Skype made ‘Microsoft Skype’ for 8.5bn

When Reuters started the rumor about Skype buyout talks, it was Google and Facebook and Microsoft wasn’t in picture. But, suprisingly MS inked the deal on Monday to buy the  popular Internet telephony company for $8.5 billion. In addition, Microsoft will also take the $686 million debt Skype has accumulated over its life. With the…

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Internet Explorer 9 – only for Vista and Windows 7

I couldn’t test the latest Microsoft’s latest browser Internet Explorer 9. It has been years since Microsoft threw away the Mac version of IE and now, it’s latest browser won’t work in Windows XP. I am not upgrading to Windows 7 to use IE 9! Following was the message I got when I tried to…

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Bing vs Google – Is it Google’s defeated mentality or Larry Page taking over?

Google’s head of Webspam team., Matt Cutts’s blog is full of Bing and Google search pages, comparing what Microsoft has stolen from the Google search results. Google has accused Bing of shoplifting the Google search. Microsoft says, it is using user data gathered from the Bing Toolbar and IE8 Suggested Sites feature. Google does teh…

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Missing Hotmail emails – did you loose any?

Some Hotmail account users have told that some of their e-mails have been deleted. They have posted the complaints on Microsoft forums saying – e-mails are missing from their inbox and other folders of their Hotmail email client. Microsoft spokeswoman said that the company is working to solve the problem. The missing email issue is…

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Kinect for Xbox 360 from Microsoft might be an instant hit

New hands-free, camera-based game controller from Microsoft, Kinect, is amazing and it makes playing Xbox 360 video games feel like magic. You can wave your arms, move your body, punch, kick, and do all sorts of things in the virtual world. Kinect is being launched worldwide starting with North America on November 4, 2010, followed…

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Office 365 – Microsoft’s answer to Google Apps

Microsoft has launched its web version of Office and e-mail to compete with Google’s similar offering, Google Apps. Google Apps includes online word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation and costs $50 per year for business customer. Microsoft’s basic service will cost slightly more at $72 a year. The new service will replace Microsoft’s previous similar offerings…

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Windows Phone 7 – the Zune phone has finally arrived

Microsoft has unveiled Windows Phone 7, its new mobile platform, with five new handsets for AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile, on October 11, 2010. The OS will come in the European markets as soon as Oct. 21 followed by US launch in November and next year. AT&T and T-Mobile will begin shipping Windows Phone 7 handsets…

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Sue flowchart in Mobile industry

Today, Motorola announced that it has filed suit against Apple for patent infringement. In this contest, a Guardian‘s colorful flow-chart showing who is suiting who in the mobile industry, looked interesting. Are these companies playing kids’ games? It looks like, the companies sue when they can’t beat the company in the receiving end. I loved…

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Microsoft’s Funeral Ceremony for Windows Phone Rivals

Microsoft tried to show it’s confidence on its upcoming Windows Phone 7 operating system by hosting a mock funeral ceremony of it’s rival phones including Apple’s iPhone and RIM’s Blackberry. In the ceremony, hearses for the iPhone and the BlackBerry were carried along with Microsoft employees dressed up in Windows Phone 7 garb. The Microsoft…

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