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Microsoft Embraces H.264 Video for IE 9

Microsoft voiced support for the H.264 video codec in future versions of Internet Explorer, while affirming Adobe Flash.

Microsoft Attacks Android in HTC Patent Deal

Microsoft and HTC signed a patent deal involving HTC's mobile smartphones running the open source Android operating system.

Developers Rank Microsoft .NET Ahead of Google and Other Frameworks

Evans Data conducted a global survey of 425 developers earlier this month to find out their overall satisfaction with software frameworks and Web platforms.

Microsoft Courts PHP Developers with Reporting Services SDK

Within the last two months, Microsoft has announced a command-line tool for PHP to deploy applications on Windows Azure, OData interoperability with PHP and guidance for using PHP with the Windows Azure Tools for Eclipse plug-in.

Open Data, Open Microsoft

I've always been a data guy. I think data maintenance, sharing and analysis is the inspiration for almost all line-of-business software, and technology that makes any or all of it easier is key to platform success.

Novell Rejects Buyout Offer

Novell's board turns down $2 billion bid calling it ‘inadequate.’

Silverlight at MIX10: New Framework Tracks Web Analytics

Silverlight news will play a major part in Microsoft's annual MIX10 conference for Web developers and designers in Las Vegas next week.

RSA Conference: Microsoft Releases Preview of U-Prove

Microsoft released a community technology preview (CTP) of its U-Prove cryptographic tech, and opened up its patented crypto algorithms under the company's Open Specification Promise (OSP)

Hedge Fund Makes Unsolicited Bid for Novell

$2 billion offer from hedge fund sparks speculation of rival bids from Cisco, HP and Microsoft.

Open Source Starter Kit Builds Runtime Repository for VS 2010 Dotfuscator Suite

The new Dotfuscator Software Services in Visual Studio 2010 moves beyond obfuscation with the community edition of PreEmptive's Runtime Intelligence Service for .NET.

Microsoft and Amazon Ink 'Confidential' IP Deal

Microsoft signed a "patent cross-license" deal with regarding Amazon's Kindle e-reader device and "Linux-based servers."

FAST Search Will Be a Windows-Only Product

Microsoft plans to eventually discontinue offering its standalone versions of FAST enterprise search products for Linux and Unix.

Oracle Plans To Take on Microsoft Office

Oracle Cloud Office is the next generation of Sun's OpenOffice, company officials revealed.

Oracle-Sun Road Map Will Focus on Bundles

Oracle plans to invest heavily in developing and selling hardware bundled with applications and database software.

Oracle-Sun Deal Gets Green Light

The European Commission today cleared Oracle's $7.4 billion agreement to acquire Sun Microsystems, paving the way for the two companies to close the deal.

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