WinInfo Short Takes: Week of November 12

Well here is my weekly look at what Paul Thurrot of Wininformant has to say about the last week in short bite sized blurbs. If you dont feel like looking back on our archives, update and enlighten yourself over at Wininformant with his shortakes for week ending 12 Nov.

Here are 2 to get you started.. :smart:

Microsoft: Seriously, Dude, We Get Security

Maybe if Microsoft talks enough about how tough the company is about security, we'll start believing it. This week, Microsoft announced that it will work with other companies to jointly develop and refine security-flaw disclosure rules in a bid to prevent Web sites from publishing hacks and other programs that bypass software-security vulnerabilities until well after they're fixed. This announcement comes just weeks after Microsoft Security Manager Scott Culp asked bug-tracking sites to stop publishing information about security loopholes because they're simply giving hackers blueprints for harming users. I suspect the Big Brother approach is going to backfire, however; most critics will simply ask why the products are so buggy in the first place. It's a valid question.

Microsoft Offers Low-Cost Office XP for Students, Teachers

Microsoft is selling a low-cost version of Office XP that's designed exclusively for students and teachers. The logically named Office XP for Students and Teachers, which includes Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint, retails for about $150 and is available for noncommercial use only by students and teachers. According to the documentation, "in a household, only the students are eligible to use the software, however parents can use the software when assisting students." Nice.

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