BeyondTrust tames Vista’s UAC pop-ups; Microsoft stashes Cisco hugs, comes out swinging

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BeyondTrust tames Vista’s UAC pop-ups, leaves security intact, 08/21/07: Management vendor BeyondTrust Tuesday unveiled software that lets companies nearly eradicate the pop-ups that plague Windows Vista’s user account control feature.

Microsoft stashes Cisco hugs, attacks with new server for voice, video quality, 08/21/07: One day after its collaborative lovefest with Cisco, Microsoft Tuesday wiped off the lipstick and came out swinging as it introduced a new server designed to let users troubleshoot voice and video problems by monitoring network performance in real time.

Skype’s finger pointing at Microsoft -- outrageous: John Obeto writes: “A total network outage occurs … finally the company speaks (through a blog no less, -- very Web 2.0, thank you!). They blame everyone’s favorite whipping boy, Microsoft. What are you kidding me?”

Ballmer parries discussion of Yahoo buy, 08/20/07: Try as he might, not even veteran U.S. television interviewer Charlie Rose could get Microsoft's Chairman and CEO Steve Ballmer to disclose whether the company continues to mull an acquisition of Yahoo.

Microsoft: Skype outage shows work to be done, 08/21/07: A Microsoft executive on Tuesday addressed the recent Skype outage by comparing VoIP to early automobiles in a horse-drawn world.

Skype: Network felled by Windows Update, 08/20/07: The two-day outage last week of Skype peer-to-peer VoIP services was triggered when users of the software installed Microsoft patches and rebooted their computers, which also serve as nodes in Skype’s network.

First exploit appears for Patch Tuesday vulnerability, 08/20/07: A security researcher has published the first exploit against one of the 14 vulnerabilities patched last week by Microsoft, security company Symantec has warned customers.

Q&A: Microsoft’s virtualization chief assesses the competition, licensing and security, 08/20/07: Mike Neil, Microsoft's general manager of virtualization, is on the big stage with a hot technology. The lights are on him as he prepares for next year's delivery of Windows Server Virtualization, which first was a feature and now is an add-on to Windows Server 2008. Neil, who joined Microsoft four years ago as part of the Connectix acquisition, recently talked with Network World Senior Editor John Fontana about critics, competition, licensing and feature delays.

Today on Microsoft Subnet: Novell releases Windows client for Vista. The client gives Vista machines access to Novell services like authentication via eDirectory. PowerShell is child’s play - and blogger Tyson Kopczynski has got pictures to prove it. Microsoft vs. Cisco - Cisco is the 800-pound gorilla.

Annoying Microsoft warning be gone!: Blogger Colin Spence shows you how to get rid of "This page contains both secure and nonsecure items" error with RSS feeds.

The ultra useful forms-based authentication: SharePoint expert Michael Noel blogs: “One of the more useful features in SharePoint 2007 from an extranet perspective is the ability to use an alternate authentication provider other than Active Directory”

Microsoft patches Patchguard, miss Purple Pill, 08/17/07: Microsoft has updated its 64-bit kernel protection for Windows Vista, which most of us know as PatchGuard, but which Microsoft calls Kernel Patch Protection.

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