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  • Microsoft COFEE Leaked
    By on November 8, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    54mc writes “Crunchgear reports that Microsoft’s long-searched-for forensics tool, COFEE, has been leaked. The tool started on a small, private tracker, but has since worked its way to The Pirate Bay. Not all those who have gotten hold of it are enthused, and reviews have ranged from ‘disappointing’ to ‘useless.’ From the article: ‘You have absolutely no use for the program. It’s not something like Photoshop or Final Cut Pro, an expensive application (more…)

  • Did Microsoft Borrow GPL Code For a Windows 7 Utility?
    By on November 8, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    Goatbert writes “Rafael Rivera over at WithinWindows.com has found evidence that Microsoft has potentially stolen code from an open source/GPL’d project (ImageMaster) for a utility made available on the Microsoft Store to allow download customers to copy the Windows 7 setup files to a DVD or USB Flash Drive. If Rivera’s evidence holds up, this could be some serious egg in the face for Microsoft at a time when they’re getting mostly good press from (more…)

  • Microsoft Opening Outlook’s PST Format
    By on October 26, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    protosage writes to tell us that Microsoft Interoperability is working towards opening up Outlook’s .pst format under their Open Specification Promise. This should “allow anyone to implement the .pst file format on any platform and in any tool, without concerns about patents, and without the need to contact Microsoft in any way.” “In order to facilitate interoperability and enable customers and vendors to access the data in .pst files on a variety (more…)

  • Microsoft discusses Wii-esque Project Natal branding
    By on October 21, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    While we may be nervous about Microsoft’s Project Natal branding strategy — remember, that’s just a codename — the suits in Redmond share no such concern. That’s because the Natal project is following Nintendo’s lead in more ways than just easy-to-play, motion-based technology. It’s also following Nintendo’s branding strategy.


  • Surfacescapes puts Dungeons & Dragons on Microsoft’s Surface
    By on October 21, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    We’ve seen some fancy applications for Microsoft’s Surface, the touchable, strokable, caressable computing device/big-ass table, but not a single one has made us twitter in nerdy glee like Surfacescapes. Created by a team at Carnegie Mellon University, it’s an implementation of Dungeons & Dragons in 3D


  • Microsoft Readies Ad-Supported Office Starter 2010
    By on October 8, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    Martin writes with this excerpt from Ars Technica: “Microsoft Office Starter 2010 will be not available for purchase; it will only come pre-loaded on new PCs. It includes basic functionality so users can view, edit, and create documents via Office Word Starter 2010 and Office Excel Starter 2010. Not only are these programs ad-supported, but Microsoft claims they are ‘designed for casual Office users,’ who apparently will be perfectly fine with reduced-functionality (more…)

  • Microsoft Leaks Details of 128-bit Windows 8
    By on October 8, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    Barence writes “Microsoft is planning to make Windows 8 a 128-bit operating system, according to details leaked from the software giant’s Research department. The discovery came to light after Microsoft Research employee Robert Morgan carelessly left details of his work on the social-networking site LinkedIn. His page read: ‘Working in high-security department for research and development involving strategic planning for medium and long-term projects. (more…)

  • Microsoft Security Essentials: The Big Questions
    By on October 5, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    Microsoft’s free Security Essentials is all set to blow the anti-virus software industry apart, offering what the Redmond giant suggests is a ‘high-quality, free, excellent anti-malware product’.


  • Web content on Xbox Live not a Microsoft priority
    By on September 25, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    Speaking to Business Week, Microsoft’s general manager of global content acquisition and strategy, Ross Honey, painted a somewhat bleak picture for web content on Xbox Live. While The Guild has managed to succeed on Microsoft’s platform, it has done so via a sponsorship deal with Sprint. Apparently, finding a different way to monetize a web series


  • Microsoft Tax Dodge At Issue In Washington State
    By on September 23, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    newscloud writes “With Washington State facing a billion-dollar biennial budget deficit, the spotlight again shifts to Microsoft’s software licensing office in Reno, Nevada. ‘Although the majority of its software development is performed in Washington State, Microsoft records its estimated $18 billion in licensing revenue per year through a corporate office in Reno, Nevada where there is no licensing tax. Just by enforcing the state’s existing tax (more…)