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WinInfo Daily UPDATE, February 17, 2005

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In the News

- Microsoft Updates AntiSpyware Beta
- Major Recall Burns Xbox Users

==== In the News ====

by Paul Thurrott, [email protected]

Microsoft Updates AntiSpyware Beta

One month after Microsoft shipped its first public beta of Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware, the software giant has released a second public beta version of the product. Since that first release, Microsoft has cleared up some licensing and pricing concerns surrounding the product: This week at the RSA Conference 2005, Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates announced that the company would give Windows AntiSpyware to Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) customers for free.
"Windows AntiSpyware helps protect users by doing three things: detecting and removing spyware, improving Internet browsing safety, and stopping the latest threats," Gates noted during his RSA keynote address earlier this week. "Windows AntiSpyware ... further improves Internet browsing safety through real-time protection, which continuously works in the background to monitor \[PCs\] for any signs of incoming spyware."
The new beta release of Windows AntiSpyware includes several enhancements that Microsoft says are based on user feedback. Specifically, the company improved some of the real-time protection agents, added new threat categories, and improved the product's stability and performance. If you're using the earlier beta version of the product, you can upgrade to this new release. Otherwise, it will install as a clean installation.
For more information and the free download, refer to the Microsoft Web site (see the first URL below). I'll soon update my Windows AntiSpyware Preview on the SuperSite for Windows to reflect changes in the new beta version.

Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware (Beta)

Microsoft AntiSpyware Preview

Major Recall Burns Xbox Users

Microsoft announced today that it will recall 14.1 million Xbox power cords after discovering that a defect in the cords gave some users minor burns or damaged carpet. The recall involves Xboxes manufactured before October 23, 2003, in all worldwide regions except continental Europe. In continental Europe, the recall affects Xboxes manufactured before January 13, 2004. Xboxes made since then have been changed and don't exhibit this problem, Microsoft says.
"This is a preventative step we're choosing to take despite the rarity of these incidents," Robbie Bach, senior vice president of Microsoft's Home & Entertainment Division, said. "We regret the inconvenience, but believe offering consumers a free replacement is the responsible thing to do." According to Microsoft, 1 in 1000 Xbox units made during the affected time period exhibit a problem related to the recall.
To order a replacement Xbox power cord, visit the Microsoft Xbox Web site ( ) and follow the link titled "Important Safety Notice: Power Cord Replacement for Xbox." The site requires you to enter your Xbox's serial number and manufacturing date, which you'll find on a sticker on the bottom of the unit. Microsoft says that the replacement power cords should arrive in 2 to 4 weeks.

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