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Microsoft stops paying us to use Bing

In the age of massive storage, search is the killer app. Surprising that Microsoft - cancelling Bing's cashback feature - can't pay users to use Bing in the middle of Great Recession. Where's the flaw: Bing or cashback?

June 6, 2010 by

Games consoles aren't dying, but they sure could do with a refresh

I've had a number of people email me over the past few days asking me if I think whether games consoles are dying. After all, the recession has made people count the pennies and big hitters such a s Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft are having a tough time selling consoles. Are we moving away from structured gaming and towards more casual gaming?

December 15, 2009 by

Anticipating Sharepoint 2010: Making Enterprise Foundations More Flexible?

Last weekend's New York Times technology section piece about Microsoft Sharepoint is still their ninth most emailed tech story nearly a week later.'Microsoft’s SharePoint Thrives in the Recession' is very general:Companies like Ferrari, Starbucks and Viacom have used SharePoint to create their public-facing Web sites and for various other tasks.

August 13, 2009 by

The month ahead: How the iPhone 3GS is faring

With earnings season looming, ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das and senior editor Sam Diaz look ahead at July and discuss what's on deck for the big four: Apple, Yahoo, Google, and Microsoft. We all know ad spending has tapered, but what does that mean for Google? And will Windows 7 carry Microsoft through the recession?

July 2, 2009 by

Microsoft touts new CRM freebies

Microsoft is making new CRM services and add-ons for free -- including a 99.9 percent uptime SLA -- to appeal to business users hurting from the worldwide recession, according to company officials.

March 10, 2009 by

Cloud computing: A new era of IT opportunity and challenges

It doesn't take long to get a good feel for the potential of cloud computing and how it can offer ready access to entirely new business capabilities, less expensive IT resources, and unrivaled flexibility for businesses of every size. Since becoming a hot topic early last year as major vendors, including top firms such as Amazon, Google, and Microsoft, jumped on the bandwagon with a wide-range of offerings, cloud computing has consistently stayed on the industry's radar. With leading companies still joining the movement, including IBM, HP, and Salesforce, cloud computing has moved from a cottage industry to one of the bigger growth areas in the computing business, just as the industry as a whole begins to take serious lumps from the recession.

March 3, 2009 by

Should Yahoo sell search or keep it as a buffer?

Yahoo's second quarter results yielded information that may indicate that selling its search division to Microsoft wouldn't be such a bright idea.After perusing Yahoo's second quarter results and the conference call transcript one conclusion screams out for attention: Search revenue is the great buffer in this recession.

January 29, 2009 by

Poll: Best personal finance software?

A little while ago, before the massive recession threw everyone into the depths of their portfolios, I thought it would be prudent to graduate tracking my expenses from pen and paper to software.My parents have dabbled with Quicken, and I wasn't really impressed with Microsoft Money.

October 14, 2008 by

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