WinInfo Daily UPDATE, December 16, 2003

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1. In the News
- Longhorn on Schedule as Microsoft Creates New Windows Core OS Division
- Store This: EMC Acquires VMware for $635 Million

2. Announcements
- 2004 Dates Announced: Connections Conferences
- New--Microsoft Security Strategies Roadshow 2004!

3. Event
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4. Contact Us
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==== 1. In the News ====
by Paul Thurrott, [email protected]

Longhorn on Schedule as Microsoft Creates New Windows Core OS Division Yesterday, Microsoft executives revealed that the company is reorganizing its Platforms Group around a new division that will be charged with developing core Windows technologies. The company announced the Windows Core Operating System Division to employees and moved 3000 of the Platforms Group's 14,000 workers into the new division. Senior Vice President Brian Valentine, who has overseen Windows development since late 1998, when Windows NT 5.0 morphed into Windows 2000, will run the new division, which will concentrate on the Windows core code, including its kernel, networking stack, and localization technologies. Corporate Vice President Chris Jones, who was previously responsible for the core technologies in Windows Longhorn, the next major Windows version, is also moving to Valentine's new division.
This week's reshuffling is a visible example of Group Vice President Jim Allchin's desire for engineering excellence; the executive says he has worked for months to figure out how to best structure the company to deliver the highest-quality Longhorn release possible. "\[The Windows Core Operating System Division\] creates a very visible center of gravity for advancing the engineering excellence of Windows," he said. "It's basically a new improvement in the processes of how we're building the core parts."
Longhorn, Microsoft's most ambitious software product to date, will likely ship in late 2005 or early 2006. Valentine says the reorganization won't affect Longhorn's ship date. "This \[reorganization\] isn't a statement about Longhorn's schedule," he noted. "It is about the way we build products." Other executives reiterated Valentine's comments about the Longhorn schedule, noting that the reorganization will simply improve Longhorn's quality and security.
Other divisions in the Platforms Group will concentrate on specific Windows markets, such as consumer computing, business computing, and storage management. A separate group of employees, the Windows Engineering Leadership Team, will work under Valentine to ensure consistency and compatibility across all Windows versions. And a new Windows Leadership Team, which will be comprised of company executives, will work to ensure that Windows meets customers' ever-changing needs. "If you look at the work we have done with the \[Tablet PC\] and Windows XP Media Center on the client side or the \[Small Business Server\] product on the server side, those are the examples of the new agility we hope to increasingly enable," Jones said. "We expect this will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our development processes as well as give us an increased emphasis on the quality and architecture of our systems."

Store This: EMC Acquires VMware for $635 Million
In a surprise announcement late yesterday, Massachusetts-based storage giant EMC revealed that it will purchase virtual-computing software maker VMware for $635 million. The deal expands EMC's business into the so-called utility computing market and gives the company another avenue for software-based revenues. The VMware deal follows two of EMC's other recent high-profile software company purchases: backup-and-recovery software maker Legato Systems and digital-document software-management firm Documentum. Taken together, these purchases send the clear signal that EMC is moving beyond the increasingly commoditized storage-hardware market.
"Customers want help simplifying the management of their IT infrastructures," EMC President and CEO Joe Tucci said. "This is more than a storage challenge. Until now, server and storage virtualization have existed as disparate entities. Today, EMC is accelerating the convergence of these two worlds. With the resources and commitment of EMC behind VMware's leading server virtualization technologies and the partnerships that help bring these technologies to market, we look forward to a prosperous future together." VMware makes virtual-computing software that lets companies run multiple OS environments on one machine in separate, easily managed units. Enterprise customers typically use the software to host legacy machine environments, such as Windows NT 4.0, as they upgrade mainstream servers to newer OSs and to test deployments of new systems. Users can also bring virtual-machine environments online as needed to aid in additional server-load situations, such as those an e-commerce site might experience during the holiday sales rush. Because VMware virtual machine (VM) environments appear as simple files to the host system, users can easily copy, move, or duplicate those environments--a boon for testing and backup purposes.
Earlier this year, Microsoft snapped up VMware's largest competitor, Connectix Virtual PC, for an undisclosed amount. Microsoft also released the most recent version of its VM client product, Virtual PC 2004, and will ship a server version in early 2004. Like Microsoft, VMware ships client and server versions of its software, and EMC now plans to integrate some of its storage technologies in future versions of the VMware product line.

==== 2. Announcements ====
(from Windows & .NET Magazine and its partners)

2004 Dates Announced: Connections Conferences
Save these dates: Windows & .NET Magazine Connections will be held April 4-7, 2004, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Microsoft ASP.NET Connections, Visual Studio Connections, and SQL Server Magazine Connections will run concurrently on April 18-21, 2004, in Orlando, Florida. Early registrants will receive the best discounts, so go online or call 203-268-3204 or 800-505-1201 to register.

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Join industry-guru Mark Minasi on this exciting 20-city tour and learn more about tips and best practices to secure your Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000 networks. There is no charge for this event, but space is limited, so register today!

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