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December 23, 2008 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Microsoft Corp. extended Windows XP's licensing deadline for a second time, a bid to squeeze more revenue out of older software as its newer Vista operating system fails to spur sales. Distributors can get licenses for Windows XP through May 30, the company said. That means personal-computer manufacturers that offer Windows will continue to get access to the software until then. Companies still have to place their orders by Jan. 31, the original cutoff date.
April 7, 2006
HAVING SOLD TENS of millions of iPods and more than a billion iTunes, Steve Jobs is turning Apple Computer's attention to selling ... Microsoft Windows? That's one upshot of Apple's latest move, which will give the latest Macs the ability run the Windows operating system. The point isn't so much to pad Bill Gates' quarterly revenues, of course. It's to sell more Macs, particularly to people who worry about the Mac's incompatibility with Windows programs.
June 2, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Microsoft Corp. agreed to change its Windows XP operating system to address fresh antitrust concerns that traces of programs that consumers choose to hide still appear on their computer screens, the Justice Department said Wednesday in a court filing. As part of its antitrust settlement with the government and 17 states, Microsoft agreed to give users the choice of removing links to Internet Explorer if they want to use an alternate Web browser.
May 2, 2005 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
When Bill Gates can't show unmitigated glee over a Microsoft Corp. product, the world's largest software company has a problem. Last week, after watching a demonstration of the most important version of Windows in a decade, not even the preternaturally enthusiastic Gates could hide his frustration with a project that's years behind schedule. "It would be super," he said dryly, "to get that out in the hands of our customers."
February 21, 2005 | Terril Yue Jones, Times Staff Writer
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 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
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 | From Associated Press
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 | Jube Shiver, Times Staff Writer
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 | Reuters
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.
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.
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