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Posted by inet on 2006-02-26       Article Source : InfoWorld

Microsoft's soon-to-be-released Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server initially will be limited in how users can access it over the Internet, according to a Microsoft blogger.

Due in March, the product will provide collaboration as part of the company's Visual Studio 2005 Team System ALM (application lifecycle management) platform. Upon its release, Team Foundation Server will support Integrated Windows Authentication, allowing for access via Windows credentials.

"Integrated Windows Authentication is an ideal choice for most deployment scenarios in a corporate environment,

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Posted by iNext on 2006-02-23       Article Source : BetaNews

Microsoft's MSN division inked two new content deals on Wednesday, including an agreement to rebroadcast the Bob Marley Festival in Miami as well as a deal with Billboard to run a music site on the MSN Latino service.

The 13th Annual Bob Marley Festival "Jam Rock" would be rebroadcast live on Saturday from 7pm to 11pm ET on MSN Video. Scheduled to perform at the concert are Damian Marley, Stephen Marley, Julian Marley, Kaymani Marley and Mother Cedella Marley Booker, along with Toots

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Posted by iMark on 2006-02-20   

Microsoft is offering web users the chance to get their hands on $1m worth of prizes in return for using its MSN Search website.

In what seems like a frantic bid to get users to switch from arch-rival Google, the software giant has launched a three-month promotion around MSNSearchandWin.

"We are hopeful that once people give it a shot they will want to come back again and again," said Lisa Gurry, director of marketing at MSN Search.

According to Nielsen//NetRatings,

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Posted by inet on 2006-02-19   

Microsoft plans to offer the service in three versions, one of which will be advertising-supported and free of charge to customers.

All three versions -- Microsoft (Profile, Products, Articles) Office Live Basics, Microsoft Office Live Collaboration, and Microsoft Office Live Essentials -- will be a part of the beta program. Office Live Basics will be free, while pricing for the other two will start at a subscription price of $29.95 a month.

Microsoft introduced its Office Live service  last November when

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Posted by iMark on 2006-02-18   

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates on Tuesday laid out a comprehensive security strategy designed to highlight improvements in the forthcoming Windows Vista operating system.
He also spoke about other technologies that are becoming integral components of Microsoft's software and services as the company attempts to stay one step ahead of those attacking its technology seemingly from all sides.

Gates, who delivered his message at the 2006 RSA Conference, emphasized the creation of a "trust ecosystem" that fosters accountability among

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Posted by inet on 2006-02-17   

Microsoft plans to include technology in both Windows Vista and XP to allow users to manage their passwords and identities across multiple websites, according to the company's chairman and chief software architect, Bill Gates.

Gates discussed Microsoft's plans for the technology, codenamed InfoCard, during a keynote at the RSA Conference 2006 in San Jose yesterday morning. The technology acts as a 'wallet' where users can store identity and password information for various websites, said Michael Stephenson, Microsoft's director of product management for

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Posted by iTech on 2006-02-16   

Microsoft has acquired MotionBridge for an undisclosed sum.

MotionBridge specializes in mobile search, a feature that Microsoft plans to incorporate as part of its Windows Live service. The space is "at least four or five years away from figuring out the right technology and business model," says Ovum analyst X.J. Wang, but "has great potential in the local search market, which includes both mobile information and entertainment content." 

Microsoft is banking that established Internet search specialists do not crack the mobile

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Posted by iMark on 2006-02-15       Article Source : Reuters

Microsoft Corp. said on Monday it is set to begin testing an online version of its popular Office software in a first step toward shifting some of its computer-based products to the Web to fend off rivals such as Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc.

Starting on Wednesday, the world largest software maker plans to offer a "beta" or general test version of Microsoft Office Live for free to help work out any potential problems prior to a full-fledged commercial release later this

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Posted by iMark on 2006-02-14       Article Source : TechWeb News

Microsoft Corp. and Motorola Inc. on Monday said they are collaborating on a music handset, which would compete against a similar phone by Motorola that supports Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes music platform.
The Microsoft phone would support the Redmond, Wash., software maker's copyright protection software, as well as its Windows media platform, officials announced at the 3GSM World Conference in Barcelona, Spain.

Motorola's Apple-supported ROKR and SLVR phones currently are available in the United States through Cingular Wireless. The

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Posted by iMark on 2006-02-13       Article Source : CNET News.com

Microsoft said Sunday that its long-awaited push e-mail capability for mobile devices is finally headed into the market.

Although Microsoft is offering push e-mail abilities later than some mobile specialists, such as Research In Motion and Good Technology, the company says the numbers are still on its side. Although there are a billion mobile phones and 400 million Outlook e-mail users worldwide, only about 10 million people are getting their corporate e-mail delivered to their phones.

"We look at the

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Posted by iTech on 2006-02-09   

Microsoft has announced that it will sell its desktop internet security suite for up to $70 less than its biggest competitors and will provide free support. The announcement puts to an end two and half years of speculation that have seen the likes of Symantec, McAfee and Trend Micro brace themselves for Microsoft's entrance into the market.

AdvertisementThe arrival of Microsoft's OneCare has been flagged up for so long that market leader Symantec was able to announce its response - codenamed Genesis -

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Posted by iTech on 2006-02-08       Article Source : AFP
The US software giant Microsoft announced in an communique that it has reached a licensing agreement with mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson, which will enable the Stockholm-based company's "smart" phones to connect to computers via Microsoft's Exchange software.
The deal, which helps Microsoft's drive into the mobile telephone market, will allow a company's employees to have access to their home base via the protocol Exchange ActivSync from a so-called "smart" mobile phone, which combines the functions of telephone, personal assistant and
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Posted by iNext on 2006-02-07   

i-SAFE America Inc., a nonprofit Internet safety foundation, and Microsoft Corp. today announced they have teamed up to create i-LEARN Online, an on-demand system for Internet safety education. i-LEARN Online enables teachers and students to learn about how to increase Internet safety and security through any computer with Internet access.

“A survey by our National Assessment Center revealed that more than half of parents feel their ability to monitor and shelter their children from inappropriate material is limited,” said Teri Schroeder, founder and

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Posted by iMark on 2006-02-04       Article Source : NewsFactor

Microsoft has released a test version of the next-generation Internet Explorer, providing the public with a closer look at the browser that Microsoft claims has much better security and usability features than Internet Explorer 6.
The software giant, faced with a history of regular patches to fix problems with the current version of Internet Explorer, has taken steps with the new version to protect users with features that include a phishing filter to identify suspicious sites and issue on-screen warnings.

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Posted by iNext on 2006-02-04   

Bill Gates says that governments trying to censor information on the Internet are wasting their time.

"You may be able to take a very visible website and say that something shouldn't be there, but if there's a desire by the population to know something … it's going to get out very broadly" via e-mail, Gates said.

The AP also quotes Gates as saying "The ability to really withhold information no longer exists", and he's absolutely right. Gates, responding to incidents

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