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October 15, 2007

Supremes won’t help Microsoft and Best Buy with RICO lawsuit

Posted by David Hunter at 2:14 PM ET.

Back in May, the US Ninth District Court of Appeals ruled that Microsoft and Best Buy could be sued under US racketeering law over a marketing program where customers who bought PCs at Best Buy were allegedly signed up for the MSN ISP service without their knowledge. Microsoft and Best Buy contended that this use of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) was incorrect, but today the US Supreme Court refused to review the lower court decision.


Filed under Best Buy, Coopetition, General Business, Legal, Marketing, Microsoft, Public Relations

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May 11, 2007

Microsoft Weekly Miscellany, May 11, 2007

Posted by David Hunter at 2:11 PM ET.

Sun’s JavaFX to take on AJAX, Silverlight in the Rich Internet Application (RIA) competition. I thought the days of slow, cheesy looking Java client apps were thankfully past, but I guess not. Hearing that “JavaFX Script leverages 2D graphics APIs in the Swing GUI toolkit” merely reminds me how awful Swing applications actually were. We’ll see if Sun can find a pony here with a scripting variant of Java, but I doubt it. While they were at it, Sun mostly open sourced Java.

Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar v1 released. I’ve long used something similar with FireFox, but one was really needed for IE.

SQL Server ‘Katmai’ Lacks Anticipated WinFS Features. Why spoil a perfect record? Related: David Boschmann explains Microsoft database projects Jasper and Astoria.

Microsoft publicly betas Tahiti, renamed SharedView. It’s a screen sharing program which up to 15 people can use for collaboration. There’s still no hint as to where it fits in the Microsoft galaxy of products although the original rumor was as part of Office Live.

Symantec attacks Microsoft’s Forefront Client Security. The fact that Forefront Client Security (for businesses) is using the same engine as the troubled OneCare consumer product leads to predictable snarking.

Microsoft signs Web video deals:

While it’s tempting to label the shows advertorials and leave it at that, Ben Silverman, Reveille’s chief executive, said he’s tried to find more elegant ways to incorporate products and entertainment.

I think Ron Popeil beat them to it.

Microsoft must answer racketeering claims over Best Buy deal.

Xbox Spring update released including Windows Live Messenger.

PS3 to ‘Win’ Console War Because of Blu-ray according to Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst.

Mac share of US Web surfers doubles in 8 months – it’s up to 6%

Filed under Apple, Best Buy, Blu-ray, Coopetition, Forefront, HD DVD, Hardware, Internet Explorer, Legal, MSN, MSN Content, MSN Video, Microsoft, Office Live, SQL Server, Servers, Silverlight, Sony, Sun, Technologies, Windows Live, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live OneCare, Xbox

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July 18, 2006

Microsoft acquires Winternals Software

Posted by David Hunter at 12:00 PM ET.

If you’re involved with the technical side of Microsoft Windows, you’ve certainly heard of the expertise of Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell of Winternals Software (freeware is at Sysinternals) and more than likely have used some of their diagnostic tools. I’ve only had occasion to mention them once on this site, but always follow Russinovich’s blog where he announced the news:

I’m very pleased to announce that Microsoft has acquired Winternals Software and Sysinternals. Bryce Cogswell and I founded both Winternals and Sysinternals (originally NTInternals) back in 1996 with the goal of developing advanced technologies for Windows. We’ve had an incredible amount of fun over the last ten years working on a wide range of diverse products such as Winternals Administrator’s Pak, Protection Manager, Defrag Manager, and Recovery Manager, and the dozens of Sysinternals tools, including Filemon, Regmon and Process Explorer, that millions of people use every day for systems troubleshooting and management. There’s nothing more satisfying for me than to see our ideas and their implementation have a positive impact.

That’s what makes being acquired by Microsoft especially exciting and rewarding. I’m joining Microsoft as a technical fellow in the Platform and Services Division, which is the division that includes the Core Operating Systems Division, Windows Client and Windows Live, and Windows Server and Tools. I’ll therefore be working on challenging projects that span the entire Windows product line and directly influence subsequent generations of the most important operating system on the planet. From security to virtualization to performance to a more manageable application model, there’s no end of interesting areas to explore and innovate.

So what’s going to happen to Winternals and Sysinternals? Microsoft is still evaluating the best way to leverage the many different technologies that have been developed by Winternals. Some will find their ways into existing Microsoft products or Windows itself and others will continue on as Microsoft-branded products. As for Sysinternals, the site will remain for the time being while Microsoft determines the best way to integrate it into its own community efforts, and the tools will continue to be free to download.

More details in the FAQ, but no financial terms were disclosed. Coincidentally (or perhaps not as far as the acquisition timing goes), Winternals just settled a lawsuit with Best Buy over the use by their Geek Squad service personnel of unlicensed copies of Winternal tools.

Filed under Acquisitions, Best Buy, Coopetition, Microsoft

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