WinInfo Daily UPDATE, April 22, 2003

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April 22, 2003--In this issue:

1. NEWS AND VIEWS
- Microsoft Agrees to Second Settlement Change
- Microsoft Releases Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools

2. ANNOUNCEMENTS
- Microsoft TechEd 2003, June 1-6, 2003, Dallas, TX
- Microsoft ASP.NET Connections: Win a Harley-Davidson Motorcycle

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

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1.

NEWS AND VIEWS


(contributed by Paul Thurrott, [email protected])

* MICROSOFT AGREES TO SECOND SETTLEMENT CHANGE
Responding to criticism of its antitrust settlement with the US government, Microsoft for the second time in 30 days agreed to US Department of Justice (DOJ)-suggested changes to the agreement. The first change involved a minor modification of the Windows XP Start menu's Set Program Access and Defaults icon that will let users more easily choose a default Web browser other than Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE). The more recent change stipulates that Microsoft will drop secrecy requirements that would have applied to companies that want to see Windows communications technology source code. Microsoft also will lower the cost of licensing that technology, which it was forced to share under terms of the settlement. A Microsoft spokesperson says the company agreed to the changes after the DOJ and other antitrust enforcement agencies recommended them. The company will publish revised Windows licensing terms--which are simpler and less expensive than those they replace--as early as Wednesday this week, the spokesperson said.

As part of its historic antitrust settlement with the US government, Microsoft agreed to license its communications protocols to third parties under "reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms." However, companies that have attempted to license the technology have complained that the fees are too high and that Microsoft requires them to sign a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) before it will even agree to license the code. So far, only three companies have signed a license. After a meeting 2 months ago with representatives from Sun Microsystems--which signed the NDA but refused to license the technology because of the high fees--the DOJ approached Microsoft about making the licensing changes.

These changes will not be the last, Microsoft admits. In the near future, the company will also offer a 50 percent refund to companies that license the technology but don't use it within a year.

* MICROSOFT RELEASES WINDOWS SERVER 2003 RESOURCE KIT TOOLS Late yesterday, Microsoft released its free set of resource kit tools for Windows Server 2003. The "Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit" tools include utilities that administrators, developers, and power users can use to manage Active Directory (AD), Group Policy, TCP/IP networks, the registry, security, scalability, and many other aspects of the Windows 2003 OS. The resource kit tools run on Windows XP and any member of the Windows 2003 family of products.

The Windows 2003 resource kit download includes more than 125 tools. You can download the Windows 2003 resource kit tools now from the Microsoft Web site.
http://download.microsoft.com/download/8/e/c/8ec3a7d8-05b4-440a-a71e-ca3ee25fe057/rktools.exe

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ANNOUNCEMENTS


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* MICROSOFT TECHED 2003, JUNE 1-6, 2003, DALLAS, TX
Realize your potential at TechEd 2003, Microsoft's premier technical conference. Includes the latest in-depth sessions on the entire .NET developer-language family. Register by April 25 and save $400!
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* MICROSOFT ASP.NET CONNECTIONS: WIN A HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLE
Now the largest ASP event in the industry. Hardcore training that will save you hours of trial and error. Register now and get free access to Visual Studio Connections and SQL Server Magazine Connections. Exclusive chance to learn from the largest group of Microsoft product architects and independent technology gurus, plus you might win a Harley. Register now:
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