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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-16       Article Source : Microsoft Watch

With its just-fielded Google Calendar service, Google is going head-to-head with a number of other companies with lengthier histories in this space, including archrival Microsoft.

Microsoft has offered calendaring as part of Outlook and Hotmail for years. Recently, Microsoft added more calendaring offerings to its stable. It introduced a new calendaring facility that it is baking into the beta and final releases of Windows Vista, as well as new calendaring functionality as part of Windows Live Mail, the successor to Hotmail known

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-13       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

Microsoft today released its security software patches for April, addressing an unpatched bug in Internet Explorer that hackers had been exploiting for several weeks.

As expected, the company released five patches, called "updates" in Microsoft parlance, addressing a number of critical vulnerabilities in IE and Windows. Microsoft also released an update for Outlook Express, rated "important," and a fix for Windows FrontPage Server Extensions and SharePoint Team Services 2002, rated "moderate." Here's a description of what Microsoft released.

In Microsoft's rating system,

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Posted by iMark on 2006-04-11       Article Source : CRN

Microsoft is looking beyond its dominance of the server space with a series of moves aimed at giving it major mind share in storage.

In its latest move, the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant last week made the R2 version of its storage operating system, Windows Storage Server 2003, available to storage OEMs.

WSS 2003 R2, which contains several new enterprise-class features, may become available to the custom-system space after Microsoft tweaks it some more, said Claude Lorenson, group product manager

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-10       Article Source : Microsoft Watch

Microsoft outlined in very broad strokes its long-term data storage vision on April 6 at a customer lunch in San Francisco.

Microsoft is rebranding its SQL Server Mobile Edition product as "SQL Server Everywhere," and is planning to release a first Community Technology Preview (CTP) test build of a new version of that product in the summer of 2006, with final availability slated in some time in the second half of 2006. The new SQL Server Everywhere release will run on Windows

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-08       Article Source : NewsFactor

With a high-profile executive speech at LinuxWorld and the launch of a new Web site focusing on open source, Microsoft has been cozying up to the Linux penguin this week.
The new Web site is called Port 25, named after the network port on computer systems that regulates e-mail traffic. Through interviews and information, the site highlights the work of the Microsoft Open Source Software Lab.

In his keynote at LinuxWorld, Microsoft's general manager for platform strategy, Bill

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-06       Article Source : TechWeb News

Microsoft Corp. said Wednesday it would increase investments in digital rights management (DRM) to guard against piracy and support the wireless industry, as more tunes, pictures and video clips are sent over the airwaves to mobile phones.

More than 30 million U.S. wireless subscribers will consume video and television content on mobile devices by 2009, estimates IDC Corp.

Providing no financial details, Microsoft said only that the investment would prove "significant." The Redmond, Wash., company claims more than 100 content

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-05       Article Source : NewsFactor

Microsoft is pushing further into the virtualization realm, announcing that its Virtual Server 2005 R2 product will provide support for Linux. In addition, the company is now offering the software as a free download.
Virtualization is widely recognized as a way companies can slash I.T. infrastructure costs. By using the technology, I.T. administrators can replace larger, mostly unused servers with smaller, efficient machines that run multiple operating systems.

The technology has increasingly become mainstream. A February survey conducted

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-04   

Microsoft announced Monday that it plans to acquire business analytics software developer ProClarity, a third party Microsoft developer, ProClarity to increase its presence in the business intelligence market.

Proclarity has business analytics that work with such Microsoft products as SQL Server 2005, Microsoft Office Business Scorecard Manager 2005 and Microsoft Office Excel. Microsoft's Office productivity suite and server products, such as its SharePoint portal software, are expected to feature business intelligence and collaboration capabilities.
The business intelligence market

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-02       Article Source : TechWeb News

Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday said it would license key technologies used in its mouse and keyboard products.
The Redmond, Wash., company said it would make the U2 Internet detection and switching technologies, tilt wheel and magnifier tool broadly available to third-party brands and hardware manufacturers.

Microsoft said it would license the technologies as part of its December 2003 promise to open up its intellectual property portfolio to all interested parties.

The U2 technology enables a peripheral device

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-31   

Microsoft Corp. is releasing new versions of its software packages for safeguarding and archiving e-mails and other corporate messages.
Microsoft Exchange Hosted Services, which was known as FrontBridge Technologies before Microsoft acquired that company, comprise of four products that can help companies do things like minimize spam and viruses and archive messages for legal and regulatory requirements.

The revamped product line will be available April 1 in most countries.

The products are offered as a service over the

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Posted by iNext on 2006-03-29       Article Source : CRN

Microsoft’s decision to meld its system builder channel organization into its OEM group may be good news for beleaguered white-box makers.

Thomson Koon, sales manager at Hi & Low Computers, a system builder in Hicksville, N.Y., said he is hopeful that the restructuring may ultimately lead to Microsoft narrowing the pricing gap between system builders and OEM behemoth Dell. He said the large volumes that Dell does compared with system builders definitely puts Microsoft at risk of being at the mercy of

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Posted by inet on 2006-03-28       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

Corporate users will increasingly combine traditional enterprise software with online capabilities to create composite applications, Bill Gates said Monday.

In the keynote address at Convergence, an annual conference for users of Microsoft (Profile, Products, Articles) Corp.'s business software running in Dallas through Tuesday, the Microsoft chairman and chief software architect also shared his vision of a world of work in which "smart" tables will function as adhoc screens for mobile devices.

He barely touched on the company's announcement Monday of

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-27       Article Source : NewsFactor

Microsoft has offered to give unlimited, free technical support to rival software companies in the European Union as part of its compliance with mandates drawn up by the European Commission.
Previously, Microsoft had offered 500 hours of support, but the commission was less than enthusiastic about the plan.

The offer comes just a week before a scheduled hearing at the commission about whether Microsoft is complying with the antitrust ruling handed down in March 2004.


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Posted by inet on 2006-03-25       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

Web surfers may start noticing some unusual behavior from their Internet Explorer browser after installing Microsoft's next round of security patches, expected April 11. That's because the software giant is planning to make changes to the way its browser handles dynamic content like Flash or QuickTime--changes that were made necessary following Microsoft's highly publicized patent dispute with Eolas Technologies.
Microsoft has already made these changes available as an optional IE patch, but now they are being rolled into IE's next security

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-24       Article Source : TechWeb News

An exploit for a new zero-day bug in Internet Explorer appeared Thursday, causing security companies to ring alarms and Microsoft to issue a security advisory that promised it would patch the problem.

Just a day after anti-virus vendors warned of a new zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer – the second such alert since Friday -- companies including Symantec and Secunia boosted security levels as news of a public exploit spread.

Symantec issued warnings to customers of its DeepSight Threat Management

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