CES kicks off today. If you are at all interested, here is the keynote address:
“In a keynote address at the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer announced the beta availability of the Windows 7 operating system as well as the availability of the latest version of the Windows Live, a suite of personal communications services and applications.
‘I’m thrilled to announce the availability of the Windows 7 beta, which is on track to deliver simplicity and reliability,’ Ballmer said. ‘Windows 7 and Windows Live are part of an incredible pipeline of consumer technology that is making it easier than ever for people to communicate, share and get more done.’”
According to Engadget and countless other sites, poor unknown comic Jerry Seinfeld is out of a job. What will he do with the measly 10 million dollars he made for a few days work???
“The next phase of Microsoft’s latest ad campaign is set to begin — sans Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld. Apparently, the new ads do away with the unusual (and somewhat ill-received) banter and “real life” experiences of the two celebrities, and trade them for an earnest embrace of… Apple’s “PC” character. Apparently, one of the new ads even begins with a John Hodgman lookalike stating, “Hello, I’m a PC, and I’ve been made into a stereotype.”
Microsoft as Billions of Dollars and these are the best ideas coming from all that $?
Hire a college student with a DV cam and Final Cut, I mean Adobe Premiere and be done with it.
Smartphone this, iPhone that–what you pull out of your pocket has emerged as not only a status symbol, but the target of major companies looking to break into the lucrative market. Sources over at Microsoft hint that a Zune-based smartphone is in the works and could provide a little competition to the iPhone, but the device may face Microsoft’s continual uphill challenge of winning cool points in a drooling over everything Apple market.
The E3 rumors continue flooding in with certain tidbits grabbing the attention of gamers and non-gamers alike, the latest includes a possible pact between Netflix and Microsoft to distribute movies via the XBox 360. The gaming console can currently download some movies that go directly through the unit in HD, but they remain limited and pay-per-download. And we all know, pay-per-download should be exclusively limited to porn.
Informationweek reports on comments made by Brad Brooks, Microsoft’s VP of Windows Vista consumer marketing at their annual Worldwide Partner Conference. Brooks admits that they have made mistakes with the Vista launch but that they are ready to counter attacks from Apple and let customers know that Vista is “finally stable and ready.”
“We’ve got a pretty noisy competitor out there,” Brooks said of Apple whose “I’m a Mac… and I’m a PC,” commercials criticize Windows Vista. “You know it. I know it. It’s caused some impact. We’re going to start countering it. They tell us it’s the iWay or the highway. We think that’s a sad message. Software out there is made to be compatible with your whole life.”
Microsoft is planning to launch a massive advertising campaign worth hundreds of millions of dollars to promote Vista. Key features to be promoted include upgraded security and compatibility with both applications and devices.
Microsoft to stop selling Windows XP on Monday – Microsoft Corp. is scheduled to stop selling its Windows XP operating system to retailers and major computer makers Monday, despite protests from a slice of PC users who don’t want to be forced into using XP’s successor, Vista.
“In other news, Mac users stated they did not want to re-install OS9 since Apple made a new OS that works great…thanks!”
Bill Gates said a teary goodbye on Friday to Microsoft Corp, the software maker he built into the world’s most valuable technology company based on the ambitious goal of placing a computer on every desk and in every home.
He leaves his full-time executive role at Microsoft, which he co-founded with childhood friend Paul Allen in 1975, to focus on his philanthropic organization, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest charity, funded in part by his vast fortune.
At an event at Microsoft’s headquarters campus here, Gates, who will become a non-executive chairman and work part-time, joined Chief Executive Steve Ballmer on stage to deliver a short speech and field questions from employees.
“There won’t be a day in my life that I’m not thinking about Microsoft and the great things that it’s doing and wanting to help,” said Gates, who wiped away tears as the group of employees rose to give him a standing ovation.
Ballmer, a Harvard University classmate who joined Microsoft at Gates’ behest, got choked up as he tried to describe Gates’ impact on the company and society at large.
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