The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2009-10-27T04:18:34Z Microsoft Simplifies the PC with Windows 7 2009-10-27T04:18:34Z microsoft-simplifies-the-pc-with-windows-7 Today Microsoft Corp. announced the worldwide availability of its new Windows 7 operating system. Windows 7 delivers on a simple premise: make it easier for people to do the things they want on a PC. Tracey Fellows, Managing Director of Microsoft Australia said the new operating system offers a streamlined user interface and significant new features that make everyday tasks easier and allow people to get the most out of computers of all styles and sizes. “Windows 7 IS the PC, simplified, thanks to feedback and input from millions of Windows users during product testing,” said Fellows. “Windows 7 works the way you want – it’s faster, more reliable and easy-to-use. It’s great for home, great for work and all places in between. With more choices and options from more partners, there is a tremendous range of PCs available at great value to Australians.” Building Windows 7 has been a collaborative process from the beginning, with Microsoft’s engineers and designers working with customers and partners to build an operating system that delivers on the vision of the PC, simplified. “Windows 7 is an important product beyond what it means to Microsoft. This launch represents a great opportunity for our Australian customers and the Australian IT industry,” said Fellows. “Microsoft works with a diverse ecosystem of partners – from developers to PC manufacturers, to retailers – all of whom are touched by the release of a new operating system. This ecosystem helps deliver innovation, choice and affordability for customers.” Simplifying the PC Over the past 18 months, feedback from more than a billion opt-in customer sessions and eight million beta testers validated Microsoft’s research on how to simplify everyday tasks. Here are a few of the many ways you’ll experience a more simplified PC with Windows 7: Simplifies everyday tasks Taskbar: The go-to spot for launching programs and switching windows, the taskbar has been completely redesigned to help you work smarter, cut clutter, and get more done, with features like thumbnail previews of webpages, documents—even running video. HomeGroup: Easily share your files and printers with other Windows 7 PCs in your home. Windows 7 DeviceStage: Shows you the status of all your connected devices such as cameras and mobile phones and makes it easier to synchronize and manage them. Photos and Videos: Windows Live Photo Gallery* and Windows Live Movie Maker*(available via download) work with Windows 7 and offer customers great, complimentary options to edit photos and videos and share with loved ones*. Snap: Drag an open window to your screen’s border to automatically re-size it. Snap two different windows to the left and right borders for a perfect comparison. Shake: Click a window pane and shake your mouse to minimize all other open windows. Shake the pane again to restore the windows to their original sizes. Internet Explorer 8: Our fastest, easiest, and safest browser ever offers smart new features like Instant Search, Accelerators, and Web Slices help you get more out of the Web. * Windows Live Photo Gallery and Windows Live Movie Maker are not included with Windows 7 and need to be downloaded from www.windowslive.com.au. Internet access is required and download charges may apply as set by ISP. Works the way you want Faster On, Faster Off: Windows 7 users will benefit from the focus on underlying performance, faster startup, resuming and shut down time, and enhanced power management. Mobile Made Easier: Your mobile computing settings are in one place with the Windows Mobility Center. Protecting your PC: Safeguarding the data on your PC is easier with advanced backup capabilities and the free Microsoft Security Essentials download** to help protect you against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. ** Internet access is required and download charges may apply as set by ISP Makes new things possible Windows Touch: Interact with your PC with a touch-screen monitor, using your fingers and multi-touch gestures. PlayTo: Stream your digital music, videos, and photos to other PCs or devices such as your Xbox 360 connected to your TV. Rich Gaming and Graphics: Windows 7 includes performance enhancements that take power gaming and entertainment to a new level, with 64-bit support and DirectX11 graphics. Location-Aware Printing: Your documents are sent to the right printer whether it’s at home or at the office. And with Offline Files you can work offline and automatically synchronize between a PC and documents on your office network. Partners Rally Around Windows 7 Along with increased customer involvement, Microsoft’s partners had a closer, more involved role in the product vision and planning process with Windows 7. The collaborative approach to engaging partners to inform development efforts has resulted in improved performance for PCs as well as compatibility with a broad range of software and hardware across the Windows ecosystem. More than 17,000 software and hardware companies are building solutions on Windows 7 and over 50,000 developers are enrolled in the Windows Ecosystem Readiness Program. Together, these partners are developing hardware, software and services capable of reaching more than a billion PCs around the world. On Sale Worldwide Today The global availability of Windows 7 is joined by an unprecedented array of new PCs and software programs. Australian Pricing Windows 7 Version SKU Recommended Retail Price$AU*** Upgrade Pricing Promotion Home Premium $199 Professional $399 Ultimate $429 Full Product Home Premium $299 Professional $449 Ultimate $469 For more information on Windows 7, please visit www.windows.com.au For additional press information, videos, photography, fact sheets, etc. please visit Microsoft Australia’s Windows 7 press pass http://presspassau.windows7launch.com.au/ ***Recommended Retail Price (including GST). The actual sale price will be set by individual retailers. About Microsoft Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Media Enquires Jacquie Potter Howorth 0414 449 070 Jacquie@howorth.com.au Vida Cheeseman Howorth 0410 597 547 vida@howorth.com.au QUT Adopts Microsoft Live@Edu Email Solution 2009-03-23T04:59:27Z qut-adopts-microsoft-live-edu-email-solution Sydney – 17 March, 2009 – Queensland University of Technology (QUT) students will have a new service for communication and collaboration following the University’s decision to move to the Microsoft Live@Edu solution for student email. The Live@edu suite of innovative online applications and services includes Microsoft Outlook Live, Microsoft Office Live Workspace and SkyDrive storage. QUT began evaluating the costs and benefits of providing a hosted Web-based email solution for students when existing email infrastructure reached its limit of functionality and storage capacity. The Live@edu solution is the culmination of discussions involving students, University administration and representatives of Microsoft and included an opt-in trial involving students from the Faculty of Information Technology. QUT’s Professor Tom Cochrane, Deputy Vice Chancellor for the Division of Technology, Information and Learning Support, said the University carefully considered various options and was pleased to offer students a greatly improved email service through the agreement with Microsoft. “The Live@edu service offers our students the advantage of a greatly increased mailbox capacity and attachment file size, a useful calendar, plus a number of improvements in related services, while retaining their identity as QUT students in their email addresses,” Professor Cochrane said. “As well as enhanced services to students, the University will benefit by having automated service upgrades, and better scalability and availability by deploying this software as a service offering from Microsoft.” QUT student, Joyi Lu said: “The Live@edu email system was extremely easy to use and had a familiar interface. More importantly, the Microsoft hosted email solution prepares students for the workplace when they graduate from uni, where many companies are using similar products. So I guess QUT is once again fulfilling its motto of being a ‘university for the real world’,’’ Joyi said. During the current semester, QUT’s 40,000 students will have access to a suite of innovative online applications and services. The Live@edu service will host student email accounts and provide a significant number of benefits and opportunities including increased mailbox capacity (10GB) and 20MB attachments as well as calendaring and contact management. Other features available through Live@edu include: Windows Live Messenger instant messaging and file sharing; Windows Live Spaces for personal web publishing, blogging and photo sharing; and FolderShare, a private peer-to-peer network that allows users to synchronise files between multiple devices and share files with other student users. Live@edu makes it possible to create long lasting communities, with e-mail addresses students can keep after they graduate, and a rich set of communication services universities can use to help maintain an ongoing relationship with graduates. Neil Jackson, Education Director, Microsoft Australia, comments: “Momentum continues to grow as Universities across the country discover the numerous benefits of deploying Live@edu. This service represents Microsoft’s vision for providing schools with an economical way to meet the cutting-edge technology demands of students without compromising budgets.” More information about Microsoft Live@edu can be found at http://get.liveatedu.com For further information or interviews please contact:Jacquie PotterHoworth02 8281 3893jacquie@howorth.com.au Microsoft issued information on 12 new security bulletins 2007-02-14T03:35:00Z microsoft-issued-information-on-12-new-security-bulletins Today, Microsoft issued information on 12 new security bulletins. The following summary provides Symantec’s evaluation of two of the most critical issues.Vulnerability in Microsoft Malware Protection Engine.Symantec Security Response rates the Microsoft Malware Engine vulnerability to be the most critical of the security bulletins. This remote code execution vulnerability has affected various Microsoft products that include the Malware Protection Engine, including Windows Live OneCare, Microsoft Antigen 9.x, Microsoft Windows Defender, Microsoft ForeFront Security for Microsoft Exchange Server 1.x, and Microsoft ForeFront Security for SharePoint Server 1.x. This vulnerability occurs when Microsoft’s AntiVirus client that uses the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine is configured to allow PDF file processing. This vulnerability is critical since the malicious PDF could be hosted on a Web site or distributed via e-mail where it could be scanned by the infected AV engine at the gateway or when it arrives at the desktop. A successful exploit will completely compromise the affected computer.Vulnerabilities in Microsoft WordMicrosoft also issued patches for multiple vulnerabilities in Microsoft Word, which corrects the zero-day Word vulnerabilities associated with Trojan.Mdropper.T/W/X, which are Trojan horses that attempt to drop additional threats on the compromised computer. This bulletin also includes a patch for a client-side code execution vulnerability in Microsoft Word that can be triggered by a malformed object embedded within a document. A successful exploit could let a remote attacker execute arbitrary code in the context of the currently logged in user.“Symantec continues to track the increasing trend of zero-day vulnerabilities and this months critical vulnerabilities noted in Microsoft Word point to that trend,” said Vince Hwang, group product manager, Symantec Security Response. “As hackers continue to close the gap between disclosing and exploiting vulnerabilities, Symantec recommends that both enterprises and consumers actively update their software with patches as soon as they are available.”Symantec recommends the following actions for IT administrators:· Evaluate the possible impact of these vulnerabilities to critical systems.· Plan for required responses including patch deployment and implementation of security best practices using the appropriate security and availability solutions.· Take proactive steps to protect the integrity of networks and information.· Verify that appropriate data backup processes and safeguards are in place and effective.· Remind users to exercise caution in opening all unknown or unexpected e-mail attachments and in following Web links from unknown or unverified sources.Symantec recommends the following actions for consumers:· Regularly run Windows Update and install the latest security patches to keep software up to date.· Avoid opening unknown or unexpected e-mail attachments or following Web links from unknown or unverified sources.* Use an Internet security solution such as Norton Internet Security 2007 to protect against today's known threats and tomorrow's Internet security risks.Additional information will be available on Symantec’s Security Response Blog shortly at:http://www.symantec.com/enterprise/security_response/weblog/ <http://www.symantec.com/enterprise/security_response/weblog/> Additional information on Microsoft’s security bulletins can be found at:http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms07-feb.mspx <http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms07-feb.mspx> Symantec’s security experts will closely monitor further information related to these vulnerabilities and will provide updates and security content as necessary. Please let me know if you have any questions or if you are interested in speaking with a Symantec expert on any of the above vulnerabilities. Next Generation of Windows Live OneCare Launches Internationally Alongside Windows Vista 2007-01-22T14:00:00Z next-generation-of-windows-live-onecare-launches-internationally-alongside-windows-vista Next Generation of Windows Live OneCare Launches Internationally Alongside Windows Vista All-in-one PC care service extends security, maintenance, performance benefits to Windows XP and the new Windows Vista operating system. Sydney, — January 23, 2007 — From January 30, consumers in and 16 other countries will be able to purchase a major release of Windows Live™ OneCare™ online or from participating retail stores. Building on versions of Microsoft’s comprehensive PC care service previously available in the , the new Windows Live OneCare release will now offer an even simpler consumer experience. The service will feature unified virus and spyware scanning, more flexible file backup options and support for the Windows Vista™ operating system which will also be available to consumers on January 30. To thank consumers worldwide who participated in the Windows Live OneCare beta program for this major release, which included some 5,400 customers in , a special offer will be sent via e-mail to beta users for a significant discount off the annual subscription fee when they sign up at http://onecare.live.com. From January 23 to February 12, Windows Live OneCare beta users who take advantage of this offer will receive a year’s service at approximately 60 percent off the regular price. “This new release marks Microsoft’s continued commitment to evolving and expanding our all-in-one PC care service around the world — both for Windows XP and now Windows Vista customers,” said Peter Watson, Chief Technology Advisor at Microsoft. “In addition to helping guard against viruses, spyware, phishing scams and other security threats, OneCare also handles a variety of essential PC care practices behind the scenes so our customers can have peace of mind that their PC is being taken care of and will be able to spend their valuable time on other things.” Windows Live OneCare offers automated protection, maintenance, performance tuning and support for PCs running either Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or the Windows Vista operating system. Designed to evolve with the changing needs of consumers, Windows Live OneCare continuously delivers new and updated features to subscribers while they’re online. Support for Windows Vista Operating System Windows Live OneCare completes the security picture for Windows Vista adopters by providing real-time anti-virus protection and managing firewall policies to address new and evolving threats. The service goes beyond security to help simplify important maintenance tasks such as backing up photos, music and other files to a variety of storage devices and defragmenting the hard drive to help increase the performance of consumers’ PCs. Pricing and Availability Windows Live OneCare will be available in Australia from January 30, priced at an annual subscription rate of A$99.95 (recommended retail price*) for up to three PCs. Consumers can download the Windows Live OneCare subscription service at http://onecare.live.com or purchase OneCare from leading retail stores. Microsoft will also be offering Australian beta customers a Windows Live OneCare annual subscription at a special discounted price of $39.95 from January 23 to February 12. About MSN and Windows Live MSN® attracts more than 465 million unique users worldwide per month. With localised versions available globally in 42 markets and 21 languages, MSN is a world leader in delivering compelling programmed content experiences to consumers and online advertising opportunities to businesses worldwide. Windows Live, a new set of personal Internet services and software, is designed to bring together in one place all the relationships, information and interests people care about most, with enhanced safety and security features across their PC, devices and the Web. MSN and Windows Live will be offered alongside each other as complementary services. Some Windows Live services entered an early beta phase on November 1, 2005; these and future beta updates can be found at http://ideas.live.com. Windows Live is available at http://www.live.com. MSN is located on the Web at http://www.msn.com. MSN worldwide sites are located at http://www.msn.com/worldwide.ashx. About Microsoft Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realise their full potential. ######### * Actual retail price may vary. Microsoft, Windows Live, OneCare, Windows Vista, Windows and MSN are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the and/or other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. For further information, please contact: Alex Murphy, Howorth Communications, 02 8281 3801, alex@howorth.com.au Note to editors: If you are interested in viewing additional information on Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft Web page at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass on Microsoft’s corporate information pages. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may since have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/contactpr.mspx. Gerry Harvey to sell first copy of Windows Vista in Australia at Harvey Norman Alexandria at midnight 2007-01-18T14:00:00Z gerry-harvey-to-sell-first-copy-of-windows-vista-in-australia-at-harvey-norman-alexandria-at-midnight Gerry Harvey to sell first copy of Windows Vista in at Harvey Norman Alexandria at midnight One Harvey Norman customer will have the chance to purchase Bill Gates personally signed copy of Windows Vista Sydney, – 19 January 2007 – Microsoft today announced that the first official copy of Microsoft Windows Vista™ in will go on sale at Harvey Norman Alexandria in Sydney at 11.59pm on 29 January 2007. Harvey Norman Chairman Gerry Harvey and newly-announced Microsoft Australia Managing Director Tracey Fellows will ring up the first sale, an exclusive copy of Windows Vista Ultimate personally signed by Bill Gates. In addition, customers at Harvey Norman Alexandria between 11pm Monday 29 January and 1am Tuesday 30 January will receive: · 10% off any computer hardware From midnight the following offers available will be: · Bonus Microsoft VX-1000 Webcam valued at $59.95 RRP for the first 100 customers to purchase any version of Windows Vista or Microsoft Office 2007, · Bonus C653 Kodak Digital Camera priced at $199 RRP for the first 50 customers to purchase any version of Windows Vista or Microsoft Office 2007 43 other Harvey Norman Computer stores across Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne will also open their doors from 11.00pm on 29 January to 1.00am on 30 January to sell Windows Vista and 2007 Microsoft® Office system as soon as they become legally available for sale in . 10% off all hardware and a bonus Microsoft Webcam valued at $59.95 with the purchase of Windows Vista or Microsoft® Office 2007 for the first 100 customers will also be available at these participating stores. “Windows Vista is the most important release of Windows that Microsoft has ever delivered”, said Tracey Fellows, Managing Director of Microsoft . “Australians are great technology adopters and we have been delighted with the strong support shown by the channel. We’re proud to be working with Harvey Norman to give Australians the opportunity to be among the first in the world to buy copies of Windows Vista at retail.” Gerry Harvey, Chairman of Harvey Norman added, “We’re excited about the demand Windows Vista is generating at Harvey Norman, it’s fantastic.” Where: Harvey Norman, Cnr Gardeners Road & O’Riordan Street, Alexandria . & . When: 29 January 2007, 11.00pm doors open, 11.55pm Gerry Harvey and Tracey Fellows draw the winner, 11.59pm Gerry Harvey and Tracey Fellows will sell the first copy of Windows Vista in . How: Any customer at Harvey Norman Alexandria intending to purchase Windows Vista at midnight will be given one raffle ticket and have the chance to purchase the first copy of Windows Vista in Australia, which will be personally signed by Bill Gates. For a list of participating Harvey Norman stores please phone (02) 9201 6111. - ends - About Microsoft Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realise their full potential. For further information, please contact: Cathy Jamieson Microsoft Ph: 02 9870 2220 or 0412 177 738 cathy.jamieson@microsoft.com Jude Stupples Howorth Communications 02 8281 3834 or 0409 668 024 jude@howorth.com.au Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Office 2007 and Exchange Server 2007 released to businesses in Australia 2006-11-29T06:00:00Z microsoft-windows-vista-microsoft-office-2007-and-exchange-server-2007-released-to-businesses-in-australia Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Office 2007 and Exchange Server 2007 released to businesses in Australia Business availability of Windows Vista, the 2007 Microsoft Office system and Exchange Server 2007 signals new era in workplace productivity Sydney, Australia — Thursday 30 November, 2006 — In the biggest simultaneous software launch since Microsoft Windows 95 and Office 95, Mr Steve Vamos, Vice President, Microsoft Australia and New Zealand, today announced the global availability of the new Microsoft technology platforms for businesses, from Sydney this morning. Designed to enable businesses to thrive in a world of instant communication, expanding information and constant change, the new products provide a platform that will transform the way people turn information into opportunity and growth. Today’s announcement that Windows Vista™ and the 2007 Microsoft® Office system are available to volume licensing customers marks the beginning of the most significant product launch in company history and the first simultaneous release of Microsoft’s flagship products since the joint launch of Windows® 95 and Office 95 more than a decade ago. Exchange Server 2007 is slated for release to organisations with volume license agreements by the second week of December 2006. Windows Vista and the 2007 Office system will be released to consumers and organisations without volume license agreements on the 30th of January 2007. According to Mr Vamos, the new versions of Windows, Office system and Exchange Server are the result of an unprecedented collaboration between Microsoft and its customers. Real-life scenarios guided product development through feedback from customers who volunteered to let Microsoft watch them work in more than one billion user sessions. "These products deliver game-changing innovation," said Mr Vamos. "We’ve made extraordinary investments in research and development, and Windows Vista, the 2007 Office system and Exchange Server have gone through extensive testing," said Mr Vamos. Ms Tracey Fellows, Director, Business and Marketing Operations, Microsoft Australia said, "Approximately 86,000 beta versions of Office 2007 and Windows Vista have been downloaded in Australia by technology enthusiasts who are excited to see how our new products can help them and their organisations be more productive. The feedback we’ve received has been overwhelmingly positive. "Our partner community has also been extremely supportive. We’ve been working closely with a number of partners who are assisting our early adopter customers with their roll out. These customers are eager to keep pace with the competitive advantages that these new Microsoft technologies can provide," said Ms Fellows. Early Adopters See Clear Business Value Accounting and consulting organisation, BDO, was one of the first Australian organisations to run a pilot project of the 2007 Microsoft Office system, Windows Vista and Exchange Server 2007. The pilot project was seen as an opportunity to build a set of practical and powerful information tools that enable BDO to leverage its intellectual property, work more thoroughly with clients and increase employee satisfaction. Mr Allan Granger, Partner, BDO, said the pilot project proved that "the 2007 Microsoft Office system, Windows Vista and Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 have the potential to radically enhance BDO’s service and offerings to clients." BDO worked with Microsoft partner, Ensyst, to trial the technology with 50 users from across the firm, including the Corporate Finance business unit. With the three products timed together, BDO saw the pilot as an opportunity to see how Windows Vista, the 2007 Microsoft Office system and Exchange Server 2007 work together to improve business processes, communication and collaboration. Mr Granger highlighted the ease of deployment as a major benefit of the project. "The interface was so familiar – it was essentially the tools we had been using, with a much greater level of functionality," he said. The benefits of the technology have extended beyond the internal BDO team to the wider client base. "When clients see that BDO staff have these Microsoft tools available to them, it reassures them that they are partnering with a truly leading and modern firm," said Mr Granger. Leading Australasian alcoholic beverage manufacturer and distributor, Lion Nathan, trialled Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 to support multiple sites across Australia and New Zealand. An enterprise-wide roll out of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 will see Lion Nathan consolidate 10 servers into three and improve productivity by providing staff with advanced mobile access and calendar features. Mr Darryl Warren, Chief Information Officer, Lion Nathan, said the combined functionality of Exchange Server 2007 and Office Outlook 2007 creates a high availability environment, powerful mobility features, improved staff productivity and streamlined administration. After a trial with 100 users, Lion Nathan has committed to implementing Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, citing a number of strategic and operational benefits. "Lion Nathan plans a full organisation-wide roll out of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. This will significantly reduce our messaging server hardware and software licensing costs over the long term," said Mr Warren. Industry Poised to Take Advantage of New Opportunities Since the release of Windows 95 and Office 95, Microsoft has delivered critical platform advances with each major release of its two flagship products: TCP/IP in Windows 95 helped pave the way for the growth of the Internet, for example, while wireless capabilities in Windows XP made mobile computing commonplace. New capabilities in Windows Vista and the 2007 Office system, such as significant advances in graphics and pervasive support for XML and other technologies provide the framework for creating new experiences for end users. Significant server investments make the 2007 Office system a powerful platform for developing business applications to eliminate the barriers between organisations, systems, processes and information. Mr Vamos applauded the 640,000 strong worldwide partner ecosystem that has worked closely with Microsoft to prepare for today’s launch. In addition, many of the world’s leading solution integrators are prepared to deploy the new products for enterprise organisations. Delivering the Promise of the People-Ready Business According to Mr Tony Wilkinson, Information Worker Group Director, Microsoft Australia, the starting point for the new capabilities in Windows Vista, the 2007 Microsoft Office system and Exchange Server 2007 is Microsoft’s belief that people are the driving force behind business success. "These products will enable companies to unleash the full potential of their people to build profitable relationships with customers, spearhead new innovations and drive business success. "Although many customers will deploy these products separately, together they will fundamentally change the way companies get value from business information," said Mr Wilkinson. Together, the three products focus on four critical areas: Simplifying how people work together. From new Windows capabilities designed for mobile workers and unified messaging enabled by Exchange Server 2007 to workflow and collaboration tools in Microsoft Office SharePoint® Server 2007, the new products revolutionise the way people work in teams and on the go. From new Windows capabilities designed for mobile workers and unified messaging enabled by Exchange Server 2007 to workflow and collaboration tools in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, the new products revolutionise the way people work in teams and on the go. Finding information and improving business insight. Deep platform integration and availability of new search technologies and powerful, easy-to-use business intelligence tools will help enable employees to find and use information more easily, streamlining the path from idea to execution. Deep platform integration and availability of new search technologies and powerful, easy-to-use business intelligence tools will help enable employees to find and use information more easily, streamlining the path from idea to execution. Helping protect and manage content. Advanced content management and document retention tools combined with features to better protect data confidentiality make content authoring the starting point for automated business processes and regulatory compliance. Advanced content management and document retention tools combined with features to better protect data confidentiality make content authoring the starting point for automated business processes and regulatory compliance. Increasing security and helping reduce IT costs. With enhanced security by design and by default, the new versions of Windows, the 2007 release and Exchange Server 2007 deliver breakthrough security features. They streamline deployment and management, helping reduce costs and enabling IT departments to focus on providing new capabilities that deliver strategic advantage. With enhanced security by design and by default, the new versions of Windows, the 2007 release and Exchange Server 2007 deliver breakthrough security features. They streamline deployment and management, helping reduce costs and enabling IT departments to focus on providing new capabilities that deliver strategic advantage. Windows Vista, the 2007 Microsoft Office system and Exchange Server 2007 also provide the core platform that will enable businesses to take advantage of the benefits of Internet-based software services. All three products incorporate key XML and Web services technologies that will help companies tap into online services and select the mix of on-premise and hosted applications to deliver the right balance of control, convenience, cost-effectiveness and security while helping increase productivity. "During the last decade, Windows 95 and Office 95 have transformed the way people work," said Mr Steve Vamos. "Windows Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange Server 2007 are some of the most advanced technologies Microsoft has developed, and we believe they signal the beginning of a new wave of innovation that will have a profound impact during the next decade." In the biggest simultaneous software launch since Microsoft Windows 95 and Office 95, Mr Steve Vamos, Vice President, Microsoft Australia and New Zealand, today announced the global availability of the new Microsoft technology platforms for businesses, from Sydney this morning. About Microsoft Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realise their full potential. ######### Microsoft, Windows, and Windows Vista are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. For further information:Cathy JamiesonPR ManagerMicrosoft AustraliaPh: 02 9870 2220 or 0412 177 738cajamies@microsoft.comAnne Flanagan, Jo Balfour or Claire MorganHoworth CommunicationsPh: 02 8281 3810 or 0405 082 603 or 0422 228 285howorth@howorth.com.au www.microsoft.com/australia/presspass Cathy JamiesonPR ManagerMicrosoft AustraliaPh: 02 9870 2220 or 0412 177 738 Today, Microsoft issued information on six security bulletins. The following summary provides Symantec Security Response 2006-11-16T21:49:04Z today-microsoft-issued-information-on-six-security-bulletins-the-following-summary-provides-symantec-security-response-s-evaluation-of-the-two-most-important-issues Vulnerability in Workstation Service Memory CorruptionSymantec Security Response rates the vulnerability in Microsoft’s Workstation Service Memory to be the most critical of the security bulletins this month. A successful exploitation of this vulnerability could result in a complete system compromise. This issue can be exploited by remote anonymous attackers on Windows 2000, Windows XP and possibly Windows Server 2003 systems. A wide variety of component technologies and services are impacted by this issue which has potential for a worm-style attack.Vulnerability in Microsoft XML Core Services Symantec Security Response rates the Microsoft XML Core Services vulnerability to be critical as well. The Microsoft XML Core Services technology allows developers to create XML-enabled applications. All supported versions of Internet Explorer (including the new Internet Explorer 7.0) make use of this functionality and are susceptible to possible attack. This is a publicly known vulnerability that is currently being exploited in the wild. “Many of the issues addressed in this month’s batch of patches attend to publicly exploited issues,” said Alfred Huger, senior director of development, Symantec Security Response. “Attackers are exploiting vulnerabilities with increasing speed, and it’s imperative that computer users protect themselves by installing updated software patches as quickly as possible.”Symantec recommends the following actions for IT administrators:· Evaluate the possible impact of these vulnerabilities to critical systems.· Plan for required responses including patch deployment and implementation of security best practices using the appropriate security and availability solutions.· Take proactive steps to protect the integrity of networks and information.· Verify that appropriate data backup processes and safeguards are in place and effective.· Remind users to exercise caution in opening all unknown or unexpected e-mail attachments and in following Web links from unknown or unverified sources.Symantec recommends the following actions for consumers:· Regularly run Microsoft Update and install the latest security updates to keep software up-to-date.· Avoid opening unknown or unexpected e-mail attachments or following Web links from unknown or unverified sources.Use an Internet security solution such as Norton Internet Security to protect against today's known and tomorrow's unknown threats.Additional information will be available on Symantec’s Security Response Blog shortly at:http://www.symantec.com/enterprise/security_response/weblog/Additional information on Microsoft’s security bulletins can be found at: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms06-nov.mspxSymantec’s security experts will closely monitor further information related to these vulnerabilities and will provide updates and security content as necessary. Please let me know if you have any questions.