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  • NZ early adopters encouraged by SQL Server 2005 experience

    The simultaneous release of Microsoft’s SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 last week might be described as “long awaited”, but that would be inaccurate in the eyes of several New Zealand users, who gave up waiting and went into production with the beta version of SQL in particular.

  • Microsoft adds VoIP to Office

    Microsoft is to buy, a Swiss software company that specialises in voice-over-IP applications. Media-streams’ technology will be added to Microsoft’s Office Live platform, which already supports real-time communications via channels such as instant messaging.

  • Vendor charges Microsoft with 'predatory pricing'

    A Swedish vendor of home media centre software has complained to the European Union's antitrust watchdog that Microsoft is using "predatory pricing" to shut it out of the digital home market, it confirmed earlier this week.

  • Microsoft is alive. Alive!

    Microsoft’s launch of its Windows and Office Live service proves one thing: the era of the networked computing is upon us.

  • Microsoft, RealNetworks settle for $1.08 billion

    Microsoft and RealNetworks have announced that they’ve settled their antitrust case and forged a partnership to promote digital music and games in three agreements worth US$761 million (NZ$1.08 billion).

  • Microsoft woos child programmers with ‘fun’ language

    Microsoft is hoping to lure hobbyist programmers and young children to the Windows platform through a website and forthcoming version of Visual Studio which aims to make Windows development easy and fun, the company says.

  • Firefox faces challenges as maturity beckons

    When version 1.0 of Firefox was released in November 2004, it caused a sensation as a seemingly more secure and more feature-rich option to Microsoft’s ubiquitous Internet Explorer (IE), which for years had held a market share north of 90% and which Microsoft had barely bothered to improve.

  • EU looking into complaints against Microsoft

    The European Union's antitrust authority has confirmed that it's analysing "informal complaints" against Microsoft over its business practices. The complaints by industry rivals are separate from those that led the European Commission to impose a fine on Microsoft and order it to unbundle Media Player from Windows and ensure that competing products interoperate with its workgroup server software.