Microsoft is fiercely competitive, but the field is more challenging. Microsoft is competing with Google on search via its Bing effort and Apple in the mobile market. Meanwhile, the software giant is positioning its wares for cloud computing with software and services. The company's two cash cows - operating systems and the Office productivity suite - are performing well.
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ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das and senior editor Sam Diaz discuss the new Droid phone set to release in early November. Diaz also previews the upcoming Salesforce.com conference and weighs in on whether consumers will buy Windows 7 during the holiday season.
At the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, Yusuf Mehdi, a senior vice president at Microsoft, previews Twitter integration with Bing search results. One of the interesting features he introduces is "hottest topics." He explains that the Bing-Twitter search will aggregate information around the most popular links shared on any given topic.
At Microsoft's Silicon Valley Campus, ZDNet's Sumi Das talks to Microsoft's chief environmental strategist, Rob Bernard, about power-saving features in the new Windows 7 operating system. Bernard says Microsoft made energy efficiency a core design element, with better battery optimization, and Bluetooth and DVD features that won't be activated until necessary.
ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das and senior editor Sam Diaz share the early word on the highly anticipated OS set for release in late October. Diaz also previews upcoming conferences, including CTIA, and considers the question where does Web 2.0 go from here?
Is an incompatible program or device standing between you and a Windows 7 upgrade? If you’re willing to pay for Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate edition, you might be able to use a clever solution to fool that old code into running in the new OS. Windows XP Mode lets you run Windows XP applications in a virtual machine right on the Windows 7 desktop. ZDNet's Ed Bott provides a close-up look at how XP Mode works.
A terabyte here, a terabyte there, and pretty soon you're talking about some pretty serious information overload. It doesn't matter how well organized you are, once your collection of data files and other digital stuff gets big enough, you're going to need some help finding things. ZDNet's Ed Bott takes a closer look at the search tools in Windows 7 and shows you how you can use them to make your digital life a little more organized.
Sociologists say that multitasking has shortened our attention spans and made us more easily distracted than ever. Apparently it's a losing battle. With 4GB or more of memory in the standard Windows PC these days, it's possible to open dozens of windows at once. The challenge for Windows users is how to keep track of all those windows without losing focus. ZDNet's Ed Bott shows you how some new features in Windows 7 can help you multitask more effectively.
Moving, resizing, and arranging windows on the screen has been one of those things we've done since the earliest days of Microsoft Windows. If you've used Windows since, oh, 1995 or so, you know the maximize, minimize, and restore buttons like the back of your hand. But those old-school tools just don't cut it with today's big monitors and high-definition resolutions. ZDNet's Ed Bott shows you a cool new set of gestures and shortcuts to help you move, resize, and arrange windows more intelligently.
Will Microsoft's Windows 7 succeed where Vista failed? The new operating system offers a new graphical user interface, more reliable power management tools, and better search, but it still might not offer enough to convince PC users to buy it. ZDNet Correspondent Sumi Das talks to Larry Dignan, editor in chief of ZDNet, and Ed Bott, ZDNet's Microsoft Report blogger, about Windows 7's pros and cons.
At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, Microsoft General Manager Ian Ellison-Taylor and Intel General Manager Renee James show attendees Silverlight 3 running on an Atom-based Moblin device. The new software will run on mobile Linux Netbooks, phone as early as 2010.