Tech Briefs


Windows 8 details may have been leaked

Slides purporting to show Windows 8 features, release date, have emerged on the Web.

Are Web apps ready for the enterprise?

Google, Microsoft and other companies are offering Web-based apps as an alternative to traditional office software suites. Gartner analysts tested them to see if they're ready for prime time.

Internet fraud reporting system launched

What do the FBI, Microsoft and the American Bankers Association all have in common? Answer: They're all collaborating against online fraud.

Microsoft unveils 'Windows embedded handheld' efforts

Microsoft today described an operating system branding and restructuring effort aimed at the enterprise mobile devices market.

Monster.com out to help state and local jobseekers

Monster.com has launched several initiatives with state and local governments to connect jobseekers with potential local employers.

Exploit the cloud, but save your data

Indiana Department of Natural Resources uses Caspio's platform as a service to allow searches of its records while keeping all of its data in-house -- only the index resides in the cloud.

ERP, piece by piece

The outright failures of some ERP efforts and the dubious performance of others have prompted many analysts to question if there’s something inherently flawed in the idea of building large, centralized ERPs.

ATT intros mobile app for government

AT&T offers mobile apps to free government field workers from the office.

Philadelphia takes GIS to the city limits

Having consolidated systems across the city, Philadelphia is now bringing geographic information systems tools to nearly all its departments.

Hackers exploiting Windows XP help flaw

Microsoft today noted that a Windows help function flaw is now being exploited by hackers.

Microsoft offers Office XP shim, but no patch

Security bulletin MS10-036 is designed to fix an "important" vulnerability in Office XP, Office 2003 and Office 2007.

Microsoft's new TFS 2010 template is pure Scrum

With Team Foundation Server 2010, Agile project management is greatly improved. Scrum developers now have another option. Microsoft announced a new Scrum process template at Tech Ed.

Free Microsoft Office web apps available

Microsoft launched its free Windows Live versions of Office Web Apps on Monday.

Microsoft releases June patch targeting 34 flaws

Microsoft today released 10 fixes in its June security update, with three deemed "critical" and seven considered "important" to patch.

Open-source tools aid Microsoft Outlook access

Microsoft reseases a set of technical documentation and tools that allow enhanced access to Outlook files by government agencies.