June 2006 - Best Buy's Small Business Offensive
Plus: Specializing on Microsoft Dynamics, going for the Gold Partner status, and ruminations on Virtual Server 2005 R2
A federal judge has dismissed Go Computer Inc.'s antitrust case against Microsoft Corp.
Redmond cutting 148 total U.S. sales jobs, as part of efforts to be more efficient.
U.S. magistrate strikes down many of SCO Group's claims against IBM, saying SCO failed to show intellectual property was misappropriated when IBM donated code to Linux operating system project.
Microsoft's sponsorship of technology contests and its partnerships with university research centers hopes to bear altruistic benefits, as well as loyalty to company's products.
Dell seeks to expand in the lucrative business of maintaining other companies' computers, plans to launch a new service plan that uses Google mapping technology.
Microsoft Corp. is eliminating 14 jobs in its Microsoft Learning division,
and will instead have an outside vendor perform that work.
Company's online preview of its new Office business software is part of efforts to drum up more interest in the coming set of releases.
Microsoft throws off the shroud on its unified communication strategy.
VP Martin Taylor resigns abruptly just as Live gets off the ground. Also: search tools for Exchange and SharePoint, a BPEL .NET server and an analysis tool for monitoring servers.
Adobe has made no complaints against Microsoft is shipping Office without Adobe's PDF file reader, and Adobe so far hasn't filed a complaint with the EU, says the Euro Commission.
The nation's largest consumer electronics retailer is testing the possibility of selling Apple Computer Inc.'s full line of computers in its stores.
Microsoft Corp.'s latest instant messaging program is ready for prime time, the company said Monday.
From the business wires this week: mobile SQL Server monitor/manager, storage management solution, and Bill Gates' new role at Microsoft.
New report says job growth is weaker than IT industry claims.
The Redmond software giant released 12 patches -- eight of which are deemed "critical" -- as part of its regularly scheduled monthly security update.
Microsoft plans to open up senior-level certification to 250 applicants in its first year.
A prominent Microsoft Corp. blogger who sometimes bluntly bashed the software behemoth is leaving the company to join PodTech.net, a Silicon Valley video blogging startup.
From the business wires this week: database backup tools, a virtualization suite and Windows Vista beta.
Microsoft Corp. acknowledged Wednesday that it needs to better inform users when its piracy monitoring tool is reporting to Microsoft.
After months of speculation, the Computing Technology Industry Association unveiled a new structure for its flagship A+ hardware technician certification.
Microsoft Corp. said Monday that its Internet security software will be included with Qwest's high-speed Internet service.
Microsoft Corp. will offer a premium license for the upcoming version of its Exchange e-mail server.
From the business wires this week: a Windows auditing and reporting solution, a database development app for SQL and Microsoft highlights.
Wall Street punishes Microsoft for playing close to the vest on investment plans.
July 11 support deadline looms for Windows 98/SE/Me.
Piracy in China tempers the enormous business opportunities there.
An inside look at prominent deals within the Microsoft partner community. Part of an occasional series.