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Microsoft and Yahoo have had an on-again / off-again relationship for years, often whipsawing from one extreme to another. This time, however, it's official, agreed upon, and public. The two companies have signed an agreement aimed at improving their competitive position against Google. Yahoo executives characterized the deal as providing... Read more...
Pro-choice advocates and IE haters alike have been pushing to get Microsoft's own Internet browser exempted from instances of Windows for years now. Many argue that it's a violation of anti-trust principles, suggesting that there's really no choice of browser when you buy a copy of Windows. Never mind that Apple does the same thing with its... Read more...
We'll still never know if that supposed Windows 7 build from around a week ago was actually the one Microsoft planned on shipping out to OEMs, but either way, those rumors have been put to rest by the software giant today. Exactly three months before Windows 7 is expected to hit store shelves and be snapped up by--well, at least a few groups... Read more...
Gateway introduced the Gateway LT2000, a new netbook with a 10.1-inch TFT display. Intel Atom processors power the LT2000. Utilizing the same design as the Gateway LT3100 netbooks launched last month, the LT2000 is available in NightSky Black and Cherry Red with silver accents. In terms of ports, the LT2000 offers three USB 2.0, Ethernet,... Read more...
You know that Apple store down at your local mall? In a few months, it may be sharing a zip code with your local Microsoft store. In all goes to plan, the software giant responsible for Windows and Office will launch an assault on Apple and other consumer electronics companies by erecting a number of retail outlets designed specifically to... Read more...
While Apples App Store is certainly enjoying unprecedented growth, Microsoft is getting closer to joining the game and launching its upcoming Windows Marketplace for Mobile. At Microsofts Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans, the company reported that it is on track to open for application submissions from developers on July 27th.... Read more...
Less than a week after Google announced plans to venture into the operating system business, Microsoft is firing back with plans to offer a free version of its popular Office software suite that will run on the Internet. Although Microsoft didnt mention the competition from Google during the announcement, many analysts see this latest move... Read more...
Without a doubt, Google's Chrome OS has sent shockwaves through the entire software industry. Even companies that are just somewhat related to the netbook/browser/open source fields are taking notice, and you can bet the biggest player (that'd be Microsoft) is watching every tiny footstep as the proposed operating system inches closer to reality.No... Read more...
Microsoft plans to fix a "browse-and-get-owned" vulnerability in its Video ActiveX Control when it releases software patches next week. The company acknowledged the vulnerability last week and is moving with uncharacteristic speed in issuing a fix for the problem. A second and similar vulnerability with Microsofts DirectShow was disclosed... Read more...
This certainly isn't the first we've heard of Microsoft's BlueTrack technology, and if the pace at which it keeps introducing new BlueTrack wares is any indication, we'd surmise that it's far from the last. With the netbook sector booming (and the outlook being bright), Microsoft has decided to market its latest miniature mouse as one that... Read more...
Dell and Microsoft have had something more significant than just a working relationship for some time now, but it looks like that partnership just got ratcheted up a notch. As more and more outfits (Adobe, for one) offer full applications online, Dell has landed a deal that will allow it to sell "digital" versions of Microsoft products. In... Read more...
Expectations couldn't possibly be higher for Microsoft's next-generation operating system. Amazingly, this will be the first Windows OS that will actually run smoother on current-gen hardware than the prior OS. Indeed, the Release Candidate of Windows 7 that is on the market today runs far smoother on current machines than Vista, and while... Read more...
Symantec, McAfee and Norton. What do all three of those have in common? A little something with Microsoft, now. For years upon years, the first three companies have been ruling the PC security roost, all while Microsoft scrambles to patch its own operating systems when new exploits are discovered and reported. At long last, the OS maker has... Read more...
In recent months, Microsofts ads have tried to convince us that Apple computers are expensive and not worth the high price. Now, Microsoft is targeting Googles search engine with its latest marketing campaign. The software giant is preparing to launch an $80 to $100 million ad campaign for Bing (previously known as Kumo). Bing is the companys... Read more...
And the fines just keep on coming. Shortly after Intel was dealt a staggering $1.45 billion fine for alleged antitrust practices against the likes of AMD, Microsoft is now facing a slightly less painful $200 million payment to software ware i4i Ltd. This week, a Texas federal jury ordered Microsoft to pay the aforementioned Canadian outfit... Read more...
Microsoft may not be the first vendor you think of when looking for a new webcam, but sure enough, the company has just introduced a new one. The LifeCam VX-2000 is the newest member of the growing LifeCam family, and priced at under $30, it's apt to fit most budgets. It transmits VGA video and possesses a built-in microphone, and apparently... Read more...
For the thousands of Microsoft employees that were just handed pink slips this week, we're certain they're none too pleased to hear that their now-former employer is already thinking of spending cash. Of course, Intel has also pulled a similar trick lately, scaling back in some areas while devoting around $7 billion in R&D to other aspects... Read more...
Let's face it -- Microsoft has struggled with security, particularly on its operating systems and its Internet Explorer browser. Even as recently as this month, the Conficker virus was making its way around to Windows-powered machines as security experts scrambled to find a fix. Thus, it makes perfect sense to see Microsoft introducing a dedicated... Read more...
Really, Microsoft? Has it come to this? During last night's highly watched NCAA Men's Basketball tournament, Microsoft decided to buy pretty much every single ad slot from the first tip to the final basket in order to grab Apple by the collar, slap it around a time or two and then spit on it as it walked away. We've seen the Mac vs. PC ads... Read more...
It's a well known fact that puzzle games and other brain training exercises actually enhance mental stimulation, but what about titles such as Crysis and Gears of War? Microsoft, of all companies, is looking to find a definitive answer to that by sinking $1.5 million into a research initiative that will, at its core, explore the educational... Read more...
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