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Windows 7 Gets Auto-Upgrade Switch
News  |  7/31/2009  | 
Microsoft's Windows Anytime Upgrade program lets users migrate to a premium version of the OS with a mouse click.
Google Readies Its Book Business
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
As it prepares to become a major digital book seller, Google is striking partnerships with brick-and-mortar stores and trying to dispel concerns.
SAP Demos Commitment To Business ByDesign
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
Enhancements and testing of the software-as-a-service suite indicate that SAP intends to make the offering more broadly available next year.
Microsoft CEO Says 'Nobody Gets' Yahoo Deal
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
Steve Ballmer says he was surprised by the market's reaction to the search and advertising partnership but also characterized the deal as "a little bit complicated."
Memory Chip Market Recovering
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
Rising demand and limited supply will boost prices for DDR3 DRAM chips in the second half of the year, iSuppli says.
Practical Analysis: Users To Microsoft: 'Win7 Better Be Good'
Commentary  |  7/30/2009  | 
More than 1,400 respondents to our poll expressed their concerns over Win7 and vented their frustrations over Vista.
Microsoft Takes Another Crack At Retail
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
The software giant's stores are expected to sell laptops, mobile devices, software, Zune media players, and the Xbox 360 gaming console.
Intel Sees Windows 7 Adoption Speeding Past Vista
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
Intel rejected Vista for its own 80,000 employees, but expects Windows 7 to be adopted much more quickly than Vista was.
Microsoft, Yahoo Deal Fraught With Risk
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
Shareholders punish Yahoo over pact's terms while pundits say a host of issues could derail alliance.
T-Mobile Picks Up Touch Pro 2
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
The Windows Mobile handset is aimed at mobile professionals, and it features Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, GPS, and a full QWERTY keyboard.
Microsoft, Yahoo Finally Ink Search Pact
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
Microsoft's search tools will appear on Yahoo's sites while Yahoo takes on sales role.
Microsoft, Yahoo Said To Close Search Deal
News  |  7/28/2009  | 
Partnership would reportedly see Yahoo farm out search to Redmond while retaining sales role.
Inside Terremark's Secure Government Data Center
News  |  7/28/2009  | 
Terremark's new cloud-computing facility for U.S. government customers features concrete walls, bomb-sniffing dogs, motion-sensing videocams, and a promise of 100% service availability.
Google Shows Off Next Android Build
News  |  7/27/2009  | 
The "Donut" branch features support for CDMA devices, automatic backup, and text-to-speech, but it won't have multi-touch support.
Windows 7 Promises Faster Graphics
News  |  7/27/2009  | 
DirectX Compute and other new features let the OS fully leverage the power of today's advanced GPUs.
Microsoft Offers Browser Choice
News  |  7/27/2009  | 
The software maker proposes letting buyers in Europe select Web browser from a "ballot screen."
Motorola Makes Big Push For Android Developers
News  |  7/24/2009  | 
The Motodev program is aimed at making it easier and faster for content creators to make Android programs for Motorola's smartphones.
Palm WebOS Update Restores iTunes Connectivity
News  |  7/24/2009  | 
The 1.1 version of webOS restores the Pre's compatibility with Apple's media software and also adds improved business features.
Gates: H-1B Limits A 'Big Mistake'
News  |  7/24/2009  | 
Microsoft chairman says curbs on foreign tech workers could damage U.S. competitiveness.
Microsoft Shares Plunge On Windows Decline
News  |  7/24/2009  | 
Software maker says sales of its key operating system franchise were off almost 30% last quarter.
Microsoft Revenue, Earnings Sag Amid Weak PC Market
News  |  7/23/2009  | 
Microsoft has reported a 29% drop in Q4 earnings, attributing the decline to weak demand in the recession-battered global PC and server markets.
Windows 7 Finished, Ballmer Signs Off
News  |  7/23/2009  | 
The operating system is now complete and ready for shipping to PC manufacturers.
Yahoo Acquires Xoopit Photo Tool
News  |  7/23/2009  | 
Deal could mean popular app will no longer be available to Gmail users.
WSO2 Issues Service Governance Registry 3.0
News  |  7/22/2009  | 
Governance Registry 3.0 serves as both an open source locator of services for parties seeking them and a manager of the software lifecycle of services.
OSCON 2009: How Intel Designed Netbooks For Fast Starts
News  |  7/22/2009  | 
The next step for netbooks may be open source code that exploits the netbook's connection with the Internet and adds telephony services.
Yahoo Shares Jump on Fresh Microsoft Talk
News  |  7/22/2009  | 
A search deal could be announced as soon as Thursday, according to reports.
Microsoft Plans Windows 7 Family Pack
News  |  7/22/2009  | 
Purchasers can install OS on up to three personal computers with a single license.
Yahoo Revamps Amid Uncertainty
News  |  7/21/2009  | 
New personalization tools add direct links to social networking sites, other external content.
Microsoft Foresees More Open Source Contributions
News  |  7/20/2009  | 
The software giant has formed a priority list of future Linux drivers it will work on as part of its roadmap, Sam Ramji, Microsoft's platform strategy chief, says.
Google Apps Contract In LA Hits Security Headwind
News  |  7/20/2009  | 
The City of Los Angeles faces worries about privacy and security as it considers moving to Google Apps.
Mac Office 2008 SP2 Released
News  |  7/20/2009  | 
Microsoft service pack includes features that make the productivity suite faster and more Web-friendly.
Microsoft, Yahoo Deal Talks -- On Again?
News  |  7/20/2009  | 
Yahoo's CEO Carol Bartz has said any search deal would require a partner with "boatloads of money." Both companies announce quarterly results this week.
Microsoft Submits Code To Speed Linux VMs
News  |  7/20/2009  | 
Withholding the 20,000 lines of code for the Linux kernel would have put Linux virtual machines at a disadvantage.
Palm's webOS SDK Seen As Weak On Games
News  |  7/20/2009  | 
Developers say the SDK for Palm's mobile platform doesn't provide enough hooks into the hardware for high-end gaming like the iPhone SDK does.
Microsoft, Yahoo Said To Renew Search Talks
News  |  7/17/2009  | 
On-again, off-again negotiations have reportedly been rekindled.
EasyIngres Seeks To Attract MySQL Developers
News  |  7/16/2009  | 
New PHP package for Ingres applications is meant to ease the way for MySQL developers.
Microsoft Windows 7: Is New OS The Beginning Of XP's End?
News  |  7/16/2009  | 
Microsoft is ending mainstream support for XP, and it's unclear whether PC makers and app developers will continue supporting the OS. It might just be time to move on.
Apple Shows Weakness In PC Market
News  |  7/16/2009  | 
Mac shipments fell 12.4% year-over-year, as consumers turned to lower-priced computers in the tough economy, said IDC.
Web May Be Ultimate Mobile Platform
News  |  7/16/2009  | 
Google, Nokia, and Palm agree that the challenge of supporting multiple mobile platforms is advancing the mobile Web as the future of delivering rich apps to consumers.
How To Upgrade To Windows 7 From Windows XP
News  |  7/16/2009  | 
An in-place operating system upgrade to Microsoft Windows 7 on a Windows XP system is impossible. Here's how to migrate your data and apps with the fewest hassles.
Practical Analysis: Google Hits Microsoft Where It's Weakest
Commentary  |  7/16/2009  | 
Consumers forced to live with "business lite" Windows are finding alternatives from Google, Apple, and others. Can Microsoft adapt?
Apple Wanted Microsoft Ads Yanked
News  |  7/16/2009  | 
Redmond exec says rival's complaint shows campaign is working.
Linux Vendor Settles With Microsoft
News  |  7/16/2009  | 
Maker of Buffalo networking gear pays up in exchange for patent indemnification.
Microsoft Begins Detailing SharePoint 2010
News  |  7/15/2009  | 
The next version of the hot-selling collaboration and content management platform will add a host of user features as well as improved IT management capabilities.
Microsoft's Ballmer Dismisses Chrome
News  |  7/15/2009  | 
Redmond's chief executive says Google's OS plan not a threat to Windows
What Microsoft Azure Means To SMBs
Commentary  |  7/15/2009  | 
Azure isn't an infrastructure competitor for Amazon and Google, but rather a Platform as a Service (PaaS) alternative to
Rackspace Introduces Cloud API As Public Standard
News  |  7/14/2009  | 
Open API will give cloud users control over managing workloads in the Rackspace cloud. Amazon uses proprietary APIs to give customers access to EC2.
Intel Sales Exceed Expectations On Improving PC Market
News  |  7/14/2009  | 
But the company reported an overall loss based on a $1.45 billion EU fine.
Google Offers Lotus Notes Users Bridge To Google Apps
News  |  7/14/2009  | 
Lotus Notes customers now have an easy way to move to Google Apps, thanks to Google's new Notes migration tool.
Microsoft's App Store Rounding Into Shape
News  |  7/14/2009  | 
By including older Windows Mobile versions, Microsoft's Windows Marketplace for Mobile may reach up to 30 million smartphone users.
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