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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-13       Article Source : Techweb.com

Along with a slew of patches, Microsoft on Tuesday also did its monthly update of the Windows Malicious Software Tool, a free utility that detects and deletes a select number of worms, viruses, Trojans, and rootkits.
October's edition of the tool adds four new pieces of malware to the growing list of targets: Antiny, Gibe, Mywife, and Wukill.

Antiny is a name given to a family of worms that spread via a Japanese file-sharing application called Winny, and so is

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-13   

Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. will make their instant-messaging programs work together, a partnership that could give the companies more power to compete against market leader America Online.
The Yahoo-Microsoft partnership, allowing users of the two services to exchange messages seamlessly, gives the companies nearly as many users combined as AOL has in total. The companies said in a statement Wednesday that they expect the service to start by June 2006.

Yahoo Chief Executive Terry Semel called it "a

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-12       Article Source : Reuters

Microsoft Corp. agreed to pay RealNetworks Inc. $761 million to settle an antitrust suit accusing the world's largest software maker of using its dominance to promote its own media player, the companies said on Tuesday.
RealNetworks shares rose 34 percent after the settlement, which was seen giving it a war chest for expansion and channels for new products. For Microsoft, the settlement comes close to closing an era of legal battles.

"We're reaching a point where the legal issues

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-12       Article Source : Associated Press

SEATTLE — Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. have agreed to make their two instant-messaging programs work together, a partnership that could threaten market leader America Online, people familiar with the situation said.

The deal was expected to be announced early Wednesday, these people told The Associated Press. One of them works closely with Microsoft. The other was briefed on the deal. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose details.

A Yahoo-Microsoft partnership, allowing users of the

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-12       Article Source : IDG News Service

Microsoft Corp. has released nine security updates for vulnerabilities in its software products, including three critical fixes for Windows and Internet Explorer. Among the updates is a patch for bugs in two separate components of the Windows operating system that security researchers believe could be exploited by attackers in much the same way the Zotob family of worms was used two months ago.

The software patches, called updates in Microsoft parlance, were released today as part of the company's monthly security software

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-11   

Microsoft Corp. today unveiled new licensing policies that applies to Windows Server and related products installed in virtual machine environments -- no matter whether users are running Microsoft's Virtual Server software or VMware Inc.'s rival virtualization technology.

One change will let users who buy SQL Server, BizTalk Server and other Microsoft server software under a per-processor model license the products according to the number of virtualized processors they actually use, instead of the number of physical processors in their boxes. Read More...  

Posted by iTech on 2005-10-11       Article Source : CNET News

Microsoft touted two product rollouts on Monday, one a service pack aimed at attracting large corporate customers with remote offices; the other a licensing and services promotion for small businesses.

The software giant launched Service Pack 1 for Navision 4, a product designed to integrate data from various departments, such as finance, distribution and manufacturing. This edition of Navision is intended to expand the market for its business application and security features to include not only small and midsize busineses but also

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-11       Article Source : TechWeb

Microsoft on Monday expanded the beta test program for its revamped Hotmail service, code-named "Kahuna", to the general public.

Kahuna will be the new user interface for Hotmail, with a look, Microsoft has promised, that more closely resembles Outlook, the offline email client from Microsoft.

The interface would also be more responsive than the current Hotmail, since it would display new information -- a preview of a message -- without accessing the Hotmail servers to redraw the screen.

Microsoft's calling

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-11       Article Source : China Daily

Microsoft has invested in Dalian Hi-Think Computer Technology Co Ltd (DHC), adding impetus to its development.

    Microsoft, together with other firms, invested US$15.5 million in DHC. However, no details as to the amount of Microsoft's investment, or the shareholding in this local large software enterprise, were revealed.

    At the celebration ceremony held yesterday, Tim Chen, CEO of Microsoft China, said they are committed to helping the development of the Chinese software industry for a win-win result.
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Posted by inet on 2005-10-11       Article Source : IDG News Service

Microsoft Corp. today officially confirmed that there will be a third service pack for the current client version of Windows, Windows XP.

The company declined to release further details, but said that Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) will be available after the shipment of Windows Vista, the next version of the client operating system. Vista is now scheduled to be available at the end of 2006.

"Right now, Vista is our priority," Michael Burk, product manager for Windows Vista

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-10       Article Source : COMPUTERWORLD

Microsoft Corp.'s push into the enterprise security market is gaining momentum with today's announcement that it is launching a new antivirus and antispyware product and plans to have the software available in a beta version for businesses by year's end.
Microsoft also announced that it will be integrating the same technology into a server-level antivirus product from its acquisition of Sybari Software Inc. last February.

Beta versions of the server product are expected to be available in early 2006 and

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

The European Commission said today that it appointed professor Neil Barrett, a British academic specializing in computer science and cybercrime, to oversee Microsoft Corp.'s compliance with the antitrust ruling against the company.

European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes informed Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer of the decision in a meeting in Brussels this morning.

Barrett, who has a doctorate degree in mathematics and computer science from Nottingham University, is an expert in computer security and the Unix operating system. He

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-09   

Global software leader Microsoft Corporation has assured the Indian government of its commitment to supply 5,000 personal computers for a pilot education programme in 100 schools across six states, Union communications minister, Mr Dayanidhi Maran said today.
Inaugurating a new facility of Microsoft Research India here, he said Microsoft chief Bill Gates, whom he had met recently, had also agreed to offer Rs 10 crore towards the e-governance project, which the government hopes to begin soon to simplify, accelerate and aid the administrative

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-08       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

After a quiet September, Microsoft Corp. is planning nine security fixes -- at least one of them rated as critical -- as part of its monthly release of security updates.

Eight patches are updates to the Windows operating system, according to information on Microsoft's Web site. A critical rating for a bug means that a worm could take advantage of it without user action.

The other update, which is meant for both Windows and Exchange, is rated as "important," according

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-08       Article Source : Network World

Microsoft Thursday unveiled its first anti-virus, anti-spyware software designed for corporate networks, which will go into beta by year-end and ship in 2006.

The product was introduced by CEO Steve Ballmer Client Protection during a presentation in Munich, Germany. It is currently being called Microsoft Client Protection, but will be renamed before final release. Client Protection will protect desktops, laptops and basic Windows file servers from viruses, spyware and other malware, including rootkits. It will compete directly with similar security tools from

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