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Microsoft busy on all fronts

roundup The software maker teams up on security specs for Web services. Meanwhile, a "critical" server patch fixes problems old and new. Microsoft also pledges support for the Mac and for a DVD format.

roundup The software maker teams up with IBM and VeriSign on security specifications to help propel the move toward Web services. Also on the Web services front, Microsoft releases .Net tools but says those services will remain in the conceptual stage until businesses figure out how to use them. Meanwhile, a cumulative server patch from the company fixes many older problems as well as 10 newly discovered ones. Microsoft also pledges its support for the Mac and for a new DVD format.

Tech giants partner on security specs
Microsoft, IBM and VeriSign team up to create security specifications for Web services, a move analysts say will help drive adoption of the hyped but still emerging technology.
April 11, 2002 
Microsoft issues "critical" server fix
The company releases a security patch for its Web server software, plugging 10 new holes that could allow hackers to take full control of computers running its Internet Information Server program.
April 10, 2002 
Support for the Mac to continue
As a five-year agreement with Apple Computer draws to a close, Microsoft reiterates its support for the Macintosh.
April 10, 2002 
Web services have way to go
For all the buzz, Web services will remain little more than a concept until businesses figure out how and why to use such services, according to Microsoft engineer Mark Lucovsky.
April 10, 2002 
Microsoft backs rewritable DVD format
The company throws its support to one of two competing formats for popular DVD recording technology, a decision intended to make the storage devices as easy to use as current CD burners and floppy drives.
April 10, 2002 
Exec: .Net starting to take hold
Microsoft announces new software tools in hopes of persuading developers to build Web services using its .Net technology.
April 10, 2002 
Will Microsoft go on a buying binge?
With $38 billion in cash, the software titan could start to acquire key technologies and services as soon as its legal problems are out of the way, Gartner says. Other analysts, however, aren't so sure.
April 10, 2002