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posted in June 2008
The follow-up to 2001's Diablo II features a 3-D graphics engine that renders environments that are interactive and destructible, allowing players to create traps and obstacles.
Microsoft will no longer make Windows XP available to large computer makers, such as Dell, Lenovo, or Hewlett-Packard, or to software retailers.
The question is whether Ballmer, as a solo act, is up to leading Microsoft through its next set of hurdles.
The computing giant plans to sequence and analyze the cocoa genome, which lies at the heart of all the world's chocolaty goodness.
Microsoft will mark the end of an era this weekend as Bill Gates and Windows XP -- two icons of the company at its zenith -- head for the sunset. Can Redmond survive this transitional moment, or will June 30 be the day Microsoft died?
Emphasizing that the agreement does not rule out a Microsoft takeover will likely add to speculation that talks between the two companies are quietly ongoing.
Intel will not be deploying the Windows Vista operating system internally for its 80,000 workers.
Fixes included in the update cover all major components of the suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Entourage.
Microsoft is reaching out to programmers with Macintosh skills in an effort to beef up its Mac Business Unit to meet rising demand for Apple-related products. Parrothead experience preferred but not essential.
The cell phone maker is buying the remaining shares of Symbian for $410 million and plans to open source the mobile operating system.
Microsoft may have little choice but to support XP for an extended period since most of its business customers have not upgraded to Windows Vista.
The computer maker will accept orders for PCs with the older Microsoft operating system until June 26.
The Microsoft chairman will retire from full-time duties this week, but expects to remain busy with his foundation's work.
The court-mandated committee overseeing Microsoft's compliance with a federal antitrust settlement said the software company broke a pact when it removed some information.
A British tech magazine loves the software but won't recommend it because the version on sale in the United Kingdom costs much more than the U.S. version.
Jeff Bell's departure has sparked a shakeup in the company's Xbox-related business groups.
File this under, "How low can you go?" A Web site is trying to capitalize on hiker-programmer Eduard Burceag's tragic death on Mount Rainier on Tuesday to hawk malicious software.
Google can kill the deal if Yahoo's board is replaced by Microsoft, Time Warner, News Corp., or others.
Leaders share ideas on how to get employees to embrace social networking.
The breakdown of talks between Microsoft and Yahoo has cleared the way for Yahoo to pursue a search alliance with Google.
Conservative group Grassfire.org wants people to waste as much energy as possible today by "hosting a barbecue, going for a drive, watching television, leaving a few lights on, or even smoking a few cigars."
Currently, foreign models who want to work in the United States require H-1B visas, which are normally used by computer programmers and other high-tech workers.
Federal appeals court judge Alex Kozinski operated a site that included sexually explicit photos of men and women and farm animals, the LA Times reported.
Workers at the company now routinely post articles to a wiki called Pfizerpedia that's grown to feature more than 10,000 articles and numerous how-to videos.
The forthcoming apps from Oracle mirror the look and feel of Web 2.0 social networking services -- including MySpace and Facebook.
To connect its 100,000-plus employees, the financial services company is rolling out a slew of new collaboration tools anchored by Microsoft's SharePoint Server.
FedEx business customers want the convenience of accessing online tools and services without having to exit their applications and launch a new browser window.
Google predicts that virtually all meaningful innovation in business applications over the next 10 years will occur within the cloud, driven by four distinct trends. What are they?
Vendors at the Enterprise 2.0 conference tried to convince a group of seasoned IT pros that they should put all their data in the so-called cloud and leave it to outsiders to manage.
Ubuntu's consumer-friendly features have made it the Linux distribution of choice for a growing number of IT vendors. Here's a quick-start visual tutorial.
Microsoft says it has no plans to produce a phone-enabled version of its Zune mobile music player.
Customers that don't deploy Windows Vista are missing out on proven benefits such as better security, productivity, search, mobility, and manageability, says a Microsoft executive.
Corporate raider Carl Icahn also plans to replace Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang if he takes control of the company's board.
The licensing policy for Windows Vista lets customers downgrade it to Windows XP, Ballmer notes.
The head of the world's largest software maker says he will retire in nine or 10 years when his last kid goes away to college.
The move would allow system vendors to preload the Home edition of Windows XP on nettops through June 2010, or about one year after Windows 7 becomes available.
Among other things, IE8 promises default compatibility with Web standards such as CCS 2.1 and HTML 5.
Hardware makers that don't comply with the edict won't qualify for Microsoft's Windows Logo certified compatibility program for Windows 7 or Windows Vista.