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In West Philadelphia, Microsoft is participating in a promising new program aimed at upgraing the quality of America's high schools. Microsoft has designed a new school which contains many new features unseen to most high schools, including using laptops instead of books(also removing the need for a large library), smartboards instead of blackboards, a 9:15am to 4:19pm schedule, and even a restaurant style food court. Bill Gates and Microsoft are hoping to change the current state of the US' school system, which Mr. Gates feels is "Obsolete", and could hurt America's competitiveness. The company didn't... Read more...
Just when you thought it could not get worse than Donald Trump attempting to Trademark "You're Fired!"; now it appears that Microsoft is looking to patent verbs to be used in a new conjugation system designed to assist in learning foreign languages: According to its patent application, the invention would overcome limitations in existing software that conjugates verbs, such as not identifying the correct conjugation when the infinitive form of the verb is misspelled or the inability to locate the proper verb in a foreign language when users only knows the word in their native language. This system sounds intriguing and could potentially change the way people learn foreign languages.... Read more...
There's been some speculation about prices for the various Windows Vista builds, but today Microsoft has announced the official retail prices for their next operating system. Vista Ultimate - $399 (XP Upgrade - $259) Vista Business - $299 (XP Upgrade - $199) Vista Home Premium - $239 (XP Upgrade - $159) Vista Home Basic - $199 (XP Upgrade - $99)   "Current customer preview program participants will be able to access the latest Vista test code beginning this week. Microsoft will open the program to new participants in the coming days, it says. Vista RC1 will post to the company's MSDN and TechNet Web sites for subscriber download this week. In addition, Microsoft says... Read more...
Microsoft has released the first release candidate of Internet Explorer 7, which means the browser is not far off from its final build. You can find out more about there browser here, and can click here for a direct link to the download page.... Read more...
In a somewhat controversial move, Microsoft will be including a new feature in its messaging services which will allow users to contact police with just a few clicks of the mouse. If you're a resident of the United Kingdom, the new "Report Abuse" icon will appear on your Windows Live Messenger or MSN Messenger, which when clicked will take you directly to a site that will help you get in contact with Police. The new feature has been created with the help of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection(CEOP) Centre, in an effort to help curb inappropriate online sexual conduct. "Behind the Report Abuse button will sit... Read more...
With budgets for top quality games now reaching into the millions of dollars, Microsoft is trying to broaden the developer scene by providing a fairly cheap way for your average joe to start developing his own games. As Joystiq.com reports, Microsoft has big plains for the XNA tools, which will allow developers to program a game on their PC, and port it over for use on a XBox 360. "The $99 subscription grants you access to the (tentatively titled) "creator's club," which will also offer downloadable sample games to help would be game developers get started. Unfortunately, these sample games will not be available outside of the subscription service... Read more...
With Microsoft's emphases on security for their upcoming OS Windows Vista, they've decided to turn to the same people they're trying to combat. While Microsoft isn't about to let just anyone pick apart their OS, they have given early versions of Vista to around 3,000 security professionals. CNN's new article explains the benefits of this approach, and also details Microsoft's new way of thinking on how a program should be built. "They're going directly to the bear in the bear's lair," says Jon Callas, the chief technology officer at PGP Corp., which makes encryption software and other security products. "They are... Read more...
Microsoft was demo'ing Speech Recognition technology that is currently built into Vista.  As the old saying goes, "the best demo is no demo"...  ouch. Dear Aunt, let's set so the double the killer delete select all.... Read more...
Windows Vista, Microsoft's latest operating system which has received numerous delays, is now looking at a January release date. Businesses will likely see a version tailored for them sometime in November, with the rest of the SKU's being made available in January. "There has been speculation that the much-expected new operating system could be delayed, although this has been denied by top company officials. Microsoft originally targeted a 2005 launch for the new Windows, then pushed the release to 2006 before announcing in March that Vista would again be delayed to improve the product."... Read more...
It seems likely that the European Commission will hit Microsoft with a hefty fine of $383.2 Million, awaiting a decision expected on Wednesday. By not complying with the Commission's standards, as they were ordered to do back in 2004, they risked facing a $2.5 Million a day fine, which seems to have caught up with them. "Sources say that penalty could now rise to 3m euros a day if Microsoft fails to comply with the anti-trust ruling by 31 July. However, Microsoft insists it has complied with the Commission's demands and says it expects to deliver the last bundle of information by 18 July. "... Read more...
Though it's been available for testing for some time, Microsoft's latest version of their instant messenger will be officially released this tuesday. Expect to see some of the new features contained in Windows Live Messenger in other instant messaging services. "Globally, MSN Messenger is the most popular instant messaging client, with 204.6 million users in April, according to comScore Media Metrix. Yahoo is No. 2 with 76 million users, while Time Warner Inc.'s AIM and AOL messaging products together had about 51.3 million users, the research firm said."  ... Read more...
In their latest interview, Ars Technica chats with XBox 360 developer Matt Lee, covering a range of issues from his job duties, to XBox 360 hardware and market expectations. Matt is also the developer of the old "DopeWars" game for the PalmPilot. "Now with the massively redesigned and more powerful Xbox 360 released, many people are wondering what the future has in store for Microsoft's gaming efforts. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Matt Lee, a software developer who works at Microsoft in the Xbox division. He had some fascinating things to say about the console, the games market in general, and the future of the... Read more...
Here's one that's going to anger many of you. Just when you though Microsoft's image couldn't get any worse, the relative new WGA tool is now a source of scrutiny.  It seems that the WGA tool is phoning home and transmitting data about your PC to Microsoft on every boot.  What kind of data you ask?  Groklaw's got the details. "No doubt many of you saw on Slashdot the article "Microsoft Talks Daily With Your Computer" or in Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols article for eWeek titled, Big Microsoft Brother, about allegations that Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage validation tool phones home daily to report information... Read more...
E3 is always filled with the latest and greatest in gaming.  With Xbox 360 selling well and DX10 and Vista on the horizon, even Microsoft had large presence at E3.  For a tour of their booth complete with a handful of pics, check out this article at ThinkGaming... "At the farthest back point in the South Hall you'll find Microsoft's enormous booth that spans almost a half of a football field and featuring hundreds of playable Xbox 360s. For a company as big as they are, they don't skimp when it comes to making an unforgettable presence on the showfloor, and they have certainly done so. The entire back half of the booth is a two-story set of rooms for press and presentations that is... Read more...
Intel, Microsoft Collaborate To Bring Pay-As-You-Go PCs To Millions Of New Users Microsoft FlexGo Technology to be a Key Element of Intel World Ahead Program SEATTLE, May 22, 2006 - Intel Corporation and Microsoft Corp. today announced that the companies will collaborate to engineer and deliver flexible, pay-as-you-go PC purchasing models for consumers in emerging markets. Intel's support of Microsoft FlexGo technology is a key part of Intel's broad World Ahead program to help speed access to uncompromised technology and education for people in developing regions around the world. The collaboration between Microsoft and Intel to implement FlexGo technology is another example of the successful... Read more...
"I wish we could open our eyes to see in all directions at the same time. Oh, what a beautiful view . . ." - Death Cab For Cutie Welcome Some "Special" folks at E3... Gears of War Mural Classic Gaming in Kentia Hall More Classic Gaming... And Zaxxon - Such Memories! Hello & Goodbye - The Final Day At E3, Day Three There's a myriad of things to see and do at E3, and after two solid days of hoofing it around the convention center, it still feels like there's so much yet to see. The morning started out in Kentia Hall. It's typically where many lesser known companies set up their booths, but it's also a good location to meet and do business. And that's... Read more...
Microsoft has been tight lipped about the minimum and recommended specifications for their upcoming Windows Vista OS to this point, but the company has just spilled the beans.  If you want to know what it's going to take just to run Vista, or to run Vista with the Aero interface in all its glory, see here... To get an even better Windows Vista experience, including the Windows Aero user experience, ask for a Capable PC that is designated Premium Ready, or choose a PC that meets or exceeds the Premium Ready requirements described below. Features available in specific premium editions of Windows Vista, such as the ability to watch and record live TV, may require additional hardware. A... Read more...
For the next two years, some of Microsoft's business practices will continue to be closely monitored by the U.S. Government due to antitrust law concerns. Microsoft was supposed to be let off the hook this year, but the investigation has received an extension. "Microsoft had already agreed to the lengthier scrutiny sought by the Justice Department and the attorneys general in 17 states. The company has struggled since 2002 with a key provision in its landmark antitrust settlement requiring it to disclose to its competitors sensitive details about some of its software. Government lawyers said they were prepared to extend oversight of Microsoft's business activities through 2012 if... Read more...
Microsoft has decided to extend it's XBox Live service to multiple platforms under the name "Live Anywhere". The new system will integrate Microsoft's Windows Vista with cell phones, and their gaming consoles. "In a demonstration, an Xbox 360 gamer using Live Anywhere was able to send an invitation to a friend on a PC. After the PC user agreed, the two connected for a cross-platform online gun battle." Cross-platform gun battle, eh? So hopefully we can finally put a rest to the age old, Controller vs. Mouse & Keyboard, debate.... Read more...
Microsoft is releasing a new test version of Internet Explorer, the market-leading Web browser that is facing competition from smaller players. The new beta, available today for free download, includes fixes for problems that were causing Internet Explorer 7 to stop working. This is Microsoft's third beta of Internet Explorer 7 made available to the general public, and Hachamovitch said there are plans for one more. The new version comes amid growing competition from browsers such as Firefox, which has long offered functions such as tabbed browsing. Some also consider other browsers to be more secure, since IE, with its market dominance, is a popular target for attacks. The final version of Internet... Read more...
Microsoft received a bit of good news earlier, as an appeals court ruling has barred people who bought their software directly from Microsoft, from filing suits for antitrust violations. This does not affect a previous case in which Microsoft has to pay more than $1 billion to settle other class-action suits. "In addition to claims of being overcharged, the plaintiffs in the case had claimed that they were harmed by the lack of competitive technologies that resulted from Microsoft's anticompetitive actions. However, both the appeals court and the earlier lower court ruling by Maryland District Court Judge J. Frederick Motz rejected their... Read more...
World Cyber Games said on Thursday that Microsoft Corp. has signed on as the premier sponsor for its global video game tournaments through 2008. Under the terms of the alliance, Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Games for Windows business units will provide hardware, games and marketing support for all World Cyber Game events -- including three multi-region championships, the Korean and U.S. championships, and the grand finals in Monza, Italy, in October.  ... Read more...
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