February 21, 2005 |
Intel Corp. is expected to introduce today its first desktop computer processors capable of powerful 64-bit computing -- although it will be at least a year before there are programs that can take advantage of that ability. Conventional processors today handle data 32 bits at a time. The new chips can process twice as much data at once, allowing for faster numbers crunching, video editing and game playing.
August 7, 2004 |
Microsoft Corp. on Friday completed a long-awaited update to Windows XP that fixes many of the security holes exploited by hackers to attack computers running the ubiquitous operating system. The free Service Pack 2, which can be downloaded or ordered on a CD, was the work of thousands of Microsoft engineers who labored since late last year to shore up Windows XP against the sort of viruses, worms and trojans that cripple millions of computers annually.
July 13, 2004 |
Microsoft Corp. will release in August a major update to the Windows XP computer operating system that focuses on boosting protection against malicious intrusions. The release of the free update, called Service Pack 2, was promised as early as June but has been delayed by last-minute changes, including those needed to ensure that security precautions don't interfere with other applications.
February 12, 2003 |
Claiming that the latest version of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows software hinders competition, several major high-tech firms have asked European regulators to place tough antitrust restraints on the software giant. The Computer and Communications Industry Assn., a Washington-based trade group, said this week that it filed a confidential complaint with the European Commission on Jan. 31 on behalf of cell phone giant Nokia Corp., computer maker Sun Microsystems Inc.
September 10, 2002 |
Microsoft Corp. released a software update for its flagship computer operating system to make Windows XP more secure, reliable and open to modification. Service Pack 1, Microsoft's first major update to Windows XP since the launch of its "trustworthy computing" initiative and consent decree with the Justice Department, is available on the software giant's Web site or on a CD that can be ordered for $9.95.
August 6, 2002 |
Microsoft Corp. will begin giving independent software writers a vast trove of information today about how the Windows operating system interacts with other computers and with smaller Microsoft programs, fulfilling key parts of its proposed antitrust settlement with the Justice Department. The release of the technical information is designed to allow programmers to make alternative Web browsers, media players and other features work as well with Windows as do Microsoft's own products.
May 25, 2002 |
Microsoft Corp. will let customers hide programs it developed by revising its newest Windows operating system to comply with an antitrust settlement. The Windows XP update will let computer makers and users change which Internet audio player and Web browser a system automatically uses, said Jim Cullinan, a Windows product manager. It also will let users display or hide program links and omit prompts to sign up for Microsoft's Passport identification service.
May 8, 2002 |
The federal judge overseeing the Microsoft Corp. antitrust case said Tuesday that she wants to see a version of the Windows operating system that has removable features. Over the objections of Microsoft, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said she would allow nine states seeking stiff sanctions against the company to have a computer expert demonstrate a version of Windows he has developed that can be customized. Kollar-Kotelly scheduled the presentation for May 15.
May 7, 2002 |
Microsoft Corp. bundled more multimedia features into Windows XP even after a judge ruled the company illegally integrated extra functions into the operating system to protect its monopoly, a company executive testified. Nine states challenging Microsoft's proposed settlement of the U.S. government's 4-year-old antitrust case suggested the world's biggest software maker hasn't dropped efforts to squash competition and won't be restrained by the accord.
April 26, 2002
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates was combative and evasive in his 1998 testimony in the federal antitrust trial of the giant software company. Wearing casual clothes and rocking back and forth, he suffered what appeared to be frequent bouts of amnesia. In his testimony this week, Gates was much more refined, wearing elegant outfits chosen by his wife, summoning a sharp memory and at least initially responding ''Yes, sir!'' to his questioners.