Posts Tagged ‘Microsoft

23
Jul
10

Tablet War Hots Up With Microsoft iPad Rival

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Tablet War Hots Up With Microsoft iPad Rival

Friday, July 23, 2010

••• Microsoft is taking on the iPad in the battle of the tablets as it announced plans to launch it own version later this year.

It is working in partnership with Hewlett-Packard whose executive vice president Todd Bradley said: ‘Slates are going to be an enormous category.

‘Our focus is working with still our largest software partner, Microsoft, to create a tablet, a slate, for the enterprise business.’

‘This is just in its infancy.’

Apple has sold more than three million iPads since it went on sale in April and Microsoft has been seeking to develop products that will tap into the lucrative market.

When the Microsoft tablet arrives on the shelves it may benefit from one key advantage over its Apple rival.

The HP tablet computer will be able to run Flash, the popular video software from Adobe which Apple has barred from the iPad.
The news comes as Microsoft revealed a record $4.52 billion profit with a fourth quarter revenue of more than $16 billion dollars.

The American tech company credited the strong sales figures to the successful launch of its latest-generation Office 2010 software and to continued strong demand for its new Windows 7 operating system.

The popularity of its Xbox 360 videogame consoles and Bing’s improving share of the Internet search market also contributed to the successful final quarter of its fiscal year.

Microsoft chief operating officer Kevin Turner said: ‘We look forward to continuing our product momentum this fall with the upcoming launches of Windows Phone 7 and Xbox Kinect.’
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07
Jul
10

Mozilla stokes Firefox 4 with first beta build

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Mozilla stokes Firefox 4 with first beta build

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

••• Mozilla released its web explorer Firefox 4‘s beta version Wednesday, PC World reported.

Firefox explorer, considered to be the largest rival of Microsoft Windows’ Internet Explorer, has upgraded to its newest version with multiple technologies in line with future Internet developing trend.

The beta version imitated Google chrome and a few other browsers by putting the tabs on top and providing webpage crash protection features.

Mozilla provides its Firefox users with versions used in operation system including Microsoft Windows, Apple’s Mac and the Linux OS.

The newly released beta version of Firefox is expected to widely compete with IE as the most popular Internet browser in the scientific arena.
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• Source(s): Mozilla Corporation
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15
Jun
10

Microsoft Office 2010 goes on sale worldwide

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Microsoft Office 2010 goes on sale worldwide

Friday, June 11, 2010

••• Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday announced that the latest version of its Office software is now available for consumers worldwide.

Starting from Tuesday, consumers can purchase Microsoft Office 2010 at more than 35,000 retail stores across the globe, through online retailers or from Microsoft website.

Office 2010 can also be purchased with desktops and laptops from leading personal computer (PC) makers including Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung and Sony, Microsoft said in a press release.

The software giant predicted that in the next year, more than 100 million PCs will ship with Office 2010 preloaded.

Microsoft said it has made considerable enhancements to Office 2010, a suite of applications including the popular Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.

For example, improvements to Word 2010 can help users add extensive text effects and table formatting options.

Microsoft also announced that a free, Web-based version of the Office programs is becoming available to consumers.

The Office Web Apps, which includes Web-based versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote that enable users to edit and share documents online, is seen as Microsoft’s answer to Google Inc.’s Web-based applications.
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• Source(s): Microsoft Corporation
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30
Apr
10

Microsoft sidelines ‘Courier’ tablet project

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Microsoft sidelines ‘Courier’ tablet project

Friday, April 30, 2010

Microsoft has sidelined a ‘Courier’ project said to be focused on building a twin-screen tablet computer that could be used for entertainment and work.

‘At any given time, across any of our business groups, there are new ideas being investigated, tested, and incubated,’ Microsoft spokesman Frank X. Shaw (Corporate Vice President, Corporate Communications) said in a message posted on Thursday on the U.S. software giant’s blog.

‘The Courier project is an example of this type of effort and its technologies will be evaluated for use in future Microsoft offerings.’

Microsoft has kept details of the project secret, declining to confirm or deny what it is about.

Leaked reports of the table described it as opening like a book to reveal two screens operated by touch.

Shaw said he posted his brief comments in response to ‘a tonne of speculation’ about Courier.

A Microsoft tablet computer was expected to debut in January at the Consumer Electronics Show, which features the debuts of many of the tech-world’s latest devices.

Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer instead touted a Hewlett-Packard tablet computer during his on-stage presentation.

Industry insiders were expecting Courier to rival Apple’s freshly-launched iPad tablet computer.

The Wi-Fi-only model of the latest device from the maker of the Macintosh computer, the iPod and the iPhone went on sale in the United States on April 3.

The company sold over 500,000 iPads the first week.

Apple promised that its iPad models featuring 3G cellular connectivity will hit U.S. stores on Friday.

Apple has said that heavy US demand has forced it to delay the international release of the iPad by a month, until late May.

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29
Apr
10

Google ranked world’s most valuable brand

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Google ranked world’s most valuable brand

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Google was crowned the world’s most valuable brand on Wednesday by a research firm that found technology firms dominate when it comes to how much a name is worth in today’s markets.

Google, IBM, Apple and Microsoft topped global stalwarts Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, and Marlboro in a Top Ten brand value list packed with seven technology companies.

Google’s brand was worth more than $114 billion, a 14 percent climb from 2009, according to the annual Millward Brown Optimor ‘BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands’ report.
U.S. technology titan IBM saw its ‘brand value’ surge 30 percent to $86 billion while the worth of Apple’s name climbed 32 percent to $83 billion, according to the report.

Factors taken into consideration in the ranking include customer loyalty and opinions regarding brands and how they influence earnings.

Microsoft ranked fourth with its brand valued at slightly more than $76 billion, just ahead of the nearly $68 billion that Coca-Cola’s brand was said to be worth.

China Mobile, General Electric, and Vodafone claimed the eighth through tenth spots respectively.

Social-networking powerhouse Facebook made it onto a separate Top Twenty technology brands list for the first time with its company name value at $5.5 billion.

Electronics powerhouse Samsung saw the largest jump in brand value, soaring 80 percent from the previous year to $11.3 billion.

‘Technology brands demonstrated their pervasiveness in our daily lives,’ Millward Brown said in a release. ‘Use of social media was a key trend across many of the successful brands.’

The overall value of the Top 100 brands rose four per cent to more than two trillion dollars, according to Millward Brown, which specialises in advertising, marketing communications, media and brand equity research.

‘This ranking has elevated the importance of building brands among some of the world’s most successful companies,’ said Millward Brown global chief executive Eileen Campbell.

‘CEOs and CFOs around the world should be asking their brand and marketing teams how they can leverage brand to both protect and grow the business.’

An investor who put their money into a Brandz portfolio five years ago would have earned a double-digit return as opposed to losing cash with a set of stocks based on the SP 500 index, according to Millward Brown.

‘In the past, many companies were quick to cut their marketing spend during a down economy,’ said Joanna Seddon, head of Millward Brown Optimor.

‘A new trend has emerged in the wake of the recession as more companies realised the importance of maintaining and even increasing budgets to support brand loyalty and engagement.’
• Source(s): Millward Brown
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24
Apr
10

Apple Market Cap Bigger Than Microsoft? Not Quite Yet, It Isn’t

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Apple Market Cap Bigger Than Microsoft? Not Quite Yet, It Isn’t

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Boosted by upbeat investor reaction to its strong earnings report this week, Apple on yesterday became the second largest company on the S&P 500 Index in terms of market capitalization, surpassing software giant Microsoft.
Revenge, they say, is a dish that is best served cold. And if this is true, then Apple must be pleased as punch to see itself in the second spot in the S&P 500, second only to Exxon Mobil.

While coming second is in itself notable – with the notable exception of coming first – what must be especially pleasing to Apple is the company it has replaced – Microsoft.

To understand this, you must travel back in time to 1988. In that year, Apple filed a case against Microsoft, claiming that the Windows graphical user interface (GUI) infringed upon the Mac’s “look and feel.” Of course, since Apple had itself borrowed the Mac’s look and feel by looking at products from Xerox and feeling that the GUI is a good thing, the judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that Apple cannot get patent-like protection for the idea of a GUI.

What is more humiliating than being beaten by an opponent? Running back to the same opponent for help when you are down. And Apple was forced to do this in 1997, when Steve Jobs announced that Apple would join Microsoft to release new versions of Microsoft Office for the Macintosh, and that Microsoft made a $150 million investment in non-voting Apple stock. The money made a huge difference to Apple because in 1997 Apple was in deep trouble and was facing a huge finance crunch.

Enough history. Cut to the here and now. Apple is on top and has ousted Microsoft to become the No 2 company on the S&P index. It would be wrong to say that its iPod, iPhone and iPads are selling like hot cakes – it would perhaps be better to say that hot cakes are selling like iPads.

Purists may argue that the S&P 500 represents merely float-adjusted market cap. In fact, as Marco Tabini posted on macworld.com, “Microsoft’s full market cap still outstrips Apple’s by $275 billion to $241 billion.”

True, Microsoft’s market cap is still higher, but Apple has one psychological advantage that was once enjoyed by Microsoft in the PC era – the ability to drive the direction of the market. Now, Apple decides what happens.

Want proof? The iPad now accounts for 26 per cent of all of the mobile traffic on wired.com. The site is so impressed that they are making their Flash-heavy pages iPad compatible. “We are aware of the irony that the majority of wired.com’s videos, which use an Adobe Flash-based player, don’t play on the iPad. We’re working on that, starting with our homepage,” wrote Dylan F. Tweney in an article that appeared on the site.

Many many moons ago, when Steve Jobs hired John Sculley from Pepsi, he is reputed to have asked him, “Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?” Scully didn’t change the world. In fact, during his regime, Microsoft threatened to discontinue Office for the Mac if Apple did not licence parts of the Mac GUI for use with Windows. And those days, Microsoft got what it wanted. But it looks like iPad has just turned the tables.

• What is S&P 500?
The S&P 500 is a free-float capitalization-weighted index published since 1957 of the prices of 500 large-cap common stocks actively traded in the United States. After the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500 is the most widely followed index of large-cap American stocks. It is considered a bellwether for the American economy.

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23
Apr
10

Software giant Microsoft posts 35 percent jump in profit in Q3

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Software giant Microsoft posts 35 percent jump in profit in Q3

Friday, April 23, 2010

Software giant Microsoft said on Thursday that its third-quarter net profit rose 35 percent to $4.01 billion, slightly better than expectations.

Microsoft said revenue hit a record $14.50 billion in the quarter which ended on March 31, up six percent over the same period a year ago.

‘Windows 7 continues to be a growth engine, but we also saw strong growth in other areas like Bing search, Xbox Live and our emerging cloud services,’ Microsoft chief financial officer Peter Klein said in a statement.

Microsoft said revenue from its Windows computer operating system was up 28 percent over a year ago, driven by strong demand for the latest version, Windows 7.

‘Business customers are beginning to refresh their desktops and the momentum of Windows 7 continues to be strong,’ chief operating officer Kevin Turner said.

Microsoft’s fiscal fourth-quarter revenue will meet or exceed PC market revenues, said Klein, driven by a full pipeline of product updates including Office 2010, SQL server and SharePoint 2010.”You’ll see a wave of product launches in the fourth quarter,” Klein said.”Our business will continue to grow stronger than the market.”
• Source(s): Microsoft Corporation

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01
Apr
10

Microsoft extends free Windows 7 Enterprise trial

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Microsoft extends free Windows 7 Enterprise trial

Thursday, April 1, 2010

••• On the eve of the Windows 7 launch last year, Microsoft offered IT pros a chance to evaluate Windows 7 Enterprise for a limited time. But this week, the software giant announced that the evaluation version would now be offered through the end of 2010.

The free 90-day trial version of Windows 7 Enterprise–your choice of 32-bit or 64-bit version–was originally offered “while supplies last,” which is an odd limitation for a software download.

Functionally, Windows 7 Enterprise is identical to the high-end Windows 7 Ultimate version, but is sold for use in volume-licensing business environments only. One of the benefits of Enterprise, then, is that it includes access to the valuable BitLocker-To-Go portable drive encryption technologies, leading to one of my most popular tips from the Windows Weekly podcast: Users with the more mainstream Windows 7 Home Premium can install the Enterprise edition in a Windows Virtual PC virtual machine (VM), encrypt their USB memory keys with BitLocker-To-Go, then safely access them using their host OS going forward. If the keys get lost, the data is safe.

Now, that ability–along with general access to the Windows 7 Enterprise trial–is being extended through the end of 2010. “Due to popular demand, the Windows Enterprise Trial program has been extended,” Microsoft’s Stephen Rose wrote in a blog posting this week. “This means you now have till December 31, 2010 to download and evaluate the trial version.”

Readers interested in the 90-day trial version of Windows 7 Enterprise should visit the Microsoft Springboard web site.
• Source(s): Microsoft Corporation

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29
Mar
10

Microsoft rushes to patch zero-day IE hole

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Microsoft rushes to patch zero-day IE hole

Monday, March 29, 2010
Last modification: Tuesday, March 30, 2010: 1:05 p.m. PDT

••• Microsoft is releasing an out-of-band patch to address a vulnerability in Internet Explorer 6 and 7 on Tuesday, which if exploited would allow an attacker to compromise the targeted system. In addition to the patch addressing the widely known flaw, MS10-018 will also correct nine other vulnerabilities.

“We have been monitoring this issue and have determined an out-of-band release is needed to protect customers,” Microsoft said in a statement.

Discovered earlier this month, the flaw in Internet Explorer is caused due to a use-after-free error in iepeers.dll when handling invalid values passed to the “setAttribute” function. If exploited, the attacker would have control over the system at the permissions level of the current user. Considering most users are logged in as an administrator on their systems, the issue quickly gained notoriety.

While Microsoft said that users of Internet Explorer 8 and Windows 7 are not vulnerable, the fact that the majority of their users are open to attack caused them to push the timeline up some for the patch.

“The last time Microsoft issued an out of band patch for IE was in January, and it was for the ‘Aurora’ bug that was used to exploit Google, Adobe and other large enterprises. Given that Microsoft’s regular patch is only 15 days away, an out-of-band patch definitely means there is a serious uptick in attacks against this bug in the wild,” said Andrew Storms, Director of Security Operations for nCircle.

“Microsoft’s turnaround time on this bug was very impressive. Generally, it takes at least 30 days from advisory to bug fix release. Microsoft released the advisory on March 9th, just three weeks ago.”

Each of the ten updates in MS10-018 will be listed as Critical by Redmond, and they expect them to hit systems by 1:00 p.m. PDT on March 30.

• Microsoft Security Bulletin MS10-018 – Critical •
• Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (980182)

▪ Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for March 2010
▪ Internet Explorer Cumulative Update Releasing Out-of-Band
• Source(s): Microsoft Corporation
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18
Mar
10

Microsoft announces Windows 7 SP1

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Microsoft announces Windows 7 SP1

Thursday, 18 March 2010

••• There’s been talk floating around for quite some time about the coming of Windows 7 SP1. Today, we’ve got some details out of Redmond.

The short version: Windows 7 SP1 will pretty much just be a rollup of updates that have been previously released. Yay.

The slightly longer version: there will be other ‘minor’ updates, including support for a kicked-up remote desktop client (using RemoteFX) and Dynamic Memory support. Both of those are Windows Server technologies, so they’re not of much interest to anyone running Windows 7 at home.

SP1 does historically act as a ‘green light’ to system administrators that it’s OK to upgrade to the new OS, but according to Brandon LeBlanc that hasn’t been the case this time around. In his words, “Many organizations are already in the process of deploying and are receiving benefits from their Windows 7 deployment.”

Once finished, Microsoft said it would make the Windows 7 service pack available for download and through Windows Update.

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14
Mar
10

Ceton InfiniTV 4 Quad-Tuner Card

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Ceton InfiniTV 4 Quad-Tuner Card

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

••• The Ceton InfiniTV 4 Quad-Tuner Card is the world’s first multi-tuner PC card for watching digital cable TV on the PC, including support for premium cable channels. It enables Media Center PCs to play or record up to four live channels of HDTV at once, and stream live HD channels or recordings to multiple HDTVs throughout the home, all from a single cable connection and a single CableCARD™. Replace your cable set-top boxes and their costly monthly rental fees and enjoy premium cable TV throughout the home, all from a single PC. With the Ceton InfiniTV 4 Quad-Tuner Card your Media Center PC becomes a complete entertainment platform for all your media, including premium cable TV.

Rasputin-like, the CableCard refuses to die, despite the best intentions of cable companies everywhere. TiVo still supports the device, and many home theater PCs would be hindered without it, but this alternative to a set-top box has never caught on, to mildly understate things.

Nonetheless, those attached to their Windows 7 Media Center desktops in the living room should take refuge in a new CableCard tuner from Ceton. Called the InfiniTV 4 and now available for pre-order, this PCI Express x1 card lets your PC record up to four HD shows at the same time, which doubles the capabilities of my current cable set-top box. Better still, it will stream HD broadcasts to other HDTVs around your home via Media Center Extenders (of which the Xbox 360 is the most popular). Unlike earlier incarnations of CableCard, the latest models can access premium channels, so you should be able to record Spartacus on Showtime Starz while watching The Ricky Gervais Show on HBO. According to Engadget, the InifiniTV 4 doesn’t include a fan, so it should keep noise levels down from your HTPC.

The Ceton Digital Cable Quad-Tuner Card will be available for sale by May 31, 2010 for $399. See Ceton Corp. for more information.
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10
Mar
10

Windows security update causes ‘blue screen of death’ for some

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Windows security update causes ‘blue screen of death’ for some

February 11, 2010
Last modification: March 10, 2010

••• Some Windows users reported on Thursday that they were getting the “blue screen of death” on their computers when they installed Microsoft’s latest security updates released two days earlier.

Most of the people complaining on a Windows forum said they had the problem on Windows XP, but one person also reported problems on Windows 7.

Users posted a fix on the site that they said seemed to work, but that didn’t necessarily quell the anger.

“Where at Microsoft do I send my invoice for hours spent fixing this BS?” one person wrote on Thursday.

The problem appears to be with one specific update, which addresses a vulnerability in the 32-bit Windows kernel that could allow elevation of privilege that was disclosed last month.

The fix requires users to have an install CD, but not all computer manufacturers ship systems with a disc for re-installing the operating system, according to the Krebs on Security blog, which first reported the problems on Wednesday.

In addition, Netbooks do not have CD-ROM drives, making the problem even more difficult for them to fix, security blogger Brian Krebs wrote.

Several people reported on the Windows forum site that Microsoft told them the company would not be providing a fix for Netbooks and that Netbook users would have to get support from the equipment manufacturer.

Microsoft is investigating the reports to determine the cause of the problems, according to a statement from Jerry Bryant, senior security communications manager lead at Microsoft.

“Anyone believed to have been affected can visit: https://consumersecuritysupport.microsoft.com,” the statement said. “Those in the United States can contact Customer Service and Support at no charge using the PC Safety hotline at 1-866-727-2338 (PCSAFETY). Those outside the United States can find local contact numbers at http://support.microsoft.com/international.”

Microsoft published a blog post later on Thursday with this additional information:

“Our initial analysis suggests that the issue occurs after installing MS10-015 (KB977165). However, we have not confirmed that the issue is specific to MS10-015 or if it is an interoperability problem with another component or third-party software. Our teams are working to resolve this as quickly as possible. We also stopped offering this update through Windows Update as soon as we discovered the restart issues. However, those using enterprise deployment systems such as SMS or WSUS will still see and be able to deploy these packages.

“While we work to address this issue, customers who choose not to install the update can implement the workaround outlined in the bulletin. CVE-2010-0232 was publicly disclosed and we previously issued Security Advisory 979682 in response. Customers can disable the NTVDM subsystem as a workaround and we have provided an automated method of doing that with a Microsoft Fix It that you can find here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/979682.”
• Microsoft Support: How to fix BlueScreen (STOP) errors that cause Windows Vista to shut down or restart unexpectedly.
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• More info: Demystifying the ‘Blue Screen of Death’ GO
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