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Vol. 15, #24 - May 31, 2010 - Issue #782
Apple Passes Redmond In Total Market Cap. So What?

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    • Apple Passes Redmond In Total Market Cap. So What?
    • Quotes of the Week
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    • What Apple's Steve Jobs Won't Announce at WWDC
    • A New Kind Of Phishing Attack
    • Outlook 2010's Half-Baked Social Networking Tool
    • Which Windows 7 Migration Tool Should You Use?
    • What Are 'Zero Clients,' How Are They Different From Thin Clients?
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    • Top 10 Office 2010 Features For Business
    • The Very Best Sysinternals Tools For Windows Server Security
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Editor's Corner

Apple Passes Redmond In Total Market Cap. So What?

The IT press was all over this, and it even hit the mainstream media. I truly cannot see what the big deal is. It's all basically about share prices, and everyone knows how fickle those are. OK, fact is that since Ballmer took over from Gates as CEO in 2000, Redmond's market value has more than halved from $556 billion to Wednesday's close of $219 billion. And of course Apple which was close to bankrupt 15 years ago has had a market value surge from $15.6 billion to $221 billion over the same period. Again, so what.

For once I have to agree with Ballmer. He said during a press conference in Delhi: "We are executing very well, that's going to lead to great products and great success. I will make more profits and certainly there is no technology company in the planet which is as profitable as we are. Stock markets will take care of the rest". Total market cap is only a limited perspective of how a company is doing. For example, look at the the January-March period where Microsoft posted a net profit of $4.01 billion on revenue of $14.50 billion. Apple's net profit was $3.07 billion on revenue of $13.50 billion.

More over, (and yeah the cheesy pun is intended) it's not an apples-to-apples comparison here. One is mostly a consumer electronics company, the other is Windows/Office/Server and lots of other business related apps. Personally I think Apple is waay overvalued with a price/earnings ratio of more than 21 which is almost double of Redmond's at 13. Don't get me wrong, Apple makes great products and I love my iPad, but that stock price is stratospheric and will have to come down out of bubble territory. When? That's anybodies best guess.

Quotes of the Week

"Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway." -- John Wayne

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." -- Will Rogers

"What would I do if I had only six months to live? I'd type faster." -- Isaac Asimov




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What Apple's Steve Jobs Won't Announce at WWDC

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A New Kind Of Phishing Attack

It's called "Tabnapping". Demo here. (Aza Raskin is Mozillas Lead Designer) Works most of the time in most browsers. Not something that can easily be fixed. It's almost more social engineering than a hack, call it a hybrid:
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Outlook 2010's Half-Baked Social Networking Tool

Peter Bruzzese wrote an article about this in InfoWorld. I would check this feature out, and see if you are even going to support it. Could be a significant time sink for employees, and a support nightmare to boot:

"Microsoft has included a new feature in Outlook 2010 called the Social Connector. It can pull information from LinkedIn and MySpace, as well as connect internally with a SharePoint 2010 server to receive work-oriented updates, such as newly tagged documents and site activity. Connecting to external networks requires that you download a provider for each network; planned providers include Facebook and Windows Live."
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Which Windows 7 Migration Tool Should You Use?

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What Are 'Zero Clients,' How Are They Different From Thin Clients?

At Citrix Synergy in San Francisco a new product based on the newly announced Wyse Zero platform was unveiled. In this column independent expert Brian Madden details in-depth what a "zero client" is, how it works and why you'd choose it over a traditional thin client:
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Windows Server News

Top 10 Office 2010 Features For Business

Frank Ohlhorst at InfoWorld hits the nail on the head. "From powerful productivity enhancers to important security safeguards, the new Microsoft Office has a number of features that businesses will love.

"Although much of the hype around Office 2010 has focused on how the product integrates with other Microsoft technologies such as SharePoint 2010 and Windows 7, most users won't care about those capabilities until after making the leap to Office 2010 itself. Their main concern comes down to what Office 2010 can do for a user right out of the box.

"And it will take more than a new paint job and a tune-up to get budget-conscious buyers to take the bait. Only real improvements that enhance productivity and simplify support will prompt users and their IT administrators to take notice and give Office 2010 a home in their enterprises. Lucky for Microsoft, those enticing enhancements are present throughout the Office 2010 suite. Let's take a closer look at the features and improvements that will matter most to business users and perhaps set the upgrade wheels in motion". I agree there are some nifty new features. Up to you to decide if it's worth the upgrade:
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The Very Best Sysinternals Tools For Windows Server Security

With all of the options available today to help simplify and enhance your Windows Server administration tasks, choosing the best one for your business can be challenging. In this article industry experts take a look at the security utilities of the Windows Sysinternals toolset and detail the benefits of implementing this technology. (registration required)
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