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Gates hints at Vista 'successor' 200°
368w ago - Microsoft boss Bill Gates has dropped a hint about the next version of Windows.

He said Windows 7 could be released "sometime in the next year or so" during a Q&A session at a meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank.

After the event a Microsoft spokeswoman said the new version was scheduled for 2010 - three years after the January 2007 release of Vista for consumers.

But industry experts warned...

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Microsoft abuses 360 failure victims more than new customers 100°
368w ago - Microsoft has kept a relatively low profile on the Xbox 360 front since last summer when it began "rewarding" victims of the disturbingly frequent "red ring of death" failures, excluding the rather underhanded way Microsoft surreptitiously slid the whole Xbox Live outage ordeal that occurred in the months of December and January under the table.

Though free Xbox Live games and embelished warranty extensions might seem like acceptable...

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Microsoft Never Really Wanted HD-DVD to Succeed 50°
368w ago - When Microsoft first announced their intentions to back the underdog HD DVD format as the high definition format of the future, many insiders and press alike questioned the motives of the large software company.

Microsoft doesn't own any film content to distribute and the one product which could have benefited from a larger capacity disc - the Xbox 360 - had already shipped with only DVD support. Most soon realized that Microsoft never...

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Google to make first big job cuts 50°
369w ago - Google has announced its first sizeable cuts, with the axing of 300 jobs at its online advertising unit DoubleClick.

The lay-offs make up about a quarter of DoubleClick's 1,200-strong workforce in the US. Worldwide, DoubleClick has about 1,500 employees.

Google's chief executive Eric Schmidt has suggested that overseas operations, employing a further 300 people, will also be affected at a later date.

It is...

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More Moves at Microsoft: 3 Top Executives Step Down! 50°
369w ago - The revolving door in Redmond is spinning again.

This time, two top executives have left the company and a third will do so in a few months. They are:

--G. Michael Sievert, formerly corporate VP for Windows Product Marketing

--Steven Berkowitz, senior VP in the Online Services group

--Pieter Knook, formerly senior VP in the Mobile Communications Business

Sievert,...

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Microsoft Losing its Way on Desktop, Apple Good to Go! 50°
369w ago - Based on comments from Redmond executives, Microsoft's vision for the next generation desktop seems to be losing focus compared to Apple, according to David Morgenstern at ZDNet on Tuesday.

Recent presentations from Microsoft strategists have focused on the Surface input technology and software as a service (SaS). The problem is that neither of these pie-in-the-sky approaches remotely address the needs of users.

Microsoft's...

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Microsoft Owns Patent for In-Game Custom Soundtracks 650°
369w ago - One of the most coveted features missing from the PlayStation 3 is the ability to use a custom soundtrack during gameplay. Movement has been made in this area with some games beginning to offer support, notably Super Stardust HD and High Velocity Bowling, but it's yet to be offered for all games.

Though many expect the inclusion to come when Sony supports an in-game version of PlayStation 3's cross media bar, the implementation of...

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Yet another Microsoft white space device fails FCC testing 50°
369w ago - Although several other companies have submitted white space devices to the FCC -- we know Philips has one in, and Google's making a lot of noise about new and improved reference designs -- it looks like Microsoft's run of bad luck with the tech continues, with yet another white space transceiver unexpectedly failing during FCC tests last week.

There's no word on if the latest unit failed for the same power-related reasons as the previous...

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HaloRadar: 37 reasons to hate Halo 3! 50°
369w ago - First of all, we don't really hate Halo. We're just pretending. That said, we're not going to hop on the fanboy wagon and pretend that there aren't any parts of the game that we don't like.

To be exact, there are 37 of them. Maybe you agree with them, and maybe you don't. Either way, you should give them a read, and maybe you'll discover that you hate Halo 3 just a little bit, too.

1. The story
After years of waiting...

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Microsoft releases Vista update 100°
370w ago - Microsoft has released a service update for all versions of its Windows Vista operating system.

The computer giant claims that the update improves the stability, security and performance of the software.

The update, or service pack, includes some fixes released before now and adds many new ones as well.

Microsoft has warned that the update could clash with some security software and other programs customers...

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