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April 13, 2006 at 10:29 AM

New Microsoft bean counter

Microsoft this morning announced that it hired a new chief accounting officer, Frank Brod, formerly controller at Dow Chemical. It wasn’t in the press release, but the company lured Brod with a cash and stock deal worth more than $2 million. He’s getting a $411,000 a year salary plus a $300,000 signing bonus. He’s also…

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April 12, 2006 at 2:36 PM

Bill, Melinda and Oprah

Bill and Melinda Gates appeared on “Oprah” Tuesday to call for improvements to the U.S. education system, one of the major undertakings of their charitable foundation. The show featured a short interview filmed last month at San Diego High School, then cut to a segment that contrasted an inner-city Chicago high school near Oprah’s…

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April 5, 2006 at 10:03 AM

Good for both Steves – Jobs and Ballmer?

Is it good for Microsoft or bad for Microsoft that Apple’s next operating system will make it easier to load Windows onto a Mac? Apple’s stock leaped this morning on the news that “Leopard,” the company’s next OS, will have a feature called “Boot Camp” that will help users load Windows XP onto their systems. This…

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March 30, 2006 at 4:17 PM

iConclude books flight

Year-old Bellevue startup iConclude announced a high-flying customer for its flagship Repair System product — Alaska Airlines. The airline is using Repair System to “automate the incident triage, diagnosis and resolution process around mission-critical software applications such as their Flight Operations suite,” iConclude said in its release.

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March 30, 2006 at 12:01 AM

The Origami Master

Otto Berkes, who led Microsoft’s “Origami” handheld PC project, took time last week to show us the Samsung model going on sale next month in the U.S. We’re running a photo-story package in our Business section today, along with video of Berkes with the device. Berkes has a track record of producing cool stuff…

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March 23, 2006 at 11:19 AM

Windows shakeup

Two days after it decided to delay Windows Vista until 2007, Microsoft today announced a big reorganization in its Windows group. The biggest change: Senior Vice President Steve Sinofsky moves from Office to head the Windows and Windows Live Group, planning future versions of the company’s flagship product. More details are in a story posted…

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March 20, 2006 at 10:52 AM

From Mix06: Expect more frequent IE updates

LAS VEGAS — Internet Explorer 7 is just the beginning (see post below). Speaking at Microsoft’s new Mix06 Web development conference, Bill Gates said this morning that the company will be upgrading its browser more frequently, rather than syncing browser releases to new versions of Windows. Gates and Dean Hachamovitch, IEr general manager, said it was…

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March 20, 2006 at 7:50 AM

Latest version of Internet Explorer

LAS VEGAS — Microsoft today is releasing the latest build of Internet Explorer 7, the new browser that will ship with Windows Vista and be available as a free download for Windows XP later this year. Among the improvements are improved RSS support, better security and support for cascading style sheets. Discs with the software were distributed…

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