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Microsoft extends XP deadline for low-cost PCs

Microsoft has further extended the life of Windows XP so that computer makers can include the operating system on low-cost desktop PCs, the company announced at the Computex trade show on Tuesday.

Google Health beta service goes live

Google launched an ambitious initiative Monday that aims to give people a central place online to store their health records and then share them with health-care providers.

Sun claims big leap with MySQL upgrade

MySQL developers should be able to get their hands on a major update to the open-source database this week when Sun Microsystems hosts its first MySQL conference since acquiring the company earlier this year.

Can Sun turn downloads into dollars?

Sun Microsystems described a growth strategy on Wednesday that depends in large part on giving away software in the hope that customers will like it enough to sign up for support contracts, and perhaps buy Sun hardware on which to run it.

'Office 14' to be more Web-friendly, Gates says

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates talked publicly for the first time on Monday about the next big Office release, code-named Office 14, which he said will give users new ways to access their applications online.

Yahoo still mulling its options, Yang says

Yahoo has not reached a decision about Microsoft's acquisition offer and is considering "a wide range of potential strategic alternatives," Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang said in an e-mail to employees this week.

HP fattens midmarket server line

Hewlett-Packard has announced four entry-level servers for small and midsize companies, along with updates to its remote management software.

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