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Microsoft springs Office 2007 SP2 release date - kinda

Microsoft has confirmed it will dish up Office 2007 Service Pack 2 in the first half of next year. The software giant said yesterday that customers would get their mitts on SP2 for its current office suite of apps sometime between February and April 2009. It didn’t give a specific release date, presumably to avoid shooting …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Oct 2008
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Microsoft raises anti-piracy posse

Microsoft is banging the drum for its anti-piracy message, claiming the trade in dodgy software is costing the US 32,000 jobs and billions of dollars in income. The scheme takes a snapshot of what Microsoft is doing every day to counter trade in illegal copies of its software around the world. These range from civil lawsuits …
John Oates, 21 Oct 2008
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Holy f**k, Microsoft covers up ‘undesired’ words

Microsoft has gained patent rights to a technology for censoring speech. An automatic censoring filter, available in real-time mode or a batch mode, processes an input audio data stream containing speech and then alters “undesired words or phrases” to make them “unintelligible or inaudible”. The software giant was awarded …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Oct 2008
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Microsoft's Fast charged with 'accounting fraud'

Norwegian economic crime police have raided the headquarters of Microsoft-owned Fast Search and Transfer and charged the firm with accounting fraud. Police attorney Baard Thorsen told Reuters that evidence was being sought following allegations that Fast inflated its revenues prior to Microsoft’s $1.2bn buyout of the company …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Oct 2008
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Famed investor backs away from web-obsessed Microsoft

A well-known hedge-fund manager has hit out at Microsoft’s “overaggressive and almost panicky” attempts to plump up its online investments. David Einhorn, president and founder of Greenlight Capital, yesterday accused Microsoft of suffering from “Google-envy” and said he was giving up on investing in the software giant until …
Kelly Fiveash, 8 Oct 2008
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Microsoft waves updated Maps, Hotmail at customers

Microsoft yesterday updated its Windows Live versions of Hotmail and Maps, in its latest attempt to appear relevant in the online world. The proprietary software giant hasn’t rolled out the tweaks made to Hotmail to everyone yet. Most peeps will have to wait a few more weeks, but a few lucky non-Googlemail individuals can …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Sep 2008
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Microsoft claims 'landmark victory' against defunct UK reseller

Microsoft has said it will go after the assets of the former MD of defunct IT distie ITAC UK Ltd in a long-running parallel importing dispute. But lawyers for the reseller have slammed Microsoft for breaching an earlier confidentiality agreement between the two firms. On Wednesday Microsoft claimed to have scored a “landmark …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Sep 2008
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MS wields price cutlass at Chinese pirates

Microsoft has slashed the retail price of its Office 2007 suite in China by over 70 per cent for versions to counter widespread piracy in the country. The software giant has cut the selling price for Office 2007 Home and Student Edition to 199 yuan ($29) from 699 yuan ($102) as a special promotional offer that kicked off on …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Sep 2008
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Microsoft Live Search gets Powerset boost

Microsoft yesterday revealed how it has begun integrating Powerset’s semantic internet search technology into its own Live Search product. The software giant reportedly paid $100m for the Silicon Valley startup in July in a - some might say - doomed attempt to challenge Google’s search dominance. Powerset was happy enough to …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Sep 2008
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Microsoft makes another play for UK schools

Microsoft yesterday made a strategic move to draw a line under a fiery spat with the UK's education technology agency over the software multinational's attempts to get Office 2007 into British classrooms. In May Becta confirmed it had referred an interoperability complaint to the European Commission. It claimed that Microsoft' …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Sep 2008
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Microsoft bags European price comparison sites

Microsoft is splashing nearly $500m in cash on a price comparison and survey company, most of which it is going to immediately sell on. The software giant said it will acquire Greenfield Online Inc, the big daddy owner of Ciao, a group of European price comparison, shopping and consumer review sites based in seven countries. …
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Aug 2008
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Jeery Jerry loves Vista, y'know

Microsoft has called on American comedian Jerry Seinfeld to big up Vista in its next Windows ad campaign. The software giant is keeping quiet on the details, even though world+dog have nicely spun out the firm’s plans over the past 24 hours. According to the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft is spending $300m on the ad crusade …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Aug 2008
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Date bug kills VMware systems

Irate VMware customers were left unable to power up their virtual servers this morning because of a bug that killed their systems when the clock clicked round to 12 August. The bug was sent out to customers in ESX 3.5 update 2, VMware's latest hypervisor, which went out on 27 July. The version could have been downloaded and …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Aug 2008
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Firefox 3.1 vs IE8: 'Alpha, beta testers step forward, please'

Microsoft is looking for additional testers for the second beta of its upcoming Internet Explorer 8 browser, while Mozilla has reached the first developer milestone of the next release of Firefox. The two firms have been feverishly pitting their browsers against one another over the past few months. On Wednesday, Microsoft …
Kelly Fiveash, 1 Aug 2008
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MS springs patent complaint on Taiwanese mouse vendor

Microsoft yesterday filed a patent infringement complaint against a Taiwanese computer peripherals vendor after talks on a licensing agreement for mouse technology stalled. The software giant said that over the past few years it has made “repeated attempts” to strike a licensing deal with Primax Electronics Ltd, which …
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Jul 2008
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BO buy takes bloom off SAP Q2

SAP weathered the intensifying economic storm to post solid second quarter results this morning that showed the German business software giant beating market expectations. The tricky acquisition and integration of Business Objects depressed net profits 9 per cent compared to a year earlier, at €408m. That's a softer blow than …
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Microsoft to fold DATAllegro into server platforms

Microsoft is buying data warehouse appliance maker DATAllegro in its latest push in the enterprise business intelligence market. The software giant made the announcement yesterday. Financial details are undisclosed. Microsoft will retain most of DATAllegro’s team as well as its headquarters in Viejo, California. It will …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Jul 2008
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Microsoft bigwig jumps ship in re-org wake

The man who led Microsoft’s recent failed bid to buy Yahoo! is leaving the software giant after more than 15 years with the company. Kevin Johnson, president of Microsoft’s platforms and services division, is jumping ship amid a major shake-up at the company. Redmond is splitting Johnson’s old unit into two groups – one …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Jul 2008

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