Microsoft week-in-review, October 3rd-9th

It's been a busy week for Microsoft, from a massive Hotmail phishing attack to the release of the first Windows Phones. Just in case you missed the action, here's a quick recap.

Neowin exclusively revealed that thousands of Hotmail e-mail addresses and passwords were leaked online due to a massive phishing attack targeting Hotmail users. The list we received initially revealed over 10,000 accounts and passwords, and hours later it was revealed that over 20,000 accounts had been compromised from services extending from Gmail, Yahoo, Comcast, Earthlink, and a handful of third party popular web mail services.

Microsoft has also been pushing a ton of news out regarding the upcoming release of Office 2010. First off, Microsoft has announced Office Starter 2010. The new SKU is a reduced functionality, ad-supported version of Office 2010, and will be available exclusively on new PCs; it will include Office Word Starter 2010 and Office Excel Starter 2010 with basic functionality.

In other Office 2010 news, Microsoft has also announced that users can now download a trial or buy Office 2010 directly from Office.com via click-to-run technology. Don't want to un-install your current version of Office just to try Office 2010? You don't, by using the click-to-run technology consumers can now run multiple version of Office side-by-side instead of uninstalling previous versions.

Another big announcement from the software giant included the launch of the first Windows Phones worldwide. At an event in New York City, Microsoft's Robbie Bach, President of Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices Division, announced the first Windows Mobile 6.5 powered mobile devices called Windows Phones. Also announced was the public release of Microsoft's My Phone service, which is a free service that helps people manage, backup, restore, synchronize data between PCs, and share information from their Windows phone directly to Microsoft's secure My Phone servers .

Other news to note includes:

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download a trial or buy Office 2010 directly from Office.com via click-to-run technology.
exactly what does that mean?
download office 2010 now?

Tech-nerd said,
download a trial or buy Office 2010 directly from Office.com via click-to-run technology.
exactly what does that mean?
download office 2010 now?

Yeah would be good if it was purely download. Hopefully not some damn citrix online cloud application fail thing.

Digix said,


Yeah would be good if it was purely download. Hopefully not some damn citrix online cloud application fail thing.

It's virtualized on the FS level. Some image gets downloaded and mounted.

Well, a company MS recently acquired lost some data. And since the vast majority of the Sidekick audience is under 18, I'm not sure I'd call it "data", but yes, it should be reported.

bob_c_b said,
Well, a company MS recently acquired lost some data. And since the vast majority of the Sidekick audience is under 18, I'm not sure I'd call it "data", but yes, it should be reported.

Almost 2 years ago is not recent.

Exclusively? Talk about blowing your own pipe. Being the first to report, doesn't mean you're exclusive, it means that you got the news out quicker than anyone else, including international major media.

Well, in the world of journalism it does mean exclusive. There is nothing wrong with tooting your own horn. Sheesh.

Nothing beneficial for most businesses - no reason to upgrade/purchase -

Like Vista - all bling - no function.

If they wanted to improve Office they SHOULD have -
1. Made outlook open multiple e-mail accounts as full exchange -not an additional mailbox with some functionality or pop/imap with very limited functionality but two seperate exchange profiles simultaneously from multiple exchange servers.

2. Full OLE support for pictures in access - umm wasn't that functional with Office XP - why take that out? Why should someone have to code to add pictures to a personal database? Might was well use oracle or a real database if you are going to have to use code. Adding Office XP photo editor is the work around but why not just add photo editor back into office if that is the solution?

3. Offer the old menu bar for people (most of my clients) who don't want to learn the new menu bar. You can finally modify the ribbon to some extent in 2010 however my clients just want their old ribbon bar. Frankly I have no issue with the new menu bar but I'm one person and most of my clients don't like it so prefer to stick with office 2003. MS could make money selling the new version if they just offered the old menu as a choice with the new ribbon.

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