Experts say Microsoft’s XML play won’t backfire | Tech News on ZDNet: "Microsoft’s move to create new XML-based file formats for three of its flagship Office products may make it easier for customers to consider rival software, but industry watchers aren’t predicting an exodus just yet. Conventional wisdom has long held that if Microsoft were to embrace XML as its default file format for Office and discard the proprietary underpinnings that have ostensibly handcuffed customers to its products, businesses might jump at the chance to move to other software providers, or at least start using rival offerings alongside Office more frequently. And now that Microsoft has announced it will employ XML formats in the versions of Excel, PowerPoint and Word included in its upcoming Office 12 package, the issue is front and center. ‘It has to be one of the first questions you ask when you see (Microsoft’s) XML plans: Will this encourage people to look at new products, especially open source?’ said Forrester Research analyst Bob Markham. But Markham and others say the predictions of a mass departure won’t likely be proven correct, at least not right away. Markham said customers in Europe and Asia may start more seriously considering alternatives such as the open-source software made by OpenOffice, but he believes most businesses will wait to find out how Microsoft’s new designs could help them achieve existing goals with XML before they start looking for help elsewhere. One of the most compelling elements of Microsoft’s new allegiance to XML is that it should let customers and other software developers more easily integrate their IT systems with the company’s dominant Office product line, a longstanding pain point for both camps."
Tech Ed: Microsoft plans mobile e-mail push upgrade – Computerworld: "Microsoft Corp. plans to offer an upgrade to its Windows Mobile 5.0 handset software later this year that will provide push e-mail technology and improved security management, the company announced today at its Tech Ed conference in Orlando. The Messaging and Security Feature Pack for Windows Mobile 5.0 is based on wireless features that will be added to Exchange Server 2003 in Service Pack 2 (SP2). ‘One of the key components of the Messaging and Security Feature Pack is to enhance the Outlook mobile experience by pushing e-mail from Exchange to handhelds equipped with Windows 5.0 using our new Direct Push technology,’ said Jason Langridge, U.K. mobility manager at Microsoft. ‘Another key component is to provide the ability to protect managed devices directly through Exchange.’ "
Computerworld | Microsoft set to ship real-time collaboration client: "Microsoft on Wednesday said it has completed development of its next generation instant messaging and real-time collaboration client, Office Communicator 2005, and plans to ship the software before the end of June. Office Communicator 2005 is a major overhaul of the client software for Microsoft’s real-time platform. Microsoft said Office Communicator has been released to manufacturing, which means CDs are being pressed and it should be generally available shortly. "
Microsoft adding XML files to Office 12 | CNET News.com: "Microsoft said Thursday that it will introduce new XML-based file formats for its Excel, PowerPoint and Word applications when the company launches its Office 12 software package next year. Company officials said the move to replace Microsoft’s traditional binary file formats with XML-based versions as the default in Office 12 will let people more easily share information. Microsoft pledged that the shift to XML, or Extensible Markup Language, will decrease the size of many individual files and make documents created in its Office products more resistant to corruption."
The "XML-ification" continues. This is very good news, not only for current Office users, but also from an inoperability perspective; especialy now Office is being more and more positioned as the userinterface of choice for endusers.
Microsoft Customer Evidence: Sara Lee: "To optimize its IT infrastructure, consumer products manufacturer Sara Lee Corporation directed all its divisions worldwide to migrate from Lotus Domino server software to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. For the Sara Lee Household and Body Care (HBC) division in Australia, that move meant finding a replacement for its Lotus Notes based workflow processes. With the help of Dimension Data, the division deployed a solution based on Microsoft Windows Server System integrated server software and Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003 that automated workflow and forms management, helped control access, and will create a flexible, secure intranet. This solution helped Sara Lee HBC Australia increase IT efficiency, expedite development, streamline business processes, and integrate more tightly with its customers’ systems."
Strategic IT Solutions is een van de eerste leveranciers in Nederland die Microsoft Windows Media Center Edition PC’s levert. De site geeft een mooi overzicht van alle mogelijkheden. Check ook de demo pagina. Strategic IT Solutions – Windows XP Media Center Edition
Rudeo Control software heeft een programma ontwikkeld voor de PocketPC 2002 en 2003 versies waarmee je je Pocket PC kunt gebruiken als afstandsbediening voor je Windows XP Media Center PC. Je kunt er ondermeer Playlists mee bijhouden, folders doorzoeken en media files selecteren voor afspelen. Het pakketje kost $29,95.
Leuke discussie tussen Xbox fanaten. Het moet blijkbaar mogelijk zijn om d.m.v. 3rd party software je Xbox ‘om te bouwen’ tot een multimedia center. Leuk toch ? Vergeet niet dat met het laden van niet ondersteunde software je geen garantie meer hebt !
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"Anonymous writes ‘Can a modded Xbox running homebrew software really beat all existing designed-for-the-living-room multimedia devices hands down?! Tom’s Hardware Guide seems to think so. They reviewed Xbox Media Center (XBMC) and say the free open source software turn an Xbox into The Ultimate Multimedia Center, the ideal home playback system for audio and video. (Apparently there is a PC software version available too: Media Portal)’ The article also explains some of the more convoluted issues surrounding XBMC. But I definitely agree that this is a great system. "
Het Taiwanese bedrijf CyberTAN komt in het 3e kwartaal van dit jaar met een draadloze (WLAN) DVD speler op de markt die ook gebruikt kan worden als een draadloze "entertainment gateway".
Deze zomer zal Microosft Service Pack 2 voor Windows XP uitbrengen; een grote update voor het besturingssysteem. Het bevat ondermeer een oplossing voor buiten de deur houden van Spyware en andere ongewenste software.