NetFlash: Five issues Microsoft must deal with to make an impact in 2007

* Five issues Microsoft must deal with to make an impact in 2007 * The do's and don’ts of volunteering * Cisco to acquire Tivella for IP-based billboard technology * Worm may be spreading via Skype chat * Trend Micro: Windows zero-day exploit for sale * Buzzblog: Blogging in Iran takes real courage * Today on Layer 8

Five issues Microsoft must deal with to make an impact in 2007

It was a rough 2006 for Microsoft, relatively speaking for a company that posted $44 billion in revenue, as it weathered long-awaited new versions of Windows and Office. But as the software giant heads into 2007, the newest incarnations of its cash cows are out there, a number of important product upgrades are on the board, highlighted by Longhorn Server, and the path to success over the next 12 months is littered with other challenges such as services and cross-vendor interoperability. Click here for more.

The do's and don’ts of volunteering

With the holiday season upon us and New Year's resolutions just around the corner, the idea of giving back has probably crossed many minds. There are a number of significant ways that IT professionals can help nonprofit organizations, be it with the homeless shelter around the corner or with relief groups across the globe. Click here for more.

Cisco to acquire Tivella for IP-based billboard technology

Cisco this week announced plans to acquire Tivella, a privately-held maker of digital signage software products, for an undisclosed amount. Click here for more.

Worm may be spreading via Skype chat

Computer security analysts are studying reports of a worm that may be circulating via a feature in Skype's popular VoIP service. Click here for more.

Trend Micro: Windows zero-day exploit for sale

An online criminal has offered to sell software that exploits an unpatched bug in Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system, according to security vendor Trend Micro. Click here for more.

Buzzblog: Blogging in Iran takes real courage

Iranian bloggers are risking everything, quite literally, to bring a modicum of openness and truth to a society where the former is not tolerated and the latter strictly defined by government/religious authorities. Click here for more.

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