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XP Cheats Death, Again.

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Microsoft extends availability of Windows XP on new PCs by six more months for OEMs and some developing markets.

Computer makers can "downgrade" machines from Vista Business or Ultimate to Windows XP Pro through July 2009. But Jan. 31 is still the last day system builders will be allowed to purchase XP licenses. So the system builder deadline has not changed. How fair is that?

Users can purchase PCs with XP through next July, just months before Microsoft plans to roll out Continue reading...

Bloatware as a Business

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Bloatware as a Business

What a tangled web we weave…that free, preinstalled software (often trial or demo) that we used to dangle in front of public (as a reason to buy a particular PC ) is now called "bloatware” by an unappreciative public. And retailers want to charge that public a service fee to take off the pre-installed software…

But software companies pay PC makers to load it up. Removal upsets software publishers and drives PC makers right into the negative margin zone.

We are an industry Continue reading...

What’s A Nice Guru Like You... Doing In A Place Like This?

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Apple Genius Bars versus Roving Geeks…As part of its $300-million marketing campaign to change the way we think about Redmond, Microsoft will deploy its own customer service reps at retailers like Best Buy and Circuit City.

At least 155 "Microsoft gurus" will be released in U.S. stores by year’s end. These gurus will answer questions about PCs and Microsoft products, demonstrating how the products work together. The idea is to get customers thinking Microsoft.

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Google's Own Browser, "Chrome"

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The browser is the key to accessing web apps, so it's no surprise to see Google jump into the development of browser technology. And, of course, when they jump feet-first they land right on top of Microsoft and Internet Explorer. 

Chrome is now available as a free download.

GO Chrome

Now We Know: Spam Sells

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Recent FBI prosecutions suggest the going rate for spammers to send a million spam messages is as little as US $5 -10. And now a security company with the convenient name of “Marshal” says 250 million customers are buying from spam mail. 29% of internet users purchased goods from spam emails, says Marshal.

The most commonly purchased items include sexual enhancement pills, software, adult material and luxury items such as watches, jewellery and clothing.

GO Marshal Study on Spam

MOJAVE: Cheaper than Re-Writing OS

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MOJAVE: Cheaper than Re-Writing OS

Microsoft still believes Vista's problems are mainly ones of perception. To prove this, Microsoft put Windows XP users who had negative impressions of Vista on video. They were asked about their impression of Vista, and then shown a "new" OS, code-named Mojave after the Sahara-like desert in USA. More than 90% gave positive feedback.

        Then the Vista-haters were told that "Mojave" was actually Windows Vista. Oops, bet that was Continue reading...

Microsoft: Making a Real Mesh of It

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Microsoft: Making a Real Mesh of ItLive Mesh is the new “software-plus-services” platform from Microsoft to enable PCs and other devices to be aware of each other via internet, so individuals (and organizations) can manage & share their files and applications seamlessly on the web (across the world of devices).

Is this the power of cloud services we’ve been waiting for?  Besides a whole list of potential security issues, we want to quote from Joe Wilcox at eWeek. "Live Mesh is Microsoft's attempt Continue reading...

Microsoft Wins Open-Format Web Standard

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Microsoft Wins Open-Format Web Standard

Reversing a loss in first-round voting, the International Organization for Standardization approved Microsoft’s Office Open XML as an international standards designation for its open-document format.

A 157-country NGO based in Geneva, ISO approval will influence software spending by governments and large companies.

Ten countries opposed the standard: Brazil, Canada, China, Cuba, Ecuador, India, Iran, New Zealand, So. Africa and Venezuela.

IBM and Sun Microsystems (with a rival interchangeable Continue reading...

Quaero Gets Google-Killer Funding

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The EC green-lights France to fund a €298 million project over the next five years for developing European web technology that will search by using a "query image", i.e., "image mining" software that recognises shapes and colours to find and retrieve still images and video clips The 23 European members in Quaero (means “I seek,” in Latin) are led by Thomson.  Germany also will invest €120 million over five years in next-gen search tech in mainly Continue reading...

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