WinInfo Daily UPDATE, March 11, 2004

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In the News

- Microsoft Delays Yukon and Whidbey until 2005
- Major Email Providers Sue Spammers

==== In the News ====

by Paul Thurrott, [email protected]

Microsoft Delays Yukon and Whidbey until 2005

Yesterday, in a stunning move that will likely have ramifications for the next Windows version (code-named Longhorn), Microsoft delayed the next versions of SQL Server (code-named Yukon) and Visual Studio .NET (code-named Whidbey) from late 2004 until the first half of 2005. Both products have been in beta since last fall, and Microsoft issued early releases of both to Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) 2003 attendees in October.
"Microsoft made the decision to delay the delivery of these products to ensure that they meet the high-quality requirements of our customers," a Microsoft representative told me yesterday. "We are still on track to deliver SQL Server Yukon beta 2 and Visual Studio \[.NET\] Whidbey beta 1 in the coming months."
Yukon and Whidbey comprise the Yukon wave of products that Microsoft says it will ship before the Longhorn wave, which will include new versions of Microsoft Office, MSN, Visual Studio .NET, Windows, Windows Server, and other products. If Microsoft delays the Yukon products until 2005, Longhorn probably won't ship until the first half of 2006 at the earliest.

Major Email Providers Sue Spammers

A group of the largest US email providers filed six joint lawsuits against hundreds of spammers yesterday in a rare moment of corporate cooperation. AOL, EarthLink, Microsoft, and Yahoo! filed the suits under the recently enacted Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing (CAN-SPAM) Act of 2003, accusing major spammers in California, Virginia, and Washington of misleading consumers and illegally sending unsolicited email.
"We are trying to find the biggest, the baddest, and the most notorious \[spammers\]," Randall Boe, AOL executive vice president and general counsel, said. "When we work together, it helps us find the most high-impact defendants. Congress gave us the necessary tools to pursue spammers with stiff penalties, and we in the industry didn't waste a moment moving with speed and resolve to take advantage of the new law."
The lawsuits identified several individuals and companies, but 165 John Doe defendants make up the bulk of the defendants. The email providers say that all these spammers are among the worst offenders in the country and are responsible for massive unsolicited email campaigns. Each defendant faces a potential fine of $6 million and as many as 5 days in jail, although legal experts say those penalties are unlikely to be awarded. Although yesterday's lawsuits aren't the first filed under the CAN-SPAM Act, they certainly are the most far-reaching. Critics have charged that the CAN-SPAM Act is a weak and ineffective response to spam, but this week's suits could prove otherwise.

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In the News - Microsoft Delays Yukon and Whidbey until 2005 - Major Email Providers Sue Spammers

==== In the News ==== by Paul Thurrott, [email protected]

Microsoft Delays Yukon and Whidbey until 2005 Yesterday, in a stunning move that will likely have ramifications for the next Windows version (code-named Longhorn), Microsoft delayed the next versions of SQL Server (code-named Yukon) and Visual Studio .NET (code-named Whidbey) from late 2004 until the first half of 2005. Both products have been in beta since last fall, and Microsoft issued early releases of both to Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) 2003 attendees in October. "Microsoft made the decision to delay the delivery of these products to ensure that they meet the high-quality requirements of our customers," a Microsoft representative told me yesterday. "We are still on track to deliver SQL Server Yukon beta 2 and Visual Studio \[.NET\] Whidbey beta 1 in the coming months." Yukon and Whidbey comprise the Yukon wave of products that Microsoft says it will ship before the Longhorn wave, which will include new versions of Microsoft Office, MSN, Visual Studio .NET, Windows, Windows Server, and other products. If Microsoft delays the Yukon products until 2005, Longhorn probably won't ship until the first half of 2006 at the earliest.

Major Email Providers Sue Spammers A group of the largest US email providers filed six joint lawsuits against hundreds of spammers yesterday in a rare moment of corporate cooperation. AOL, EarthLink, Microsoft, and Yahoo! filed the suits under the recently enacted Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing (CAN-SPAM) Act of 2003, accusing major spammers in California, Virginia, and Washington of misleading consumers and illegally sending unsolicited email. "We are trying to find the biggest, the baddest, and the most notorious \[spammers\]," Randall Boe, AOL executive vice president and general counsel, said. "When we work together, it helps us find the most high-impact defendants. Congress gave us the necessary tools to pursue spammers with stiff penalties, and we in the industry didn't waste a moment moving with speed and resolve to take advantage of the new law." The lawsuits identified several individuals and companies, but 165 John Doe defendants make up the bulk of the defendants. The email providers say that all these spammers are among the worst offenders in the country and are responsible for massive unsolicited email campaigns. Each defendant faces a potential fine of $6 million and as many as 5 days in jail, although legal experts say those penalties are unlikely to be awarded. Although yesterday's lawsuits aren't the first filed under the CAN-SPAM Act, they certainly are the most far-reaching. Critics have charged that the CAN-SPAM Act is a weak and ineffective response to spam, but this week's suits could prove otherwise.

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==== This Issue Sponsored By ====

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==== Sponsor: Argent Software ====

Free Download: Monitor Your Entire Infrastructure with ONE Solution The Argent Guardian monitors servers, applications, any and all SNMP-compliant devices as well as the overall health of the entire network at a fraction of the cost of "framework" solutions. Network Testing Labs states that "The Argent Guardian will cost far less than MOM and yet provide significantly more functionality." Using a patented Agent-Optional architecture, the Argent Guardian is easily installed and monitoring your infrastructure in a matter of hours. Download a fully-functioning copy of the Argent Guardian at: http://www.argent.com/products/download.cgi?product=xxx&Source=WNT

====================

In the News - Microsoft Delays Yukon and Whidbey until 2005 - Major Email Providers Sue Spammers

==== In the News ==== by Paul Thurrott, [email protected]

Microsoft Delays Yukon and Whidbey until 2005 Yesterday, in a stunning move that will likely have ramifications for the next Windows version (code-named Longhorn), Microsoft delayed the next versions of SQL Server (code-named Yukon) and Visual Studio .NET (code-named Whidbey) from late 2004 until the first half of 2005. Both products have been in beta since last fall, and Microsoft issued early releases of both to Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) 2003 attendees in October. "Microsoft made the decision to delay the delivery of these products to ensure that they meet the high-quality requirements of our customers," a Microsoft representative told me yesterday. "We are still on track to deliver SQL Server Yukon beta 2 and Visual Studio \[.NET\] Whidbey beta 1 in the coming months." Yukon and Whidbey comprise the Yukon wave of products that Microsoft says it will ship before the Longhorn wave, which will include new versions of Microsoft Office, MSN, Visual Studio .NET, Windows, Windows Server, and other products. If Microsoft delays the Yukon products until 2005, Longhorn probably won't ship until the first half of 2006 at the earliest.

Major Email Providers Sue Spammers A group of the largest US email providers filed six joint lawsuits against hundreds of spammers yesterday in a rare moment of corporate cooperation. AOL, EarthLink, Microsoft, and Yahoo! filed the suits under the recently enacted Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing (CAN-SPAM) Act of 2003, accusing major spammers in California, Virginia, and Washington of misleading consumers and illegally sending unsolicited email. "We are trying to find the biggest, the baddest, and the most notorious \[spammers\]," Randall Boe, AOL executive vice president and general counsel, said. "When we work together, it helps us find the most high-impact defendants. Congress gave us the necessary tools to pursue spammers with stiff penalties, and we in the industry didn't waste a moment moving with speed and resolve to take advantage of the new law." The lawsuits identified several individuals and companies, but 165 John Doe defendants make up the bulk of the defendants. The email providers say that all these spammers are among the worst offenders in the country and are responsible for massive unsolicited email campaigns. Each defendant faces a potential fine of $6 million and as many as 5 days in jail, although legal experts say those penalties are unlikely to be awarded. Although yesterday's lawsuits aren't the first filed under the CAN-SPAM Act, they certainly are the most far-reaching. Critics have charged that the CAN-SPAM Act is a weak and ineffective response to spam, but this week's suits could prove otherwise.

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

Windows Scripting Solutions for the Systems Administrator You might not be a programmer, but that doesn't mean you can't easily learn to create and deploy timesaving, problem-solving scripts. Discover Windows Scripting Solutions, the monthly print publication that helps you tackle common problems and automate everyday tasks with simple tools, tricks, and scripts. Try a sample issue today! http://www.winscriptingsolutions.com/rd.cfm?code=fsep264xup

==== Events Central ==== (A complete Web and live events directory brought to you by Windows & .NET Magazine: http://www.winnetmag.com/events )

New--Microsoft Security Strategies Roadshow! We've teamed with Microsoft, Avanade, and Network Associates to bring you a full day of training to help you get your organization secure and keep it secure. You'll learn how to implement a patch-management strategy; lock down servers, workstations, and network infrastructure; and implement security policy management. Register now for this free, 20-city tour. http://www.winnetmag.com/roadshows/computersecurity2004

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