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Microsoft’s security plans for its older Office products

Plus, new features of Opera 11 and Oracle reveals its latest financial results

December 17, 2010
Opera 11 release keeps browser relevant, innovative
Network World
Robert Mullins shares some details from Opera Software ASA’s new Opera 11 browser release.

“Among the new features of Opera 11, Håkon Wium Lie, Opera Software ASA’s CTO, explained, are Tab Stacking, which allows the user to organize tabs into groups. An explanatory video compares it to stacking paper documents on one subject on your desk. You can drag tabs on top of each other to reduce clutter on your screen. If you hover your arrow over the stack, an array of small icons appears identifying all the tabs in that stack. The new browser also improves its Mouse Gestures feature where various functions like opening, closing or advancing from one site to another is accomplished by combinations of clicks and mouse movements up, down, left or right.”

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Security feature in Office 2010 will soon be added to older versions
Network World
Robert Mullins shares Microsoft’s security plans for its older Office products.

“Microsoft says it will make updates available to users of Office 2007 and Office 2003 that will help make them as secure as Office 2010. And for Office 2010, that’s pretty secure as the software suite went six months without a security bulletin until this week, when two bulletins affecting it were released on Patch Tuesday. ‘A lot of the good work in Office 2010 was possible because that was work planned for and completed as part of the product’s lifecycle,’ wrote Bob Fruth, security program manager in the Microsoft Security Response Center, in a Tuesday blog post. ‘[And] we have found a way to bring some of these protections to older versions of Office.’”

Oracle defies HP and IBM with 47% revenue leap
The Register
Timothy Prickett Morgan shares Oracle’s most recent revenue results.

In the quarter ended November 30, Oracle’s overall revenues were up 47 per cent, to $8.58B, and not just because of the addition of Sun’s hardware, software, and support businesses. Oracle’s core database, middleware, and application businesses are all expanding at double-digit clips and part of that, one might argue, is because Oracle has positioned itself as a key IT player that is in it for the long data center haul.”

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