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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-26       Article Source : TechWeb News

Microsoft has revealed some of the security changes to the upcoming Internet Explorer 7 and Windows Vista - changes that could cause trouble for some Web sites.

One key change is that Explorer will disable SSLv2, an older version of the SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) protocol. SSL is used to carry out secure Web transactions. In its place, Explorer 7 will continue to support SSLv3 and will enable Transport Layer Security (TLS) v1, a newer protocol.

The change means that

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-26   

SAN FRANCISCO - Microsoft announced Tuesday that it planned to join the online book-search movement with a new service called MSN Book Search.

And in a nod to the growing influence of a recently formed group called the Open Content Alliance, Microsoft announced its plans to join it. The group is working to digitize the contents of millions of books and put them on the Internet, with full text accessible to anyone, while respecting the rights of copyright holders.

Microsoft is making

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Posted by iNext on 2005-10-25       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

Microsoft Corp. is expected to release to manufacturing the next version of its Windows desktop operating system on July 25, 2006, to ensure PC vendors have it on machines in time for the 2006 holiday season in the U.S., according to sources familiar with the company's plans.

Microsoft is expected to give Windows Vista to PC vendors earlier than customers expected to "get a jump on the Christmas season," Ethan Allen, a Microsoft beta tester and administrator of The Hotfix Web site,

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Posted by iNext on 2005-10-25       Article Source : InfoWorld

Microsoft has released a new version of its Windows Vista beta code that sheds some light on how the software giant plans to improve networking and PC manageability in this next major release of its OS.
 
Microsoft released its first beta version of Windows Vista in July and then followed up with a CTP (Community Technology Preview) update at its Professional Developers Conference last month. With this third release, the company has focused on features that would matter the most

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-24       Article Source : Mercury News

Palm, the Sunnyvale maker of multi-function Treo phones, will have some star power from Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates on hand Monday when it's expected to launch its first Treo that uses a Windows-based Microsoft operating system, industry sources said.
 
The operating system will power Palm's newest Treo multi-function phone, the 700w, making its debut at the invitation-only news conference Monday.

Gates, fresh from being named (again) as America's richest person by Forbes magazine, will join chief executives from Palm

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-24   

Microsoft has announced a new product and new features in its forthcoming Microsoft Office 12 software in a bid to make business intelligence “more mainstream” and available on every desktop.

The new product, Microsoft Office Business Scorecard Manager 2005, is a server-based business scorecarding application. It extends the SQL Server platform so that employees throughout an organisation can track key performance indicators using their own personalised scorecards.

The software giant has also announced that Office 12 will see business intelligence functions integrated

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Posted by iNext on 2005-10-24       Article Source : AP

NEW YORK - A quiet revolution is transforming life on the Internet: New, agile software now lets people quickly check flight options, see stock prices fluctuate and better manage their online photos and e-mail.

Such tools make computing less of a chore because they sit on distant Web servers and run over standard browsers. Users thus don't have to worry about installing software or moving data when they switch computers.

And that could bode ill for Microsoft Corp. and its flagship Office

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Posted by iMark on 2005-10-24   

Microsoft Office, the familiar toolbox of desktop computing, is a huge and lucrative business, but demand has slowed. In a new bid for growth, the Microsoft Corporation plans to announce today that it is making an ambitious push into the $13 billion-a-year market for business intelligence software.

The company is trying to lure new business by extending Office well beyond its well-known programs for creating documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Business intelligence software is used to help workers quickly find and analyze information inside

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Posted by iNext on 2005-10-23   

Microsoft is experimenting with a virtualization architecture for wireless LAN (WLAN) cards that will let Wi-Fi users connect one machine to multiple wireless networks simultaneously.
 
Analysts are saying the technology promises to solve some of the problems associated with next-generation networks.

With VirtualWiFi, still in the research labs at Microsoft, users will be able connect to a guest's machine or play games over one wireless network, for example, while surfing the Web on another.

Transparent Switching
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Posted by iMark on 2005-10-23       Article Source : AP

WASHINGTON - Microsoft Corp., already under government scrutiny over its behavior toward competitors, told manufacturers of iPod-like portable audio devices that under a new marketing program they would not be allowed to distribute rivals' music player software but pulled back after one company protested.
 
The Justice Department said that the incident was "unfortunate," but that government lawyers decided to drop the issue because Microsoft agreed 10 days later to change the proposal. The government disclosed details of the dispute in

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Posted by iNext on 2005-10-23       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

Windows users are continuing to experience problems with Microsoft Corp.'s latest round of security patches. This time, a problem with a critical patch related to Microsoft's DirectShow streaming media software is leaving some Windows 2000 users unprotected even after they have installed a patch.

Windows 2000 users who have installed Microsoft DirectX Version 8.0 or 9.0 may not have fixed their software by installing Microsoft Security Update MS05-050, the company said in a statement posted Thursday to its Web site.
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Posted by iNext on 2005-10-22   

The Director of the Microsoft Humanitarian Disaster Management, David Roberts is in Pakistan these days offering technological assistance for setting up a crucial data management system, which would help the people to come into contact with their loved ones worldwide in the event of natural disasters.

The data collected would be used for disaster planning and preparedness efforts at the community level, and will be stored as baseline information in a database, and Microsoft would be working on a long-term partnership with Pakistan

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Posted by iMark on 2005-10-22       Article Source : AP

Microsoft Corp., already under government scrutiny over its behavior toward competitors, told manufacturers of iPod-like portable audio devices that they were not allowed to distribute rivals' music player software, but then pulled back after one company protested.

 
The Justice Department said the incident was "unfortunate," but that government lawyers decided to drop the issue because Microsoft agreed 10 days later to change the contracts. The government disclosed details of the dispute in a federal court document made available Thursday.
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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-21   

Microsoft has created a $1.2m fund to stimulate academic research and bring computers and internet access to every corner of the world.

The Digital Inclusion Programme will focus on research leading to new infrastructures, applications and mobile devices, according to the software giant.

It also seeks to bring communications to regions of the world that currently lack stable network connections, and to adapt current technologies to make them easy to use for consumers with little experience in using technology.

Microsoft will

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-21       Article Source : TechWeb News

Microsoft is cracking the tough Japanese wireless handheld business with a new smart phone by Sharp Corp. that uses Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system.

Announced Thursday by wireless mobile phone service provider Willcom Inc., the device, named W-ZERO3, will be offered in Japanese markets before the end of the year.

Willcom, which is backed by the U.S. investment firm Carlyle Group and Kyocera Corp., is a service provider of personal handyphone systems (PHS) and is positioning the sophisticated W-ZERO3 to

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