Windows-Help.NET Newsletter 10 May 2003, Vol 6 No. 16

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w   Microsoft Gives Details on Longhorn
w   Microsoft Security Bulletin
w   Recent Support BBS Postings
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Microsoft Gives Details on Longhorn

by Arie Slob

Hello Windows users,

Longhorn During his keynote address of the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) 2003, Will Poole, Senior Vice President, Microsoft Windows Platforms Group, for the first time gave some details on the roadmap for delivering "Longhorn", the code-name of the next Windows version currently in early development. Contrary to earlier reports, Longhorn will not ship in beta form until early 2004, and its release to manufacturing (RTM) will not be until 2005, Poole said.

"As everybody knows, Longhorn is the big goal for us from an operating system perspective that we are putting all of our effort behind" Poole said. "This is a huge, big, bet-the-company move, and it's one that we are very enthusiastic about what we're able to do here. The breakthrough work that we're going to do in 'Longhorn' is going to really change the landscape of what consumers, what businesspeople see when they look at a new PC."

"So the road between now and 'Longhorn' is not super short. We've got some work to do. It's going to take us a while to get there. And what you'll see is there are a couple of major milestones, a couple big road signs there."

"The next major milestone from a developer perspective will be in October of this year with our Professional Developers Conference" according to Poole, who continued: "Over the course of 2004 you'll see a couple of releases in the betas for 'Longhorn' and we'll see that coming to market in 2005."

There has also been discussion if Microsoft would do an interim release (of Windows XP). Poole also addressed this in his keynote when he said: "Now, I'm sure that many of you have heard about or wonder about the possibility of whether we're going to do something before 'Longhorn', is there an interim release, and that's something that I don't expect us to do. Currently we have some additional releases that are coming out as follow-ons to the XP Media Center Edition and the Tablet PC Edition so we've got some great advances and fit and finish and addressing additional international marketplaces with new handwriting recognition, new guide data for Europe for the Media Center and so on."

"So you'll see some good incremental moves there but really the weight of the company, the weight of all the people in the Windows client division and across the platform's division, the weight of that effort that we're doing is around 'Longhorn' and that's what we're focused on and we hope to get you all really pulling the same way so we can come out with a huge wave of excitement for the industry when 'Longhorn' ships in 2005."

So it seems that (like previous versions) the "Longhorn" release has already slipped a little. At least if you want to believe that early estimates called for a beta by the end of this year. Microsoft never 'officially' announced any dates until now, so now we have something to go on.

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Microsoft Security

Flaw in Windows Media Player Skins Downloading could allow Code Execution

Microsoft has released a patch that addresses a vulnerability that an attacker could force a file masquerading as a Windows Media Player skin file into a known location on a user's machine. This could allow an attacker to place a malicious executable on the system.

Severity Rating: Critical

Affected Software Versions

  • Microsoft Windows Media Player 7.1
  • Microsoft Windows Media Player for Windows XP (Version 8.0)


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Web Site Updates

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Added: Microsoft Gives Details on Longhorn Roadmap at WinHEC 2003
Added: Microsoft and HP Unveil 'Athens' PC Prototype
Added: Microsoft Security: Flaw in Windows Media Player Skins Downloading could allow Code Execution
Added: Security group: ICQ Contains Mayor Flaws

Windows XP

Added: Microsoft Security: Flaw in Windows Media Player Skins Downloading could allow Code Execution
Added: Windows Update Problems


Microsoft and HP Unveil 'Athens' PC Prototype

Bill Gates, chairman and chief software architect at Microsoft Corp., unveiled a new PC prototype during his opening keynote at the 12th annual Windows® Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC).

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Security group: ICQ Contains Mayor Flaws

America Online's ICQ software could allow an online attacker to take control of a person's PC, Corelabs security Technologies warned in an advisory released last Monday.

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Windows XP Tip: Windows Update Problems

I have received quite a number of reports of people having problems with Windows Update. There are several problems people experience with Windows Update; I will discuss some of the more frequently reported problems and their solutions here.

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Microsoft Office System Chat

Meet with the executives, developers, and testers who helped create the Microsoft Office System programs. Ask questions, talk with your peers, and learn as much as you can about these programs. Microsoft will be hosting weekly online chats starting March 20, 2003, and extending into June.

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Security flaw in Microsoft's Passport Service

A serious security flaw in Microsoft's Passport service could have left customers' accounts, including their personal information and credit card numbers, at risk of being hijacked.

The flaw, in Passport's password recovery mechanism, could have allowed an attacker to change the password on any account to which the user name is known. The flaw was disclosed Wednesday evening on the security mailing list Full Disclosure.

According to Microsoft, they developed and deployed a fix overnight, which is now in use.
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