Some Microsoft news items from this week that did not find posts of their own:
State by state, Microsoft responds to creeping threat of OpenDocument Format:
Ed Homan, an orthopedic surgeon representing a central Florida district in the state legislature, thought an amendment touting open-source document formats he tucked into a 38-page bill wouldn’t draw much attention.
But within an hour of the proposed bill’s reading in late March, Homan said, he was greeted in his office by three lobbyists representing Microsoft Corp.
“They were here lickety-split,” Homan said. “I had no idea it was going to get that kind of reaction.”
Office 2003 SP3 will be a security upgrade featuring technologies from Office 2007. No date.
China Telecom gives Google Web advertising rights. Microsoft had earlier done a search deal with China Telecom, but doesn’t seem to be in any position to provide Chinese ads, since they have farmed their own out to Baidu.
No demand for Microsoft Office in the cloud according to Microsoft execs. No surprise there.
Microsoft angst fodder:
Finally one from last week – Microsoft and Samsung signed a broad patent cross-licensing agreement.