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Windows Vista tool targeted by virus writers

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Security experts are warning of a possible scripting virus 'outbreak' when the OS formerly known as Longhorn finally ships.

Windows offers new vistas of spending

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People wanting to upgrade to Windows Vista are likely to need not only a new computer with more robust hardware, but a new monitor as well.

Veteran's groups protest Windows 'Vista' name

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Microsoft has raised more ire with its chosen name for future Windows, Vista - this time from non-profit groups representing veteran US soldiers.

Next Explorer to fail Acid test

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Microsoft's new Internet Explorer 7 browser won't pass a stringent standards test that rivals have embraced.

Windows Vista: Killer Product or Dud?

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We won't know whether this product is a success or a failure for sure until after it actually launches, so I'll spell out two scenarios, one where it sets records and one where it fails miserably.

Windows Vista Takes Cues from Tiger

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When Windows Vista ships in late 2006, Windows will mimic many features of Apple's Tiger.

Why Bill Gates Wants 3,000 New Patents

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The staff of the United States Patent and Trademark Office has been deluged with paperwork from Microsoft of late. It was one year ago that the company's chairman, Bill Gates, announced plans to pick up the pace, raising its goal of patent applications submitted annually to 3,000 from 2,000. The company is right on target.

Windows Vista Release Pushed Back?

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Windows Vista won't be available for shipment until the last quarter of 2006, a Microsoft executive let slip in a presentation on Microsoft's campus here this week.

Make Room for Linux Apps

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As Linux applications grow in popularity, Windows admins will need to start incorporating them into their networks. Here are five ways to do that.

Oops! Microsoft's Earth falls flat

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This week, poor Microsoft delivered a seminar in how not to launch a website. The release of their Virtual Earth site got the kind of word-of-mouth buzz that nobody wants: First, word went around that they were spiteful, but then they turned out to be merely incompetent.

M$ Still Targets Linux Users

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Despite some cooperative efforts, Microsoft is stepping up its efforts to coax customers to replace Linux with Windows, highlighting a new campaign aimed at specific kinds of server workloads.

Hackers Claim Crack of M$ Genuine Advantage Scan

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Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday pushed its WGA program over the Internet, however, online enthusiast sites reported on Thursday that the verification method had been broken in 24 hours.

I'm So Excited by M$ Vista. Not!

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M$ began offering the beta to its upcoming OS today - God help us all! Stories are plentiful and opinions are mixed. Here's one such opinion:

Like, wow, Microsoft's Vista, the former Longhorn, is now only more than a year away. With this latest beta, we're finally going to see lots of really new, cool features.

Death to Windows?

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Recently, Microsoft has updated their stance on piracy and stopped non-security related Windows Updates from being downloadable on a pirated copy of Windows, could this be a painful one?

First Windows Vista Beta Could Ship Wednesday

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Microsoft is poised to ship an early beta version of its newly re-christened Vista operating system to its key developers as early as Wednesday, according to reports circulating throughout the industry.

M$ to boost compatibility with OSS?

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Microsoft is bowing to pressure from users to improve compatibility between its systems software and open-source technology.

M$ expands Windows anti-piracy program

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Microsoft Corp. is adopting more stringent controls for registering legitimate copies of its flagship Windows operating system in an effort to curtail piracy of its products worldwide, the world's largest software maker said on Tuesday.

No Let-Up In Microsoft-Linux War

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The continued commercialisation of Linux is helping Microsoft defend its Windows patch against the rising tide of open source, claims the head of Redmond's competitive strategy efforts.

Is there method in M$'s security buys?

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While there is a great deal of hoopla around M$'s acquisitions of security companies, what is more important is to see what they make of them. They also signal that Microsoft's own development efforts are falling short.

M$ admits to Media Center hole

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Microsoft is developing a patch for a yet another newly discovered security flaw in versions of Windows XP which poses a particular threat to computers running XP Media Center edition.

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