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Microsoft Exchange 2010 buzz grows louder

Mary Jo Foley: The release-to-manufacturing (RTM) buzz around Microsoft Exchange 2010 is starting to grow louder. I'm hearing from various partners and customers it could be finalized any time now, maybe even before this month is up.

Thu Aug 13 13:57:03 PDT 2009

Microsoft takes sharper aim at business users with two new Mac Office releases

Mary Jo Foley: Microsoft is working on two new versions of its Mac Office suite that include more enterprise-focused features and capabilities.

Thu Aug 13 08:32:00 PDT 2009

Microsoft and Nokia to bring Office Mobile, Communicator to Symbian phones

Mary Jo Foley: Microsoft and Nokia are working together to port Microsoft Office Mobile, Communicator Mobile and other Microsoft services to select Nokia phones running the Symbian operating system, the pair announced on August 12.

Wed Aug 12 08:40:40 PDT 2009

'Custom XML' the key to patent suit over Microsoft Word

Mary Jo Foley: The short version of the story so many are talking about today: A Texas judge is barring Microsoft from selling Microsoft Word due to alleged patent infringement and fining the Redmondians multiple millions as part of the case. But most synopses of the case seem to be omitting a key part of the ruling: the concept of "Custom XML."

Wed Aug 12 07:42:37 PDT 2009

Microsoft and Nokia expected to bring Office to Nokia phones

Mary Jo Foley: Microsoft and Nokia are expected to announce on August 12 details of a distribution agreement for Microsoft's Office on Nokia mobile phones.

Tue Aug 11 13:44:02 PDT 2009

Are Google's 'Caffeine' search results more like Bing's?

Mary Jo Foley: It’s hard to imagine big, bad search monopolist Google quaking in its boots over Bing (or even Bing+Yahoo). Yet just a couple of months after Microsoft launched Bing, Google announced it is tweaking its own search infrastructure. Google officials said on August 10 that the company is seeking help testing a new-and-improved search system, codenamed “Caffeine” [...]

Tue Aug 11 07:42:45 PDT 2009

Microsoft to roll out IE 8 with new defaults on Patch Tuesday

Mary Jo Foley: On August 11, amid the myriad patches and updates that Microsoft will roll out to users as part of this month's Patch Tuesday bundle, there will be a new version of Internet Explorer (IE) 8 that includes different default-installation settings.

Tue Aug 11 05:14:16 PDT 2009

Softies launch virtual suggestion box for improving Microsoft Office

Mary Jo Foley: A Microsoft product planner on the Office team has created a new Web site,, which allows any person to submit a suggested fix or feature for Office.

Mon Aug 10 11:15:53 PDT 2009

Microsoft delivers test versions of SQL Server 2008 R2

Mary Jo Foley: The SQL Server team is unleashing the first widespread test builds of the next version of Microsoft's database, a k a SQL Server 2008 R2 (codenamed "Kilimanjaro").

Mon Aug 10 08:41:31 PDT 2009

Microsoft sheds 2,000-employee ad agency in $530 million deal

Mary Jo Foley: The rumors of the past few weeks were true: Microsoft has sold Razorfish -- the digital ad agency it purchased when it bought its parent company aQuantive in 2007 -- to Publicis Groupe for $530 million. For those keeping track of employee-headcount totals at home, that means Microsoft is shedding 2,000 or so Razorfish employees as part of the sale.

Mon Aug 10 07:56:50 PDT 2009

Microsoft Live Labs moves ahead with 'Seahorse' rich-client application

Mary Jo Foley: It's been a while since Microsoft's Live Labs added another new project to its roster. But it sounds as though the unit may soon go public about a Seadragon-inspired rich-client app project, codenamed "Seahorse."

Mon Aug 10 06:23:40 PDT 2009

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