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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-10   

Gates said in his e-mail that a forthcoming “services wave” will prove “disruptive”, and competitors will use it to challenge the company.

Microsoft launched a range of on-demand software initiatives last week, which covered web-based communications services for consumers and small businesses and on-demand business applications, including customer relationship management.

The leaked-memo-as-a-marketing-platform has been used by Microsoft in the past either to promote the musings of its chief or to highlight the way Microsoft aims to tackle key demands or issues in

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-10   

One week after Microsoft unveiled the Live.com initiative, it has now added support for the open source Firefox browser. This is the first time that the Redmond giant has admitted that Firefox has sufficient market share to warrant its support.

Live.com is Microsoft's new service aimed at bringing a number of business services to users over the Internet. Although closely aligned with Microsoft Office products, Live.com brings together various information sources across the Net. Instant messenger and other communications services are also

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-10   

In the latest preview of Windows Vista, IE 7 offers some significant new additions. However, it's still a work in development
While computer users are watching the slow release of builds of Windows Vista (which Microsoft calls the Community Technology Preview, or CTP), part of that anticipation includes the first new version of Internet Explorer in several years. The latest widely distributed version of Windows Vista, build 5231, also known as the October CTP, is significant primarily because of

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-09       Article Source : Reuters

Microsoft Corp. warned users on Tuesday of a new "critical"-rated flaw in recent versions of Windows that could allow attackers to take control of a system by embedding malicious software code into digital images.
Users of Windows XP, Windows Server and an updated version of Windows 2000 were vulnerable to an attack unless they installed a software patch.

The flaw affects imaging technology used in Windows that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of a system simply

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-09       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

A software patch released by Sony BMG Music Entertainment after an uproar over its XCP (Extended Copy Protection) CD copy protection software may cause some computers to crash, according to the computer expert at the heart of the controversy. On Friday, Mark Russinovich, chief software architect at Winternals Software LP, published further research on Sony’s XCP copy protection software that addresses the patch problem and raises new privacy concerns about the product.

Russinovich said that a design flaw in Sony’s patch theoretically

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-08       Article Source : NewsFactor

Microsoft is poised to deliver its latest customer-relationship management software, CRM 3.0, a few months ahead of schedule.

The application will be available in December and features several improvements over the company's previous offerings, including new configuration, customization, and integration  capabilities.

Microsoft has added a marketing-automation module to complement the service and sales module. The kit also offers tighter integration with Outlook and Office.

How Suite It Is

"We now have a complete CRM suite,"

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-08   

Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, officially released SQL Server 2005 on Monday, in an effort to take market share from Oracle Corp. 

Microsoft's SQL Server 2005, delayed several times as engineers sought to make the software more reliable and secure, is a corporate database program designed to store and retrieve business data.

Also released were Visual Studio 2005, Microsoft's package of tools for software developers, and a new beta version of BizTalk Server 2006, due for formal release next

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-07       Article Source : Reuters

Microsoft Corp. , the world's largest software maker, launched on Sunday its corporate database software program aimed at taking market share from Oracle Corp.

Microsoft's SQL Server 2005, delayed several times as engineers sought to make the software more reliable and secure, is a corporate database program designed to store and retrieve business data.

Apart from databases, both Microsoft and Oracle are investing in business software, which allows companies to track customer accounts, manage payroll, finances and human resources.

Along with

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-07   

Microsoft has taken a page from Google and Yahoo with its web based search, email, and feed aggregating web based application, Windows Live. After a quick run through, Windows Live will be a breath of fresh air for the MSN family, as MSN’s network has become overrun with display advertising and obvious product placement, especially in Hotmail, which is a direct opposite of the cleanliness of Google, or the hybrid of select display and sponsored links in the Yahoo Search and Media Network. Read More...  

Posted by iNext on 2005-11-06       Article Source : Reuters

Microsoft Corp. on Thursday called for a broad national law to protect consumer privacy and a top Republican lawmaker said he planned to push such a bill next year, amid heightened consumer concerns about identity theft and online fraud.
"This is the time, this is the place, we believe, for the government to adopt privacy legislation on a national basis," Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith said at a lunch event.

Texas Republican Rep. Joe Barton, who chairs the House

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-05   

Microsoft Corp. said Thursday it has acquired FolderShare, a service that helps computer users share and synchronize large files without needing to use e-mail, burn CDs or upload information to the Internet.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Launched in 2002 and run by Austin, Texas-based ByteTaxi Inc., FolderShare gives customers private, remote access to their files through any Web browser, Microsoft said. ByteTaxi is privately held.

Blake Irving, corporate vice president of the MSN communication services

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-05       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

Two patches released by Microsoft Corp. earlier this year for its Internet Explorer browser may cause some Web sites not to load properly.

The bulletins, MS05-038 and MS05-052, removed "unsafe functionality" and changed how the browser handles ActiveX controls for security reasons, Stephen Toulouse, a program manager in Microsoft's security unit, wrote today on the Microsoft Security Center Response blog.

After installing MS05-038, which was first published Aug. 9 on the Microsoft Download Center, Web pages containing Component Object Model

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-04       Article Source : InformationWeek

The acquisition of Zurich-based Media-streams.com AG will give Microsoft engineering talent, technology, and intellectual property it can apply to products for Internet phone calls that work in conjunction with E-mail, Web conferencing, and SMS software
Microsoft disclosed Thursday that it has acquired a Swiss software company that builds apps based on voice-over-IP technology.

The acquisition of Zurich-based Media-streams.com AG will give Microsoft engineering talent, technology, and intellectual property it can apply to products for Internet phone calls

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-03       Article Source : eWeek

Microsoft has fitted an anti-virus and PC clean-up utility into the new Windows Live initiative as part of a larger plan to shuttle customers to its Internet security offerings.
Partner Resource Center A beta version of the new Safety Center lets customers run free Web-based computer scans to detect and remove viruses and other known malware.

The Safety Center, which currently works only on Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer browser, uses an ActiveX Control to scan for and

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-02       Article Source : AP

Microsoft Corp. unveiled a new strategy Tuesday to move software and services online, seeking to fend off a growing threat from Google Inc. and other nimble upstarts born on the Internet.

With a new Web site called "Windows Live," Microsoft hopes to create a new platform that will unfasten some of its applications from computer hard drives.

The site, available at http://www.live.com, repackages some of the features Microsoft already offers at its heavily trafficked MSN.com, adds more customization

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