05/01/2006

May 2006 - You Can Grow Your Own Way

Plus: BizTalk means business; upselling to SMBs; preventing employee turnover; when deploying Visual Studio 2005 Team System makes sense for your business; more.


News

Ballmer Defends Need to Invest, Innovate

Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Steve Ballmer told investors Wednesday to be patient as the world's largest software company spends time and money developing new products and entering new markets.


Microsoft Launches Live OneCare Security

Microsoft Corp. announces release of software that aims to better protect people who use Windows from Internet attacks.


Ballmer Clarifies Vista Ship Statement

Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said the Windows Vista operating system is still on track for early January shipment.


BizTalk 2006 Exam Goes Thru Beta Cycle

Microsoft finally gives BizTalk Server exam a workout in front of beta exam candidates this week.


H1-B Increase Slips into Immigration Bill

A provision to significantly increase high-tech worker visas quietly added to sweeping immigration bill.


WinHEC Presents a Smorgasbord of Betas

As expected, Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates announced the beginning of Beta 2 for three products key to the company's future during his keynote at this week's Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) in Seattle.


Microsoft, NEC to Expand Partnership

NEC Corp. and Microsoft Corp. plan to expand their business partnership in the networking and server businesses.


Microsoft Tells Contractors To Take 7 Days Off

Microsoft Corp. has told about 1,000 technology contract workers to take seven days off the job, without Microsoft pay, in a cost-saving move.


Intel Designing PCs for India's Rural Poor

U.S. chip maker Intel Corp. will design cheaper computers to be made by manufacturers in India for the country's rural poor.


From WinHEC: Microsoft Releases Windows Vista Beta 2

Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday released new test versions of what company co-founder Bill Gates called its three most important products.


Microsoft Testing Pay-by-the-Hour PCs

Microsoft developed technology for people to pay by the hour to use a computer in their own homes.


South Korea Rejects Microsoft's Antitrust Appeal

South Korea rejected appeal by Microsoft to overturn an antitrust decision against the world's largest software company.


Symantec Sues Microsoft

Symantec accused Microsoft of misappropriating its intellectual property and breach of contract.


IT Weekly Roundup, May 19

From the business wires: a tool for monitoring Web apps, SharePoint connectors, and a self-extracting file compression program.


Executive: Microsoft More Nimble Company

Company's corporate restructuring designed to allow Microsoft Corp. to make decisions more quickly, says top exec.


Microsoft, Best Buy Partner Up on Certification

More than 300 Best Buy employees now certified under training and certification program, jointly developed with Microsoft.


Microsoft Plans New Search Products

Windows Live Search, competitor to Google Search, offered as a free download.


Apple Releases More Laptops with Intel Chips

Intel chips sweep through the Mac landscape; what's left to complete the transition are high-end Macs.


Software Makers Crack Down on Net Piracy

Rivals Symantec and McAfee band together to bust eBay software pirates.


Judge Agrees to Extend Microsoft Oversight

DOJ to continue keeping an eye on Microsoft's business practices for two more years.


Hewlett-Packard Profit Rises on Cost-Cutting, Higher Revenue

HP bests Wall Street estimate of 49 cents per share by a nickel.


DOJ Wants to Extend Oversight of Microsoft to 2009

Citing Microsoft Corp.'s lapses under part of a landmark antitrust settlement, the Justice Department said Friday it wants to extend by two years its oversight of some of the company's business practices until at least November 2009.


Microsoft Debuts Windows CE Beta

While Windows Vista gets all the attention, embedded version of Windows quietly being revamped.


Microsoft Releases 3 Security Fixes for Windows, Exchange

As expected, Microsoft Corp. today released three new security bulletins today as part of its monthly Patch Tuesday announcement, with two of the patches being rated as "critical."


Gates Touts Vista's Gaming Features at E3

Gaming goes cross-platform, as Microsoft extends offerings to cell phones and upcoming Windows Vista.


Dell Warns 1Q Earnings Will Miss Mark

Amid stiffening competition, computer maker Dell Inc. said Monday its fiscal first-quarter results will miss earnings targets, blaming the shortfall on "pricing decisions."


IT Weekly Roundup, May 5

From the business wires this week: a server password management app, .NET rules and Group Policy tools, an enterprise security report solution, and more.


Two Ways to Save: Discount Exams + Second Shot

Microsoft opens up exam discounts to registered members of its Partner program, allows discount to be combined with exam retake offer.


Gartner: Windows Vista to be Delayed Further

Research firm predicts release of Vista in late spring of 2007; Microsoft thinks it can make early 2007.


Microsoft Settles Calif. Antitrust Suit

Truce in lawsuit will have company paying out $70 million to California government agencies.


Companies Rally Around Systems Center Family

Field report from the Microsoft Management Summit in San Diego


EU Judges Asked to Toss Out Microsoft Fine

Microsoft lawyers contend that EU fines don't fit the infraction; seek reduction or outright end to EU suit.


Microsoft Unveils New SMS Features

Besides changing Systems Management Server’s name this week, Microsoft opened the veil on new features coming in the next major release, dubbed "Systems Center Configuration Manager 2007."


Microsoft to Unveil New Internet Explorer

Microsoft's market-leading browser faces competition from smaller players.


Dispatch from Dallas

Microsoft Business Solutions Group's annual Convergence conference, which focuses on the company's business applications, drew thousands of customers and partners to Dallas in late March.


Microsoft, EU Face Off over Antitrust Issues

Redmond giant's latest antitrust court drama begins Monday.


A Q&A with Sam Jadallah

Since leaving Microsoft seven years ago, Sam Jadallah has stayed close to the industry and Microsoft. Currently, he's a general partner at the Menlo Park, Calif., venture capital firm Mohr Davidow Ventures. One of the sectors he invests in for the firm is software, which makes his inside knowledge of Microsoft highly valuable. In an e-mail interview with Redmond Channel Partner magazine, Jadallah assessed the changes in the Microsoft Partner Program since his departure.


Microsoft's Gates Takes High-Tech to Vietnam

Gates gets rockstar-like treatment as thousands come out to greet him during his visit to give Vietnamese high-tech efforts a boost.


Linux Distros Unite on Standard for Desktops

Free Standards Group releases latest desktop standard set of components.


Microsoft's Subpoena for IBM Docs Rejected

Latest effort to obtain documents in its EU antitrust case fails.


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