Wininfo Short Takes for week ending Sep 12th

This always makes for good sunday reading, a round-up of the weeks events concieved by Paul Thurrott. Not to be out done in "I saw it first!" comments, he also knocked out the new Windows Vista Editions we can all expect when it goes gold, sometime next year.

Here are two shorttakes that I picked out, follow the link below for the rest.

Lee: Microsoft Is Incompetent

The Google v. Microsoft court case has raised some interesting questions, but my favorite part of this Greek drama is the rampant name calling that's been going on. The funniest bit, perhaps, if we skip over the Steve Ballmer threats against Google CEO Eric Schmidt, might just be when Kai-Fu Lee referred to Microsoft as "incompetent." Citing the reasons he left the software giant to move to Google, Lee said he was "deeply disappointed at our incompetence in China. We have wasted so many years in China with little to show for it." Lee also noted that when he raised this concern with Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates, Gates told him that Microsoft had been "[expletive deleted]" by the Chinese government. You just can't buy exchanges like that

New Flaw Found in IE, Outlook, and Outlook Express

Meanwhile, over in the Forbidden Zone, Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) users have another reason to be nervous: This week, eEye Digital Security announced a major new security flaw in the world's buggiest browser. The flaw affects Microsoft Office Outlook and Outlook Express, too, but that's probably because those applications use code that originated in IE. The flaw occurs in XP, XP with Service Pack 1 (SP1), and Windows 2000 systems and could let remote attackers gain control of your PC. As with so many IE vulnerabilities, this one involves that old classic--the buffer overflow. Microsoft says that it isn't aware of any attacks involving the flaw, but the company is working on a fix. Of course it is.

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