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DOJ wants continued Microsoft oversight; Mitel adds fixed-mobile convergence

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SearchITChannel.com news in brief for April 17, 2009

DOJ wants continued Microsoft oversight

The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday requested that a federal judge keep a watchful eye on Microsoft.

In a court filing, the DOJ said it wants 18 more months to watch and make sure that Microsoft complies with previous antitrust rulings that require it to turn over technical documentation to licensees, according to reports. U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has been serving in this role since Microsoft and the government settled an antitrust suit in 2002. The oversight was to have expired next November. The news is somewhat ironic, given that Microsoft worked to drum up antitrust action against rival Google, especially since Google's acquisition of DoubleClick.

Mitel feature makes sure calls find their mark

Mitel Networks added fixed-mobile convergence capability to its IP Communications Platform. That means users can set up the system to ring them on multiple lines and any phone can act as a PBX to route the calls, according to SearchUnifiedCommunications.com.

The new Dynamic Extension feature targets small and medium-sized businesses in North America, said Stephen Beamish, vice president of business development and marketing for Mitel. Users can set their profile to ring on up to eight phone lines, including the office, a mobile device, a home line or a desk phone at another company using a different PBX vendor.

Security execs still feel budget pinch

The specter of stimulus dollars notwithstanding, security execs feel more pressure to cut costs while maintaining their company's defenses, according to SearchSecurity.com.

Tightening budgets, along with more compliance requirements could have security professionals looking for answers at next week's 2009 RSA Conference in San Francisco.
"Security budgets are generally not being cut; we are finding that they are staying flat in many cases," said Andreas Antonopoulos, senior vice president and founding partner of Nemertes Research. "Given the increased threats and pressures on security, a flat budget with increased threats equals a cut budget."

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