Windows-Help.NET Newsletter 01 July 2000, Vol 3 No. 26
 Microsoft.NET - What Does It Mean?

by Arie Slob

Dear Windows-Help.NET Subscriber,

Last week I wrote about Microsoft's new initiative, changing it's strategy and transferring it's products to a .NET future.

In Microsoft's words this is Innovation.... well, hardly so I dare say. Microsoft is just responding to trends already underway in the marketplace. For Microsoft this is a huge shift in direction, as it always downplayed the competition it faced in this area.

"By accelerating the available inventory of web services, Microsoft.NET fuels our vision of the Internet Economy as a web of interconnected businesses, or business webs," said Frank Moss, co-chairman and co-founder of Bowstreet, a leading provider of XML infrastructure for business-to-business (B2B) web marketplaces. "As customers and developers create web services, Bowstreet can help businesses rapidly find, combine, mass-customize and automate web services to build business webs that fluidly and easily connect customers, suppliers and partners."

Other companies with similar services include, VistaSource Inc and others.

Most industry officials think that Microsoft is going to have a tough time on delivering on it's promises first because they are late to the game and second because of the lack of cross-platform interoperability of it's systems, which will require a lot of adaption.

The idea behind the .NET services (and similar offerings from other companies) is that in a few years, a majority of the computing public will be wired to the Internet via a high speed connection. This will allow you to get your daily work and play done by subscribing to "services". Instead of buying a copy of Microsoft Office, you will pay a low monthly fee, and use Office.NET. Part of the information will be cached locally (on your hard drive), and the rest will be "out there", on various servers.

These services will also have the ability to connect various devices, such as letting your PocketPC communicate with the airlines central server, so you can book a flight while you are in the cab to the airport. Or let you send a voice message to your friends Palm, telling him to meet for dinner an hour later.

See also Subscribing to your software: The future of software distribution

The World's Smallest Hard Disk Drive

1-Gigabyte IBM Microdrive Opens New Levels of Functionality For Next-Generation Pervasive Computing Devices.

Packing one gigabyte (GB) of data storage capacity on to a disk the size of an American quarter, IBM's newest Microdrive can hold up to 1,000 high-resolution photographs, a thousand 200-page novels or nearly 18 hours of high-quality digital audio music.

The 1 GB Microdrive brings affordable high-capacity, high-performance data storage to a wide variety of handheld electronic products -- including digital cameras, handheld PCs, personal digital assistants (PDAs), portable Internet music players and video cameras. It can also serve as a data-exchange accessory to notebook computers, desktop computers and printers. Future applications may include wearable computers, electronic books, global positioning system (GPS) receivers, smart phones and electronic wallets.

Underscoring the dramatic pace of development in the storage industry, IBM introduced the world's first gigabyte-capacity disk drive, the 3380, in 1980. It was the size of a refrigerator, weighed 550 pounds (about 250 kg) and cost $40,000. The Microdrive announced today is smaller than a matchbook, weighs less than an ounce and will be available for less than $500.

1 GB Microdrive

S   P   O   N   S   O   R

QSound "I thought I'd tip you off to a piece of software that turns your RealAudio player into a real sound system. I'm sitting here clicking the on/off button to hear the difference between the signal and the iQ enhanced version and the difference is not like night and day -- it's like night and several days." -- R. Curtis, USA


Looking At Linux

Does Linux merit your attention? Should you invest valuable resources in it?


Speed Up Your PC

Some easy tips for specific things you can do to speed up the performance of your Windows PC.


Microsoft Prepares for Upcoming Release of Windows 2000 SP1

Microsoft announced that the Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows 2000 is still on track of a release later this summer (July?). The announcement was made in a press release, announcing that the sale of Windows 2000 would top 3 million by the end of June week.


Design Considerations for Windows Media Player 7 Skins

Microsoft Windows Media Player 7 provides a rich programming interface to create custom skins. If you plan to create many skins, it is helpful to standardize certain design criteria. This article presents a design guide for creating the artwork and designing the functionality of skins.


TCPView Pro

TCPView Pro allows you to monitor TCP/IP network activity on Windows NT 4.0, 2000, and 95/98 systems. TCPView Pro shows you which process is associated with each TCP/IP address, making it easy to determine what application is responsible for specific connections and activity.

You can download a 14 day, fully functional trial version.

Web site

Academic FlashCards

Computerized flashcards, a highly effective study tool suitable for all education levels. Use one of our many free downloadable databases or create unlimited lists of flashcards on any subject yourself, either by manually entering the terms and definitions or questions and answers, or by pasting in long lists from outside sources.

Web site

Tell a friend about this Newsletter!

Need Help with Windows? Ask questions here!

Pagoo Call Catcher

  Microsoft Security

Patch Available for "Active Setup Download" Vulnerability

Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in an ActiveX control that ships with Microsoft® Internet Explorer. The vulnerability could be used to overwrite files on the computer of a user who visited a malicious web site operator's site.

Affected Software Versions

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01

More information

  Web site updates

These pages were added/updated in the past week. Information on previously updated/added pages is available on the What's New? page for 1 month.

Added: Looking At Linux
Updated: Microsoft Knowledge Base Articles dealing with Internet Connection Sharing
Added: Speed Up Your PC


Added: Patch Available for "Active Setup Download" Vulnerability

Windows 95

Updated: Internet Explorer 4: Security Patches

Windows 98

Updated: Internet Explorer 5: Security Patches
Updated: Internet Explorer 4: Security Patches
Updated: Problems Accessing Windows Update

Windows 2000

Added: Patch Available for "Active Setup Download" Vulnerability
Added: Microsoft Prepares for Upcoming Release of Windows 2000 SP1

Back Issues, unsubscribing etc.