1. Joining an 'Openness' Consortium 2. Creating an Arbitrarily Open Standard 3. Rebranding Existing Features … Read more
Since November, Microsoft has been slowly rolling out an update to its Windows Live OneCare security software. Although the update was designed to bring in new features, such as the ability to monitor the health of multiple PCs, some say the new version has brought only headaches.
Robert Webb of North Carolina said he started having problems from the moment his software was upgraded in early December.
"My main problem has been that OneCare does not always start when the computer is booted," Webb said in an e-mail interview. "It has to be manually started."
Microsoft'… Read more
Schools might consider using Vista if rolling out all-new infrastructure, but should not introduce it piecemeal alongside other versions of Windows, or upgrade older machines, said the agency, which is responsible for advising British schools and colleges on their IT use.
"We have not had sight of any evidence to support the argument that the costs of upgrading to Vista in educational establishments would be offset by … Read more
Microsoft has said it plans to continue its acquisition spree this year and it is off to a good start, having announced plans on Tuesday to buy Norway's Fast Search and Transfer.
There's no shortage of rumors of who is next on Steve Ballmer's shopping list. Earlier this week, there were separate rumors that Microsoft was interested in Yahoo as well as accessories maker Logitech.
Henry Blodget of Silicon Alley Insider added another potential name to the list, saying Friday that he's heard that Microsoft might be interested in Limelight, a publicly traded company that runs … Read more
Xobni, the Microsoft Outlook do-it-all analyzer opened up to "several thousand" more new users yesterday. Its creators aren't unleashing the plug-in to the masses until "early spring" so they can scale up their software, but we've got 50 invites that have been made available for Webware readers. Just like last time, go to the beta signup page and enter the invitation code, "Webware."
As a tip: If you signed up to be a part of the beta late last year be sure to check your e-mail before using our invite code. I … Read more
Lesson learned: Just because something can run two operating systems doesn't mean it's a "dual-boot" system.
Microsoft put the kibosh on talk of a dual-boot XO laptop after OLPC chairman and founder Nick Negroponte told IDG News Service Wednesday that the two organizations are working on such a project. "While we have investigated the possibility in the past, Microsoft is not developing dual-boot Windows XP support for One Laptop Per Child's XO laptop," a Microsoft representative said in a statement Thursday.
While that might appear to be a flat-out denial, in a way, … Read more
Jeff Raikes, the Microsoft executive most closely associated with the emergence of Office, said that the rise of that product is clearly the highlight of his long career at the software maker, which will come to an end in September.
In an interview on Thursday, Raikes noted that Office didn't exist when he left his role as a Visicalc engineering manager at Apple in 1981 to join Microsoft. Now it has more than 500 million users, while Microsoft has grown from 100 employees to 70,000.
"It's been an incredible 26 years," Raikes said. "I … Read more
Apparently Jeff Raikes, while working on Microsoft's deal to buy FAST (Fast Search and Transfer), also was planning his own exit.
Raikes, 49, head of Microsoft's Business Division, plans to step down in September, Microsoft said in a statement Thursday. Stephen Elop, former Juniper Networks chief operating officer, will fill the role.
"Given the success of our business and the depth of leadership we have in place today, the time is right for me to leave the MBD business in the capable hands of our new generation … Read more
Like every year, the Consumer Electronics Show is jam-packed with gadgets, from shiny new cell phones to giant TVs.
But this year, reporters scouring the CES show floor found a few goodies for the foodies too.
CNET News.com's Ina Fried sat down Wednesday with Mark Bolger of Microsoft's surface computing team to see what types of applications the tabletop technology could be used for. One of the ideas they've come up with is a system called Wine Bar that would allow restaurant-goers to select from a restaurant's wine list based on their taste preferences. So … Read more
Microsoft will need to find a new point person for its acquisitions strategy after confirming that Bruce Jaffe is moving on.
Jaffe will remain as vice president of corporate development until the end of February. Valleywag first reported his departure on Wednesday, suggesting he was off to found his own start-up in Silicon Valley. Marketwatch was able to confirm Jaffe's departure with Microsoft representatives, but didn't shed any light on his future plans.