Asked at a US analyst meeting whether Windows XP users should upgrade to Windows Vista, or wait for Windows 7, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer replied: "If people want to wait, they certainly can”. Mr Ballmer was speaking at a technology conference in Florida hosted by Gartner, which is now archived as a webcast on the research company’s website.
Google's shares have climbed 8% after hours on news the search giant is defying the slump. Yahoo zoomed 15% following comments by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer that his company acquiring Yahoo "would make economic sense".
For Q3, Google's profit rose 35% to 1.35 billion on revenue that was up 39% to $US5.54 billion.
However, the company has already put the brakes on, says CEO Eric Schmidt, as the global economy enters what he says is "uncharted territory".
A month ago, it looked like Microsoft was succeeding in its attempt to refashion its image. A series videos, starring company founder Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld, seemed initally obtuse, but ended up winning the hearts and minds of the chattering classes. It seemed Microsoft had "got it" with a post-modern, hip message for the media-saturated generation. Now, it's not only Apple that appreciates a little deadpan cool can go a long way.
Microsoft renews assault on Adobe Flash with Silverlight 2.0
Thanks to its broad adoption by video sharing sites like Google’s YouTube, and photo sharing sites like Yahoo’s Flickr, Macromedia’s Flash (bought by Adobe in 2005) rapidly became the technology of choice for streaming content over the internet.
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.
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.