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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-23       Article Source : TechWeb News

Microsoft and Brown University launched the Microsoft Center for Research on Pen-Centric Computing, at the university in Providence, RI. Monday. The university announcement stated that the center is aimed at "improving pen-based operation of Tablet PCs, Pocket PCs and Palm Pilot personal digital assistants (PDAs), electronic whiteboards and conventional desktop computers."

"We will create new ways of combining the pen and the computer to positively affect not only the educational process, but our working methods and our culture," said Rick Rashid, senior

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Posted by iTech on 2006-03-22       Article Source : Reuters

Deutsche Telekom <DTEGn.DE> will use Microsoft's <MSFT.O> software to deliver television and video-on-demand over its upgraded Internet Protocol network starting this summer, the two companies said on Tuesday.

The move marks the biggest European contract Microsoft TV has signed, and the second largest after one with AT&T <T.N> in the United States, the world's largest software maker said.

"It is a very large deal for us and brings the overall number of contracts to 13," said Microsoft TV's marketing manager

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Posted by iTech on 2006-03-21   

Microsoft is taking another serious swing at phishers

Microsoft yesterday announced it will begin more than 100 legal proceedings against alleged phishers in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.  The Global Phishing Enforcement Initiative is designed to target international phisphers, who are usually sending misleading URLs to users to try and get them to enter personal information such as bank account information, passwords and credit card details into a fake website.  Phishers often use popular sites like Paypal, MSN, Amazon and Ebay to

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-20       Article Source : Networking Pipeline

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The way companies are rolling out beta products these days, you're never quite sure what's real anymore.
Such was the case at Microsoft's presentation here at the Spring 2006 VON show Thursday afternoon, when the software giant showed -- sort of -- some in-development video- and voice-over-IP capabilities for its Windows Live Mail and Windows Live Messenger platforms, which are both also still in beta stage. Microsoft also said that Philips and Uniden will offer USB-connected

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-19       Article Source : USA TODAY

Microsoft will pump $500 million into marketing Windows Vista and Office 2007, the latest versions of the company's dominant desktop PC operating system and suite of clerical programs.
That's part of the message Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer delivered to senior executives of 500 companies who traveled to New York to hear an hour-long sales pitch about the upgrades, due out late this year.

Ballmer's theme: Vista and Office 2007 are packed with "people-ready" tools designed to boost efficiency and create

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-18       Article Source : InfoWorld

Saint Patrick's Day is the lucky day for developers awaiting Microsoft's ALM (application lifecycle management) server.
Microsoft formally announced on Thursday at the SD West 2006 conference that Friday, March 17, is the release-to-manufacturing date for its long-awaited collaboration server for ALM, officially known as Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server.

The date represents when Microsoft sends the software to be pressed at the factory. The product is expected to be available for download on MSDN (Microsoft Developer Network)

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Posted by inet on 2006-03-17       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

SAN FRANCISCO-- Microsoft is going public with some of the hacking information recently discussed at its BlueHat Security Briefings event. On Thursday, just days after the end of its third BlueHat conference, the software vendor posted the first blog entries at a new Web site. Microsoft is also promising to publish more details on the secretive invitation-only event.
The Web site will include Microsoft staffers' "reflections on BlueHat 3" as well as photos, podcasts, and video interviews with some of the

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-12   

KARACHI, Mar 10: Habib Bank Limited on Friday signed an enterprise agreement with Microsoft Pakistan for using cutting edge and innovative technology to ensure security in bank transactions and develop effective systems for the organization.

Habib Bank CIO Yousuf Nasir and Microsoft Gulf general manager Charbel Fakhoury signed the agreement.

Charbel Fakhoury on the occasion said: “HBL will be able to use our new version that includes security technology in online banking, copyright and banking transactions, especially inter-bank transactions.”

He said

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Posted by iNext on 2006-03-10       Article Source : PC Magazine

Microsoft Corp. said Tuesday that it has acquired Apptimum Inc., the creator of the Alohabob PC Relocator software tool.
Microsoft said that the Alohabob tool would be made available as an optional download for Windows Vista customers, most likely to facilitate the transfer of data between an older system and a new Vista PC. The exact timing of the download was not disclosed.

Terms of the deal were undisclosed as well.

"Our customers and partners have been asking

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Posted by iTech on 2006-03-08       Article Source : Network World

A year after buying Groove Networks and its peer-to-peer technology, Microsoft has begun laying out plans to develop the software into the offline client that has been missing in its document collaboration story.

Office Groove 2007, which Microsoft introduced late last month, is being developed as the cache (offline) client for Microsoft's Windows SharePoint Services and the renamed SharePoint Server in Office 2007. Its offline capabilities provide better support for distributed work teams and mobile workers, who can take work offline - in

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Posted by iNext on 2006-03-06       Article Source : InformationWeek

Microsoft has acquired String Bean Software's WinTarget storage area networking technology and will add the software to its Windows Storage Server 2003 R2 product, Microsoft said Friday.

WinTarget is a software-based iSCSI storage area network technology that can be used to create a hybrid storage system that supports both file-level and block-level (such as E-mail) data storage. That will simplify storage management tasks and streamline workload consolidation, says Claude Lorenson, Microsoft group product manager for storage.

Adding WinTarget to Windows

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-06       Article Source : AP

Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO), the world's largest network equipment maker, said on Monday it's partnering with Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) to create a package of communications tools geared for businesses.

Part of its efforts to diversify and expand its revenue stream, San Jose, Calif.-based Cisco is launching the "Cisco Unified Communications" system that will integrate voice, data and video products and applications.

The overall package includes 30 products, most of which are enhancements or updates to existing technologies. But three of them are

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Posted by iNext on 2006-03-05       Article Source : AFP

Microsoft accused European authorities of "secret collaboration" with the company's rivals in the antitrust probe of the US software giant.
In a complaint filed in Brussels as a supplemental response to the EU finding that the company abused its position of market dominance, Microsoft fired back with a series of charges of irregular conduct by EU authorities.

Microsoft said documents released last month "reveal that the (European) Commission has been conducting its investigation of Microsoft's compliance in secret collaboration

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-03       Article Source : CNET News.com

Microsoft updated the Web site for its secretive Origami Project on Thursday in the United States, offering a more elaborate tease, but also confirming key details about the Windows-based mini tablet.

"I am everywhere you are, but never in the way," reads the cryptic text of the site, with pictures showing a mountain peak and a subway. "Who am I? ....Find out 3.9.06."

However, right-clicking outside the flash animation of the main Web page and viewing the source code provides this: "Origami

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Posted by iNext on 2006-03-02       Article Source : AFP

US software giant Microsoft announced the opening of an office in Bosnia, saying it hoped to reduce the illegal use of software there.
Microsoft manager for southeastern Europe Goran Radman said that "some 70.0 percent of software market in Bosnia-Hercegovina is illegal", adding that the average European rate was 30.0 percent.

The company planned to reduce software piracy in Bosnia to 50.0 percent within the next five years, he said.

Since November last year, Microsoft has run a

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