There isn’t a whole lot of sympathy being thrown towards Microsoft when it was heard that a testing release of Windows XP SP3 was leaked and is floating around the internet now.
SP3 was given to a limited pool of testers in July, after being repeatedly delayed. It was originally planned to be release in 2005. Boy, did that ever go well. The leaked version of SP3 is not quite the finished product, or even a completed Beta, but that hasn’t stopped it from becoming an incredibly popular torrent download. It comes in at around 340 Mb and can be found pretty much everywhere
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Search engine giant Google and US semiconductor firm Intel have thrown their weight behind a massive scheme to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
The ambitious plan sets out an industry-wide target to cut the amount of energy computers consume by 2010.
The scheme is expected to cut emissions by 54 million tonnes a year – equal to 11 million cars or 20 coal-fired power plants, company officials say.
Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Microsoft have all signed up to the campaign.
Computers and other IT equipment have been blamed for causing as much global warming as the airline industry.
BBC NEWS | UK | Google backs green computer plan
As more and more seems to be made of the Green issue within the press we seem to have more companies and different types of companies wanting to get on board and showing they’re doing their bit.
It doesn’t seem to do them any harm getting that bit of extra positive press and it’s got to be good for the environment as long as they do actually do what they promise.
The other interesting part of the article is where it says:
In addition to the environmental benefits, Google co-founder Larry Page said the initiative would also act to make computers better – more reliable and quieter.
If so, thats going to be good news for all of us and would definitely be worth consumers getting behind them as well
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Came across these few videos on youtube. Like the actual adverts, these made me chuckle so have a look:
Continue reading for a couple more!
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According to Robbie Bach, Microsoft’s president of the Entertainment and Devices Division, Zune will meet the goal of 1.000.000 players sold by the end of June, set at launch. He also confirms that new Zune things will come in this fall, talks (not) about the Zune Phone, the new Watermelon Red Zune, the Zune Marketplace and of course Xbox 360
Zune-Online.com | Zune News and Forum – Bach: More than 1 Million Zune players sold
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Some of Microsoft’s most important customers aren’t happy with the battery life offered by notebooks running Windows Vista.
“It’s a little scary,” said John Wozniak, a distinguished technologist in Hewlett-Packard’s notebook engineering department, referring to the work HP needed to do on making Windows Vista more suitable for notebooks.
Vista, while touted as having improved power management capabilities that would make it easier for users to extend battery life, isn’t to some living up to that promise. The main culprit appears to be the Aero Glass interface, a spiffy new user interface that makes Vista more pleasing to the eye with transparent windows and animated transitions when moving from one application to another.
When Aero is turned off, battery life is equal to or better than Windows XP systems. But with it turned on, battery life suffers compared with Windows XP.
Vista draining laptop batteries, patience | Tech News on ZDNet
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Microsoft is urging an estimated 70 million users of Windows 98 to upgrade as it ends support for the software.From 11 July, Microsoft will no longer help users over the phone with any problems they have with the ageing operating system.
The firm will also stop providing security updates for Windows 98 from the same date.
Support for the software was originally due to end in 2003, but was extended following customer protests. Read the rest of this entry »
The European Commission is preparing to impose a fine of between 200m euros and 300m euros ($383.2m; £207.6m) on Microsoft to punish it for failing to comply with an anti-competition ruling.
The suggested 300m euro fine is thought to be backdated to a warning issued to the firm in December.
At the time Brussels warned it would face daily fines of 2m euros a day if it failed to meet the Commission’s demands.
Sources say that penalty could now rise to 3m euros a day if Microsoft fails to comply with the anti-trust ruling by 31 July.
Under the 2004 ruling, Microsoft was told to provide rival firms with more information about its software, in order to enable them to write programs that could run more smoothly on Microsoft’s widely-used Windows operating system.
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