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In the News

- Microsoft Finalizes MOM 2005
- EU Expands Microsoft Probe to Include Time Warner Antipiracy Deal

==== In the News ====

by Paul Thurrott, [email protected]

Microsoft Finalizes MOM 2005

Microsoft announced yesterday the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005, the company's next-generation operations-management server product that will ship in separate versions for enterprises and midsized businesses. The two MOM releases, MOM 2005 and MOM 2005 Workgroup Edition (previously called MOM 2005 Express), feature a host of new capabilities as well as simplified pricing.
"MOM 2005 and MOM 2005 Workgroup Edition provide our broad set of customers with richer monitoring knowledge and analysis tools to ensure that they're getting every dollar from their IT investments," Microsoft Senior Vice President Bob Muglia said. "Before MOM 2005, IT professionals were reactive. Now customers can act ahead of time, improving availability while driving down cost. This improved management is another important step for customers in our \[Dynamic Systems Initiative--DSI\] road map."
MOM 2005 includes a new Microsoft Office Outlook-like Operator Console that provides views of system health, including alerts, diagrams, events, performance, and state. These views help administrators and operators quickly respond to problems or configure the system to automatically respond to events. The MOM 2005 Operator Console is augmented by an improved Administrator Console and a new Web Console, which uses a remotely accessible Web page to provide a subset of the Operator Console's functionality. A new Reporting Console, based on the SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services engine, lets you subscribe to favorite reports and automatically receive new versions of the reports as they change, according to Microsoft.
Microsoft has revamped MOM 2005's pricing to bring the release in line with the company's other server products and simplify purchasing for customers. Instead of paying a per-processor charge, customers can purchase single licenses for their central servers and Operations Management Licenses (OMLs) for each managed device. In the United States, MOM 2005 server licenses will cost $729; a MOM 2005 OML five pack will set you back $2689. MOM 2005 Workgroup Edition, which is limited to 10 devices, costs $499. Both products will ship by mid-September.

EU Expands Microsoft Probe to Include Time Warner Antipiracy Deal

The European Union (UN)'s European Commission (EC) has opened yet another probe into Microsoft's business practices. The agency is investigating whether the software giant is attempting to dominate the emerging market for content-rights management. Microsoft and Time Warner plan to acquire a majority stake in ContentGuard Holdings, a company that develops digital protection against content piracy. Microsoft already licenses ContentGuard Holdings technology for use in its Digital Rights Management (DRM) software.
"After a preliminary review, it appears to the commission that the transaction might possibly create or strengthen a dominant position by Microsoft in the market for DRM solutions," the EC said in a statement this week. "Under Microsoft's and Time Warner's joint ownership, ContentGuard may have both the incentives and the ability to use its \[intellectual property rights\] portfolio to put Microsoft's rivals in the DRM solutions market at a competitive disadvantage \[and\] could also slow the development of open-interoperability standards." The agency is investigating whether Microsoft and Time Warner will effectively dominate the emerging rights-management market, thereby killing competition. EC regulators will try to determine which option is better for consumers: a single, dominant rights-management solution or an open-standards-based technology that numerous providers use. US regulatory agencies haven't expressed any interest in mounting a similar investigation.
The EC investigation is expected to last 3 or 4 months. Microsoft and Time Warner have pledged to "fully cooperate" with the investigation. "We understand that this is a complex area," a Microsoft spokesperson said.

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