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August 18, 2006

Microsoft Weekly Miscellany – August 18, 2006

Posted by David Hunter at 9:13 PM ET.

“Summertime and the living is easy.” There’s just a small list of odds and ends this week.

Google reopens Writely, the online word processor it bought in March. Online services related: Wall Street loved’s earnings report.

Yankee Group Predicts PS 3 Will Win The Battle For Most Console Sales, but Microsoft is making hay while the sun shines.

Mary Jo Foley at Microsoft Watch reminds us that support for Microsoft’s Software Update Services (SUS) is coming to an end in December, so it is time to migrate to Windows Server Update Services (WSUS). If you aren’t familiar with either, they are Microsoft offerings for enterprise patch management.

The Zune fans are getting restless – Is The Microsoft Zune Just A Re-Skinned Toshiba Gigabeat?

Florida schools get $80 million from Microsoft antitrust case

Filed under Advertising, Antitrust, Argo, Coopetition, General Business, Google, Governmental Relations, Legal, Microsoft, OS - Server, Online Services,, WSUS, Xbox, Zune

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3 Responses to “Microsoft Weekly Miscellany – August 18, 2006”

  1. Xbox 360 buzz roundup - August 22, 2006 -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Last week’s Yankee Group prediction that the Sony PS3 will come out on top in the next generation game console war has sparked a lot of debate, and GameSpot interviewed Sony Computer Entertainment American president Kaz Hirai about it and general PS3 staus. He didn’t have much to add about the Yankee report, but among the PS3 revelations were: [...]

  2. Toshiba building Zune for Microsoft? -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Hardware maker Toshiba filed the FCC documents. However, the filing contains multiple references to the hard drive-based media player as “Zune,” as well as other code names, such as Argo and Pyxis. Those do sound a bit familiar. A Microsoft representative was not immediately able to comment on the FCC filing or whether Toshiba is, in fact, making the Zune device. CNET has some photos from the FCC Web site as does The Register who has one with the Zune logo. I guess I shouldn’t have been so skeptical about the Gizmodo story that the Zune looked like a re-skinned Toshiba Gigabeat. Filed under Coopetition, Toshiba, Microsoft, Argo, Zune   [Permalink] [TrackBack] [...]

  3. Google spiffs up free online office software offering -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Google just launched the latest iteration in their free online office offerings called Docs & Spreadsheets. Separately they already had the Writely word processor  (relaunched in August) and were testing Google Spreadsheets, but now they have combined them and Michael Arrington at TechCrunch got a sneak preview: It integrates the previously separate Writely and Spreadsheet product silos into a single control panel and admin area (the previous sites for those products redirect to This is not a deep product integration, but it is another shot across the bow of Microsoft Office. I had an unexpected opportunity to meet the team and take a look at the product earlier today along with a few other bloggers. [...]

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