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April 3, 2009 at 5:30 PM

Coverage note

This marks my last post on the Microsoft Pri0 blog. I’m moving on from The Seattle Times after the better part of four years. Technology editor Mark Watanabe will make occasional posts here as a replacement is found. Brier Dudley’s blog remains an excellent source for coverage and commentary on the Northwest tech scene. A…

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April 2, 2009 at 2:45 PM

Microsoft news roundup: Ad campaign in works for Microsoft search; Office on iPhone?; Inside Google’s data centers

Advertising Age reports that JWT, which has been getting more business from Microsoft of late, has landed an $80 million to $100 million advertising campaign for the company’s Internet search service, which is expected to undergo a major rebranding later this year. The story says the campaign is expected to begin in June. Microsoft’s search team had some April Fool’s fun Wednesday, poking at its branding troubles with a post announcing the debut of “MSN Windows Live Search on kumo@microsoft.com.”

Stephen Elop, president of the Microsoft Business Division, indicated an Office application that would let Apple iPhone users edit documents could be in the works. Asked at the Web 2.0 Expo today about a mobile edition of Office for the iPhone, Elop said, “Not yet — keep watching,” according to this eWeek story.

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Comments | More in Advertising, Data centers, Google, News roundup, Office, Search

April 1, 2009 at 6:01 AM

Microsoft targets very small businesses with new server

Microsoft is introducing a new low-price, entry-level server for small businesses with fewer than 15 employees as a way to introduce them to the company’s broader server software line and address falling server hardware prices.

“If somebody can buy a $500 server, they’re a little loathe to spend $500 for the server operating system that goes with it,” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said last month, explaining the new version of Windows Server to financial analysts.

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March 31, 2009 at 3:07 PM

Vista Capable trial postponed

U.S. District Court Judge Marsha Pechman decided today to postpone trial of the Vista Capable lawsuit, which was due to begin April 13. After hearing oral arguments last week on certification of two new classes, Pechman determined that a continuance — as requested by the plaintiffs’ attorneys — was appropriate. After Pechman decertified the original…

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March 31, 2009 at 7:14 AM

Programming note: Microsoft health plan to be featured on Frontline

Microsoft’s gold-plated health insurance plan will be featured during PBS’ news magazine “Frontline” tonight at 9 p.m. on KCTS channel 9. The episode, “Sick Around America,” focuses on the broken U.S. health care system and how rising unemployment is leaving more people without coverage. Microsoft appears to be included as an example of American health…

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March 30, 2009 at 11:38 AM

TomTom and Microsoft settle patent suits

Microsoft sued portable GPS maker TomTom in February for patent infringement, raising the specter of a first Microsoft attempt to file suit over an implementation of the open source Linux operating system, which Microsoft has long claimed violated its patents. TomTom counter sued earlier this month.

Today, Microsoft announced that the companies have settled both suits through a “patent agreement under which TomTom will pay Microsoft for coverage under the eight car navigation and file management systems patents in the Microsoft case. Also as part of the agreement, Microsoft receives coverage under the four patents included in the TomTom countersuit. The agreement, which has a five-year term, does not require any payment by Microsoft to TomTom. It covers both past and future U.S. sales of the relevant products. The specific financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.”

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March 26, 2009 at 3:28 PM

New Microsoft ad swipes at Apple

Microsoft is rolling out a new Windows commercial today that takes the most direct swipe yet at rival Apple.

The commercial, which feels tuned for these tough economic times, follows a woman on a quest to find a laptop with “speed, comfortable keyboard and a 17-inch screen” for $1,000 or less. “Lauren” walks into an Apple store — she calls it “the Mac store” — and then walks out and tells the camera, “For $1,000 they only have one computer available and that’s a 13-inch screen.” She ends up buying an HP for about $700. Here’s the spot, set to air during March Madness:

Video: Laptop Hunters $1000 – Lauren Gets an HP Pavilion

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