States to FTC: Don’t pre-empt our privacy laws with yours

The attorneys general of 15 states are telling the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) “Don’t Tread on Me” when it comes to writing rules to protect consumer privacy rights online and in mobile software applications and services. These...

Privacy group demands tougher protections from FTC

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has practically accused the FTC of being derelict in its duties to protect Internet user’s privacy. This attitude is revealed among the public comments filed in response to the FTC’s...

Microsoft to FTC: Don’t tell us how long to retain users’ private data

Microsoft believes it’s willingness to delete IP addresses tracked by Bing after six months (and cookies after a year and half) makes it an example of how to do privacy right. It is urging the Federal Trade Commission to consider the...

Phone maker publicly says ‘No’ to WP7

Note: This story has been updated.Smartphone maker ZTE has publicly dissed Microsoft, saying the Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system is not popular enough, nor has Microsoft done enough to make it so, and that ZTE sees no reason...

Windows Phone 7 practically useless without Windows Live

Microsoft really, really wants you to sign up for Windows Live – to the point where a Windows Phone 7 smartphone is practically a brick without it.I am demoing an HTC Arrive from Sprint that runs Microsoft Windows Phone 7. I had...

Add-on lets IE6 apps live forever

Note: this post has been updated.I’ll bet that many Microsoft customers noted the launch of Internet Explorer 9 yesterday wistfully, wishing they could have joined the party at SXSW but couldn’t because they’re still stuck in IE6....

IE9's final release is Monday. Will it make a difference?

Microsoft’s Windows Internet Explorer 9 will be officially released to the Web on Monday at the South by Southwest (SXSW) event in Austin, Texas. The new browser touts a number of improvements over IE8 and previous generations, but...

The cloud’s Achilles’ Heel is that it’s uninsurable

While companies like Microsoft were touting the growth and benefits of cloud computing at the recent Cloud Connect conference here in Silicon Valley, one speaker gave what he called his “wet blanket” presentation warning of a big...

Microsoft study shows 80% savings by using the cloud

Microsoft is trotting out an age-old tactic to try and sell you on its public cloud computing platform, Azure: cost. Private clouds reduce costs over legacy data centers, but public clouds are up to 80% cheaper, according to a...

Neilsen smartphone OS report gives Windows 10 percent share

A report out today from The Nielsen Company shows a tight three-way race between Android, Apple and BlackBerry for the U.S. smartphone market. Microsoft comes in fourth with what at first glance seems a respectable 10 percent share,...

Microsoft keeping its head in the clouds

Despite all evidence to the contrary, Microsoft still believes it can lead businesses to the cloud and that they'll want to follow. Microsoft, whose stock has been flat for so long that some have taken to calling it a "utility"...

Windows Intune hits the street March 23

Microsoft said today that the final version of its Windows Intune cloud-delivered PC management solution for businesses will be available for purchase or the start of a free 30-day trial on March 23 in 35 countries.Intune is another...

Playing around with Tracking Protection in IE9

Microsoft is touting the Tracking Protection feature of its Internet Explorer 9 browser, now in release candidate mode, but how well does it work? I gave it a tryout and found that by selecting content to block did result in ads...

Security expert accuses IE9 of lacking proper password protections

The head of a computer security company is troubled by what he sees as a glaring security hole in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9. Todd Feinman, CEO of Identity Finder, says IE 9 needs a master password that protects all other...

Why are there so few Windows Phone 7 models on the market?

This week’s news that Sprint is finally going to start selling a smartphone next month running Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 operating system, and reports that Verizon is expected follow suit, is good news for Microsoft’s efforts to...

Security bigwigs want more government involvement in cyber security

I noted with interest the “Cyberwar Panel” session at the RSA Conference 2011 just concluded in San Francsco and knew I had to add it to my calendar. A similar panel at the 2010 conference drew a big audience and a robust debate...

Do you want competitors telling the world what’s wrong with your product?

At the RSA Conference 2011 continuing today in San Francisco, exhibitors try all sorts of ways to get attention, especially from reporters. One intriguing approach came from BeyondTrust, a provider of software that controls what apps...

Microsoft Security chief pleads for “collective defense” of the Internet

Scott Charney, corporate vice president for Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing initiative, today promoted the idea of a “collective defense” of the Internet at the RSA Conference 2011 going on in San Francisco. In his keynote, he said...

Will IE 9 be safe for corporate Web apps?

I attended the launch party Microsoft threw this morning in San Francisco for Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate, which is the “final milestone,” as host Ryan Gavin (see photo) put it, before the final release to Web (RTW), coming...

Major Dell revamp melds consumer and enterprise IT

Dell unveiled a major renovation of its enterprise-targeted laptop, desktop and workstation computers Tuesday but in doing so, combined the features that attract consumer users with the demands of enterprise IT. Included are...

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