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Channel news: Microsoft wants “shared” to mean “open,” MSFT desktop manager download

Microsoft now wants its Shared Source licenses to qualify as open source Microsoft officials said at the O’Reilly Open Source conference this week that they are going to seek Open Source Initiative (OSI) approval for Microsoft’s Shared Source licenses, but have not provided specifics. Why is Microsoft interested in doing this now? [All About Microsoft]

Microsoft desktop manager RC1 ready for download The first release candidate for System Center Configuration Manager 2007, the cornerstone of Microsoft’s systems management play, bests SMS on several counts. []

Microsoft challenges Google with uber search center Dreams the impossible dream. [TheReg]

Justifying VoIP deployment without cost-analysis VoIP and UC deployment ROI can be measured using non-financial metrics. Learn more about VoIP ROI in this article from Yankee Group’s Zeus Kerravala. []

Oracle releases latest version of Siebel CRM On Demand Oracle is adding Web 2.0 features to its latest release to improve usability and customization. []

Microsoft CEO defends move beyond desktop Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Steve Ballmer defended the software company’s expansion beyond its Windows and office software businesses, saying Web services and consumer devices are key to the company’s future. [Reuters]

Dell to expand Linux PC offerings, partner says Dell Inc will soon offer more personal computers that use the Linux operating system instead of Microsoft Corp’s Windows, said the founder of a company that offers Linux support services. [Reuters]

Database admin at Fidelity National stole more data than thought Fidelity National Information Services now says that data on as many as 8.5 million consumers — not just 2.3 million — may have been exposed in a recent data breach. [Computerworld]

Cisco to kill Linksys brand name Mav sent in this article that opens, “In a roundtable with the European press, John Chambers confirmed the “end of life” of the Linksys name, being replaced by the new and redesigned Cisco branding.” He explains, “It will all come over time into a Cisco brand. The reason we kept Linksys’ brand because it was better known in the US than even Cisco was for the consumer. As you go globally there’s very little advantage in that.” [Uberpulse, via Slashdot]

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