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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-07       Article Source : eWEEK

Microsoft moved a step closer to becoming a key player in the Internet security business with the announcement Thursday of a new enterprise-class anti-spyware product featuring technology to thwart viruses, worms and kernel rootkits.

Partner Resource Center The new offering, dubbed Microsoft Client Protection, will go into limited beta before year-end with a full rollout expected in 2006.

Details on pricing and licensing are being kept under wraps.

The announcement, which came during a meeting between chief executive Steve Ballmer and

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-07       Article Source : The Associated Press

Microsoft Corp. is gearing up to release a subscription service that will make it easier for network technicians at big businesses to make sure computers don't fall prey to spyware or virus attacks.

The world's largest software maker said Thursday it will release a test version of the service by the end of the year.

Scott Stanzel, senior product manager in Microsoft's security technology unit, said Client Protection, as the company is calling it, will be similar to Windows OneCare, an all-in-one

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-06       Article Source : IDG News Service

While Microsoft still will not confirm there will be a third service pack for its Windows XP operating system (OS), a preview version of the software update has been made available on the Web.

An "unofficial" preview pack of Windows XP service pack 3 (SP3) is available at The Hotfix (http://www.thehotfix.net/), a software download site and discussion forum that focuses on patches and software updates.

Ethan Allen, the creator and administrator of The Hotfix, said Wednesday he put

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-06       Article Source : IDG News Service

Microsoft Corp. is not going to release a version of its Office suite software for open-source rival Linux, although the company is actively studying how Linux works and how it can integrate with the platform, a Microsoft representative said Wednesday.

“The simplest way I can answer the question is that Microsoft is 100 percent focused on Windows,” said Nick McGrath, director of platform strategy for Microsoft in the U.K. “We have no plans at this present moment in time to deploy or build

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-06       Article Source : Small Business Pipeline

It's time for companies to upgrade those last PCs still running Windows 2000. Here's how.

Most computing environments have their share of laggard PCs. That is, those computers (or users) that have been functioning just fine, thank you, on Windows 2000 and its applications for several years. But even though those computers continue to function properly and the applications run on the old operating system, it's probably time to upgrade them to Windows XP.

While Windows 2000 may work

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-06       Article Source : AFP

The European Union's executive commission appointed a British computer scientist to help it make sure US software giant Microsoft is complying with a 2004 antitrust ruling as the long-standing competition dispute rumbles on.

The commission, which polices competition issues in the EU, fined the software group in March 2004 a record 497 million euros (604 million dollars) for abusing its dominant market position.

It also called on Microsoft to market a version of its Windows operating system without bundling it to

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-05   

Microsoft is expected to update business users on its security strategy at a Munich IT event tomorrow.

The event, attended by Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer and Microsoft security business and technology head Mike Nash, will see the company outline its planned security strategy and product roadmap.

An enterprise anti-spyware solution could be announced, to follow the consumer version already in beta and used by thousands of consumers since its release at the beginning of the year.

Microsoft has previously

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-05   

MICROSOFT is making an effort to get its technologies into the hands of a new segment of society by pledging free software for all 284 government-backed community technology centres.

CEO Steve Ballmer said at a press conference at Gallagher Estate yesterday that the move was a sustainable way to take the latest technologies to rural outposts, since training would form a major part of Microsoft’s commitment to ensure the computer centres were used effectively.

“We hope to reach perhaps

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-05   

The Full Power of Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Will Significantly Shorten Product Development Cycles for Large Assemblies and Complex Products

Microsoft Corp. and Dassault Systemes today announced that as part of their strategic alliance, Dassault Systemes they will make V5 PLM available for Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Professional x64 Edition, including versions of CATIA V5, DELMIA V5,

ENOVIA V5 and SMARTEAM. These versions will take advantage of the full power of the Windows 64-bit architecture to enable customers to create,

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-04   

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. has broken off licensing talks with the four global music companies, raising questions about the software giant's plans to start a subscription-based music service, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, citing unnamed sources.

The paper reported negotiations broke down Friday over what Microsoft considered high royalty rates sought by EMI Group Plc (EMI.L), Warner Music Group Corp., Vivendi Universal's Universal Music Group and Sony BMG, a joint venture of Sony Corp. and Bertelsmann AG.
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Posted by inet on 2005-10-04   

In the five months since Microsoft unveiled a prototype of its new video game machine, the Xbox 360, the company has tried to generate excitement by staging demonstrations of the console's ability to play music and display digital photographs and by trumpeting its online community features.

Yet as Microsoft has tried to build buzz for the 360, the most important ingredient has largely been missing: games.

There have been flashy screenshots and impressive trailers. But since the game industry's big trade

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-04       Article Source : CNET News.com

Microsoft has been gradually opening its Office formats for years, adding support for options such as Rich Text Format and HTML. But the pressure on Redmond to open things up further has continued, most recently with the state of Massachusetts issuing a mandate that its software purchases support a rival format, OpenDocument. This week, Microsoft announced that, with the next version of Office, it will support saving files to Adobe's Portable Document Format, or PDF.

In an interview with CNET News.com, Microsoft

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-03   
For years, Microsoft has been able to use its money and size to muscle aside its competitors. Now it's facing a competitor it can't push around so easily -- Google. The popular search engine is mounting what may be the most serious challenge yet to Microsoft's desktop dominance. While most everyone agrees the battle is shaping up to be epic, the front lines aren't very clear yet. Microsoft traditionally makes desktop software. Google is known for its search engine. But both sides are quickly encroaching
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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-03   
MICROSOFT Corporation India is set to launch the Windows XP Starter Edition priced at Rs 1,000 that fits well into the Rs 10,000 price personal computers that have begun to proliferate in the country. The Starter Edition is attractively priced targeting countries such as India and Russia. The edition comes with high localisation and would be available in a local language interface such as Hindi, Telugu and Tamil. For the company, this move is aimed at partly curbing the rampant piracy of operating systems.
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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-02       Article Source : GameSpot

Microsoft's chief Xbox officer predicts huge jump in online users following next-gen console launch; hints at original MMORPG.

In an interview in this week's Famitsu, Microsoft chief Xbox officer and senior vice president Robert "Robbie" Bach discussed the Xbox 360 at length, covering everything from the console's launch to plans for expanding the reach of Xbox Live.

Bach confirmed that currently, only 10 percent of Xbox owners--some 2 million users--subscribe to Xbox Live. With the addition of

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