• Microsoft to cut 5,000 jobs as net income falls

    Posted January 22, 2009 - 10:35 am

    Microsoft's revenue rose 2 percent for the quarter ended Dec. 31, but net income fell 11 percent, and 5,000 jobs are being cut, it said Thursday.
  • Microsoft contributes code to Apache SOA project

    Posted January 21, 2009 - 4:39 pm

    Microsoft is contributing code to an Apache open-source SOA project, continuing the company's softening of its attitude toward open-source software and the community that supports it.
  • US-CERT: Microsoft's advice on Downadup is flawed

    Posted January 21, 2009 - 4:36 pm

    Microsoft's advice on disabling Windows' "Autorun" feature is flawed, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) said Wednesday, and leaves users who rely on its guidelines to protect their PCs against the fast-spreading Downadup worm open to attack.
  • Microsoft delays Vista SP2, says report

    Posted January 21, 2009 - 4:15 pm

    Microsoft has delayed Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) by at least a month, and will now ship it to manufacturing sometime in May or June, according to a Web site that has accurately predicted Windows release dates in the past.
  • Microsoft sued over unified communications deal

    Posted January 17, 2009 - 6:21 pm

    A Wisconsin small business is suing Microsoft for allegedly misrepresenting the capabilities of its unified communications software.
  • Europe charges Microsoft with abuse of monopoly again

    Posted January 17, 2009 - 6:11 pm

    The European Commission has formally charged Microsoft with monopoly abuse over the way it bundles its Internet Explorer browser with Windows
  • Top 10: Bartz in at Yahoo, Apple's Jobs out until June

    Posted January 16, 2009 - 2:25 pm

    Yahoo tapped Carol Bartz as its new CEO and in her first press conference she let it be known that the outside world is not calling the shots at her company. While she settled in to her new gig, Apple CEO Steve Jobs started a six-month medical leave, announcing that the health issues he publicly disclosed last week are more complicated than he thought they would be. Otherwise, the drumbeat of bad news related to the economy continued, with Nortel Networks going bankrupt, Intel quarterly financials taking a big hit, Google cutting services and jobs and reports that Microsoft will announce big layoffs next week.
  • A Microsoft layoff? It's had 8 (small) ones in 7 years

    Posted January 15, 2009 - 5:26 pm

    While the broad layoff that could hit Microsoft by next week would apparently be the company's first in its 34-year history, the software maker has had at least eight publicly confirmed nips and tucks in the last seven years, totaling 1,078 workers, or a little more than 1% of its workforce today.
  • Intel, Microsoft, HP sued for alleged patent infringement

    Posted January 15, 2009 - 5:22 pm

    Xpoint sued IT giants including Intel, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft for allegedly infringing on its data recovery patents.
  • Microsoft beta lets old Windows apps run on Vista

    Posted January 15, 2009 - 5:19 pm

    Microsoft has released the first public beta of a tool that lets old Windows apps run on Vista through virtualization.
  • 1 in 3 Windows PCs vulnerable to worm attack

    Posted January 15, 2009 - 4:04 pm

    The worm that has infected several million Windows PCs is causing havoc because nearly a third of all systems remain unpatched 80 days after Microsoft rolled out an emergency fix, a security expert said Thursday.
  • Report: Microsoft considers major job cuts

    Posted January 15, 2009 - 3:27 pm

    Microsoft may start a "significant" round of layoffs as early as next week, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal Thursday.
  • Microsoft/Nortel relationship again under microscope

    Posted January 15, 2009 - 11:28 am

    Nortel's bankruptcy filing could force it into restructuring that could influence many of its noted partnerships, including a unified communications deal with Microsoft.
  • Microsoft refreshes Azure cloud tools

    Posted January 15, 2009 - 10:47 am

    Microsoft unveiled on Wednesday refreshed versions of its Windows Azure software development kit and Azure tools for Visual Studio, which support the planned Windows Azure cloud services platform.
  • Researcher: Worm infects 1.1M Windows PCs in 24 hours

    Posted January 14, 2009 - 5:57 pm

    The computer worm that exploits a months-old Windows bug has infected more than a million PCs in the past 24 hours, security firm F-Secure said Wednesday.
  • Analysts: New Yahoo CEO Bartz won't rush into Microsoft deal

    Posted January 14, 2009 - 3:44 pm

    Yahoo's new CEO, Carol Bartz, is unlikely to sell Yahoo's search business to Microsoft unless it fits into her own plan for how to fix Yahoo, despite rumors that a deal between the two is imminent, analysts said Wednesday.
  • Microsoft updates free tool to remove persistent worm

    Posted January 14, 2009 - 10:26 am

    Microsoft has updated its free security tool to remove a worm that is targeting a now-patched but severe vulnerability that affects server products.
  • Microsoft patches 'super nasty' Windows bugs

    Posted January 13, 2009 - 6:07 pm

    Microsoft on Tuesday patched three vulnerabilities in the company's Server Message Block (SMB) file-sharing protocal, including two that could make "swiss cheese" out of enterprise networks, according to one researcher.
  • Microsoft, RIM, Oracle release critical patches

    Posted January 13, 2009 - 3:30 pm

    Microsoft released a critical security update fixing flaws in its Windows SMB service; RIM also issued a patch, and Oracle's security update is due as well.
  • Hacker leaves message for Microsoft in Trojan code

    Posted January 12, 2009 - 3:39 pm

    Here's a new way to get Microsoft to pay attention to you: Slip a brief message into the malicious Trojan horse program you just wrote.
  • New Microsoft ads stress savings derived from software

    Posted January 12, 2009 - 11:52 am

    Microsoft's latest ad campaign will try to convince businesses that software can save them money even in a turbulent economy.
  • NSA helps name most dangerous programming mistakes

    Posted January 12, 2009 - 11:43 am

    Led by SANS and the NSA, an industry group has published a list of the 25 most dangerous software programming errors.
  • Microsoft testing a better rival to Google Docs

    Posted January 10, 2009 - 6:01 pm

    Microsoft has begun testing some Web-based Office applications that will be delivered through Office Live Workspace, its online adjunct to Microsoft Office, and will give the company a closer rival to online application suites such as Google Docs.
  • Microsoft postpones Windows 7 public beta

    Posted January 9, 2009 - 5:34 pm

    Microsoft Corp. postponed the roll-out of the Windows 7 beta Friday, citing "very heavy traffic" on its Web site.
  • Major software companies sued for patent infringement

    Posted January 9, 2009 - 11:57 am

    Twenty-two major software companies are being sued for alleged patent infringement by a little-known entity now controlling the two patents in question.
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