July 2006 - Microsoft: World's Biggest Brand

Partners get behind the most powerful marketing icon. Plus, Virtual PC 2004; Microsoft's Partner program revamp -- three years later; and how to get Microsoft haters on your side.


Programmer Stole, Sold Sentry Insurance Customer Data, Company Says

Personal information on 72 worker's compensation claimants was stolen from Sentry Insurance and later sold over the Internet, the company said.

New-Generation BizTalk Exam Now Live

Microsoft releases exam for business process management experts after a successful beta test last month.

SAP Reports 43 Percent Profit Jump

Business software maker SAP AG said its net profit rose 43 percent in the second quarter on higher U.S. revenues and better margins.

Microsoft To License 3-D Image Technology

Microsoft Corp. plans to license a technology for manipulating three-dimensional images as part of the company's efforts to make more money from its in-house research and development.

Microsoft, Nortel Form Telecom Alliance

Microsoft Corp. and Nortel Networks Corp. have formed a four-year alliance to develop and sell products that aim to give people more sophisticated ways to communicate with each other.

Microsoft Files 26 U.S. Piracy Lawsuits

Microsoft Corp. has filed 26 lawsuits accusing U.S. companies of selling pirated software, the latest move in its ramped-up efforts to boost sales by cracking down on illegal copies.

McAfee Quietly Fixes Software Flaw

A leading computer security company quietly fixed a dangerous design flaw months ago, but did not warn businesses and U.S. government agencies until Friday.

Microsoft, Yahoo Test IM Partnership

Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. are beginning a limited test of plans to make their instant messaging systems work together.

EU Warns That Vista May Mean More Fines for Microsoft

European Union regulators fines Redmond and warns that the company needs to make sure it doesn't get into the same trouble again.

EU Fines Microsoft $357M, Threatens More

The EU fined Microsoft Corp. $357 million and threatened more penalties, saying the company failed to obey a 2004 antitrust order to share technical information with rivals.

Microsoft Issues 7 Security Patches for July

Microsoft Corp. issued seven patches to fix a variety of flaws, five of which the company has deemed "critical" -- its highest security rating.

Gates: 80 Percent Chance Vista Will Make January Deadline

Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates said there was an 80 percent chance the company's next-generation operating system, Vista, would be ready in January.

Dynamics CRM Live Made Channel-Ready

Ballmer takes wraps off hosted CRM app at partner confab.

Ballmer: Future Windows to Arrive Faster

Microsoft Corp.'s customers will never again face as long a wait between new versions of Windows software as they're enduring now, Chief Executive Steve Ballmer vowed Tuesday.

Microsoft Cuts Jobs, Fights the Law

Microsoft streamlines its training and sales divisions and gets beat on by the EU and South Korea. Also, IE7 beta 3 ships and Office 2007 is delayed.

EU To Levy More Fines Against Microsoft

European Commission to levy more fines against Microsoft due to noncompliance with EU antitrust order to share information with rivals.

Live Communications Exam Goes Live July 10

Unified communications experts who pass Exam 70-262 will earn coveted MCTS title.

South Korea Rejects Microsoft's Anti-Trust Request

Seoul High Court shoots down request for a stay on sanction against the Redmond giant for antitrust.

Exit Interview: A Q&A with outgoing U.S. Partner VP Margo Day.

Margo Day, who has run the U.S. Partner Group for five years, and Robert Deshaies, U.S. V.P. for SMS&P, swap responsibilities, beginning in July.

Anatomy of the Deal: EMC Buys Interlink, May 11, 2006

Info storage leader goes deep with latest acquisition.

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