Windows XP cheats death, again

Mon 6 Oct 7

Microsoft has again revised Windows XP’s date with destiny. The kill date for Vista’s predecessor was originally set for June 30 this year, then pushed out to January 31 next year.

Now, the operating sytem will die another day. Again. The new date for XP to shuffle off this mortal coil is June 30, 2009, Microsoft announced Saturday New Zealand time.

Windows 7 alpha to ship Oct 27, Microsoft NZer: ‘we’ve taken punches’

Fri 26 Sep 3

Those wishing to skip Windows Vista now know how long they have to sweat it out with XP. Microsoft today confirmed rumours it would ship an alpha version Vista’s successor, dubbed Windows 7, to developers in October.

The final release date is set for January 2010 – though the scuttlebutt is that it may be moved forward into next year as Google gains traction with its Google Apps and Chrome, pitched as a rival OS for the web.

Microsoft to provide global support for NZ software

Wed 24 Sep

Cartesian Software, developed by New Zealand R&D company Genesis to allow users to undertake genomic searching of huge data sets without needing supercomputers, will receive global Microsoft support – a lucrative and prestigious achievement.

Microsoft to buy ... not Yahoo, but $US40 billion of its own shares

Tue 23 Sep 1

Microsoft’s New Zealand-born CFO Chris Liddell is going to be busy again over the next few months – buying his own company’s shares. The Kiwi cash man will also lead the company’s first ever foray into the debt market.

Cisco guns for Google, Microsoft with Jabber buy

Mon 22 Sep

Instant messaging (IM) may still be frowned on – or even banned – from many offices. But for many – especially those just entering the workforce – IM’s real-time text conversation and file sharing software has replaced email as their communications media of choice.

Seinfeld banished as Microsoft’s $US300 million campaign gets specific

Fri 19 Sep 1

After getting all existential during the first two videos in its $US300 million campaign to burnish Windows’ image, Microsoft gets a lot more specific in its third.

The brand-less, existential adventures of 90s comedian Jerry Seinfeld and recently-retired founder Bill Gates over the past two weeks are replaced by a clip featuring one Sean Siller (pictured right), a Microsoft employee who bears an uncanny resemblance to the “PC Guy” in the Mac Guy vs PC Guy commercials – the wildly successful Apple campaign that Microsoft targets with its new video.


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