Microsoft’s long effort to deliver the next version of its Windows operating system suffered another setback yesterday when the company said that the system would not be ready for consumer personal computers for the holiday sales season.
The Microsoft announcement, made after the close of the stock market, came as a surprise. For more than a year, the company had said it would deliver the new operating system, Windows Vista, sometime in the second half of 2006.
Internet giant Google is launching a financial news, quotes and blogging service in bid to compete with and online broker firms and rivals such as Microsoft and Yahoo!.
The company has unveiled a beta or trial version of Google Finance that uses keyword searches to enable users to find information on share prices, company pages, currency prices and other financial news.
Google will also incorporate a blog into the service alongside a moderated discussion forum similar to Google Groups and moderated by human editors.
Port to telecom conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa said on Monday its third-generation telecoms service clients would be able to access Microsoft’s instant messenger, MSN, and Hotmail through their handsets.
The agreement between Hutchison’s 3 Group and Microsoft Corp. would initially cover over 5 million customers of Hutchison’s 3G networks in the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Australia and Hong Kong.
‘Everything we do now, we have to be user-centric,’ says Microsoft’s chairman
Microsoft has long viewed the software world through Windows. Now, it’s hoping to prove that it understands the growing popularity of Web technologies beyond its own operating system.
The Microsoft chairman said, in essence, that the development world has changed with the advent of new Web technologies that give people any-time, any-place access to their data â€” a far cry from the PC-centric world of the past. “Everything we do now, we have to be user-centric, not device-centric,” he said.
Going to the US is set to become much simpler for students pursuing an advanced degree – master’s or higher – in physical sciences, technology and engineering, thanks to the introduction of a new category of student visa (F-4).
US software maker Microsoft has filed eight lawsuits against sellers which Microsoft alleges sold counterfeit Microsoft software using E-bay auctions. The eight defendants are located in Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New York and Washington, respectively.
Microsoft identified seven of the defendants through customer submissions to the company’s Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) programme. WGA is an online validation tool for customers to determine whether their software is genuine, giving them the option of submitting counterfeit reports on their suppliers if they did not receive genuine software. Complaints were also made to the company’s anti-piracy hotline.