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With Yahoo's earnings out of the way, all eyes will be on Redmond Thursday afternoon as Microsoft issues its quarterly earnings report.
Any mention of Yahoo is sure to draw attention, though we're unlikely to get more in posturing than we have already gotten this week in appearances across the globe from CEO Steve Ballmer.
Microsoft will also be watched closely for its comments on the macroeconomic picture as well as any change to its expectations for the PC market or business spending on technology.
Of course, some people may tune in just to see how Microsoft itself … Read more
A few possible names are percolating to the surface of Microsoft's opposition slate as the software giant gears up for a potential proxy fight with Yahoo over its mega-billions buyout bid.
John Chapple, former Nextel Partners chief executive who now operates investment firm Hawkeye Investments in Washington state; Edward Meyer, former CEO of advertising powerhouse Grey Global Group; and Jaynie Studenmund, former chief operating officer of Yahoo-acquired Overture Services and former board member of Microsoft-acquired Aquantive, are some of the names mentioned in a Wall Street Journal article Wednesday and a previous TechCrunch post from mid-March.
Ironically, Studenmund may … Read more
Over the years, Microsoft has taken different approaches to offering online support. Some of you may remember Microsoft Bob, a bizarre software desktop replacement whose personal guides were supposed to offer personalized help.
Unfortunately for Microsoft, the product went nowhere and is now better-known as the answer to the trivia question, "What was Melinda French's claim to product fame?" (Of course, Melinda French later went on to fame and fortune as Mrs. Melinda Gates.)
Most computer users are more familiar with the Clippy, the office assistant Microsoft put into Office 97 that offered advice to user queries. … Read more
If you're one of the few who downloaded music from MSN Music, which Microsoft shuttered shortly after launching its Zune initiative, then you have until Aug. 31 to get that music onto the five devices you're allowed to put it on. After that date, Microsoft is shuttering the DRM servers used with the service, and any further transfers will render the songs unplayable.
This is the inevitable last step in a transition that began when Microsoft killed its old PlaysForSure initiative. Why keep paying to maintain a service that's no longer offered, and runs counter to the … Read more
"We informed the Justice Department before we launched this test and we have been responsive to their questions about it," Google spokesman Adam Kovacevich told Reuters. Yahoo had a similar comment to the wire service.
Microsoft said on Wednesday that it is beginning automatic distribution of Windows Vista Service Pack 1, the first major update to the year-and-a-half-old operating system.
The company finalized the Vista update in February, but has held off until now pushing it directly to individuals.
Starting Wednesday, the company will start sending it to Vista users who have Windows' automatic update feature turned on. However, the company cautioned that not everyone will get SP1 immediately.
"While Microsoft is beginning automatic distribution today, it's important to note that customers might not see the update download right away since Microsoft is … Read more
By July 1st, Dell, Lenovo, HP and all the other big computer manufacturers will no longer be allowed to sell new computers with Windows XP pre-installed. So says Microsoft. Microsoft also dictated to retailers that, come July, there will be no more shrink-wrapped boxes of Windows XP on their store shelves.
But, many of us prefer XP over the Microsoft-mandated Vista. To borrow from Star Trek, some of us don't want to be assimilated (sorry, couldn't resist). What are we to do this summer?
One option is to buy a computer with a business version of Vista rather … Read more
Users of Microsoft Windows Live OneCare may have found their antivirus protection a little too proactive. Over the weekend, OneCare informed some Skype users that the popular voice-over-IP application was infected with the Trojan Win32/Vundo.gen!D.
Not true, says Skype, which noted that Microsoft has since repaired its overzealous signature file.
On Friday, OneCare subscribers started seeing their access to Skype blocked. Microsoft says it was trying to block a multiple-component family of programs that deliver "out of context" pop-up advertisements, and mistakenly included Skype.
On Tuesday, four days later, it sent out a revised signature … Read more