June 26, 2007 |
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."
June 28, 2006 |
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.
October 5, 2006 |
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.
September 13, 2006 |
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.
November 9, 2006 |
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.
March 27, 2007 |
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.
October 14, 2006 |
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.
March 22, 2006 |
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.
January 29, 2010 |
For Microsoft Corp.'s earnings, a new set of Windows made a huge difference. Boosted by the arrival of its Windows 7 operating system, Microsoft had a 14% rise in sales in its fiscal second quarter that ended Dec. 31, the software giant said Thursday. That helped make for a 60% jump in profit to $6.7 billion, or 74 cents a share, compared with a year earlier when the Redmond, Wash., company had net income of $4.17 billion, or 47 cents. Revenue increased to $19 billion from $16.6 billion.
October 23, 2009 |
Can Windows 7 repair Microsoft Corp.'s reputation and trigger enough sales to pull the technology sector out of its financial funk? That seemed to be the overriding question Thursday as Microsoft officially took the wraps off its latest operating system, much of which was already public knowledge, with more than 8 million testers having used it since January. In the past, thousands of technology companies could count on each release of a new Windows operating system to deliver its own economic stimulus: Millions of consumers would rush out to buy faster computers and companies would splurge on more powerful computer systems.