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Posted by iMark on 2006-02-03       Article Source : Reuters

Microsoft Corp. has asked for more time to respond to the EU Commission's objections in an antitrust case against it, a letter from the U.S. software giant's lawyers showed on Thursday.
 
The company faces fines of up to 2 million euros ($2.4 million) a day for failing to comply with remedies contained in an EU court antitrust decision against it in March 2004.

The Commission gave Microsoft until February 15 to answer to its objections against the non-compliance. After

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Posted by iMark on 2006-01-21       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

Microsoft is readying a beta of its Office Live hosted service as new details emerged about an e-mail service the company plans to release as part of the offering.

The e-mail service, Office Live Mail, will provide users the ability to read and receive e-mail from any Internet-connected computer by accessing the service through either a standard Web browser or through Microsoft Outlook, versions 2000 and 2003, according to LiveSide.net, a blog the follows Microsoft's plan for offering hosted services.

All of

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Posted by iTech on 2006-01-21       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

Less than a week before the start of rival IBM's annual conference for Lotus Notes users, Microsoft has introduced new resources that it hopes will persuade Notes customers to migrate to its collaboration platform.
 
Microsoft Tuesday unveiled several new tools designed to help businesses move from a messaging platform made up of IBM Lotus Notes client software and Lotus Domino Server to Microsoft Exchange Server and related collaboration software. The company also updated existing tools that it offers customers for the

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Posted by iMark on 2006-01-19   

Microsoft Corp. plans to launch its system for selling advertising alongside regular search results by June in the United States, giving the company its next piece of ammunition in the battle with rivals including Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc.

Microsoft has been testing its ambitious new platform for selling all kinds of online advertising, called adCenter, since last spring. Right now, the company said about 25 percent of the sponsored links that accompany regular search results on its MSN Search site are from

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Posted by iMark on 2006-01-15       Article Source : NewsFactor

Microsoft will stop developing a version of its Windows Media Player for Apple Computer's Macs, and will instead offer free technology that lets people play Windows Media files using Apple's own software.

The company decided to stop developing the Mac version so it could focus on efforts for Vista, the new version of Microsoft's Windows operating system that is due out later this year, said Tim Harader, a senior business development manager with Microsoft's Windows digital media division.

"We've been

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Posted by iNext on 2006-01-14       Article Source : TechWeb News

Microsoft has quietly extended the support lifespan of Windows XP Home, which as recently as last week was scheduled to be put out to pasture at the end of this year.
 
Analysts had pointed out that XP Home, and most other XP operating systems, would be cut off from technical support on Dec. 31, 2006, a potential problem since XP's successor, Windows Vista, isn't to release until shortly before that date

In a blog written last Wednesday, JupiterResearch analyst

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Posted by inet on 2006-01-12       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

Microsoft has released patches for two critical security flaws in its software products. The patches fix a problem in the Windows operating system, as well as a bug in the Outlook and Exchange messaging software, all of which could theoretically be exploited by attackers to seize control of an unpatched computer.

The Windows bug relates to the way the OS processes embedded Web fonts, which are used by Web page authors to ensure that their pages are displayed exactly as intended. By tricking

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Posted by iNext on 2006-01-12   

In the beginning, there was .Net. Next up is NXT.
 
NXT is the name of Microsoft's latest independent-software-vendor- targeted initiative. Via NXT, Microsoft is hoping to attract and incent ISVs with more than $5 million in revenue "who are ready to migrate or cross-platform to a Microsoft operating system or database," according to the Microsoft NXT Web site.

According to the NXT site, Microsoft is looking to convince more independent software vendors (ISVs) to move to the Windows Server

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Posted by inet on 2006-01-10   

Microsoft may have released the Windows Metafile hot fix, but it has other patches still to come on Tuesday, the Redmond, Washington-based developer said last week.

In the monthly pre-patch notification it puts out five days prior to releasing fixes, Microsoft warned users that two security bulletins, both tagged as "Critical", will be issued 10 January. In Microsoft's terminology, Critical means that a vulnerability can be remotely exploited. The just-fixed WMF bug, for instance, was also dubbed "Critical".

Last month Microsoft

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Posted by inet on 2006-01-09   

NVIDIA said Friday that not only will it align its products with Windows Vista’s development, but that most of its graphics processing units are already compatible with the current test versions of Vista.

NVIDIA said it plans to take advantage of Vista’s Desktop Compositing Engine to leverage GPUs in Vista.

“We believe the GPU will become the focal point of a variety of new technologies in the Windows Vista timeframe, including HD-DVD, high-definition TV playback, and video processing,” said Lew Wagman, NVIDIA

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Posted by iMark on 2006-01-08       Article Source : NewsFactor

During his keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates revealed no surprises or major product announcements, but rather took the opportunity to show off more features of Windows Vista, the company's forthcoming operating system.
 
Microsoft has been keen to promote the system. And with its debut scheduled for fall of this year, the company seems to be increasing that push in an attempt to spark consumer and corporate interest.

Vista will be part of

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Posted by inet on 2006-01-07       Article Source : Reuters

Software giant Microsoft has no plan to buy its small Norwegian Internet browser rival Opera Software, Microsoft's chief executive told Norwegian daily Aftenposten in an interview.
 
Rumors swirled in December that Opera Software could be a takeover target for Microsoft or U.S. Internet search technology firm Google.

"In the first place, I do not know if they would be interested, and furthermore every government in the world would have reacted strongly if we did it," Microsoft Chief Executive Steve

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Posted by iMark on 2006-01-07       Article Source : AFP

Microsoft is under the spotlight over its blocking of a prominent Chinese Internet blogger, in the latest case of a major Western technology firm helping Beijing curtail free speech.
 
The MSN Spaces-hosted web log, or blog, belonging to Beijing-based media researcher Zhao Jing was closed down this week after he posted articles critical of a management purge at the Beijing News daily.

"I posted three posts about the Beijing News and all posts and articles were deleted inside China,"

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Posted by iMark on 2006-01-06       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

LAS VEGAS-- Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates shared his company's future vision for seamlessly connecting users to personalized digital content through next-generation software, services and devices during his keynote at Consumer Electronics Show here on Wednesday.

If the array of demonstrations Microsoft showed on the stage Wednesday was any indication, the future of the digital lifestyle is dizzying. Gates showed off a gaggle of gadgets and new software features aimed at letting users access customized digital media any time, anywhere

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Posted by iNext on 2006-01-04   

Microsoft plans to issue a critical security patch next Tuesday that is designed to fix a graphics Windows flaw that came to light over the Christmas period.

The flaw allows attackers to take over a user’s machine by distributing specially crafted files from malicious websites.

The problem relates to the way Windows handles graphics in the Windows Metafile format (WMF). When a computer opens a maliciously crafted WMF file, the machine can be forced to execute arbitrary code.

Microsoft published

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