Google gives Microsoft 5 days to fix XP zero-day bug

A Google engineer today published attack code that exploits a zero-day vulnerability in Windows XP, giving hackers a new way to hijack and infect systems with malware.

But other security experts objected to the way the engineer disclosed the bug -- just five days after it was reported to Microsoft -- and said the move is more evidence of the ongoing, and increasingly public, war between the two giants.

Microsoft said it is investigating the vulnerability and would have more information on its next steps later today.

Microsoft to make supercomputers easier

Cunning plan

Microsoft wants to improve its share of the super computer market and the company has created an effort called the Technical Computing Initiative focused on the field of high-performance computing.

Microsoft has quietly staffed up the group with several hundred employees and is launching a marketing push with a new website touting trends in high-performance computing. Most punters don't need much computer performance but high-performance machines are the key to the design of a lot of everyday products.

Microsoft Gets Some Heat Over HTML 5 Plans

Microsoft came under fire from some of its rivals on Wednesday for its decision not to offer Internet Explorer 9 -- and hence support for the upcoming HTML 5 standard -- to users of its older Windows XP operating system.

Microsoft working on low-cost Win- 7 handsets

Only if you are in a developing country

Software giant Microsoft is developing a low-cost Windows Phone 7 handset for emerging markets.

Microsoft India's Visual Studio director of developer tools Sudeep Bharati as saying the low-cost version will have a different spec than Chassis 1 and will be launched by the end of 2010. Microsoft has already said that gizmos based on the Chassis 1 spec will be heavy-duty touchscreen-only devices built around a 1GHz processor, while Chassis 2 devices will have slide out Qwerty keyboards.

Microsoft Betas PC Management Service

Microsoft is beta testing a PC management service aimed at supporting midsized businesses, the company announced Monday.The service, called Intune, will be available to 1,000 users in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

The service streamlines administrative functions by moving common administrative tasks to a hosted environment, eliminating the need to set up and manage in-house software for these tasks, said Microsoft group product marketing manager Sandrine Skinner.

Pure & Turtle to break cover

We will see what Microsoft has on April 12th

A mysterious invite for a Microsoft event was sent out last week that didn’t shed a lot of light on what the upcoming event was about. Our moles, however, tell us that at that event on April 12th the company will show us what they have been working on under the codename of Project Pink.

Microsoft to distribute third party patches

Copenhagen - Secunia on Wednesday announced that their authenticated internal vulnerability scanner, the Corporate Software Inspector (CSI) 4.0, has been integrated with Microsoft Windows Server Update Service (WSUS) and System Centre Configuration Manager (SCCM) providing simplified patch management of Microsoft as well as third party programs.

Microsoft says multi-cores need better programming

Dave Probert says basic architecture needs rethink

While chip makers try to stack more cores on top of each other, a top kernel architect thinks they need to rethink the basic architecture of today's operating systems.

Microsoft Ideas for Making PCs Safe

In his keynote at the RSA conference Tuesday, Microsoft's Scott Charney, corporate vice president of their Trustworthy Computing Group, raised several ideas for improving the general security of users on the Internet. One was to bring outside administration to consumer PCs.

Enterprise PCs have lots of security problems, but they are much better protected than consumer PCs in part because such companies have IT departments that can administer PCs and exercise authority over them, for instance forbidding users to run certain software and pushing security patches to their PCs.

Microsoft promises to be more like Apple

At least according to the New York Times

The New York Times, which is one of Apple's favourite newspapers, has been seen giving Microsoft a bit of a hit with a rubber hose. Microsoft is quoted as saying that it has learnt a lot from the way Apple has gone into the mobile market and it will be learning from what it did.

It quotes Terry Myerson, vice president of Windows Phone Engineering at Microsoft as saying that the iPhone “opened our eyes” as to some of the things “that needed to be done that were not in our plan.

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