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September 15, 2006

Microsoft Weekly Miscellany, September 15, 2006

Posted by David Hunter at 1:29 PM ET.

Some Microsoft news items for this week that did not find a post of their own:

First, some low comedy in Microsoft Re-patches Repatch, Issues Third Fix For IE Flaws:

Although Microsoft didn’t use the term, the just-fixed vulnerability was a “regression,” a bug not present earlier but introduced by an error in the patch.

“This update cycle has not been an example of our best work,” admitted Tony Chor, group program manager for Internet Explorer, in an entry on the team’s blog.

Last month, Microsoft attacked eEye Digital’s chief hacking officer, Marc Maiffret, for what it called “irresponsible disclosure” of the original long URL bug. Maiffret struck back by pointing out that Microsoft released far more information on the company’s security blog than he had in his warning.

Microsoft sued over multiplayer online game patent.

Microsoft promises not to sue over their intellectual property in Web services standards that they helped create.

Microsoft pre-paid cards to check software piracy:

To check piracy of its software, Microsoft on Wednesday announced that it would launch pre-paid cards in India before this year-end.

The pre-paid system has been a success in Brazil where it is being currently tested. Also known as ‘Pay-as-you-go’, powered by Microsoft® FlexGo™™ technology, the scheme — as it works in Brazil — will require customers to pay upfront 50 per cent cost of the computer and buy pre-paid cards from the company showrooms or retailers for hourly access to the computer.

We mentioned FlexGo previously here.

Filed under General Business, Internet Explorer, Legal, Marketing, Microsoft, Open Source, Patent Lawsuits, Patents, Piracy, Public Relations, Technologies, Web Services

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