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Posted by iNext on 2006-01-02       Article Source : InfoWorld

Fully patched systems running     Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 are open to attack from malicious hackers, various security firms warned last week. And what’s the Windows vulnerability this time? A newly discovered flaw in the way those two Windows versions handle .WMF (Windows Metafile) graphic files.
Security firms describe the exploit as “zero day,” because malicious hackers are taking advantage of it while there is no patch or workaround against the vulnerability. They warned last week that machines can

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Posted by inet on 2005-12-31       Article Source : TechWeb News

Microsoft Corp. will webcast New York City's Times Square New Year’s Eve 2006 countdown in real time via MSN Video. The event begins at 7 p.m. EST and is expected to last for six hours.

Approximately 26 cameras covering multiple performances throughout New York City will stream live footage over the Internet. Viewers also will have an opportunity to e-mail comments or questions to the co-hosts of the broadcast, who intend to read them live throughout the evening.

Romeo, host

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Posted by inet on 2005-12-29       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

Fully patched systems running Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 can be successfully attacked by malicious hackers, various security firms warned this week.
The attacks can be carried out thanks to a newly discovered vulnerability in those operating systems' handling of corrupted.WMF (Windows Metafile) graphic files, the firms said.

The firms describe the exploit as "zero day," because malicious hackers are taking advantage of it while there is no patch or certified workaround against the vulnerability.

Malicious hackers can

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Posted by inet on 2005-12-28   

Towfique Raj, a Bangladeshi, has been selected as the recipient of the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship, says a press release.

He is one of 38 US students who joined the Gates Scholars from around the world who began their graduate studies at the University of Cambridge in October 2005.

As a Gates Scholar, Towfique is working toward his doctorate in human genomics at The Department of Genetics, Cambridge University, UK. His research focuses on genetic variation in the human population and its

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-28   

TOKYO -(Dow Jones)- Softbank Corp. (9984.TO) and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) said Tuesday they have agreed to jointly offer a Internet-Protcol phone service to corporate clients.

By combining the Softbank group's IP phone system and Microsoft's IP phone software for personal computers, they can offer a high-quality, high-security phone service, the companies said in a joint statement.

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-25   

Microsoft may be cooking up a major Internet partnership to rival Google's newly bolstered relationship with American Online, according to a blog posting by a Microsoft manager.

Blogging for Business
Ian McAllister, a program manager for Microsoft's MSN division, said in a posting Wednesday that he had a meeting with "some senior players at another Tier 1 Internet company" who expressed interest in helping Microsoft compete with Google.

The posting, the company, which McAllister declined to

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-22   

After years of being stuck in the mud technologically, Motley Fool Inside Value Microsoft finally announced that it will kill the Mac version of its Internet Explorer browser in early 2006.
Honestly? It's about time.

Don't get me wrong; I still think Microsoft makes good software for the Mac. I use Entourage for information management. I'm using Word to hunt and peck my way through this story. And I even use PowerPoint for speaking gigs. But IE -- as

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Posted by inet on 2005-12-20       Article Source : InfoWorld

Microsoft's December Community Technology Preview (CTP) for the Windows Vista client OS features a renamed version of the company's anti-spyware software. Announced on Monday, the December CTP, known as build 5270, will reach about 500,000 people through avenues such as the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) and TechNet, according to the company.
The company cited security, performance and mobility as key themes of the CTP, which is available Monday on MSDN and TechNet.

"We are on a path to be

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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-18       Article Source : NewsFactor

Microsoft has filed 10 lawsuits against both individuals and companies, alleging that they are pirating software and are selling not-for-resale applications to unsuspecting purchasers.
Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft said the seven lawsuits filed against nine individuals from California, Maryland, New York, Texas, and Virginia were initiated as a result of the breach of an agreement under which the individuals obtained software through the Microsoft Action Pack Subscriptions (MAPS).

The MAPS initiative is a program that provides eligible partners with

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Posted by inet on 2005-12-17   

Microsoft said Friday it plans to acquire software and intellectual property from UMT, a software and consulting firm based in New York that specializes in portfolio management software. 
Microsoft will combine UMT's technology, including its Portfolio Manager software, with Microsoft Office Enterprise Project Management, which is based on Office Project Professional 2003 and Office Project Server 2003, it said in a statement. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Following the acquisition, some UMT executives and employees

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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-15   

Microsoft Corp. has split its entertainment and devices division into four businesses, the latest reorganization at the world's largest software maker, according to a company e-mail to employees seen by Reuters on Wednesday.
The reorganization follows Microsoft's decision in September to streamline its businesses into three divisions to compete more effectively against Google Inc., Oracle Corp. and the Linux operating system.

The chief of the entertainment and device unit, Robbie Bach, responsible for launching Microsoft's Xbox video game business,

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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-14       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

Microsoft Corp. and MCI Inc. yesterday announced a multiyear partnership to offer software and services that will allow users to call from a PC to almost any phone in the world.
The move pits the two companies against Skype Technologies SA, which offers the SkypeOut service.

The Microsoft-MCI voice-over-IP service, MCI Web Calling for Windows Live Call, will be available as part of the upcoming successor to Microsoft Messenger, called Windows Live Messenger, the companies said in a statement. Read More...  

Posted by inet on 2005-12-14   

MTV Networks Inc. said Tuesday it has partnered with Microsoft Corp. to develop an online music service to launch early next year.

The service, dubbed URGE, will be integrated into the next version of the software maker's Windows Media Player and offer more than 2 million tracks for sale individually or as part of a subscription package.

The service will also offer music over online radio.

Microsoft will build the technology behind URGE, which Viacom Inc.'s MTV Networks will own and

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-10   

Microsoft is changing Internet Explorer 7's security zones in a bid to create a more attack-resistant browser, according to public blog entry written by three developers at the software giant.

Like its predecessors, IE 7 enforces security policies by clumping sites into four security categories, or zones, dubbed Internet, Intranet, Trusted Sites, and Restricted Sites. Typically, the Intranet zone comes with fewer restrictions than the Internet zone.

In the past, however, attackers have sometimes managed to fool IE into treating an outside

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-07       Article Source : AFP

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates said that the US software giant plans to nearly double its workforce in India and invest 1.7 billion dollars in the next four years.
"We depend on India for manpower that is why we are scaling up operations here," Gates said at a business forum in New Delhi.

Microsoft employees in India total "around 4,000 today and it will be around 7,000 in the next three to four years," Gates told the Confederation of Indian

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