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September 8, 2006

Microsoft Weekly Miscellany – September 8, 2006

Posted by David Hunter at 2:24 PM ET.

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

As expected, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly granted the extension of Microsoft oversight in the US antitrust case that both parties had requested.

Microsoft’s patches DRM with record speed, but FairUse4WM counters. This time the crack isn’t as extensive, but it’s enough to make record label and Microsoft execs very nervous.

In Windows Live news, Windows Live Messenger 8.1 beta is now available for invited testers, but MSN hasn’t been forgotten:

Former Microsoft security strategist Window Snyder is joining Mozilla to lead the company’s effort to protect its range of desktop applications from malicious hacker attacks. More details here.

Microsoft is planning to release a cheaper Xbox 360 in Japan in November
. A November surprise to coincide with Sony’s PS3 launch is a nice idea, but it’ll take more than a cheap barebones unit to jumpstart the Xbox 360 in Japan.

Microsoft patents verb-conjugation technology
. By way of, it is patent number 20060195313.

Update: Microsoft posted free add-ons for Office 2007 that allowed documents to be saved in Adobe Acrobat (pdf) and Microsoft’s XML Paper Specification (XPS) format. You may recall that the functionality was removed from Office 2007 after Adobe threatened to sue.

Filed under Adobe, Antitrust, Beta and CTP, Coopetition, DRM, Digital Media, Employee Retention, General Business, Governmental Relations, Legal, MSN, MSN Mobile, MSN Soapbox, Media Player, Microsoft, Office, Office 2007, Patents, Technologies, Windows Live, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Video, XPS, Xbox, YouTube

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6 Responses to “Microsoft Weekly Miscellany – September 8, 2006”

  1. Techcrunch » Blog Archive » Microsoft YouTube Clone Coming Says:

    [...] Microsoft’s new YouTube competitor will be all about user generated videos if its name, Soapbox, is any indication (Hunterstrat calls it “personal whine”). [...]

  2. 微軟也要來搞 Video? at ericsk’s blog Says:

    [...] 從 TechCrunch 上看到這篇文章,大意上是說 Microsoft 也要推出線上影音的服務 – soapbox,有人還將它稱為 YouTube 的競爭對手。 [...]

  3. TechCrunch Japanese アーカイブ » Microsoft、YouTubeクローンを近く発表 Says:

    [...] Microsoftが開始するYouTubeの新しいライバルサービスはSoapboxという名前からも、狙いは全面的にユーザー生成(User Generated)ビデオである。(Hunterstratはpersonal whine「愚痴ボックス」とあだ名をつけている)。 [...]

  4. Strategic Name Development Product Naming Blog Says:

    Brand Naming: Microsoft YouTube Clone Coming

    Microsoft is launching a YouTube clone, which will be named “Soapbox” and follows Microsoft’s partnership with social networking site Facebook. The Soapbox brand name offers users their own “soapbox” to stand on and speak to the world. Althou…

  5. Sky halts Microsoft “protected” downloads -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] I’ve only mentioned the FairUse4WM crack of Microsoft’s digital rights management in passing ([1], [2]), but now Microsoft’s inability to protect the assets of its media customers has predictably taken a serious turn: British TV network BSkyB has suspended its broadband movie download service, after a Microsoft security patch on Windows Media’s digital rights management was cracked. [...]

  6. Microsoft launches restricted beta of MSN Soapbox -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Microsoft’s Web video sharing competitor to YouTube and Google Video that was rumored a couple of weeks ago has been been formally unveiled at MSN Soapbox where you can sign up for an invitation to participate in the beta. This project (codenamed “Warhol”) had originally been expected to arrive as Windows Live Video, but apparently the “content” nature of even user created video was enough to push it under MSN Video as part of the MSN brand. [...]

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