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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-08       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

LONDON--In a product launch hailed as one of the biggest in the company's history, Microsoft today officially released SQL Server 2005, its first upgrade of the database software in five years.
Also released were Visual Studio 2005, Microsoft's package of tools for software developers; and a new beta version of BizTalk Server 2006, due for formal release next year.

Head-to-Head With Oracle, IBM

Monday's launch in London was attended by many of Microsoft's partners and businesses that

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-08       Article Source : Reuters

Business software developer Computer Associates International Inc. on Monday said it would divest a majority stake in its Ingres open-source database unit to focus on growth areas, including security and storage.
Private equity firm Garnett & Helfrich Capital will be the majority shareholder in Ingres Corp., whose customers include the Irish Inland Revenue Service and U.S. Coast Guard.

Computer Associates will own a minority stake and appoint one representative to its board, the companies said in a joint statement.

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-08       Article Source : AP

SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp. will release a new version of its popular software for helping companies house large amounts of data, one of the first in a series of product launches that the company is hoping will bolster its competitive edge.
The Redmond-based software giant is officially releasing a new version of SQL Server 2005 at an event Monday in San Francisco. At the same time, it also is launching updates of BizTalk Server 2006, which pulls information from different

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-07       Article Source : InfoWorld

Microsoft took a high-profile baby step in the direction of software as a service, with the expected launch last week of its Live Software strategy. A substantial change in how the company does business, however, is still years off, analysts said.
At an event last week in San Francisco, Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates and CTO Ray Ozzie unveiled the company’s software-as-a-service plan as well as its first two services, Windows Live and Office Live.


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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-07       Article Source : AFP

Microsoft is making a fresh move to bring more services to the Internet in a bid to fend off challenges from rivals like Google and Yahoo that could chip away at the customer base of the world's biggest software firm.
Microsoft recently unveiled a strategy for Web services based on its flagship Windows and Office products.

The company will offer "Office Live" to help small and midsize businesses use and maintain the suite of software used for applications such

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-07       Article Source : InfoWorld

Further proof that packaged applications are under continual fire from SaaS (software as a service) developers will come next week, when Nsite unleashes a hosted service for quote and channel management.
While the applications for quote and channel management will fill in the gaps missing from traditional CRM solutions, plugging in to both Salesforce.com and Siebel OnDemand architectures, the bigger news is the SaaS technology behind the applications.

Using AJAX [Asynchronous JavaScript and XML] technology, which refreshes only the

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-06       Article Source : TechWeb News

Customers have used Amazon.com's review feature to slam a Sony CD implicated in a security and copy-protection brouhaha, reducing the online retailer's rating for the Van Zant album, "Get Right with the Man," from three-and-a-half stars to just one-and-a-half in the space of a few days.
Since Oct. 31, every review posted on the album's sales site has taken Sony BMG Entertainment to task for using a hacker-style rootkit to hide copy protection software which limits the number of times tracks can

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-06       Article Source : TechWeb News

With its tight integration between Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 and BizTalk 2006, Microsoft has developed a compelling software stack.
But deployment of that long-awaited platform, which is slated to finally launch this week, could be slowed by still-missing pieces, partners said. Visual Studio 2005 features data access integration into SQL Server 2005 and a new Team System. SQL Server 2005’s business intelligence engine, XML support and Common Language Runtime (CLR) will give developers a consistent programming model across

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-06       Article Source : AFP

US software kingpin Microsoft has forged a "strategic partnership" to digitise 25 million pages of content from the British Library in London, the Financial Times reported.
Microsoft is to invest 2.5 million dollars in the venture next year as "an initial investment" in a long-term project that will kick off with the initial scanning of 10,000 books.

"This deal will add to the level of content and value of the MSN portal," Microsoft managing director Alistair Baker was quoted

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-05       Article Source : NewsFactor

Sony has admitted that it included a stealth rootkit on some music CDs shipped in 2005 and has issued an update to remove the hidden software one day after it was discovered. The company had drawn criticism from security experts who warned that the technology could serve as a tool for hackers.
The nearly undetectable monitoring utility, part of the company's digital-rights management (DRM) technology, was aimed at preventing consumers from producing illegal copies of CDs. The software installed itself

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-05       Article Source : NewsFactor

A Microsoft employee is warning Windows XP users not to download an unofficial version of Service Pack 3 (SP3) posted on TheHotfix.net. Mike Brannigan, a senior enterprise strategy consultant at Microsoft, posted the admonition on a Microsoft user newsgroup.
Brannigan cautioned users that downloading the service pack prior to the official release could harm their computers and "will also put you out of support from Microsoft or an [original equipment manufacturer]." Brannigan said the unofficial SP3 consists of a compilation

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-05       Article Source : NewsFactor

Microsoft is counting on its new Office Business Scorecard Manager 2005 as a way to bring better business intelligence to the desktops of enterprise-level employees.
The new server-based, business-performance application builds on workers' familiarity with the Microsoft Office suite to help them use scorecards and key performance indicators (KPIs) -- such as "returns" -- to perform deep analysis of business data in collaborative environments.

Office Business Scorecard Manager 2005 builds on the business-intelligence technologies Microsoft released in the Office

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-05       Article Source : AP

After a chorus of criticism, Sony Corp's music division said Wednesday it is distributing a free software patch to reveal hidden files that automatically installed to hard drives when some of its music CDs were played on personal computers.
The offending technology was designed to thwart music piracy.

Sony BMG Music Entertainment and its partner, UK-based First 4 Internet, said they decided to offer the patch as a precaution, not because of any security vulnerability, which some critics had

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-04       Article Source : NewsFactor

Independent software programmer Gregory Braun has updated his password-keeper software to version 6.9. Although the download is available to anyone with $20, Braun's program is designed for home or business users who need individual file security on a wide scale.

±¤ °?font>While most of us do not fit this description, those who do will find an easy-to-use password-storage program that is, above everything else, secure.

Password Keeper 6.9 looks like something from the Windows 95 era and, in this case, that

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-03       Article Source : Reuters

Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, said it will make a strategic shift by offering software with online services, a move analysts said was prompted by competition from Google and other rivals.
Outlining what it said was its biggest strategy change in five years, the Redmond, Washington-based company told analysts and reporters on Tuesday that it would deliver many of its key products and services online, some supported by advertising, as well as by selling subscriptions or licenses for

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