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Microsoft, IBM in slap-fight over open document formats

Microsoft went on the offensive Wednesday with a Valentine's Day attack on IBM openly accusing its rival of trying to subvert Microsoft's efforts to standardize its new document format and in turn destabilize customer choices.

Microsoft takes annual jab at IBM/Lotus

Microsoft, taking its annual dig at rival IBM/Lotus, announced Monday a set of free tools it plans to ship in February to help customers migrate from Notes/Domino.

Issues Microsoft must handle to make an impact in '07

It was a rough 2006 for Microsoft, relatively speaking for a company that posted US$44 billion in revenue, as it weathered long-awaited new versions of Windows and Office. But as the software giant heads into 2007, the newest incarnations of its cash...

Microsoft offers peek at future technologies

Microsoft Research showed off a small slice of its futuristic work Tuesday that included user input sensing technology, and graphics technology that morphs still pictures, video and audio into a single display.

Microsoft implores testers to jump on RC1

Microsoft is counting on its beta testers being "aggressive" upon the shipment of Release Candidate 1 of Windows Vista in order for the software giant to make its ship dates, according to the executive overseeing the entire Vista project.

Microsoft touts new era of software, services

Microsoft this week indicated it is entering a new era that will be marked less by monolithic programs licensed to corporate users and more by the integration of client and server software with Internet-based services.

Exchange 2007 will shake up messaging

Corporate users who migrate to Exchange 2007 will face mandatory infrastructure changes that, while advancing security and management, could add complexity and costs to their networks.

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