In other IT and telecommunications news, Microsoft offered to share servers with European rivals, Siemens expanded deals with its clients in China and NAI renamed its Anti-Virus Emergency Response Team.
Microsoft Corp has made some headway in reaching a possible settlement with European Commission regulators over Windows’ interoperability with rivals’ servers. The company has reportedly offered to share more information with other companies to allow better connections between their own servers and Windows.
Full details have not been revealed. However, Microsoft appears to be meeting with less success on multimedia software, having had its recent offer rejected to ship rival’s media players on CD with Windows.
Commenting on events, EC competition commissioner Mario Monti said an agreement could be reached even as a date is fixed for a final decision in the long-running case.
In other news, Siemens is reported to have extended deals with existing customers in China, announcing contracts worth $70m. The company will expand China Unicom’s GSM network in several main cities and boost the company’s infrastructure for pre-paid services, while also helping China Mobile expand its own GSM network’s coverage. Projects under both deals are expected to begin next month.
And finally, Network Associates Inc said this week that it has renamed its Anti-Virus Emergency Response Team as the Anti-virus and Vulnerability Emergency Response Team, to reflect the fact that it has merged two sets of researchers together.
Experts in the field of vulnerabilities brought in a year ago when NAI bought IntruVert and Entercept have been added to the AVERT team, which does virus research for NAI’s McAfee anti-virus products.
The new AVERT will issue scored alerts on vulnerabilities found by security researchers. It will also hunt down vulnerabilities in popular software, although bug-hunting does not appear to be the first priority.
This article is based on material originally published by ComputerWire