Ballmer Beats Drum for IT Workers - Page 3

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2005-06-06 Print this article Print

.Net Momentum"> A completely Web-based map application from MapPoint, called Virtual Earth, gives location, maps and a scratch pad where this info can be stored and e-mailed to others. Returning to the stage, Ballmer turned to worldwide .Net momentum, saying that .Net is the primary development tool for 43 percent of all developers, with Java in second place at 35 percent. SQL Server 2005, with more than 50 percent unit share, will continue to be ramped up; BizTalk Server 2006 and Visual Studio 2005 will take .Net to the next level; and life-cycle development tools are added into the equation, so "watch out, Rational," Ballmer said.
XML formats will be adopted as the default in Office 12, the next version of Office, which is part of Microsofts commitment to XML integration across all of its products, Ballmer said.
"In summary then, DSI [the Dynamic Systems Initiative] is about getting serious about management and to express knowledge in the models," Ballmer said. "Visual Studio 2005 will deliver System Definition Model, and system center wave two will see its System Definition Model consumed by MOM [Microsoft Operations Manager] and SMS [Short Message Service]." Finally, Ballmer turned to the issue of security. "We still have this absolutely as job one. If we dont do the right thing with security, the notion of connecting people and information will take a back seat," he said, adding that although Microsoft is not satisfied with Windows Server 2003 with regards to security, it was "by far and away" the best server release from the company, he said. Windows Server 2003 has had only one vulnerability to date this year, while SuSE 9 has had 28 and Red Hat 3 has had 14, he said. Ballmer also announced the immediate availability of Windows Server Update Services and Microsoft Update, as well as the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer 2.0 and the Systems Management Server 2003 Inventory Tool for Microsoft, which will be available this summer. These product offerings will allow Microsoft to provide customers with a uniquely integrated and consistent set of technologies to help customers of all types better manage the software-update process, he said. Microsoft also will release a new version of Windows Update, version 6.0, to ensure that customers who continue using Windows can keep their computers up to date. This adds minor usability improvements and eventually will support Windows Genuine Advantage. In conclusion, Ballmer said Microsoft is committed to providing "the leading-edge innovations to make you successful in connecting your information to your users." Check out eWEEK.coms for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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