News in brief

Brief takes on the week's news

Do not rely on 802.11n compliance, says Gartner

Gartner has advised users not to buy a product based solely on its claims regarding 802.11n draft compliance since maturity is still a year away. "Enterprises' slowness to adopt other technologies, such as 802.11a - which provides up to 54mbps performance at 5GHz with up to 24 channels, depending on geographic location - indicates that enhancing performance is not an immediate priority for many companies," Gartner said. It advised users to stay with Wi-Fi-certified 802.11a/b/g products.

Microsoft merges e-mail and IM divisions

Microsoft is combining its Exchange e-mail business with its Real-Time Collaborations instant messaging group. The new unit, called the Unified Communications Group, will align development work on Microsoft's e-mail platform with instant messaging, web conferencing, VoIP and other communications systems.

Montecito to beat other Itanium chips on cost

Intel's forthcoming Montecito Itanium server chip is expected to consume less power and be more cost effective to run than earlier Itanium servers. Due later this year, the next member of the Itanium family will only consume 100 watts of power, instead of the 130 watts in earlier Itanium server processors, the chip maker said. Intel said this meant that Montecito would deliver about 2.5 times the performance per watt of the current Itanium 2 9M.

Adobe releases Flex 2.0 web development beta

Adobe is releasing a beta edition of its Flex 2.0 web development platform. Flex, originally developed by Macromedia before Adobe acquired the company, is aimed at software developers who write web applications that use the Flash presentation system. It is based on the open source Eclipse development environment, and includes frameworks to aid application development. A server component is included for corporate applications that integrate with back-end systems.


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