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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-22       Article Source : Reuters

Microsoft Corp. will not back down even if the launch of its Xbox 360 video game console fails to propel it to first place in the $25 billion global market, Chairman Bill Gates said on Monday.

"We'll play again," Gates told Reuters in a telephone interview ahead of the Xbox 360 launch on Tuesday.

Microsoft will be the first of the major gaming console makers to sell a next-generation machine when the Xbox 360 goes on sale on Tuesday, and

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-21   

Microsoft Corp. and Cable Television Laboratories Inc., a cable industry consortium, said Wednesday they have reached an agreement that's expected to lead to Windows Media Center-based PCs that are digital-cable ready.

As a result of the deal, cable programming could be fed directly into a PC, eliminating the need for a set-top box. Such consolidation in technology is another step toward Microsoft's vision of the PC as a home entertainment hub.

Expected by next year's holiday shopping season, the new

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-20   

Microsoft Corp. said Thursday it will start marketing Japanese versions of two new server software products in February, as the U.S. software giant moves to bolster its enterprise business in Japan.
Microsoft, which dominates the personal computer software industry, has positioned its server software business as one of its key growth areas.

The company said it will complete the development of the Japanese versions of "Microsoft SQL Server 2005," its database management software, and "Microsoft Visual Studio 2005", a

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-20       Article Source : Reuters

Retailers are expecting this year’s holiday shopping season to be one of the best in recent years for PC sales, but consumers may want to think ahead as Microsoft Corp. prepares to launch a new version of Windows in 2006.

Windows Vista, due out in the second half of next year, is the company’s biggest upgrade since Windows XP was launched in 2001 and is designed to deliver better graphics, security and search features. Those software features, however, may also require users

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-19       Article Source : COMPUTERWORLD

Microsoft Corp. has issued an out-of-cycle advisory warning users about a newly disclosed denial-of-service vulnerability in Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 and Windows XP Service Pack 1.

The company was prompted to issue the advisory because of reports about proof-of-concept code that seeks to exploit the flaw, the company said in its advisory. “Microsoft is concerned that this new report of a vulnerability in Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 and Windows XP Service Pack 1 was not disclosed responsibly, potentially putting computer

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-19       Article Source : TechWeb News

Microsoft on Thursday announced it would pull data on phishing sites from three new partners in an attempt to boost the effectiveness of its anti-fraud technology.

The three firms -- Cyota, Internet Identity and MarkMonitor -- will provide data to Microsoft on phishing threats and confirmed phishing Web sites. The new data will be used in the current Phishing Filter, a free add-on to Microsoft's MSN Search Toolbar, and in the anti-phishing tools integrated within Internet Explorer 7 for Windows Vista and Windows

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-18       Article Source : COMPUTERWORLD

Microsoft Corp.’s Business Solutions group next month plans to release the first iteration of its much-touted retooled and rebranded set of ERP applications, Microsoft Dynamics GP 9.0.

The application, due out on Dec. 19, is the successor of the company’s flagship Great Plains suite and has been tweaked to better utilize the underlying Microsoft desktop, portal, business intelligence and development technology. The company will follow up with a similar version of its Axapta and other ERP software suites next year.
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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-17   

Microsoft launched a business version of its Windows Desktop Search application on Tuesday.
Similar to the present version designed for consumers, Microsoft's new tool will allow businesses to decide just what gets indexed and searched on their corporate networks, as well as make it easier for IT managers to deploy the tool.

When it released the Windows Desktop Search program, Microsoft promised to release an enterprise version. Rival Google launched an enterprise version of its Google Desktop program

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-17       Article Source : Reuters

Microsoft Corp, which built its business by aiming to put a "computer on every desk" is moving into the high-end supercomputing market as hardware becomes more affordable, chairman Bill Gates said on Tuesday.

The world's largest software maker will offer a version of Windows called "Compute Cluster Server 2003" that offers high performance computing by tying together several personal computers in a high-speed network that allows them to crunch huge amounts of data to simulate weather, analyse DNA and process other research-level

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-17       Article Source : NewsFactor

Microsoft is considering the possibility of free, advertising supported versions of its applications, including Windows.

An internal research paper prepared for an executive brainstorming session recommends looking into delivering software such as Works, Money, and Windows free of charge, supported by advertising revenues.

However, Michael Gartenberg, research vice president at analyst firm Jupiter Research, said that the paper should not be seen as confirmation that Microsoft is actually planning such a move.

"This is just an exploratory

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-12       Article Source : TechWeb News

With holiday shopping season fast approaching, Microsoft Corp. on Friday added comparison-shopping tools to its MSN portal.

The new features stem from collaboration with online shopping sites PriceGrabber.com and Shopping.com, officials with the Redmond, Wash., company said. The partnership has resulted in seven times the number of retailers and 35 times the number of products on MSN Shopping.

"I'm excited that MSN is now in the comparison shopping game -- we've built new, powerful tools to make it quick, easy and

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-12       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

Microsoft Corp. moved a step closer to clearing up its legal problems in South Korea today when local Internet portal operator Daum Communications Corp. agreed to accept a $30 million settlement to resolve its antitrust complaints, the two companies said.

However, the agreement won't necessarily end an investigation into Microsoft by Korea’s Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) that began in April 2004.

“It is significant that we have reached this settlement with Microsoft on terms that we believe are favorable to

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-12       Article Source : p2pnet

Want to buy agreements with a mix of heavily discounted application and server based licensing such as "Microsoft office XP with Visio, or Office XP + Microsoft Server 2000 etc" or " agreements, which only contain a mix of Microsoft Office products (Office 2000, XP, 2003)" or " agreements that will only contain server based licensing such as Microsoft 2000/2003 Servers & CAL's"?


No problem, says Britain's Disclic, a registered Microsoft partner.

The company says its discount-licensing.com is

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-11   

As many as 1 million Windows users may have switched to Macs this year as the iPod halo transforms Apple into a technology industry "darling," an analyst said Monday.

In his latest note to clients, Needham & Co. analyst Charles Wolf reflects that Apple's fast-paced series of innovations have driven its resurgence.

"The momentum generated by these products has translated into financial results that have easily beat most estimates. Most importantly, Windows users are buying Macs in increasing numbers. We

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-11       Article Source : Reuters

Microsoft Corp. must change its business to better deliver software and services over the Internet to compete against new technology upstarts, Chairman Bill Gates said in a recent memo to executives.
Gates' memo acknowledged that Microsoft, which became the world's largest software maker by developing programs to be installed on personal computers, is facing increased heat from rivals such as Google Inc., Salesforce.com Inc., Yahoo Inc. and Skype Inc. that have built businesses by delivering such services over the Internet.Read More...  


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