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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

Mozilla bets big with new R&D group

Mozilla Labs has huddled together a new group of wonks to research and develop tools for the “open web”. Dubbed Developer Tools Lab, Mozilla hopes the assemblage of developers – to be led by fresh signings to the cause Dion Almaer and Ben Galbraith – will big up open standards and make the interweb a better place for ordinary …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Oct 2008
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Microsoft promises, fails to keep things simple for partners

Microsoft today tried to convince UK channel partners that it’s working hard to simplify its licensing terms, but many resellers have grumbled that the firm hasn’t gone far enough yet. MS director of emerging technology, Gurprit Singh, who was speaking at the company’s partner event in London this morning, told the gathered …
Kelly Fiveash, 1 Oct 2008
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Mozilla pushes out second Firefox 3.1 alpha

Mozilla has released the second alpha of Firefox 3.1 a week after Google unveiled its shiny new browser, Chrome. The latest advance version of the Mozilla Foundation’s upcoming browser is codenamed “Shiretoko”, and is intended for trailblazing software developers and testers only. Meanwhile, the so-called “code freeze”, or …
Kelly Fiveash, 8 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

A third of Vista PCs downgraded to XP

Vista’s death march picked up some pace yesterday, after a metrics researcher revealed that nearly 35 per cent of PCs built to run the Windows operating system have been downgraded to XP. In a survey of more than 3,000 computers, performance testing software developer Devil Mountain Software estimated that more than one in …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Aug 2008

Dell cloud computing™ denied

Dell has lost its bid to trademark the widely-used term “cloud computing”. The computer giant had filed an application to trademark the phrase with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in March 2007. However, according to blogger Sam Johnston, Dell’s application was officially rejected by the USPTO late last week. In …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Aug 2008

Stormy Peters lands on Gnome Foundation

The Gnome Foundation yesterday announced that it has hired former Hewlett-Packard industry analyst Stormy Peters as its new executive director. She will hope to snap up a few more industry members and community contributors to the open source group’s cause. Peters previously headed up HP’s open source strategy, policy and biz …
Kelly Fiveash, 8 Jul 2008

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