The day after Microsoft releases IE7, a security firm revives an old vulnerability report, rushes out a press release, and cues a predictable wave of gloating and "I told you so's". A closer look reveals that maybe there's not so much to gloat about after all.
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I'm still trying to understand the confusing new licensing terms that affect how and when you can run Windows Vista within a virtual machine. In the interests of clarity, I sent a list of questions to Microsoft and received prompt, direct answers from Microsoft Director Scott Woodgate. If you're interested in virtualization, this is must-read information.
Whoever's writing Microsoft's new license agreements needs to spend some time in a remedial English course. The spin artists of Redmond have issued another "clarification" of their latest restrictions on using Vista with virtual hardware. It's terrible news for a small but influential group of Windows users.
Last week I documented a change in the terms of the retail Windows Vista license that will directly impact hobbyists and enthusiasts. Paul Thurrott spoke to a Microsoft product manager who says it's just a "clarification." That's a remarkable bit of historical revisionism and a major change in what Microsoft has been telling its customers for five years. But don't take my word or Paul's - go read the supporting documents for yourself.
Some analysts who've looked at Microsoft's new Vista license think it bans the use of certain Vista versions in any virtual machine. They're wrong. In fact, the new Vista license doesn't take away any virtual rights and gives some Windows users rights they've never had before.
Microsoft just released the licensing agreements for Windows Vista, and I read them carefully. Buried in the fine print is a dramatic change in licensing terms from the Windows XP versions. Think you can transfer a retail Windows license to any machine you want? Think again.
Two months ago, I documented widespread problems with Microsoft's update servers. No problem, they said. Everything's perfectly normal. Today, those same servers are offline and technical teams are "working around the clock" to fix them. Hmmm.
Much of the DRM code in Windows Vista is a straightforward upgrade of the XP infrastructure. But one key chunk of code is brand new. It prevents tampering with the Windows Kernel. Does it also prevent tampering with new hardware and software designed to handle protected digital media?
Since when did the criteria for being named a Microsoft MVP include pushing adware, spyware, and malware? That's what a couple of longtime MVPs want to know after seeing a controversial software developer receive official recognition from Microsoft despite longstanding complaints about his product.
Will Microsoft ever get WGA right? Last week, I reported on a mysterious outbreak of failures that were causing legitimate Windows XP users to fail validation and be tagged as pirates. This week, Microsoft's support forum is awash in reports from corporate and academic customers that volume license keys (VLKs) are suddenly being reported as blocked.