WinInfo Daily UPDATE, April 10, 2003

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April 10, 2003--In this issue:

1. NEWS AND VIEWS
- Microsoft Opens Up Shared Source Program
- Greenwich Will Ship as RTC Server 2003

2. ANNOUNCEMENTS
- Sample Our Security Administrator Newsletter!
- Join The HP & Microsoft Network Storage Solutions Road Show

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 OPENS UP SHARED SOURCE PROGRAM
For the first time, Microsoft will let its hardware partners modify virtually all the source code for one of its Windows versions and ship the resulting specialized products to customers. However, the Windows version in question is Windows CE .NET (formerly code-named Talisker), which is aimed at embedded and portable markets, not Windows Server or Windows XP, which target the desktop, notebook, and server computing markets. The changes to CE .NET licensing follow a successful 2 years of the Shared Source program, which lets academic researchers, partners, and governments view and occasionally modify the product's source code. Microsoft has now opened up the program to commercial companies such as chip makers and device manufacturers and isn't charging its partners any additional fees for making modifications. However, partners that change the CE .NET source code won't be paid for their work.

"This is a very exciting milestone," Scott Horn, director of marketing for the Embedded Systems Group at Microsoft, told me during a briefing yesterday. "Based on feedback from our partners, we've agreed to extend the Shared Source program to commercial scenarios. Our partners wanted to access the Windows CE source code, make modifications or derivatives, and ship products and devices based on their modifications. This is a first for a Microsoft operating system platform."

Under the new licensing terms, CE .NET licensees will be able to change the product's source code but must give the changes to Microsoft and its other partners, although the partner can specify that the changes not be used by those parties or Microsoft for 6 months. In some cases, immediately providing these changes to the wider partner base makes sense. ARM, for example, has already provided significant feedback to Microsoft, and the resulting changes have helped CE .NET run 25 to 30 percent faster on the ARM hardware platform. Other companies might choose to take advantage of the 6-month moratorium because the changes are product-specific or because the companies want a competitive advantage for the allowed period. Hitachi, for example, is already shipping a new handheld computer in the Japanese market that takes advantage of changes that company made to the CE .NET source code.

Although opening the CE .NET source code is indeed momentous for a proprietary software company such as Microsoft, critics charge that the company is still taking baby steps into the established world of open-source software (OSS) in a bid to counter the effects of Linux and other popular open-source projects, whose inner workings are completely open to the public. Also, the company appears to be getting free help with performance tuning, debugging, and adding new features to its OS. In the end, however, these improvements will benefit everyone who uses the CE .NET platform, including end users. Although critics can argue the relative merits of various source-code-sharing schemes, Microsoft is a commercial venture interested in protecting its intellectual property and advancing the platform. For partners that use CE .NET--an ever-growing market--this move looks like an interesting opportunity.

* GREENWICH WILL SHIP AS RTC SERVER 2003
As first reported in WinInfo Daily UPDATE, Microsoft will ship its Greenwich server beta as Microsoft Real-Time Communications (RTC) Server 2003 when the company completes the product late this summer. RTC Server will give enterprises rich, secure, extensible, and manageable Instant Messaging (IM) capabilities, the company says, letting workers collaborate and share information more quickly. RTC Server is based on the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) technology that Microsoft first introduced in Windows Messenger, part of Windows XP. Final licensing for RTC Server is forthcoming, Microsoft says.

"The take-off of Instant Messaging in the enterprise, even on an unmanaged basis, has shown how valuable real-time communications and presence is to today's information worker," said Anoop Gupta, corporate vice president of the Real-Time Messaging and Platform Group. "With RTC Server, we believe we're delivering the first step toward what our customers have told us they need to take advantage of this evolving communications landscape: an enterprise Instant Messaging and real-time communications server that is manageable, extensible, based on industry standards, and can form part of a company's strategic communications infrastructure."

Answering at least one question about how Microsoft will license RTC Server, the company announced that a free subset of the technology will be available for Windows Server 2003. This subset will ship as an add-on to Windows 2003 and will provide presence functionality, letting users track whether other users are online. Using this information, the company says, third parties can build new applications and Web services that provide notifications to employees within an enterprise. Whether the presence add-on is functionally identical to the original Windows 2003 real-time communications features is unclear. (Microsoft originally slated RTC Server's functionality to ship as part of Windows 2003 but pulled the technology out of the OS late last year, citing diverging development paths and an expansion of the capabilities it wanted to supply in the real-time communications space.) Microsoft will also ship a software developer kit (SDK) concurrently with RTC Server and the add-on, giving programmers access to the new products' functionality.

2.

ANNOUNCEMENTS


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

* SAMPLE OUR SECURITY ADMINISTRATOR NEWSLETTER!
If you spend the better part of your day dealing with security concerns such as controlling user access, viruses, and tightening your network's permeability, then you can benefit from the type of information we publish each month in Security Administrator. Every issue shows you how to protect your enterprise with informative, in-depth articles, timely tips, and practical advice. Sample our most recent issue today!
http://www.secadministrator.com/rd.cfm?code=fsei253xup

* JOIN THE HP & MICROSOFT NETWORK STORAGE SOLUTIONS ROAD SHOW
Now is the time to start thinking of storage as a strategic weapon in your IT arsenal. Come to our 10-city Network Storage Solutions Road Show, and learn how existing and future storage solutions can save your company money--and make your job easier! There is no fee for this event, but space is limited. Register today!
http://www.winnetmag.com/roadshows/nas

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]
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~~~~ SPONSOR: WIN BIG WITH "WINTERNALS SAVED MY BACON" ~~~~ The odds were great. The stakes were high. But somehow, in the nick of time, you and Administrator's Pak saved the day. Tell us how it happened, and you could win an Alienware Navigator gaming system, a Toshiba wireless PDA for second prize, or a free upgrade to Administrator's Pak 4.0 for third prize. For inspiration, take a look at this quote from Russel Duncan, IS Manager for Sydney Adventist Hospital: "I purchased your recovery tools yesterday, used them five minutes after I downloaded them and had my server up and running in 10 minutes." Enter now at: http://www.winternals.com/savedmybacon

******************** April 10, 2003--In this issue:

1. NEWS AND VIEWS - Microsoft Opens Up Shared Source Program - Greenwich Will Ship as RTC Server 2003

2. ANNOUNCEMENTS - Sample Our Security Administrator Newsletter! - Join The HP & Microsoft Network Storage Solutions Road Show

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

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

1.

NEWS AND VIEWS

(contributed by Paul Thurrott, [email protected])

* MICROSOFT OPENS UP SHARED SOURCE PROGRAM For the first time, Microsoft will let its hardware partners modify virtually all the source code for one of its Windows versions and ship the resulting specialized products to customers. However, the Windows version in question is Windows CE .NET (formerly code-named Talisker), which is aimed at embedded and portable markets, not Windows Server or Windows XP, which target the desktop, notebook, and server computing markets. The changes to CE .NET licensing follow a successful 2 years of the Shared Source program, which lets academic researchers, partners, and governments view and occasionally modify the product's source code. Microsoft has now opened up the program to commercial companies such as chip makers and device manufacturers and isn't charging its partners any additional fees for making modifications. However, partners that change the CE .NET source code won't be paid for their work.

"This is a very exciting milestone," Scott Horn, director of marketing for the Embedded Systems Group at Microsoft, told me during a briefing yesterday. "Based on feedback from our partners, we've agreed to extend the Shared Source program to commercial scenarios. Our partners wanted to access the Windows CE source code, make modifications or derivatives, and ship products and devices based on their modifications. This is a first for a Microsoft operating system platform."

Under the new licensing terms, CE .NET licensees will be able to change the product's source code but must give the changes to Microsoft and its other partners, although the partner can specify that the changes not be used by those parties or Microsoft for 6 months. In some cases, immediately providing these changes to the wider partner base makes sense. ARM, for example, has already provided significant feedback to Microsoft, and the resulting changes have helped CE .NET run 25 to 30 percent faster on the ARM hardware platform. Other companies might choose to take advantage of the 6-month moratorium because the changes are product-specific or because the companies want a competitive advantage for the allowed period. Hitachi, for example, is already shipping a new handheld computer in the Japanese market that takes advantage of changes that company made to the CE .NET source code.

Although opening the CE .NET source code is indeed momentous for a proprietary software company such as Microsoft, critics charge that the company is still taking baby steps into the established world of open-source software (OSS) in a bid to counter the effects of Linux and other popular open-source projects, whose inner workings are completely open to the public. Also, the company appears to be getting free help with performance tuning, debugging, and adding new features to its OS. In the end, however, these improvements will benefit everyone who uses the CE .NET platform, including end users. Although critics can argue the relative merits of various source-code-sharing schemes, Microsoft is a commercial venture interested in protecting its intellectual property and advancing the platform. For partners that use CE .NET--an ever-growing market--this move looks like an interesting opportunity.

* GREENWICH WILL SHIP AS RTC SERVER 2003 As first reported in WinInfo Daily UPDATE, Microsoft will ship its Greenwich server beta as Microsoft Real-Time Communications (RTC) Server 2003 when the company completes the product late this summer. RTC Server will give enterprises rich, secure, extensible, and manageable Instant Messaging (IM) capabilities, the company says, letting workers collaborate and share information more quickly. RTC Server is based on the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) technology that Microsoft first introduced in Windows Messenger, part of Windows XP. Final licensing for RTC Server is forthcoming, Microsoft says.

"The take-off of Instant Messaging in the enterprise, even on an unmanaged basis, has shown how valuable real-time communications and presence is to today's information worker," said Anoop Gupta, corporate vice president of the Real-Time Messaging and Platform Group. "With RTC Server, we believe we're delivering the first step toward what our customers have told us they need to take advantage of this evolving communications landscape: an enterprise Instant Messaging and real-time communications server that is manageable, extensible, based on industry standards, and can form part of a company's strategic communications infrastructure."

Answering at least one question about how Microsoft will license RTC Server, the company announced that a free subset of the technology will be available for Windows Server 2003. This subset will ship as an add-on to Windows 2003 and will provide presence functionality, letting users track whether other users are online. Using this information, the company says, third parties can build new applications and Web services that provide notifications to employees within an enterprise. Whether the presence add-on is functionally identical to the original Windows 2003 real-time communications features is unclear. (Microsoft originally slated RTC Server's functionality to ship as part of Windows 2003 but pulled the technology out of the OS late last year, citing diverging development paths and an expansion of the capabilities it wanted to supply in the real-time communications space.) Microsoft will also ship a software developer kit (SDK) concurrently with RTC Server and the add-on, giving programmers access to the new products' functionality.

2.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

* SAMPLE OUR SECURITY ADMINISTRATOR NEWSLETTER! If you spend the better part of your day dealing with security concerns such as controlling user access, viruses, and tightening your network's permeability, then you can benefit from the type of information we publish each month in Security Administrator. Every issue shows you how to protect your enterprise with informative, in-depth articles, timely tips, and practical advice. Sample our most recent issue today! http://www.secadministrator.com/rd.cfm?code=fsei253xup

* JOIN THE HP & MICROSOFT NETWORK STORAGE SOLUTIONS ROAD SHOW Now is the time to start thinking of storage as a strategic weapon in your IT arsenal. Come to our 10-city Network Storage Solutions Road Show, and learn how existing and future storage solutions can save your company money--and make your job easier! There is no fee for this event, but space is limited. Register today! http://www.winnetmag.com/roadshows/nas

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]

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~~~~ SPONSOR: WIN BIG WITH "WINTERNALS SAVED MY BACON" ~~~~ The odds were great. The stakes were high. But somehow, in the nick of time, you and Administrator's Pak saved the day. Tell us how it happened, and you could win an Alienware Navigator gaming system, a Toshiba wireless PDA for second prize, or a free upgrade to Administrator's Pak 4.0 for third prize. For inspiration, take a look at this quote from Russel Duncan, IS Manager for Sydney Adventist Hospital: "I purchased your recovery tools yesterday, used them five minutes after I downloaded them and had my server up and running in 10 minutes." Enter now at: http://www.winternals.com/savedmybacon

******************** April 10, 2003--In this issue:

1. NEWS AND VIEWS - Microsoft Opens Up Shared Source Program - Greenwich Will Ship as RTC Server 2003

2. ANNOUNCEMENTS - Sample Our Security Administrator Newsletter! - Join The HP & Microsoft Network Storage Solutions Road Show

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

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

1.

NEWS AND VIEWS

(contributed by Paul Thurrott, [email protected])

* MICROSOFT OPENS UP SHARED SOURCE PROGRAM For the first time, Microsoft will let its hardware partners modify virtually all the source code for one of its Windows versions and ship the resulting specialized products to customers. However, the Windows version in question is Windows CE .NET (formerly code-named Talisker), which is aimed at embedded and portable markets, not Windows Server or Windows XP, which target the desktop, notebook, and server computing markets. The changes to CE .NET licensing follow a successful 2 years of the Shared Source program, which lets academic researchers, partners, and governments view and occasionally modify the product's source code. Microsoft has now opened up the program to commercial companies such as chip makers and device manufacturers and isn't charging its partners any additional fees for making modifications. However, partners that change the CE .NET source code won't be paid for their work.

"This is a very exciting milestone," Scott Horn, director of marketing for the Embedded Systems Group at Microsoft, told me during a briefing yesterday. "Based on feedback from our partners, we've agreed to extend the Shared Source program to commercial scenarios. Our partners wanted to access the Windows CE source code, make modifications or derivatives, and ship products and devices based on their modifications. This is a first for a Microsoft operating system platform."

Under the new licensing terms, CE .NET licensees will be able to change the product's source code but must give the changes to Microsoft and its other partners, although the partner can specify that the changes not be used by those parties or Microsoft for 6 months. In some cases, immediately providing these changes to the wider partner base makes sense. ARM, for example, has already provided significant feedback to Microsoft, and the resulting changes have helped CE .NET run 25 to 30 percent faster on the ARM hardware platform. Other companies might choose to take advantage of the 6-month moratorium because the changes are product-specific or because the companies want a competitive advantage for the allowed period. Hitachi, for example, is already shipping a new handheld computer in the Japanese market that takes advantage of changes that company made to the CE .NET source code.

Although opening the CE .NET source code is indeed momentous for a proprietary software company such as Microsoft, critics charge that the company is still taking baby steps into the established world of open-source software (OSS) in a bid to counter the effects of Linux and other popular open-source projects, whose inner workings are completely open to the public. Also, the company appears to be getting free help with performance tuning, debugging, and adding new features to its OS. In the end, however, these improvements will benefit everyone who uses the CE .NET platform, including end users. Although critics can argue the relative merits of various source-code-sharing schemes, Microsoft is a commercial venture interested in protecting its intellectual property and advancing the platform. For partners that use CE .NET--an ever-growing market--this move looks like an interesting opportunity.

* GREENWICH WILL SHIP AS RTC SERVER 2003 As first reported in WinInfo Daily UPDATE, Microsoft will ship its Greenwich server beta as Microsoft Real-Time Communications (RTC) Server 2003 when the company completes the product late this summer. RTC Server will give enterprises rich, secure, extensible, and manageable Instant Messaging (IM) capabilities, the company says, letting workers collaborate and share information more quickly. RTC Server is based on the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) technology that Microsoft first introduced in Windows Messenger, part of Windows XP. Final licensing for RTC Server is forthcoming, Microsoft says.

"The take-off of Instant Messaging in the enterprise, even on an unmanaged basis, has shown how valuable real-time communications and presence is to today's information worker," said Anoop Gupta, corporate vice president of the Real-Time Messaging and Platform Group. "With RTC Server, we believe we're delivering the first step toward what our customers have told us they need to take advantage of this evolving communications landscape: an enterprise Instant Messaging and real-time communications server that is manageable, extensible, based on industry standards, and can form part of a company's strategic communications infrastructure."

Answering at least one question about how Microsoft will license RTC Server, the company announced that a free subset of the technology will be available for Windows Server 2003. This subset will ship as an add-on to Windows 2003 and will provide presence functionality, letting users track whether other users are online. Using this information, the company says, third parties can build new applications and Web services that provide notifications to employees within an enterprise. Whether the presence add-on is functionally identical to the original Windows 2003 real-time communications features is unclear. (Microsoft originally slated RTC Server's functionality to ship as part of Windows 2003 but pulled the technology out of the OS late last year, citing diverging development paths and an expansion of the capabilities it wanted to supply in the real-time communications space.) Microsoft will also ship a software developer kit (SDK) concurrently with RTC Server and the add-on, giving programmers access to the new products' functionality.

2.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

* SAMPLE OUR SECURITY ADMINISTRATOR NEWSLETTER! If you spend the better part of your day dealing with security concerns such as controlling user access, viruses, and tightening your network's permeability, then you can benefit from the type of information we publish each month in Security Administrator. Every issue shows you how to protect your enterprise with informative, in-depth articles, timely tips, and practical advice. Sample our most recent issue today! http://www.secadministrator.com/rd.cfm?code=fsei253xup

* JOIN THE HP & MICROSOFT NETWORK STORAGE SOLUTIONS ROAD SHOW Now is the time to start thinking of storage as a strategic weapon in your IT arsenal. Come to our 10-city Network Storage Solutions Road Show, and learn how existing and future storage solutions can save your company money--and make your job easier! There is no fee for this event, but space is limited. Register today! http://www.winnetmag.com/roadshows/nas

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 -- jfeuerbac[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]

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