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March 18, 2007

Microsoft Weekly Miscellany, March 18, 2007

Posted by David Hunter at 10:34 PM ET.

Some Microsoft news items that didn’t find a post of their own last week.

Microsoft tells SEC advertising is not “a separate product or service,” but will nonetheless report more financial details in the future. So what is it then? Office?

Zune fire sale at OfficeMax and Office Depot? Maybe, but not in the online stores that I can find. Also, a use finally found for Zune’s wireless feature.

Microsoft Office Open XML gets fast-tracked to ISO standard.

Microsoft scores more points in third round of Alcatel-Lucent patent bout.

Microsoft Compute Cluster Pack Service Pack 1 (SP1) released.

Windows Vista EULA Modified for Windows Anytime Upgrades. You can now move your upgraded retail copy of Vista unlimited times.

The winners in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Add-on Contest for IE7 were announced. The good news is that they are plenty useful. The bad news is that they are mostly the same add-ons that were most useful for IE6. Couldn’t IE7 at least have added inline search?

In-Fusio lawsuit settled, terms not divulged. Filed in December, it concerned development of a mobile phone version of Halo.

And in competitive news:

Viacom Sues Google for $1 Billion. Big Whoop. and Viacom vs. Google: Who’s The Daddy? No one negotiates better than the studios, but their style will be hampered by the sparse audience actually watching their stuff on YouTube.

Oracle mimics Microsoft’s per socket pricing. They used to price per core on multicore processor chips.

Filed under Advertising, Alcatel-Lucent, Argo, Compute Cluster, Coopetition, Financial, General Business, Google, IE7, Internet Explorer, Licensing, OOXML, OS - Client, OS - Server, Patent Lawsuits, Patents, Standards, Windows Vista, Xbox, Zune

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