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News Headlines For Tuesday 20th June 2000
Virus
  • Believe It Or Not! W2K Is The Real Deal
    Time: 15:42 EST/20:42 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Brace yourself. You may not believe this, but my latest favorite desktop operating system is--drumroll, please--Windows 2000 Professional. Yes, I am the same guy who recommends sticking with NT rather than Windows 2000 on servers. And I'm also the fellow who believes that Linux is today's top server operating system by a wide margin. But that's servers. Here, I'm talking about the desktop.

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  • EBeauty Wins Microsoft New York Area Technology Impact Award
    Time: 15:37 EST/20:37 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft's New York Metro, New Jersey & Upstate New York Districts this week awarded Cole Systems Associates, Inc., a Silicon Alley-based Microsoft Certified Solution Provider (MCSP) Partner, with a Microsoft Technology Impact Award 2000. Microsoft recognized Cole Systems for delivering a world-class e-commerce solution for EBeauty, Inc.

    Cole Systems' solution addressed EBeauty's need to demonstrate within the spa and salon beauty industry that it is a major Internet player. The ultimate goal was to design and implement a very powerful e-commerce solution that would serve as the premier business-to-business e-commerce site offering products and supplies with the ability for the spas and salons to place orders using one of two payment options; credit card or on-account.

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  • Microsoft Selects Tech Resource Group for CRM Training Solution
    Time: 09:03 EST/14:03 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. today announced Tech Resource Group (TRG), a leading global provider of customized customer relationship management (CRM) software training and help desk support services, as Microsoft's provider for a 15,000-person internal field and sales force training project.

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  • Latest Service Pack for Microsoft Systems Management Server Helps Customers Deploy Windows 2000
    Time: 09:03 EST/14:03 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of Service Pack 2 for Systems Management Server 2.0, which includes new support for the Microsoft® Windows® 2000 operating system and many performance improvements. In addition, Microsoft announced the results of a new study by NerveWire Inc., which found that customers using Systems Management Server 2.0 are able to reduce their support costs by an average of $1,872 per year for each managed system.

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  • Microsoft's Cairo reborn as killer eye-candy
    Time: 07:42 EST/12:42 GMT | News Source: The Register | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Stardock has opened its kimono to give us a first glimpse of DesktopX, an attempt to recreate some of the features of Microsoft's abandoned - and now mythical - Cairo operating system.

    In the early nineties, with SOM and OpenDoc winning a lot of mindshare, Microsoft began to talk up its successor to Windows NT. Building on NT, Cairo would have an object based file system, and would be the basis for distributed objects.

    Eventually, Cairo became a "technology" rather than a "product", then disappeared altogether, with some half-finished portions working their way into Active Directory and exchange server, although Bill Gates' enthusiasm for making the file system the database remains unabashed.

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  • Advent Software Presents With Microsoft at the Securities Industry Association Technology Conference
    Time: 07:32 EST/12:32 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Advent Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADVS - news), the leading provider of Enterprise Investment Management (EIM) technology, will present Advent Office this week at the Securities Industry Association Technology conference at the Microsoft pavilion. Advent Office, which has been licensed to more than 6,000 firms, has been developed using the Microsoft Windows NT operating system and the enhanced data analysis features of Microsoft SQL Server 7.0.

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  • How Linux Will Succeed: Forget About Windows
    Time: 06:12 EST/11:12 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Penguins throw down your arms. The Linux battle for the desktop is a fruitless waste of time. I'm saying this for the benefit of the attendees of the Linuxfest 2000 conference that gets under way today in Kansas. Techies love the open-source operating system created by Linus Torvalds. Unlike Windows, they can modify it to do just what they need.

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  • Why Bill Has Become Microsoft’s Mr. Rogers
    Time: 04:11 EST/09:11 GMT | News Source: MSNBC | Posted By: Alex Harris

    Bill Gates has a new sideline: company pitchman. During breaks from Shaq’s domination of the NBA finals last week, the smiling, sweater-clad Microsoft chairman popped up frequently in television commercials for the software giant. He reassured computer users that “the best is yet to come” and pledged that Microsoft will continue to make “great software” that “will help your children learn.

    ”With its jangly folk-guitar soundtrack, high-tech-office backdrop and Gates’s enthusiastic delivery, the commercial made it appear that times have never been better in Redmond.

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  • Microsoft, Intel developing road map for native Windows support for Bluetooth technology
    Time: 04:05 EST/09:05 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Daily News | Posted By: Alex Harris

    Bluetooth technology will offer a way to make wireless connectivity a reality for a huge range of electronic devices, from cell phone headsets to printers.

    And Microsoft and Intel Corp. are working on bringing the technology to personal computers. Microsoft and Intel are charting a road map for Bluetooth support for the Microsoft® Windows® operating system. Intel is developing interim software and drivers based on the public Bluetooth specification for linking devices wirelessly, and a Microsoft solution will be available in the first half of 2001.

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  • 'Stages' Virus Travels by Outlook
    Time: 04:03 EST/09:03 GMT | News Source: PC World | Posted By: Alex Harris

    Another e-mail worm, known as vbs_stages.a as well as irc_stages.a and shs_stages.a, is quickly making its way through businesses in Asia, North America, and Australia, once again affecting Microsoft Outlook systems.

    The e-mail appears to contain a joke outlining "the male and female stages of life," but once the attached file is opened, the virus inserts itself into Outlook and spreads itself via Outlook e-mail messages as well as mIRC and Pirch IRC (Internet relay chat) programs.

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  • MS asks judge to keep case from Supreme Court
    Time: 04:01 EST/09:01 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Alex Harris

    Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) asked the judge that ordered its breakup not to expedite its appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, in the latest filing in its federal antitrust suit. The company is hoping that the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which ruled for the company in an earlier case, will be a more favorable forum. The company claimed, among other things, that the move would actually delay the case's resolution and that the states suing the company could not appeal directly to the Supreme Court under federal law.

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  • Microsoft wins another mini-victory
    Time: 03:59 EST/08:59 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Alex Harris

    Microsoft won a round in its battle against the Justice Department on Monday, when the U.S. Court of Appeals agreed to consider freezing a lower court order that forces the software giant to change its business practices. But the victory may be temporary.

    The ruling contained something for each side, and both claimed victory in a narrow procedural action that stopped far short of dealing with the lower court's order to break up the company to stop it from abusing monopoly power.

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  • Nevada judge rejects Windows 98 pricing suit
    Time: 03:57 EST/08:57 GMT | News Source: CNet | Posted By: Alex Harris

    A Nevada judge today tossed out a class-action suit against Microsoft alleging that the software giant bilked consumers by charging too much for its Windows software.

    Judge Gene Porter in the Clark County District Court in Las Vegas granted the Redmond, Wash.-based company's motion to dismiss the case, Microsoft said.

    The court win is the second on the issue for Microsoft, after a judge in Oregon ruled last week that consumers there could not sue the company over software they did not buy from it directly.

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News Headlines For Monday 19th June 2000
Win Me Gold - Microsoft buys Bungie - MasterCard - ICSA
  • Windows Me Box Shot & Screenshots
    Time: 18:58 EST/23:58 GMT | News Source: Microsoft | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Windows MEMicrosoft has sent along the box shot for the RTM'ed today, Windows Me. They also sent over some screenshots from the final version and finally they stated that the Windows Me official site should now be fully up and running.

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  • Microsoft Developing Extensible Window Manager
    Time: 17:16 EST/22:16 GMT | News Source: Betanews | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Sources close to Microsoft are reporting the software giant is developing a customizable window manager for its upcoming Windows 2000 successor codenamed Whistler. Although little is known regarding the new feature, specifics have begun to trickle in. Much like Stardock's WindowBlinds, the new window manager will allow the user to customize the look and feel of the Windows desktop to his or her liking. By creating themes, applications can be skinned simply by dropping a theme into a specified directory. All controls will be skinnable, including scrollbars, and transparency support is in the works.

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  • U.S. appeals court mulls Microsoft request on remedies
    Time: 16:40 EST/21:40 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Alex Harris

    The U.S. Court of Appeals said Monday it will consider Microsoft Corp.'s (Nasdaq: MSFT) request to freeze a lower court order that forces changes in its business practices, unless the Supreme Court decides to handle the case.

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  • Windows 2000 for Gamers
    Time: 16:40 EST/21:40 GMT | News Source: Eurogamer | Posted By: Alex Harris

    This week's article on EuroGamer takes a look at Windows 2000, and particularly its performance and compatibility for gamers. The article includes Quake 3 benchmarks across a number of systems comparing performance under Win98 and Win2k, as well as looking at Win2k's new features, stability, and the possibility of dual booting so that you can keep Win98 and Win2k running side by side on the same system. Here is a snippet of the article:

    You will probably have heard rumours that Win2k performs sluggishly with modern day first person shooters, and indeed other genres. If you are unsure of whether Win2k will suit you, take a look at these real world comparisons, and make up your own mind...

    You can read more of the article here.

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  • Court to hear MSFT stay
    Time: 16:20 EST/21:20 GMT | News Source: CNNfn | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    In a mixed decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals agreed Monday to consider Microsoft Corp.'s request to delay the breakup of the company and remedies that a federal judge ordered on June 7.

    In an order issued Monday, the Appeals Court refused to grant the Justice Department's request to dismiss Microsoft's motion without hearing it. The Justice Department had asked the Appeals Court to delay ruling on Microsoft's request for a stay until it became clear whether the company's appeal would proceed directly to the Supreme Court or be considered by the Appeals Court first.

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  • Windows Millennium Goes Gold - September 14th Release Date
    Time: 14:59 EST/19:59 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    As mentioned last week when Internet Explorer 5.5 went gold, Windows Me was just a week away from hitting final too and it is build 3000.2 that went gold for those who want to know. Here is the official MS press release:

    Microsoft Corp. today announced that the development of the Microsoft® Windows® Millennium Edition (Windows Me) consumer operating system is complete and the product has been released to manufacturing. Windows Me is the latest version of the Microsoft operating system designed specifically for the home user. It improves the home computing experience by delivering enhancements in the areas of PC health, digital media, home networking and the online experience. Consumers will be able to purchase retail versions of Windows Me on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000.

    "By focusing principally on the needs of the home user, we were able to create a more simplified PC experience for first-time users while enhancing existing users' experiences by enabling new home-computing scenarios," said Paul Maritz, group vice president of the Platforms Strategy and Developer Group at Microsoft. "Windows Me supports our goal to evolve the Windows-based PC to continue to provide a rich and exciting user experience in the connected home."

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  • Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.'s Broadband Studios Enters Into Strategic Alliance With Microsoft
    Time: 09:05 EST/14:05 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Broadband Studios, Inc (``BBS''), a subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. announced today that it has entered into a strategic alliance with Microsoft Corp. to distribute select Microsoft computer games, utilizing BBS' Jive(TM) technology. The games are to be broadcast over BBS' PowerPlay Network.

    The Agreement provides for the distribution of products on BBS' PowerPlay Network, a multiplayer ``click-n-play'' interactive entertainment service with optimized content and community service packages for broadband connected PCS, video game consoles, cellular phones and digital set-top boxes. In addition, Microsoft and BBS have agreed to investigate the opportunity to license an existing Microsoft property for the basis of an online game channel for the PowerPlay Network.

    Ramy Weitz, President of Broadband Studios, Inc., said ``The addition of Microsoft as a content partner for BBS is a critical step for our Company and a key validation of our technology. As we move forward to the launch of GameTV and the integration of Jive and PowerPlay technology with that of key broadband delivery partners adding content partners of Microsoft's caliber is our paramount objective.''

    ``As broadband connectivity becomes more widely available, companies like BBS are making it easier for gamers to access to the best content,'' said Ed Fries, vice president of games publishing at Microsoft. ``We're excited to be working with BBS and Take-Two to provide our content for online distribution via the PowerPlay Network.''

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  • MasterCard and Microsoft Align to Provide Online Resources for Small Businesses
    Time: 08:53 EST/13:53 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    MasterCard International Inc. and Microsoft Corp. today announced the formal rollout of an advertising and marketing agreement to help small businesses stay ahead of the competition. The Microsoft® bCentral™ small-business portal and MasterCard's Small Business Connections sites will connect small businesses with the Internet's top business services and MasterCard's best-in-class payment solutions.

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  • Microsoft Helps New Jersey Web Site Recruit Volunteers for Community Service
    Time: 08:52 EST/13:52 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Rutgers professor Dr. Michael Shafer calculates that if every person in New Jersey over the age of 13 were to pledge just one hour of volunteer time per year, nonprofit organizations statewide would benefit from 5 million hours of community service annually.

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  • Enemies of MS in plot to burgle supporters. Not
    Time: 08:27 EST/13:27 GMT | News Source: The Register | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Last week Ted Bridis of the Wall Street Journal broke a notably bizarre story about mysterious people attempting to bribe cleaners to give them the trash from pro-Microsoft lobbying group the Association for Competitive Technology. Today the story became even more bizarre - or possibly, slightly tragic - as the WSJ follows up with claims from a clutch of pro-MS organisations that they too have been targeted.

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  • Microsoft to launch ICSA version June 30
    Time: 08:18 EST/13:18 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    U.S. software firm Microsoft Corp (NasdaqNM:MSFT - news) said on Monday it would launch version 3.5 of its ICSA mobile Internet platform on June 30. Microsoft made the announcement when opening its first mobility solutions centre in Sweden. The centre will allow Microsoft to work together with its partners to deliver applications and services for customers. Version 3.5 of Internet cellular smart access (ICSA), the company's platform for delivering mobile Internet services, will be launched on June 30.

    ``The platform will enable operators to retain and increase their mobile subscriber base by offering tailored, easy to use, value added mobile Internet services, with wireless application protocol (WAP) micro-browser access to e-mail, allowing their subscribers to stay connected any time, any place on any device,'' it said in a statement.

    Microsoft said this version will enable net operators to target new mass user segments, increase systems usage through consolidation of multiple accounts and reduce the cost of operations.

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  • Microsoft Acquires Bungie Software
    Time: 05:43 EST/10:43 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. today announced it acquired Chicago-based Bungie Software Products Corp., a leading independent developer of action oriented computer and video games. As a result of this acquisition, Microsoft gains exclusive publishing and  distribution rights to select Bungie-developed titles, including the  highly anticipated sci-fi action epic "Halo."

    "This acquisition reflects our commitment to growing our business with a strong portfolio of quality games for the PC and Xbox platforms," said Ed  Fries, vice president of games publishing at Microsoft. "Bungie's highly talented team consistently delivers award-winning games, and we're looking  forward to supporting their creative spirit here at Microsoft."

    Bungie's development staff will become an independent development studio within the Microsoft Game Division, where it will retain its unique  character and edgy personality. Microsoft expects the Bungie team to play  a key role in the development of content for the Xbox platform, creating  the kinds of innovative technology that have defined its character.The team will also continue developing titles such as "Halo," a revolutionary action game recently nominated for four E3 Game Critics awards, including Best of Show.

    "This is an opportunity to combine the strength of two outstanding software companies: Bungie's talent for creating great games and  Microsoft's strength in distribution," said Alexander Seropian, founder  and CEO of Bungie Software Products. "Microsoft will provide us with the resources and infrastructure we need to continue to build great games and  make them available on a worldwide scale. We are also looking forward to  helping define the Xbox platform, which may soon be the world's premier game console."

    In a related announcement, Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., (Nasdaq  "TTWO") current distributor of Bungie-developed titles, announced it acquired all right, title and interest to select Bungie game properties,  including the popular "Myth" game franchise and the upcoming action game "Oni," and has sold its 19.9 percent equity interest in Bungie to Microsoft. Ryan Brant, Chief Executive Officer of Take-Two, said, "This acquisition is a positive for all involved. We have a tremendous amount of respect for Bungie's talents and the contributions it has made to the  games industry, and we look forward to working with Microsoft to make Xbox a success."

    Underscoring Microsoft's commitment to being a leading worldwide games developer and publisher, the acquisition of Bungie follows last year's successful acquisitions of FASA Interactive Technologies Inc. and Access  Software Inc., both of which have resulted in the upcoming PC games "MechWarrior(tm) 4: Vengeance," "Crimson Skies(tm)" and "Links(tm) LS  2001," all due out later this year. About Bungie Software  Founded in 1991, Bungie Software is a private, Chicago-based corporation dedicated to developing outstanding, immersive electronic games that  surpass conventional technology and deliver compelling and repeatable play. Makers of the award-winning "Marathon" and "Myth" series, Bungie is currently developing the highly anticipated anime action game "Oni" and  the science-fiction action epic "Halo." For more information, surf to  http://www.bungie.com/.

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  • Microsoft announces availability of Windows CE 3.0 embedded operating system, tools
    Time: 04:15 EST/09:15 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Daily News | Posted By: Alex Harris

    Microsoft is arming developers with comprehensive tools for building embedded devices. The company has announced the availability of the Microsoft® Windows® CE 3.0 embedded operating system and its new set of development tools, Platform Builder 3.0 and eMbedded Visual Tools 3.0. Windows CE 3.0 was built from the ground up as a modular embedded operating system for the new generation of 32-bit connected devices. With Windows CE 3.0, developers can build rich, embedded devices that demand dynamic applications and Internet services. For end users, the release of the new embedded operating system will lead to more powerful embedded and feature-rich embedded devices.

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  • Microsoft Says Lack Of Legal Relief May Hurt Stock
    Time: 04:15 EST/09:15 GMT | News Source: TechWeb | Posted By: Alex Harris

    Microsoft on Friday warned there could be a material impact on its stock if it does not get sufficient legal relief through a stay of a court order to split the company or a successful appeal.

    "The failure to obtain sufficient relief through the stay and/or the appeal could have a material adverse effect on the value of Microsoft's common stock," the Redmond, Wash.-based company said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. Microsoft (stock: MSFT) shares closed on Friday up 3/16, to 72 9/16. It has a 52-week high of 119 15/16 and a low of 60 6/16.

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  • Looming Breakup Clouds Microsoft's Plans
    Time: 04:13 EST/09:13 GMT | News Source: TechWeb | Posted By: Alex Harris

    As Microsoft gets set to disclose the blueprint for its next-generation software this week, there remains considerable uncertainty about whether it can get off the drawing board intact.

    A historic order that Microsoft (stock: MSFT) be split into two companies for antitrust violations means the future of the Redmond, Wash., company's products will remain under a cloud for some time, experts said. However, its prospects improved somewhat last week when an appeals court -- which has been relatively friendly to Microsoft on antitrust issues -- indicated it will review the case.

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  • RegCleaner v3.3 Build 364
    Time: 04:11 EST/09:11 GMT | News Source: File Flash | Posted By: Alex Harris

    Another new build of RegCleaner is out to fix some bugs. RegCleaner is easy-to-use registry cleanup program. With RegCleaner you can easily get rid of those old and obsolete registry entries which are created by software that you have destroyed ages ago. You can download the drivers from here.

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  • NVIDIA Detonator Driver v5.25 for Windows 2000
    Time: 04:09 EST/09:09 GMT | News Source: File Flash | Posted By: Alex Harris

    Once again a set of leaked NVIDIA reference drivers have surfaced for download. These are unsupported as they are not an official release. You can download the drivers from here.

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  • MS not confident of final victory after all, says SEC filing
    Time: 04:07 EST/09:07 GMT | News Source: The Register | Posted By: Alex Harris

    Since the judge delivered his verdict, Microsoft's top executives have stoutly maintain that the company is innocent, will be vindicated, and will not change its business practices. There is no plan B, official.

    As we've pointed out here several times, if this is a true statement of Microsoft's policy, it's positively reckless. The split in the company and numerous other measures imposed by Judge Jackson would make it absolutely impossible for Microsoft to carry on developing software the way it always has, so Microsoft's insistence that it has no contingency plan makes it sound like it's betting the whole company on having practically all of Jackson's measures stayed before they can kick in.

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  • Microsoft buys Bungie to boost X-Box development
    Time: 04:03 EST/09:03 GMT | News Source: CNet News | Posted By: Alex Harris

    Microsoft said it acquired Bungie Software Products to bolster its development of games for personal computers and its planned X-Box video-game console.

    Terms weren't disclosed. Closely held Bungie makes games such as "Myth" and "Marathon." The Chicago-based game maker and almost all of its 50 employees will join Microsoft as a separate development studio within the Microsoft games division.

    The purchase gives Microsoft new game titles and developers as it builds its first game console, expected to come out in the second half of 2001 to strong competition from Sony, Nintendo and Sega Enterprises. To make the X-Box a success, Microsoft needs to make sure there are games written to work with it by the time it's released.

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  • AMD Duron: A winner for the low end?
    Time: 04:01 EST/09:01 GMT | News Source: CPU Review | Posted By: Alex Harris

    CPU Review have posted a review of the upcoming AMD chip, Duron. Here is a snippet of the review:

    The 200MHz FSB allows the use of PC100 and PC133 memories; and soon DDR support will be available; opening the "memory speed gap" even further. Remember, even with plain PC100 memory the Duron will have a 50% higher memory bandwidth than a Celeron; with PC133 the gap increases to 100% more potential bandwidth.

    To read more of the review, click here.

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News Headlines For Saturday 17th June 2000
Re-release of IIS 5.0 Patch for MS00-031
  • Windows 2000 offers reliability, scalability and cost savings for service providers
    Time: 05:15 EST/10:15 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Daily News | Posted By: Alex Harris

    As service providers move to deliver new, high-growth, software-based services for both consumers and business customers, Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Server is playing an important role.

    User success stories, independent research studies and other benchmarks are testimony to the scalability, reliability and cost-effectiveness of the platform, which is being adopted by an increasing number of service providers, including British Telecommunications, Cable & Wireless, Data Return, Digex and Qwest Communications. The strength of the Windows 2000 platform for the service provider industry was highlighted last week at SUPERCOMM 2000, North America's largest telecommunications trade show.

    "One of the biggest misconceptions about Microsoft is that our platforms are not 'telecom ready.' In reality, Windows 2000 offers service providers the most scalable, reliable, flexible and affordable platform out there," said Jonathan Usher, group manager for service provider marketing in Microsoft's Network Solutions Group.

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  • Microsoft Opens a New Mac Office
    Time: 05:11 EST/10:11 GMT | News Source: PC World | Posted By: Alex Harris

    Microsoft is paying attention to what Macintosh users want. The company's upcoming Office 2001 Macintosh Edition will offer many features that Windows users may never get their hands on. Currently in beta testing, the Macintosh desktop applications suite is scheduled to ship in the second half of this year. Compatibility and ease of use were at the forefront of Microsoft's mind while developing Office 2001, says Irving Kwong, product manager at Microsoft's Macintosh business unit.

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  • Microsoft warns of trial's effect on stock
    Time: 05:05 EST/10:05 GMT | News Source: CNet News | Posted By: Alex Harris

    Microsoft warned today that there could be a material effect on its stock if it does not get sufficient legal relief through a stay of a court order to split the company or a successful appeal.

    "The failure to obtain sufficient relief through the stay and/or the appeal could have a material adverse effect on the value of Microsoft's common stock," the Redmond, Wash.-based company said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

    Microsoft shares today closed up 19 cents at $72.56. It has a 52-week high of $119.94 and a low of $60.38.

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  • Re-release of IIS 5.0 Patch for MS00-031
    Time: 05:00 EST/10:00 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Product Security | Posted By: Alex Harris

    Microsoft has re-released the IIS 5.0 Patch for MS00-031. Here is the email they sent out:

    On May 10, 2000, we released Microsoft Security Bulletin MS00-031 (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms00-031.asp), discussing a pair of vulnerabilities affecting Internet Information Server (IIS) 4.0 and 5.0.  Both of the vulnerabilities, known as the "Undelimited HTR Request" and "File Fragment Reading via .HTR" vulnerabilities, should have been eliminated by the patches discussed in the bulletin.  In the case of the IIS 4.0 patch, this was the case. However, we have recently discovered that the IIS 5.0 patch only eliminated the "Undelimited HTR Request" vulnerability, and not the "File Fragment Reading via .HTR" vulnerability. We have released a new version of IIS 5.0 patch, and have verified that it does eliminate both vulnerabilities.  We recommend that any customers who previously applied the IIS 5.0 patch revisit the bulletin and apply the new version of the patch, to ensure that they are fully protected against both vulnerabilities.  The IIS 4.0 patch was always correct, and customers who applied it do not need to take any action.  We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused by this error, and will do our best to ensure that it does not occur again.

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News Headlines For Friday 16th June 2000
More Stuff - Microsoft Baseball 2001 Review
  • US asks appeals court to ignore Microsoft request
    Time: 19:52 EST/00:52 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    The government on Friday asked the U.S. Court of Appeals to ignore Microsoft's urging to begin work on the firm's appeal as the legal tennis match in the antitrust case continued. The U.S. Justice Department and states suing Microsoft (NasdaqNM:MSFT - news) said the software giant was wrong in asserting that the states' case would be split off and remain with the appeals court even if the Supreme Court agreed to directly hear the federal case.

    The government brief also repeated arguments made earlier in the week that the appeals court should defer any action on Microsoft's request to stay a breakup order against the company until the lower court has ruled on the firm's stay request and the issue of which court will hear the appeal is resolved. Since District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson issued his order June 7 to split Microsoft in two to prevent future antitrust violations, both sides have jostled to go before the higher court of their choice.

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  • Unique StarLancer Trial Version Released
    Time: 19:52 EST/00:52 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft announced today that the downloadable trial version for StarLancer, the futuristic space combat game developed by Erin and Chris Roberts, will be available later today on the game's official site at http://www.microsoft.com/games/starlancer/. The trial version contains two never before seen missions and its own unique carrier ship, the Yamato. These intense missions are actually the prequel to the retail version of the game, revealing the events that led to the transfer of Commander Enriquez to the Reliant and her subsequent command of the rag-tag 45th Volunteer Squadron.

    In the trial version, the Coalition and the Alliance have signed a treaty that brings an uneasy peace to the solar system. The first mission starts out as a routine patrol around Triton. As a member of the Ronin squad players, along with everyone else on the patrol, are lulled into a false sense of security by the treaty and the seemingly empty space around them. That's when all hell breaks loose! The Coalition, with utter disregard for the treaty, launches a surprise attack. The second battle marks the end of the treaty and the beginning of the war. Succeed in crushing the Coalition forces and players advance to fight another day. Fail, and they let down the Alliance and Triton falls to the Coalition. The retail version of StarLancer picks up after this second battle and the declaration of war.

    StarLancer delivers a level of graphic details and special effects not currently found in space combat games. More than 80 types of spacecraft are rendered in extraordinary 3-D detail adding to the complexity of the dynamic mission structure. Players fly in over 25 gripping missions that range from escorting marine boarding ships to free POWs to leading an assault on space stations built right into an asteroid field. StarLancer also includes some exciting multiplayer features. Players can work together cooperatively throughout the entire story, with up to four players. Gamers can also dogfight in six different deathmatch modes with up to eight players via LAN or Zone.com (http://www.zone.com). StarLancer is available for an estimated street price of US$49.95. For more information on the game, go to:

    http://www.microsoft.com/games/starlancer/

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  • Microsoft to hike server-app pricing
    Time: 17:25 EST/22:25 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Alex Harris

    While Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) has talked up its history of keeping OS price hikes to a minimum, it's making no apologies for forthcoming price increases on its server applications. The company's new motto, at least for its 2000-generation back-office server products: You get more, you pay more.

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  • Janitors were offered cash for MS trash
    Time: 17:23 EST/22:23 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Alex Harris

    On the evening of June 1, Jose Lopez and Erminia Morales of P&R Enterprises were going about their normal office-cleaning duties when, they say, a woman approached them and offered, in Spanish, to pay between $50 and $60 to each of them for the trash of the Association for Competitive Technology here. The trade group is heavily funded by Microsoft Corp. and has been relentlessly pro-Microsoft in its work.

    The cleaners said the woman identified herself as Blanca Lopez and asked them to bring the bags of trash to Upstream Technologies, on the same floor of the building. The cleaners declined.

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  • David Boies hired to defend Napster
    Time: 17:21 EST/22:21 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Alex Harris

    David Boies, the attorney who has represented the government in its antitrust case against Microsoft Corp. has signed on to defend online music firm Napster. Boies, an attorney with Boies, Schiller, and Flexner, LLP, said the case "raises important questions of how the copyright laws are to be applied to this new medium."

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  • AOL security breach exposes personal info
    Time: 17:19 EST/22:19 GMT | News Source: CNet News | Posted By: Alex Harris

    America Online has confirmed that hackers have illegally compromised an undisclosed number of its member accounts by targeting key company employees with an email virus.

    AOL spokesman Rich D'Amato declined to comment on how many accounts were affected or what kind of information was accessed by the perpetrators. He said the perpetrators gained access to the accounts when unsuspecting AOL staff downloaded virus-infected email attachments. The attacks targeted employees authorized to review and edit account data, including credit card information and passwords.

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  • Microsoft Baseball 2001 Review
    Time: 17:08 EST/22:08 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Alex Harris

    I have posted my review of Microsoft Baseball 2001 and here is a snippet of the review:

    You have the choice when you are at the Schedule section to either simulate the game or play it yourself. As I mentioned before I choose the typical installation and when I went to play an actual game it took an eternity for the game to load, mainly because there was so much information streaming from the CD and from different areas from the CD and seems to be loaded into a temp file. When I say an eternity I am talking about the 5 minute range for the game to load. Once the game loaded there wasn't to many problems, except when there is a home run and some fireworks load or a pinch hitter comes on to play and there is more streaming from the CD. I did find that when I changed the install from typical to full install afterwards though that the game loading time for games did take a lot less. I think its a good idea to use a full install or else you will just simulate every game and a lot of the fun will be lost.

    To read more of the review then click here.

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  • Why Windows is still the big OS wheel
    Time: 14:23 EST/19:23 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    With the PC Expo trade show just around the corner, thoughts turn to hardware -- PCs, NetPCs, legacy-free systems, handhelds, cell phones, smart phones. But what's powering all the latest and greatest devices?

    For the moment, it's the same old operating systems and browsers. There was good reason Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ruled that Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) was a monopoly in the Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) X86-based desktop space: Windows 95/98/98 SE is preloaded on more than 90 percent of these systems. On the device side, meanwhile, the market is more fragmented, but Palm OS is king, at least for the moment.

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  • HealthSCOUT Works with Microsoft to Offer Health Information Online as Streaming Video Programming
    Time: 14:21 EST/19:21 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Rx Remedy, Inc., a leading provider of consumer health information and interactive tools (Health-Life Services), today announced an alliance with Microsoft Corp. to offer HealthSCOUT's new streaming media content in Microsoft Windows Media Format. In addition, HealthSCOUT's programming will be featured at WindowsMedia.com, the MSN guide to audio and video on the Internet. The announcement was made just as the Streaming Media East show in New York City was coming to an end. The show ran from June 12 through June 14.

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  • Microsoft Visionary to Keynote Chicago Software Association eCommerce Conference: Business Innovations for a WIRED WORLD, June 22, 2000 in Chicago
    Time: 14:20 EST/19:20 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Thought Leader Rebecca Kaske to Address the Computer Giant's Vision Moving Forward - Including the Windows DNA 2000 Family, Integrating Business-Critical Applications Across the Enterprise and Using the Net to Drive Profits.

    Microsoft visionary Rebecca Kaske will deliver the keynote address at the upcoming conference: ``B2B eCommerce: Business Innovations for a WIRED WORLD,'' June 22, at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago. The conference, which is presented by the Chicago Software Association (CSA), will feature breakout sessions and panel discussions on the emergence of marketplaces and exchanges, developing successful B2B strategy, and best practices in supply chain management (SCM) and customer relationship management (CRM).

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  • Microsoft Receives Universal Design Award in Recognition of 12 Years Of Accessible Products and Technologies
    Time: 14:20 EST/19:20 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    In recognition of its work in making the Microsoft® Windows® operating system and other software accessible to the broadest range of users, including users with disabilities, Microsoft Corp. today will receive a Ron Mace Designing for the 21st Century Award during the Designing for the 21st Century annual conference on universal design.

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  • Got Any Questions?
    Time: 11:33 EST/16:33 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Dennis Gregory

    We have lots of volunteers for the new AskAW section so I'm going to stop accepting volunteers for the section. Now we need your help! If you have a computer problem or maybe something that's bugging you with your computer that you'd like our team of 30 expert volunteers answer email it to askaw@activewin.com

    Your question can be about anything, maybe about the new XBox or the new Coppermine chip, or even maybe about ActiveWin itself!

    Send all of your questions to askaw@activewin.com. We're waiting for them!

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  • Can Microsoft's WebTV handle the new competition?
    Time: 07:42 EST/12:42 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    America Online's AOLTV may not have blockbuster sales out of the gate, but analysts say it will provide an immediate shakeup to the interactive TV market.

    Although not clearly superior to existing interactive TV offerings, analysts say AOLTV is poised to make a significant impact in the market because of its track record with its online service for PC users and its relationship to cable provider Time Warner, and because no existing services have a lock on the market.

    "Right now, the market is pretty wide open," said Ken Smiley, an analyst with Giga Information Group. "I think there's plenty of room for a lot of devices from a lot of manufacturers, providing a lot of different services."

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  • Microsoft Urges Quick Ruling on Stay
    Time: 07:41 EST/12:41 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. (NasdaqNM:MSFT - news) on Thursday urged an appeals court to rule quickly on its request to stay restrictions on its business, firing another volley in a verbal shootout with the U.S. government over legal procedure in the antitrust case against the software giant.

    In a filing with the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., Microsoft defended asking that court to stay a set of conduct remedies ordered by a federal judge who found the company guilty of breaking antitrust law.

    ``Our brief outlines the reasons that the court should immediately deny the government's motion and move ahead with an expedited briefing schedule on our stay motion,'' Microsoft spokesman Jim Cullinan said in an e-mailed statement.

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  • Gates Still World's Richest Person
    Time: 07:40 EST/12:40 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    The booms and busts of the stock market this year didn't stop the world's billionaires' club from expanding. The group grew by 17 members to 482, and their net worth climbed by $100 billion to upwards of $1.1 trillion.

    At the top of the list: Microsoft (NasdaqNM:MSFT - news) co-founder Bill Gates with a net worth of $60 billion. Gates hung on to the top spot in Forbes magazine's annual ranking released Thursday, despite losing a third of his personal fortune. But the competition is closing in.

    The 14th annual list of the working rich ranks Oracle Corp. [NasdaqNM:ORCL - news] founder Larry Ellison as the world's second-richest man with $47 billion. Last year, Ellison ranked No. 30 on the list with $9.5 billion.

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News Headlines For Thursday 15th June 2000
Win CE 3.0 - Office 2001
  • Free Month Of The Allegiance Zone
    Time: 16:56 EST/21:56 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    For the complete month of July, everyone who owns Allegiance gets to play in the Allegiance Zone for free!

    We've been receiving stellar reviews and want to give everyone a chance to play what we consider to be "the definitive space-combat online game!" We also had our moments in the beginning where we stumbled and want players to know that we have felt their pain and continually work hard to make the Allegiance Zone experience better day by day - and you haven't seen everything yet! We're just getting warmed up!

     

    • If you are a current subscriber as of July 1st, your subscription will be extended free-of-charge for an additional month.
    • If you haven't played in the Allegiance Zone yet, here's a completely free way to find out what the Allegiance Zone is all about and why it's the only way to play Allegiance!
    • If you are a past subscriber who let your subscription expire, here's your chance to see how far we've come in the past few months and truly find out what the Allegiance Zone is all about!

    All through the month of July, you'll find new and exciting Allegiance Zone events happening. So come on in, free of charge, and find out first hand why we're average 90% in our reviews and why we are the “space combat game to play!”

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  • Important Site News
    Time: 14:46 EST/19:46 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Sometime over the next couple of days we are switching to a new server. Although we are trying to make sure there is no downtime - we can't say for sure that there will be none.

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  • Microsoft Announces Availability of Windows CE 3.0
    Time: 14:46 EST/19:46 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. announced today that the Microsoft® Windows® CE 3.0 embedded operating system and its comprehensive development tools, Platform Builder 3.0 and eMbedded Visual Tools 3.0, are now available to order. The release of Windows CE 3.0, a modular embedded operating system for the new generation of connected 32-bit devices, represents a major milestone for embedded developers. Delivering the richest set of technologies available on the market today, Windows CE 3.0 enables developers to build rich, embedded devices that demand dynamic applications and Internet services. Platform Builder 3.0 delivers the tool set that enables embedded developers to bring their devices to market easier and faster than ever. Microsoft also announced reduced pricing, broader distribution of its development tools and for Platform Builder 2.12 customers a free* upgrade to Platform Builder 3.0 as part of its ongoing commitment to delivering cost-effective solutions that meet the unique needs of the embedded marketplace. In addition, Microsoft is providing access to necessary source code to assist embedded developers in bringing up and testing their devices.

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  • AskAW Needs your Questions and your Help
    Time: 11:05 EST/16:05 GMT News Source: ActiveNetwork Posted By: Dennis Gregory

    First, we would like to ask anyone who didn't apply or didn't get a reply if they want to become an AskAW volunteer. You get nothing besides the fact your helping people out. We also give out POP3 accounts to the top volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer email me at dennis@activewin.com

    Second, if you have questions you'd like our volunteers to answer email them to askaw@activewin.com. The answers will be posted next Friday the 23rd.

    To join AskAW email dennis@activewin.com, to have your questions answered about anything email askaw@activewin.com

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  • Hotmail users missing old email, address books
    Time: 09:32 EST/14:32 GMT News Source: News.com Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Some Microsoft Hotmail users unable to check their email since last week got an unwelcome surprise today when they finally gained access to their accounts. Although their new mail was intact, their personal folders, address book entries and saved mail had been deleted.

    At least one Hotmail user who inquired about the problem got a not-so-helpful response from Microsoft: "We have done our best to recover any and all lost email in your account. We would like to suggest that you keep a back-up copy of your mails in a Word document."

    "It's ridiculous," said George Karimundackal, a computer systems analyst in New York who had been locked out of his Hotmail account since Thursday. "I'm disconnected for five days, and at the end of it, they delete all this stuff."

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  • Leading Companies Showcase Home Networking Solutions At Universal Plug and Play Forum Meeting
    Time: 09:27 EST/14:27 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Today Hewlett-Packard Co., Honeywell Inc., Intel Corp., Lantronix Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Panja Inc. demonstrated Universal Plug and Play (UPnP)-enabled home networking solutions at a meeting of the Universal Plug and Play Forum, which now includes more than 180 companies representing virtually all classes of devices and appliances for the home. Demonstrations at the meeting included securing door locks and setting alarm systems remotely, and collaborating and printing using a wireless handheld PC. In addition, Microsoft introduced the Universal Plug and Play Development Kit and the Universal Plug and Play Interoperability Lab. These tools will help manufacturers easily implement and test the UPnP architecture for all kinds of devices and appliances and will help accelerate the process of bringing UPnP-enabled products to customers.

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  • Windows 2000 Security Patch: Desktop Separation Vulnerability
    Time: 08:40 EST/13:40 GMT News Source: Microsoft Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in Microsoft® Windows® 2000. The vulnerability could allow a malicious user to gain additional privileges on a machine that he could log onto at the keyboard.

    System Requirements

    Windows 2000
    Operating System - Windows 2000

    Download Now

    Q260197_W2K_SP1_x86_en.EXE - 3,213 Kb

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  • Money 2000 Utility for Removing Registry Entries
    Time: 08:33 EST/13:33 GMT News Source: Microsoft Posted By: Byron Hinson

    A new file has been released that can allow you to completely remove Money 2000 from your PC. To remove the Money 2000 registry entries, download and run the Money 2000 Utility for Removing Registry Entries, and then restart the computer. The following file is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center. Click the file name below to download the file:

    Mnyclean.exe

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  • Hitachi and Microsoft To Establish a Global Relationship to Develop Microsoft Windows 2000 Enterprise Solutions
    Time: 08:33 EST/13:33 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Hitachi, Ltd. and Microsoft Corporation today announced that the two companies had reached an agreement to establish a global relationship that will focus on the development of a core set of replicable Microsoft Windows 2000-based enterprise solutions as well as the formation of a joint venture in October of this year. Hitachi and Microsoft will fill key executive positions in the joint venture. Both the relationship and the joint venture will initially be focused in the Japanese market with plans to expand globally.

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  • Microsoft Unveils First-for-the-Mac Features In Office 2001 Macintosh Edition
    Time: 08:32 EST/13:32 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. today announced new first-for-the-Mac features in the upcoming release of Microsoft® Office 2001 Macintosh® Edition that simplify difficult tasks. Office 2001 is designed to help people start and complete projects more easily, with innovative new features that provide the right tools for the job, help people get more out of their information and make it easy to create brilliant presentations. The upcoming release of Office Macintosh Edition, the world's most popular productivity suite for the Macintosh, is scheduled to be available in the second half of this year.

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News Headlines For Wednesday 14th June 2000
E-Mail - Samsung - MS Morale
  • Ore. Judge Dismisses Microsoft Suit
    Time: 17:08 EST/22:08 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    A state judge in Oregon has dismissed a lawsuit against Microsoft Corp. (NasdaqNM:MSFT - news) that claimed consu mers paid too much for Windows 98, giving the software maker one of its first victories in a string of consumer antitrust suits filed in 37 states and the District of Columbia.

    Multnomah County Circuit Judge John Wittmayer based his Tuesday decision on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that consumers cannot sue a company under antitrust laws if they did not purchase a product directly from the company.

    That not only covers computers purchased with the Windows operating system pre-loaded, but also software and upgrades purchased through retail outlets such as software stores and online e-commerce sites. Microsoft only sells directly to retail stores and computer makers, and does not offer direct sales to consumers.

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  • Just say it, Microsoft
    Time: 14:21 EST/19:21 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Here's my favorite line so far from the Microsoft antitrust trial, which just about sums up our society's preferential option for the state over private industry and freedom. It comes from Linda Greenhouse's interesting piece in the June 4 New York Times, inquiring as to just how tech savvy and up-to-speed the Supreme Court Justices will be for a Microsoft appeal:

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  • NewsMax.com Survey: Super Majority Says Microsoft Breakup Was Wrong, Political
    Time: 14:20 EST/19:20 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    By a super majority, readers of NewsMax.com agree that the Justice Department's antitrust effort against Microsoft was unjustified and likely politically motivated. More than 120,000 votes were cast in NewsMax.com's nonscientific online survey, which began last Thursday.

    Asked if the Justice Department was justified in seeking the breakup of Microsoft, 94 percent of respondents answered, ``No,'' the Justice Department action was wrong. By a similar margin, 95 percent of respondents disagreed with the recent court decision to break Microsoft into two companies.

    More than 90 percent of NewsMax.com respondents believe that Microsoft's legal woes emanated not from monopolistic practices but rather from its failure to pony up big bucks to the Democratic National Committee during past election cycles. NewsMax.com is a major news portal on the World Wide Web and was recently rated the #1 news site by Deja.com. The Wall Street Journal Business Report said it was one of the nation's top alternative news sites.

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  • Expected judge's orders could speed Microsoft appeal By Joe Wilcox
    Time: 11:29 EST/16:29 GMT News Source: News.com Posted By: Byron Hinson

    A federal judge today is expected to issue two orders that could drastically accelerate Microsoft's antitrust appeal. The move is the latest wrinkle in the landmark antitrust trial, as Microsoft and a local appeals court wrestle with U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson and the government for control of the case. Who ultimately gains jurisdiction could determine the appeal's ultimate outcome.

    Two issues are before Jackson today: Microsoft's request that Jackson stay restrictions on its business conduct set to go into effect in about 83 days, and the government's motion that he certify the case for direct appeal to the Supreme Court.

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  • Office Depot Joins Microsoft to Form Best-of-Breed Services To Serve Small and Growing Businesses
    Time: 09:11 EST/14:11 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Building on its strategy to reach a broad small-business audience through alliances with leading business-to-business companies, Office Depot Inc. today announced a strategic alliance with Microsoft Corp. Under the terms of the agreement, Office Depot will offer its products and services to small businesses through Microsoft's bCentral™ Web-based small-business portal (http://www.bcentral.com/). Office Depot will be the premiere supplier of office products on bCentral. Microsoft also plans to make Office Depot products and services available through other venues, including MSNBC, eShop and the WebTV® service.

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  • Microsoft, Feds Jockey for Position
    Time: 09:10 EST/14:10 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. (NasdaqNM:MSFT - news) and the U.S. Justice Department traded a flurry of legal papers in two separate courtrooms as they jockeyed for position in the critical appeal of Microsoft's antitrust case.

    Microsoft attempted to better its chances of having its appeal of antitrust violations heard by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which has been sympathetic in the past, while the DOJ filed to have the case fast-tracked directly to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    The company on Tuesday asked the Court of Appeals to stay a federal judge's order requiring not only the breakup of Microsoft, but also a number of restrictions on its business practices that are due to take effect Sept. 6.

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  • Psion's Potter open to Microsoft tie-up
    Time: 09:10 EST/14:10 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    David Potter, the founder and chairman of British handheld computer company Psion Plc on Wednesday raised the possibility of a future tie-up with U.S. software giant Microsoft Corp. Potter told Reuters that if Microsoft was broken up and shared his vision of open markets he could ``absolutely'' envisage working with Microsoft to help create new devices and opportunities in a booming wireless market.

    ``I believe in alliances and partnerships, often one plus one equals more than two,'' Potter said on the fringes of a conference sponsored by the Wall Street Journal.

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  • Microsoft Exec Says Sales Boom in Asia
    Time: 09:10 EST/14:10 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Fuelled by an Internet boom, Microsoft Corp.'s sales in Asia are set to grow by 30 percent this year, the president of Microsoft Asia said on Wednesday. Pieter Knook said brisk sales of personal computers, PC ''servers,'' mobile phones and other electronic gadgets meant Asia had now become the fastest-growing market for the U.S. software giant. South Korea and China were stellar performers, while Japan and India were also strong, he said.

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  • SQL Server 7.0 Security Patch: DTS Package Password Vulnerability
    Time: 09:09 EST/14:09 GMT News Source: File Flash Posted By: Byron Hinson

    This patch eliminates a security vulnerability in Microsoft® SQL Server® 7.0 Data Transformation Services (DTS) packages that contain a task that stores a password, such as a connection to an OLE DB or ODBC data source, Send Mail, or Transfer Objects task. The fix ensures that third-party utilities cannot retrieve the password that is stored in these edit boxes, but hidden behind asterisks, when editing one of these tasks.

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  • Microsoft, Samsung in Smart Telephone Tie-Up
    Time: 05:38 EST/10:38 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    U.S. software giant Microsoft Corp announced on Wednesday a deal with South Korea's Samsung Electronics to design, develop and market a new generation of mobile phones.

    Samsung will be the first handset manufacturer to design a range of phones for both GSM and CDMA networks using Microsoft Mobile Explorer wireless communication platform for feature phones and the Microsoft smart phone platform, Microsoft said in a statement.

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  • Gates Denies Morale Problems at Microsoft
    Time: 05:37 EST/10:37 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates on Wednesday insisted staff morale was high despite an antitrust battle, and denied that defections were damaging the software giant.

    Appearing upbeat on a sweep through Asia to promote Microsoft's vision of an Internet economy and lifestyle, Gates told reporters in Seoul he was confident a court ruling ordering a company breakup would be overturned.

    He held out little hope of a settlement with the U.S. government, although he said ``we're always open to a settlement proposal.''

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  • ActiveWin - E-Mail Down
    Time: 05:20 EST/10:20 GMT News Source: ActiveWin Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Just a note to tell you all that our e-mail system is currently down after a server upgrade yesterday - so any e-mail you may have sent us in the last 24 hours would have been returned to you saying we don't exist. We are working on getting it fixed ASAP but if you need to contact us in a matter of urgency (PR or news reports, no questions on this address) please use byron.hinson@ntlworld.com. It is also one of the main reasons for disjointed news postings earlier in the day. Let's hope everything is better tomorrow.

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News Headlines For Tuesday 13th June 2000
MS Exec Leaves - DOJ - Gates
  • Microsoft Files Notice to Appeal Breakup Ruling
    Time: 18:28 EST/23:28 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Software giant Microsoft Corp. (NasdaqNM:MSFT - news) on Tuesday filed formal notice to appeal a federal judge's order that it be split in two for violating antitrust law, voicing confidence that the appeals court would rule in its favor.

    Microsoft also said it had asked the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., to stay a raft of business restrictions ordered by Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson as part of his ruling last week that ordered the breakup.

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  • ActiveWin - E-Mail Down
    Time: 14:54 EST/19:54 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Just a note to tell you all that our e-mail system is currently down after a server upgrade yesterday - so any e-mail you may have sent us in the last 24 hours would have been returned to you saying we don't exist. We are working on getting it fixed ASAP but if you need to contact us in a matter of urgency (PR or news reports, no questions on this address) please use byron.hinson@ntlworld.com. It is also one of the main reasons for disjointed news postings earlier in the day. Let's hope everything is better tomorrow.

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  • EqualFooting.com Joins With Microsoft bCentral to Empower Small Businesses
    Time: 14:54 EST/19:54 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    EqualFooting.com, a B2B online marketplace that places small businesses on ``equal footing'' with large companies in the areas of purchasing, financing and shipping, announced an agreement today with bCentral, Microsoft's portal for small and growing companies. Under terms of the agreement, EqualFooting.com will be a premium sponsor and the preferred provider of industrial supplies and equipment on bCentral.

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  • Judge Refuses Quick Ruling on Motion
    Time: 14:52 EST/19:52 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    The judge trying the Microsoft Corp. antitrust case dealt another blow to the software giant's legal strategy on Tuesday, refusing to rule quickly on a company request that he stay his order for restrictions on how it does business.

    In a terse statement, Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson said he would delay his ruling until Microsoft (NasdaqNM:MSFT - news) filed a formal notice of appeal. Jackson agreed with a filing made on Monday by the U.S. Justice Department asking him to postpone a ruling in hopes of prodding the company to move the case along faster.

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  • Microsoft and Disctronics Announce Agreement In Software Counterfeiting Action
    Time: 09:30 EST/14:30 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. and Disctronics Texas Inc., a major independent U.S. CD manufacturer today announce a settlement in connection with the replication of CD-ROMs containing counterfeit Microsoft® software. The replication occurred at Disctronics' plant in Plano, Texas, in late 1996 and early 1997. Disctronics has taken a number of steps to improve order screening and copyrights compliance in its plants. Other terms of the agreement are confidential.

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  • Microsoft Praises IRMA Anti-Piracy Certification Program
    Time: 09:30 EST/14:30 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. today commended the International Recording Media Association (IRMA), representing the world's leading replicators of optical media, for its leadership efforts to reduce piracy by establishing the IRMA Anti-Piracy Compliance program. Microsoft announced that it would encourage all contract replicators to become IRMA-certified under the new Standards and Procedures Version 2.1, which was unveiled in May. The announcement was made at REPLItech, a national conference of the optical replication industry.

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  • Intel and Microsoft to Develop Road Map for Native Windows Operating System Support for Bluetooth Wireless Technology
    Time: 09:30 EST/14:30 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Intel Corporation and Microsoft Corp. today announced they are developing a road map to provide native support of the Bluetooth wireless technology for the Microsoft® Windows® operating system during the first half of 2001. The companies are also working on a standard method for PC platforms to interface with the Bluetooth technology that the PC industry can implement in their products.

    Intel is currently developing the initial Bluetooth software, which will enable early adopters to deliver products to the marketplace. Intel and Microsoft will also be working with the industry to help deliver new solutions to customers when the Microsoft implementation becomes available.

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  • Key Microsoft executive leaves company
    Time: 06:46 EST/11:46 GMT News Source: News.com Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Still reeling from the ruling in its antitrust case, Microsoft has been hit with the loss of a key link to software developers. The software giant confirmed today that vice president Tod Nielsen is leaving the company to "pursue other interests."

    The 12-year Microsoft veteran was part of the platforms, strategy and developer group that reported to Paul Maritz. Microsoft spokeswoman Kimberly Kuresman said no direct replacement is being named for Nielsen, who will leave the company Friday.

    Word of Nielsen's departure comes less than a week after Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ruled that the software giant should be split into two companies and ordered a score of restrictions on the company's business practices.

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  • DOJ, Microsoft Locked in Chess Game
    Time: 06:44 EST/11:44 GMT News Source: The Standard Posted By: Byron Hinson

    In a clever strategy designed to force Microsoft's legal hand, government lawyers have asked U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson not to rule immediately on the company's motion that he stay last week's "final judgment." The government wants Jackson to wait until Microsoft formally files its appeal. Seemingly, the government's intent is to get Jackson to send the stay motion and the appeal together to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    On June 7, Jackson brought the two-year antitrust battle between Microsoft and the Justice Department, 19 states and the District of Columbia to a close by adopting the government's suggestion that Microsoft be split into two companies. The split would last 10 years in order to remedy multiple violations of federal and state antitrust laws, with one company owning the Windows operating systems, subject to a raft of temporary conduct restrictions, and one company owning everything else, including the Office suite of software applications and the Internet Explorer Web browser.

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  • Gates sees future computing still PC-centred
    Time: 06:43 EST/11:43 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft (NasdaqNM:MSFT - news) Chairman Bill Gates laid out on Tuesday a vision of future computing that still revolved around the personal computer, though in a more portable and powerful form.

    Speaking at a technology conference in Taiwan, Gates did not comment on last week's U.S. government ruling ordering the company to split into separate operating systems and applications firms.

    Tech gurus have predicted a ``post-PC era'' where users access the Internet and do their computing through information appliances such as personal digital assistants, set-top boxes and mobile phones. Gates saw a tablet-sized, always-connected PC with a microphone and a camera as a lynchpin for a network of other devices, however.

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  • Microsoft Expects Higher Court Ruling
    Time: 06:43 EST/11:43 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft (NasdaqNM:MSFT - news) Chairman Bill Gates said in Taipei on Tuesday he expected his firm's anti-trust case to go to a higher court. ``Our position is very simple. This is a case that will be decided by a higher level of court,'' Gates told a news conference in Taipei on the sidelines of the three-day World Congress on Information Technology.

    ``The principles that apply in terms of 'Was Microsoft behavior pro-competitive in every respect?' that's already been stated by the courts,'' Gates said when asked to comment on last week's U.S. government ruling ordering the company to split into separate operating systems and applications firms.

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  • Bill Gates says nothing... at great length
    Time: 06:41 EST/11:41 GMT News Source: The Register Posted By: Byron Hinson

    His Billness lived up to his Register nickname today as he flew into Taipei International causing havoc in the airport and then breezed into the International Convention Centre to the sound of snapper's flash bulbs flashing and video cameras whirring furiously.

    More seasoned hacks sharpened their pencils hoping he'd actually say something worth writing up.

    But Bill Gates, rather than dilating on his continuing battle with the US government, instead chose to deliver a speech he was due to give last week, spelling out what Microsoft anticipates for the next 10 years, under the title next generation windows software (NGWS).

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  • Gates speaks out on Microsoft-DoJ case
    Time: 06:40 EST/11:40 GMT News Source: The Register Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft's Bill Gates held a press conference for the Taiwanese press this afternoon and was a lot more forthcoming than he had been earlier in the day (see separate story) at the World IT Congress on the implications of the US versus Microsoft.

    Gates described the DoJ case as "misguided" and compared it to the Apple versus Microsoft court action which his company had successfully weathered.

    Asked which of the two Microsoft companies he would work for in the eventuality of a split, Gates described that as hypothetical and said he didn't believe that split would ever happen.

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News Headlines For Monday 12th June 2000
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  • New Matrox G400 Drivers For Windows 2000 and Windows 9*
    Time: 17:56 EST/22:40 GMT News Source: E-Mail Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Matrox has released new version 5.10.012 beta Windows 2000 drivers, and 6.00.010 beta Windows 9x drivers for their Millennium G400 and G400 MAX graphic cards.

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  • Creative Labs Drops Windows 2000 Sound Card Support For PCI128 Model CT4700
    Time: 16:56 EST/21:56 GMT News Source: E-Mail Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Creative Labs, Inc. (NASDAQ: CREAF) has privately announced to their internal newsgroup subscribers that Windows 2000 support for the Creative SoundBlaster PCI128 model CT4700 was being dropped. This marks the latest round of support cuts for the manufacturer. Included with these cuts are all products acquired from Ensoniq last year as a result of that company's acquisition by Creative. In all, over 30 models of PCI-based sound cards have been dropped leaving only those models based on the SoundBlaster LIVE! EMU-10K1 chipset and the Creative's value-line embedded chipset, the ES1373. The ES1373 is included in many systems from Dell, Gateway, Compaq and in motherboards from Intel.

    The CT4700 model PCI128 product is less than a year old and was conceived and developed after beta test versions of Windows 2000 were made publicly available to hardware vendors. Creative supplied "basic" drivers to Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) for inclusion with Windows 2000 and acquired a listing on Microsoft's Windows 2000 Hardware Compatibility List. Although Creative's website http://www.americas.creative.com/win2k.html has been advertising new drivers for the "Sound Blaster PCI Series" since the beginning of the year, their release was repeatedly delayed until last month when, of the roughly dozen models in the Sound Blaster PCI Series only the CT475x driver was finally released. Creative's release claims support for the other products was never planned.

    The "basic" drivers included with Windows 2000 were riddled with bugs including the inability to record audio from microphone sources (preventing net-to-phone and teleconferencing applications), no support for Creative's own EAX (Environmental Audio Extensions), lack of the four speaker support offered by the card by the Windows 95 drivers, no hardware MIDI support and serious noise problems with a wide range of motherboards. Microsoft has since dropped the a large number of Creative's audio product from the Windows 2000 Hardware Compatibility List.

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  • $22 Million of Alleged Counterfeit Microsoft Software Seized in Pennsylvania
    Time: 14:38 EST/19:38 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Officials of Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT - news) today applauded the Pennsylvania State Police for the investigation and discovery of a significant counterfeit distribution operation in Harrisburg, Pa. This operation allegedly distributed thousands of counterfeit and illegal copies of Microsoft® software. This company, doing business as Automated Distributing Inc. (ADI), 3913 Jonestown Road, Harrisburg, has alleged connections to a worldwide criminal enterprise. An arrest and charges of trademark and copyright infringement are pending.

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  • For Java, ruling's a Window of opportunity
    Time: 14:20 EST/19:20 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Byron Hinson

    U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's historic breakup order opens a window of opportunity for all of Microsoft Corp.'s (Nasdaq: MSFT) software competitors, but none more so than for Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) and the growing legions of Java developers.

    How well the Java fraternity exploits that opening depends on several factors, including Sun's ongoing efforts to make Java more reliable and scalable. But clearly, the timing has never been better for Sun and its partners, who believe the momentum for Internet application development has swung fully into the Java camp.

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  • Microsoft, DIRECTV and THOMSON multimedia Join Forces To Make Television More Personal and Interactive
    Time: 14:18 EST/19:18 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp., DIRECTV Inc. and THOMSON multimedia today announced they have formed an alliance to bring to market a new advanced RCA® DIRECTVÔ System with the new Microsoft® UltimateTV® service.

    The all new RCA DS4290RE System with UltimateTV and DIRECTV service is the first and only direct broadcast satellite (DBS) television platform that integrates DIRECTV programming, digital video recording, interactive television and Internet access in one complete package. This package will allow viewers to watch two shows on DIRECTV at the same time (picture-in-picture), watch one show while recording another, and record over 30 hours of digital quality programming for later viewing on their own "personal lineup." Viewers can choose from more than 500 hours per week of interactive television, respond to promotions with the click of a remote, and stay in touch with family and friends via e-mail. The RCA DIRECTV receiver with UltimateTV and DIRECTV service is scheduled to be available for retail purchase by the 2000 holiday shopping season.

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  • Microsoft's New Digital Broadcast Manager Enables Next Wave of E-Commerce
    Time: 10:12 EST/15:12 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Today at the Streaming Media East 2000 Conference, Microsoft Corp. announced the availability of Digital Broadcast Manager, the first product to offer an integrated solution for securing, managing and selling digital audio and video content for e-commerce. As part of this announcement, over 25 content and application service providers including House of Blues Digital Inc., NASCAR, e-Media, iBEAM Broadcasting Corp. and NaviSite Inc. today announced their adoption of Digital Broadcast Manager as their digital media e-commerce solution.

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  • Reciprocal and Microsoft Celebrate 1 Million Secure Windows Media Transactions
    Time: 10:12 EST/15:12 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Reciprocal Inc., the global leader in digital rights management (DRM) transaction services, and Microsoft Corp. today celebrated an important milestone as Reciprocal became the first clearing service to process 1 million DRM transactions using the Microsoft® Windows Media™ Rights Manager.

    These transactions represent the digital distribution of content from top artists such as Santana, Whitney Houston, Bob Dylan and The Hot Boys. This significant achievement highlights Reciprocal's industry leadership and underscores the growing adoption of the digital distribution of content via the Internet. This also demonstrates the broad success of the Windows Media Format with major content providers and consumers.

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  • Microsoft Agrees to Exercise Warrants in UPC to Buy 5.7 Million Shares
    Time: 08:24 EST/13:24 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    United Pan-Europe Communications (UPC) (AEX: UPC) (Nasdaq: UPCOY - news) announced today that Microsoft Corporation (``Microsoft'') (Nasdaq: MSFT - news) has agreed to exercise warrants held in UPC to purchase 5.7 million shares at USD9.334 per share, resulting in net proceeds of USD53.2 million. The original warrants were issued as part of a technology relationship agreement between Microsoft and UPC and became exercisable in February 2000. The shares purchased will increase Microsoft's total shareholding in UPC to approximately 8%.

    Mark Schneider, Chief Executive Officer of UPC commented, ``Microsoft adds great strategic value to UPC and we are delighted by its decision to increase its shareholding and by its continued support for our company.''

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  • Microsoft's New Digital Broadcast Manager Enables Next Wave of E-Commerce
    Time: 08:23 EST/13:23 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Today at the Streaming Media East 2000 Conference, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT - news) announced the availability of Digital Broadcast Manager, the first product to offer an integrated solution for securing, managing and selling digital audio and video content for e- commerce. As part of this announcement, over 25 content and application service providers including House of Blues Digital Inc., NASCAR, e-Media, iBEAM Broadcasting Corp. and NaviSite Inc. today announced their adoption of Digital Broadcast Manager as their digital media e-commerce solution.

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  • MS should keep browser with OS, says Netscape founder
    Time: 08:22 EST/13:22 GMT News Source: The Register Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Netscape co-founder Jim Clark is at it again; in an interview with CNET over the weekend he said that Microsoft should be allowed to keep the browser with the operating system. This isn't the first time Clark has made what the government might describe as an unhelpful contribution to the trial - a begging "let's make a deal" email from him the Microsoft's Brad Silverberg was one of Microsoft's few near triumphs during legal proceedings.

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