ActiveX Flaw Bugs Apple's QuickTime
The vulnerability exists in the way the ActiveX component handles
the 'pluginspage' field when parsed from a malicious remote or
local HTML page.
How to Troubleshoot Internet E-mail Configurations
This Microsoft Knowledge Base article is for anyone who needs a step by step guide on troubleshooting issues that may arise when configuring Internet E-mail services in Outlook 2002. You will be walked through creating another profile and testing your Internet E-mail from that profile. From there you will learn how to test your Internet connection using the Ping command. There are even steps in this article on how to set the Internet protocol (TCP/IP) to be the default protocol for your system. If all that doesn't work for you, then just read through the short list of other possible causes for Internet e-mail connection issues. I'm sure that before long, and with the help of this article, any Internet e-mail issues you have can be easily remedied.
Office 97 Users Warned: Upgrade or Face Security Risks
Giga Information Group is warning the millions of corporate
users still running Microsoft's Office 97 to upgrade before
they get sidelined with security and technical flaws.
Gateway to offer Corel software rather than Microsoft's
SEATTLE (Reuters) — Canadian software maker Corel said Tuesday that Gateway became the latest PC maker to begin offering its WordPerfect Office software instead of Microsoft's dominant Office application. With computer prices falling, the cost of adding Microsoft's Office word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software in some cases makes up more than half the original cost of a $600 PC, analysts have said. Hardware makers looking for alternatives for cost-conscious consumers have turned to Corel, whose applications once had substantial market shares until Microsoft, the world's No. 1 software maker, came along. PC makers Dell Computer, Hewlett-Packard and Sony have also adopted Corel's software this year. Gateway, the U.S. personal computer maker struggling to return to profit, said it will begin offering Corel's WordPerfect and Quattro Pro programs on its 300 S series desktops.
MSN vs. AOL: A heavyweight Net battle
Microsoft is rarely the underdog in a fight — except in the battle with America Online for online supremacy. The MSN (formerly Microsoft Network) camp claims more than 9 million subscribers; 35 million are in AOL's corner. Ring the bell for Round 8. AOL Time Warner unleashed version 8.0 of the company's flagship software Tuesday in a gala at New York's Lincoln Center with Dana Carvey and Alanis Morissette; Microsoft counters with its MSN 8 launch Oct. 25 in Central Park, with Lenny Kravitz.
Certainly, the braggadocio is underway. "This is the first release across the board that is better than AOL," MSN's Yusuf Mehdi boasts. Truth or hype? Judged side by side, both new versions have done a great deal right.
Adobe shifts Acrobat software in new direction
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Adobe Systems on Monday launches its popular Acrobat software in a new direction aimed at increasing the use of the Internet to fill out contracts, tax forms and other key documents. With the move, San Jose-based Adobe will put its fully loaded Acrobat package on Web servers that will be licensed to businesses and government agencies.
The buyers then can use the Acrobat Web servers to unlock all of the software package's applications, including the ability to sign a document with a digital signature, for their customers. The Acrobat Reader, which Adobe gives away, is already widely available and is commonly used to transfer documents electronically. An estimated 400 million computers worldwide have the program. But the Acrobat Reader doesn't include the power to produce digital signatures or add annotations, limitations that have retarded its use for online business. Individuals who wanted all of Acrobat's features currently must pay a suggested retail price of $249 for the desktop version.
That high price tag meant businesses and government agencies couldn't expect visitors to their Web site to have the tools necessary to fill out electronic forms such as mortgage applications and insurance policies. "This is going to enable all kinds of transactions online that weren't possible before," Bruce Chizen, Adobe's chief executive, predicted in an interview. "It will encourage more electronic transactions." The new server product is expected to be particularly popular among banks, insurance companies and government agencies that traditionally require heavy paperwork. Several businesses and government agencies are testing the server product, Chizen said. Adobe plans to begin selling the product, with prices beginning at $20,000 per CPU, by the end of the year. With the Web server product, Adobe will be making an aggressive push into the corporate market at a time many businesses are reluctant to spend on new technology. Adobe, though, expects to have little trouble persuading businesses that the servers will help boost profits by reducing paperwork and lowering administrative costs.
"Most business have already made huge technology investments in their back offices. This is a way to connect those back offices with the front office," Chizen said.
Adobe is counting on the server product to boost its recently sagging sales as demand for its graphics software, including Photoshop, has declined. Through the first nine months of its current fiscal year, Adobe's revenue totaled $870 million, a 10% drop from last year. The company's profit during the period declined 12% to $151.3 million. Bundling and selling the Acrobat software on Web servers threatens to cannibalize some of Adobe's sales in the desktop market, but it's a risk worth taking, given the potential size of the corporate and government markets, said IDC analyst Joshua Duhl. "They figure to get more bang for the buck in a higher-end market like this," Duhl said. After selling the Web servers, Adobe hopes to collect additional revenue from maintenance fees. As it expands into new territory, Adobe faces the challenge of training its sales people how to sell to the corporate market, said industry analyst R. Keith Gay of Thomas Weisel Partners. Even with that hurdle, Gay said Adobe's plan is "absolutely a good move. It's a no brainer." Adobe geared up for this push in April by buying an electronic paper provider, Accelio, for $70.2 million. The company will fine-tune its operations further with a fourth-quarter reorganization that cost $10 million to $14 million, according to Securities and Exchange Commission documents filed last week. Without providing specifics, Adobe said in the SEC filing that the reorganization "will support its business plans."