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Thanks for reading.Microsoft's Office 2007 includes new twists, 02\/20\/06Microsoft last week unveiled its Office 2007 package, which includes a collection of new applications, servers, bundles and licensing options for collaboration, content management and business intelligence.Active Directory gains broader role, 02\/20\/06Microsoft last week laid out a new road map for Active Directory designed to transform it into the centerpiece of the company's effort to provide users with an integrated identity management platform.Users weigh Exchange mobile messaging, 02\/20\/06Wary network administrators are starting to evaluate the mobile-messaging capability rolled out by Microsoft via Exchange Server.Attack code targets Media Player flaw, 02\/17\/06Exploit code has been released targeting a flaw in Microsoft's Windows Media Player, the French Security Incident Response Team (FrSIRT) warned Friday.Microsoft confirms USB bug that drains batteries, 02\/17\/06An unfixed bug in the USB (Universal Serial Bus) driver of Windows XP Service Pack 2 operating system causes a notebook's battery to drain faster than usual when there is a device connected to its USB port, Microsoft confirmed Friday.Hackers follow Microsoft patches with malware, 02\/17\/06Hackers have released software that could be used to take over Windows PCs that lack the latest Microsoft security patches. But while this code is dangerous, security experts said Friday that it had yet to be used by attackers in any widespread way.Vista's encryption could vex investigators, 02\/17\/06Encryption features in Microsoft's upcoming operating system release, Windows Vista, could pose tricky challenges for criminal investigators, a Cambridge University professor told British lawmakers earlier this week.It's official: Office '12' to become Office 2007, 02\/16\/06Microsoft Thursday is set to unveil its long-awaited branding, packaging and pricing for the next version of Office, which is expected to be available later this year.Microsoft launches U.K. anti-piracy campaign, 02\/16\/06When Microsoft's U.K. head of anti-piracy visited several computer stores in Glasgow earlier this week inquiring about piracy issues, some weren't especially glad to see her.Washington State University branch gets help managing Exchange, 02\/16\/06The Washington State University Puyallup Research and Extension Center, located about an hour south of Seattle, is focused on agricultural research ...British users to be among first in Europe to watch television on their mobile phones, 02\/15\/06Taiwanese mobile phone developer High Tech Computer said Tuesday it will provide its latest handset to an effort by BT Group and Virgin Mobile Holdings to make British users among the first in Europe to watch television on their mobile phones.MS ANTITRUST - Microsoft responds to EC complaints, 02\/15\/06Microsoft launched a last-ditch attempt to stave off the threat of million-dollar-a-day fines on Wednesday when it submitted its formal response to European Commission charges that it is failing to comply with an antitrust ruling.Microsoft patch fails to install for some users, 02\/15\/06Microsoft has reported a problem with one of its security patches released Tuesday that requires some users to take additional steps to ensure it installs properly.Extreme founder: Beware of closed network-access control schemes, 02\/15\/06Corporate security executives should be wary of network-access control schemes that don't embrace open standards that encourage multi-vendor security, says one of the founders of Extreme Networks.Microsoft offers small businesses free Web sites, 02\/14\/06Microsoft hopes to charm small businesses with a new bundle of software and services called Office Live, available for public beta testing starting Tuesday. The star of the show is a free, basic Web site for your company--courtesy of Microsoft and ...Microsoft and SugarCRM partner, 02\/14\/06Microsoft and open source CRM vendor SugarCRM announced a partnership at the Open Source Business Conference, which kicks off Tuesday in San Francisco.Microsoft releases seven software patches, 02\/14\/06Microsoft released seven software patches on Tuesday, including fixes for critical security flaws in Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player.Microsoft confident on eve of EU deadline, 02\/14\/06One day ahead of the deadline for explaining why it believes it has complied with the European Commission's anti-trust ruling against it, Microsoft's top European lawyer said on Tuesday that the company is confident that it has met or exceeded all of ...Security service leverages Microsoft, Network Engines technology, 02\/14\/06Getronics is teaming up with Microsoft and Network Engines to build a branch-office security service that protects Internet connections and promotes efficient use of servers.Gates says security boils down to four focus areas, 02\/14\/06Bill Gates Tuesday opened the annual RSA Security Conference with an overview on the state of security that was long on vision and broad with its details.3GSM - Broadcom aims for clearer calls on crowded networks, 02\/14\/06Broadcom on Tuesday announced a technology that could result in clearer calls for mobile users on swamped networks.Nortel ships Converged Office, 02\/14\/06Nortel Monday announced general availability of a Nortel IP voice switch integrated with Microsoft Office Live Communication Server.Microsoft fingers Symantec anti-virus program as spyware, 02\/13\/06A problem with an update to Microsoft's Windows AntiSpyware program last week caused it to recommend disabling two Symantec anti-virus programs. Microsoft has now fixed the problem, it said Monday.Microsoft acquires MotionBridge, 02\/13\/06Microsoft has acquired MotionBridge, which is based in Paris and provides search technology for mobile phone operators, Microsoft announced Monday at the 3GSM World Conference in Barcelona.3GSM - Mobile operators target global IM service, 02\/13\/06Several of the world's largest mobile phone operators have agreed to offer instant messaging across their networks as part of an initiative to make IM service globally available and interoperable.Microsoft shoves BlackBerry with push e-mail, 02\/13\/06Microsoft this week announced several mobile messaging partnerships and handhelds, with a flock of hardware vendors and network operators.Drag-and-drop flaw in Explorer reported, 02\/13\/06Security analysts and vendors are reporting a flaw in Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser that could allow malicious code to run and result in a hacker taking over complete control of a computer.