Short takes from this week's technology news
Symbian to offer Windows Activesync
Mobile phones based on the Symbian operating system will soon be able to offer Activesync compatibility, the protocol used within Windows. Symbian will make the Exchange Server Activesync protocol plug-in available to all Symbian OS licencees which, when coupled with a separate standard distribution agreement with Microsoft, will enable phone makers to implement direct synchronisation with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. This should improve interoperability, Symbian said.
JBoss expands support for Apache software
Open source company JBoss has expanded professional support services for its family of Apache web software. It has introduced Apache web server support and extended support services for Apache Jakarta Tomcat 5.5 and the Tomcat Web Server Connector.
Microsoft extends code initiative to EU countries
Microsoft has extended its Shared Source Initiative Windows source code licensing programmes to seven additional countries in the European Union. Microsoft will make available source code components from Windows 2000, XP, CE and Server 2003 to eligible enterprises, systems integrators, Microsoft most valuable professionals and academic institutions in Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Slovakia and Slovenia.
Symantec warns of threat to Mac OS X
Security supplier Symantec has warned users that Apple's OS X operating system is becoming a target for hackers and malware authors. Security researchers have discovered at least 37 serious vulnerabilities in the Mac OS X system, said Symantec in its seventh biannual Internet Security Threat Report. According to Symantec, as Apple increases its market share, its users are likely to come under increasing attack.