Microsoft is making changes to the ballot screen that it proposed to the European Commission (EC) as a way to ensure more browser choice on Windows PCs. Here's what the new ballot screen that Microsoft plans to test among European users of XP, Vista and Windows 7 machines looks like.
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Mary Jo Foley has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications, including ZDNet, eWeek and Baseline. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). She also is the cohost of the "Windows Weekly" podcast on the TWiT network. Got a tip? Send her an email with your rants, rumors, tips and tattles. Confidentiality guaranteed.
Windows Marketplace for Mobile, Microsoft's equivalen to the Apple's iPhone App Store, opened for business officially on October 6 with 246 applications. That is nowhere near the more than 85,000 apps in the App Store, but Microsoft officials claim not to be discouraged.
Microsoft is considering whether it should port the Zune software and services to other platforms, including Apple's. There's no guarantee that the Redmondians will end up doing this -- or timetable as to when this could happen -- but it's one of many strategies under active consideration.
October 6 is the retail launch of Windows Mobile 6.5-based phones from a variety of handset makers and carriers. But it's actually something bigger: It's the kick-off of Microsoft's plan to convince users that Windows is (or, at least, should be) everywhere they are.
Microsoft officials have repeatedly refused to talk about Midori, other than to admit it is an incubation project (and with the disclaimer that it may never see the light of day). For a project that may never materialize, Midori seemingly has some heavyweight talent behind it.
Adobe officials said a public developer beta of the browser-based runtime of Flash 10.1 is expected to be available for Windows Mobile 6.5 -- as well as Palm's WebOs and Windows, Mac OS and Linux -- before the end of the year
IBM's announcement of a new hosted entry-level communications offering has led to lots of punditry around how it compares to Google Apps. But I think Microsoft, with its Exchange Deskless Worker and BPOS offerings, is IBM's main competitor in this space.
When Microsoft held its business soft-launch for Windows 7 and related enterprise products earlier this week, System Center got next-to-no love. But that doesn't mean nothing's happening on Microsoft's system-management front.
Microsoft has released Windows XP Mode to manufacturing on October 1, company officials said, and it will be generally available on Microsoft.com on October 22, the launch day for Windows 7.
Alexander Gounares, Corporate Vice President of Advertising Research and Development for Microsoft, is no longer in charge of engineering for Microsoft's digital advertising products. He is taking leave and plans to come back in a new role, company officials said on October 1.
Microsoft launched on October 1 a beta of a new MSN service aimed at helping consumers manage their own health information. The new service, known as My Health Info, is based on Microsoft's HealthVault.
Just a week after celebrating the opening its "chiller-free" Dublin datacenter, Microsoft is turning on its $500 million, 700,000-square-foot Chicago one. Microsoft is gearing up to support more customers using its hosted services and its Azure cloud environment.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is confident about Windows 7. But he's nowhere near as outwardly cocky about the business prospects for the operating system as he and other Microsoft execs were with previous Windows releases.
Gizmodo has posted another video of Microsoft's alleged Courier tablet in action. And I'm hearing some new (but unverified) tidbits, too, especially around Courier's possible positioning and timing.
Microsoft's Windows Home Server (WHS) team had been pushing to deliver the Power Pack 3 update around the time Windows 7 launches in October. But it's not going to happen, officials acknowledged on September 28.
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- 4 Microsoft's Hotmail phase-out: What's a user to do?
- 5 Microsoft's Office 2010 Pro Plus: What's inside?