Windows-Help.NET Newsletter 4 Oct. 2003, Vol 6 No. 32

In this issue:

w   Microsoft Bestows MVP Award
w   Microsoft Security Bulletin
w   Recent Support BBS Postings
w   Web Site Updates
w   Administrivia

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Microsoft Bestows MVP Award

by Arie Slob

Hello Windows users,

Windows XP Media Center Edition This week Microsoft informed me that I was chosen to receive the title "Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP)" for my work on the Windows-Help.NET Newsletter, and postings on mailing lists.

According to Microsoft, "Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals are individuals who are recognized by peers as well as by Microsoft for past credible participation, highest quality answers and a demonstrated willingness to share their Microsoft technical expertise with others while providing guidance and assistance in peer-to-peer technical communities worldwide."

While I had heard of the program in the past, I had never thought I would qualify for it, as in the past Microsoft considered only people who provided their "assistance" in the Microsoft newsgroups, something I just never found the time for because I already spend so much time on various mailing lists, and our own support forum.

The MVP award comes with some benefits, a modest gift, MSDN Universal or TechNet Plus subscription, access to private MVP discussion forums, and access to a dedicated Microsoft program and relationship owner.

So let me just say: THANK YOU! It is an honor to be recognized by Microsoft and to have this opportunity to contribute to the Internet community, and I'd also like to thank our readers for supporting our wesbite and newsletter.

A copy of the MVP certificate is proudly displayed on our Web site.

For more information on the MVP program, visit the Microsoft MVP Web site.

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Microsoft Security

October 2003 Cumulative Patch for Internet Explorer

Microsoft has posted a cumulative patch for Internet Explorer 5.01, 5.5, 6.0 that, when installed, eliminates all previously discussed security vulnerabilities. In addition, it eliminates two newly discovered vulnerabilities, and makes some changes to the method by which Internet Explorer handles Dynamic HTML (DHTML) Behaviors in the Internet Explorer Restricted Zone.

Severity Rating: Critical

Affected Software Versions

  • Internet Explorer 5.01, 5.5 and 6.0
  • Internet Explorer 6.0 for Windows Server 2003


Recent Support BBS Postings

Do MS Updates degrade XP over time? - Windows XP
IE 6 history not working in winxp - Internet Explorer
Wireless connection keeps dropping - Networking
Hard drive detects imminent Failure - Hardware
Why more then 1 Firewall? - Security / Virus / Spyware

Web Site Updates

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

Added: Microsoft Recognizes InfiniSource Vice President and Windows-Help.NET Author With Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award
Added: Impressions of Modern Day Russia


Added: Microsoft Security: October 2003 Cumulative Patch for Internet Explorer
Added: Microsoft Offers Office System Product Evaluation Kits

Windows XP

Added: Windows Doesn't Remember Folder Settings
Added: Microsoft Launches Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004
Added: Microsoft Announces Beta Version of Windows XP 64-Bit Edition For 64-Bit Extended Systems


Microsoft Offers Office System Product Evaluation Kits

Microsoft started offering Microsoft Office System Product Evaluation Kits. Get a kit, and learn why Microsoft Office is no longer simply a suite of applications, but a comprehensive, integrated system. These trial kits are available worldwide and cost $7.95 US for the first kit and $4.95 US for each additional kit. The cost of the kits includes shipping and handling.

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Microsoft Launches Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004

This week Microsoft launched Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2004, the most recent version of the OS that evolves the home PC with easy-to-use integrated digital entertainment that consumers can enjoy.

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Microsoft Announces Beta Version of Windows XP 64-Bit Edition For 64-Bit Extended Systems

Last week, Microsoft announced the beta availability of a native 64-bit version of its Windows® XP operating system designed to support 64-Bit Extended Systems, including platforms based on AMD64 technology from AMD.

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Windows XP Tip: Windows Doesn't Remember Folder Settings

Many users are complaining that Windows doesn't seem to remember their specific folder settings. After a while, it seems that Windows switches back to the default (of large icons).

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TechNet Webcast: Software Update Services - How to Easily Manage Critical File Updates for Your Windows Servers and Desktops

Microsoft Software Update Services (SUS) is designed to greatly simplify the process of keeping Windows-based systems up-to-date with the latest critical updates. SUS enables administrators to quickly and reliably deploy critical updates to their Windows 2000-based servers and Windows 2003 based servers as well as desktop computers running Windows 2000 Professional or Windows XP Professional.

Live Event: October 10, 2003 - 9:30am to 11:00am PT / 12:30pm ET.

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