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May 4, 2007

Microsoft Weekly Miscellany, May 4, 2007

Posted by David Hunter at 2:19 PM ET.

Judge tells Microsoft to pay up in Alcatel-Lucent patent case. There won’t be any $1.5 billion checks any time soon though – just more legal maneuvering.

Microsoft Poised to Rule Entertainment, Devices World according to Robbie Bach at least. eWeek needed 3 articles to encompass his full rendition of “High Hopes“. Related: Microsoft fails to impress during Bach’s MIX07 keynote. Too bad the developers walked out, because they missed The Economist’s Andrew Rashbass who was both the life of the MIX07 party and the specter at the feast.

Only slightly more illuminating than Bach was Steve Ballmer’s interview with USA Today, but he certainly has a jones for the iPhone which led some to wonder about his math.

Pink Zune Now Available to the Rest of Us. Yep, that’ll do it.

Yahoo wins eyeball auction. I guess Google and Microsoft can’t win them all and it’s surprisingly a bigger deal than you might think since Comcast is the largest US ISP and their customers actually use the homepage.

Japanese Government to Embrace Linux – $10B worth of systems in 2007 and it’s $17B if you count local governments.

Microsoft to Challenge $75.5M Attorney Fee in Iowa Class-Action Lawsuit, but only the $0.5M part since they already agreed to the $75M.

Vista angst fodder

Update 5/8: MSFTextrememakeover provides the requisite corporal punishment for the Robbie Bach interview mentioned above in Microsoft’s $6M+ (Per Year) Man.

Filed under Alcatel-Lucent, Antitrust, Apple, Argo, Conferences, Coopetition, Executives, Legal, Linux, MIX07, Microsoft, OS - Client, Open Source, Patent Lawsuits, Patents, Robbie Bach, Steve Ballmer, Windows Vista, Yahoo, Zune

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One Response to “Microsoft Weekly Miscellany, May 4, 2007”

  1. Microsoft sells a million Zunes -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Dan Fost and Ryan Kim at the SF Chronicle hooked up with Robbie Bach, Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices Division President for a serving of his trademark happy talk about the bright prospects for Microsoft’s sagging entertainment initiatives. Among the less than meaty tidbits was an update on the Zune which Bach reports will pass the million unit sales mark in June. Q: Can you talk a little bit about the Zune overall? Will we see next-generation Zunes coming out, particularly flash-based players? [...]

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