30 July: Office 97 hole can allow code to take over
A security hole found in Microsoft's Office 97 application suite can allow malicious code to take over a user's PC without their knowledge, Microsoft has confirmed. The hole stems from Microsoft's data access software, called Jet. It allows code contained in an Excel 97 worksheet, hidden in a Web page or sent via email, to plant viruses, delete data, or read files, according to Juan Carlos Garcia Cuartango, the developer who first discovered the hole.
15 July: MSN uses Unix server
The German magazine c't reports that Microsoft doesn't seem to have too much confidence in its own products - the company's own MSN site is running on the Unix platform using the free Apache server.
12 July: Microsoft tool can destroy hard disk data
When you use the System File Checker (Sfc.exe) tool to restore a Windows 98 system file (for example, the User.exe, Gdi.exe, or Krnl386.exe file) from a Windows 98 cabinet (.cab) file, the wrong version of the file may be extracted from the Mini.cab cabinet file. This can result in the inability to start Windows 98 (for example, your computer may stop responding) or "Windows Protection Error" error messages in normal and Safe mode.
8 July: Another exec departs Microsoft
Sam Jadallah, considered a rising star, is resigning as Microsoft's vice president of enterprise sales. Jadallah's is the latest departure from Microsoft, which has lost a number of high-level executives in recent months.
1 July: Microsoft juggled books
Top executives at Microsoft "systematically and deliberately" violated U.S. and foreign law by setting aside hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues from financial reports to conceal the volatility of the company's business, attorneys argued in a case that settled last year.