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May 31, 2007

New betas for Windows Live Messenger, Mail, and Writer

Posted by David Hunter at 11:28 PM ET.

Last night, Microsoft rolled out 3 new Windows Live betas as Nick White reports at Microsoft’s Windows Vista Team Blog:

Today our Windows Live team is releasing new betas for several Windows Live applications:  Windows Live Messenger 8.5, Windows Live Mail and Windows Live Writer.  All three are now available for download.

White provides many more details on what is new, but in a nutshell:

Filed under Beta and CTP, Microsoft, Windows Live, Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Mail Desktop, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live OneCare Family Safety, Windows Live SkyDrive, Windows Live Writer

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Gates, Jobs love-in at D5

Posted by David Hunter at 11:50 AM ET.

Last night was the night for the Bill Gates-Steve Jobs joint interview at the D5 conference and not unexpectedly it turned out to be a love-in between the two industry pioneers: (more…)

Filed under Apple, Bill Gates, Conferences, Coopetition, D5, Executives, Microsoft

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May 30, 2007

Steve Ballmer does D5

Posted by David Hunter at 8:43 PM ET.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer got his turn on the D5 conference hot seat today, but his performance mostly seems to have been soporific:

In a genial interview with the Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg Wednesday morning, Ballmer presented a picture of a plodding, predictable, unexciting company. He couldn’t quite say when Microsoft will make some progress against Google (GOOG) in its weak share in Internet search. He couldn’t say why exactly the new Vista operating system was overly complex when it was released. He didn’t particularly enlighten the audience on just why Microsoft is paying $6 billion to buy online ad agency aQuantive (AQNT). By the way, Ballmer won’t mention Google’s name, referring to it merely as “the market leader;”

Nice touch. (more…)

Filed under Conferences, Coopetition, D5, Employee Retention, Executives, General Business, Google, Microsoft, Microsoft Hardware, Microsoft Surface, Steve Ballmer, aQuantive

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Microsoft Surface: Bah, humbug!

Posted by David Hunter at 1:31 PM ET.

I hate to play Ebenezer Scrooge as Santa Bill Gates opens Microsoft’s sack of lab goodies and comes up with something to announce for the Wall Street Journal’s D5 Conference, but the announcement of Microsoft Surface today is just rife with causes for “Bah, humbug!”


Filed under Conferences, D5, Microsoft, Microsoft Hardware, Microsoft Surface

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