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March 30, 2007

Microsoft Weekly Miscellany, March 30, 2007

Posted by David Hunter at 8:02 PM ET.

A variety of Microsoft news items from this week that did not find a post of their own.

EU Asks Microsoft Rivals About Word, Excel Dominance:

European regulators are questioning Microsoft Corp.’s competitors on whether the company is using its dominance in word processing and spreadsheets to thwart rivals, weighing whether to open a new front in the antitrust dispute.

Danger, Will Robinson! Related: EU Extends Microsoft’s Deadline to April 23 to Answer New EU Charges on Licenses.

Yahoo ups the ante for free email with unlimited storage offer. Maybe they make it up on volume? Perhaps more importantly, they also opened up the Yahoo mail APIs to third party developers.

Microsoft warns of zero-day Windows bug. Even worse, it’s a drive-by for all Windows versions including Vista with tainted Web sites or email causing an immediate infection. The problem is due to a glitch in animated cursor handling and third parties are already releasing their own fixes while waiting for Microsoft. A fake IE7 download email is also making the rounds. I got one and was flattered that admin@microsoft.com wrote to personally ask me to download IE7 when I have been avoiding it like the plague.

Microsoft’s announcement of the Xbox 360 Elite was rather an anticlimax after all the leaks. The key point is that the targets for the Elite are the upscale gamers and home entertainment users courted by Sony with the PS3 while Microsoft disdains those “childish” gamers buying the Nintendo Wii. (That’s Nintendo you hear laughing all the way to the bank.) There’s also another opinion that the primary target is really Wall Street, but I digress.  Meanwhile, Sony’s PS3 looks to be getting a new 80GB hard drive and apparently sold well after its European launch.

Zune finally got its 1.3 update and Zune market share slipped again in February.

BizTalk 2006 R2 Beta 2 will be available on Monday.

Microsoft added Netflix founder Reed Hastings to the board of directors and maintained the dividend at $0.10.

Microsoft beta tests Tahiti, yet another collaboration application, this one apparently destined for Office Live.

SoftGrid roadmap: SP1 for 4.1 expected in April/May and along with a tech preview of 4.2. 4.2 RTM and availability “some time around July.”

The PowerShell admin scripting language will ship in Windows Server Longhorn.



Filed under Antitrust, Application Virtualization, Argo, BizTalk, Coopetition, Financial, General Business, Governmental Relations, IE7, Internet Explorer, Legal, Microsoft, Nintendo, OS - Client, OS - Server, Office, Office Live, PowerShell, Security, Servers, Sony, Technologies, Trojan Horses, Virtualization, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Word, Xbox, Yahoo, Zune

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2 Responses to “Microsoft Weekly Miscellany, March 30, 2007”

  1. Early patch for Windows animated cursor security flaw -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] The seriousness of the drive-by security flaw in animated cursor handling in all recent Windows versions that was revealed last week prompted Microsoft to today release an “out-of-band” patch instead of waiting until the regular Patch Tuesday next week. The patch also fixes some other security vulnerabilities as well. Download the appropriate version by following the link or just running Windows Update. Filed under Security, Microsoft, Patch Tuesday [...]

  2. Microsoft releases SoftGrid 4.1 SP1 -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] It is a trifle later than was anticipated, but Microsoft has released Service Pack 1 for its SoftGrid 4.1 application virtualization package. SoftGrid, which now has its own website, arrived with last year’s Microsoft acquisition of Softricity, but is only available as part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack which is a benefit of the Software Assurance offering for volume license customers. Filed under Acquisitions, Virtualization, Microsoft, Application Virtualization [...]

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