AllAppNews Radio: Microsoft’s Jim Allchin

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AllAppNews Radio with David CourseyGuest: Jim Allchin, co-president, Windows group, MicrosoftHear Jim Allchin Talk About Windows Security. Since last we visited, I’ve posted my interview with Microsoft Windows czar Jim Allchin, in which we talk about security challenges that the new operating system will likely face. In Jim’s view, we may consider the mass attacks suffered by Windows XP as the good ol’ days. Vista, he says, will be much more secure, but the attacks that do get through may be targeted specifically at individual companies and much more difficult to discover. We also talk about the status of the next-generation operating system, now in beta and promised for final release on machines shipping for the 2007-2007 holiday season. Listen to the 7-minute long interview. Listen to the program (about 7 minutes).You can also read an edited transcript of the meeting, prepared by Peter Galli.

Windows Transparency Is Good News

I also wrote a Reporter’s Notebook column about the 90 minutes reporter Peter Galli and I spent with Allchin. It’s a run-down of a number of topics we discussed, intended to complement our news coverage from the meeting. One of the topics I discussed is how the Windows Vista development process has been much more open those of previous Microsoft operating system releases.

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Why? It’s a reaction to some of the charges in the anti-trust cases that Microsoft uses its control of the OS to thwart applications and development tools competitors, but it is also a response to an increasingly weary customer base who want to be comfortable with a new operating system well before they buy.Our interview with Allchin produced several other stories, including these two by Peter Galli:After Vista, Vienna Awaits You—Is This Windows 2010?While the majority of Microsoft’s Windows client development team is working to get Windows Vista out the door before the end of this year, there is a small team already working on a set of core technologies for “Vienna”, the version that will follow Vista. Sources have told eWEEK that Microsoft is referring to Vienna as Windows 2010 and that it is likely to be a major update of the pervasive operating system. After Ever New OS Comes Realignment, Including Windows Vista

A shake-up in the management and responsibilities of some of Microsoft Corp.’s key Windows client and server team executives could be in the cards when Jim Allchin, the co-president of Microsoft’s Platforms, Products and Services division, retires at the end of the year. While Allchin stressed in an interview with eWEEK that no decisions had been made in this regard, he did float the possibility of some significant staff changes at that time.

Do You Know Your Wrinkle Percentage?

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If there are devices that calculate how much body fat you have, then why wouldn’t there be a device that calculates wrinkles and sun damage?A News.com reporter visited an office in San Jose, California to undergo Clarity Pro: a technology that can “depict the depth and severity of wrinkles in a 3D chart, show the extent of bacteria-filled pores in a graph, or represent UV damage in purple dots scattered about your face in a white-light image.” The reporter’s test results came back, revealing that her face contained 7% of wrinkles, 30% inflamed pores, and 26 out of a scale of 50 for ultraviolet damage.This emerging kind of technology isn’t available on the market yet, but it’s slated to be released next month to various spas, medical health clinics, cosmetics companies and researchers.download

So how much could something like this cost?

Well, according to Raj Chhibber, CEO and founder of BrighTex Bio-Photonics (the maker of Clarity Pro), says that the exam could cost anywhere from $50 to several hundred dollars. I can just see it now: actors and actresses will be rushing to find out the percentage of wrinkles on their bodies, only to find out that the producer of the TV show they star in turns them away because their wrinkle percentage is “too high for primetime TV.” Or how about just regular people breaking down into tears because their test results showed bad pores? But, Clarity Pro could serve as a wake up call for those that are in risk of skin cancer.Still, I’ll probably have a good 15 years before I get any recognizable wrinkles, but I sure don’t want to know the percentage of wrinkles proportional to the rest of my body! C’mon. We get older, our bodies get older. It’s a natural part of life!If you’re interested in more information on how Clarity Pro works, visit BTBP.org.