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  • Microsoft explains how it missed critical IE bug

    Posted December 22, 2008 - 2:30 pm

    Microsoft developers missed a critical bug in Internet Explorer because they weren't properly trained and didn't have the right testing tools, a noted proponent of the company's secure code development process acknowledged last week.
  • Microsoft's '08 Mistakes: The Software Giant's Three Errors

    Posted December 22, 2008 - 12:08 pm

    Even though Microsoft's finances are stable and its eyes are on the future, the company executed poorly in some major areas in 2008. Here are three Microsoft stumbles from the past year that will put more pressure on the company to survive and thrive in 2009.
  • Microsoft extends deadline for selling XP

    Posted December 22, 2008 - 11:56 am

    Microsoft's previous deadline of January 31, 2009 for selling PCs with XP pre-installed has been extended. Microsoft has created a new program for PC builders, giving them an opportunity to get XP licenses after the deadline.
  • Week 2 for the IE bug, Apple bails on Macworld

    Posted December 19, 2008 - 10:41 pm

    Microsoft released an emergency patch for the Internet Explorer flaw this week after Chinese security researchers accidentally posted the attack code for it last week, but that isn't stopping the damage. More consternation was created by word from Apple that it is bailing out of the Macworld Conference & Expo after the 2009 event in a few weeks and CEO Steve Jobs will not be giving the keynote speech.
  • How to ease the transition to Office 2007

    Posted December 18, 2008 - 10:30 pm

    The transition to Office 2007 is a major hurdle for many organizations due to the total interface overhail introduced by Microsoft. With no legacy interface option available in the product, users often face the product with big questions. Addintools.com has created a product called Classic Menu for Office 2007 that remedies this situation.
  • Apple vs. Microsoft: The world's greatest blog comment

    Posted December 17, 2008 - 9:02 pm

    OBVIOUSLY it involves Mac vs. Windows religious warfare.
  • Another online executive leaves Microsoft

    Posted December 17, 2008 - 5:24 pm

    As the year comes to a close, Microsoft is losing yet another executive in its online business -- Brad Goldberg, general manager of Live Search.
  • Review

    Windows Azure Services Platform

    Posted December 16, 2008 - 10:09 pm

    Given Azure's preview status, it's difficult to say anything meaningful about its competitive position. We don't yet know what it will cost, and it has no track record for reliability at this point. What we do know now is that it's a well-thought-out cloud computing architecture that should be easy to learn for existing ASP.Net developers.
  • Microsoft preps emergency IE patch for Wednesday release

    Posted December 16, 2008 - 5:43 pm

    Microsoft will issue an emergency patch on Wednesday to quash a critical bug in Internet Explorer (IE) that attackers have been exploiting for more than a week, the company announced Tuesday.
  • '09 IT predictions -- the economy dominates

    Posted December 16, 2008 - 4:31 pm

    Absent from this year's list of 10 prognostications is an entry about Microsoft finally buying at least the ad-search business of Yahoo, if not the whole company. We left that one off the list for next year because we still expect it could happen in 2008. With that in mind and in no particular order:
  • Microsoft may use 'Kumo' name for more than search

    Posted December 16, 2008 - 2:28 pm

    A trademark application Microsoft filed earlier this month suggests the company may use the "Kumo" name for more than just its search engine.
  • Microsoft releases toolkit for reusing SharePoint portlets

    Posted December 15, 2008 - 9:29 pm

    Microsoft has released a tool that allows developers to reuse data and mini-applications from SharePoint-based portals on rival portal software.
  • Google, Microsoft say they still support net neutrality

    Posted December 15, 2008 - 6:50 pm

    Google, Microsoft dismiss reports they've strayed from net neutrality.
  • Microsoft sees 'huge increase' in IE attacks

    Posted December 15, 2008 - 9:50 am

  • Microsoft releases its first-ever iPhone application

    Posted December 15, 2008 - 9:35 am

    Microsoft's first-ever iPhone application is a slick photo viewer with deep zoom and browsing capabilities.
  • The Top 10 stories of 2008: Not business as usual

    Posted December 14, 2008 - 4:06 pm

    What started out as a banking crisis became, in 2008, a story for everyone: retailers, consumers, auto workers -- and tech professionals. Though it wasn't business as usual, some big mergers -- like HP buying EDS -- were executed. Long-awaited products like the Android-based G1 "Google phone" were launched. Standards wars involving file formats like OOXML and hardware technology like Blu-Ray concluded. The battle against spam purveyors like McColo went on ... and on. Microsoft, moving into middle age and struggling to gain ascendance on the Web, was involved in many of the biggest stories of the year. The most influential entrepreneur of our time, Bill Gates, moved on to focus on philanthropy. Here, not necessarily in order of importance, is our pick for the top 10 technology stories of the year.
  • Microsoft: IE5, IE6 also affected by browser vulnerability

    Posted December 12, 2008 - 10:52 am

    An unpatched vulnerability found in Internet Explorer 7 also affects older versions of the browser as well as the latest beta version, Microsoft warned.
  • Microsoft talks up countermeasures to fend off IE attacks

    Posted December 11, 2008 - 5:55 pm

    Microsoft warned IE7 users late Wednesday that attackers are actively exploiting a critical bug in the browser, and urged them to take countermeasures in lieu of a patch.
  • VARs get private-label opportunity from Microsoft and HP

    Posted December 11, 2008 - 12:12 pm

    Microsoft and HP have a new opportunity for VARs, and by all accounts, it's a big deal and one that deserves attention. Historically, VARs have complained that Microsoft didn't let them offer private-label services--but the new deal overcomes that.
  • IT vendors follow automakers with zero percent financing

    Posted December 11, 2008 - 11:26 am

    Technology vendors are increasingly using incentives to try to convince corporate users to buy or upgrade products now rather than later. And big vendors, which have their own financing arms, have become much more aggressive about it.
  • Tech industry's biggest M&A deals of 2008

    Posted December 11, 2008 - 10:53 am

    In many merger and acquisition deals, the vendors don't publicly say how much they're forking over for their prize acquisitions, but here, we'll recap the top 15 based on publicly disclosed transaction values (together worth nearly $65 billion).
  • Microsoft unveils Thumbtack for sharing Web snippets

    Posted December 10, 2008 - 9:29 pm

    Microsoft unveiled an online service that can be used to collect and share bits of information from various Web pages.
  • Zune phone makes sense, but politics could prevent it

    Posted December 10, 2008 - 5:24 pm

    They're back: rumors of an impending Zune phone announcement from Microsoft, this time probably at CES.
  • Another Microsoft bug revealed on huge patch day

    Posted December 10, 2008 - 10:34 am

    Along with its biggest patch release in five years, Microsoft warned on Tuesday of another potentially dangerous vulnerability in its software.
  • Microsoft revising 'us vs. them' attitude toward open source

    Posted December 9, 2008 - 9:28 pm

    When Microsoft completed its acquisition of San Francisco-based startup Powerset in July, it acquired more than just search-engine technology. In the HBase component of Powerset's product, Microsoft also acquired open-source code that is actively being redistributed back into the Apache Software Foundation's Hadoop project.
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