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Microsoft, RealNetworks settle for US$761 million

Microsoft and RealNetworks announced that they have settled their antitrust case and forged a partnership to promote digital music and games in three agreements worth US$761 million, the companies said.

Microsoft simplifies virtual Windows licensing

Microsoft is expected to simplify how it licenses Windows Server System, a move aimed at making it easier for customers to deploy software in networks where multiple virtual images of Windows are running, according to a company official.

Windows XP SP3 preview surfaces on Web

While Microsoft still will not confirm there will be a third service pack for its Windows XP operating system (OS), a preview version of the software update has been made available on the Web.

Microsoft woos hobbyist, child programmers

Microsoft is hoping to lure hobbyist programmers and young children to the Windows platform through a Web site and forthcoming version of Visual Studio aimed at making Windows development easy and fun, a company spokesman said.

Microsoft adds native PDF support to Office 12

Microsoft is adding native support for PDF (portable document format) in the next version of its office productivity suite, code-named Office 12, which is expected to be available next year.

StarOffice 8 includes Office compatibility enhancements

Sun Microsystems plans to release a new version of StarOffice that includes new features to address the software's compatibility with Microsoft Office, one of the chief areas of complaint among users of Sun's office productivity suite.

Microsoft at 30 turns to services, not software

The Windows operating system may have defined Microsoft since its inception, but it will be services, not software that give the world's largest software company its claim to fame in the future, according to analysts.

Microsoft outlines new Longhorn features

Microsoft has made available two new preview releases of forthcoming technology, including the latest build of the next version of the Windows Server operating system (OS), code-named Longhorn.

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