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Like Basil Fawlty telling everybody not to mention The War, while doing it himself over and over, Microsoft has a new media playback protocol called PlayReady, and it's not a DRM platform! You could waterboard a Microsoft executive but he won't utter the acronym. Don't mention the DRM platform!PlayReady has some interesting features that might make the DRM pill an easier swallow. As well as being able to handle any type of file type, restrictions are based around the idea of domains: you sign up for a subscription service with someone such as MusicStation, and that subscription defines how many devices you may have in your "domain". Each of those devices is registered with MusicStation and media... Read more...
Yahoo! responded to Microsoft's unsolicited bid with a "no" today.  Microsoft may not take no for an answer.Calling Yahoo's decision "unfortunate," Microsoft didn't back off from its quest. "Based on conversations with stakeholders of both companies, we are confident that moving forward promptly to consummate a transaction is in the best interests of all parties," the Redmond, Wash.-based company said.If you read the full response from Microsoft, you will see a measure of hostility there.  As in hostile takeover?  Perhaps, perhaps.  There is obviously more to come.... Read more...
Remember the Red 80GB Zune that Microsoft announced in mid-January? A nice idea for Valentine's Day, especially with special limited time Zune Originals artwork. Unfortunately, the best-laid plans ....Microsoft is e-mailing customers who are on the cusp of not receiving their special Zune orders on time, saying that while they are trying their best to get orders out in time, they might not make it. Maybe your Valentine won't mind, however, because Microsoft says that they are refunding customer's money, too. If you're one of the unlucky people to be sitting on the cusp of a February 14 delivery date, then all of the sudden you're not so unlucky, since you're getting a free Zune out of the deal.... Read more...
Yesterday OpenID added Google, IBM, Verisign, Microsoft and Yahoo! to the board.  Now if they could just add some "consumers."By bringing on these companies and their resources, the OpenID Foundation will now be able to better serve the needs of  the entire OpenID community. In 2008, we can expect to see a larger focus on making OpenID even more accessible to a mainstream audience, the development of a World-wide trademark usage policy (much like the Jabber Foundation and Mozilla have done), and a larger international focus on working with the OpenID communities in Asia and Europe. Awesome!An OpenID "consumer" is one that allows a user to login with an OpenID.  So far, most of... Read more...
Goodbye, Boring Beige Mouse: Microsoft Recharges Peripheral Perception With Innovative New Mice New hybrid mouse delivers desktop mouse comfort with notebook mouse portability; rechargeable mouse offers high-end technology at affordable price point.REDMOND, Wash. Feb. 5, 2008 Microsoft Corp. today added two new desktop mice to its line of award-winning input devices with the new Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 and Wireless Laser Mouse 7000, giving consumers more choice and flexibility in their computing experience. The Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 debuts a new desktop mouse design, combining a full-size mouse for supreme comfort with a portable snap-in transceiver for easy mobility. Microsoft also announced... Read more...
Solid-state memory is the future. Micron and Intel, working together, have brought us closer to that future with the announcement of  a new flash  memory architecture that more than doubles both read and write speeds for solid-state memory devices.IM Flash Technologies, a joint venture between Intel and Micron, has developed an 8G-bit SLC (single-level cell) high-speed NAND chip which can reach read speeds up to 200M bytes per second and write speeds of up to 100M bytes per second, which could mean faster data transfer between devices like solid-state drives and video cards."With the popularity of digital video cameras and video-on-demand services, high speed NAND can enable a high-definition... Read more...
Microsoft launches - not hardware or software, but a comic strip.The daily Web comic, called Heroes Happen Here, features tech savvy crime fighters like Lord Firewall, who "stands between chaos and order" and says things like "begone vermin!"Heroes Happen Here is sponsored by Microsoft and Seagate. If the name sounds familiar, it's because Microsoft has also dubbed its February launch event for the 2008 versions of SQL Server, Windows Server and Visual Studio as 'Heroes Happen Here.'The HHH comic strips are being created by Jordan Gorfinkel, a former DC Comics editor who helped revitalize the Batman series. "IT pros and developers usually stay behind the scenes and keep a low profile, but in... Read more...
As we've mentioned here before, Yahoo has become a huge audience without a show. Now Microsoft, who have tried for years to leverage their success selling proprietary software into some sort of presence on the Internet, has decided to get that presence the old fashioned way: They're going to buy it.Microsoft Corp. today announced that it has made a proposal to the Yahoo! Inc. Board of Directors to acquire all the outstanding shares of Yahoo! common stock for per share consideration of $31 representing a total equity value of approximately $44.6 billion. Microsoft’s proposal would allow the Yahoo! shareholders to elect to receive cash or a fixed number of shares of Microsoft common stock, with... Read more...
As part of the result from Microsoft's anti-trust litigation with the U.S. government, the Redmond giant is currently subject to oversight to ensure that it doesn't abuse its market position.  While there are numerous decrees that govern this arrangement between Microsoft and the various government entities involved in the oversight, most of those agreements were due to run out in late 2007.It seems that the government bodies are still not 100% confident in Microsoft's ability to operate without running into anti-trust issues and thus are extending their arrangement for a few more years."A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a consent decree enforcing the settlement would remain in effect until... Read more...
Just in case you missed the new link at the top of the page, we're hitting the news section to let you know that we’ve just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate a pair of somewhat unique Radeons, the Sapphire Ultimate HD 3850 and Atomic HD 3870.  Unlike most reference 3850s, the Ultimate HD 3850 has a 512MB frame buffer and is outfitted with a passive heat-pipe cooling system for completely silent operation.  The Atomic HD 3870 differs from ATI’s reference design as well and features higher GPU and memory speeds, a fancy single-slot cooling solution that leverages Microloops’ Vapor-X technology, and it has one of the best bundles we have seen in quite ... Read more...
It seems like a new year always evokes the feeling of renewed hope and high expectations.  And for AMD / ATI at least, 2008 appears to have reinvigorated their graphics division, which appears to be firing on all cylinders at the moment.  After a year or so of NVIDIA dominating the high-end graphics space, ATI released the Radeon HD 3870 and HD 3850 cards, which have proved to be competent alternatives at their respective price points.  Based on the RV670 GPU, the HD 38xx series has been able to provide similar or better performance than the preceding 2900 XT, while running cooler and consuming less power.  That, and their lower price points,... Read more...
Dell and Microsoft have gone (RED), joining (PROJECT) RED to fight AIDS in Africa.Dell will start selling two (Red) laptops and one desktop running Microsoft Windows Vista on Friday. The two companies will donate $50 for a laptop and $80 for a desktop to the Global Fund, which finances health programs in Africa.Microsoft said it expects "several hundred thousand" (Red) Dell PCs to be sold in 2008. The PCs, designed in part by Bono, will have a distinctive red casing and the Windows interface will feature a red background and sidebar.Sadly, you could already get Dell PCs in Red.  Ah, but they wouldn't have that great OS in Red!  Seriously, it's for a good cause.... Read more...
GIGABYTE Launches Full Range of Dynamic Energy Saver Motherboards -- One Small Click for Man, One Giant Leap for Mankind -- Taipei, Taiwan, - GIGABYTE UNITED INC., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards today is pleased to announce the launch of their full range of Dynamic Energy Saver motherboards, including X48, X38 and P35-based motherboards, delivering unparalleled power savings of up to 70% and up to 20% improved power efficiency with the simple click of a button. "With more than one year of intensive design and testing, GIGABYTE’s Dynamic Energy Saver represents a truly amazing revolution in motherboard development," said Johnson Lin, CEO GIGABYTE UNITED INC . "With one... Read more...
The EU's attacks on American tech companies appears to be progressing unabated:“European Union regulators said Monday they were again investigating software giant Microsoft Corp. this time on suspicion of abusing its market position by squeezing out competing Internet browsers and software rivals dependent on Microsoft programs.The European Commission opened two formal probes, the first move against the company since a court four months ago backed the EU in a long-running legal battle over Microsoft's actions in using its ubiquitous Windows operating system to elbow into new software markets.”Attention European countries!  There's an expression on this side of the pond: A day late and a... Read more...
While mice and keyboards don't typically get reviewed as often as new video cards and CPUs, they are still a major part of the computing experience.  Those who've plunked down a little extra money and purchased a product from one of the major players in this arena such as Logitech, don't often go back to bargain basement equipment.  Microsoft also knows this, and there has been a seriously rivalry for many years between the two firms.Microsoft itself may prefer Logitech as stock traders speculated that the software giant would launch a takeover bid for the Swiss-based peripherals maker.Shares of Logitech surged up to 12 percent based on the trader talk, despite comments from Logitech’s... Read more...
The Attorney General of New York has issued subpoenas to Intel, seeking information about whether Intel unlawfully compelled their customers to exclude rival AMD from the market for certain computer chips. At issue in Cuomo's probe is whether AMD has a fair chance to supply its X86 computer processing units for desktop and laptop computers and servers. Cuomo says Intel commanded 80% of the $30 billion market.In 2005, AMD filed a lawsuit saying Intel bullied major customers — PC makers like Dell (DELL)— into exclusive deals and offered secret rebates.The lawsuit alleged anti-competitive practices in several countries, including Britain, Germany and Japan.Intel, which commands three-quarters of... Read more...
Oh yeah. Alienware knows where the cutting edge is, and it isn't spreadsheets. They've reached out to the inner Nomad in all of us with their outrageous prototype curved DLP display, with a  2880 x 900 resolution screen. That is not a typo. They've got video of some lucky fellow blasting away from the Consumer Electronics Show here.... Read more...
Even though Microsoft has a search engine, Google and Microsoft don't often get portrayed as competitors in the press. Redmondmag explored the complex relationship that Google has with the open-source community, and answers the question: "What's the greatest threat to Microsoft's dominance, Google or open source? " with a resounding "both."Google's links with this increasingly serious rival to Internet Explorer [Firefox] go much deeper, however. Google is the main search engine for Firefox, both in the dedicated search box and on the default homepage when Firefox is first installed.In October 2007, it was revealed that the organization behind Firefox, namely the Mozilla Foundation, had earned... Read more...
Don't get too excited, though.  The promotion is only for MSDN and TechNet subscribers who beta tested Vista.Under terms of “The Ultimate Offer,” testers can go to any retail or online store and buy a copy of Vista Ultimate (full or upgrade version) for full price and Microsoft will match it with a second complimentary Vista Ultimate Upgrade product key.To participate in the promotion, invited testers should go to the Vista Tester Offers site. The promotion ends January 15, 2008.For the suspicious among you, Microsoft has verified this isn't a phishing scam on a TechNet forum.Besides this offer, there are two drawings: one for a $250 Amazon.com gift certificate and one for a Bill Gates autographed... Read more...
My mistake. That's Open Source. In a bid to get the European Union off their back after their stunning defeat in the EU's anti-trust trial, Microsoft has now licensed some of its proprietary code to the company that developed "Samba," software that allows operating systems other than Windows to communicate with a Windows client.So basically what Samba does is to provide interoperability between closed-source servers (Windows) and open-source ones. Samba debuted back in 1992 and since then it has grown into a popular, community-supported alternative to other SMB/CIFS implementations.However, interoperability with Windows servers was often hindered by Microsoft’s protocol formats modifications... Read more...
This is interesting.  Free software, but you potentially give up your privacy for it.Microsoft pulled the free software offer from its Web site Tuesday, which made free copies of Vista and Office among other applications available in exchange for feedback.Users will be required to install a piece of software on their computers for three months in order to receive the software for free. However at the same time the offer may have been tantalizing for some, for others it may have raised privacy concerns.For example, some of the information collected included Windows settings and usage, details on your hardware, file and folder structure, programs the user runs, and application crash data.Would... Read more...
Microsoft's download servers must be on overload this week. First Office 2007 SP1, then Windows XP SP3 RC1, and now Windows Vista SP1 Release Candidate 1 (RC1) have gone public.Microsoft was vague this week about when Windows Vista SP1 RC1 would be available, but based on the other two releases yesterday, it was going to be soon, and here it is. You use Windows Update to download it, but first you have to download a tool from the site above to "mark" your machine as eligible for SP1. Windows Vista Service Pack 1 RC is available through Windows Update. Experience the WU based Vista SP1 installation by following 4 simple steps.I'm assuming that when SP1 is released they'll be a standalone installer... Read more...
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