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Channel Gets a Crack at Windows 7

Microsoft has begun aggressively reaching out to the channel to prepare for the release of Windows 7.

Retire Your Data Center

Visual Studio 2008, ASP.NET, and the Azure Services Platform combine to simplify local development of data-intensive Web apps and automate their deployment in Microsoft data centers. The result: You get maximized availability and reliability with almost limitless on-demand scalability, while you pay only for resources consumed.

Windows 7 Waits on Partner Readiness, Sinofsky Says

Users testing Microsoft's Windows 7 Beta have been asking Microsoft when it will release the final product, but Microsoft isn't saying right now, according to a Windows 7 team blog posted on Friday.

EU Dispute May Mean Unbundling Internet Explorer

A dispute with the European Union might change how Microsoft distributes its software in the region.

VMware's Revenue Rises 42 Percent in 2008

One bright spot in the IT economy appears to be virtualization, with leading provider VMware today announcing that its yearly revenue rose 42 percent in 2008 to $1.9 billion. Fourth quarter revenues were a "solid" $515 million -- up 25 percent over last year.

Microsoft Releases RC1 of ASP.NET MVC

Microsoft today made available Release Candidate 1 of its ASP.NET Model View Controller, a design pattern for test-driven development of enterprise-scale Web applications.

Monster.com Gets Hacked Again, Data Stolen

For the second time in as many weeks, after a breach at Heartland Payment Systems, a company storing a large volume of personal data has been hit by a major theft.

Microsoft Shutters PerformancePoint Server

Microsoft will discontinue its PerformancePoint business intelligence product and will merge its function into SharePoint Server, the company said late last week.

Report Sees Cloud Trend for OSS Developers

A survey of more than 300 open source software (OSS) developers found that many plan to distribute their solutions as services over the Internet cloud.

Netezza Announces New Interoperability with Microsoft's BI Platform

Netezza last week appeared to close the loop on one of its perceived competitive shortcomings when it unveiled a new interoperability strategy for Microsoft's business intelligence platform

Microsoft's Workforce May See Pink in Their Future

Pink slips at the world's largest software provider may become a reality soon, according to several reports published this week, citing unnamed sources.

UPDATE: Windows 7 Beta: Don't Panic Getting It

TechNet Plus and Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) subscribers have reportedly had problems getting product keys for the Windows 7 Beta, and the free general public version is slightly delayed, Microsoft says.

Microsoft Releases Beta of Windows Server 2008 R2

The beta of Windows Server 2008 R2 is currently available for download by TechNet Plus and Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) subscribers, as well as by technology enthusiasts.

FileMaker Database Gains New UI, Support for SQL Server 2008

Database software vendor FileMaker Inc. released a new version of its namesake product at this week's Macworld Expo.

Enterprise Data Breaches on the Rise, Report Finds

If last year was any indication, enterprise IT security pros will be busy in 2009.

Microsoft Releases IE8 Blocking Tool

When Microsoft issues the general release of Internet Explorer 8, enterprises will be able to deploy a new blocking tool to prevent unauthorized installations of the browser.

Microsoft Promotes Bob Muglia to President of Server and Tools

Bob Muglia, a Microsoft veteran of 21 years, has been named to the newly created position of president of Microsoft's Server and Tools Division.

UPDATE: Microsoft May Offer Free Windows 7 Upgrades to Consumers

A memo purportedly from Microsoft to its OEM partners suggests that Microsoft will offer upgrades from Windows Vista to Windows 7, starting possibly on July 1, 2009.

Microsoft Mum on Rumored Layoffs

Bloggers and analysts on Monday poured cold water on rumors that Microsoft plans to lay off a substantial number of its employees.

Is LINQ to SQL Dead?

Developers are angered by Microsoft's shift to Entity Framework.

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