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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.

While most celebrated the Fourth of July with fireworks and BBQs in the U.S., 162 people probably mulled over their freedom and independence with more than a couple cold ones. They include 14 cut from Microsoft's Learning division and 148 of Redmond's sales staff. Microsoft, though, wasn't the only party pooper, as HP announced Thursday its plans to close some of its offices worldwide to save on real estate costs.

Courts apparently decided to commemorate the holiday with downers of their own: the EU announced its plans to levy more fines against Microsoft for non-compliance with its antitrust order for the company to share technical information with rivals, and South Korea rejected Microsoft's request for a stay of antitrust sanctions. A federal court, however, did dismiss Go's antitrust case against Microsoft, citing a four-year limitation on filing its case.

In product news, Microsoft released the third beta of Internet Explorer 7, which includes drag-and-drop tabbed browsing and enhanced FTP functionality, and the general availability of Office 2007 has been pushed back to...2007.

Technology consultancy twentysix New York, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, announced Thursday the publication of Andrew Brust's Programming Microsoft SQL Server 2005, co-authored with Stephen Forte. The book covers how to plan, develop and manage custom applications for SQL Server 2005 with code samples. Brust is a Visual Basic MVP, a member of Microsoft's Business Intelligence Partner Advisory Council and twentysix New York's chief of New Technology. http://www.microsoft.com/mspress/

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Dan Hong is the associate Web editor of MCPmag.com, CertCities.com, TCPmag.com, Redmondmag.com and RCPmag.com.

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