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  • Gates to scale back Microsoft role in 2008

    Microsoft chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates says he will step out of his daily role at Microsoft in July 2008 so he can take on a full-time role at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the charity organisation he runs with his wife.

  • Redmond reveals roadmap for BizTalk Server

    Microsoft has unveiled its plans for BizTalk Server, including support for RFID technology and integration with Vista and Office, and says the next release of the software, BizTalk Server 2006 R2, will be in the first half of next year.

  • Microsoft’s two-tiered approach to the net

    Bill Gates, who earlier this month hosted his 10th annual Microsoft CEO Summit, used his keynote address to show how search features being developed in Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows Vista will integrate with a new desktop version of Windows Live Search.

  • Microsoft touts Vista’s Unix-like security features

    New encryption and policy control functions being built into Microsoft’s Vista operating system will help make it easier for enterprises to protect against data compromises such as the one involving the US Department of Veterans Affairs publicised last week, a company executive says.

  • MS Commerce Server 2007 nears completion

    Microsoft has released a near-final version of its software for building e-commerce sites and renamed the product Commerce Server 2007, from Commerce Server 2006.

  • A world without Microsoft: the good, the bad and the ugly

    Did you ever hear the warning “Be careful what you wish for, it might come true?” Well, because Microsoft is the company most people love to hate, I decided to ask a cross section of industry cognoscenti this simple question: what would happen if Microsoft and all of its technology disappeared tomorrow?

  • New MD for Microsoft New Zealand

    After four years as managing director for New Zealand, Ross Peat has quit the post, saying he wants to spend more time with his family.

  • Microsoft nabs Softricity in bid to get virtual

    As part of its ongoing plan to beef up its virtualisation portfolio, Microsoft has announced that it will acquire virtualisation vendor Softricity. Redmond has also outlined a timetable for offering built-in hypervisor technology for Windows Server and will introduce a new virtual machine-management product.

  • Why Redmond feels so threatened by ODF

    Could any subject be less interesting than electronic document formats? Even programmers’ eyes start to glaze over when the conversation shifts to how an application stores its data. For software end users, the topic seldom even comes up.

  • Will growth chip away Google’s free spirit?

    Even as Google threatens to become as big a behemoth as rival Microsoft, the atmosphere at the Googleplex, in Mountain View, California, continues to exude a Californian hippie vibe. But as the company grows, can it maintain its free-spirited attitude for much longer?

  • Microsoft, SAP to ship link in June

    Next month, sometime rivals SAP and Microsoft will start shipping a jointly developed product that links SAP's business applications with Microsoft's Office desktop software.