SINA Signs Licensing Agreement With Microsoft to Enhance Mobile Service

Posted by vasudev on January 7 2009, 11:08 AM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

 Microsoft Corp. and SINA Corp. today announced a technology licensing agreement on the Chinese Couplet Generator technology — one of several cutting-edge natural language processing innovations created at Microsoft Research Asia. The licensed patents enhance SINA’s ability to deliver innovative mobile value-added services to the Chinese market.

Through the licensing agreement, Microsoft’s patented technology will be used in SINA’s new couplet service for mobile phones, which allows a mobile user to send his or her first line of couplet sentence in short message service (SMS) form to SINA’s server running Microsoft’s Chinese couplet generation engine. The engine will automatically build the second line and horizontal scroll bearing an inscription to users in the form of multimedia message service or SMS. The service will be available by Jan. 6, 2009, in time for the Chinese New Year (Jan. 26, 2009), when billions of SMS messages will be sent with New Year’s greetings. The Chinese-only couplet site can be accessed at SINA also plans to use Microsoft’s core technology to develop its own additional innovations, allowing the technology to be used in new and extended ways, and helping make mobile value-added services more personal, interactive and fun for consumers.

“Sharing and displaying couplets on Chinese New Year is a tradition that is thousands of years old, and we are excited that this new collaboration with Microsoft will help us bring this custom to computers and mobile phones,” said Gao-Fei Wang, vice president of SINA Corp. and general manager of SINA Mobile. “By working directly with Microsoft Research, we have been able to integrate advanced machine learning and language technology with our own innovations, expanding a Web-based technology and making it available for mobile and SMS, and delivering a service that is meaningful for our customers in China and the broader global Chinese community.”........................................Continue At Source

Gates Foundation awards $69 million in grants

Posted by spy on January 6 2009, 4:43 PM. Posted in Bill Gates.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has rolled out its first round of grants in a much-publicized effort to double the number of low-income students who earn a postsecondary degree or credential by age 26—an increase of about 250,000 graduates each year. The grants total $69 million to more than 20 organizations that include policy organizations, training and research organization and social and education institutions (See story, right). Foundation officials said the awards reflect the foundation’s commitment to use data to shape its investments by building on existing successful programs and policies, tapping innovation in areas where there has been limited success and, over the longer term, bringing the most promising practices to scale. Several of the projects will focus on community college students.

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Windows 7 build 7000 outperforms Vista and XP

Posted by spy on January 6 2009, 4:29 PM. Posted in Windows 7.

 Normally, I would frown upon testing beta software against final code that has been updated frequently, but the results this time around are very interesting. Instead of using benchmarking programs, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes from ZDNet put together 23 real-world scenarios to see which operating system would be the quickest to complete all of the tasks.

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Windows for Warships™ reaches Royal Navy frigates

Posted by spy on January 6 2009, 4:28 PM. Posted in Windows (general).

 The Royal Navy's plan to fit most of its fleet with command systems based on Windows boxes continues, with the commencement last week of a programme intended to replace the existing commandware of the Service's Type 23 frigates. The Type 23s will make up the majority of the British surface fleet for the foreseeable future.According to the Ministry of Defence (MoD), HMS Montrose has now entered a planned docking and refit period during which BAE Systems plc will replace her original DNA(1) gear with DNA(2), said to be "based on the system being fitted to the Royal Navy's powerful new Type 45 Destroyers". This means it will be based on fairly everyday hardware running legacy Windows OSes - people who have worked on these programmes inform us that both Win2k and XP will be in use across the fleet.

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Ballmer to talk Windows 7, not ZunePhone, at CES

Posted by spy on January 6 2009, 4:26 PM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

Microsoft will have a bunch of stuff to show at the Consumer Electronics Show, but a rumoured ZunePhone won't be one of them, according to sources familiar with the company's plans.Instead, much of CEO Steve Ballmer's focus will be on talking about Windows 7 from a consumer perspective. Microsoft is pushing to have Windows 7 done in time for the holiday 2009 shopping season, so that means this CES is Ballmer's best stage to tout its benefits.While the desktop operating system will be front and centre, sources say to expect Ballmer to talk about how Windows is moving beyond the PC and into a world of PC, web and phone, a refrain we also heard a lot from Ray Ozzie at November's Professional Developers Conference, where the world also got its first good look at Windows 7.On the phone front, Microsoft may not have a ZunePhone, but it is going ahead with several other strategies — pushing phone makers to develop phones based on Windows Mobile, developing Windows Live services for phones running a variety of operating systems as well as a number of new "premium mobile services" based on its Danger acquisition.

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$1.5 billion Microsoft Vista-Capable booty hardly ill-gotten

Posted by spy on January 6 2009, 4:24 PM. Posted in Windows Vista, Legal Issues.

An economist's deposition in the ongoing "Vista Capable" lawsuit filed against Microsoft by claimants insisting that the company fraudulently represented its products has testified that Redmond made a pretty penny off the "Vista Capable" designation. In his deposition, economist Keith Leffler stated, "I have been asked by Plaintiffs' counsel to estimate the amount of revenue earned by Microsoft from the licensing of Windows XP on Vista Capable but not Vista Premium Ready PCs... Microsoft revenue from the Windows XP licensing on Vista Capable but not Vista Premium Ready PCs sold to Plaintiffs was $1.505 billion."

Microsoft earned $1.5bn from "Vista Capable" scheme

Posted by spy on January 6 2009, 4:23 PM. Posted in Windows Vista.

Microsoft earned $1.5bn from sales of PCs that were labelled "Vista Capable", even though they struggled to run premium versions of the operating system, a court has heard.The software giant is currently being sued in the US by plaintiffs who claim the company "unjustly enriched" itself by using the stickers to sell PCs that weren't suitable for Vista Home Premium or Ultimate editions.An expert witness in the case claims Microsoft reaped a handsome reward from the sales of such PCs."I have... reached the opinion that Microsoft revenue from the Windows XP licensing on Vista Capable but not Vista Premium Ready PCs sold to Plaintiffs was $1.505 billion," University of Washington economist Keith Leffler told the court, according to Seattle Post Intelligencer.How much of that $1.5bn Microsoft would have earned without the stickers on the PCs is open to debate, as many customers arguably wouldn't have cared if the computer could run Vista or not.

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Microsoft sold 28 million Xbox 360s by end of 2008

Posted by spy on January 6 2009, 4:21 PM. Posted in Xbox.

Microsoft Corp sold 28 million units worldwide of its Xbox 360 video game console through the end of 2008, expanding the Xbox's lead over rival Sony Corp's PlayStation 3 console in worldwide unit sales, the company said on Monday.Xbox 360 product management director Aaron Greenberg said 2008 "was our biggest year ever in Xbox history" despite a sluggish global economy that's battered U.S. retailers this past holiday season.Rising unemployment and tighter credit have dented U.S. consumers' purchasing power and most retailers have posted dismal sales results in recent months.Despite problems by some publishers, the video game industry overall has bucked the trend as market researcher NPD said video games sales rose 10 percent and totaled $2.91 billion in November, proving consumers were still spending on video games at the beginning of the holiday season despite the sour economy.Microsoft said global unit sales of the Xbox 360, which was launched about a year before the PS3, outpaced its rival by over 8 million units at the close of 2008.

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Microsoft promotes Muglia to president

Posted by spy on January 6 2009, 4:18 PM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

Microsoft has promoted Bob Muglia, the head of the company's server and tools division, to president, making him one of a handful of senior executives who carry this title.Muglia's promotion to president of the Server and Tools Business (STB) group was confirmed by Microsoft on Monday. Previously, Muglia was a senior vice president.The promotion makes Muglia, who joined Microsoft in 1988, the fourth president at the company. The other presidents are Robbie Bach, president of the Entertainment and Devices Division; Jean-Phillipe Courtois, president of Microsoft International; and Stephen Elop, president of the Microsoft Business Division."As senior vice president of STB, Bob has established Microsoft as the industry leader in providing great server products to companies of all sizes and in delivering the tools that enable developers and IT pros to build optimized solutions for their customers and companies. In the process, he has helped build a remarkably successful business that has grown from virtually nothing a decade ago to more than US$13 billion in FY08," wrote Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's CEO, in an e-mail to company employees, referring to the company's 2008 fiscal year.Muglia's functional role remains unchanged, Microsoft said.

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Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1

Posted by spy on January 6 2009, 4:11 PM. Posted in .NET.

Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 is a full cumulative update that contains many new features building incrementally upon .NET Framework 2.0, 3.0, 3.5, and includes cumulative servicing updates to the .NET Framework 2.0 and .NET Framework 3.0 subcomponents.

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Join the Flexilis Beta, security for Windows Mobile

Posted by bink on January 5 2009, 10:19 PM. Posted in Windows Mobile. readers are asked to join the beta of Flexilis a suite of security tools for Windows Mobile. A new mobile application designed to keep your device and data safe – it protects you from hackers/malware etc, backs-up all your data securely to the cloud, and helps you deal with a lost/stolen/destroyed device



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