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