Monster allies with MSN to give service in ten European countries

Monster, specializing company in career services has announced an alliance with MSN to provide services in ten European countries.

Just think, this collaboration will allow the employment portal to achieve major visibility of their employment offers across the MSN net, while offering a new service to their subscribers directly from their homepage.

Nowadays Monster’s services are available trough MSN in United Kingdom, France, Italy, Belgium, Spain, Norway and Sweden, they will extend Denmark in November 2007, and to Holland and Germany in January 2008.

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Microsoft makes pact with Novell

After years, the open source and proprietary software bring positions over. Microsoft has signed an agreement with Novell, who will lead them to collaborate in three basic items:

First, both companies sign a peace treatment on lawsuits for patents. Of course that will not concern Dell’s accusation against Microsoft raised in 2004, but from now Microsoft will not sue for violation of patents not even to particular developers of Linux.

Secondly, they will work together for compatibility not only on office automation products MS Office and Open Office, but also the operative systems, to facilitate the use of Windows and Suse simultaneously in the same machine.

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Microsoft and Yahoo prepare themselves to fight against Google

Microsofr and Yahoo against Google

The impetus of Google in developing their Internet strategy is motivating the two other Internet giants.

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, has declared that with Google it’s difficult to find and to incorporate new and better talents. That’s why, they have decided to increase their next year budget for research and development to 7.5 billion dollars, which are 1.3 billion dollars more than they declared a few months ago behind, in May.

By the other hand, today Yahoo has realized an acquisition and an investment. They know that the competition in Internet has increased and are prepared for it. In addition, for almost one month, Yahoo is in conversations to acquire Facebook (for 1 billion dollars); even when these conversations have cooled because Facebook requests a higher offer.

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Microsoft’s Windows arrives on Apple’s Macs

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Apple, the computer maker, today shocked its army of fans by unveiling software that will let its newest Macintosh machines run on Windows, the operating system developed by arch-rival Microsoft.

The watershed decision could help Apple to dramatically expand its share of the computer market.

The company has already seen sales of its computers boosted by the massive popularity of its iPod music player, dubbed the “halo effect” by analysts. But more than 90 per cent of home machines still run on Windows.

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Microsoft to bring Hotmail onto the desktop

Microsoft has started beta testing software that will take its Web e-mail onto the desktop.

This week, Microsoft served up the first test version of Windows Live Mail Desktop, a free Windows program that will let users manage multiple e-mail accounts. The software is designed to work with Windows Live Mail, the successor to Hotmail that is also in beta testing.
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Gates: five ways we’re service orienting

Bill Gates is pouring on the SOA sauce. Service-oriented applications will underpin Microsoft’s recently announced “Dynamics” product vision, which will start emerging over the next year. That’s the word from Chairman Gates in his keynote at Microsoft’s Convergence user conference in Dallas, as reported in Computer Business Review Online.

Microsoft is rallying the troops around its latest marketing theme of “People-Ready Business,” which emphasizes role-based interfaces to enterprise applications.
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Microsoft mixes software for business ‘mashups’

Chairman Bill Gates said Monday that the line continues to blur between Office-like tools and programs that house businesses’ more formalized, or structured, data.

“Applications are changing in their architecture,” Gates said, speaking at the Convergence 2006 trade show here.

Gates said that much of the work in Microsoft’s Business Solutions unit consists of helping workers more easily traverse the boundary with other software, as well as connect to Internet-based data. “We’re taking the best elements of the online world, where we are seeing mashups,” he said. Mashups are hybrid software that combine content from more than source, such as real-time traffic reports and a map, and present them in a Web site.
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Big day for RSS on Windows

Talk about a one-two punch. NewsGator launched new versions of both their Outlook add-in, now called NewsGator Inbox, and FeedDemon, a desktop RSS client. The company has also completely redesigned their pricing to address customer concerns about the subscription model they adopted in the previous release. NewsGator founder Greg Reinacker, announcing the new releases on his blog yesterday wrote:

“And finally, as of these releases we’ve made good on our promise to abolish the subscription model as you used to know it. Now, you can buy FeedDemon or NewsGator Inbox (and soon NetNewsWire) for $29.95, and you’ll get a free year subscription which includes value-added services such as synchronization (and lots more to come). At the end of that year, you can choose to renew your subscription if you wish for $19.95. But if you choose not to renew, your software will continue to work forever – just without the online-specific features.”

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