Crunch time for Microsoft management planThree years into a projected 10-year effort to create a self-healing management platform for Windows, it's time for Microsoft to stop talking and start producing, analysts and partners say. Click here for more.The 200 biggest networking companies record one for the books2005 was a good year: North America's largest network companies saw collective revenue up 11%, and 70% posted profits. Click here for more.Catching up with Nick CarrThree years after author Nick Carr raised hackles with his groundbreaking piece "IT Doesn't Matter," he looks at how the paper affected the IT industry - and what the future holds -\u00a0on a special edition of the Network World Hot Seat. Watch it now.New York county enacts wireless security lawWestchester County, N.Y., this week enacted a new law that requires local businesses to implement "minimum security measures" for protecting their wireless networks. Click here for more.The hard sell of the IP softphoneCorporate users are talking on IP softphone clients everywhere - or nowhere, depending on whom you talk to. While use of PC-based VoIP software is taking off in homes and college dorms, the use of softphones in companies remains somewhat mixed. Click here for more.Marshal sets up spyware protectionMarshal, a U.K.-based company that NetIQ acquired in 2002 and sold back in a management buyout three years later, plans to announce this week the first round of upgrades to its e-mail and Web security software since regaining control of those products. Click here for more.New regulations make hardware more environmentally friendlyAs IT buyers focus on finding the most energy-efficient and coolest-running data-center systems, another environmentally friendly trend is taking off in the industry: the requirement to build hardware free of toxic substances. Click here for more.Today on Layer 8, where spring was sprung:MP3 player sparks murder, protest in Belgium; citywide Wi-Fi - what happens when it stinks?; Apple may win music pricing squabble; and the winner of our latest Weekly Caption Contest; all this today and more at your home for not-just-networking newsFor news updated throughout the day, go to Network World's NetFlash news page.