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It may only have a Zune, not an iPhone or iPod, but Microsoft had a great quarter nonetheless.In early numbers from Microsoft prior to its quarterly financial results call to analysts this afternoon, the company reported revenue gains of 27% annually to $13.76 billion, and net income nicely higher by 23% annually to $4.29 billion, in what... Read more...
Microsoft actually managed to beat Google at an acquisition, or rather, in this case, a partial stake in a company.  Google had also been rumored to have been pursuing a minority stake in Facebook.The final deal resulted in a 1.6 percent stake in the social-networking company, notably smaller than the 5 to 10 percent that had been talked... Read more...
Three years have passed since the European Commission ordered that Microsoft make three major changes to how it supplies interoperability information to other OS/NOS vendors seeking to develop products that can communicate with Windows desktops and servers.Change #1: developers must be allowed access to source code!  That's right, MS... Read more...
Well, if you can hold out for three years, maybe you can skip Windows Vista altogether. Windows 7 is due out in 2010 (snicker). Microsoft is working on a stripped down operating system kernel they're calling MinWin as part of it, aimed at being small enough to work on the exploding number of devices that can run an OS; but geez, not that OS."A... Read more...
Will Poole is tasked with leading Microsoft's push into emerging markets like China, South America, and Africa. His job is simple, really: Find Microsoft another billion computer users. He outlined his approach in a question and answer meeting, touching on interesting approaches to get technology to very poor and isolated places, including... Read more...
Confirming an earlier report, Microsoft today said that the creators of the uber-hit "Halo 3," Bungie, will become independent.Microsoft said it will retain a stake in the new company and will continue to publish future "Halo" games and other titles, although Bungie indicated it could also make titles for gaming devices other than Microsoft's... Read more...
As promised, Microsoft rolled out three second-generation versions of its Zune music player Tuesday.  Two of the players will be flash-based, while the other is a hard-drive based player.The new Zunes will come in 4-gigabyte, 8-gigabyte and 80-gigabyte models. All will come with a feature that allows a user to automatically sync media... Read more...
Microsoft is set to unveil the second generation of the Zune tomorrow, including the first flash-based Zunes.According to sources close to the situation, both Microsoft chairman Bill Gates and Design and Development chief J Allard will be on hand for the event. The main part of the announcement will center around the players, which will include... Read more...
Windows Vista.  Those two words either make users cringe in fear or perhaps evoke happy times with the new OS.  It doesn't seem like there's a lot of middle ground here.  Perhaps some of the more jaded simply gave Vista a try before there were proper drivers for their hardware, or perhaps before some patch on Microsoft's part that fixed some... Read more...
Microsoft has learned there are plenty of people who still want XP, as evidenced by the popularity of XP downgrades among OEM offerings.  Now they have conceded still further, and announced on Thursday plans to continue selling Windows XP through June 2008, 5 months later than announced when Windows Vista was released. The world's... Read more...
Microsoft is updating its Live Search web search service, They're hoping that pleasing users with more relevant search results will help it to crawl out of the distant third place it finds itself in -- behind Yahoo a little, behind Google a lot. Microsoft says its goal is to encourage people who are using its Live Search service... Read more...
Yesterday reports surfaced of what appeared to be a scratched disc problem with Halo 3 Limited Editions. It seemed that the plastic used to hold discs in place wasn't designed too well.  In a small note on the official Xbox site, Microsoft today admitted the issue, and offered free replacement.NOTE:  This program covers the Halo 3 Limited... Read more...
Approximately a month after first announcing the Vista SP1 beta, Microsoft has released it to a private set of testers.Microsoft on Monday said it has released a beta version of the first service pack of Windows Vista to about 12,000 testers. Microsoft had said back in August that it expected to start private testing of the service pack within... Read more...
Some people still have a difficult time accepting Windows Vista.  It has beeb about seven months after its release there are still people who just don't want to install it on their systems and are begging vendors for XP.  The problem is that those vendors are MS partners and are trying to help the Redmond giant in their attempt to transition... Read more...
Fulfilling a promise made when they began their partnership late last year, when Microsoft and Sprint launched Windows Live Search across the Sprint mobile web, Microsoft and Sprint have added GPS-enabled local search functionality to their offering.Sprint's local search as well as full Internet search through the carrier's mobile portal would... Read more...
In a European Union court decision that makes one wonder why the U.S. couldn't succeed in its antitrust litigation against Microsoft (at least to this extent), Microsoft is reeling.Microsoft suffered a stunning defeat on Monday when a European Union court backed a European Commission ruling that the U.S. software giant illegally abused its... Read more...
A European Court has ruled in Microsoft's appeal of an antitrust order from a lower court, and ordered Microsoft to stop giving away Windows Media Player with every copy of Windows. Oh, yes; they have to show their competitors their source code for any communications applications. Oh, one more thing: they'd like  613 million dollars, please.... Read more...
While most of the world associates China with being on planning & execution end of intellectual property theft and scams/viruses that attempt to steal private/sensitive personal data from infected machines, it seems that one university student is going to attempt to flip the tables on the American software giant Microsoft by accusing them... Read more...
Can't say as we blame them - you can only support old software for so long.  However, coming on the heels of their other forced upgrades (meaning components of Windows Update even if you have automatic updating turned off), it certainly doesn't look good.Microsoft Corp. will force users of its aged MSN Messenger instant messaging software... Read more...
In their latest promotion, Microsoft is giving students a chance to "steal" (as they put it) Office Ultimate for $59.95.  The promotion started yesterday in the US, UK and Canada, and expands to Spain, Italy, and France on 9/20.  Office Ultimate includes: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, Publisher, OneNote, Groove, and Infopath.In... Read more...
The short answer is: yes, Microsoft is updating/changing software in a stealthy fashion.  Microsoft's own Nate Clinton has acknowledged that the Redmond juggernaut is indeed updating computers regardless of the preferences set by the user in the 'automatic updates' settings menu.According to Nate, here's what's happening:“So what is happening... Read more...
In June Microsoft agreed to modify the built-in desktop search feature in Vista, in hopes of staving off another Justice Department battle, as well as to assuage Google.  On Wednesday Microsoft outlined the upcoming changes, which will appear in Vista Service Pack 1.The primary impact of the change is giving Vista users who choose a non-Microsoft... Read more...
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