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Thought Microsoft actually made the following statements prior to Toshiba's official announcement, it is reasonable to assume that they knew what was coming.  It seems like they're not very concerned about the potential impact:“We do not believe the recent reports about HD DVD will have any material impact on the Xbox 360 platform or... Read more...
Like Basil Fawlty telling everybody not to mention The War, while doing it himself over and over, Microsoft has a new media playback protocol called PlayReady, and it's not a DRM platform! You could waterboard a Microsoft executive but he won't utter the acronym. Don't mention the DRM platform!PlayReady has some interesting features that might... Read more...
Yahoo! responded to Microsoft's unsolicited bid with a "no" today.  Microsoft may not take no for an answer.Calling Yahoo's decision "unfortunate," Microsoft didn't back off from its quest. "Based on conversations with stakeholders of both companies, we are confident that moving forward promptly to consummate a transaction is in the best... Read more...
Remember the Red 80GB Zune that Microsoft announced in mid-January? A nice idea for Valentine's Day, especially with special limited time Zune Originals artwork. Unfortunately, the best-laid plans ....Microsoft is e-mailing customers who are on the cusp of not receiving their special Zune orders on time, saying that while they are trying their... Read more...
Yesterday OpenID added Google, IBM, Verisign, Microsoft and Yahoo! to the board.  Now if they could just add some "consumers."By bringing on these companies and their resources, the OpenID Foundation will now be able to better serve the needs of  the entire OpenID community. In 2008, we can expect to see a larger focus on making... Read more...
Goodbye, Boring Beige Mouse: Microsoft Recharges Peripheral Perception With Innovative New Mice New hybrid mouse delivers desktop mouse comfort with notebook mouse portability; rechargeable mouse offers high-end technology at affordable price point.REDMOND, Wash. Feb. 5, 2008 Microsoft Corp. today added two new desktop mice to its line of... Read more...
Microsoft launches - not hardware or software, but a comic strip.The daily Web comic, called Heroes Happen Here, features tech savvy crime fighters like Lord Firewall, who "stands between chaos and order" and says things like "begone vermin!"Heroes Happen Here is sponsored by Microsoft and Seagate. If the name sounds familiar, it's because... Read more...
As we've mentioned here before, Yahoo has become a huge audience without a show. Now Microsoft, who have tried for years to leverage their success selling proprietary software into some sort of presence on the Internet, has decided to get that presence the old fashioned way: They're going to buy it.Microsoft Corp. today announced that it has... Read more...
As part of the result from Microsoft's anti-trust litigation with the U.S. government, the Redmond giant is currently subject to oversight to ensure that it doesn't abuse its market position.  While there are numerous decrees that govern this arrangement between Microsoft and the various government entities involved in the oversight,... Read more...
Dell and Microsoft have gone (RED), joining (PROJECT) RED to fight AIDS in Africa.Dell will start selling two (Red) laptops and one desktop running Microsoft Windows Vista on Friday. The two companies will donate $50 for a laptop and $80 for a desktop to the Global Fund, which finances health programs in Africa.Microsoft said it expects "several... Read more...
The EU's attacks on American tech companies appears to be progressing unabated:“European Union regulators said Monday they were again investigating software giant Microsoft Corp. this time on suspicion of abusing its market position by squeezing out competing Internet browsers and software rivals dependent on Microsoft programs.The European... Read more...
While mice and keyboards don't typically get reviewed as often as new video cards and CPUs, they are still a major part of the computing experience.  Those who've plunked down a little extra money and purchased a product from one of the major players in this arena such as Logitech, don't often go back to bargain basement equipment. ... Read more...
The Attorney General of New York has issued subpoenas to Intel, seeking information about whether Intel unlawfully compelled their customers to exclude rival AMD from the market for certain computer chips. At issue in Cuomo's probe is whether AMD has a fair chance to supply its X86 computer processing units for desktop and laptop computers... Read more...
Even though Microsoft has a search engine, Google and Microsoft don't often get portrayed as competitors in the press. Redmondmag explored the complex relationship that Google has with the open-source community, and answers the question: "What's the greatest threat to Microsoft's dominance, Google or open source? " with a resounding "both."Google's... Read more...
Don't get too excited, though.  The promotion is only for MSDN and TechNet subscribers who beta tested Vista.Under terms of “The Ultimate Offer,” testers can go to any retail or online store and buy a copy of Vista Ultimate (full or upgrade version) for full price and Microsoft will match it with a second complimentary Vista Ultimate... Read more...
My mistake. That's Open Source. In a bid to get the European Union off their back after their stunning defeat in the EU's anti-trust trial, Microsoft has now licensed some of its proprietary code to the company that developed "Samba," software that allows operating systems other than Windows to communicate with a Windows client.So basically... Read more...
This is interesting.  Free software, but you potentially give up your privacy for it.Microsoft pulled the free software offer from its Web site Tuesday, which made free copies of Vista and Office among other applications available in exchange for feedback.Users will be required to install a piece of software on their computers for three... Read more...
Microsoft's download servers must be on overload this week. First Office 2007 SP1, then Windows XP SP3 RC1, and now Windows Vista SP1 Release Candidate 1 (RC1) have gone public.Microsoft was vague this week about when Windows Vista SP1 RC1 would be available, but based on the other two releases yesterday, it was going to be soon, and here... Read more...
Why do I say "sneaks out?" Because while Microsoft was pretty open about Windows Vista SP1 RC1 releasing to the public this week, as well as Office 2007 SP1, it was tight-lipped about Windows XP SP3 RC1. Why not? After all Forrester Research has noted that XP remains Vista's biggest rival.Microsoft has begun making a near-final Release Candidate... Read more...
If you aren't wearing your tin-foil hat, you might want to go get it before reading any further.Now that you have your tin-foil hat, we'll issue a not-too subtle warning that this as a wild rumor/allegation and it could easily fall under the heading of 'crackpot' theories despite having a big Hollywood name attached to it.  Microsoft... Read more...
AMD Highlights Optimized Integration between Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ Processors and Upcoming Microsoft Products— At Microsoft TechEd Developers conference, AMD demonstrates commitment to software developers through Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors and Visual Studio 2008 integration—BARCELONA, Spain -- November 5, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD)... Read more...
This is interesting, especially since Bill Gates mocked the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Foundation's XO-1 when the idea was first presented.The world's largest software company is now working to adapt a basic version of Windows XP so it is compatible with the non-profit One Laptop per Child Foundation's small green- and-white XO laptop."We're... Read more...
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