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June 26, 2007 | From Reuters
Google Inc. asked a federal judge Monday to extend the consent decree that settled the landmark antitrust case against Microsoft Corp. in order to address competition concerns involving the Windows Vista operating system. Google told the judge overseeing the 2002 consent decree that even though Microsoft had agreed to modify Vista to address the concerns, "more may need to be done to provide a truly unbiased choice of desktop search products."
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BUSINESS
June 28, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Microsoft Corp. said one of the most anticipated features of its next Windows operating system, planned for a separate release next year, had been canceled. Microsoft had planned to ship the WinFS file system shortly after Windows Vista, which is slated to reach stores in January. In a weblog entry Friday, Quentin Clark, an executive on the project, wrote that WinFS would not ship separately. Some of it will be rolled into a later product.
BUSINESS
October 5, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Microsoft Corp.'s forthcoming Windows Vista will take much harsher steps to curtail piracy than previous versions of its operating system, including crippling the usefulness of computers found to be running unlicensed copies of the new software. The software maker said Wednesday that people running a version of Windows Vista that it believed was pirated would initially be denied access to some of the most anticipated Vista features, including Windows Aero, an improved graphics technology.
BUSINESS
September 13, 2006 | From the Associated Press
European Union officials warned Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday not to shut out rivals in the security software market as the company plans to launch its Windows Vista operating system with built-in protection from hackers and malicious programs. EU spokesman Jonathan Todd said the European Commission was "ready to give guidance to Microsoft" concerning Vista but added that it was up to the U.S.
BUSINESS
November 9, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Microsoft Corp. has finished work on its long-delayed Windows Vista operating system, and a top executive said Wednesday that the software would be broadly available Jan. 30. The announcement means that Microsoft will meet -- just barely -- its revised goal of putting Vista in consumers' hands in the first month of 2007.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2007 | From Reuters
Microsoft Corp. said Monday that it sold more than 20 million Windows Vista licenses in the first month after the operating system's general debut Jan. 30. The world's biggest software maker said the pace of Vista adoption was more than twice the rate of its predecessor, Windows XP, which had sold 17 million licenses after its first two months of release. "It's a little bit better than what we were expecting," said Bill Mannion, a director in the Windows marketing group.
BUSINESS
October 14, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Microsoft Corp. is making several key changes to its forthcoming Windows Vista operating system in an attempt to soothe European antitrust worries, while keeping its worldwide distribution plans on schedule. Brad Smith, Microsoft's general counsel, said Friday that the company had agreed to change how people can set their preferred search service if they upgrade to Microsoft's new Internet Explorer browser. The Redmond, Wash.
BUSINESS
February 29, 2012 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
You don't need to touch Windows 8 on a tablet to recognize that things are very different in the next version of Microsoft's operating system. On Wednesday, at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Microsoft released the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, making it available as a free download worldwide and showing it off on tablets and PCs in Spain. The Consumer Preview release offers a closer look at what Windows 8 will actually look and behave like when the retail version is released later on this year.
BUSINESS
October 22, 2009 | Dan Fost
Almost no one found Microsoft Corp.'s last attempt at a new operating system, Windows Vista, very entertaining. So when it came time for the software giant to create the sequel, it hoped a little Hollywood touch would bring audiences back to its screens. Jonathan Wiedemann, the former managing director of Propaganda Films, which made groundbreaking MTV videos as well as films such as "Wild at Heart" and "Madonna: Truth or Dare," has for the last three years been leading a team responsible for a key feature on the Windows 7 operating system, the much-hyped upgrade to Vista that Microsoft will begin selling today.
BUSINESS
March 22, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Microsoft Corp. on Thursday delayed the general release of its next Windows program until next year, saying it needed more time to address some quality concerns. Windows will be released in two stages -- a shipment to businesses in November this year, and a release to consumers in 2007, said James Allchin, co-president of the division in charge of Windows. Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft had planned to release the product by the holiday shopping season.
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