BetaNews | Microsoft to end support for MSN Music DRM

Again, I have been bitten by DRM. I have stopped buying DRM, and now I have more songs I have to go re-download to replace the DRMed files and not pay for it as I already did.

Microsoft to end support for MSN Music DRM

By Jacqueline Emigh, BetaNews

April 23, 2008, 3:09 PM

As of August 31 of this year, Microsoft’s “Plays for Sure” technology — once codenamed Janus — will no longer play for sure — unless, that is, users play back the tunes on the same computers and OS forever.

In a move that’s come under concerted attack by users ranging from anti-DRM music bloggers to Linux fans, Microsoft has disclosed plans to stop providing authorization keys for songs downloaded from the old MSN Music service

BetaNews | Microsoft to end support for MSN Music DRM

BetaNews | Vista SP1 goes live on Automatic Updates, but gradually

 

Vista SP1 goes live on Automatic Updates, but gradually

By Scott M. Fulton, III, BetaNews

April 23, 2008, 6:06 PM

It’s apparently safe to try this now: Microsoft stated this afternoon it’s going forward with plans to deploy Windows Vista Service Pack 1 via Automatic Updates.

But today’s go-ahead won’t mean that users will wake up one morning and suddenly find themselves upgraded (or not), or even that SP1 will find itself deployed all in the same morning.

BetaNews | Vista SP1 goes live on Automatic Updates, but gradually

Microsoft Details Security Features in Internet Explorer 8 – Desktop Security – Dark Reading

 

Microsoft Details Security Features in Internet Explorer 8

IE8 Beta 1 will be available to consumers this summer

APRIL 8, 2008 | SAN FRANCISCO — RSA 2008 Conference — Microsoft will release the first beta version of Internet Explorer 8 to consumers this summer, with new security features that add more protection for both browser-based and server-based attacks, as well as social engineering exploits.

Craig Spiezle, director of security, safety, and industry for Windows product management at Microsoft, said here in an interview that IE8 Beta 1 builds on and expands some of the security features of IE7. Microsoft released the beta version of its upcoming browser to developers early last month. Spiezle wouldn’t say when Microsoft will roll out the final version of IE8.

Microsoft Details Security Features in Internet Explorer 8 – Desktop Security – Dark Reading