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  • NSW education drops $150M for 267,000 school notebooks

    The NSW Department of Education and Training (DET) has selected Microsoft and Lenovo as the suppliers for a 267,000 unit netbook deployment for teachers and students costing $150 million.

    Written by Rodney Gedda01 April 09 12:04
  • Microsoft wraps up Vista SP2 RC

    Microsoft announced it has wrapped up a near-final version of Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2), and has posted it to a pair of subscriber-only services for download.

    Written by Gregg Keizer26 Feb. 09 08:23
  • Defence scraps Vista, Office, Exchange Server upgrades

    The Department of Defence has abandoned its deployment of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and will forgo plans to deploy Windows Vista and Office 2007, citing the products lack “significant business advantage”.

    Written by Darren Pauli19 Feb. 09 10:36
  • Microsoft-Red Hat deal shows need for virtualization support

    A virtualization deal struck Monday between Microsoft and Red Hat shows the growing need for vendors to ensure customers can get cross-platform support for applications running in virtualized environments.

    Written by Elizabeth Montalbano19 Feb. 09 06:00
  • Microsoft, Infosys focus on supply chain

    Microsoft and IT services provider Infosys Technologies revealed on Thursday an alliance around improving supply chain visibility and collaboration.

    Written by Paul Krill30 Jan. 09 08:19
  • Windows 7 to be 'thoroughly' tested by antitrust regulators

    Technical advisers to the antitrust regulators who monitor Microsoft's compliance with a 2002 antitrust settlement will test Windows 7 "more thoroughly" than earlier versions of the operating system, according to a recently-released status report filed with the federal judge watching over the company.

    Written by Gregg Keizer28 Jan. 09 08:11
  • 'Vista Capable' case could cost Microsoft US$8.5B

    Microsoft would have to come up with as much as $8.5 billion to settle accounts with the customers affected by its 2006 "Vista Capable" marketing program, according to documents unsealed by a federal court.

    Written by Gregg Keizer27 Jan. 09 12:06
  • Anonymous postings give clues to where MS is cutting jobs

    Microsoft is laying off employees in the divisions that make its Zune music player , Microsoft Office software, and Live Search site, but not in the group preparing its Windows 7 operating system, according to anonymous postings Thursday by purported Microsoft employees.

    Written by Eric Lai23 Jan. 09 09:48
  • Microsoft delivers IE8 release candidate

    As expected, Microsoft Monday launched a release candidate of Internet Explorer 8, the first update to the browser since last August.

    Written by Gregg Keizer27 Jan. 09 08:04
  • Slow Vista sales hit MS revenues as netbooks gain ground

    Sales of Windows desktop software dropped 8 percent last quarter compared to a year ago, while Microsoft's server division revenues were up 15 percent, illustrating the rejection of Windows Vista and the acceptance of Windows Server 2008, an analyst said Thursday morning.

    Written by Gregg Keizer23 Jan. 09 05:38
  • Ballmer: Microsoft strained to minimize layoffs

    While Microsoft plans to eventually eliminate up to 5,000 jobs, including 1,400 cuts to be made Thursday, it is doing its best to minimize the impact on employees as well as its ongoing strategic efforts, CEO Steve Ballmer said.

    Written by Eric Lai23 Jan. 09 05:41
  • Protecting Against the Rampant Conficker Worm

    Businesses worldwide are under attack from a highly infectious computer worm that has infected almost 9 million PCs, according to antivirus company F-Secure.

    Written by Erik Larkin17 Jan. 09 10:40
  • Microsoft issues first Windows 7 beta patch

    Microsoft Tuesday issued its first patch for the just-released Windows 7 beta, but it passed on plugging a hole in an important file-sharing protocol that it fixed in older versions of the operating system.

    Written by Gregg Keizer14 Jan. 09 10:32