person from your favorite writers you know and trust. All attendees will receive a free 1-year subscription to Windows & .NET Magazine, plus a chance to win a Florida vacation for two. Connections is simply the best lineup of technical training for today's Windows IT professional. Register now: http://www.winconnections.com

* GET WINDOWS & .NET MAGAZINE AT 25 PERCENT OFF! Every issue of Windows & .NET Magazine includes intelligent, impartial, and independent coverage of security, Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange Server, and much more. Our expert authors deliver content you simply won't find anywhere else. Subscribe today at 25 percent off, and find out what over 100,000 readers know that you don't! http://www.winnetmag.com/rd.cfm?code=edwi203dup

Hide comments

Comments

  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
Publish