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July 30, 2006

Microsoft Weekly Miscellany

Posted by David Hunter at 4:16 PM ET.

A selection of “small” Microsoft stories from last week:

Vista’s voice recognition feature provided the comedic relief at last week’s Financial Analyst Meeting, but the claim is that it was a known beta bug. Speaking of Vista, Developers cry foul over Windows kernel security which makes things harder for both hackers and legitimate security software from third parties. Microsoft released Vista upgrade information, but take it with a grain of salt. Finally, a frequent refrain: “No one outside of the 98052 ZIP code seems to believe that Windows Vista is really going to ship when Microsoft says it will.”

What RealNetworks thinks about Microsoft’s Zune – Rob Glaser would like Microsoft’s spurned partners to call.

Shocking news: Lehman Bros. thinks Microsoft Poses Long-Term Web Threat To Google, Yahoo. The NY Times had more on the same competition from a Yahoo perspective.

Californians to Soon Get $1.1B from Microsoft. It’s another state antitrust settlement.

Microsoft plans to charge $1.50 for the next Office 2007 beta to help pay for the bandwidth and hosting required by the unprecedented demand. Starts next Wednesday at 6PM PDT, but only applies to new testers.

The Microsoft Developer Network Library is now a free download. It used to be only available to MSDN subscribers although there is an online version.

Microsoft recalled Small Business Server 2003 R2 due to a manufacturing defect.

Microsoft Sets Sights on iSCSI: “Microsoft on Friday will release the iSCSI target technology it acquired from String Bean Software earlier this year.

Microsoft Releases Free Commerce Server 2007 Developer Edition . This used to be Commerce Server 2006 but has undergone a name change. The full version is supposed to be available on August 1.

Windows Live Mail Desktop starts an open beta – also sometimes called Windows Live Mail Center.

Microsoft Defends WGA, Plans Similar Tool to Validate Office

OpenDocument wins more fans

Filed under Acquisitions, Antitrust, Beta and CTP, Commerce Server, Coopetition, Financial, General Business, Google, Governmental Relations, Legal, MSDN, Microsoft, ODF, OS - Client, Office, Office 2007, Piracy, RealNetworks, SBS, Servers, Standards, Storage Server, Tools, Windows Live, Windows Live Mail Desktop, Windows Vista, Yahoo, iSCSI

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2 Responses to “Microsoft Weekly Miscellany”

  1. Microsoft Commerce Server 2007 generally available -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Microsoft blogger Ryan Donovan had the news yesterday and I’ve already mentioned the free Developer version which was made available for download last week. However, Commerce Server has an uncertain future, in it’s present form at least, as it always seems to be at risk of having its functionality moved into another product like BizTalk Server or even into the ASP.Net platform. Filed under Servers, Commerce Server, Microsoft   [Permalink] [...]

  2. Vista Speech Recognition Redeemed -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Vista’s speech recognition was the butt of a lot of jokes (and one wildly popular MSNBC video) after problems with a beta demo at the Financial Analyst Meeting in July, but now Australian enthusiast Long Zheng redeems it with a video showing him putting through its paces. There’s more from Kevin Tofel at jkontherun. Filed under OS – Client, Windows Vista, Microsoft   [Permalink] [...]

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