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Microsoft Chooses Unreal Engine 3

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Gaming

Epic Games, one of the world's leading developers of cutting-edge computer and video games and the pioneer of the award-winning Unreal® Engine, today announced that its Unreal Engine 3 technology and tools will be used in games developed by and published by Microsoft Game Studios.

Borg Succeeded in Another Capture

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Microsoft to buy Groove Networks

Microsoft Corp. said it plans to acquire Groove Networks Inc., a Massachusetts company founded by Lotus Notes creator Ray Ozzie, who will join the Redmond company as chief technical officer.

The deal, announced this morning, adds to Microsoft's portfolio of software used by workers to collaborate remotely -- an area that Bill Gates this week called "one of the big frontiers" for potential growth of the company's Office product line. Groove, in which Microsoft had already been an investor, makes a program called Virtual Office that runs on Windows.

Longhorn and the Linux long-game

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Microsoft

"The next installment of Windows will act as the cornerstone in Microsoft's ongoing battle with IBM and Linux. When the next version of Microsoft's operating system eventually launches, it will be into an environment unlike any faced by its predecessors."

U.S. government to buy Corel software

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Microsoft

"The Justice Department, which challenged Microsoft Corp. in courtrooms for nearly a decade over antitrust violations, will pay more than $2 million each year to buy business software from Corel Corp., a leading Microsoft rival."

Linux' use creeping up on Windows

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Microsoft

"Linux is a free operating system for computers that has been developed largely by volunteer programmers.

Linux is thriving, not just on the college campuses where it emerged, but in companies and institutions. Surveys show that Linux is used by 24 percent of computer servers. It is creeping up on Windows, which has 55 percent of that class of operating system software."

A Windows crash you don't see everyday

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Humor

"Unbelievable as it's gonna sound... My friend's Windows XP CD... crashed while being inside his CD-ROM. This photo was taken immediately after the CD was ejected from the drive. Seriously, if this is not irony, then I don't know what is."

Link to photo.

Court Overturns Eolas Browser Judgment Against Microsoft

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Legal

"The U.S District Court of Appeals on Wednesday called for a new trial on a key aspect of the $520 million jury verdict that found that Microsoft had infringed on Web browser technology patents held by Eolas Technologies."

Media Player Flaw Speaks Volumes on M$ Security

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Security

I'm sure everyone's read of M$ latest security blunder relating to it's media player, but I particularly like David Coursey's stance. He says, "By focusing not on the largest number of potential victims but on patching its most current software, Microsoft reveals its tendency to "encourage" customers to buy new software by letting them sway in the breeze for a while."

Big Bullies

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Web

"A Dutch Web site claimed victory in a David-and-Goliath battle against Microsoft Corp. this week after the software vendor's AntiSpyware program flagged the Dutch company's home page as malicious content."

"Microsoft has agreed to compensate and apologize to the operator of Dutch directory site..."

IBM furthers Linux While Gates Signs Contract

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Microsoft

IBM may be committed to furthering it's involvement with Linux, first with it's announcement a few days ago of significant investment, and today amidst accusations from M$ that it's all talk, they state they currently employ approximately 8 to 9000 developers to work directly on open source projects.

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