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

Bill Gates, billionaire philanthropist and chairman of software giant Microsoft, pledged to train teachers in impoverished Bangladesh in computer skills.
 
Gates, who met Prime Minister Khaleda Zia amid tight security after a series of deadly blasts by Islamic extremists in recent months, told the agency he intended to sign an agreement that would result in new IT training courses for teachers.

Microsoft, which set up an office in Bangladesh last year, has been lobbying the Bangladesh government to crack

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-06   

Microsoft plans to create a network of 90 software development centers around the world to support programmers, it said on Tuesday. The initiative is designed partly to foster the creation of local software industries. 
 
The centers will be run in cooperation with local governments, academic institutions, industry organizations and software vendors and have as their goal the creation of "software economies" in the areas in which they are located, the company said in a statement.

The centers will

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-04   

Microsoft officials have revealed a long-term plan to develop server products exclusively for x86-compatible, extended 64-bit processors. In separate industry conference presentations, officials said the company is planning extended 64-bit versions of Exchange Server 12, Windows for Clusters and even future releases of Longhorn Server. Microsoft's strengthened position on the x64 server platform is a major validation for a processor technology that has been patiently waiting for software to catch up.

Microsoft's stance is great news for AMD, which originally pushed the

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Posted by inet on 2005-12-04   

Microsoft Corp. is testing internally an online classifieds service that would enable people to sell personal items over the company's instant messaging, social networking or local search services, a company official said Wednesday.
 
Code-named "Fremont," a test version of the service launched a week and a half ago for Microsoft employees only, Garry Wiseman, MSN product unit manager, said. The service is expected to be released in beta publicly within the "next few weeks."

Fremont gives users the option

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-02   

SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp. is offering the public a free test version of its new service for protecting consumers from viruses and other Internet threats.
 
The company plans to eventually charge for Windows OneCare Live, though it has yet to announce subscription fees.

In the test version, OneCare will update itself automatically on Internet-linked computers to deal with the most recent threats, while performing other PC tuneups to keep computers running smoothly.

Microsoft's foray into consumer security puts

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Posted by inet on 2005-12-02       Article Source : COMPUTERWORLD

Microsoft Corp.'s business customers may have come to expect delays in product releases, but the company is going to be under pressure over the next year to deliver its Windows Vista operating system on time, analysts said.

While the majority of business customers is unlikely to immediately switch to the new operating system, the official release will start a process for those planning major hardware and software upgrades. It's estimated that companies need about 18 months to test and deploy a new

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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-02   

As Windows 2003 Server R2 release time draws closer, Redmond is getting more and more detailed with us on what’s really going to be included in the new release. Turns out those 120MB are going to include a whole bunch of stuff. One lesser known new feature will be a remote site management capability. Dubbed Branch on all the marketing slides, this is an installation of Windows Server that’s optimized for branch office workloads.

Redmond says it’s done significant customer surveys, studies,

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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-01       Article Source : Reuters

Microsoft Corp. is releasing preview versions of its new Windows Vista operating system about once a month in an effort to get more customer feedback than usual ahead of next year's launch, the company said on Tuesday.

The world's largest software maker also reiterated its plan to launch Vista in the second half of 2006, five years after the release of its current version, Windows XP.

It is the longest gap ever between major launches of Microsoft's core Windows product, the company's

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-30   

Microsoft Corp. is accelerating the development of the next version of its Windows client OS and plans to test a feature-complete version by early next year, a lead on the Windows Vista development team said Tuesday.
 
However, Microsoft is not planning to have a second beta of Vista available before the end of the year, said Amitabh Srivastava, corporate vice president of the Windows Core Operating System Development division. Microsoft plans to provide an update about the next beta of

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-29   

Microsoft Corp. today announced the Microsoft Hosting Program, a free offering that provides hosting companies with technical tools and resources to help them deploy and manage Microsoft® products. By participating in the program, hosting service providers can streamline their operations by maximizing opportunities for quicker application and service deployment and better management of existing systems. Ultimately, this can help hosting service providers better utilize resources, which in turn can help lower costs and increase average revenue per user.

The Microsoft Hosting Program

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-27       Article Source : Reuters

Microsoft will have around 300,000 of its new Xbox 360 games console available for its European launch on December 2, a Microsoft executive said in an interview published on Sunday.
 
Industry analysts' estimates of 300,000 Xbox 360s available at launch "were not far removed from reality," said Chris Lewis, the Microsoft executive responsible for the Xbox in Europe, in German weekly financial newspaper Euro am Sonntag.

Xbox 360s sold out in many U.S. stores after the launch there on

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-26       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) has asked to be allowed to make arguments against Microsoft Corp. in part of its appeal against last year's antitrust ruling against it by the European Union's competition authority, the European Commission, an FSFE attorney said Thursday.

The foundation, along with the team working on the Samba open-source software, submitted a formal request to the European Court of Justice on Wednesday to intervene in Microsoft’s second appeal against the Commission’s ruling, said Carlo Piana, a lawyer

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-26       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

Microsoft has introduced a test version of a hosted e-mail and instant-messaging service as part of the beta release of Windows Live.
 
As part of its set of free online services, Microsoft will host the e-mail and instant messaging (IM) for a domain an Internet user already owns, according to a Microsoft informational Web site describing the new Windows Live Custom Domains service. Users also can sign up for the service on that Web site, which allows them to

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-24       Article Source : AFP

US software giant Microsoft was elated after seeing its new Xbox 360 computer games console fly off store shelves across North America and fetch jaw-dropping sums in online auctions.

Queues of hundreds of people were reported at US branches of electronics chains for the midnight launch of a machine that Microsoft hopes will take the console wars to its Japanese arch-rivals Sony and Nintendo.

By Tuesday evening, the Best Buy and Wal-Mart chains were displaying the "sold out" sign on their

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-23   

New versions of SQL Server, Visual Basic launched this month, but without some of the promised features of the applications

Leveraging a 10-city Canadian marketing tour, Microsoft is hoping businesses and ISVs will be attracted to new versions of its relational database and its development system.
 
“We think from a development and software application perspective this kicks off a new wave of applications that can be built,” said Microsoft Canada president David Hemler.

SQL Server 2005, a back-end

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