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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...
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...
Why do I say "sneaks out?" Because while Microsoft was pretty open about Windows Vista SP1 RC1 releasing to the public this week, as well as Office 2007 SP1, it was tight-lipped about Windows XP SP3 RC1. Why not? After all Forrester Research has noted that XP remains Vista's biggest rival.Microsoft has begun making a near-final Release Candidate (RC) test build of Windows XP Service Pack (SP) 3 available to anyone interested in trying out the new build — the same way that it is doing with Vista SP1.Microsoft has begun posting XP SP3 RC documentation to its Microsoft Download site, which is open to the general public. And the XP SP3 RC bits are available from various file-download sites on the... Read more...
If you aren't wearing your tin-foil hat, you might want to go get it before reading any further.Now that you have your tin-foil hat, we'll issue a not-too subtle warning that this as a wild rumor/allegation and it could easily fall under the heading of 'crackpot' theories despite having a big Hollywood name attached to it.  Microsoft may have manipulated the next generation disc format wars in an attempt to make downloading more popular.The theory contends that HD DVD was losing the war against Blu-Ray, and that Microsoft threw their support behind the standard in an attempt to make any standard adoption less likely to happen.  Even Transformers directory Michael Bay seems to believe... Read more...
It is no secret that Advanced Micro Devices hasn't had the best couple of quarters, but they seem to have a very deep strategy for getting back in black.  Obviously that strategy includes excellent new products such as the Radeon HD 3000 series and the Phenom CPUs and chipsets, but that's only part of the picture.Apparently AMD has entered into a deal with Russian tech firm Angstrem to provide them with the technology and know-how necessary to fabricate chips using the now 'old' 130 nm process.“On November 22nd at a press conference Pierre Brunswick, AMD Sales and Marketing Vice President in Russia, disclosed some of the company's plans regarding the equipment and technology supply to Zelenograd... Read more...
As consoles once again start looking a lot more like PCs in terms of functionality and capabilities, they are going to need anti-virus protection.  At least, that's what Tokyo-based Trend Micro wants PS3 owners to think just about 5 seconds before said PS3 owners buy their new anti-virus software for the PS3.“The company bills the software as the first of its kind for a home gaming system. It was released earlier this month as part of a PS3 upgrade and will be free until April.Some industry experts wonder whether consumers will leap for the technology the way they snap up security products for the more vulnerable PC and whether protection for video game consoles is really necessary.”We're... Read more...
Yep, not only did the PlayStation 3 get a firmware upgrade today (to 2.0), part of that upgrade includes what Trend Micro says is the first product of its kind for a gaming console.Trend's service is available as part of Sony's 2.00 firmware update for the PS3, also released on Thursday. The service will initially be free for users through April 2008, but Trend has not yet released future pricing, said Keith Reed, Trend's online manager for Europe.Gaming systems are increasingly accessing the Internet, to download new games or for Web browsing, which potentially expose the machines to the same kind of threats as desktop PCs, Reed said. That's right, make it free at first, suck 'em in, and then... Read more...
AMD Highlights Optimized Integration between Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ Processors and Upcoming Microsoft Products— At Microsoft TechEd Developers conference, AMD demonstrates commitment to software developers through Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors and Visual Studio 2008 integration—BARCELONA, Spain -- November 5, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it is demonstrating platforms based on Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ processors, including features designed to help Microsoft Windows application developers optimize their software applications through tools in upcoming software products from Microsoft Corp. The technology demonstrations at the conference in Barcelona, Spain show new integration... Read more...
This is interesting, especially since Bill Gates mocked the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Foundation's XO-1 when the idea was first presented.The world's largest software company is now working to adapt a basic version of Windows XP so it is compatible with the non-profit One Laptop per Child Foundation's small green- and-white XO laptop."We're spending a non-trivial amount of money on it," Microsoft Corporate Vice President Will Poole said in an interview on Thursday. "We're working hard. But we're still at least a few months away."If seems Microsoft has finally decided that there might be a threat in having millions of children exposed to Linux rather than Windows and has decided to take steps.... Read more...
It may only have a Zune, not an iPhone or iPod, but Microsoft had a great quarter nonetheless.In early numbers from Microsoft prior to its quarterly financial results call to analysts this afternoon, the company reported revenue gains of 27% annually to $13.76 billion, and net income nicely higher by 23% annually to $4.29 billion, in what the company is calling its fastest first quarter of growth since 1999.Could this possibly be a Halo 3 "halo effect?"  Microsoft itself places the credit on Vista.  We did notice there was no credit given to Office.... Read more...
Microsoft actually managed to beat Google at an acquisition, or rather, in this case, a partial stake in a company.  Google had also been rumored to have been pursuing a minority stake in Facebook.The final deal resulted in a 1.6 percent stake in the social-networking company, notably smaller than the 5 to 10 percent that had been talked about in recent weeks. "We are pleased to take our Microsoft partnership to the next level," Owen Van Natta, vice president of operations and chief revenue officer at Facebook, said in a statement. "We think this expanded relationship will allow Facebook to continue to innovate and grow as a technology leader and major player in social computing, as well... Read more...
Three years have passed since the European Commission ordered that Microsoft make three major changes to how it supplies interoperability information to other OS/NOS vendors seeking to develop products that can communicate with Windows desktops and servers.Change #1: developers must be allowed access to source code!  That's right, MS is going to be going (even more) open-source, but only to a select audience of developers who might be forced into signing NDAs.Change #2: developers no longer pay on-going royalties, but rather a one-time 10,000 Euro ($14,189) fee to gain access to the interoperability information without fear of IP litigation.  This is a major change from 2.98% of product-generated... Read more...
Well, if you can hold out for three years, maybe you can skip Windows Vista altogether. Windows 7 is due out in 2010 (snicker). Microsoft is working on a stripped down operating system kernel they're calling MinWin as part of it, aimed at being small enough to work on the exploding number of devices that can run an OS; but geez, not that OS."A lot of people think of Windows as this large, bloated operating system, and that's maybe a fair characterization, I have to admit," Traut said. "But at its core, the kernel, and the components that make up the very core of the operating system, is actually pretty streamlined." Traut showed a demonstration of MinWin, which lacks a graphical user interface.... Read more...
Will Poole is tasked with leading Microsoft's push into emerging markets like China, South America, and Africa. His job is simple, really: Find Microsoft another billion computer users. He outlined his approach in a question and answer meeting, touching on interesting approaches to get technology to very poor and isolated places, including making a workable computer out of readily available electronic devices.(Q.) How close is that to being a product? You take the phone that people are already getting, hook it up to the TV they already have and you've got a computer. The phones that we use today in the U.S. certainly are capable of that from a technology perspective. How close is that? Poole:... Read more...
Confirming an earlier report, Microsoft today said that the creators of the uber-hit "Halo 3," Bungie, will become independent.Microsoft said it will retain a stake in the new company and will continue to publish future "Halo" games and other titles, although Bungie indicated it could also make titles for gaming devices other than Microsoft's Xbox 360."We will continue to develop with our primary focus on Microsoft platforms," Bungie head Harold Ryan said in a statement. "We look forward to continuing that affiliation through 'Halo' and beyond." Halo 3 has reported racked up $300 million in sales since 9/25, making it one of the fastest-selling games of all time.... Read more...
As promised, Microsoft rolled out three second-generation versions of its Zune music player Tuesday.  Two of the players will be flash-based, while the other is a hard-drive based player.The new Zunes will come in 4-gigabyte, 8-gigabyte and 80-gigabyte models. All will come with a feature that allows a user to automatically sync media via a WiFi network from a PC to the Zune when its battery is charging. Microsoft also aims to tap the social-networking phenomenon with Zune Social, a Web site for users to display music they like, share playlists and find friends with similar tastes. The new devices, set to go on sale in mid-November, are equipped with a circular navigational pad that allows... Read more...
Microsoft is set to unveil the second generation of the Zune tomorrow, including the first flash-based Zunes.According to sources close to the situation, both Microsoft chairman Bill Gates and Design and Development chief J Allard will be on hand for the event. The main part of the announcement will center around the players, which will include the first flash memory based Zunes.Entering the flash-based device market is very important for Microsoft, as the category is by far the most popular. While the Zune has managed to grab a 10 percent share of the HDD player segment, overall that has amounted to about a 3 percent share of the market in general.Despite the 10% market share among HDD players... Read more...
SAPPHIRE Announces MICROLOOPS© as Strategic Thermal Solution Partner Hong Kong / Taipei / London / Los Angles / Toronto –Sept 24th 2007, SAPPHIRE Technology today announces choosing MICROLOOPS© Vapor Chamber Technology as part of its next generation of high-end thermal solutions for high performance graphics products. SAPPHIRE will incorporate MICROLOOPS© Vapor Chamber Technology into its high-end and upper-middle product lines to enhance thermal efficiency. The co-development will be carried out by both R&D Teams and the module solutions will be incorporated into Sapphire’s forthcoming product lines. “SAPPHIRE always provides the most powerful... Read more...
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