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Vista dinged again

The carefully crafted image of Windows Vista as the most secure operating system of all time is beginning to take a beating.

For the second time this month, Microsoft has shipped a security bulletin with patches for a “critical” Vista vulnerability that puts millions of users at risk of code execution attacks.

The update — MS07-021 — is one of five bulletins released in Microsoft’s scheduled batch of patches for April. Four of the five are rated “critical,” Microsoft’s highest severity rating.

The five bulletins contain fixes for a total of 8 vulnerabilities affecting multiple versions of Windows and the Microsoft Content Management Server.

The total patch count for April stands at 15, including the flaws covered in last week’s emergency animated cursor (.ani) update.

The remote code execution flaw that dinged Vista is an error in the way the Windows Client/Server Run-time Subsystem (CSRSS) process handles error messages. An attacker could exploit the vulnerability by constructing a specially crafted application that could potentially allow remote code execution.

In all, the MS07-021 update fixes three different CSRSS bugs, all affecting Vista. However, only one of the three is rated critical across the board. The risk from the other two are limited toprivilege escalation and denial-of-service conditions.

Read brief synopsis of patches @ ZD Net

Gates puts spotlight on security

A week after launching what he called the most secure Windows version ever, Bill Gates outlined a strategy for Microsoft Corp. and the rest of the industry to improve security in the broader online world.

In one example, Gates said last week that Windows will support a grass-roots technology for signing in to Web sites using automated digital credentials, rather than typing passwords each time. Microsoft said its decision to back the OpenID initiative dovetails with a new identification system built into Windows Vista.

Read More @  Financial Express

Microsoft nightmare continues – Google Docs to support Powerpoint

As if Microsoft didn’t have enough to worry about after the lukewarm response to Vista and Office 2007, Google’s free online office suite is set to do Powerpoint as well.

Code-named Google Presently, the presentation feature is set to become a part of Google Docs & Spreadsheets which, as the name suggests, currently offers document and spreadsheet editing. Users will be able to convert a document into a presentation, create slides and view the presentation in full-screen, reports unofficial Google-watching blog Google Operating System.

Presently is a play on Writely, the name of the online document editor Google acquired last year and combined with an online spreadsheet to create Google Docs & Spreadsheets

Read More @ IT Wire

Is Windows losing out & Linux gaining?

The penguin’s come of age. What began as a battle between proprietary and open source Linux software, started by geeks around the world, isn’t plain tech rhetoric anymore. It’s now a mainstream commercial platform — a technology that enterprises are taking very seriously and looking at as a major cost-effective solution that has scalability and a great future roadmap.

A free software that can be downloaded from the Web, Linux has a source code that’s open and therefore available for anyone to use, modify, and redistribute freely. Proprietary Unix and Windows operating systems aren’t available for such tweaking.

With the movement getting the support of IT biggies such as IBM, Oracle and Hewlett-Packard, which have devoted many of their engineers to work with the open source movement, enterprises are now showing confidence in adopting Linux. It’s no more now about getting your software free — in India the dominating Linux brands are Red Hat and Suse from Novell.

Read More @ Economic Times

First flaw found in Vista

The honeymoon seems to be over for Windows Vista. According to reports, hackers have once again managed to get the better of Microsoft. The recently launched Vista is said to have a flaw that could allow remote attackers to take advantage of the operating system’s speech recognition feature.

The potential security hole was discovered after an online discussion prompted blogger George Ou to try out a speech-based hack. Ou reported on ZD Net that he was able to access the Vista Start menu and, conceivably, run programs using voice commands played over the system’s speakers.

Microsoft has said that the exploit was “technically possible” but there was no need to worry. The company has admitted that speech recognition features in Vista could be hijacked so that a PC tells itself to delete files or folders. Vista can respond to vocal commands and concern has been raised about malicious audio on websites or sent via email.

Read More @ Economic Times 

Windows Vista”s hyped security will be tested

Computer hackers are off and running trying to find vulnerabilities in Microsoft Corp.’s new Windows Vista operating system, putting to test the software maker’s claim that it is the most secure Windows program ever.

The new version of Windows, the computer operating system that runs over 95 per cent of the world’s computers, became available to consumers on Tuesday after five years of development and a number of delays to improve security.

A high-profile new product like Windows Vista draws interest from the entire spectrum of the computer security industry, ranging from hackers trying to exploit a breach for criminal means to researchers looking to make a name for themselves as security experts


Microsoft and Team presents “Asli Windows ka Asli offer”

In order to fight the menace of piracy, Microsoft India and IT majors like Dell, HCL, HP, Lenovo, Sahara, Wipro and Zenith has launched a campaign ‘Asli Windows ka Asli offer’. The campaign is designed to offer a differentiated experience and rewards for customers and partners who acquire genuine Windows software.

Customers who purchase an original Windows PC will now have an opportunity to win exciting prizes every day including PCs, true flat monitors and world space receivers.

In addition, customers will be entitled to gifts worth Rs 4,000 (two months off on a broadband connection and discount on anti-virus software).

An enhanced three-year warranty on PCs running original Windows XP software will also be offered by some PC manufacturers.

Read More @  Channels India

Zune v/s iPod Comparison Chart



iPod 30GB





30 GB

30 GB







File Sharing



Landscape Mode



FM Tuner



Preloaded Audio



Preloaded Video



View Complete Comparision @ Nilang Joshi ‘s Blog

View Detailed Comaparision @ Dapre View 


MS Office 2007: The great Gamble

Microsoft is doing a radical makeover of the Office as we have known with Office 2007. In the process, though, it is placing a huge bet on the future: Who will rule the desktops in the future?

Over the last few decades, mankind (the computing literate one) has been divided into two factions, namely Mac and PC. The ardent cohort of one group will be often found deriding the other.

The debate on which system (Apple Mac or Microsoft PC) is more superior and easy to use has been going on for quite sometime. At the very center of this debate are the operating system and its applications.

Somehow, Mac has been idolized for friendly user interface (UI) and robust applications. Despite having the overwhelming numbers, purists have shunned Microsoft Windows and Office applications as being far too complex.

So, when the giant at Redmond releases Office 2007 on November 30th, it could be trying to right that what has been around for so long? It could be a kind of admission that, probably — just probably — we were not so good after all….

For full text click on: CIOL

Clone of Microsoft Paint that too Online

A near pixel-perfect copy of Microsoft Paint in HTML, CSS and JavaScript,using the canvas tag as specified by WHATWGand supported by Safari 1.3, Firefox 1.5 and Opera 9.

But It is not made for IE … Try the link in IE and it will give u classy message

Try the link in Firefox or Opera

Click Here to view Clone of Microsoft Paint

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