Windows-Help.NET Newsletter 17 April 2004, Vol 7 No. 12

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w   Windows Longhorn: Shipping in 2006?
w   Microsoft Security Bulletin
w   Recent Support BBS Postings
w   Web Site Updates
w   Administrivia

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Windows Longhorn: Shipping in 2006?

by Arie Slob

Hello Windows users,

Windows Longhorn In the past week you might have seen a number of articles dealing with the next Windows version, currently code-named Longhorn. Most were based on an article from BusinessWeek online which suggested that Microsoft has decided to omit "some of the most ambitious features."

When you actually read the original article, you may also realize that there's not that much to it, although many reviewers read over the details and announced that Microsoft is making changes to WinFS, the new database-like file system in Longhorn. Reading the article, it is explained ain this way: "The current plan calls for the file system to work on PCs but not extend to files shared over a corporate network."

I don't consider that much of a change. You might recall that I went to visit Microsoft for the 2004 MVP Global Summit. There we had access to a lot of information about Longhorn, and saw the latest build versions in action. Without going into too much technical detail, the way that WinFS is able to find related information across different file types (email, word documents & pictures - for example) is that it stores extra "meta-data" within the files. But when a file is moved/copied to a non-Longhorn machine, this extra data will be lost.

The main reason that Longhorn got moved back (delayed) is the amount of work that has been put into SP2 for Windows XP, and SP1 for Windows Server 2003. All the new security features (Updated Firewall, new Security Center, and code-recompiling) have used resources that were scheduled for Longhorn development. You can see a short review of Windows XP SP2 RC1 on the Windows-Help.NET Web site.

Windows XP SP2 is now scheduled for release this June.

Microsoft also promised that it will be providing a new build of Longhorn to developers at WinHec (to be held May 4-7), to replace the "PDC" version released last October. A beta is planned for 2005, while 2006 is mentioned as a release date for Longhorn.

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Microsoft Security

Microsoft Windows Security Bulletin Summary for April, 2004

Included in this advisory one update describing a newly discovered vulnerability in Microsoft Windows.

Severity Rating: Critical

Severity Rating: Important

Recent Support BBS Postings

Task bar won't come out of hiding - WinXP
Recovery Console won't see partition - Hardware
Cannot print from Win98se to WinXP printer - Networking
How to block all but a few web pages? - Internet Explorer
Using XP home edtion backup utility - Windows XP

Web Site Updates

These pages were added/updated in the past week. Information on previously updated/added pages is available on the What's New? page for 1 month.


Added: MidasPhoto


Added: Microsoft Windows Security Bulletin Summary for April, 2004

Windows XP

Added: Windows Longhorn: Shipping in 2006?
Updated: Windows XP Updates


Worms and viruses: Learn the difference

Viruses, worms, and Trojan Horses are malicious programs that can cause damage to your computer and information on your computer, slow down the Internet, and use your computer to spread themselves to your friends, family, co-workers, and the rest of the web. The good news is that with an ounce of prevention and some good common sense you are less likely to fall victim to these threats.

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Outlook 2003/2002 Add-in: Notes Connector

Microsoft Office Outlook Connector for IBM Lotus Domino enables you to use Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 or Microsoft Outlook 2002 to access your e-mail messages, calendar, address book, and To Do (task) items on an IBM Lotus Domino Release 5.x or Release 6.x server.

Supported OS: Windows 2000, Windows XP

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Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Documentation Survival Guide

Provides links to the Windows Server 2003 product documentation and other technical resources. Resources include the online Help, Deployment Kit, Technical Reference, "Migrating from Windows NT Server 4.0 to Windows Server 2003," and Windows Server 2003 security resources and Technology Centers.

Supported OS: Windows Server 2003

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Windows XP Tip: Stop Password Expiration

After you have run Windows XP for a while, you may receive this message when you log on: "Your password will expire in 14 days...".

By default, Windows XP is set up with passwords which will expire after 42 days. 14 days in advance, Windows will start warning you of this fact.

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