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Gates retains 'wealthiest' crown

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Tech industry billionaires loomed large in Forbes' latest list of the wealthiest people in the United States, with Bill Gates and his $51 billion fortune again topping the list.

The Empire's New Clothes

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Office 12, just like Vista, once again proves that Microsoft doesn't care about the end-user. Again.

Microsoft's nightmare inches closer to reality

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As early as May 1995, three months before Netscape Communications' initial public offering sparked the dot-com boom, Microsoft executives were worried that the nascent World Wide Web could one day become a significant threat to the Windows franchise.

Geriatric Microsoft scuppered by file formats

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Microsoft is a bully, plain and simple. It has more programmers than anyone else, and always had the option of doing the right thing for the right reason, but for some unfathomable reason, never did.

Microsoft: Prelude to breakup?

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When I read the news about Microsoft's radical reorganization the first thing that came to mind was that this is a prelude to Microsoft either splitting the company into three separate corporations or perhaps selling off one or two pieces of the company. The new organization looks too much like three separate companies that are designed to all survive alone.

Microsoft Files 8 Piracy Suits

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Microsoft said Monday that it has filed lawsuits against eight software resellers for allegedly distributing pirated copies of its popular consumer and enterprise software products like Windows XP, Office 2000, Microsoft SQL Server, and FrontPage.

Microsoft talks to the enemy

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Microsoft's main eye on the open source community says the software giant wants to shake off its image of "stomping" on new ideas and be more open to talking with Linux developers.

Time Warner, M$ in talks on AOL

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Time Warner Inc. and Microsoft Corp. are discussing cooperation between their Internet search and advertising networks, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

Open Source Code in M$ Product

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Microsoft plans to include the Message Passing Interface-a library specification for message passing proposed as a standard by a broad-based committee of vendors, implementers and users-in its Windows Server 2003 Compute Cluster Edition.

Microsoft's midlife crisis

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Microsoft, at 30, is in advanced middle age. The company relies on Windows and a suite of desktop applications--products released a decade ago--for 80% of sales and 140% of profits.

Judge rules former M$ exec can recruit for Google

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Ruling in a case that exposed the behind-the-scenes animosity between two high-tech titans, a state judge cleared the way Tuesday for a former Microsoft Corp. executive to perform some of the tasks rival Google Inc. had hired him to do.

Ballmer to attend Google’s birthday celebrations

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Interesting doesn’t even begin to describe the titanic battle that is being quietly waged between Microsoft and its archrival Google.

Also, Fresh Vista Games.

Bill Gates: China has f****d Microsoft

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Bill Gates doesn't appear to hold China in very high regard, screaming that it had "f****d" Microsoft, according to court testimony in the Kai-Fu Lee case.

Vista hardware requirements clarified

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Nigel Page has clarified some of the system requirements for the upcoming M$ Windows Vista, such as a 256 megabyte or better display card will be ideal, 1 gig of memory would be best or twice that for 64-bit.

Microsoft Blasts Massachusetts' New XML Policy

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Even as millions of dollars worth of Office business hangs in the balance, Microsoft says it will not support the OpenDocument format likely to be adopted by the state of Massachusetts this month as its standard XML format.

M$ plans to outsource more, says ex-worker

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Microsoft is on track to outsource more than 1,000 jobs a year to China, according to blistering evidence released yesterday in Microsoft's increasingly nasty spat with Google.

M$ To Clone Open Source

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If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, developer of the open source fire transfer tool rsync, Andrew 'Tridge' Tridgell has every reason to smile as Microsoft announced a similar utility will feature in the next Windows server release.

Is Microsoft skirting the issue?

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But there's something fishy going on. Microsoft is doing its best to stall the TCG document, and to ensure that it doesn't apply to Vista, Microsoft's next-generation operating system.

illwill sells Microsoft source code

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A Connecticut man known on the Internet as "illwill" pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court on Monday to charges relating to the theft of the source code to Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating software.

Microsoft liable for flaws?

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For starters, the heading of the passage last year was simply "Security." This year, the title is "Security vulnerabilities in our products could lead to reduced revenues or to liability claims."

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