Vista Home users too dumb to use virtual machines says Microsoft

Consumers cannot run home versions of Windows Vista as virtual machines because is not mature enough for broad adoption, says Microsoft. A Microsoft spokesperson told ZDNet Asia: “For production machines and everyday usage, virtualization is a fairly new technology and one that we think is not yet mature enough for broad consumer adoption.” According to … Read more

French MPs Dump Windows for Linux

Starting June 2007, PCs in French députés’ offices will be equipped with a Linux operating system and open source productivity software. The project, backed by MPs Richard Cazenav and Bernard Carayon of the UMP party, will see 1,154 French parliamentary workstations running on an open source OS, with OpenOffice.org, Firefox and an open source email … Read more

Fake login pages fool Browsers

Mozilla’s Firefox 2 and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 7 are vulnerable to a flaw that could allow attackers to steal passwords. Dubbed a reverse cross-site request, or RCSR, vulnerability by its discoverer, Robert Chapin, the flaw lets hackers compromise users’ passwords and usernames by presenting them with a fake login form. Firefox Password Manager will automatically … Read more

No kill switch in Office 2007 – Microsoft says

Reports that Office 2007 will sport an anti-piracy “kill switch” that can disable the upcoming application suite after it’s activated are incorrect, a Microsoft executive said Monday. As with previous versions of the productivity bundle, Office 2007 does include an activation scheme that requires users to authenticate the product key either online or by telephone, … Read more